We had a wonderful time on this cruise, we opted to add 2 extra nights in San Diego, so with the night they put you up we had 3 nights. I would definitely recommend this has it is such a long flight, that we were fresh by the time we boarded our cruise ship.
we absolutely loved San Diego and would recommend the Sheraton Marina where we stayed, we had a lovely room and we visited the Famous San Diego zoo, the gaslight quarter which was great for shopping and eating. Definitely eat at Richards pancake house, it was yum.
The ship boarding was a bit drawn out but we got through it, we were a bit disappointed with our room as the balcony had an overhang which we didn't like. we asked to be moved which they did after a couple of days and moved us up to concierge class so we were happy after that.
We really liked the ship, lots of wood panelling and the food and service was excellent. The shows were brilliant, we went every night. The resident singer/dancers and the orchestra were great and the acts ranged from violinist to ventriloquist to singers etc all were excellent. The thing we really liked though was they had small artists in the smaller bars guitarist,string quartet, piano player etc and they were all really nice to listen to whilst you were having a drink before dinner.
Our first stop was cabo San Lucas which was well worth getting off the ship for, we looked round the shops and market stalls and went out on a boat from the harbour. this cost 25 dollars each which was well worth it.
Our next stop was Acapulco which we really liked. we got off the ship and got in a mini bus with some other people from the ship, again this cost 25 dollars each, we were taken all around the sights, the monastery, beach, where the diver jump. we had a full day and felt it was well worth the money, and much cheaper than the trips on board ship.
Our next stop was Huatulco mexico, there wasn't much to see here but we still got off the ship for a wander round, we found the people friendly, and goods were cheap to buy.
Our next stop was Puntarenas costa Rica, we booked a trip this time from on board the ship, we went walking in the mountains and rain forest. It was enjoyable but we were held back a lot of the time by people who couldn't walk very fast. I didn't feel that it was worth the £40 each and so we decided after that we would stick to doing our own thing with taxis etc.
Next we did a full transit of the Panama canal, we got up a 7am to make sure we saw all we should. This was a great sight and we couldn't believe how skillful the captain and his team had to be.we passed through several locks as you would on a canal, but on such a big scale, we would definitely recommend this trip. After that we went to cristobal pier panama and then Cartagena Columbia, once again we did our own trips using taxis. There was lots to see in Cartagena, we were taken all round the city, it has a castle, many shops and markets. well worth a look.
we were then 2 days at sea and back to the port of Miami and flight home
We had a great time, our dinner waiter Gidey who was from Bali couldn't do enough for you. we would definitely recommend Celebrity cruises and also the panama canal for cruising.