Back at the ship it appeared everyone had waited until the last minute to board based on the number of people in the lines. Of course we were no different. It was a relativelysmooth and fast process. Not long after everyone boarded the ship was under way again for the second port, just outside Cozumel.
We woke the next morning in port. The blue water was beautiful. We were already scheduled for an excursion from 10-12AM, riding in a mini-sub, the Atlantis. This left the rest of the day for sight-seeing around town. The sub ride was fantastic. We took some great pictures. We saw the reef, a baracuda, a shark, a ray, and a school of hundreds of fish just hovering at the edge of the reef. We went down to a depth of 105 ft. I thought it might be chlostrophobic in there but it was comfortable. There were seats/molded bench down the middle and windows down each side. The day wewent it wascloudy. Ithink the blue water would have been even more spectacular on a sunny day. I recommend this excursion.
There were shops at the port, which we shopped in briefly. Cozumel was actually three miles away, too far for us to walk. Cabs were available everywhere for $7.00 for both of us. We started walking and had an offer for $5.00. We took it. We had been told to check out Senor Frog. It's a bar and party location and very loud. It wasn't for us. As expected, walking down the main drag we were approached at every store front, persistently inviting us to come in. We resisted and time flew by. We headed back toward the ship on foot, knowing that Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville was on the way. This was our favorite stop. Everyone was very friendly, not pushy, and very accomodating. We ended up spending an hour there. (Pictures)
We had one negative experience during the five days. We were watching a movie on the outdoor big screen. Toward the end, the workers started collecting the lounge chairs all around us, walking back and forth in front of us and even stacking them in front of us. I told them to stop and let us finish the movie. They argued that they had to set up for the next event. Their boss, in whites, came over and explained that they had to continue. I told him no and he argued the point. Finally he pulled the crew over to the side near us and they all stood watching us until the movie was over. It is obvious that Carnival trains their personel to prioritize about schedules s, regardless of how it affects the passengers. I complained at customer services. Guess what? I was told they were just doing what they had to do. I wanted to fill out a customer complaint form but they told me I should be getting something sent to us in the mail. Haven't seen it yet. Didn't find a place on their website for comments/complaints either. This one occurence ruined it for us.
Next time we will cruise with someone else. I do not recommend Carnival.