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About SDPadreFan

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    San Diego, CA
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    Travel, music, current events
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Carnival, Celebrity, RCCL
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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  1. According to Google Maps - from the exit at the Santa Fe Train Station to the middle of the Cruise Ship Terminal Building - it is a 1/2 mile walk. You would exit the Train Station, turn right on Kettner Blvd., turn right on Broadway, cross the street at N. Harbor Dr and then turn right down "The Embarkadero" There may even be some benches along the Embarkadero to sit down if you get tired. Map link: https://goo.gl/maps/VPov8Ah1x8Fd41b46
  2. Quoting my own comments but information is being updated all the time. Latest thing I read is that this COVID-19 virus currently has a mortality rate of 2% while the standard flu has a mortality rate of .1%. But as I said, info gets updated as the data matures. Plus the sample is still fairly small, especially when cultural factors and access to state of the art medicine are taken into account. But keep your hands clean and your fingers out of your mouth just the same.
  3. There will be plenty of vendors on the Cabo Marina Walk offering all sorts of activities. Just be sure you are only buying the activity and that it is not attached to a Timeshare presentation.
  4. Agreed - we booked 11209 for our upcoming B2B for exactly that reason. No cover (shade) on the Spa Balconies on the 12th deck. But they are supposed to be great for star gazing. I just figure we can walk out on Serenity to see the stars. Also read that Spa inside cabins on the 12th deck can be problematic because they are backed up against the locker rooms and sauna's (warm staterooms) and 12008 in particular is right next to the area in the gym where the free weights are so you can have the lug-nuts dropping the weights on the floor or onto the racks. There is a video on YouTube about this. Another plus to the Spa staterooms is the proximity to the Spa showers. Much bigger than the one in your stateroom.
  5. Love, love, love the Horse Races of yore. Laughed so hard. Even laughed my keister off. Haven't seen it since. One of the horses was named "Hoof Hearted" (say that fast 3 times). Our upcoming Journeys cruise is on the Miracle in April 2021. 15 nighter to Hawaii out of San Diego. Can't wait for the horse races. I may even bid on a horse if I can name it "Hoof Hearted".
  6. Been over a decade since we were there but one thing we did enjoy was the Acapulco Cliff Divers. We took a cab there from the port. There is a viewing area (standing mostly) but we had dinner at the Mirador Hotel and they have an outdoor patio where you can watch the show. We actually got lucky and got to see both a late afternoon show (daytime) and then a nighttime show in the process of having dinner and then after dinner drinks. The nighttime show includes diving with flaming batons as well as diving into flaming rings floating on the water. We did not have dinner reservations and it was just pure luck that we were able to get seated. Otherwise - we would have had to watch the show with the crowd in the standing area.
  7. Hey grandmarnnurse - sorry to hijack this thread but need a favor. When you do your B2B on Magic in April, can you find out the process for the room safe. Does it reset that morning between the 2 cruises. Want to know if we have to empty it out that morning before we go ashore only to turn right around and embark again with the same stateroom.
  8. Love Tin Fish in the summertime. We ate there just recently. But not so much if the Padres have a home game or Comic Con is in town. Never tried Lou & Mickey's but they have been there for a long time so they must be doing something right. One great thing about Tin Fish is that while they have a menu, they will prepare the fish anyway you want, not just the suggested menu. I pick my fish first and then get it blackened (cajun style).
  9. No doubt Seasons 52 is a great place as is Busters. My recommendations are based upon that they are flying in the day before a cruise. Hard to tell how tired or frustrated they might be after the flight. So my recommendations are based upon something within a reasonable walking distance. The walk to Busters or Seasons isn't necessarily far, but depending upon the hotel they choose, it could be anywhere from 3/4 of a mile to 1 1/4 miles.
  10. Since your post only discusses what to do the night before, I'll limit my responses to that. A simple walk along the Embarcadero (waterfront) can be pleasant if it's nice out. Depending upon where you start, once you get as far north as the Star of India (iron-hulled sailing ship built in 1863) and the Maritime Museum, things get less interesting. Still a nice walk further north, just less to see. But from the Maritime Museum south is a nice walk. We've had good meals at "The Claim Jumper" restaurant near the Star of India. The Gaslamp Quarter is another interesting area. Basically 4th & 5th Avenue's south of Broadway. About 8 blocks down to Harbor Drive and another 8 blocks back up. Lots of great restaurants there. Be aware that if you stay at one of the hotels that front Pacific Highway (Hilton, Homewood, Residence, Hampton, etc), there are train tracks that run behind the hotels. Just ask for a room that is towards the front or faces the water. Little Italy (another great area for dinner) runs down India St from about Beech St to Grape St (about 4 blocks). Hope you enjoy your short visit to "America's Finest City". Come back for a longer stay some time. Summer runs from late June - December. May and early June are nice, but can be overcast from the marine layer (cloudy). What we call May Gray and June Gloom.
