November 2016
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  • Day6

    Cozumel, Mexico

    November 11, 2016 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Where we docked at Cozumel I'm afraid was just another typical purpose built tourist port.
    There is nothing really interesting to see, just the usual array of bars, restaurants and tee shirt shops, oh yes and Diamonds International.
    I suppose that this is what the majority of visitors to the area want, so it's understandable that the local authority gives them it, as the whole economy of the island is based on tourism.
    It's just not for me.
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  • Day5

    Costa Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico.

    November 10, 2016 in Mexico ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

    Costa Maya is a purpose built cruise port, with shops and bars etc. So if you're looking culture it's probably not the best place to visit. But if you want some nice shopping, or beaches it's an ideal place to come. The shopping area has plenty to attract the shall we say normal tourist, in that it has all the usual touristy shops, and a Diamonds International as most of the ports do. And most importantly all in a safe environment.
    Personally I want something a bit more rough and ready, and more genuinely Mexican, rather than the plastic Mexican portrayed in the shopping villages. But that is just me.
    I did get caught in a genuine Mexican /Caribbean rain storm though, which restricted my visit to about 30 minutes, lol.
    I have been a few times before, so no real problem
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  • Day3

    Falmouth, Jamaica

    November 8, 2016 in Jamaica ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    The majority of people I speak to don't seem to like Falmouth and they tend to stay in the port area.
    The port area is very nice, it's all new and pristine, with lots of stores and bars like Jimmy Buffets Margaritaville, the locals cannot get into the port unless they work there.
    So the cruise passengers feel safe there, but, it's not the real Jamaica 🇯🇲.
    Outside the port gates things change drastically, and the poverty is apparent everywhere. When you leave the port you do get pestered by tour operators and taxi drivers and the like, but once away from the port things settle down and nobody bothers you.
    The town itself is very run down, but the people are friendly enough.
    There are lots of local bars and restaurants, although I must admit that the bars don't look very welcoming and I personally wouldn't eat in any of the restaurants, as they didn't look to clean.
    All in all I found Falmouth an ok place to walk around, not a great deal to see, but still interesting to see how the locals live.
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  • Day2

    Labadee, Haiti

    November 7, 2016 in Haiti ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

    The first port of call on this cruise was Labadee, in Haiti 🇭🇹.
    We didn't get off the ship as it was pouring with rain.
    This would not normally have bothered me as Labadee is just a beach resort and I'm not a beachy person. But this time l'm visiting the resort as a pinnacle member, and would get access to the private beach, luxury sunbeds etc, also free alcohol all day, and an enhanced barbecue lunch with proper plates and cutlery. No paper and plastic for the pinnacle guests! Lol.
    Anyway I never got to try any of it, but I suppose there's always next time.
    Also the weather forecast is for rain at all the ports we are visiting, but fingers crossed that might change.
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  • Day0

    Easier than expected!

    November 5, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Well the disembarkation from the Harmony and the Ft Lauderdale immigration check went far easier than I expected.
    Being pinnacle helped as we bypassed all the lines.
    The Alamo bus was right outside the terminal, so we boarded it straight away, and about 30 minutes later we were in the queue for the hire car.
    Everything went smoothly even the drive up to Orlando and Port Canaveral only took about 3 and a half hours with a coffee stop. The weather was beautiful except for one short rain storm, that as we later found out, was travelling away from Orlando down to the Ft Lauderdale, Miami area.
    At the cruise terminal, the pinnacle thing worked again and we were on board the ship in about 20 minutes.
    The only problem we had was that the check in girl had some how duplicated my cabin key and given it to Sheila. So the system showed me boarding twice, lol.
    Anyway, long story short, guest services, and Georgi from loyalty sorted out the mix up, and we were good to go.
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