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2 minutes ago, Boston Babe said:

@twangster you really should think about making travel brochures, incredible pictures.  I was very hesitant about Costa Maya, I thought we would just stay on the ship in January, but WOW did you change my mind, now I'm looking forward to it so much!

Yeah, what she said!:27_sunglasses:

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8 hours ago, RestingBirds said:

Ok...I'm definitely going to consider an itinerary with Costa Maya now, looks amazing.

Up until December, I thought Cozumel had the most brilliant blue water.  The water in Costa Maya is even one up on that.  I can't even describe it. 🙂

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15 hours ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Wow, Costa Maya and Mahahual look great !  I guess it's been a couple of years since we've been there, too.

I thought same thing. We're going back for the first time since 2010 and it's incredible to see how much as changed.

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On 3/1/2018 at 10:38 PM, RestingBirds said:

Ok...I'm definitely going to consider an itinerary with Costa Maya now, looks amazing.

 

On 3/2/2018 at 6:56 AM, Boston Babe said:

@twangster you really should think about making travel brochures, incredible pictures.  I was very hesitant about Costa Maya, I thought we would just stay on the ship in January, but WOW did you change my mind, now I'm looking forward to it so much!

 

On 3/2/2018 at 6:58 AM, rjac said:

Yeah, what she said!:27_sunglasses:

 

On 3/2/2018 at 7:41 AM, Matt said:

I thought same thing. We're going back for the first time since 2010 and it's incredible to see how much as changed.

Thanks folks. 

While I chose to walk to town I'd suggest people take the shuttle or taxi.  I only walked to kill time.  It's 2.5 miles or 4 km.  

On 3/2/2018 at 7:21 AM, Sabrinaklai said:

Up until December, I thought Cozumel had the most brilliant blue water.  The water in Costa Maya is even one up on that.  I can't even describe it. 🙂

I went back in my photo vault and found some photos from February 2015.  Yesterday an NCL ship was in the way so I couldn't get a great shot of Costa Maya like I could back in 2015.  The water color back then was amazing and I agree - Cozumel has always been beautiful but Costa Maya stands out from my 2015 trip as having the most beautiful water color. 

The zip line facility was just being built back then.

February 2015:

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Huh.  Looks like I went to Cozumel on that cruise as well, and ran into a familiar ship. 

Liberty back in 2015 sans slides:

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Here are some more photos of the Costa Maya waters from my current trip that didn't make the cut above.  They do show how colorful the water in Costa Maya is.  

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Oh, a friend reminded me technically that's sargassum, not simply 'seaweed'. 

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57 minutes ago, Sabrinaklai said:

Up until December, I thought Cozumel had the most brilliant blue water.  The water in Costa Maya is even one up on that.  I can't even describe it. 🙂

Believe it or not, the water in Bermuda is even more beautiful.  It was the biggest surprise to me about Bermuda.  I didn't expect that beautiful blue water.

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16 hours ago, rjac said:

Great photos! Interesting about the seaweed on the beach. Must have been a storm off shore and with the on shore winds that's where it ends up. We have the same thing occur here in NC on a lot of our beaches. But, for the most part, we don't have folks out there raking up nor bobcats to remove it. :27_sunglasses:

I stayed a week in 2015 up the coast at a place called Puerto Morelos, it's about midway between Cancun and Playa Del Carmen, stayed in a little AirBNB about a half block off the beach, anyway, they fought the seaweed problem the whole week we were there, locals said it was do to the overly warm water in the gulf and that the seaweed was blooming and growing like crazy and yes @rjac because of the wind and the angle of the coast it's the last stop for the sea weed.

You would think some really smart person would go down and figure out how to turn all of this excess seaweed in to a bio fuel or something, never ending renewable energy source.

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11 minutes ago, tiny260 said:

I stayed a week in 2015 up the coast at a place called Puerto Morelos, it's about midway between Cancun and Playa Del Carmen, stayed in a little AirBNB about a half block off the beach, anyway, they fought the seaweed problem the whole week we were there, locals said it was do to the overly warm water in the gulf and that the seaweed was blooming and growing like crazy and yes @rjac because of the wind and the angle of the coast it's the last stop for the sea weed.

You would think some really smart person would go down and figure out how to turn all of this excess seaweed in to a bio fuel or something, never ending renewable energy source.

Search for 'Sargossa Sea'.  It's much bigger than the Gulf or Caribbean Sea.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sargasso_Sea

How about "Sargossa Beer"?  Might be a little salty.  

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Day 6 - Cozumel

We've arrived in Cozumel and will share the pier with the Allure today.

Captain James made an announcement that all excursions that use a ferry will be canceled.  A note was placed outside each cabin overnight citing a U.S. State Department warning.     

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Fortunately my plan for today is a short walk up to a favorite water hole along the shore on the way to town.  

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1 hour ago, twangster said:

Search for 'Sargossa Sea'.  It's much bigger than the Gulf or Caribbean Sea.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sargasso_Sea

How about "Sargossa Beer"?  Might be a little salty.  

 

I got it!   We'll call it:  SarGose Sea!

