Category Archives: Mexico

Back to Vegas

On January 13, 2013, we had breakfast at El Cardenal in our hotel.  A guy asked if we wanted hot chocolate and we said yes and he started stirring the hot chocolate in the pot.  It was really tasty.


Ivan got the Escamoles omelette – an omelette with ant eggs.  I had an omelette stuffed with zucchini flowers and mushrooms.  Lil Dave got a banana oatmeal with more bananas on top.  The food was very tasty.  We were charged for the hot chocolate – the guy should have told us that before serving it to us.

We got a taxi to the airport at 11:10 am.  Ivan and I checked in and went through Security.  We sat down at a gate that was a waiting area until the gate was announced.


Ivan used the internet and I worked on the blog.  The flight was supposed to leave at 2:18 pm, but it kept getting delayed.

The plane ended up leaving at 4 pm.  We arrived at 5:15 pm in Las Vegas.  My mom picked us up and took us to our house.  It was great to be back home. 

There’s more to our trip.. we’ll be going to Anaheim for Disney’s Tinkerbell Marathon in 5 days.


Mexico City

On January 12, 2013, Ivan, Lil Dave and I woke up at 7 am.  We had the free breakfast and then packed everything up. 

We left by taxi at 7:45 am and arrived at the airport at 8:30 am.

Our plane was supposed to leave for Mexico City at 10:37 am.  We did board the plane, but ended up in the plane for almost 2 hours while the plane was refueled.  Ivan thinks there was malfunctions that had to be fixed as well – we weren’t sure since they didn’t let us know.

The plane left at 12:30 pm.  Ivan and I watched tv shows and the movie Tormented during the flight.  We also slept a lot on the plane.  The flight was almost 6 hours long and we arrived at 5:15 pm.

Ivan booked a taxi and went outside.  We left for Hilton Reforma.

We checked in.  Ivan used the internet while I worked on the blog and watched tv in English.  It’s been awhile since the shows on the tv have been in English.

Ivan got a nice restaurant recommendation from the Conceirge.  We walked to Café de Tacuba.  A mariachi band was playing great Mexican songs. 


Ivan and I got two strong margaritas to start off with.  We shared a lovely tortilla soup.  Lil Dave got banana taquitos.  Ivan got a Huachinaango Veracruzano which is a fish.  I got delicious Enchiladas de Mole Poblano.  It was great because the table next to us kept tipping the mariachi band, so the band played by us the whole time we were eating. 

We got a taxi to the Sheraton Hotel.  We went to the bar with the live music.  There’s a cover charge of 130 pesos per person for Sundays.  Ivan and I got two really weak strawberry margaritas which probably didn’t have tequila in them.  We saw the mariachi band play 2 songs and then they finished.  Ivan read online that this is the best mariachi band in Mexico City.   Too bad that we didn’t get to see the 11 piece mariachi band play longer since they sounded great.

A salsa band came on next which was pretty boring – so, we got a taxi back to the hotel.


Salsa, Nemo and Pirates

The weather was totally overcast when we arrived in Cozumel, Mexico on October 3, 2012.  Ivan and I were up early at 8 am.  We had the breakfast buffet and headed to the D Lounge at 8:45 am.

We were going to do one of the excursions we booked through Disney.  Since the weather was so bad, there was an option to cancel your excursion.  Ours was indoors, so we didn’t cancel.

We left the boat at 9 am.  It was raining out.  We were picked up for the Salsa and Salsa class.  There was supposed to be 10 people, but it was only four of us after all the cancelations.  The guy kept talking to somebody in Spanish.  It seemed like they were going to cancel it, but I’m so glad they didn’t.

The man walked us through a mall and then put us in a taxi.

We went to a hotel nearby.  Our two teachers for the Salsa and Salsa class were two friendly Mexican girls. 


They taught us 7 salsas and two margaritas.  It was unlimited margaritas and we were taking advantage of it.  It didn’t look like the other two were though. 

It was great having only four of us in the class since they were making the margaritas right at our table with us.  I really enjoyed the salsa verde the best.


I was feeling drunk and now it was time for dancing.  I wonder if they do this on purpose.  The girls taught us some salsa moves which I’m not sure anybody really mastered, but it was fun trying!


The class includes beach time for an hour, but it was still bad weather – so we all headed back to the ship.

Salsa and Salsa is a terrific class that’s tasty and lots of fun.

Ivan and I were drunk and hungry.  We got room service: vegetable panini and fruit.  Then, we took a long nap. 

