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Highlights & Horror Stories on the Mexican Riviera


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Have you cruised before? If not, prepare yourself for Cabo. I wish someone would have warned us of what we call "The Gauntlet"! We had to walk from one side of the marina to the other to catch our excursion. We must have said "No thanks" to 400 vendors on the way. This was our first cruise and by the time we returned to the ship, we were wondering if ALL the ports would be this way and that we would stay on the ship if this was the case. I guess there were 3 boats in port that day so it was very busy but just prepare yourself for lots of cruisers and vendors!

 

We booked our excursion online directly with OceanRiders. I highly recommend them. We had a wonderful time, very friendly and knowledgeable staff.

 

Here is my review from that cruise: http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=49744

 

In Mazatlan we did Stone Island on our own and will again when we return. It was a wonderful day.

 

In PV we booked a city tour with a van company right when we got off the ship. Again a wonderful tour with a knowledgeable driver.

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Ine-

I think you replied to the wrong poster. I'm not worried about the conflict in Mexico. I just want to hear your stories.

 

Then you need to change your title..... the last bit "Horror stories on the Mexican Rivera" had me rolling my eyes and thinking not again...

 

We did a city tour of PV on our first trip in Nuevo, it was through Vallarta Online and they picked us up at our resort ad then picked cruise ship paxs up at the dock. We saw much of the marina, city, shopping, southside, and even further down, ending with a tequila tasting and a lovely seafood lunch in a small jungle village. It was a great way for us to get introduced to PV and we advised anyone new to PV to take it :) I think it cost around $25 (not including lunch which was 390 pesos for two but worth every pesos).

 

At the tequila tasting we tried some lovely tasting tequilas and I fell in love with a cream tequila liquor from the company 1921 comes in a beautiful bottle sealed in wax. We bought it right then and there for 390 pesos.......and then discovered it on the Malecon for 210 pesos.

 

Now quite a few years later we bring a bottle back with us :)

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Then you need to change your title..... the last bit "Horror stories on the Mexican Rivera" had me rolling my eyes and thinking not again...

 

I'm not sure how to change it. In other forums I use, there is a way to edit your post. But I only see that as an option immediately after posting. I don't know how to do it once I've logged off and then back on.

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Then you need to change your title..... the last bit "Horror stories on the Mexican Rivera" had me rolling my eyes and thinking not again...

 

We did a city tour of PV on our first trip in Nuevo, it was through Vallarta Online and they picked us up at our resort ad then picked cruise ship paxs up at the dock. We saw much of the marina, city, shopping, southside, and even further down, ending with a tequila tasting and a lovely seafood lunch in a small jungle village. It was a great way for us to get introduced to PV and we advised anyone new to PV to take it :) I think it cost around $25 (not including lunch which was 390 pesos for two but worth every pesos).

 

At the tequila tasting we tried some lovely tasting tequilas and I fell in love with a cream tequila liquor from the company 1921 comes in a beautiful bottle sealed in wax. We bought it right then and there for 390 pesos.......and then discovered it on the Malecon for 210 pesos.

 

Now quite a few years later we bring a bottle back with us :)

 

Did you know that the brand "1921" almost ceased to exist. The man who started the company was going to shut it down because he was getting too old. 2 brother's (I think) stepped in and took over the operation so it is still around today. They also make an excellent Tequila. Blanco, Reposado and Anejo are all great from this company. Same square bottle with same frustrating latex seal that is a real b____ to get off without cutting into the cork stopper.

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I'm not sure how to change it. In other forums I use, there is a way to edit your post. But I only see that as an option immediately after posting. I don't know how to do it once I've logged off and then back on.

 

You can only edit for 5 minutes after posting. Unfortunately you can never edit the subject line once it is on the board.

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Did you know that the brand "1921" almost ceased to exist. The man who started the company was going to shut it down because he was getting too old. 2 brother's (I think) stepped in and took over the operation so it is still around today. They also make an excellent Tequila. Blanco, Reposado and Anejo are all great from this company. Same square bottle with same frustrating latex seal that is a real b____ to get off without cutting into the cork stopper.

 

I have tasted the Resposado and Anejo :) YUM!!

 

Thank goodness those two brothers took the company over......Let me take a sip of my Marg as a toast to them :)

 

We have just discovered really nice tequila and how wonderful it is.

 

In fact I got dh to give our son the bottle of Cuevo Gold (really it is firestarter) last night:D

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Well our highlight of our 7 Nighter last year was definitly in Cabo. We booked a Lands End snorkel tour with open bar. The weather was nice and warm about 90 but great when your out on a catamaran. When it was time to snorkel, jumped into the water and the temp was like bath water. After about an hour of snorkeling got back on our catamaran and started to let the drinks flow. Needless to say when we got off back at the marina we were having a really good time. Stopped at a store and picked up some candy wrapper purses for my GF and headed back to the ship. Cabo was such a great port. Can't wait to spend two days there next Jan.

