Thursday, March 16, 2017

Just Returned From the Grand Princess

After visiting friends in the San Francisco area, we boarded the Grand Princess for a round trip cruise to the Mexican Riviera.

Our ports of call were Puerta Vallarta, Mazatlan, Manzanillo, and Cabo San Lucas. With 5 days at sea (3 going and 2 coming), and having visited 3 out of the 4 before, this cruise was just an excuse to extend our winter time away from home.

The Grand was in dry dock in December. The scheduled dry dock was cut short because of a problem the Grand had on the sailing just previous. On its way back from Hawaii, a tender door came unlocked and fell into the water. Still attached to the ship, the Grand slowly made her way back to HI to have it closed. After disembarking all of her passengers in HI (I understand Princess did an excellent job getting everyone home), the Grand was full speed ahead to dry dock, arriving a couple of days late.

I don't know what was planned for the dry dock but there were certainly signs of work that still needed to be done. Some (very noisy) work was performed while we were in port. We could see that the work had to be done but it required our settling ourselves elsewhere on the ship, Which actually worked in our favor. Because the area around the pool was undergoing repairs, we discovered the small adult only pool on the aft of the ship and spend several very relaxed hours there.

We were concerned about spending three days at sea. No problem. Went faster than we thought they would (and I'm now ready for a transatlantic BG). The staff was excellent. The food was very good to excellent.

In Puerta Vallarta, we took a taxi to the beach (the water turned out to be a lot rougher than I anticipated) and walked the Malecon before taking a taxi back to the ship. In Mazatlan we got some exercise walking the streets outside the port and then wandering (me) the shops that are inside the port area. Town center in Manzanillo is very close to the pier and we wandered there a bit. And in Cabo, we took a zodiac whale watching tour which was excellent.

All in all, we had a very nice trip but returned home way too soon. Four days later we got a major snowstorm.  :(

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