Monday, April 25, 2016

Cozumel and Pirate Night

April 4, 2016

Today when we woke up we were in Cozumel, Mexico! The weather was not very good and it was very overcast when we looked out. Breakfast this morning was room service as we had to meet our excursion group bright and early to go see the dolphins at Chankanaab Park. At this port we were able to dock so no tender boats today! Bobby used his lighter weight transport wheelchair as it would fold and fit in the taxi van. As we headed out with our group we were all handed brand new Mickey Mouse ponchos as it was pouring when we got off of the ship. The tour operators had given us the option to cancel and get a refund, but we figured we were in swimsuits and would be wet anyway so on we went! We followed our guide over the street to a shopping plaza and a taxi stop where they divided us into smaller groups and sent us on our way in the taxi. It rained the whole way there, but after we arrived it stopped raining! No pictures on this trip there and back, but plenty of our interaction as they had photographers there and of course Beth bought the photo package!

The park is accessible and Bobby was able to ride all the way to the pen area in his chair(which was good as the dock is a bit uneven and he might have tripped and fallen) He did have to descend and then ascend the stairs to the platform. This reporter could not join the interaction as due to my size, the dolphin would have considered me a toy and the thought of being left at the bottom of the ocean just didn't appeal to me!

The waves did create some swells and it was often hard for Beth to keep her balance while also holding onto the straps of each boy's life jackets so they didn't float off into the dolphin pen! Bobby really enjoyed the interaction and David had the time of his life! Take a look at these pictures to see just how much fun they had!

First meet Louis our dolphin friend for this interaction. He loved to jump!

Louis swam by several times for touching and petting and then each person got a chance to interact individually with him.

Here is a picture which shows Beth holding on to Bobby so he doesn't float away. David has a death grip on the fence at this point due to the swells.
Bobby was the second one to volunteer for his individual interaction. He has interacted with dolphins once before so he was very comfortable with doing it again. He did need a little physical help due to the wave swells, but really enjoyed playing with Louis!

David was ready for his turn after watching a couple of other people go after Bobby. He was thrilled and a bit scared all at the same time. He definetly wasn't sure about the kiss thing!

By the time it was Beth's turn Louis had become a bit mischeivious. He thought it might be fun to try to pull her off the platform while she was holding his fins! Luckily she kept her balance! Silly Louis!

Bobby almost floated away again and David kept a tight grip on the fence!

The photographer also took some shots in black and white that turned out very nice!

After a couple of jumps and flips we had to say goodbye to our new dophin friend Louis. What a great interaction!

This reporter did manage to find a safe way to have a picture taken with Louis....
After the crew picked up their photos, it was back to the ship for a quick shower, change of clothes and some lunch! Since the weather was not great they had added another showtime for Zootopia so that was the afternoon activity of choice. After the movie the boys spent a little time in the kids club and then another change of clothes as it was Pirate Night! Before dinner the boys got to meet Peter Pan.
When it was this reporter's turn to meet Peter he asked if I could fly?! He threw me up in the air and said"See she can fly!" Luckily he did catch me! What a thrill to meet Peter Pan himself!

After Peter the boys spotted Daisy Duck in her pirate garb and rushed over for a picture.
The pirate crew then headed to the backdrops for some Pirate Family photos.

Since this cruise had a Star Wars night with a special menu, the Pirate Night menu was not available. While it was missed the food was still scrumptious. The boys enjoyed vanilla smoothies in their special pirate glasses.

The boys weren't interested in the show for the evening as it wasn't a Disney Production and chose to go to the kids club instead of up on deck for the Pirate Party. After a bit it was time to turn in as the next days activities were to include a bit of walking for Bobby. Upon return to the stateroom the crew found a swan awaiting them, but it was dismantled before a picture was taken. 

This is Pirate Super Lu signing off after a very fun filled day! Aaarrgghh matey!

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