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Well our highlight of our 7 Nighter last year was definitly in Cabo. We booked a Lands End snorkel tour with open bar. The weather was nice and warm about 90 but great when your out on a catamaran. When it was time to snorkel, jumped into the water and the temp was like bath water. After about an hour of snorkeling got back on our catamaran and started to let the drinks flow. Needless to say when we got off back at the marina we were having a really good time. Stopped at a store and picked up some candy wrapper purses for my GF and headed back to the ship. Cabo was such a great port. Can't wait to spend two days there next Jan.

How do you get to spend two days there? Is that a new itiniery (sp)?

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Ine-

I think you replied to the wrong poster. I'm not worried about the conflict in Mexico. I just want to hear your stories.

 

I never mis understood your question,-

Don't worry about it-

Not everyone is obsessed with reading about conflict in Mexico

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We were there last week. We LOVED all the ports. After reading some comments on the board, we were a little worried about the vendors, filth, etc. We didn't see any "filth." The vendors were very polite--asked once, we smiled and said, "no, gracias!," they smiled, nodded, and we walked on.

 

All of that is overstated, IMO! We were so pleasantly surprised. Puerto Vallarta was lovely, and we wished we'd had more time to explore the town. My husband did the Outdoor Adventure and loved it; I did the beach break (at Melia) and it was nice to relax. Then we met up, taxied to the Malecon, and walked all the way down to where it is just beach. Lovely!

 

In Mazatlan, we expected "an industrial port." Well, there were a thousand new cars lined up on the dock and some industrial buildings around I guess, but we were enchanted pulling into this port with its little colorful houses on the hills. We got an open-air taxi just outside the cruise terminal, and Abraham (our driver) gave us a $25 tour for about an hour (standard fee) through old Mazatlan. It was a lot like New Orleans; really pretty, colorful buildings and iron scrollwork, cafes, and the gorgeous cathedral. We ended up in the Golden Zone and went straight to the long, long beach, where we walked and did Tai Chi. Then, my husband found the water taxi to Stone Island (thanks Bobnsofi!!) and hung out there with some locals who apparently own part of the island, and had a great time.

 

In Cabo, we walked around the harbor (it is a long walk, but really pretty--reminded me of the south of France), had our picture taken with an iguana, walked down Medano Beach (it is so gorgeous!), rented a kayak, kayaked over to a little beach next to Lovers' Beach and snorkeled (great snorkeling!). Ahhhhh.... it is hard to be home!

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In Cabo, we walked around the harbor (it is a long walk, but really pretty--reminded me of the south of France), had our picture taken with an iguana, walked down Medano Beach (it is so gorgeous!), rented a kayak, kayaked over to a little beach next to Lovers' Beach and snorkeled (great snorkeling!). Ahhhhh.... it is hard to be home!

 

Was the water in Cabo really cold? I go next week!

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How do you get to spend two days there? Is that a new itiniery (sp)?

 

Yeah actually it is a brand new itinery. Carnival added NEW 4 and 5 Nt cruises aboard the Elation. Once I saw the 2 days in Cabo, I couldn't pass on it since it was our favortite port last year on our cruise to the Mex Riv. The only things that sucks is it is actually 2 seperate days in port as opposed to an overnight stay. But I might "accidently";) miss the last tender back to the ship and catch it in the morning. I really want to experience Cabo nightlife.

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How do you get to spend two days there? Is that a new itiniery (sp)?

 

Carnival Elation (out of San Diego) has announced a new schedule starting Jul 2009. She is going back to Cabo for 2 weeks each month (5 day: SD, at sea, Cabo, Cabo, at sea, SD) (4 day: SD, at sea, Cabo, at sea, SD) (5 day: SD, at sea, Cabo, at sea, Ensenada, SD). Then 2 weeks of 3 & 4 day sailings like Carnival Paradise.

 

Unfortunately, they don't overnight in Cabo as everyone had hoped. They have to pull out to open the casino and sell over priced drinks. Don't want to compete with the Cabo establishments. Of course they have other excuses: licenses, fees, etc. But it's not hard to figure out.

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Yeah actually it is a brand new itinery. Carnival added NEW 4 and 5 Nt cruises aboard the Elation. Once I saw the 2 days in Cabo, I couldn't pass on it since it was our favortite port last year on our cruise to the Mex Riv. The only things that sucks is it is actually 2 seperate days in port as opposed to an overnight stay. But I might "accidently";) miss the last tender back to the ship and catch it in the morning. I really want to experience Cabo nightlife.

 

If you do accidentally miss ship movement, "The Bungalow's" is always the highest rated Cabo Hotel on TripAdvisor. Not a mega resort, just a great place. Close to downtown. Probably available for about $100 a night.

