I am looking for my next cruise. In doing so, I was surfing around on the web when I discovered a cruise leaving from one of my two home ports.
On May 2nd next year, the Carnival Legend will depart on the Port of Tampa on a 7-Day Western Caribbean cruise.
The second port of call for the Legend on this particular cruise will be the island of Cozumel, Mexico. It just so happens that the ship will arrive in Cozumel on May 5th, which is the Mexican holiday "Cinco de Mayo".
So, if I were to go on this particular cruise, should I expect to see something special when the ship arrives in Cozumel? Or will this day be like any other cruiseship day in Cozumel? Should I expect to see less when I arrive in Cozumel (considering it is a Mexican national holiday and stores and businesses might be closed)?
It would be interesting to know what to expect when going to a Mexican port of call on Cinco de Mayo.
Actually, Cinco de Mayo isn't a major holiday in Mexico. It isn't even an official holiday there. It is more of a regional thing, primarily in Puebla. The reason it seems like such a big deal in the U.S. over the past few years is two-fold: a good portion of the Mexican population currently in the U.S. is from Puebla, and the Mexican beer distributors in this country saw a way to create more business. I saw a report about it a year or two ago on Fox.
I was surprised to learn about this a few years ago myself. I was always under the impression it was equivalent to our July 4th.
The beer distributors will most likely have some kind of special on the ship. Sometimes they do this for St. Patrick's day and some other holidays. They might have a special lido deck party that night as well.
The Legend in early May sounds like a wonderful cruise.
I imagine the ship will capitalize on it with margarita and Corona specials. In Cozumel you might expect something similar at the party bars, but it will be for the benefit of the tourists and thus not very authentic.
Here all along I thought that it was a major celebration day in Mexico, man the beer distributors had me fooled. I hope you have a wonderful cruise, Frase. It's great that you won't have to drive so dang far.