  11. Not a good look for New Orleans https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/22/us/new-orleans-person-killed-float/index.html
  12. I think this is one of the potential problems with the Havana concept. Because it is a small area and only a small cluster of people who can use it each cruise, at any given time there can be issues. You "might" have a wonderful selection of fellow passengers but you might also have a "not so wonderful" selection of fellow passengers. With the standard cabins (or even the spa cabins), there is a smaller chance you might have poor cabin mates. If you have rowdy passengers near you around the pool area one day, it's easy to move somewhere else. If you have uncouth tablemates for dinner, that can generally be mitigated by a conversation with the maître d'. But with Havana - you feel like you've paid for a somewhat exclusive experience and unless you get what you are expecting, you will understandably feel cheated (and even angry for some). But to me - that is the potential problem with the concept. Personally, I have not considered any of the Havana offerings for just this reason.
  13. We've done our research (used the spreadsheet calculator) and decided we will try the Cheers program for the first time this Oct. But I had a brainstorm along the way. We have a B2B scheduled for Oct 10-24 on the Magic. We don't really need the Cheers package for the second week. Since we can bring 2 bottles of wine each (two 7 day cruises), we can do the Cheers the first week and save our bottles of wine for the second week. So for the second week, we will have 4 bottles of wine to consume for that week. We will also bring our 2 (12 packs) of soda and hold them for the second week as well. First week - Cheers - Specialty coffee (probably 2 each) in the morning. Afternoon, I'll probably have 2-3 beers, wife will have more coffee/bottled tea/bottled water as she wishes. Dinner, 2 glasses of wine (each) and then 2-3 cocktails (each) during the evening's entertainment. We don't really do the AI beach breaks in port. We will either do an excursion or a little exploring/shopping on our own and then return to the ship. For the most part, we eat our meals on the ship unless something is included in an excursion. So I think we'll do ok with the Cheers package for the first week. And we will certainly check out the offerings at the Alchemy Bar during that week. Second week - no Cheers - We'll have the Carnival coffee (wife might still get a specialty coffee) for breakfast. Carnival Iced Tea will be good enough for me in the afternoon (or I'll bring some Crystal Light). For dinner, we'll bring a healthy pour from our 4 bottles of wine (till we run out) and in the evening we can bring drinks made in our stateroom for the evenings entertainment. Our drink of choice during the week will be Diet Coke (from our two 12 packs) and a little added elixir from a couple of food grade plastic bags with convenient pour spouts that we will bring from home. We can supplement from Carnival's offerings as necessary. We have a 15 night Hawaii cruise on the Miracle booked for next year so this experiment with Cheers will help us decide if it works for us for the 15 nighter. There are 8 sea days on that one so it probably will. Only thing left to do is figure out where to get the two 12 packs of Diet Coke before we board in Miami. We will fly in the night before. The wine we can bring from home. Our daughter is a wedding planner so we get all the free "unopened" left over wine we want from her weddings and most of it is pretty high end stuff.
  14. There is a reason why the locals in Mexico call it "dope on a rope". Mazatlan is really more of a vacation spot for middle and upper class Latino's. We spent a week at El Cid El Moro last year in July (it was a mostly a free bonus week) and had a great time. But now that the main road from Durango, MX is open - Mazatlan is seeing a huge influx of middle class Mexican tourists. It's still a great cruise stop and they do have a good ex-pat population there. But Cabo and PV are the Americanized vacation spots on the West Coast. Acapulco is very similar. Mexican tourists come from Mexico City (just up the hill) to vacation on the coast in Acapulco.
  15. I wouldn't make too much of where Carnival (or any other cruise line) is placing their ships. These are strictly business decisions. The primary ports in North America for cruise ships are Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Canaveral, Galveston, Los Angeles, and Vancouver, BC (in the summer). Tampa could be considered a permanent port but she has physical limitations that keep out the mega ships (which keep being built) so she could eventually loose favor with only the older (smaller) ships to offer. But that is at least 10-20 years away I would guess. Most of the other ports are not permanent and can move around as business dictates. Carnival and the other cruise lines just shop around and see who (which city) is offering them the best deal and if the city has the potential to draw enough passengers for the sailings to fill up the ships. You can only cram so many ships into the primary ports. But the secondary ports will always be somewhat temporary. If Norfolk proves to be a good draw - after their 5 year agreement then they will get an extension provided they continue to offer sweeteners to Carnival. If Carnival draws well, other cruise lines will shop Norfolk as well. But if at the end of the 5 year period, Norfolk and the surrounding area is not filling the ship/s, Carnival will look for other opportunities.
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