Just thought I'd drop a line here. We just got back from our honeymoon cruise yesterday. Earlier I had asked questions first about what to do in Cozumel, then was recommended to Mr. Sancho's. Then I asked here how to book and was helped again. Well, here's my part on this.
First, I booked through Shore Excursioneer (http://www.shoreexcursioneer.com/cruiseexcursions/page1.html). 10 buck deposit via PayPal. Next day I printed my receipt, which I stuck in a plastic sheath which went into my cruise folder full of important documents. Well, once we got into Cozumel, I removed said receipt and took it with us on shore. After winding our way through the port tourist shopping area and getting help once from a security guard on where to find the taxi's (For anyone else going to anywhere on Cozumel, just keep heading through the shopping area. heading from the end of the pier go until it forces you to turn left (right heads up some stairs), take that left and follow it to a large covered walkway where you will take a right down said walkway until you find the taxi's. The drivers will be there offering to take you wherever you wish. They do know where Sancho's is.), we grabbed a cab for $15. He drove a little crazy, but after dealing with my wife's driving it wasn't too unusual. Got us right where we wanted to go. The taxi was a ford minivan with working A/C. Anyways, he told us about the place on the way there and informed us that there were always cab drivers waiting there to take us back to the boat.
Once we got there and got out, we were assaulted by the usual people trying to sell everything from Cuban cigars to toy action figures but fortunately that was a short walk. Then we were directed to a lady sitting under a white umbrella who took our receipt and our additional $80 and gave us each a wrist band. After that she directed us to the lockers, which you have to put a $10 deposit down for a lock for your locker if you don't bring your own. That is located beside the inside bar. The lockers are the next building down which is painted pink and has bathrooms in it. We got a locker, put our stuff in it, and it was off for some fun!
First off, this place is B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L!!! White sandy beach, clear blue ocean water, swinging beds, hammocks, beach chairs, loungers, and of most import to my wife, a swim up bar. In the pool with the bar there are tables that sit just above the water and bar stools that sit just high enough so as to feel like your sitting at any regular table. Also there are stools along the bar. With the all inclusive package, we got all you can eat and drink. She took them up on the drinking while I took them up on the use of their equipment for snorkeling.
For her, she said the drinks were very good. She had 4 pina colada in a matter of no-time. I tried one of them and it was very strong. She then reported that she tried a strawberry margarita which was so strong she couldn't drink it, even after he diluted it with more strawberries. At first he actually offered to put more tequila in the drink lol. Then she had a Miami Vice which she reported as very good, then passed out in the pool at one of the tables before heading up and getting another pina colada and getting out to lounge in one of the large covered loungers by the pool.
During this time I went off to snorkel as this is what I wanted from the start. First lets say I'm very glad I brought my own mask and snorkel. Their masks were ok but the snorkels were the basic tube with a mouthpiece types with no blowout or wave protection. I brought my own fins too but forgot them on the boat. I won't do that again. The fins are of good quality there, and they got me the size I needed. However it's $5 to rent fins, while snorkle/mask are included in the all inclusive. So I paid my $5 and off to the ocean I went. No seaweed on the beach, which is a major change from what I'm used to in Galveston or Port A. The sand was a little rough on the feet with the seashells in it, but not so bad as to need shoes. A nice gradual deepening of the water was nice, sat down, got my fins on, and off I went. I had one of the fuji film waterproof cameras as my waterproof bag didn't come in in time. A tip for everyone. Check these cameras BEFORE you get in the water. Mine got busted on one corner at some point and leaked water in while I was snapping off pictures. I'm waiting to see if they will be ok or not. Anyways, I started at the end of the beach where the jetski's are parked. Not much to see here. Some seaweed at the bottom. A couple of fish. Pretty boring. The water however is amazingly clear. I poked about in this area for about an hour before my legs got tired and I swam up to check on the wife.
