We arrived at the Port of LA in our own personal vehicle, last year we had chosen a local hotel to stay, stay and park deal, but, it took us nearly an hour to get back to the hotel and our car after the cruise, way to long for the price.
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