Hoopster, The ship is in fairly good shape. I noticed that most of the public area hall carpet seemed to have been replaced fairly recently, although, since never having sailed here before, I just judged this by the way the carpet looked, without soil and it just looked new.
Stair banisters were always being polished and always shiney. Windows also seemed fairly clean, as clean as you can keep them at sea.
However our cabin, which was an inside, did look a little more used, with a few stains here and there.
The mini golf course is "free" and although we had planned to try it out, never did make it. Too much other stuff going on. I did see a few people using it however, but was told since it is on a top deck, during sailing it tends to be a little windy. But hey, if it's free, why not try it out. What we did notice was however, was the, and I don't know what you call the area, not being a golfer, but from the putting area to the hole, was not a flat surface, as in regular land based putt, putt golf, but rather sort of a textured surface. Don't know how this might effect your game, but my husband noticed this right off and thought it might. It's not a defect, but the design.
dcourt, We actually talked to a few people that did, what I think was called the Canope tour in PV and they loved it. Rode in offroad type vehicles and then what they called the Tarzan thing where they went from tree to tree on ropes. They had their 11 year old Grandson with them and since he loves trees they thought it would be a good excursion for him and they were right, he did well swinging in those trees, so they said.
One day at lunch, talked with a couple and their young child who were going to do the dolphin swim and were quite exited about it. Didn't see them after so don't know how they did.
Hubby and I have been on 28 cruises in the past 15 years, and a lot to the Mexican Riviera, so have taken most city tours and the Cabo glass bottom boat tour already, so I am always on the lookout for something new. Well this time I found two! In Cabo, we took the Pacific Highlights tour, which busses you along the coast on the way to San Jose Del Cabo, stopping at a high point along the route which is very pretty, then continued on to San Jose Del Cabo for a visit to a church and what I call the obligatory shopping on all Mexican tours. I found that the shops in this town, which by the way is about 30 miles from Cabo San Lucas, did not bargain as much, as it took me 3 shops before I found a deal on T's, which I always buy for my Grandchildren. In fact two of the shops even let me walk out, after they didnt' get their asking price, which is unheard of in the past in Mexico. I finally found one young man in a shop who would bargain and when he came within the price, he made the sale.
Our new tour in Mazatlan was to the Pacifico Brewery. I had posted on CC regarding a tour here as I noticed that RCL did have it listed and we had seen this many times from the pier on other cruises but didn't know if it had tours. A person who is the guide for these tours, answered my questions in the thread and we did indeed purchase the tour and Frank, was our guide.
We were taken in a trolly, rather than air conditioned van, because it's only like a 10 minute ride from the pier. Since the safety regulations to tour the brewery require that you wear no opened toed shoes and must were long pants, and it was quite warm that day, that was the only downside to this tour. But I love to see actual working things, rather than just pictures to look at or museums of what factories make, as I feel you get the true flavor of it. Well, this was a working brewery and we walked right amongst the workers and even had to wear safety glasses when we went into the bottling part of the tour. It was really interesting in my opinion to see how many bottles of beer are filled and labeled in a time frame, that we were there. We then went up to the top floor of the factory, which has the most beautiful 360 view, from old Mazatlan to the "Golden Zone" and all shores in between. We were offered free full size samples of the beer, although I don't like beer, so I had bottled water, which was also offered.
From there, which Frank says is a new addition to the tour, is a ride up the hill by old Mazatlan and a stop at the top for, what else, obligitory shopping. However I did find something here to my liking. I love to buy somehting I see being made and up on this lookout was an artist who was painting tiles with local scenes, and they were a very reasonable $4, but we gave the artist $5 because to me it was a value. I don't buy trinkets that are stamped out on machines and if you turn them over say "made in some other country" When I go to Mexico, I want to buy from local artisans of the city I am in.
Well, got to go put in another load of laundry.
Hope this has helped answer a few of your questions.
Likes to cruise twice as much for half the price.