She was quite drunk when I got back to her and found her passed out in the lounger with another pina colada in her hand. I got her up and moving and we got back in the pool and just swam around a bit enjoying the beautiful weather and scenery and just being together. It's our honeymoon and I felt we were doing it right. Then my one and only complaint happened. As we were enjoying our company, 3 couples showed up with a whole mess of children. OK there is another pool by the restaurant. I didn't appreciate all the kids in the pool with the bar. Had they been even moderately well behaved I might not have minded so much, but they were being heathens jumping off the sides and the tables into the water. It's a lucky thing none of them landed on a bar stool or cracked their head. It's not deep enough for diving to start with never mind the hidden things in the water. Or they were horse playing and splashing and getting louder and louder screaming at each other, and in general being a nuisance while their parents never said anything. I kept hoping some of the staff would come up and ask them to at least quit jumping in the damn pool splashing everyone else and risking their own fool necks but it didn't happen.
Well, we finally got annoyed and I managed to get her to go snorkeling as well. She was a bit afraid of the ocean at first thinking it's full of sharks that follow her around with a bib on and a fork and knife in each fin waiting on her to get in a provide a buffet. But she got their basic equipment which the mask didn't seal well to her face, the snorkel kept filling with water when a wave would come in, and the boats going by doing the para-sailing were making plenty of waves. But it was ok. I didn't expect much there and didn't get much thus why I brought my own equipment. At least the guys were very helpful in getting her some equipment that was at least functional enough to let her try it once and she really enjoyed it. Next time I'll have her own gear too. This time the guy giving us the gear told me where to go find the fish. So while the wife was cautiously exploring where I started at, I swam down to the area I least expected. There is a giant inflatable iceberg in the water that people can try to climb then fall back into the water as well as banana boats and other things to play with. Well the anchors holding the iceberg to the sea floor have attracted coral and barnacles and such, which have attracted schools of fish. I went from yawn boring to something out of a discovery channel show by just getting near. I figured all the people falling in the water would have scared the fish away. Instead it's conditioned them to people splashing around and they let me swim right up and hopefully take some very good pictures with my second, non-damaged underwater camera. I was absoloutley thrilled by this and can't wait to go snorkeling elsewhere as now I think I'm hooked.
I then met back up with the wife near where I left her, now sitting in the water and getting rolled around by the waves which sent me into fits of giggles as I swam up. Luckily I was still using my snorkel so she didn't notice me. We sat there and I collected her some very interesting sea shells while I just puttered around near her. Unfortunately Carnival doesn't allow as much time in Cozumel as they do Progresso (Which is a dump btw), so by the time I got us out of the water it was just time enough to catch a cab back and get our quick souvenir shopping done. Didn't get to try any of the food so no comments there, although there was a very nice waiter named Gustavo who came around every 5 minutes or so to ask if we needed anything. We got my fins and her stuff turned back in, got dried off and our stuff from the locker. No problem getting our $10 deposit back on the lock, and made the walk back through the annoying salesmen to the cabs outside. No wait there, right in, another crazy driver although better than the last one. Got us right back to the port for another $15. Still worth it as the cab was nice and clean and A/C'ed.
A very quick rushed trip grabbing things for the family (So close that the ship started blowing it's horn for people before we got back to the lines to get on the boat), and grabbed a bicycle taxi from the end of the pier to take us back out to the ship, waited 20min in line before getting back on-board. I think everyone was getting back late making the ship wait for us cause when we got there, there was an easy 300 people in line to get back aboard. Anyways, right on, and off we went watching the most beautiful place I've ever seen fade into the distance.
So, Mr. Sancho's gets 4.5 of 5 stars from me. The drinks were excellent, the service excellent, the equipment average, the scenery excellent, the food at least looked and smelt good, and the only real complaint is the children being in the bar pool acting like heathens. that is as much to blame on the parents as the staff. I'd definitely go back next cruise.
Carnival Triumph - 10/08/12-10/13/12