Dennis Conner's America's Cup winning Stars & Stripes and True North IV are yours for this thrill of a lifetime adventure. Our expert crew will show you exactly what to do in your "crew member" position. Then it's off to the race course! Grind a winch... trim a sail... punch a stop watch, or just sit back, relax, and enjoy the complimentary refreshments.
We didn't know what to expect but it was a fun little sail, although short. I think the course could have been set out of the port area, maybe more offshore so the legs of the race were longer. Not to be too picky since the sailboat is no longer actually racing but the sails on the Canadian boat are blown out. The tour operator was a great guy though. A fun time was had by all.
Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines
We did the America Cup Yacht race in the afternoon. The water taxi shuttle across the bay to the yacht was nice, and the yacht race was okay, but very short for the cost of this excursion. Beer, water and soda were offered on board. We had good winds the day we went. They then take you back via water taxi to their shop for what they said would be a rum punch winner's ceremony. There was no ceremony, the captain's did not attend, there was just some warm punch in pitchers and a shop to buy t-shirts, hats & pictures. We asked if they could take us back to the port so we could enjoy some shopping, but they declined and we had to wait for approx 45 minutes to an hour for others to finish buying hats & tshirts. They did offer that we could walk back, which would have probably been at least a 20-30 minute brisk walk in the sun. The water taxi is only 3-4 minutes and they could greatly improve this excursion by doing two water taxi trips. Overall it was a decent excursion, but very overpriced compared to other excursion values. The actual yacht race was about one hour.
Provider: Princess Cruises
This was fun! Once you meet up with your group on the pier it's a quick boat ride out to where the 12-meter boats are anchored. En route, the group is divided in two, with half boarding the Stars and Stripes and the other half the Canadian boat. Everyone is given a job (though you can be a cheerleader/timer if you want) and the captain sails around a bit for practice. Then the race begins! After the race is a bit of free sail time whilst enjoying free sodas/beer/water, then transfer to the motor boat for a ride to gift shop. Slake your thirst with complimentary fruit or rum punch. Excellent quality t-shirts and gear are available for purchase, as are pictures of your group "racing". Then motor back to the pier plenty early enough to do a little shopping before boarding the ship.
Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Best excursion in a long time.......we chose to help the crew and it was not easy but fun and we learned something new. We were glad to have done it. You can chose to sit back and relax and have a beer. I did both.....worked and had 2 beer! Keep in mind that there is no facilities on the boat.
Cozumel is clean and easy to get around. It is one of my favourite ports.
Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Once in a lifetime experience. It's a must for anyone that likes sailing.
Provider: Royal Caribbean International