Diary of a Cruiser Chapter 3 – All-Inclusive Resort in Cozumel Mexico

You had me at dreamy ocean blue. This was definitely one of Cozumel beaches at their best! Today, we will spend time at one of the all-inclusive resorts, Mr. Sanchos, in Mexico!

“I am surrounded by stunning beauty and friends which is making this day one of the best ever!

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The day started with a mess of bed hair like I haven’t seen in a while. I was reminded by my head that I must have partied a bit more than I expected to last night when I woke up. Coffee from the Creamer is a must, and breakfast of grits and fruit in the main dining room will do the trick today.

It’s back to the room to change into suits and pack up the essentials in the beach bag. I am so excited, I have been to another all-inclusive resort for the day and they are a lot of fun. So it will be great to see this one too.

I make it all the way down to deck zero, behind all the magic. It is not a typical guest area, they are not going for pretty or good show here. It is an all white area, floor to ceiling, with no pictures. In the end it doesn’t really matter and I understand why it’s that way. Just that I notice details, this is where everyone gets off at ports so it was surprising it doesn’t have a little color life.

With my required room card and license in hand, I head through the security check point, down the ramp, and onto the pier. I’m actually always thinking I might drop my room card into the ocean between the ship and the pier as I walk down the ramp, not today though thankfully!

We have arrived! Hello Mexico, it is nice to see you again! Mexico returns greeting with a warm breeze and a sun kiss! The skies are perfectly clear and I absolutely know this is going to be a great day!

Puerta Maya, Cozumel Mexico

Our group of eight make our way through the port streets of Puerta Maya, to get to our taxi. We pile into a large van and make our way to Mr. Sanchos All-inclusive resort. Its $45 for this place, all you can drink and eat. Near the entrance, we are greeted by local vendors selling their goods of all kinds, hand painted figurines, sombrero or other hats, backpacks, purses, henna tattoos, hair braids, and more.

Waiting for everyone to pay, I get my first view of this place, more vendors inside, along with a large food open air building with tables, chairs, and serving tables, lots of palm trees, chairs, and cabanas. The pool is beginning to fill up and party music fills the air. I can only catch a glimpse of the ocean, bright and beautiful. I cannot wait to get up there and see it!

We are assigned a server for the day, “EZ” who escorts us to our table under a grass hut roof, with 8 chairs. Before I can settle in, I must see that ocean, its calling from just past the loungers. Its absolutely beautiful!! The water is as clear as can be and the prettiest color I have seen in a long time!

Mr. Sancho’s Beach, Cozumel Mexico

This is very different from what I saw last time we came to a Cozumel all-inclusive resort, where there was a ton of smelly sea grass pushed up on shore. It was a mess, workers were using wheelbarrows to bring it away just to find their efforts gone and more and more had come on to shore. This was the complete opposite, absolute perfection. It’s one of the reasons I love cruising.

Back up to the chair and set things down and order a Sprite. Everyone put their drink order in and we all head down to the ocean. The water is cool at first but the sun is warm and it’s just delightful. The ocean floor does have a few shells so it is not powder soft, but it is still very nice. I am surrounded by stunning beauty and friends which is making this day one of the best ever!

Time goes by when you are having fun! This place has something for everyone, there are a couple of pools, spa, and multiple bars. One bar has rope swing chairs to sit at while getting a drink.

We spent a couple hours in this heavenly water and finally back to the table to have some food. We are able to order tacos, chips and guacamole, etc and drinks. From my experience here, the service can be slow. There are a lot of servers, but there are a lot of guests. I would recommend ordering food early it will take 45 min or so to get food, and order more than one drink at a time, especially when its warm. I changed in the hanging room into dry clothes which was really nice before heading back to the taxi.

Back through the port of Puerta Maya, I like to stop and take pictures by the Cozumel sign with the ship in the back. They have some loungers to use if you want here and enjoy the day. I have done that and it was super relaxing!

Free Loungers in Puerta Maya

This is a very photogenic cruise port, this little area is filled with palm trees and greenery. I like that it is very clean and feels safe.

The duty free shop is the gateway to the pier and our ship has a couple of neighbor ships and that’s really neat to see when in port.

Being out in the sun really exhausted me so I actually rested for a little bit when we got back. The inside room is really dark so afternoon naps are no problem at all.

There is something about sunsets on a cruise ship, whether over the open sea or at a port. I am not always able to catch them if we are doing things inside the ship. Today I was able to, and it was really special. When the sun has just set, golden hour begins and it makes the ship glow. It’s so pretty and a wonderful reason to catch those sunsets.

The evening was pretty low key for me. I actually did not feel very well and turned in early. I had dinner and sat in the Atrium to listen to music a while after we ate. Tomorrow is another beautiful day I cannot wait!

