Fat Tuesday in Costa Maya
Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
It was a morning of sailing the surprisingly moody waters of the Gulf of Mexico aboard Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Freedom as we made our way to Costa Maya, Mexico. In fact, moody storm clouds seemingly chased us all the way into port, buffeted by strong winds that whipped across the open decks.
Believe it or not, this is only my second Western Caribbean cruise; the first was way back in 2009 on a run from Tampa to Key West and Cozumel. Still, I don’t remember the winds being this strong; they seem uncommonly harsh to me. They’re certainly doing double-duty today: guests are by and large staying off the open decks.
Guests had an interesting way to stay entertained this morning, despite the high winds. In the sheltered warmth of the Deck 5 Promenade, guests could participate in the Seuss-At-Sea Parade, which wound its way along the length of the ship before finally concluding in the Victoriana Lounge for a Seuss-themed storytime. The book being read to the eager kids: none other than The Cat in the Hat.
I love the idea of having storytime for kids. Anything that encourages kids to read is a huge plus in my books. Not only that, but adults were encouraged to attend and participate, too.
By the time we came alongside in Costa Maya, seas as blue as the sky greeted us, replacing the moody and uncooperative weather that had plagued us for most of the morning. Also there to say hello was Costa Cruises’ sleek Costa Luminosa, looking resplendent with her gleaming white superstructure and bright canary-yellow funnel.
The best way I can describe Costa Maya is to call it the Grand Turk of the Western Caribbean. It’s not an island, but it is largely a manufactured port of call. Up to three megaships can dock here at a single time, an