Thursday, 01 February, 2001

Day 5: Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel, Mexico.  It was raining early this morning, and we were worried that it would spoil our tour.  Not to worry:  the weather cleared and the snorkeling was great.  We spent about an hour snorkeling in a bay (about 20 feet deep), and then sailed to a beach where we had a picnic lunch and rested in the shade.  The trip back to the port was about an hour long, which we spent dancing and drinking on the bow of the catamaran (pictured right).  The tour included an open bar, and I wasn't shy about taking advantage of the Dos Equis and margaritas.  We sure had fun dancing the Macarena, the Electric Slide, the old Village People song Y.M.C.A, Mambo Number 5, and all the rest.  The conga line sure got interesting after a while, with the bartender giving everybody a mouthful of margarita every time we passed the bar.

We spent the afternoon shopping in Cozumel.  Of the three ports we visited this trip, this one was the most fun for shopping.  The people are incredibly friendly, and there are hundreds (thousands?) of shops that sell a wide variety of stuff.  The most enjoyable part about shopping, though, is dickering with the salespeople, and I think they enjoy it at least as much as we do.  If they didn't, they wouldn't ask such outrageous prices to start.

Today is our 10th wedding anniversary.  One reason we took this particular cruise is that we visited Cancun on our honeymoon.  Cozumel is about 30 miles across the bay from Cancun.  To celebrate, I ordered a bottle of Dom Perignon at dinner.  The stuff is expensive, sure, but what the heck.  I can afford one every 10 years.  And it's good.  I don't particularly like most champagnes, but this stuff is wonderful.