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Expensive and dreadful. Paid $270 for one night in a noisy room where the plumbing kept us awake all night. People ahead of us checking in paid $90 for a similar room. Maybe the Marina Tower is better. Desk clerks response to complaint was "nobody every complained about that room before. That's the last time we stay at a Sheraton.
A breeze. Quick, efficient. Didn't touch the luggage from the moment we got out of the taxi until it was delivered to our stateroom. Enjoyed the live music and lunch buffet by the pool as we waited for the staterooms to be made available.
Verandah stateroom was a good size, with More
decent closet and drawer space, and a comfortable sitting area and private balcony. Didn't use the balcony as much as we had hoped sine we were bothered by the marijuana smoke drifting over from the people next door. Soundproofing was excellent. Just as well since our neighbors had some noisy domestic disputes. Cabin steward kept the place spotless and cleaned up several times each day. Bathroom is a bit dated.
Room service for breakfast was a nice touch. Buffet meals at the Lido were good. Meals in the Rotterdam were excellent. The small additional charge for the Pinnacle grill was worth every penny. First class food and great service.
Enjoyed the cafe and the lounges. Nice speciality coffees and teas.
Cruise director was upbeat and entertaining. Shows were good quality. Very strong male and female lead singers. Great band. Fantastic comedic juggler (Barnaby). Only marred by rather flat comedian who bombed one night and was never seen again.
A bit of a disappointment. Main dance floor was mostly disco. Small dance floor had a band that played jazz background music, but not enough variety for social dance. Not a lack of talent - they were all fine musicians - they just had not been instructed to play social ballroom rhythms. Piano bar was entertaining with a lady who sang well even though the accompaniments were not always perfect.
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Port and Shore Excursions
Not much to see. Mexican towns seem to be either incredibly touristy with lost of huge hotels and a beach, or pretty much dead with a mission, museum, and one street of souvenir shops. La Paz was the latter, as was Loreto.
Closed on Good Friday, which is when we were there.
Did the swimming with the dolphins thing. Bonus - got to swim with a sea lion. Expensive, but worth it.