The Chocolate & Market tour was really a blast. We're foodies & this was GREAT. I only wish the Equinox sous chef that came along was a little more engaging. He seemed a bit disinterested. Omar made the galley tour fun and the Mexican meal was wonderful! KUDOS
Privately guided tour (fabulous tour guide!); food tastings at 5 locations with alcoholic & non-alcoholic drinks included. Also, walked through a local market. Lots of local insight and experiences. Highly recommended!
This was an awesome shore excursion that only had 15 people signed up. A sous chef from the ship accompanied us to the Mayan Cocoa exhibit and shops (wonderful place), then to the public market and finally to a lovely local restaurant for a light lunch. Later that same day, the group met again on-board at the Gastropub with one of the chefs. He took us on a tour of the main galley at dinner time (craziness), followed by a private dinner that he supervised (Mexican theme) that was held in Tuscan Grille. A truly wonderful experience!!
We enjoyed the island roots and chocolate traditions tour through the ship (CZ2O), which we got at a discount during one of the online sales last fall. The tour required over 3 hours from the time you left the ship until returning to the pier. The roots and chocolate portion of the tour is at a venue built in 2014, which our group was satisfied with. The Mayan ruin and old Catholic church were small and not much to look at. The tequila tasting was at this location and we enjoyed it as well. We have taken many guided tours and so much depends on the guide. Our guide for this tour was named Margarita and she was very entertaining.
We did tour where they take you to Playa Mia. You then cooked your own 3 courses meal and eat it. Got to spend 2 hours in Playa Mia. Open bar with all you can drink. Overall very good. Complement to chef Luis.
This takes you in a submarine to see fish at the bottom and then the second half of the excursion you take a bus to the chocolate factory and tequila factory. The submarine was cool but it was a bit too long because looking at the same fish for an hour and a half got boring. The second half was much better as you got to see how Mayans used to live, the temple and ruins, how mayan chocolate is made (and taste it!) and see how tequila is made (and taste that too!). They also allowed you to go shopping to local vendors which were much cheaper than the ones by the port. I would highly recommend purchasing souvenirs fromt he local vendors.
HIGHLY RECOMMEND. Cost was about 90 a person, but the tour is small and you eat at the non-tourist areas and get a true tour Cozumel. Food is excellent! I'm ready to go back. Still dreaming of the Ceviche, Fried Grouper, Pork Taco, and Cactus Quesadillas. Tour of Market was excellent.
Luis was the most amazing guide/chef ever!!!!! So full of energy, witty and smart-he really made our excursion one to never forget. The cooking demonstration took place at Playa Mia, we cooked for about 2 hours, also with endless Margaritas and bar drinks. The staff during the demonstration were absolutely fantastic, we can't wait to go back!! After cooking, you have free time to use the resort, from the pool, beach, open bar and non motorized sports. The price is so worth it!! Do not miss this one!!
The Mexican Cuisine Workshop & Tasting was so much fun. The chef mixed entertainment, drinking, and cooking together to make a fun several hours. We could not ask for a better way to visit this port when you have seen all the history.
Mexican Cooking Class at Playa Mia. This was booked independently. We had use of the facilities [nothing that wonderful] and a cooking class, followed by eating what we cooked.
It was a fun class and we enjoyed the food as well.
Mexican Cuisine Cooking Class and Beach Break at Playa Mia:
WONDERFUL experience! Chef Luis was a blast, and our fellow excursion mates were fun as well. We prepared a 3 course meal, working together with our spouse/cruise mate, each one of us preparing our own dishes. After making our appetizer, main dish, and dessert, we were escorted to an air conditioned dining area with a view of the beach to leisurely enjoy the food we had prepared. Chef Luis was hilarious, and very knowledgeable. He made us all feel comfortable and guided us through preparing a VERY delicious meal.
I would definitely do this excursion again, even if we made the same foods. That's how much fun it was! Drinks were included during the class and afterward, and all the Playa Mia beach facilities. We had ample time to shop before and after the class, as well as explore the beach area.
LOVED LOVED LOVED IT!
Cozumel: we skipped the Disney options and booked with Cozumel Food Tours. Despite a late start, this proved to be a great way to see the town. A taxi took us to six stops, where we sampled corn smut, horchata, lime soup, octopus taco, and many levels of spicy sauces. Jerry was a kind and patient guide. If you are not towing very small children around, are somewhat open to new foods, and are not the type of drinky beach people who head immediately to Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville, I highly recommend this tour as an excellent way to get an experience out of Cozumel in under three hours.
The only one we booked through the ship was the Mexican Cuisine Tour in Cozumel. The cost is $93 per person, and it is well worth it! We had a wonderful time cooking with about 30 other people and Luis the hilarious and very competent chef. We were taken by bus to Playa Mia Beach and directed to a kitchen facility that was very clean and well-prepared. This excursion includes all you can drink, so they took drink orders first, and then we were given hair nets, chef hats, and aprons. The raw ingredients were all pre-portioned for us at our 4 man stations, and Luis gave us step-by-step instructions on preparing our appetizers, main dishes, and desserts. After we finished cooking, we all went upstairs to enjoy the meal that we had cooked--shrimp and tortilla bowl appetizer, grouper with fresh vegetables and tamarind sauce (YUM), and plantains sauteed in tequila-laced chocolate sauce. After we ate, we were able to spend some time on the beach in their beautiful facility. All the water toys and the 200 ft. slide are included in the excursion price as well. This is a must do excursion if you are at all interested in cooking. Everyone there had a great time.
Mexican cuisine cooking class was the best excursion this cruise. Surprisingly fun time. Luis the instructor Chef was awesome and fun. The food you cooked was yummy and did I mention... open bar the whole time!
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