Snorkeling in Cozumel

We had a great time snorkeling in Cozumel. It certainly wasn’t the ‘millionaires’ luxury yacht that we signed up for in Roatan, but the positive party atmosphere and exceptional service from the crew made it a million dollar experience.

The catamaran’s crew was simply awesome. Not only were they professionally manning the boat at all times while giving us a great tour of the Cozumel coast, but if one of the guys walked by and noticed that your beer was half empty…a fresh replacement would be in your hand in under 120 seconds flat. They really made us feel like rock stars.

The snorkeling was pretty good, too. We saw green ones, and blue ones, and purple ones, and yellow ones, and striped ones, and orange ones. Of course, my underwater disposable camera shot out of my pocket like a missile and floated ashore lickity-split after I dove in so I can’t prove how really cool it was. You’ll just have to take my word for it.

Shopping along the strip in Cozumel was okay…a little boring and a bit too commercialized for my tastes. But if safe and mediocre is your thing, then Cozumel is a very nice place to spend a little quality shopping time. It was a bit too much like an American city for me.

Cozumel Catamaran

Cozumel Snorkeling #1

Cozumel Snorkeling #2

Caribbean Ports of Call

We just ordered up “Caribbean Ports of Call” because we need to start thinking about our offshore excursions. We need to decide between the Xunantunich Mayan site in Belize or the Mayan Ruins of Tulum (Ultramar) in Cozumel. Once the book arrives we will give you a full report on which Mayan ruins excursion we chose and why!

Welcome to the Caribbean Cruise Journal!

My wife and I usually enjoy vacationing with friends and family, but this year we’ve decided to finally take a trip on our own, just the two of us…our first vacation alone together since our honeymoon 13 years ago.

After going round and round for months about where we should go, we pulled the proverbial trigger and booked a cruise on Carnival Cruise Lines. We’re going to Belize, Cozumel, George Town and Roatan Island. It was relatively inexpensive, considering it included airfare, all of our meals, plus accommodations for the week. And so we thought, what have we got to lose?

The whole idea for this site began when started doing research online, trying to figure out where we wanted to go and how we wanted to get there. We couldn’t find any good resources that told us what to look for (and what to look OUT for) when booking a cruise vacation. It was frustrating, and I got to thinking…Since I am an amateur blogger and photographer, and I do Internet Marketing and PR for a living, wouldn’t it be great to start an online journal and capture the whole cruise experience from start to finish so that others could learn from what we learned!

And so that is the story of how the Grand Caribbean Cruise site was created. We hope that you enjoy it. We’ll let you know how it goes!