In honor of Cinco de Mayo, today I want to tell you how you and your family can discover the culture, beauty and cuisine of Cozumel, Mexico, while sailing to the Western Caribbean with Disney Cruise Line. You can enjoy the picturesque views of the island, located off the eastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, and create unforgettable memories while experiencing the unique cultural traditions with some of my favorite Port Adventures ashore.
Paint Your Own Alebrije – One of the newest experiences in Mexico offers the chance to create your very own alebrije – a brightly colored Mexican folk art sculpture made popular in the early 1930s. Explore the Museum of Popular Arts inside Discover Mexico Park and see the collection of exotic alebrije creations for a glimpse of traditional Mexican culture and a little artistic inspiration. Your family will be immersed in Mexican tradition as you create your very own mythical creature – a perfect souvenir to take home – with the help of skilled Mexican alebrije artists.
Turtle Snorkel and Mystic River – Dive into an underwater adventure and discover the unique formations and exotic sea life found in Riviera Maya. Experience the mystery of the Mystical Underground River and see the impressive rock formations developed over thousands of years. This unique Mexican locale will give you a glimpse of true natural beauty and Mayan culture. During this fun Port Adventure you will also enjoy the clear tropical waters of Tulum as you swim with tropical fish, explore colorful reef and dive with magnificent green sea turtles in their natural habitat.
Chocolate Seaside Workshop, Tasting and Wine Pairing – Chocolate and wine. Need I say more? Satisfy your inner foodie and wine connoisseur with this adult-exclusive Port Adventure at beautiful Stingray Beach. Learn the ancient traditions of Aztec and Mayan chocolate making, create your very own chocolate bar using age-old techniques, and taste a variety of chocolate creations typical to Mexican culture. The best part? Your chocolate experience will be perfectly paired with wine as you enjoy the picturesque views of the Caribbean Sea.
Salsa and Salsa – Find your rhythm and master your culinary skills with this exciting salsa making (and salsa dancing) experience. Join dancing chef instructors for an eventful cooking class where you’ll learn the art of making various Mexican salsas and traditional margaritas. Snack on your culinary creations with tasty cheese quesadillas and other traditional foods, and enjoy an assortment of drinks, including all-you-can-drink lime and strawberry margaritas. But the fun doesn’t end there. Join the dancing chefs one last time for a fun salsa dancing class before heading back to the ship.
All this and more is offered on the island of Cozumel during 7-night Western Caribbean sailings aboard the Disney Fantasy (including Star Wars Day at Sea sailings!) and select 5-night Marvel Day at Sea sailings from Miami aboard the Disney Magic. Remember, when the ship’s in port, venture ashore!