My family of four (including two teenagers - 16 and 19) drove to LA from northern California the day before the cruise and spent the night 30 minutes away from the port at an Embassy Suites. Sunday morning we arrived at the port at about noon. After mistakenly standing in the wrong line for 10 minutes, we checked our bags and were on the ship within 15 minutes. So easy!!!
We had decided to splurge and get two separate rooms this time, a balcony stateroom and a Promenade room across the hall for the kids. It was a wise choice as we all had plenty of space to relax.
We went to the M & M but the crowd was a little overwhelming, and we spent the entire time talking to a lovely Australian couple that we subsequently met again and again over the week.
Cabo San Lucas was a sunny port day, and we walked 30 minutes through the beautiful tourist area to the beach. The water was gorgeous and warm, and we had a great time swimming and ultimately burning!
Mazatlan found "the girls" venturing out on an excursion which featured a city walking tour and a cooking class. Our guide was very informative as we went to an art gallery, shops, a gorgeous cathedral and various other historical points of interest. The cooking class was held in a hotel and featured the opportunity to slice, dice and eat with 10 other people from the cruise. It was a great time with tasty food.
Puerta Vallarta brought the absolute best time! I cannot say enough about the Outdoor Adventure excursion we participated in. Although expensive, it provided hours of fun! We rode in a speedy commando-style boat about 20 minutes to a secluded little cove. Then we boarded a Unimog truck for a beautiful drive through the lush forest to the headquarters. After a safety briefing, we rode mules to the top of a mountain where we began to whiz through the air on zip lines. Next we rappelled down a steep rock face beside a waterfall, splashed through streams, crossed narrow rope bridges and more! The equipment and guides were first rate. The only scary part was the boat ride through the waves made very choppy by the weather which had turned cloudy because of the remnants of a hurricane. Loved, loved this excursion!
The weather worsened as we began our voyage back to California. Oh my goodness, it became cold!!!!! The next two days were spent indoors wrapped in jeans and sweaters. Ventures out on deck were met with clouds and freezing wind! Seriously...was this July????
We had second seating for dinner which was often too late for us, so we ate one night at Johnny Rockets and two others at the Windjammer. Food was plentiful, though not outstandingly flavorful in the dining rooms.
The Revolution show was a real kick for my husband & I who grew up during the sixties and seventies. We enjoyed the first show so much that I went back again with our son (as aspiring muscian). The first show was standing room only and the energy was extremely high...the second show was less well attended and more peaceful.
Because it was so cold outside, we spent a lot of time on the Promenade people watching and enjoying the activities there. My husband worked out at the gym and we attended a few of the trivia and backstage tour events.
All in all the cruise was a wonderful diversion from the everyday! I have had a craving for soft serve ice cream every day since returning home!
Thanks Royal Caribbean for a glorious, if cold, time!