Friday, 26 November 2010

Commemorating the appearance of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Once again, if you are taking a cruise that has a stop anywhere in Mexico on the 12th of December, you might witness one of the many mini marathons, celebrations and firework displays commemorating Our Lady of Guadalupe.
It all started on back on the 12th of December, 1531, when a young Juan Diego, an indigenous Mexican peasant, had a vision of the Virgin Mary on top of a hill on the outskirts of Mexico City, Tepeyac Hill.  The Virgin Mary asked Juan Diego, in his native language of Nahuatl, to build a church on top of this hill in her honour.
Juan Diego rushed to the see the local Spanish bishop, Fray Juan de Zumarraga, who “instructed him to return and ask the Lady for a miraculous sign to prove her claim. The Virgin told Juan Diego to gather some flowers from the top of Tepeyac Hill. It was winter and no flowers bloomed, but on the hilltop Diego found flowers of every sort, and the Virgin herself arranged them in his tilma, or peasant cloak. When Juan Diego opened the cloak before Zumárraga the flowers fell to the floor and in their place was the Virgin of Guadalupe, miraculously printed on the fabric.”

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Getting ready to celebrate the Día de la Revolución!!

If you are taking a cruise that has a stop in Mexico on the 20th of November, you might want to participate on one of our many celebrations of the Mexican Revolution.
The Mexican Revolution is also commonly known as the “el veinte de noviembre,” which the literal translation is the “20th of November.”
It all started in 1910 by the people of Mexico together with Francisco I. Madero, which decided to revolt against the president of Mexico Porfirio Diaz, who was considered a dictator and had been in power for thirty one years.  Back then, the people of Mexico had no power to express their opinions, select their public officials and only a select few held the whole wealth and power of the country.  The injustice covered the entire land.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Do we like to boast? Yes we do!!!

Why do we like to boast here at  Well, we have good reason for bragging and boasting, here is why.
As some of you might know, in 2008, we won “Europe’s Leading Cruise Travel Agent.”
In 2009, we won “Europe’s Leading Cruise Travel Agent” again and we also won “World’s Leading Cruise Travel Agent.”
And now, the reason for boasting is that we have once again won “World’s Leading Cruise Travel Agent!!!!” This makes it TWO years in a row!!

Monday, 8 November 2010

Some more useful Mayan to English Phrases

Some extra useful phrases if you are taking a cruise that has port visits in the Mayan Riviera and/or Cozumel, Mexico.  

You never know when the following might come in handy:
·         Tuxan ? ---- Which means:  Where is the beach? ---- Pronounced:  Too shan ha?  (ha is pronounced as in Harry)

·         Tuxan le sis ha? ---- Which means:  Where is the bar? ---- Pronounced:  Too shan le sis ha?

Monday, 1 November 2010

Would you like to learn some Mayan Phrases?

Typical Mayan Market
 Continuing with my Yucatan blogs, if you are planning a cruise that will visit the Mayan Riviera or to Cozumel, Mexico, I thought it would come in handy to know some Mayan phrases that might come in handy when dealing with the local Mayan people:

·         Ba’ax ka wa’alik? ---- Which means:  What’s up?
Pronounced:  Bash ka walee

·         B'ix a bèel? ---- Which means:  How are you?
Pronounced:  Bee sh a bell
The usual answer is:
-Mix b’a’al ---- Which means:  Nothing, Don't mention it   Pronounced:  Mee’sh Ba (Ba is pronounced as in Baltic)
-Ma’alob ---- Which means:  Fine, okay
Pronounced:  Ma Alo?