Cozumel Culinary Tour Excursion Reviews
Great family activity. Check them out of line. You need to make a reservation. $10 per person and cab ride both ways is well worth the trip. We ground our own nibs and made real Mexican cocoa disks. The history part was very educational for the children and the tasting was great. This is our second time there. Suggest you reserve before your cruise as they only do 10 people twice a day. We were lucky to email and they put in another tour for our six.
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!