Western Caribbean Journals

Tropicale Delight

A November 1999 trip to Western Caribbean by willow

Quote: This 5 day Caribbean Cruise was in celebration of my daughters 18th birthday. She found romance and adventure. I brought home a beautiful poised young woman from this tropical paradise.

Duty Free Shopping in Cozumel

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The activities director from the cruise ship met with us before each port and gave pointers on markets, merchandise and potential pitfalls. He gave us a list of reputable merchants. As we visited the merchants, we registered for free gifts. The gifts were delivered to the ship and distributed after we left port. We saw some very good gifts going to lucky shoppers, unfortunately not to us. We had a grand time bargaining in some of the smaller shops and got some very good buys. I had decided beforehand to use plastic for all purchases. We carried $20 cash which sufficed for taxi fare and snacks. I did buy an adorable wooden puppet from a street vendor for $6 (we saw the same puppet in the market...Read More