In October, for Halloween, we set sail on the Sixthman Warped Tour Rewind cruise aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines. Before we headed into Cozumel on our single port day, we had breakfast at the Garden Cafe, the buffet dining option aboard the Norwegian Pearl.
The cream of wheat and all the toppings made my day every day aboard. So comforting.
I really liked the view of the galley between our Sixthman Festival ship and the Disney ship docked next to us. So I took a photo. You know how I do.
The super tourist shopping area you are herded into (not a fan of that) upon arrival had some cool stuff like this statue and others like it.
We took a cab from the shopping plaza to Mr. Sanchos. I think it was $16-$20 one way. The rates will be on the board. We had booked Mr. Sanchos ahead of time with the all-inclusive day passes as well as the private cabana.
My swimsuit by Visual Mood Swimwear was so comfy for the day trip (check the full-coverage booty fit in the photos), and I just love the colors and pattern. I am wearing the Zinnia here, but just check out all of their prints and colors–they are so bright and bold :D
I chose a one-piece swimsuit specifically because I knew that with our all-inclusive pass, we got unlimited food, made-to-order. And just look at this spread (it was only our first go round)! One of the drinks had Tajin on the rim in lieu of salt–definitely ask for that one. The drinks were definitely not very strong, so go into it knowing that. Even when I ordered a margarita with a topper :(
This ceviche was a true ceviche and one of the best I have had. I ate two whole bowls of basically just straight shrimp because it was sooo good. The coconut shrimp was good, but nothing compared to the shrimp ceviche. Chips were nice and thick (I, of course, added salt).
The ocean really is so blue here.
Loved having our own personal cabana. Worth the upgrade if you are going to laze about. It also includes a 30-minute massage (not at your cabana, though), which was actually impressive. Do be sure to allocate tip for your masseuse in addition to the passes.
It should be stated that the cabanas are NOT next to the water, which was a huge bummer for me. Also, it is a VERY touristy attraction, so think “people everywhere” and not necessarily peace & quiet. Though, I suppose that is dependent upon the day.
Furthermore, if you are more active or want to hang out in the pools during your limited time here, I wouldn’t invest in the private cabana, though. For instance, we had to be back at our ship by 4 or 5, meaning we really only had about 5 hours ashore for relaxing and playing.
Cool swings by the bar and one of the dining areas.
The sand here is super thick and coarse, at least compared to the sand I am used to on the Gulf Coast. Just a fun little observation :D
Soooo, my horseback riding experience wasn’t super great and I am going to tell you not to do it here (although, like, look how cute the photo of me and the horse is).
Read on for details on that mess…
First of all, it’s a lot of riding through gross, gross standing water. I mean, foul-stenched, murky water splashing up on you. I was simply looking forward to taking a shower by about 10 minutes in.
Secondly, I am not sure what they were thinking, but they put me on a wild one. What I mean by that is, the minute my horse saw the beach, he just bolted and made a break for it. Mind you, I had told them that I had only ridden horseback a few times and only years ago, but I had to hold on to the saddle and reins to avoid being thrown off (again, not a rider)…scared me to death, broke two nails in the process, ended up with a massive bruise on the inside of my thigh…and the thing that really pissed me off is that instead of an apology, I was told by one of the guides that I should have been holding on to the reins tighter. Ummm, ok, I WAS holding the reins–you just put me on a crazy-ass horse. Ok, bye. Rude and unprofessional and unapologetic.
I was a bit shaken after that and kind of just wanted to leave but also wanted to take advantage of our rather limited time here. I had read about a woman at Mr. Sanchos who braided hair, so I found her and had her braid the left side of my hair. I really loved the hairstyle and I’ve gotten it done since then here in the states because I love it so much as an option for my short hair (this ish is hard as hell to style, y’all).
The wind was really whipping across the boardwalk heading back to the Sixthman Festival ship (that’s it–The Norwegian Pearl–behind me).
You win some, you lose some, but overall, I enjoyed the experience.
Back on the boat, we headed up to the top deck and listened to the music, took more photos, and grabbed a blanket and a lounge chair and watched the sun go down as we watched the Mexican coast line fade into the distant horizon.
Do you have any more questions about my Mr. Sanchos experience? Leave me a comment and I will get back with you ASAP! What are your favorite port destinations while cruising? I would love to hear about them!