My first cruise to the western Caribbean and I was looking forward to a return visit to Cozumel, Mexico. What does a cruise have to do with a horseback riding vacation? Each day the Princess Cruises Crown Princess docked in port, I was fortunate to take a shore excursion. During my day in Cozumel, Mexico, I was looking forward to a day of horseback riding in Punta Sur State Park.
Red Flag Warning
I had sent an e-mail to the tour company, Sunshine Tours, to let them know that I would be taking pictures and videos for the articles and blog posts that I would be writing for my newspaper and magazine columns, as well as for the Writing Horseback website.
First red flag, I never heard back from Sunshine Tours. As my passion is horseback riding, I decided that the company must not be web-savvy and put it out of my mind. In addition to my bathing suit and Caribbean attire, I packed a pair of jeans and closed toe riding shoes. Briefly, I considered wearing my Ariat riding boots on the plane, but decided that I didn’t want to carry around boots in my bag.
Horseback Riding Shore Excursion Cancelled
The night before our ship was to dock in Cozumel, Mexico, a friend told me that she had seen a note on the bulletin board stating that my horseback riding shore excursion had been cancelled. I immediately went to the cruise ship desk to find out what happened to my horseback riding vacation.
Turns out the folks at Princess Cruises run a pretty tight ship. It appears that the horseback riding tour operator hadn’t turned in some necessary paperwork.
Needless to say, I was very disappointed. When I walked into downtown Cozumel and saw the horse and buggies lined up on the main street with the ocean and cruise ships behind them, I thought about making a t-shirt.
“I went to Cozumel, Mexico and all I got was this t-shirt with a picture of a horse.”
I will be back, Cozumel and I will go horseback riding in Mexico!
Photo courtesy of Nancy D. Brown