We’re back on the boat in Progreso, headed to Cozumel and I just realized I had forgotten about “Formal Night” on the Carnival Elation. I left my phone/camera in the cabin and didn’t take a single picture myself. I was pleased to see more people than usual dressed in formal attire, especially the ladies in their assorted short skirts and heels!
All throughout the promenade are various photo backdrops, and it doesn’t cost a thing to give your best pose. If you see a photo that you like, you can buy it. If you don’t, just leave it in the rack. This is a great opportunity for you to get that new Linkd-In, Facebook, or Twitter Profile shot – or a family portrait without expensive sitting fees.
Meanwhile, I worried about Ruby, our Blue Doberman, and if she was having seperation anxiety. Turns out she wasn’t, thanks to our dear friend Julie, who also is a profressional “dog-person.”
Tuesday morning, the Carnival Elation arrived on time at Cozumel, and the day was going to be simply gorgeous! Shown here is the Pilot Boat that drops off and picks up a “Harbor Pilot” from each incoming and outgoing cruise ship. The “Pilot Boat” has got to be a great scam!
In Cozumel, Elation was docked right next to its younger twin sister, Paradise.
This was the first time we have docked at the older downtown pier in many years. All things considered, I like it better. Downtown is still the hub of activity for this great port!
A large part of our group wanted beach time, and Carlos and Charlies Beach Club was the destination! The van driver they hooked up with told them it was no longer there, but he had a better beach for them. I could give a rat’s ass about getting sand in my crotch, so six of us decided to rent our own car and see just what happened to Carlos and Charlie’s Beach Club.
Not only was it still there, it was even better! The food is great, and the selection of drinks is endless. It is located about 10 km south of the newest cruise ship pier.
After a few snacks and drinks, we decided to ride around the back side of the island of Cozumel, making a complete circle before heading back to the ship.
The shopping area at the cruise pier has a shop for everything you would imagine, even a Drugs and Deli.
And the rest of our gang made it back for the Cozumel sail-a-way!
We enjoyed great service from our Dining Room server Sydney, from Indonesia.
I regret not having a camera with me for more of the cruise. We had a great experience. Cruise Director Willie Lee had everything on the ship “in synch” if that is a term. His staff was cheerful and was always around making sure everyone had a great time. the Wednesday Night Deck party was one of the most lively I have seen. If I had my camera then, I probably would have dropped it!
There was always a creature waiting back in the cabin. I wish they could make one of Ruby!
We were off the ship and in the car headed home at 8:15 am on Thursday! The weather forecasts were not sounding good through Alabama, but since when is a weatherman right?
We made it just past Cullman, Alabama before we hit a large traffic jam around 4:00 pm. There was no turning around. Mile Marker 313 on Interstate 65 North would be our home for the next 9.5 hours! At least the Greyhound Bus next to us had free wi-fi!
We arrived back in Nashville at 3:45 am Friday morning. You know what? I’d still do it all again!!! You should too!