We just returned from cruising on the Vision of the Seas to the Mexican Riviera. Our ports of call were Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta. All in all, this was a very enjoyable vacation. There were a few high points, and also a few low points, but in total...a great time.
We sailed out of Los Angeles. We flew in the day before and stayed overnight with relatives. Embarkation was a breeze. We arrived at the port at 1:00 pm and were onboard by 2:00 pm.
We tried something new for this cruise. We decided to make this an "all casual" trip. We opted for shorts and T-shirts all week long, leaving the dress clothes at home. We ate in the Windjammer all week. We went this route after planning excursions at all three ports of call, as we figured we'd be exhausted each day and we didn't want to have to worry about a scheduled dinner. The good part of this plan was that it allowed for a very flexible schedule. The bad part, the food in the Windjammer was just OK. We feel we missed out on some potentially good to great meals by not eating in the dining room. We expected this going in, and had set our expectations accordingly. Still, the food was even more bland than we had anticipated. It wasn't until almost the end of the cruise that I said, "Wow...that was a really great meal!". Oh, well...live and learn.