August 26, 2016

Cozumel Mexico

Our ship arrives early in the morning after a short cruise from Costa Maya. The ship is cleared by 7:00 am, long before most passengers, especially this one, are awake.

By late morning there are two other ships in port, the Carnival Splendor and the Carnival Freedom, not to be confused with the ship I am on, Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas.

The temperatures are very pleasant in the lower to middle 80's with a nice breeze from the East, off the ocean. The skies are mostly sunny with a few light puffy clouds. For a little while it looks like a shower might be approaching, but it never materializes.

The Internet is much better today, yesterday is was not very good. Connecting was easy but the email speeds were terrible. Raoul, the concierge host, said he talked to the IT people and there was nothing wrong, but for some reason many of us had the same issue. I have seen several "Harris" contractors on board, they are often the contractor for communications systems. At least he asked.

I spend the morning reading a couple of NMRA magazines I brought with me, and spend much of the afternoon working on a project for the Model Train Club.

For many of you this may be a disappointment, but so far there is no bad or questionable behavior to report. Maybe all the strange characters are sticking to Holland America.

I grab a burger at Johnny Rockets about 3:30. This will be my dinner for tonight. Not because I don't want to go to the dining room, but because the only ice show I can make is during my dining time. Even though the show hasn't changed much in years, it is one show that I don't mind seeing over and over because the skaters are so good. Most of them have competed at the world or Olympic level before getting into the ice show aspect of the profession.

We leave Cozumel at about 7PM for our journey back to Port Canaveral. The weather forecast is not too specific at this point in time, but we may be traveling through some stormy weather off the South and East coast of Florida depending on how tropical depression 99L develops or doesn't. I am sure the captain will keep us informed, and divert us elsewhere if needed. So far the seas have been calm for the entire voyage.

I don't remember this being the case in years past, but the only entertainment tonight in the main theater is the showing of a movie. Star Trek in 3D. Another cost reduction measure?