The cruise was very nice and we would probably do another one at some point. We did one 10 years ago, so I guess in another 10? 😀 One of the things that was very different on this cruise versus 10 years ago was the fitness system available on the ship. I did post some pics of the gym a few days ago, but here are some more.
Here is the locker area:
And the sauna:
I actually never used the outdoor track on one of the upper decks except for a 1 mile walk on one night. It was pretty windy, and the deck was wet in the mornings when I wanted to run, so I just did the treadmill. Let me tell you, running on a moving boat on a treadmill is weird. We hit some rougher seas, but the ship really barely moves because it has giant stabilizers in it. Occasionally you can feel a ‘leaning’ sensation, which you get quite used to as the days go by. The other morning we had gone through a storm and the boat was moving a little more than usual when I was on the treadmill. If any of you have run across a field or grassy area probably can relate to how it feels. You are going along and it will take a shorter or longer time for one of your feet to hit the surface because it is uneven and you can’t really see that. Same thing running on the boat.
John went with me or met me a few times in the gym.
There were a good number of people using the fitness center, which was good to see. I did a good amount of exercise, and I give myself a grade of A for that. Foodwise it was more like a C. I ate too much. While it was not anywhere near what I would have eaten in the past, it was still more than normal and I have some puffiness on the scale today. I can’t imagine what it would have been without the exercise 😯 No worries, though – that will come off. While it is easy to eat healthy on the cruise choice wise, it is also very difficult to eat healthy at times just because of the availability of food. I tend to fall prey to that. It’s just my nature as a food lover 🙂
The last cruise we too, we actually enjoyed the ports of call the most. This time, we were actually disappointed with our return to Cozumel. It changed so much in 10 years. We wanted to go to Chankanaab, which is the National Park in Cozumel. Last time, we went there and enjoyed the beach and nature and did snorkeling. When we got there, the base admission fee was $19 per person, which included a tshirt (??) and a beer (??) The view they must have of tourists…. Plus admission to ‘shows’. We didn’t want to see hokey shows, we wanted to see the natural beauty! It’s so weird because in the US, national and state parks may have a fee for a car to drive in which isn’t much, but if you walk or bike, it’s free entrance and you go there to see nature. It was like the Mexican government was trying to turn it into a theme park or something. Just weird.
Also at the entrance of the park was this sign.
At the entrance of a national park you can pick up antibiotics, muscle relaxants, or steroid inhalers. I stood with my mouth open for several minutes looking at this sign. Gotta love it. I was infuriated about this because this leads to antibiotic resistance. There are reasons why certain drugs are prescription only. Sorry about that rant….
Let’s sweeten it up a bit. The chocolate buffet. It was actually part of the lunch time buffet, which was different. It used to be a midnight buffet. At least we didn’t have to stay up!
Chocolate orange cake:
Chocolate pear cake:
Diet raspberry cake (their words)
Pink marshmallows, mini donuts, jellied fruit.
Mini espresso paniers, candied nuts and biscotti.
Raspberry hazelnut torte.
Check this out – looks like sushi, but it’s all sweet! Dessert sushi. The rice is sweetened and it’s topped or filled with fruit:
I loved this. 😀 I think I was irritating people because I was taking pictures and they wanted to fill their plates
Hope you enjoyed!
Time to go watch the Superbowl – Geaux Saints!!