This one went to the Sea of Cortez. The ports were San Diego, Cabo San Lucas, La Paz, Loreto and Puerto Vallarta. Embarkation at the San Pedro pier went fast easy. We had no waiting and walked right on. We have been on the Sapphire before so we were pretty familiar with the lay out. We went right to our room which was ready and clean. It was a standard balcony setup. The room Steward was friendly and took good care of us. There is also a new Widescreen LED TV setup. You can watch many movies and TV shows "On Demand" now and for free. They offered movies that were fresh off the screen.
FOOD: We selected "Anytime" dining so we could choose when and where we wanted to eat each night. There are four "Anytime" Dining rooms. The all have the same menu, however, each has it's own specialty dish. We tried all four and never had a wait for a table for two. We celebrated an Anniversary and they sang and brought a cake with a candle. The food was excellent. We also enjoyed the Sterling Steak House one evening with a table for two placed with a wonderful ocean view. The steaks were perfectly prepared and rival any fine steak house. The Horizon Court Buffet always had a great selection of good food. We like that they have a separate desert bar with a wide selection. We went to Alfredo's Pizza for one lunch. It's good for specialty pizza, but, didn't really have the selection we wanted. The international Café next to it always has a nice selection of deserts, sandwiches, etc.
ENTERTAINMENT: We spend most of our time in The Wheelhouse dancing. They had a very good ballroom band called "Sun Down Duo". They took requests and played every night. The Explorer Lounge had a group called "Sol Provider". They were a good party band and also fun to dance and listen to. The main shows in the Princess Theater were good. There was one that we had seen before, but two others we hadn't. They also had a couple hilarious comedian acts during the cruise.
PORTS: We live in San Diego, so we just stayed onboard and enjoyed the ship. There's plenty to do there, including the "Midway" docked next to the cruise terminal or the Maritime Museum on the other side. We've been in Cabo many times, but took a tour Todos Santos. Very nice place and something different to see.
After rounding Cabo we went to La Paz in the Sea of Cortez. The water turns very blue and calm. In La Paz we did the highlight excursion which took us to a cathedral and other local areas where artisan's work. We also went to the Hotel California and had a nice lunch. If you've never been to La Paz, this is a good one to start with.
Loreto was our next port. It was very scenic. It's a small town that's very clean and friendly. We took an easy walking tour in the morning to a Jesuit Mission and museum. In the afternoon we went to a Clam Bake and Mexican Fiesta excursion. That was an excellent all you can eat event with authentic dancing and music. We returned to the ship stuffed.
We've been in Puerto Vallarta many times. We did the Malecon, Cathedral, Tiles & Tequila tour. We hadn't seen the tile factory before. The entire tour was enjoyable. I don't drink, but, if you like Tequila you'll get plenty of free shots on this one.
SUMMARY: This was a fantastic cruise. The ship is very nice and had great relations with the ship board staff. It was fun visiting with them. They knew us by first name in our favorite locations. We have been on several other cruise lines and enjoy Princess the best. We would recommend the Sea of Cortez cruise to any that enjoy the Mexican area cruises.