Puerta Maya Pier and Duty Free Shop

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Diary of a Cruiser Chapter 2 – Carnival Glory Bluest Sea Day!

It’s so refreshing to wake up with near 8 hours of sleep. The beds on this ship, Carnival Glory, are super nice, and pillows too. I will admit, the pillowy softness had it’s grip on me to stay in bed. I would have stayed just a few minutes longer, except the coffee shop, Creamers, is calling and of course I am going to answer. I must get up and tame this hair nest of mine, as I declare it’s National Almond Milk Vanilla Latte Day!

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” Today, my heart was inspired by some of the bluest blues I have seen out on the sea. “

I was a little early for our meeting time with my friends for Sea Day Brunch so decided to sip my coffee and relax in the Bar Blue, a cool venue for nightlife karaoke. I had to peek outside as I kept hearing clunk clunk and did not know what was going on. I still don’t know. This little space is neat, even though it has a strange theme, peacocks. I am not kidding. If you are looking for a color hug, come here. Blues, yellows, and greens everywhere you look. There are couches and cushy chairs with smaller tables facing a stage. The carpet even has a peacock feather design. There is a bar at the back. I am pretty sure someone will finally make it big tonight with the karaoke song they have been practicing for months. Way to go, big star!

Sea Day Brunch is one of my favorite meals as I am able to order a fresh squeezed juice! I don’t know if you know this about me, but I am obsessed with fresh juices, mostly green for me. I have green juice every morning before work and I may be somewhat of a green freak, but a nice one. This morning, my heavenly juice has pineapple, lime, honey, turmeric, and love. I am very impressed and delighted that they put a little extra love in there as its absolutely delicious. Did I mention I also LOVE love? In the end, worth every penny of the $5 charge, I highly recommend it.

The breakfast takes about an hour and a half and then it’s off to explore the ship a little. There is always that pull to see the ocean, for me at least, when I am on a cruise ship. I often sneak away to go outside and just look at it. Its almost like a memorizing fire pit, so many senses come to life! I made my way up to the pool deck and aft pool to get some great pictures. What a difference it makes when the sky is as clear as can be, blue sky, blue sea! Today, my heart was inspired by some of the bluest blues I have seen out on the sea.

I love Sea Days, for me it’s a time to relax and really enjoy the day. I usually pick low key things to do and this day is no exception. I found myself up at the Serenity Deck visiting for a couple hours with friends.

The Serenity Deck is quiet, and is a great place to get away from loud music. This adult only lounge area has a bar, padded lounge and sitting chairs, two hot tubs. It’s a great place to spend an afternoon! I would move my chair to sneak a little sunshine, step away for a minute to look at the ocean, and maybe share some of that in pictures and video for the family stuck in the snow back home. Just doing my duty. Trying to send a little sunshine when I can!

Serenity Deck – Carnival Glory

After a couple hours, I was a little hungry and decided on getting a bite at the Blue Iguana Cantina, just a rice plate with veggies and beans and brought that upstairs to the Serenity Deck. But the time I had gotten back, most of the group went to the casino to play some games. Maybe they were just waiting to slip away! Oh well, I will be seeing them at dinner. I decided I would wander the ship a little more before I get changed for elegant night in the dining room.

Time to try the Alchemy Bar for another interesting cocktail. I am meeting everyone here before dinner so this will give me a chance to try some of the creative cocktails. Today is the Martini Seduction. I am telling you, this is so delicious and refreshing. It might be a little too easy to drink. This is a nice moment, I am here with my friends on this cruise, I couldn’t ask for better company, my heart is full! Chuckles turn into full blown laughs with this crew I am with, so many stories and jokes keep the energy high. Many laughs later and another drink called 40 is the new 20, we all head to dinner. My dinner is not very exciting, but it works, a few vegetarian sides; however, laughter with friends is quite exciting!

After dinner, I was able to play a little in the casino, this time around we did actually win a little. Ups in a casino seem to come and go, and that is alright. I found some fun games to play followed by a few moments to sit and relax on the couches near the casino and visit with friends.

I got so hot in that casino! So I head outside into the wind tunnel. Up to the Serenity to cool off. This ship is so pretty at night! I love walking around when its all lit up.

My friends and I decide to head to the Atrium to watch the Motown music show. So many people singing pieces of songs together, dancing, and laughing. I didn’t realize I knew so many Motown songs, it’s a really fun party. The cruise director will get everyone dancing and singing even up on different levels of the Atrium.

The Bartenders here are great! They put on a show and really make you feel welcome. They start recognizing you and what you like to drink. I was having vodka cranberry, simple and delightful. It wouldn’t be a party until a glass breaks. This time, it was me, I broke a glass at the bar. Oops, I think I talk with my hands sometimes. Truthfully, I have only a little grace, you only need a little, right? Maybe its time to leave the bar. One last final donation to the casino before heading to bed! What a night!

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