I woke up and Ivan had brought us grilled salmon sandwiches from Flo’s Café. 

It was time to watch Finding Nemo 3D in the theatre.  I’ve actually never seen this movie.  It was funny and such a cute story. 

Ivan and I went back to the room and found two Mickey Pirates in the Caribbean bandanas in the room.  It was Pirate Night.  Lots of people were dressed up in Pirate costume.  I only had my bandana and my pirate earrings.  Ivan had his bandana and the pirate hat that I got from Ibiza.

We saw part of the Pirates in the Caribbean show on the pool deck. It was a live show with all the disney characters dressed up as pirates and was quite fun to watch.


Dinner was at Royal Court.  Since the other couples were having dinner at Palo, it was just us and Ben and Nicole from New Jersey. 

I started off with a conch chowder while Ivan had a crab cake and seafood pearls.  Ivan thought the crab cake wasn’t crabby enough. 

We had the vegetable jalfrazie that was made for us.  It probably wasn’t made by an Indian chef since it didn’t have any tomatoes in it which is the MAIN ingredient in a jalfrazie.  It tasted great, but was definitely NOT a jalfrazie!

We chatted with Ben and Nicole about semester at sea and traveling.

Dessert was Death by Rum which was rum cake with raisin ice cream. 


Kristina created this and raved about it, but we didn’t really think it was anything much. To be honest, she didn’t look like the kind of girl who was too fussy with her desserts.

Ivan and I headed up to the pool deck to get a good view for the fireworks.  Kristina recommended that we go on the left side of the big screen to get an ideal view. 

There was a show where pirates were fighting with Captain Jack Sparrow. 

The Buccaneer Blast Fireworks came on which lasted a few minutes.  The fireworks were good, but too short.

The AquaDuck was open late since it was closed during the shows.  Ivan went on the AquaDuck which is a lot cooler at night since the tube is all lit up.


We went into the hot jacuzzi where we saw some of the Disney production cast.  There was a few princesses and and one of the dancers.  Ivan thought the magic was gone since he saw them out of their element.

Credit: Aquaduck photo by The Walt Disney Company


Beach Wishes

On October 2, 2012, the Disney Fantasy was docked in Costa Maya, Mexico.  Ivan and I went to the Enchanted Garden for breakfast which has the same food as the food in Cabanas but a bit quieter. There’s not much food really available.  I had a Mickey waffle and cereal. 

Later, we had lunch at the buffet upstairs.

Ivan, Lil Dave and I headed into Costa Maya.  We got the bus for 3 dollars each to Mahuhual which is downtown. 


We chilled on the beach where the water was really, really warm.  It’s great to relax in the water. 

The black clouds started approaching, and they looked pretty evil. Ivan thought it was going to rain soon.

We got a taxi back to the port. 

Ivan and I shared a tasty, but expensive mango margarita at Senor Frogs.  (You cant go to mexico without having a margarita can you!!!)


There were a few dolphins in the water outside of the bar.

We were back on board around 3 pm.  Ivan and I took a nap and read our books.  Lil Dave went to go in the jacuzzi with his monkey friends.

That evening,  we saw the great Wishes show which is an original show.  It was about 3 teenagers who were graduating high school.  They were celebrating by having a good time at Disneyland.  There were many characters from Lion King and Mulan.  It was a REALLY entertaining show with the Disney magic, but also maybe a bit of the Disney ‘cheese’ factor also.

I was in the shower when Ivan went to see the amazing juggler Mike Price.

Dinner was at Enchanted Garden. 


Ivan and I started off with a good saffron mussels soup.  Ivan got the turbot which was ok while my mushroom pasta was average.  We told our server Kristina that the food wasn’t that good.

The chef came over who was an Indian man. Ivan said the food hasn’t been great.   Ivan and I love Indian food. Ivan asked if we could have vegetable jalfrazie tomorrow with roti.

Kristina brought everybody diet tiramisu which was average.  The rocky road ice cream sundae and the banana bread pudding were tasty.  The chilled soufflé was boring. 

There’s a big chair fit for royalty that I thought would be a great picture.


Ivan and I headed to The Tube for trivia.  We did good but didn’t win the 80’s Music Trivia.  The winner didn’t win anything.  I think Disney should give out some sort of prize, like Carnival does. I did see pins given out at a game the other night.

Next, we watched part of the Pop game show which was about pop culture. After that we headed to our cabin to sleep.

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