We walked through all of the shops at the port and finally got in cab line. We had laughed all morning about Brian and Sean showing up in the same bathing suits, and then the guy behind us in line also had the same suit on. Crazy coincidence, or do we all just love Old Navy?
We finally got a cab and headed out to Chankanaab Park. This park has archaeological artifacts, a beautiful beach, nice swimming pools, a sea lion show, and Dolphin Discovery.
We were greeted by a man who offered to give us a quick tour of the park while we waited for the sea lion show to start, and we graciously took him up on his offer. He took us through the park and showed us various statues and artifacts.
He also took us to this little hut where a woman was making corn tortillas. She had a fire going inside the hut and was smashing the corn and making the tortillas by hand. She was also passing out samples with some type of filling in it. Rylie and Payten tried out all of the old cooking tools while we were in there.
There were chickens and turkeys running wild through the park, and the kids were all freaking out about them. After a while Rylie decided she wanted to feed them, and then even asked to pet a chicken. Our tour guide was nice enough to wrangle one of them for her.
At one point the turkey puffed himself all up. I guess we made him mad.
The tour ended at the lagoon and you could see the beautiful beach just past it. Just looking at this photo makes me want to go back!
We arrived at the stage just in time for the sea lion show. It was a fun show, but since we are all used to the shows at SeaWorld, it didn't necessarily wow any of us.
After the show, the audience had an opportunity to get a kiss from a sea lion. The park's photographers were available to take your picture (for a price, of course), but Tiffany managed to snap this one from the stands...
Once the kids got their kisses, we headed over to the beach. We were immediately offered hair braids, so the girls all took turns getting their hair braided. They looked so cute!
After spending well over an hour on the hair braids, we went over to the pool so the kids could play in the freezing cold water. They didn't care and splashed around all over the different sections of the pool.
At 1:00, Brian, Rylie and I headed over to the Dolphin Discovery area to get ready for our Dolphin Encounter. We all grabbed life jackets and got instructions from the trainer, and then we got into the water where we stood on a platform and waited to meet Frida.
We were in a group of like 14 people, and we all stood side by side on the platform while Frida and her baby swam around. We all put our arms out to touch Frida as she swam by, and then it was time for our individual encounters. We each got to touch Frida's nose and her flippers, and then we gave her a kiss and she reciprocated.
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The dolphin encounter was pretty awesome, especially for Rylie, but it also made me sad. The dolphins were sectioned off into small pens, and while they were deep, I hated seeing those beautiful animals cooped up like that. I have a hard time seeing wild animals kept in captivity, especially when it is solely for entertainment. I'm glad we had this experience, but I probably wouldn't do it again just because of that.
After we all had our turns with Frida, we went into the gift shop where we were able to purchase photos that the park's photographers took. You were not allowed to have your own cameras during the encounter, and honestly, I wouldn't have wanted my camera with me. The photos turned out great, so we purchased the CD. I believe it was $139, which was worth it to me.
When we finished purchasing our souvenirs, we headed out of the park and caught a cab back to the ship. Of course we did a little more shopping in the marketplace at the port before we boarded the ship once again.
We arrived back just in time for the DreamWorks Dance Party out by the pool. We got to dance with Alex and Gloria from Madagascar, along with Shrek and Fiona. Rylie and Payten had a great time!
Rylie was right there on the ledge of the pool dancing along with the characters.
After the party was over, I took a walk to see what I could see on the Jewel of the Seas since it was right there next to us. It looked like a nice ship, a little smaller than the Liberty, and it even had a water slide. Rylie is going to LOVE that!
I came back from my walk to find Rylie in her favorite spot - the "hot pool". Brian stayed in that with Payten and Rylie until their hands and feet looked like raisins.
By the time they got back to the stateroom, it was time to get ready for dinner. Rylie and I got our dresses on and headed out for some photo opps while we waited for our friends.
We saw Shrek and Fiona out on the Promenade, so we took some pictures with them, and then we headed over to the dining room where we saw Santa and his reindeer.
It wasn't long after we sat down that we knew the kids were not going to make it through dinner that night. They weren't being bad or anything, but they were bored. They had their appetizers and dinner before the adults got our main courses, and by then, they were DONE.
We asked our waiter for their desserts, but they didn't even want to wait for those. We finally gave them the option of going to the Kids Club, and even Rylie was ready to go. Sean and I walked the girls to the Kids Club, and I could tell Rylie was holding back tears as she walked in, but I knew she would have a good time.
When we got back to the table, we embraced the silence and enjoyed our dinner and desserts. On night 3 I had a Caprese Salad for an appetizer, Lasagna for dinner, and some type of Bread Pudding for dessert. The salad and the dessert were AWESOME, but I was a little disappointed in the Lasagna. The meat in it was almost like Sloppy Joe meat, and it was a little strange. It tasted fine, but it certainly didn't seem like gourmet cuisine, that's for sure.
We left the dining room and headed up to pick the kids up. Rylie was all smiles when she came out. She had made some type of silly putty, and told us about all of the fun activities she got to participate in. When I asked her if she wanted to go back again, she said yes. When we got back to our room, there was a towel heart on the bed, along with some kind of little creature.
We were all pretty tired from our super fun day in Cozumel, so we decided to turn in for the night. We wanted to rest up for our last day on the ship...
Here are my favorite photos from the ship's photographers on Day 3...
Stay tuned for Day 4, our last day...
Liberty of the Seas Western Caribbean Cruise - Day 1
Liberty of the Seas Western Caribbean Cruise - Day 2
Liberty of the Seas Western Caribbean Cruise - Day 4