Cozumel Excursions

Once you receive your booking number and online check-in instructions for the cruise, (approximately 3 to 4 weeks prior to sail date), you will be able to purchase your choice of shore excursions.  These adventures will occur on Saturday, April 29th between 9:00am and 4:00pm.

Right now there are 66 different excursions available on Cozumel!  We’ve been advised that these offerings may alter slightly within the next year, but the variety is astounding!

Whether you want to swim with dolphins, go caving, zip-lining, shopping, touring ruins or gardens, scuba-diving, 4x4ing, it’s available!  Check it out!

Symphony of the Soil

soiltypes1About Symphony of the Soil
Drawing from ancient knowledge and cutting edge science, Symphony of the Soil is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance soil. By understanding the elaborate relationships and mutuality between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals, we come to appreciate the complex and dynamic nature of this precious resource. The film also examines our human relationship with soil, the use and misuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation and development, and the latest scientific research on soil’s key role in ameliorating the most challenging environmental issues of our time.

Symphony of the Soil is a 104-minute documentary feature film that explores the complexity and mystery of soil.


We have a great line-up of speakers selected for our conference!  To learn more about each speaker, click on their name!

Wine and Viticulture – presented by Justin Scheiner

Whether you know it or not, Americans are crazy about grapes. Each year the United States produces enough grapes to fill the Empire State Building twenty-five times over. We also hold the title of the number one wine consuming nation in the world with more than 4 billion bottles consumed annually. Come hear about the fascinating history of grapes and wine, and why every Texan should have a grapevine in their garden.


Nature’s Cycles and Flows  – Presented by Steve Chaney

Given our recent years of drought and rain cycles, gardening has presented some great challenges for the Master Gardener.  Steve Chaney will teach us how we can create good, sustainable gardens within the extremes of weather handed us.


A Taste of the Tropics – presented by Tim Hartmann

As Americans, our consumption of fruit is usually restricted to about ten or so species. Even with a huge increase in offerings of exotic fruits at grocery stores, most of us have only seen the tip of the iceberg. There are hundreds, even thousands of other exciting fruit species from tropical regions around the world. We’ll spend the first half of the program introducing you to some of the more exotic tropical fruit species from around the world. We’ll finish off by covering some of the major delicious tropicals (including some that can be grown right at home in Texas) in more detail.


Broadcasting from the Garden – presented by Daphne Richards

Daphne will share some of her favorite video clips (maybe some bloopers?!), provide instruction on what it takes to prepare for segments, and encourage Master Gardeners to consider doing a television or radio segment themselves or assist their agent in doing so.

(We apologize for the late change in speakers but we’re certain you’ll enjoy this session immensely!)


Garden Inspirations from Travel – presented by Janet Carson

Janet has taken the Arkansas Master Gardeners on garden tours around the world for years. She will share how this strengthens their Master Gardener program and how it helps with horticulture education.  She will also advise how Master Gardeners can plan a vacation around visiting gardens, how to take home inspiration from other gardens and how to find hidden gems.

Beneficials in Texas Gardens and Landscapes – presented by Dr. William M. Johnson

Beneficials in Texas gardens and landscapes include way more than honeybees and earthworms. Dr. Johnson will cover the rich diversity of beneficials that occur across Texas.



Schedule of Events

The Carnival Valor™ sets sail at 4:00pm on Thursday, April 27, 2017.

welcome reception

We will have a Private Welcome Reception with specialty cocktails, unlimited wine and beer, hot and cold canapés at 5:00pm to orient you with the cruise ship and schedule.  Click on the link below for a full schedule of times and location.  You will also receive a printed schedule in your stateroom.

Conference Schedule of Events