We arrived at the port, check in, the baggage ordeal was all easy as usual! Very quick, as last year, was on the ship very quickly! Picture and all!
We were actually on the ship about 11:30, went around took the usual pictures and sat down, poolside, and ordered the first of many throughout the cruise! Very nice, hot in LA, but cool in the shade. Relaxed there til about 1, Captain Per announced at 1, that the staterooms were ready! Our room, 6318, center hump, awesome location, access to the stairs, right outside our room, or elevators if needed. We had stayed in the same room 1 year ago, same experience, the room was great! Standard room, very clean, love the balcony, views, etc.
After the 'sail off', which was great as always, had a couple of tropical drinks, and off to change to dinner. This time we chose, 'My Time Dining", great option, had to make reservations everynight, but it was worth it. A couple three nights, we didn't have to make reservations, we just showed up at the time we usually do and were seated, no big deal. We had made reservations to the formal nights, it seemed that everyone had mostly gone to the dinners and didn't want to end up in a line. We had gone to Chops two evenings. Great filet mignon, great to wonderful waiters, awesome food, sides, wines, everything!
We went to the Ice Show, which was incredible, never had known a cruise ship to have a ice arena. Went to one of the shows in the Savoy Theatre, nice, great entertainment. Went to the Casino, too smokey for us, disgusting. The trivia games were fun in the Schooner Lounge, enjoyed that! The Sports Bar was fun, the Crown Lounge was great as always! What can I say, had a great time on this ship!
The ports were great! Walked alot in Cabo and Puerta Vallarta, tooks taxi's, etc, when needed to get to the shopping areas in PV. Went to the Hotel Riu in Mazatlan, fun, away from the city, very relaxing, very clean, not alot of people!
Back in LA, no problems getting off the ship, for us anyway, Immigration is there, and I'm sure for some isn't a pleasant experience, but no problems, I'd do this cruise next week if I could!
Great cruise, wouldn't change a thing! Captain Per was very personable
Walked to the Golden Zone, easy to follow the pathways! Stopped at Diamonds Internationl, saw the Cruise Dude there, nice guy! Nice to see him, walked from there to other shops in the area and had a great lunch at The Shrimp Factory! Fun, good food, Mariachi's, woo - hoo! Wi - Fi as well! Back to the ship, stopped at Froggy's for a brew and some more fun, grabbed the tender and was back on the ship
The hotel, very clean, has everything that one would need for a relaxing day! We had changed and went down to 2 or 3 pools, we had one of those pools to ourselves! The beach was beautiful, loungers everywhere, palmtrees, beautiful! We wanted the pools, the ocean was a little rough and didn't want to experience that at the time! We had buffet for the lunch, good food and back to the pool! Self serve margaritas and beer, all you want. This was a tour we had purchased, all enclusive, perfect day!
Well, didn't last long, we ended up taking a taxi down to the Boardwalk and walked around the shops, where we actually ran into a Starbucks, had some iced tea on onward. We shopped and later had ended up at Hard Rock for lunch.
Like I had said, just wanted to shop a little and not do much, this was perfect. As I had said before, we had been there the previous year and had done a city tour, tequila tour/tasting and lunch in the jungle. We had just wanted to relax this time.