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    San Francisco East Bay
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    Princess, HAL, Oceania
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Asia, Mexico

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  1. Ice cold bottled water in the Mexican ports is easy to find and reasonable, $1. or sometimes even less. Most cruise lines sell it for $2.50 on the ship. Buy it in port. You do not have to carry it around, much cheaper, and easy to find.
  2. Pier 27, the SF cruise ship terminal now has free wi-fi. It is fast and works well inside the terminal but not outside.
  3. Does the cruise ship pier in SF have wi-fi? I want to call Uber from there but my ipad will only work with a wi-fi connection.
  4. As you leave the pier turn left and walk about a mile to the ferry building ( huge clock tower on top). That is Market St. Cross over and walk up Market St. one short block and you will see the entrance to BART. You will have to fight your luggage going down stairs to the BART station. There are machines there to buy tickets.
  5. The evening shows are normally at 9:30 pm. If/when you book a time at one of the specialty restaurants keep that show time in mind. Book the restaurants at the earliest possible time as they quickly fill up. Lots of people selling tours on the south sea islands. Most of them about 1/2 the price of the ship tours. and the same tour.
  6. Spent a full day in Cuba on 5/2. Took a 3 hour tour, then a taxi to the large indoor flea market and walked around the area having drinks at a local restaurant. Everybody spoke English and everybody took US dollars without hesitation. When you get off the ship there will be a line to exchange money but we did not. I don't think it is necessary. If you take a cab agree on the fare before you get in. They will bargain. So will everyone in the flea market.
  7. The Playa Mazatlan has one of the best beaches there is. They used to sell a day pass which gives you use of the pool, chairs on their beach that is roped off so the vendors cannot come by and pester you. I think they also supply towels, outdoor shower, etc. Nice restaurant.
  8. The downtown area is an easy 10 min. walk from the cruise ship pier. Lots of restaurants and shopping. Very pleasant. You do need to cross a busy highway and they do not tend to stop for peds. There is usually a crowd walking to town-just follow them.
  9. Beware of a common scam in the downtown area: a lady will approach you with a free scratch off ticket and then tell you that you have won with a choice of some expensive gifts. You pick the prize up at a nearby hotel and she will even pay for the taxi. When you arrive you sit through a long timeshare presentation and loose a good part of the day.
  10. On my last trip to St. Maarten we hired a 6 passenger van with driver and received a nice tour of the island for 1/2 the price of the ship tours. But, coming home from the other side of the island we hit so much traffic that we arrived back at the ship only 15 min. before sailing. We would have missed the ship had the driver not taken some back dirt roads to beat some of the traffic.
  11. Last time I was on the Grand they were allowing people to disembark by 8 am. Customs is normally quite fast so you should be ok to catch the 9 am bus.
  12. Two of the three cable car lines start at Powell and Market, the heart of downtown. Both lines go within a couple of blocks of Fisherman's Wharf but different routes. In the spring and particularly in the summer the line to board is frequently up to a two hour wait. Add almost another hour for the ride. If you have a deadline, such as boarding a cruise ship this time frame could cause a serious problem. Beware if time is critical to you.
  13. Please note that on several of the Princess ships the mini-suites have no top cover over the balconies. That means full sun and the deck above can look down on your whole balcony. For example the Grand Princess only has a few covered balconies on deck 6. The whole of deck 7, all mini-suites, has all uncovered balconies.
  14. I have been told some cruise lines now charge for room service. Is this true?
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