(Jan) Our Mexican Riviera Cruise aboard the Norwegian Sun took us to five fun destinations from October 13 – 24. We ported in Acpulco, Manzanillo, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas. Our itinerary started off with three sea days. It was a great way to for us to explore the ship and relax before the five and a half days of busy sightseeing at the ports. We sailed to Alaska on the Sun so we were familiar with the lay out but it was still fun exploring old favorite places and finding new ones. Boomer friends John & Cathy joined us on this cruise. Here we are in the Sports Bar; one of our favorite Alaska spots when we sailed with Betty & Duane. We met at the Tappas Bar for a meet and greet with Cruise Critic cruisers where we met several delightful fellow travelers. The Cruise Critic group sponsored several activities including a ‘Cabin Crawl’ where we got to tour the Owners Suite with it’s spacious three rooms, a full balcony and adjoining suite for guests. It also came with a full time Butler and a Jacuzzi on the Balcony, third photo below. Sweet!
|Dining on the back of Deck 11||Crew grilling fresh Paella near the Pool. Yum!|
Cathy had arranged a private tour for Acapulo with Rudy’s Tour by Vans. On a very hot and humid day, ten of us boarded the Van for a fun view of this metro area, population 1,021,000. We toured the Old Town City Market, several scenic overlooks, a beautiful Chapel in New Acapulco, saw Hotels formerly owned by John Wayne and Johnny Weismuller and had a delicious Lunch & cool Cervaza at a beach restaurant. There was a very loud Marachi band playing, though. John had to plug his ears! Our highlight was watching the Acapulco cliff divers dive from a height of 40 meters to the inlet below. Very daring and pretty spectacular; many were just teenagers.
|Flower arrangements in Old Town||Busy streets going into Acapulco|
Acapulco Cliff Divers ready to put on their show
The following day we arrived in Manzanillo which is the main ocean port for Mexico City and Guadalajara. Chuck & I chose to do a Cruise Ship tour to the Colonial City of Colima with a stop at a Coconut Plantation, a Museum, a beautiful church, the Campana ruins dating from over 2,000 years ago and lunch in the village of Comala. It was another very hot & humid day but our tour coach was comfortable & cool. The lunch was disappointing, the tour was long but somewhat interesting and it felt good to be back home on the Sun at the end of the day.
|Our Touring Coach||Raw Coconuts|
|La Capacha ceramics & figurines from the La Campana Ruins site.||Museo de la Cuidad de Colima & it’s historic mural.|
Beautiful buildings near Campana’s town square.
|La Campana Ruins of the Capacha Culture.|
Puerto Vallarta was a fun stop. John & Cathy and Chuck & I had all been here before so we chose to take a taxi to Old Town and go shopping and have lunch. We strolled the Malecon, visited the Church of the Lady of Gaudelupe, found internet at the Cigar store and tasted some yummy tequila! The weather was not quite as hot as our first two stops so we did lots of walking. Shopping was fun and we came away with some goodies. Next up; a premier lunch and margaritas at Pipi’s. We had talked to some people up on the Malecon when we were looking for a place to eat and they recommended Pipi’s. Sure glad that they did!
Next up; Mazatlan, and Cabo San Lucas.