Dropping Anchor in Cozumel Aboard the Disney Magic

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Staff and guests party like pirates on Pirate Night. photo: Disney Cruise Line

Give me an AAArrrr! We were still recovering from a late night partying like pirates, when we pulled up to Cozumel at 9 a.m. The Disney Cruise pirate parties are legendary. Once each cruise, a massive dance party is held on the main deck, with lots of passengers dressed up in pirate finery. The excitement reaches a high note when Mickey Mouse flies in via zip line. Could it get any better? Apparently yes … with the only fireworks at sea being set off. Not surprisingly, Disney knows how to throw a dynamite party.

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It’s a pirate life for young and old alike aboard Disney Magic. photo: Andrea Guthmann

We had about six hours to enjoy Cozumel. Luckily, there’s no tender needed. You pull right up to the pier, making it an easy disembarkation. You exit the ship directly into a mall. Si, the locals make it easy for passengers to part with their dineros. Don’t worry if you don’t have any, all the shops take U.S. dollars.

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Souvenirs abound in the Fiesta Mall across from the cruise terminal in Cozumel, Mexico. photo: Andrea Guthmann
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Souvenir shops line the street across from the cruise terminal in Cozumel, Mexico. photo: Andrea Guthmann
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You’ll see a lot of of the same gifts for sale in Cozumel — sombreros, t-shirts, Mexican pottery and blankets.                photo: Andrea Guthmann

Although plenty of cruise passengers spend their days in port shopping, we decided to dive into another activity Cozumel’s well known for — snorkeling. This Mexican island is world-renowned for its crystal clear waters, snorkeling and diving. We spent the day at a popular snorkeling beach called the Money Bar. I don’t know how much money they bring in, but the gold standard snorkeling and setting were certainly worth our time. Snorkel gear rents for $15. You can set yourself up at a table under an umbrella or lake a siesta in the lounge chairs they provide, just bring your own towel. When you want a break from the water, order up your favorite tropical drink, or lunch if you want. The ceviche was a great catch!

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The beach at the Money Bar, ten minutes south of the cruise terminal in Cozumel, Mexico. photo: Andrea Guthmann
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The snorkeling in Cozumel is world class. photo: Andrea Guthmann
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Time to take a break from the snorkeling and order up a tropical drink at Cozumel’s Money Bar. photo: Andrea Guthmann

So far on the Disney Magic, we’ve had chance to explore historic Galveston, Texas, Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach, and snorkel the crystal clear waters of Cozumel, Mexico. Can’t ask for a better escape from the Midwest winter! Join me tomorrow for a day at sea. We’ll start it off with Mickey Mania at the character breakfast, then the adults will dine in high style at Palo’s.

Andrea Guthmann is a Midwest Emmy Award-winning broadcast, print and digital journalist. She spent many years as a TV producer for WTTW, the PBS station in Chicago. Her writing’s been published in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Parent and on-line travel sites. She’s also the Midwest blogger forTravelingMom.com. A native Floridian, Andrea’s now a big (windy) city mom of 3, who range in age from pre-school to high school. She loves sailing Lake Michigan and visiting the world class museums and restaurants in her sweet home Chicago, but loves escaping from the Midwest winters! 

Disclosure: Disney Magic is hosting the author and her guests for purposes of this review.

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