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  1. Interesting topic....all this talk about bids....where/how do you bid? And is this only applicable for NCL? Thanks, crew!
  2. Here's a suggestion for a great company that does tours that they tailor to cruise ship passengers' available time: We've used them in Mazatlan for an amazing private tour of Las Labradas Petroglyph site, and they have very good reviews for their other tours as well. https://www.cabosanlucastours.net/Cruise-Corner.htm Have fun in October!
  3. Your best bet would be in PV, as the state of Jalisco is the birthplace of Mariachi. One possibility is a little restaurant called Casa Tradicional. You can email them to ask ahead of time. info@casatraditional.com (I haven't used this email address, so I'm not sure if the 'anglicized' spelling of the restaurant name is correct, or if the 't' should be a 'c' like the Mexican name of the place.) Their address is: Puerto Vallarta Hidalgo 335 Col. Centro 48300 Puerto Vallarta, Jal. Opening: Monday - Sunday: 12pm - 11pm Phone: 322 222 1812
  4. Our last vacation before Covid was the second week of March 2020 - Mex Riv. cruise on Holland America. We love this itinerary and the scenery along the coast. We did see whales, while coffeeing in our robes on our balcony a couple mornings. There are some nice sandy beaches, but it's true they aren't like the Caribbean side. We suggest doing a tour of Las Labradas Petroglyph site when in Mazatlan. Here's more info from UNESCO: UNESCO Las Labradas Sinalao We had a good time and learned a lot when we took a private tour (just the 2 of us) with Mazatlantours.org. They picked us up right at
  5. Our last trip before the pandemic was on Holland America to the Mexican Riviera. We returned to San Diego on the 15th of March 2020 and our ship immediately was sidelined. (No illnesses though, a very conscientious staff and cooperative patrons complying with increased sanitization procedures.) We love the Pacific coast of Mexico and have been in PV and Cabo San Lucas a few times on our own. Very safe, we rented vehicles when we weren't on cruises, everyone we met was friendly and there were no sketchy situations we encountered. For us, we felt safer there than most cities the same
  6. @rkacruiserHahaha, yep. I remember the year before Hurricane Katrina doing a drive in late November along the Gulf Coast and arriving in Pensacola and frolicking on the beach in pants and a long sleeve t-shirt. It apparently was during a cold snap as we saw several locals in town in parkas and toques, who looked at us Canadians strangely. Even though we have very hot weather where I live during the late spring thru to early fall, we are used to cold winters.
  7. Is there any real reason to book a balcony if the TA/TP is mainly sea days especially if it's a northern crossing? Just wondering, because we've only done a bit of cruising, and the only time we used our balconies was when we were coming into or leaving ports, or on HAL we had our room service breakfasts and coffee in our robes. Haven't done a crossing yet though, mainly Mexican Riviera and Caribbean itineraries. Give me your opinions and why. Thx.
  8. I didn't notice anyone talk about repositioning Pacific - ie Vancouver, BC to Tokyo/Yokohama, Japan via Alaska and Russia. Viking, Regent Seven Seas, and Holland America. I think we'd be interested in that itinerary. Anybody taken those trips?
  9. Hi Princess1963, did you mean walking from the terminal in Cabo San Lucas, or did you mean walking from the terminal in Mazatlan?
  10. We were on Oosterdaam on deck 10 verandah cabin 10011 March 7-14/2021 which was quiet and perfect, just back of the Explorations Cafe/Crows Nest and lots of deck space near us that wasn't used much. Perfect views off your balcony for Pacific /Mexican Riviera for both arrivals and departures. I will say HAL cabins have a fair bit of room and I love the actual tub - even though we just shower. There's so much more room to move around and shower in comfort.
  11. I think this is our favorite line now, thanks to the excellent music venues: BB King's Blues Club, the fun and talented duos that do Billboard, and amaaaaazing Lincoln Centre Stage. That was all we did on our HAL cruise, except for 'On Board for a Cause' 5km. Went into the hot tub once, later at night when the rest of the pools were all closed for the evening. It wasn't very warm though, I'm pretty sure because they want you to buy the spa thermal waters package. Looking for more trips on this line for Feb/Mar 2021 although they don't have all the amazing deals like Princess does right now
  12. I think other ships are still going to Jamaica and Caymans, just Carnival throwing its weight around.
  13. Nothing except that a Jamaican port refused to let a cruise ship dock, worried about Covid-19, and now I think the line is punishing them under the guise of 'not wanting to chance another refusal.' Ship was the MSC Meraviglia originally.
  14. Nothing except that a Jamaican port refused to let a cruise ship dock, worried about Covid-19, and now I think the line is punishing them under the guise of 'not wanting to chance another refusal.' Darn, I wish I could find that reference again. It may have been on cruiselawnews.com. Yep, found it. Updated 3 days ago, Carnival will not land at Jamaican ports or Cayman Islands due to their previous refusals. You can just go to the cruiselawnews website for more info.
  15. If there is a no-go for Italy, wouldn't they likely just change port to another country nearby? Like they are already doing in the Caribbean (no Jamaica on one line for instance, but I can't remember where I read that just the other day - I think it was US News..)
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