what is the weather like on the way to cozumel from galveston? I leave tomorrow and have no idea how to pack? Is it warm enough for sun bathing? will I need a jacket? my first cruise, any other suggestions??
Welcome to Cruise-Chat, kmoon. It would probably be a good idea to bring a light jacket or raincoat for Galveston area. Once you get a little further south you should be ok. Pack about half of what you think you'll need. Don't forget sunscreen, sunglasses, and lots of smiles. Bring extra batteries for your camera. If it's digital, invest in a couple extra memory chips. Have a wonderful time and we look forward to hearing how your trip was. Bon Voyage
kmoon, We just returned from the Ecstasy to Progresso & Cozumel cruise out of Galveston. The weather was really foggy when we left Galveston. A front was expected into Southeast Texas, and this is not uncommon to have fog and humidity before a front. As we entered the Gulf, it was extremely windy and raining the first night at sea. We couldn't be out on deck because of it. When we reached Progresso, it was beautiful, sunny and warm. We shopped and didn't go to the beach or into the water there. Once again that night as we headed toward Cozumel, it was very windy out on deck. Really wasn't pleasant at all. Cozumel was however very warm and beautiful. The excursion we took there was a disappointment, but the weather was very nice and the water very beautiful....and pretty cool, until you got used to it.
I recommend not taking the Fiesta Party Boat. We actually signed up for the Catamarin which had beer, margaritas, and snorkeling. When we got in line where we were told the catamarin would pick us up, the Party Boat picked us up instead, but we were told this was the correct place to be. The man who took our ticket told us we were on the correct boat, but as we pulled out into the open water, we saw the catamarin we thought we should have been on, already out on it's way to the beach...and they did however go to the same place we went. Our only complaint was that the beer was warm, the margaritas and the rum punch was weak, and the snorkelling was just off the beach, not out further into the water as we had done once before. As for on the actual Party Boat, their entertainment for us on the way back to the dock was lap dances....it was funny, if you don't mind this sort of thing, but not for families. They also heckled us to death to buy their necklaces, t-shirts, and blankets. Every few minutes someone was coming by us trying to sell us something. Oh and their costumes were riduculous!
I don't mean to make this all sound terrible. I can handle these peddlers, in fact it gets rather humorous. But some people don't like it at all. We did go kayaking there and enjoy the beach. It was a beautiful place, the snorkelling just wasn't any good.
Back to the weather...sorry, I got off the subject! Every night on the ship, the wind was just too bad and the seas too rough to be out on deck. Friday during the day it was very rough, and people were having a problem with getting sick. It was cloudy outside but not raining, just extremely windy and rough, but we chose to stay out on the Lido deck area, just to be out doors. We sat on the inside patio also. The most beautiful day of all was the day we arrived back at Galveston....naturally. The sky was blue and beautiful, so while we waited to disembark, we sat on the deck.
I hope your weather is much better than ours. I look at it this way....it is a gamble everytime we board a ship, as far as the weather is concerned. We had great weather on our first cruise, and we didn't on this one. We still love the cruising experience and will definitely do it again. Every ship, and every day is different!
Have a great time and tell us all about it....good or bad...when you return.
thanks for all the info- this is my first time.
we are planning to just go to paradise beach, san fransisco beach or mr sancho's beach. I am taking the inlaws and my 18 and 21 year old. figure something for everyone there. we are just doing a 4 day to cozumel. So sounds like you were not able to sun bath at all. when did you return? Thanks again! anything I need to take specifically? we are going on ecstasy.
We just returned on Saturday, 2nd. We did get some sun in Cozumel, in fact even though I applied sun screen several times, I still managed to get a little burn, but not bad. I'm just not a sun person. So do apply and reapply even if it is waterproof!
Most of all, don't forget your birth certificates and picture I.D.'s, or passports, which ever you have for identification. If you haven't already, go ahead and print out your FunPass also. You'll be told to take your sail and sign card, and photo I.D. into Mexico with you. They did check ours everytime we left and reentered the boats, so don't leave them in your cabin!!
I'm sure you know this, but the sail and sign card is what you use on the boat to buy anything like alcohol, anything in the shops, soft drinks, really anything except in the casino, or any of the games in the Blue Sapphire Lounge. In the casino, you will need cash, and in the Blue Sapphire for Bingo, or the other games, you will also need cash. Be sure to take some ones and fives for tipping. Even though all the food from room service is included in the price of your cruise, it's appropriate to tip the deliverer. Also, on the last night, if you want to tip your cabin steward, wait staff etc. extra, you'll need cash for them.
