Vacation, Hallelujah.

Last week we went on a cruise to Mexico with my mother and all three kids. We chose an “entry-level” cruise, since we didn’t know how the children would enjoy life at sea (i.e. debilitating seasickness, terminal boredom, lack of thirst for adventure and/or pillaging).

The ship departed from New Orleans, which has a lovely new cruise terminal. We boarded about 20 minutes before the lifeboat drill, and afterwards assembled on deck to watch the ship leave the dock.

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Our first full day was spent at sea, plodding due south across the Gulf of Mexico. That night was the captain’s dinner (aka Fancy Night), which is actually a pretty good idea – it gets the dress-up night out of the way when you’ve only gained a pound or two.  The last night on the ship is “muumuus and caftans” night.

Cheers!

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On the second morning, we docked in Progreso, Yucatan, Mexico, and left the ship to explore the Mayan ruins at Dzibilchaltun. Say that five times fast.

The ruins were unexpectedly awesome.

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The city once held up to 40,000 residents, but was eventually abandoned (not conquered). Archaeologists discovered it in the 1950s. The main plaza is surrounded by large stair-step structures and originally featured a stucco floor:

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Dzibilchaltun is also home to a sacred cenote, where Jensen demonstrated her Jesus impression:

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On Day 3, we visited Cozumel. Cozumel is many things – the words “touristy” and “hot” come to mind.

It’s also beautiful.

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Our excursion for the day consisted of snorkeling with, and then interacting with, stingrays at a preserve. The preserve is home to about 50 stingrays with clipped barbs. All baby stingrays born at the preserve, about 40 a year, are released into the wild.

It turns out that when you are holding fresh pieces of ballyhoo in knee-deep water, the stingrays turn into large, slimy cats. They would head-butt our calves and rub themselves over our ankles. Creepy, but kind of cute.

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After learning about these creepy-but-cute critters, we relaxed by the shore before re-boarding the ship:

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Day 4 was another day at sea, and on the morning of Day 5, we docked back in New Orleans. That was August 1 – Tyler’s 10th birthday.

For his birthday, Tyler requested dinner at the Acme Oyster House, and I was only too happy to oblige. We spent the night in the city and drove back to Tallahassee on Friday.

The kids had a GREAT time on the cruise. I think they will definitely be up for more at-sea adventures. They loved exploring the ship, and eating, and watching the after-dinner shows, and eating, and the big water slide, and did I mention eating?

Yarrrr!

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One response to “Vacation, Hallelujah.

  1. It looks like you guys had an amazing trip! My husband and I are actually thinking about going on a cruse in November, so I love reading about what other people have done!

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