This video shows our 2nd shore excursion off of the Carnival Elation cruise liner. We went to Passion Island, Cozumel, Mexico!
We docked at the Puerta Maya pier in Cozumel, Mexico. We also saw the Carnival Paradise docked already as we slowly docked towards the pier. We saw many people already debarking from the ship from our stateroom window. Then coming around almost 10 a.m., we finally stepped foot on the pier, later entering the Puerta Maya Cruise Center! Wow, we were really in the tropics at this point! We were walking towards the small ferry that will take us to Passion Island, which was a small island located in the northern area of Cozumel. The boat/ferry ride was about 45 minutes.
By around 11 a.m., we finally stepped foot on Passion Island! The sand was so white and the sea was so calm and had the beautiful light turquoise color. Welcome to the tropics, guys! We quickly chose our chill spot/table before the place got crowded. We were the first ones so we get to choose the best spots! They even had hammocks! I later went down to the beach to feel the water. Wow, the water was so refreshingly cool, not cold like back in California. But a rain shower was quickly approaching so I had to head back to the tables for cover since I had the cameras.
Coming 11:30 a.m. or so, we went to eat lunch. Of course I couldn't help myself and got more than I can eat. Then the rains finally started to pour. Even the roof had quite a few leaks so we had to scootch a bit and move the table and chairs. My dad actually was out in the beach swimming when it was raining! So this is how life is in the tropics!
After lunch, we did some souvenir shopping around the shops/huts. This was where we took too much time since the owners/sellers were trying to sell as much as they can. After wasting quite a good chunk of our 3-hour limit here, we headed back to the beach. I enjoyed last minute views and touched the water with my feet once again. The sun was also coming out at the time. The sun was burning and it was also pretty warm and humid.
As quickly as time flew, it was already 2 p.m. and we went together with our "Carnival Elation" group and then walked as a group back to the ferry. It was a short but sweet experience on Passion Island, though I wish it was longer. *Word of advice: If planned to visit Passion Island, it should be AT LEAST one full day. Good-bye, Passion Island...
We enjoyed the 45-minute ride back to the Puerta Maya pier and enjoyed the view. The water was so blue and turquoise! The kids aboard also did their dances and enjoyed themselves one last time before finally we reached the pier. We did a bit of last minute shopping around the Puerta Maya Cruise Center.
While we were still in the store (although not shown in video), we heard our ship's horn blow! So we then quickly headed to the ship and finally we boarded. There was still a big line so we could've took more time haha. It was around 3:40 p.m. while we were in the line to board back onto the ship.
By 4:20 p.m., that's when we departed from the pier of Cozumel, heading back to the open sea. However, we got a note from the captain that our itinerary might change due to Hurricane Isaac still pounding home port in New Orleans, LA! We might end up staying an extra day at sea to wait it out. Nonetheless, what a fun and wonderful time me and my family had at Cozumel, especially at Passion Island!
[Filmed on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 with my Canon Powershot SD1100 IS Digital ELPH camera]