A good friend of ours who is a comedian with the Carnival cruises was coming in on the Horizon just after Christmas and we decided to meet up with him and join him for lunch. We had not made it to Cozumel yet and thought this would be the perfect opportunity.
Turned out to be a fun day!
The Ferry Ride Over
We caught the Collectivo bus (local bus service) in Puerto Morelos to Playa Del Carmen and then caught the ferry from there. You have your choice of two ferries to take you between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel – the Winjet and Ultramar with Winjet being the less expensive of the two. We chose the Winjet and the crossing is about 35 minutes and a fairly smooth ride. We prepaid and booked online at a cost of $44 round trip for two which turns out to be a very smart thing to do. The line-ups are long and people are rushing to buy tickets.
The ferry is large and can handle up to approximately 400 hundred passengers. Bar and snack services are available. The schedule is very good, arriving and leaving almost at the hour. We feel it is safe and reliable.
If you decide to take the kids you will be pleased to know that if they are between the ages of 5 and 12, the price is 50% of the adult fare.
Docking of the Ships
Cozumel is the leading cruise ship arrival destination in the country of Mexico. As our ferry was pulling in, we saw 3 cruise ships with the Carnival line. Our friend was coming in on the Horizon, one of Carnival’s newest ships, and was docking a bit further down from us at another pier. It is hard to believe how huge these ships are when you see them in the distance but up close and personal, they are very impressive.
I later checked out a few facts about the Horizon since this was the cruise ship our friend was on:
It debuted in the spring of 2018
Its capacity is 5,000 passengers
It has three pools and an adults-only Serenity Retreat
A host of activities include WaterWorks park, a Sky-Ride, mini-golf, Dive-in-Movies at the Beach Pool, a piano bar, sports bar, free games, karaoke, deck parties
And of course, the Punchliner Comedy Club
Lots of food (drinks are extra except for lemonade, iced tea, and water)
Craft beer is brewed onboard
Cozumel is the largest inhabited island in Mexico and municipality in the Caribbean Sea off the eastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, and opposite Playa del Carmen. The municipality is part of the state of Quintana Roo (source Wikipedia).
Tourism drives the economy of Cozumel with visitors enjoying scuba diving and snorkelling. In fact, it has a reputation for being one of the best places in the world for these two activities. Cozumel is located on the second-longest barrier reef in the world (known as the Belize Barrier Reef) and is home to marine species such as rays, turtles and multicoloured fish.