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time running backwardsKaren and Lee Duquette took
a cruise to Cozumel and Playa-Del-Carmen
to celebrate their 25th Wedding Anniversary
January 20 - 25, 1991

Note: When Karen and Lee Duquette became The two RV Gypsies in January 2008 and sold their house, she could not take all of her photo albums in the RV with her. But she did scan as many of the photos as she could and put them in a box. However, this page was not posted here until many years later, so most of her photos were misplaced. But still, some photos survived and this is an interesting site with a bit of history.

Chandris Fantasy Cruise - SS Britanis
SS Britanis

History BookThe Britanis entered service in 1932 as the Matson Lines’ Monterey. She survived an attack by German dive bombers while in service as a troop ship during World War II, but eventually she could not survive the harsh sea.

The 26,000-ton Britanis, sank 50 miles off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa, on October 21, 2000. The aged liner left Salvador, Brazil, being pulled by a tugboat. She was headed for a scrap yard in India when a leak developed in her aft section. Repairing the leak and finishing the tow would have been incredibly expensive. As a result, she was left to sink to the bottom of the ocean.

Flash Back symbol
SS Britanis sailing information
SS Britanis tug by the SS Britanis
Karen and Lee Duquette entering the ship lKaren and Lee Duuquette in life jackets

Below: Dinner time - and a pirate attacked Lee and Karen Duquette - so why was Karen smiling???

Lee and Karen Duquette at dinner on the ship a pirate attacked Lee and Karen Duquette

Cozumel(Spanish pronunciation: [kosuˈmel]; is an island and municipality in the Caribbean Sea off the eastern coast of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, opposite Playa del Carmen, and close to the Yucatán Channel. It is separated from the mainland.The municipality is part of the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico.

Ytcatan Peninsula map
about Cozumel

Below: Karen and Lee Duquette and The SS Britanis in Cozumel

Karen and Lee Duquette and The SS Britanis in Cozumel

Karen and Lee Duquette and The SS Britanis in Cozumel

CHANKANAAB PARK in COZUMEL. Chankanaab is the premier Eco-Archaeological Park on Cozumel Island. Located just 9 minutes by taxi from downtown and the cruise piers. it is a place like no other on Cozumel to spend the day.


Below: Chankanaab Lagoon

Chankanaab Logoon Chankanaab Logoon

Below: San Gervacio Ruins are excavated Mayan Ruins covering an area of about 10 acres and situated in beautiful jungle surroundings.

ticket to San Gervacio Ruins

History BookSan Gervasio is an archaeological site of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization, located in the northern third of the island of Cozumel off the northeastern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, in what is now the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. San Gervasio is the largest Mayan Ruins site on Cozumel, and also the most significant. It was a holy site, dedicated to Ixchel, the goddess of fertility. Mayan women would pilgrimage here from all over the country to pray at the temples of San Gervasio. The settlement dates back as far as 100 B.C., and was continually settled starting in 200 A.D. The ruins were once a hub of worship of the goddess Ix Chel, an aged deity of childbirth, fertility, medicine, and weaving. Pre-Columbian Maya women would try to travel to San Gervasio and make offerings at least once in their lives.

San Gervacio Ruins Karen and Lee Duquette at San Gervacio Ruins
Lee Duquette at San Gervacio Ruins
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Below: Sea lavender is also known as marsh rosemary and lavender thrift. Sea lavender (Limonium carolinianum), has nothing to do with lavender, rosemary or thrift. It is a perennial plant often found growing wild in salt marshes and along coastal sand dunes. Sea lavender displays red-tinted stems and leathery, spoon-shaped leaves. Delicate purple blooms appear in summer.

Karen Duquette and Sea lavender Sea lavender
Karen Duquette and Sea lavender Karen Duquette and Sea lavender
Sea lavender

Below: Karen and Lee Duquette by the ocean with their rented jeep.

Lee Duquette Karen Duquette

Below: Another cruise port: Playa del Carmen, also referred to locally as Playa. It is a resort city located along the Caribbean Sea in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico and is part of the municipality of Solidaridad.

Playa del Carmen is a popular tourist destination in Mexico's Riviera Maya region. The main airport for Playa is the Cancún International Airport, which is around 70 km away. This airport ranks tenth in terms of international passengers worldwide, and the second busiest in Mexico behind Mexico City.

The area is known for its white sand beaches, blue turquoise waters, coral reefs, surrounding rainforests, and balnearios. The downtown area of the city revolves around Quinta Avenida, a busy pedestrian thoroughfare lined with many shops, clubs, and restaurants. The weather is hot year-round, with the summer and winter breaks being peak season.

Below: Lee and Karen Duquette at Playa-Del-Carmen with the cruise ship in the background

Lee and Karen Duquette at Playa-Del-Carmen Lee and Karen Duquette at Playa-Del-Carmen

Below: The roads and houses in the area

laundry outside a house Playa-Del-Carmen
street street

Below: Locals building a structure

Locals building a structure
roads road and houses
pottery shop
shopping area shopping area

Below: Karen Duquette with a local shop owner
and his daughter. He wanted the photo.

Lee Duquette in the middle of a shopping plaza

Karen Duquette Lee Duquette

Below: Time to head back to the ship

SS Britanis