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kshin0829's Port Reviews of Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas, Los Angeles
Sapphire Princess cruise in December 2009
Member Name: kshin0829
Cruise Date: December 2009
Embarkation: Los Angeles
Destination: Mexican Riviera
Member Review: kshin0829's Sapphire Princess Review
Puerto Vallarta
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Do NOT book your shore excursions through the Princess ships. OMG. I spent $268 for 5 of us to go canopy zip lining and it would have been $700 onboard. I would highly suggest contacting and booking the Rio Cuale Canopy Tour. Way outside of my comfort zone but one of the most fun and exhilerating things I've ever done. Extremely professional operation and super nice people. We loved every minute of this!

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
I would contact and book the parasailing experience. It's only $36 and it's phenomenal. The beaches at Mazatlan are incredible, and so is the shopping. Teenage daughter and I went nuts on the designer knock-off purses. Good selection and decent prices after we haggled. Did most of our shopping here because prices are so much better than in Cabo. Also ate at a restaurant where tourists typically don't go. Very good food and reasonably priced.

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Cabo San Lucas
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Loved it. Princess screws their passengers though and only allows 1/2 day at this port. A full hour of the half day is spent in a line waiting to be tendered back to the ship. This is all done so that you can be back at the LA port at 5:15 on Saturday. Makes no sense at all!!! I heard no one on board who was happy with this. Probably the best stop we made and we had to be back by th 1:00 pm tender. (some people came back at 2:30 though) Ridiculous. What's the dang hurry, anyway?

I would suggest contacting: Book the Ocean Riders Whale Watching excursion. spent $288.00 through them. Would have been $600-$700 onboard. Rip off onboard. This was a blast. We all loved it. Zodiac boat was great and we saw lots of whales very close to our boat. Also so lots of dolphins. Great excursion. Would have liked to have browsed a little around Cabo but as stated previously, had to hurry to get to the one-hour wait line to tender back to the ship. Unreal. Needed to allow us to stay there until 5-6pm. No reason not to. Those additional 4 hours could have been made up by getting back to LA at a reasonable time instead of 5:15 AM.

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Los Angeles
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Absolutely phenomenal city tour of LA. Contact Brian Donald, Sales Manager, at American VIP Transportation. 800-877-0788 or714-999-9943. For $325 plus tips we had a stretch limo take our family of 5 around the city of LA and show us all of the great sights that we'd never be able to find by ourselves. We were allowed to get out and walk around as much as we wanted at Hollywood Blvd. and Rodeo Drive. We saw some stars' homes in Bel Air and Beverly Hills. We saw downtown name it; we saw it. Our fee also included pick-up at port or hotel and drop-off at hotel/port/airport. Couldn't have asked for more. It was a delight.

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