Disney Cruise – Tips for Cozumel
What to Know When Your Cruise Ship Stops in Cozumel
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The day of a shore excursion is an exciting one! What will see? What will you do? These days usually start early so you don’t miss a thing.
Lots of cruise ships stop for a port of call on the Mexican island of Cozumel and Disney is one of them! The Disney Magic, The Disney Fantasy, and Disney Wonder all have itineraries that take them to Cozumel.
Disney Cruise with KIDS – Tips for Cozumel – Arriving in Port
Arriving in port is very exciting! This is a day for exploring. First, set the alarm early so you have time to eat breakfast, gather your things for the day AND get down to the lower level for debarking. (Yes, debark is a real word.) You leave the ship via a ramp that connects it to dry ground.
If you have scheduled an excursion through Disney you’ll head for the meet up area. There you’ll receive a sticker to wear that matches a little sign your leader holds up. This is how Disney keeps things organized with lots and lots of people leaving the ship at the same time. Then, you just follow the leader to meet with your excursion group.
Remember your Key to the World AND a photo ID. You only need the key to the world to get off the ship but you need BOTH to get back on the ship when you return. I asked what would happen if you forgot the photo ID and was told that security would to escort you back to your stateroom to get it.
Our group met in the lounge and were given Snow White stickers to wear.
Disney Cruise with KIDS – Tips for Cozumel – Shore Excursions
A Mexican Holiday
A Mexican Halloween and Beach Adventure
Passion Island by Twister
Isla Pasion by Power Catamaran
All-Terrain Buggy and Snorkel At Punta Sur National Park
Secret River and Playa Del Carmen
Atlantis Submarine Expedition
Blue Water Sea Trek Helmet Dive and Snorkel
Caves, Caverns and Paradise Lagoon
Certified Scuba Tour
Chicen Itza Mayan Ruins
Chocolate and Piñata Workshop, Tasting and Wine Pairing
Clear Kayak & Beach Snorkel Combo
Cozumel !2 – Metre Regatta
Cozumel by Private Vehicle
Cozumel Highlights, Ruins and Discover Mexico Cultural Park
Cozumel Highlights, Ruins and Discover Mexico Cultural Park (Adults only)
Cozumel Private Deluxe Catamaran
Cozumel Ruins, Chocolate, and Beach Break
Cozumel’s Golf Excursion
Discover Scuba Diving Cozumel
Dolphin Discovery Cozumel
Dolphin Discovery Observer
Dolphin Kids at Dolphinaris
Dolphin Observer at Dolphinaris
Dolphin Push, Pull and Swim
Dolphin Swim at Dolphinaris
Dolphin Trainer for the Day
Dune Buggy and Beach Snorkel Combination
Eco Park and Snorkel
Sting Ray Adventure (Everybody Loves Rays!)
Fury Catamaran Sail, Snorkel, and Beach Party
Jaguar Truck and Beach Getaway at Punta Sur Park
Mayan Chocolate Experience and Island Tour
Mayan Frontier Horseback Riding Tour
Mexian Cuisine Workshop and Tasting
Ocean View Explorer Tour
Off Road ATV and Beach Break
Salsa and Salsa
Speed Boat Escape
The Original Tequila Experience by Jose Cuervo
Three Reef Snorkel
Traditional Animal Sculpture Painting Workshop
Turtle Snorkel and Mystic River
VIP Studio and Beach Break
Xcaret Eco Archaeological Park
Xel-Ha Park and River Tubing
Disney Cruise with KIDS – Tips for Cozumel – Need Help Choosing the Right Cruise Excursion?
The choices can seem overwhelming! (There are more than 50 excursion choices for this port of call!) If you need FREE help with any portions of your cruise let us know. The Educational Tourist has teamed up with Disney expert travel planner, the Pixie Dust Queen.
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Disney Cruise with KIDS – Tips for Cozumel – A Little About Cozumel, Mexico
Czumel is an island just off the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. This island is the largest in the Mexico and the oldest island in the Caribbean. Even though it is well known among travelers to Mexico and cruise ships, there is still a lot of pristine, untouched by humans, jungle and beaches. Isn’t it cool that such a thing even still exists on our planet?
