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gummyroach's Port Reviews of Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta
Mariner of the Seas cruise in September 2010
Member Name: gummyroach
Cruise Date: September 2010
Embarkation: Los Angeles
Destination: Mexican Riviera
Member Review: gummyroach's Mariner of the Seas Review
Cabo San Lucas
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
The ship dropped anchor and used tender boats to ferry us from the ship to the shore. There was a little bit of a line waiting to get off the ship, but it wasn't bad.

Compared to the Caribbean, the Mexican Riviera really isn't as pretty, but it still has it's unique beauty. Cabo has some stunning rock formations and beaches that are really beautiful.

We booked the Coastal City Tour, which, after researching several excursions, we felt would be the best bang for the buck. We got on board a big, air-conditioned bus and went to a glass-blowing factory. It was quite fascinating to watch them make objects like vases and nick-knacks out of blown glass. Next, we went up to this resort at the top of a hill where we could overlook the city and beaches. Very beautiful.

We then traveled to the city of San Jose. It's a quaint little town, has a nice look and feel to it. Walked around and took pictures. It was VERY HOT down there. The locals were very friendly. We didn't really find them to be all that aggressive. A simple "No thank you, have a nice day." usually sufficed.

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Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
This was an interesting place. The ship pulled right up to the dock. They have these trams that you get on, which take you across the port and over to the terminal building. I found it amusing when I saw the sign on the tram that said "Your driver is Jesus."

We decided to do the Lighthouse Hike. We got into this mini-van/bus which drove us to the base of the hill. From there, the hike began. This is definitely NOT the excursion for someone who is obese, has high blood pressure, or other health problems. While in theory, it's not an extremely long hike, it DOES get steep in places. There were a couple of people in the group who opted not to continue on with the hike, after going about 1/4 to 1/2 of the way up.

If you go, bring lots of water with you, good walking shoes, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen AND bug repellent. (and your camera, of course!)

It takes about 90 minutes to hike all the way up there, if you go at a moderate pace. The first half of the hike is rough gravel and rocks. The last half the hike, which I thought was the toughest, consist of 300 or so concrete STAIRS! The steps are very inconsistent as far as their length and height. sometimes you're stepping up 6 inches or so, other times it seems like you're stepping up more than a foot! (Your knees will DEFINITELY be feeling it the next morning!) There are places along the stairs where there's a steep drop-off. Our tour guide was wonderful, and very knowledgeable.

The lighthouse itself is a bit disappointing, in that it doesn't really even look like a lighthouse. It's just a rectangular, two-story building with an observation deck. You cannot go upstairs. There are no restrooms at the top of the hill where the lighthouse is, nor are there any restrooms along the trail. Before the hike, I was just fine, but then when the clouds rolled in and it began to rain, well this does a number on the bladder sometimes! I survived, but please keep in mind that you will definitely want to use the facilities before you begin the hike. They do offer cold drinks at the lighthouse though.

While we were up at the top, we heard this loud rumbling noise. "What was that??!!?" "I dunno". We didn't find out what it was till we got back to the bottom. while hiking back down, it began to rain in TORRENTS! My camera got soaked and began to malfunction and finally quit working completely. Darn! I couldn't take any more pictures with it the rest of the cruise. No-body's fault really. When we got to the bottom of the hill, we noticed the road was completely blocked off by this huge pile of rocks. Turns out that rumble we heard was a landslide! I teased my friend about that. "Leave it to YOU to move that ONE little rock, and cause the landslide! You just HAD to move it, didn't ya!" Far as we know, nobody got hurt. The ride back to the ship was quite the adventure. The shuttle "bus" consisted of nothing but this little red pick-up truck with benches in the back and an awning over it. Needless to say, with all that rain, we got DRENCHED!!!!! It was a nice hike though, and we did enjoy it.

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Puerto Vallarta
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
This ship pulled right up to the dock at this port. They had all sorts of vendors lined up, and a few hundred yards away, there was a large flea market.

My friend had initially booked a jungle excursion (I decided not to do that one) but it was cancelled because of the weather. We both had booked the sunset cruise for later that evening.

The sunset cruise was GREAT! Shortly after we boarded the sailboat and set sail, the clouds rolled in. It was incredible to be out at sea, in a sailboat in the middle of a thunder storm! We got DRENCHED, AGAIN!!!!! (At least this time no cameras got destroyed!) The crew ended up having to cut the excursion short. They turned the boat around and ended up having to sail via motor to get back to the dock and out of the storm.

Surprisingly, the cruise line gave us a full refund on the sunset cruise excursion. It came as a pleasant surprise, because in spite of the rain, we really DID have an enjoyable excursion, we saw no reason why a refund would be warranted. It was a nice gesture on their part.

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