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I'm not sure how to change it. In other forums I use, there is a way to edit your post. But I only see that as an option immediately after posting. I don't know how to do it once I've logged off and then back on.

 

If you would like to change your thread title a moderator can do that for you. If you click the triangle in the corner of your original post, it will give you an option to send a message to a moderator. While there is no guarantee, if your request is reasonable and you really want to change the title, they might do it for you. I made a mistake posting the date on a roll call thread once and the moderator corrected it for me. Just be sure to let them know specifically what you would like the change to be and why you are making the request.

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I've heard of excursions at all inclusive resorts in other ports, and it sounds like people have enjoyed them. We'll be visiting Puerto Vallarta in July, and I wanted to do one relaxing beach day on at least one of our port stops. Of course, they don't give you the name of the resort, so there's no way to check it out in advance.

 

Has anyone ever booked this particular excursion, or is it possible to book at an all inclusive resorts for just a couple of hours on our own? This excursion is 5 hours long, and it would be nice to have the option of hopping in a cab and heading back to the boat if we didn't feel like hanging for the entire 5 hours.

Of course, it would be nice to know which resort it is too. Has anyone just googled "all inclusive resorts in Puerto Vallarta" to see if you can book something like this on your own?

 

(We had a bad experience with a RC excursion in Cozumel a couple of years ago. It was a beach park with a buffet and all drinks were included, but the place wasn't that great.)

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I've heard of excursions at all inclusive resorts in other ports, and it sounds like people have enjoyed them. We'll be visiting Puerto Vallarta in July, and I wanted to do one relaxing beach day on at least one of our port stops. Of course, they don't give you the name of the resort, so there's no way to check it out in advance.

 

Has anyone ever booked this particular excursion, or is it possible to book at an all inclusive resorts for just a couple of hours on our own?

 

Jules- I am curious about this too. In fact, I posted another thread about the Mismaloya Beach Resort earlier today. Are you sure they don't tell you which resort? Because CCL says it is the Mismaloya Resort. Maybe RCL goes there too? In any case, it would be interesting to know if you can book this on your own. CCL is charging $89pp. That seems really high to me for just 5 hours. I could practically book a room for the night at that rate.

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Jules- I am curious about this too. In fact, I posted another thread about the Mismaloya Beach Resort earlier today. Are you sure they don't tell you which resort? Because CCL says it is the Mismaloya Resort. Maybe RCL goes there too? In any case, it would be interesting to know if you can book this on your own. CCL is charging $89pp. That seems really high to me for just 5 hours. I could practically book a room for the night at that rate.

 

No, it didn't say the name; only that it was an all-inclusive beach resort. :( It sounds very nice (swim up bar in the pools, restaurants, yada yada), but then so did that beach club we went to in Cozumel.

 

If I find anything more out, I'll be sure to post it here.

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I've heard of excursions at all inclusive resorts in other ports, and it sounds like people have enjoyed them. We'll be visiting Puerto Vallarta in July, and I wanted to do one relaxing beach day on at least one of our port stops. Of course, they don't give you the name of the resort, so there's no way to check it out in advance.

 

Has anyone ever booked this particular excursion, or is it possible to book at an all inclusive resorts for just a couple of hours on our own? This excursion is 5 hours long, and it would be nice to have the option of hopping in a cab and heading back to the boat if we didn't feel like hanging for the entire 5 hours.

Of course, it would be nice to know which resort it is too. Has anyone just googled "all inclusive resorts in Puerto Vallarta" to see if you can book something like this on yo

 

(We had a bad experience with a RC excursion in Cozumel a couple of years ago. It was a beach park with a buffet and all drinks were included, but the place wasn't that great.)

Why not try las Caletas--it is truly beautiful and peaceful and pristine---I could go on and on.

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I didn't notice anyone comment about swimming with dolphins. I did this in Cabo and it was so wonderful. I took my kids on the next trip so they could this too.

 

The swim included feeding him, dancing with him, dorsal fin ride, kiss on the cheek, plus he did all sorts of tricks for them too like bouncing a ball from his nose and ring around his nose like a hoola hoop. Very memorable. After the dolphin swim, we walked along the marina to various shops and a mall then back to the ship.

 

Excursion is pricey but worth every cent.

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I didn't notice anyone comment about swimming with dolphins. I did this in Cabo and it was so wonderful. I took my kids on the next trip so they could this too.

 

The swim included feeding him, dancing with him, dorsal fin ride, kiss on the cheek, plus he did all sorts of tricks for them too like bouncing a ball from his nose and ring around his nose like a hoola hoop. Very memorable. After the dolphin swim, we walked along the marina to various shops and a mall then back to the ship.

 

Excursion is pricey but worth every cent.

 

Sounds fun!! I am leaving this weekend one of the ports is Cabo where I have set up the swim with dolphins excursion I cant wait!!

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