Cozumel Briefly; Freed By Carnival Freedom

A Tale of Two Carnivals: Carnival Liberty, left, and Carnival Freedom, right, docked in Cozumel, Mexico on Wednesday, February 18, 2015. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
The strange weather that has followed Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Freedom throughout our Western Caribbean itinerary from Galveston shows no signs of letting up. Last night, guests were advised that our arrival and departure time for our port of call in Cozumel, Mexico today would be changing.
Rather than arriving at 8:00 a.m. and staying until 4:00 p.m., we would now be arriving at 7:00 a.m. and departing at 3:00 p.m. in order to avoid an expected storm front with high winds later this afternoon. Fortunately, none of the 55 different shore excursions scheduled for today were cancelled, though a few had to be modified ever so slightly to reflect the ship’s earlier departure time.

Carnival Freedom at her berth in Cozumel today. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Carnival Freedom at her berth in Cozumel today. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

I’ve been to Cozumel once before, in January of 2009. And it’s an okay little town; if anything, it suffers from a bad case of Touristas: the place is just jam-packed with cruise ship visitors and resort guests. Even today, we’re joined by Carnival Liberty, Carnival Elation, Vision of the Seas, and another Carnival Fantasy-class ship that is too far away to see.
I disembarked Carnival Freedom around ten this morning with every intention of taking a taxi into town…and after taking some photos of the ship, I went back onboard.

There is a small manufactured

There is a small manufactured “port” near the cruise piers…Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

..that plays to every Mexican stereotype. But, people love it, so who am I to say? Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

..that plays to every Mexican stereotype. But, people love it, so who am I to say? Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Caribbean Blue. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Caribbean Blue. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

The port area was like running the gauntlet; nothing but duty-free beers, cologne, liquor, cigarettes and pills, and thousands of people clambering all over themselves to get to it.
Yet, at the end of the pier is the Carnival Freedom looking all resplendent in the Caribbean sun. Resplendent, and very deserted.

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