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Mexican Riviera
Includes: Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas, Loreto, Manzanillo, Mazatlan, Pichilingue/La Paz, Puerto Vallarta, Topolobampo & Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa, Mexico

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#1
Arizona
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Joined Nov 2002
Just thought this would be a good place - since I never consider the embarkation or disembarkation points as ports when I'm researching.

For those of you leaving San Diego and who plan to spend a day or two there, you can purchase an all-day tripper for only $5 each that will allow you to take any of the trolleys (trains) or buses in SD. Between the two, you can visit anywhere - Old Town, Seaport Village, Balboa Park, or you can even take a train to Tijuana, Mexico.

Although our luggage mass didn't allow us to use it to go to or from the airport, it's a great way to see the city while you're there.
#2
Highland, IN 46322
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Joined Jan 2003
Thanks for that info. Could you tell us a good place to stay? We are going on the spirit March 16th. We will be there 1 day before and 2 days after. Thank- You Kathlyn
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Arizona
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Joined Nov 2002
Many have given good reports on
Holiday Inn On the Bay
1355N Harbor Dr
San Diego CA
92101-3321
619-232-3861
It is right across the street from the dock - you can watch the ship come in if your room is in the right spot probably. It's also pretty close to the Santa Fe depot where there's a trolley (train) stop. I would probably stay there for convenience if I were returning.
#4
Columbus, Ohio
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Joined Aug 2004
Kathlyn: It appeared that a good many cruises stay at the Holiday Inn on the Bay. It is right accross the street from the Cruise Ship Terminal. In fact that is where I will be staying when we do the Mexican Riviera aboard the Mercury in April. Good Luck.
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#5
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We have stayed many times at the Embassy Suites - within sight of the pier. Costs about $4 - $5 from ship to hotel. We use the hotel shuttle to get us to the pier.

It is within walking distance of Seaport Village and Horton Plaza.
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#6
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Joined Sep 2003
We just stayed at the Holiday Inn on the Bay. It is indeed RIGHT across the street from the pier. We had a room on the 4th floor facing ther pier & what a sight to behold watching the Mercury come in! Their shuttle took us directly into the terminal & we were on board in less than 10 minutes from leaving the hotel!

Got the room for just around $75 on Priceline!
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Joined Jun 2004
Can you tell us what "area" and star level you chose to get the Holiday Inn on Priceline?
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It was the downtown area & I believe it was 3* (might have been 4*) It seemed all the hotels Priceline has to offer in that area were nice & close but this one is the closest!
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I have stayed at the Hampton Inn which is close to the pier.
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#10
Tennessee
103 Posts
Joined Jan 2005
Originally posted by Cruise2End
Just thought this would be a good place - since I never consider the embarkation or disembarkation points as ports when I'm researching.

For those of you leaving San Diego and who plan to spend a day or two there, you can purchase an all-day tripper for only $5 each that will allow you to take any of the trolleys (trains) or buses in SD. Between the two, you can visit anywhere - Old Town, Seaport Village, Balboa Park, or you can even take a train to Tijuana, Mexico.

Although our luggage mass didn't allow us to use it to go to or from the airport, it's a great way to see the city while you're there.
THANKS FOR THE INFO. WE ARE STAYING AT THE HOLIDAY INN. WHERE DO YOU PURCHASE THE TRIPPER?

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#11
Vancouver..ish
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Joined Jun 2005
We stayed on Coronado Island. There are several cheap water taxis/ferries that go from the island to San Diego and it was so nice to be just that little bit 'out of the way' (in a good way). There are some very good restaurants on Coronado or it's just a quick hop across the water to SD itself. Departure day we took the ferry from the island and it docked right next to the cruise ships. We walked maybe 1/2 a block, no traffic hastles! I'd highly recommend staying on Coronado.
#12
Kennesaw GA.
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Joined Apr 2000
Originally posted by Cruise2End
Just thought this would be a good place - since I never consider the embarkation or disembarkation points as ports when I'm researching.

For those of you leaving San Diego and who plan to spend a day or two there, you can purchase an all-day tripper for only $5 each that will allow you to take any of the trolleys (trains) or buses in SD. Between the two, you can visit anywhere - Old Town, Seaport Village, Balboa Park, or you can even take a train to Tijuana, Mexico.

Although our luggage mass didn't allow us to use it to go to or from the airport, it's a great way to see the city while you're there.
Where do you purchase this?