Cozumel Culinary Tour Excursion Reviews
Cozumel was the last port. I took the Joy of Chocolate excursion (four stars). We had a tour in a museum and taught Mexican history then a few steps away to a building where we made our own chocolate bars. We ground the cocoa beans and mixed with sugar. We put the mixture in molds and wrapped our candy. We watched native rituals that were amazing. I hope to get you some video.
The only criticism would be in some ports, they had excursions meet in the theater instead of just meeting on the dock at the port, that is just adding a unnecessary step.
We took the cooking class with Luis - he's fabulous! They give you toques & aprons & set you up at stations, so you feel like you're on a reality show, lots of fun. We learned some interesting techniques & cooked terrific appetizers, main courses & a dessert (but made them in reverse order interestingly). The class was good fun & they were very sensitive & helpful to our non-life threatening dairy allergy (3 of us who went have this, but we got to enjoy everything & appreciated their help & understanding).
Afterwards we didn't realize that you have about 1 1/2 hours "free time" at Playa Mia, which was not great. It's really crowded - we couldn't find a free chaise lounge chair. They give you free drinks w/the tour, but we'd had a margarita while cooking & didn't want more (the drinks were watered down anyway). I wish we could have had more cooking or gone back to Cozumel after the cooking part. But the class with Luis was totally worth it!
It was a lot of fun. But they were a little disorganized and once we finished they started focusing on another group coming in so we had to wait for our food to eat it. Didn't have time to explore the park. But it was fun. We took a taxi back to the port and shopped before boarding the ship. It took a while to wait for the group to assemble. Oh the park wifi never worked.
I would NOT do this again. We wanted to learn how to make different kinds of salsa. They put you in tables of eight, much to crowded to work well, to much time spent hyping their own products, facebook page, etc., you had to share ingredients and if someone used to much, there wasn't enough. The group should be much smaller with individual small tables and it would work much better.
Best trip ever in this port. Oscar the chef was great. After cooking and eating we had two hours to swin at resort.
I had a great time on the"Eat, Drink, Walk" culinary tour. Our guide Alex was very good & provided us with red umbrellas which fortunately we didn't need for rain just for shade. The food & drinks were good as was the commentary on buildings etc. The sidewalks are not in very good conditions in places so you have to watch out. I was impressed that Carnival added me to the 8 passengers from another of their ships that was in port beside us.
We were transferred by a taxi from the pier area to a beautiful location located on the beach inside an air conditioned sun room where we met Lucy. Lucy taught us about KaoKao the cacao bean. We got to learn about where cacao comes from, how it is grown, harvested and processed to become the chocolate that we know and the chocolate they make there in Cozumel. Then we got to sample lots of different chocolate candy, drinks and Mole'. Then we got to make our own chocolate that you get to keep. The other chocolates we tasted were offered at the end for purchase. It was very educational and lots of hands on fun!
A Local resident opens her home to tourists for a culinary adventure. You take a short walk to her local market to buy fresh produce. She demonstrates many different local dishes and drinks. You make your own corn tortillas which she makes quesidalles out of. 3 hours. Great time and highly recommended.
The Discover was not at all what we expected. I should have paid closer attention. All of the ruins were mini to scale. They were placed in a walk able garden. We thought we'd be on a city tour. The tour guide did know a lot about each ruin and went into detail about many of them. The Taste portion was three taco's and a beverage. All were very good.
Lots of fun
We participated in the highly rated - tripadvisor - Cozumel food tour. It lasts about three hours and you are taken to non-touristy specialty food restaurants to sample some really good Mexican food. It is a good time and Emily does a heck of a job organizing the program.
Great excursion, Isis was very informative. Even though we walked through some of the not great areas of town, I always felt safe. Got a lot of food and a lot of information about Cozumel. Highly recommend this to those who don't want to go to the beach.
Wish that there were more than 6 stars to rate this. The highlight of the trip was our excursion in Cozumel. We did the cooking class, Mexican Cuisine, at one of the all inclusive resorts, Playa Mia. It was a blast. The chef, Oscar, and his assistant Moises were fantastic. To the best of my recollection the food was also good, even though I cooked what I ate.
Excellent excursion experience. Learned how to make two kinds of marguaritas, 5 kinds of salsa, and delicious guacamole. Then we learned how to dance salsa! And the drinks were flowing! Highly recommended.
My 10-year old daughter loves Mexican food. She chose this cruise because she wanted to eat tacos in Mexico. Found though TripAdvisor this lady named Josefina Gonzalez Luigi who runs cooking classes coupled with a shopping trip to the market. On top of it, she teaches the fine art of margarita mixing. Irresistible! Not offered through cruise line. Booked and paid deposit using PayPal at email@example.com. Easy. Grabbed a cab in port. We were very early and only had a small breakfast on the ship (horrible Eggs Benedict!) so we ate some pozole and guacamole at Restaurant Flamante before class. Mmmm. Delicious. Then Josefina met us at her door and showed us the garden full of bougainvillea, banana and plantain trees, bright red annato plants, nopal cactus. We saw the spectacle of colors and sights that are a typical market as we shopped for the ingredients we'd need for the dishes we selected. Back in the kitchen and at the dining table we mashed, stirred, ground, talked, laughed, diced, sauteed, tasted, smelled, saw raw flowers turned into seasoning, were dazzled by the colors of the Yucatecan palate (pun intended), learned and had a wonderful experience. Because it was only the two of us, there was time for Josefina to arrange a private visit and tour of the Kaokao Chocolate factory which makes artesanal chocolate products. Amazing! The owners met us and engaged in lively discussion about the history and influence of chocolate from the New World on the old. Altogether an amazing day.
Day pass for cooking class and drinks at a beach resort. Weather was bad so we didn't do the beach, but loved the cooking class.