We always love a day at sea, but we inadvertently ended up with two. Today’s destination Costa Maya, was a tiny fishing village transformed into a mega port so that massive ships like ours could dock there. Today there were four ships scheduled to berth, two arriving early morning and two arriving later in the day. We were surprised to see the Celebrity Edge heading the wrong way as we neared the port. Soon Captain Johhnny came on the PA to inform us that the high winds which we barely feel, had prevented the Edge from docking and that we should prepare for the fact that this might also be our fate. We watched him swing our massive ship around like a sports car and approach the dock perfectly parallel to it as he should. But as it got closer the wind and waves caused massive flumes of water bursting through the pier. We were sharing the dock with a Carnival ship and our presence made it totally impossible for the passengers to come and go beneath the geysers of water we caused. If we docked, we would have had the same problem. We got to within ten feet of the dock and the captain turned off the bow thrusters and we moved out once again. Our scheduled tour was to go snorkeling and the waves which seemed so minimal from on high on our cruise liner, would have been nauseating and tough to handle with a snorkel and life jacket. It is not unusual to bypass a port on a cruise. This one was not painful, since we had been here before and plan to snorkel again later in the week. The times we missed Ushuaia and Reykjavik still smart, even though we returned to visit again a few years later.
One of our fellow cruisers was not terribly disappointed by this cancellation. “Oh, good, “ he said. “Now I can make better used of my drinks package.” To each his own. So we made Central Park our hangout today. Outside in the warmth and sunshine, but in a spot where the strong winds were gentle zephyrs. That’s the beauty of this ship. There are so many places to be; you can always find one that is perfect for you.
When we were not in relaxation mode, we’ve enjoyed the parade of holidays down the atrium and the Aqua Show outside in the evening. This exercise in balance and grace never fails to impress. The courage of the divers who drop one hundred feet into a tiny pool leaves my heart in my mouth. Previous versions of the Aqua Show that we have seen in the past struggled to structure their actions in some sort of plot. This year they have wisely given up on that facade and what we saw tonight was a magnificent display of modern dance and athleticism.