You can apply cash on your sail and sign, or use your credit card for the charges to automatically go to. They will explain this to you when they assign the card to you.
Coming from me...this is funny, but, try not to over pack....and try to convince the women in your family not to over pack. Everyone was very casual on this ship. Even at dinner, except on formal night, it was ok to be casual. No shorts or swim suits, but jeans and casual shirts are fine. One night we were pressed for time, and my husband even slipped in with shorts on. Long story why, but they didn't stop him. If you like to dress up, go ahead, we did a couple of nights, but most people were just comfortable.
I was able to wear shorts, capris and jeans more than once. They didn't get dirty, and if they do and you run out of clothes, have them laundered. I didn't wear everything I took. Be sure to take comfortable shoes, sandals and tennis shoes mostly. I saw some women with heels on, but if it gets rough out there, heels are just dangerous. I only wore them on formal night.
One thing we took that worked great in our room was the over the door shoe holders. Dollar Tree has them for a buck, and they really help keep things tidy in your room and bathroom. I put everything in ours. I had 2 of them. One for the bathroom and one for the cabin. Worked great and they fold totally flat for packing. They do have shampoo, razors, & toothpaste in your room. We took our own, just because we prefer our own, but they do supply these for you and I think would bring you more if you asked.
They also had 2 robes in the cabins, but the last night, our steward took ours for some reason. When I asked him for them back, he said they had gone to the laundry. He did a great job, and was very nice to us, but I didn't appreciate this. He also left dirty glasses on our counter a couple of times and I don't know why, but I just sat them outside the door and he picked them up.
They have 2 very large bath sheets in your cabin also. They let you use these to take on shore with you, but you have to bring them back or be charged for them. They do sell them and the robes also.
The ship was in top shape, and the crew was continually cleaning and painting. Very clean and nice. We still used some of the hand sanitizer before we ate our dinner, just to be safe. We learned another ship had a virus on it, so I'd rather be safe than sorry....This was one of the ships used by FEMA during the hurricanes, and has been totally renovated. They were decorating the ship for Christmas as we were leaving, and it was so pretty. I snapped a few shots in the Atrium! Wish they would have done this for us, but the ship is still pretty anyway.
The beds are great and the showers are great! There are still no hair dryers in the cabins, so don't forget that. In fact, I took ours, and of course didn't take my small one for traveling, so the last night of the cruise when they ask for your luggage to be placed outside your rooms in the hallway, I had to give up my hair dryer. It was too large for my carry on, so I didn't have it for morning. I know, this isn't important for some hair, but I wish I had stuck my little travel size in a suitcase pocket for that last morning.
I think you will definitely need a couple of long sleeve shirts, not necessarily real heavy, and a jacket or warmup suit. This is for out on deck if the weather is cloudy, and definitely in the evening. My husband took a long sleeve demin shirt, and he was still cool, and wished he had a jacket. He is usually pretty hot natured. The women should have something cozy and warm, sweater or something.
Be sure to use the Deck Plan they will give you on the ship. It was a little confusing to me, so I used it alot. They also have the Deck Plans at each elevator though. One thing I didn't know about was a stairway off the Promenade Deck, right around the corner from the casino, that leads up to the Lido Deck. It is very convenient for going up on deck, and I didn't know about it or use it until the 3rd day we were at sea! ha!
Oh yeah, one more thing. The women will love the $10 shop. Really nice things for 10 bucks! It is close to the Starlight Lounge.
We live about 1 1/2 hours from Galveston, and didn't intend on leaving until around 10 a.m., but were up and ready by 9, so we headed on out. We were glad we did, because the line behind us was really long to board. We got on the ship, had lunch, got to our rooms, and really enjoyed learning the ship long before it sailed, so get up and head out to get an early start to your cruise.
I know I've been long here, but there is always so much to say about cruising, because it is so great. Main thing is to just have a relaxing fun time doing what ever you want! And...don't get on that ship thinking about any diet, 'cause it just don't happen!!
Ok, one more thing, about T-shirts at Cozumel. Don't pay the huge prices at the shops "recommended" by the shopping expert on the ship. There is a shop there named "LEBEST". They have $5.00 shirts and if you buy a certain amount, you can get them for $4. They had a pretty good selection, and they wash up really well too. I know you aren't going to Progresso, but they also have a shop there.
Have a great time with your family and tell us all about it when you return! Sorry this was so long.....