Rather than fly to one destination for a week's stay, we chose to book everyone onto a seven day cruise out of Los Angeles aboard the Norwegian Jewel. With five adults and two grandkids, this should be a week to remember.
We sailed from San Pedro on DEC 30 with the first two days of the cruise to be spent at sea. On this particular cruise, there are three ports of call: Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, and Cabo San Lucas. After three nights on open water, the Jewel arrived to dock in Puerto Vallarta.
While I was interested in taking a taxi into Old Town, the rest of the family opted for a leisurely day on the beach. Ensuring that they made it to a suitable beach, I left for the Malecon for a long stroll.
All along the Malecon or Promenade are displayed numerous sculptures; a few of which are captured in the following photos.
Having returned to the beach where I deposited the family, I searched for them but found no one. Figuring they must have returned to the ship, I followed suit. Of course, I stopped for a nice cold drink before boarding. Back on board, I surveyed the pool deck from above.
Returning to the room, I found a message stating everyone had found a nearby resort in which to spend the day and that I could join if I returned in time. Since the ship would be underway in less than two hours, I opted to find a snack on board and await their return.
With everyone back on board, in late afternoon, the Jewel set off for our next stop, Mazatlan.
When the ship docked in Mazatlan the next morning, we negotiated a van to drive into the Zona Dorada for a day of shopping and sunning. After shopping and a snack consisting of huge plates of guacamole and chips, we went out onto the jetty before hailing a taxi to return us to the ship.
As the NCL Jewel left Mazatlan harbor, another cruise ship from Holland America line followed us out into the open sea.
Next stop: Cabo San Lucas and the famous Lands End.
Arriving at 0700 in the harbor and a short day onshore, we had a quick breakfast and made plans for the day. The plan was to tender to the port, negotiate a boat for a tour of Lands End, and then have the boat deposit our group at a resort for a mid-morning lay about on the beach. With no port facilities large enough to handle a cruise ship, we are forced to reach land by ship's tender.
Up close, the rock formations of Lands End are fabulous. With more time, snorkeling in among the rocks and fish would be great fun. Maybe next time?
|Passageway leads from Sea of Cortez to Pacific Ocean|
Having completed the 45 minute tour and being deposited back on shore, the group settled in for play time on the beach. At this time, our group split up to explore different areas of Cabo with the two grand kids remaining on the beach with their mother and Grandma. While my youngest duagther and her husband struck out up beach to try paddle boarding, I headed back into town to find Sammy Hagar's Cabo Wabo Cantina. We agreed to meet back on ship (hopefully!) before sailing.
After meandering through the streets, I found the object of my search; Cabo Wabo. Being a fan of Van Halen and especially Hagar's stint as frontman for the band, I enjoy paying a visit when in Cabo.
Since it was very early in the day, no band was performing but the stage was set and lit so that I could snap a photo. The place reminds me of a dungeon. Not too dissimilar from some of the bars in which I performed in my younger days.
Back on ship, I could get a general survey of the harbor and town. Seems to have been much development since my last visit for my 50th birthday in DEC 2008.
As we set sail from Cabo, there would be one more sea day and then back to Los Angeles to get our flights home.
When we returned home, we were welcomed by more snow and 30 degrees of frost. Quite a contrast from where we spent the last week.
Nancy could be found thumbing through real estate ads for condos in Cabo this morning!