Mexican_Riviera_2010 -- April: Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, Puerta Vallarta

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Arriving in San Pedro

We arrived in San Pedro late Saturday afternoon to avoid any flight glitches that might cause us to miss our cruise on Sunday. We attended the Easter vigil service Saturday evening at a local parish. We got a good nights sleep after some late night pizza, stroll down to the harbor, and our 27 hour day.

 

Day 1 -- Exploring our cruise ship

We boarded the ship, just in time for lunch, as we planned. By the time we explored a bit more of the ship, our statement room was ready. We changed into the swim suits we carried on with us and enjoyed the pool. While we were at dinner, the crew delivered our luggage. There were several 'send off' festivities.

 

Day 2 -- at sea

We spent our first full day at sea. This gave us a chance to settle in, explore the rest of the ship, and finish planning our activities for our three ports of call.

 

Day 3 -- Cabo San Lucas a.k.a. 'Lands end' -- the tip of the Baja Peninsula

Our main activity in Cabo was the ship sponsored snorkel excursion to Chileno Bay. While we saw plenty of fish, we were spoiled by previous snorkel trips in Aruba and Hawaii. Cabo harbor was a busy place with two cruise ships in port. After the snorkel trip, we walked around the port before heading back to the ship.

 

Day 4 -- Mazatlan

We spent the morning on our own sightseeing adventure, eventually [i.e. not necessary taking the shortest route] making our way to the Cathedral and stopping for lunch. An afternoon trip to a local beach was less enjoyable than expected, although shopping for jewelry was successful.

 

Day 5 -- Puerta Vallarta.

In Puerta Vallarta, we started with a visit to Playa Mismaloya [beach from Night of the Iguana]. This was an ideal beach experience! Great beach, not too crowded with great water and sand. We stayed to have lunch at a estaurant on the beach. Afterwards it was a short taxi ride back into town on the way back to the ship for some sightseeing and shopping. Saw the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadeloupe, and the main shopping strip.

 

Days 6 and 7 -- at sea

After three successive days of land adventures, we welcomed the two days at sea to rest up, enjoy the ships amenities, and pack up our clothes and recent acquisitions.

 

Day 8 -- back to San Pedro

'Back' was the operative word for the day. Because of the narrow San Pedro channel the captain actually had to back the ship into port. Our transfer to the airport and flight home were efficient and uneventful. Monday morning was a rude 'reality call' as we both had to be back at work.

 

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