Friday, February 26, 2010

Packing our bags

The Mr. and I are finally going on our honeymoon. And after a bump in the road (maybe more like a mountain), we are headed to Cozumel, Mexico. We are staying in the all-inclusive Melia Cozumel Golf & Beach Resort. Take a peek:

It has taken nearly 7 months to go on our honeymoon, and 6 a.m. tomorrow morning can't come soon enough. Though I'm sure when I get up at 3 a.m., I'm going to wish we had taken a later flight. But I'm excited nonetheless.
Now, I just have to tell you the whole ordeal with planning this vacation:
  1. We were originally supposed to go to St. Maarten in the Caribbean a week after our wedding. The day before we were supposed to leave, we decided not to risk it because there was a hurricane closing in on the islands, and at that time, meteorologists were predicting it was headed right for St. Maarten. So we thought, better safe than sorry. We had booked the hotel through my grandparents' vacation club, so we weren't out any money for the stay. And we were able to keep our flight credits and apply them to our next flight.
  2. We decided that we would try to go to Cancun over Thanksgiving because rates were cheap. We had everything booked and had even paid $360 to rebook our flights through Orbitz (don't even get me started on them). Well, of course things came up and we had to use our honeymoon money for other sudden expenses and we weren't going to have enough money to go on our honeymoon over Thanksgiving, so we cancelled it again.
  3. Then our best friends, Rik and K.Ruff let us use one of their vacations through their vacation club. We decided on an all-inclusive in Cozumel. I called and booked everything and even got a confirmation. I had to call the vacation club to reconfirm our reservation yesterday (2 days before we were scheduled to fly out). I talked to four different women from this company - the first one said our name wasn't on the reservation and she'd call me back. I called again that afternoon and the second women said we were good to go, but when I had her double-check that my name was on the reservation, she put me on hold for 15 mintues only to have yet another women pick up the phone and say that we were good to go. When I told her that the hotel hadn't contacted us for the rest of our payment, she said she would call the hotel and have someone from the hotel and from the vacation club call me back to reconfirm. About 15 minutes later (it's 4 p.m. at this point yesterday), another women calls me and says, "There's been a terrible mistake." Not what I wanted to hear. Apparently, the hotel never received our reservation and there were no rooms available at the hotel or any other hotel the vacation club works with in Cozumel. So they were going to send us to an all-inclusive in Cancun. To travel between Cozumel (where we were still flying to because we would have had to pay another $350 to rebook our flights to Cancun), and Cancun is a 45-minute ferry ride to Playa del Carmen, then a 50-minute bus trip to Cancun. Needless to say, we weren't thrilled but we were going to do it.
  4. So this morning, I looked up all-inclusive hotels in Cozumel on a whim. I found one. I called the vacation club that was supposed to book our hotel in Cancun. They hadn't booked it or charged my credit card, so I told them not to, and that we were going to book a different hotel on our own. The vacation place said they would reimburse our booking fees ($310). I called the new hotel, Melia Beach and Golf Resort, and booked, paid and confirmed our reservation for tomorrow in about 20 minutes.

Honestly, it's been quite an ordeal to go on this honeymoon, and I am finally excited. We are going to Cozumel, which we have been looking forward to for the past three months since we booked it. But the wait is almost over. In less than 12 hours, we will be on a plane (which we have confirmed) to paradise. And I can't wait to have my toes in the sand, a cold drink in my hand, a tan, and a relaxing week with my man :)


cal ;) said...

i hope you and red thunder have an amazing time! safe travels! :)

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