 

In case you didn't know, gose is a beer made with salt.  An example:

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Before I forget, Saturday Night Fever was the broadway show last night.  Apparently it is normally on day 7 but according to the cast during the backstage tour the new CD is making some minor changes and he moved it to day 5.  No photography during the show is allowed but I did take a quick pic while waiting for the show to begin.  Pretty full house both showings.

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It was mostly good.  I'm not a big broadway fan but having done some backstage tours and following Nick Weir the VP of Royal Caribbean Entertainment I felt compelled to attend.  I'm glad I did.  

The new All-In-One dinner menus continue.  Here was night 5 in the MDR:

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 i actually ate in the Windjammer again.  The timing of the sunset and Saturday Night Fever made that the best option for me last night.

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Back To Day 6 - Cozumel

I let the crowds disembark and then headed towards town on foot.  

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Looks like its lifeboat exercise day.

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The last time I was here this sign almost complete.  Now it is.

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The color of the water in Cozumel isn't too shabby.

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The walk towards 'downtown'.

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Sunset bar.  Time for a Marg.

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On the way here I spotted a walkway down towards the water so I checked it out on the way back to the ship.

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The water is pretty mesmerizing here.

 

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I ducked into the Diamond lounge after lunch to capture the night 6 dinner menu, still part of the new all-in-one menu.  I haven't decided yet if I just do the Windjammer or MDR for this the second formal night.

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Top tier event at 7:15pm in Studio B.  1st time I've seen this on formal night and during prime time.  Dress code is formal.  I've got a jacket and tie just not sure I feel like wearing them tonight.    Maybe I can get a seat in the Diamond lounge tonight.  These seven day cruise are way too short.  I should have done a B2B.  

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2 minutes ago, jce2 said:

I assume that beach area right by the ships is a private beach for the El Cid?

 

Based on the angle to the dock, it looks further north than El Cid.

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12 minutes ago, jce2 said:

I assume that beach area right by the ships is a private beach for the El Cid?

 

El Cid or another.  Based on Google search it appears to belong to the Grand Park Royal Resort. 

Makes for a great picture though (from the public sidewalk).  

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6 hours ago, twangster said:

Day 6 - Cozumel

We've arrived in Cozumel and will share the pier with the Allure today.

Captain James made an announcement that all excursions that use a ferry will be canceled.  A note was placed outside each cabin overnight citing a U.S. State Department warning.     

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Fortunately my plan for today is a short walk up to a favorite water hole along the shore on the way to town.  

Thanks for sharing that, we'll be there next week.

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2 hours ago, twangster said:

 night 6 dinner menu, still part of the new all-in-one menu.  

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Is the all-in-one menu thing fleet-wide or is it just on Liberty? Also, do you HAVE to order dessert when ordering your appetiser and entree or can thou order it after eating your entree?

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4 hours ago, twangster said:

El Cid or another.  Based on Google search it appears to belong to the Grand Park Royal Resort. 

Makes for a great picture though (from the public sidewalk).  

We’ve done Grand Park as a day guest. It’s a pretty good deal and an easy walk.

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Dinner in the MDR.  I put on the suit and tie but spotted a pro in the elevator.  He had one of those tuxedo t-shirts but was wearing a dark jacket over it.  Good from far and far enough good for a cruise.  Oh Alexa, order me a tuxedo shirt...

I ordered the upside lobster tail AND the prime rib.  Unfortunately the ship has run out of horseradish sauce. 

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 Top tier event in Studio B.  Since I was dressed up with no where to go, I figured why not?

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Liberty has ALS - Air Lubrication System, the air bubbler system so the ship runs on a cushion of air. This was added in the last dry dock.  Speed right now is 25 knots.  

Top tier count - Platinum 330, Emerald 153, Diamond 338, Diamond Plus 152, Pinnacle 37.  

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8 minutes ago, twangster said:

Dinner in the MDR.  I put on the suit and tie but spotted a pro in the elevator.  He had one of those tuxedo t-shirts but was wearing a dark jacket over it.  Good from far and far enough good for a cruise.  Oh Alexa, order me a tuxedo shirt...

I ordered the upside lobster tail AND the prime rib.  Unfortunately the ship has run out of horseradish sauce. 

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Oh my...

 

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I decided to visit the Windjammer after dinner.  I have no idea why.  It was sort of an involuntary reaction.  The pork tenderloin was pretty good.  The RVC was very moist.  I could only squeeze in a small slice in the name of research and out of respect for @Sweety.  I feel so bloated as I write this.

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In other news the 10 drink card is $79 plus 18% gratuity.  

Voom is pretty spotty right now.  I haven't been able to watch periscopes or stream for most of the cruise and tonight is no different despite excellent weather.  It seems there is more to O3b than just the platform itself. I've read that there are spot beams that follow ships and it seems Liberty isn't in the limelight this cruise.  I've got more pics to post from the day in Cozumel and our departure but the post above took three attempts.  Sea day tomorrow, hoping for better Voom once we are in the sea of endless oil rigs.   Voom speeds have been up and down.  Sometimes offering the normal 4Mb/2Mb but too often 1.2Mb down and 1.4Mb up.

My T-Mobile service works pretty good in Cozumel.  LTE with 9Mb down, 25 Mb up.  It was nice having solid internet while in port.

 

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