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Chichen Itza & the Mayan Ruins

If you’re sailing a Western Caribbean itinerary that includes Cozumel, you could do the normal things on the island (exploring, shopping, etc.). Then again, you might get the chance to see one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, Chichen Itza, which is close enough to visit while in port. Chichen Itza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world. While cruising on Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas, I booked an excursion to these legendary Mayan ruins through the RCCL app (Chichen Itza Ruins: Augmented & Virtual Reality). Be ready for a LONG day, because you’re getting off the ship at roughly 7:30am local time & returning between 4:30 – 5:00pm. At 7:00am, we met inside the Royal Theater on Deck 4 to sign in. The process was quick, providing you had everything they requested prior: Sea Pass Card Government-issued photo ID (passport, driver's license) Some additional items you’ll want to bring: Water Sunscreen Motion si

Playa Mia Beach Excursion Review

I've spent both of my Cozumel port days at Playa Mia Resort. The first time was in 2018, where I did a cooking class before spending a couple hours at the beach with my adult only fellow travelers. Most recently, I went on a beach excursion on the Disney Magic in December 2022 with my 'Ohana sister and her two girls, ages 6 and 7. In 2018, we were up bright and early and had a small group that left right on time to our excursion. It was easy to stay together and our tour guide was great at pointing out places to have drinks or shop after our excursion, and the pathway to the bus was quite clear. In 2022, our excursion started officially at 10:45 and we were miraculously 15 minutes early and one of the first in line to wait. Which we did, for about 45 minutes. We were clearly waiting for exactly one late family for our excursion to start, which was a bit of a bummer, but it does happen sometimes. Once it was our time to go, it was a bit of a cluster to keep track of who was in o

RCCL Independence of the Seas: Day 3

Today we arrived in the very popular port of Cozumel, Mexico! We've had nothing but smooth sailing up until this point, so we didn't even notice when we finally stopped moving because we were all squared away at port.  It was another beautiful day in the Caribbean and the sun was shining bright.  We pulled in next to another Royal Caribbean ship and as far as we could tell, were the only two ships in port today.  We started today with breakfast at the Windjammer CafĂ© which had a fantastic selection including parfaits, avocado toast, carved ham, biscuits and gravy along with all your breakfast favorites.  It was the most crowded we've seen it so far on this cruise, but we still had no real issue finding a table and the crew members were readily available to bring us our drinks. The avocado toast and the waffles were a huge hit. We enjoyed some rest and relaxation in our stateroom after breakfast before heading off the ship to explore Cozumel.  We headed off around 12:30 and

Cozumel Highlights and Mayan Ruins

Do you enjoy learning about ancient cultures and visiting exotic beaches?   How about drinking tequila?   If so, the Cozumel Highlights and Mayan Ruins excursion with the Disney Cruise Line may be right up your alley! Ruins at San Gervasio The excursion begins with a 10-minute walk from the ship to an air-conditioned motor coach.   This short walk to the motor coach is also the first glimpse of the vendors in Cozumel, as you have to walk through a shopping center to get there.   The first stop on the tour is the San Gervasio Ruins, which is about a 35-minute drive inland.   I was very excited for this part of the excursion because I am fascinated by ruins of any kind and find the Mayan culture especially fascinating.   Very large iguana Our tour guide David led us through the excavated ruins and told us the history of San Gervasio and the Mayan people who lived there.   David was a very funny tour guide and kept us entertained with his story telling abilities.   After a