We were on the Carnival Triumph which only stops in Cozumel and is only there for a very short port call. We were on the ship for a conference, so the port call is just a side benefit, but it also means that we cannot get to the mainland for any meaningful exploration on this cruise. So we've looked for things to do when we have done this cruise. This time, some members of the group wanted to go to Mr. Sancho's, an all inclusive a few miles South of the Carnival cruise terminal. We took 6 people in a van and because I spoke Spanish, we were able to get the whole group there for a total of $32 plus tip. I've read other reviews where some cabbies charged people $10 per person. So make sure before you get in the cab you arrive at what it is going to cost you. And speak Spanish if you can. The cabbies all speak English, but if you can speak Spanish, do it as it gets you a better price. What we had found on the internet was that it was $50 per day per person for the all inclusive for all mixed drinks, two types of beer, and buffet food, but the sign said it was $55 per person when we got there and they acted like that was just the way it was. We normally don't buy a lot of food on excursions because you get all the food you want free on the ship, but we were with a group, so decided to go with them. Our waiter was Hector and he was great. But it appeared all of the waiters were running constantly trying to wait on the guests. We got there early and got lounge chairs right on the beach. There are low palm trees just back from the water and I put mine under a palm to get as much shade as possible. (I'm making this comment in case my dermatologist is reading this review.) I completely covered myself in 50+ SPF sunscreen and reapplied every few hours. This is absolutely critical as the sun reflects off the water and the white sand, besides the light filtering through my palm leaves. But this is a place where Hector kept bringing a fresh drink (any kind of mixed drink you wanted or a Dos XX beer, or the local Sol beer. Hector watched everyone and if he saw your drink getting low, then he was there asking if you wanted another - plus he remembered what you had been drinking. Back to the sunscreen issue, for some people who were drinking a lot and partying in the shallow water, they seemed to forget about the sunscreen and got more than they needed. So, if you're prone to take advantage of as much as you can drink as fast as you can get it down, then I'd suggest you get one of your group to be the designated sprayer and keep everyone covered in sunscreen!! Or if you were like the two bride's parties and one bachelor's party that were partying together in the shallow water, you might prefer the cream lotion that they seemed to enjoy rubbing on each other's bodies. (No, they weren't from the same weddings- but they were having fun!).
My wife likes to snorkel and you can put down a deposit for snorkel equipment. We had already brought a snorkel as rentals don't usually clean the mouth pieces very well. She swam around and found about 5 different species of fish, but really not very many fish. The buoys are not that far from the shore and speed boats and personal watercraft are racing down the coast just beyond them. So perhaps that keeps away some of the fish. At any rate, the water was calm most of the time and perfect for snorkeling and she loved it.
The buffet includes all the tortillas, tostados, queso, fish tacos, quesadillas, beef and chicken fajitas, and some other things that you want to eat, anytime you want them. Hector also brought some chips and pico de gallo and queso to one of the group who didn't want to walk all the way to the buffet (must have been all of 75 feet away, but I think she had had several drinks by then and Hector was more than happy to oblige!!)
There is a children's area, and you could use canoes and other non-motor boards if you wanted to. But my wife just preferred to snorkel and look for Nemo who she finally found.
As to the bottom line question of whether it was worth $110 for two people, given the outrageous price of drinks on cruise ships, it didn't take a lot of drinks over the day to nearly offset the price. Plus the food was good. Being from Texas, we're used to really good Mexican food and I think the fish tacos, beef fajitas, and chicken fajitas were very good. (Yes, the fish tacos may explain why my wife didn't find too many fish while snorkeling!)
So bottom line is that my wife loved it and wants to go again. That means I want to go again as I have been well-trained and want my wife to be happy!
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