Friday, August 31, 2012
Carats in Cozumel
When we docked for our 3rd stop in Cozumel, (technically Puerta Maya), we seriously thought about staying on the ship and just relaxing for the day since we had been to this stop the year before. But after lots of hype about Diamonds International from the onboard shopping specialist, Brook (he was a man with a girly name), we decided to put our feet on solid ground for the day and just shop around. We attended all 5 of the raffles of the day given by Carnival at the various jewelry stores but didn't win a single one darnit! I felt like a winner when we found the most gorgeous ring at the main Diamonds International...a 3 carat tanzanite surrounded by a carat of diamonds. It is stunning. I love how the tanzanite sparkles such a deep dark blue with tiny pink and purple points in the sunlight. I love even more that it was a one of a kind design and that my hubby bought it for me! definitely the BEST souvenir ever! Next was his turn and we found him a silver coin from the sunken Spanish ship, the Atocha, It was framed in 2 carat gold and he now wears it daily around his neck as a reminder of our trip. It is a perfect fit for my Reggie, the history lover. The kids each bought themselves a souvenir and I couldn't pass up a handmade hammock (which is now on the back patio and everyone's favorite spot to relax), a large bottle of Mexican vanilla and two large bottles of coconut rum--all tax and duty free! The really cool thing is that Carnival has implemented a new program where as long as you shop in the stores that they "recommend", they will back your purchases...meaning the value of the ring, the coin, the hammock, etc are all refundable by Carnival if we are unhappy. That definitely gives you peace of mind especially when purchasing 4 carat jewelry! We of course had to stop by Fat Tuesday's before re-boarding the ship for some yummy frozen drinks (the kids had virgin ones of course) and to swing on their swings overlooking the water. No fun filled by the book excursion, but a light day of strolling and shopping still made this a neat place to visit...again!