Saturday, October 31, 2015

Mexican Riviera Cruise I

IMG_20151013_112552408(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.IMG_20151013_133333678 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!

IMG_20151017_052935337_HDRDining on the back of Deck 11 IMG_20151015_104844054_HDRCrew grilling fresh Paella near the Pool. Yum! IMG_20151015_095555011

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.

12115838_10205223894259066_2696513929335535911_n IMG_20151017_070111435Flower arrangements in Old Town IMG_20151017_054128085Busy streets going into Acapulco

Acapulco Cliff Divers ready to put on their show



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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. 

IMG_20151018_093151433Our Touring Coach IMG_20151018_092703798Raw Coconuts IMG_20151018_111058195
IMG_20151018_104102495La Capacha ceramics & figurines from the La Campana Ruins site. IMG_20151018_104128725_HDRMuseo de la Cuidad de Colima & it’s historic mural. IMG_20151018_110744219_HDR
Beautiful buildings near Campana’s town square.
IMG_20151018_135324907_HDRLa Campana Ruins of the Capacha Culture. IMG_20151018_105549150_HDR

IMG_20151019_100336991Puerto 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!


Incredible beaded animals
Puerto Vallarta apartments
Internet at the Cigar Shop
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Our Lady of Guadelupe, at left
& Looking into town from the ship, above
IMG_20151019_111338849Waiter making Fresh Guacamole
IMG_20151019_103934957 12105984_10205232931764998_65708562109922214_nDanza de los Voladores statue on the Malecon, at left 1470113_10205232989246435_2324928022756576677_nLunch at PiPi’s!! in the photos above. The Fajitas & Margaritas were delicious!!

Next up; Mazatlan, and Cabo San Lucas.


Bobbie and Jim said...

So glad you had such a good time on your cruise.

Sharon Del Rosario said...

What a wonderful trip! Thanks for the tour and all the great pics.

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