Beauty and the Beasts

by Jessica on January 13, 2012

Traveling on a cruise ship messes with the time/space continuum in my mind.  Unlike air or car travel, you can’t really sense the progression of the journey because you are encased in a floating city bubble.   Arriving in port creates a disorienting sense of arriving in both a new time and place.  Add to that the disconnect of discovering that you are somewhere that is not home, but without any context clues of arrival that help you to know just exactly where that somewhere is.

Fortunately, the locals at each cruise port have created an outreach program designed to provide sea traveling tourists with a crash course cultural orientation.   This beauty and her beastly friends were our welcoming party when we made port in Progresso, Mexico and helped to remind us that we were in a foreign country and we needed to get busy soaking up the culture.

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Mary @ The World Is A Book January 13, 2012 at 1:59 am

These are wonderful pictures and those beast costumes are great.  I'm sorry to say that I was one of the guilty passengers who sometimes bypassed the cultural presentations as we rushed to catch our port tours.  Although, I'm glad that as my kids got older they made us stop to watch the interesting performances. 

Becca@R We There Yet Mom? January 13, 2012 at 8:43 am

These costumes are incredible!  I love that you all take the time to stop and appreciate the loacl culture – I love to do that but need to get the kids on board too!

Sonja January 13, 2012 at 9:50 am

Do the cruise companies pay the locals to do that?  That's pretty cool!

Steve January 13, 2012 at 11:55 am

You look like you hit some really interesting ports. I don't recall any cultural presentations on our tours, but then again I was very rarely among the first off the boat, so perhaps I just slept through them. Great photos by the way.

Lisa January 13, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Those are great photos!  I haven't seen any cultural presentations on any of the cruises that we have been on either – great idea!

Anwar January 13, 2012 at 5:53 pm

Wow awesome photos!  The colors just pop.  I've never been on a cruise myself but that is great that they help introduce you to the culture at each stop along the way. 

Preparing For Takeoff January 13, 2012 at 6:50 pm

That would definitely be the cultural part of the trip– Hello Mexico!!

Sophie January 14, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Such bright, fun, colourful photos, Jessica :)

Marina K. Villatoro January 16, 2012 at 11:19 am

Some of those costumes look a lot like the traditional costumes worn in the neighboring country of Guatemala. Now they are used for folkloric dances, but they used to be ceremonial outfits of the native before the conquerors arrived. 

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