Disney Cruise with KIDS – Tips for Cozumel – Interesting Wildlife
Cozumel is one of the top 5 spots to dive in the world because of the fantastic underwater world. The reef here is the second largest in the world and divers come from all over to explore it. The water is also very clear which makes exploring this large reef even better! See some cool photos of the fish and other sea creatures you can see when you dive here.
Cozumel is a great place for people who love birds! The Cozumel vireo and the Cozumel thrasher can’t be found anywhere else. The word Cozumel comes from the Mayan words “cuzamil-pectin” which means “Land of the Swallows” and birds have been a part of this lovely land’s magic for a very long time.
If you are a bird watcher you’ll be interested in joining the Cozumel Birding Club Facebook group for more information.
Here is a new animal for some…the Cozumel Island Coati. This mammal is similar to raccoons and their numbers have declined recently so keep your eye open for this now rare animal.
Remember your binoculars if bird watching is on your list!
Disney Cruise with KIDS – Tips for Cozumel – Flowers and Trees
Palm trees are concentrated heavily in the Caribbean. These tall trees love the heat and the humidity. One interesting bit of information about this type of plant is that every group of palm trees has one common ancestor. The rest of the trees in the group are descendants. Palm trees offer a long list of uses including coconuts, carnauba wax, rattan cane, raffia and one of my favorite things to put into salad – heart of palm.
I love the exotic flowers that grow in the heat. They are colorful and so beautiful! The Lobster Claw is a fantastic example and grows here in Cozumel.
The Prickly Pear Cactus is on the flag of the the country of Mexico and is also a big part of the culture. This plant has been used since ancient times in food and medicine and in soaps and shampoos. Now, scientists have found another use for the Prickly Pear Cactus: renewable energy.
Disney Cruise with KIDS – Tips for Cozumel – Food and Drink
The US Government has updated travel warnings about traveling to Mexico.
“Alcohol: There have been allegations that consumption of tainted or substandard alcohol has resulted in illness or blacking out. If you choose to drink alcohol, it is important to do so in moderation and to stop and seek medical attention if you begin to feel ill.”
Recent news reports say that some alcohol in Mexico is bootleg and unsafe. That is a BIG risk. I suggest thinking long and hard about any alcohol while you are here. Wait till you get back to the cruise ship to indulge.
The flavors of the Yucatecan include sour oranges and achiote. Achiote is a spice used in the Caribbean made from seeds of the annatto bush which makes the dish yellow and gives a nice, earthy flavor. You might have already tried it an not even know because it is used commercially to give color to butter and cheese. Order some before you go to give it a try.
The food in the Yucatecan involves some heat, too! Watch out for the habanero peppers which are some of the hottest peppers around! On the pepper heat level scale the habanero is in the crazy hot category! I can tell you that….I have never tried them because I can’t handle even the mildest heat. I’m such a wimp. 😉
“Cooks use them to make a signature fresh salsa called Xnipek, or “dog’s nose” since the first bite is like that sudden shock of a cold, wet nose on your leg.”
Want to see if you can handle the heat before you go on vacation? Order some achiote and give it a try at home!
Disney Cruise with KIDS – Tips for Cozumel – Beaches
As you might expect from an island, there are beautiful beaches in Cozumel.
Beaches on the west side of Cozumel (between the island and the mainland) are protected from storms that come from the ocean and have at the busier beaches with nice soft sand. The eastern side of the island, open to the weather of the ocean has more rocky spots.
Explore each beach one by one to decide which one is perfect for your Disney cruise excursion!
Be prepared for a day with sun and surf at the beach of your choice in Cozumel!
I just love this sand proof blanket. Somehow it is made so that sand goes right through it! This is fantastic because sometimes you get sandy and then can’t get it off of everything!
Don’t think you can look great in a hat? Not true! Everyone looks amazing in the right hat.
Sand can get really really hot on your feet! Flip Flops work ok for the grownups but not for the kids who are in and out of the water the whole time. They can lose those flip flops in the water and if they don’t wear them into the water, they’ll burn soft feet running back and forth to you. Water shoes to the rescue!
These ruins are NOT on the island of Cozumel so they will require a ferry to the mainland and then further travel to the ruins.
Cozumel is part of the Caribbean! If you want a larger list of book choices to read before your trip. **Coming soon – Kids’ Books Set in the Caribbean***
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