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Old May 30th, 2002, 03:22 PM
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Default Mexican Rivera..Grandeur in July

Anyone with good info and advice for this cruise?Our first time on RCI and in Mexico.....the ports that is..we live in sd so we're very close.How are the seas that time of year,ports.excursions,etc..Any info is welcomed and much appreciated!!We're in our 40's and have 2 18yr olds going to.Thanks!!!!!!!!
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Old May 31st, 2002, 10:27 AM
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Default Re: Mexican Rivera..Grandeur in July

Margie, as I said privately, it's a wonderful trip ... here is some port of call info for others reading the boards -- I cut and pasted my port of call info from my Sea Princess review. The one difference is that you get a full day in Cabo with RCCI.

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In that we had sailed the Mexican Riviera previously, we opted to go it alone in Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta, booking a shore excursion only in Mazatlan. In Puerto Vallarta, take a cab ($4 for a couple) to downtown near the cathedral. We took along our Fodors Guide to Mexico and were able to enjoy a wonderful walking tour, which included a special area called the Rio Cuale. This riverside shopping and dining district seems to be off the tourist-beaten track. It harkens back to the quiet, tropical loveliness of Puerto Vallarta. I would go again in a heartbeat. We wound up our day dining on the second floor of a restaurant near downtown, overlooking the malecon and beautiful Pacific. The half-day in Cabo San Lucas requires some excellent planning. Instead of booking on the ship, we stepped onto the tender pier and snagged a glass bottom boat ride around the Lands End formation for $10 a person. This is an excellent 45-minute adventure that still allows time for shopping and strolling (and nearly a $20 savings each from booking it on board).

Neither of us cares for Mazatlan - too touristy in the Golden Zone and too dirty downtown. For this port, we booked the colonial village/paplanta flyers tour for $45 each. An enjoyable half-day excursion, the trip took us to the following: an adobe brick factory (where I took an intriguing photo of me with mounds of goat dung); a small tile business in a quaint town in the outskirts (where I was photographed with the backside of a mule); a furniture factory (where I bargained on a St. Francis of Assisi statue and found a charming onyx statue of fornicating pigs); to Concordia (a sweet town that reveals how old-time Mexico felt); and to the flyers show in the Golden Zone (where the production cut to the chase with the flying act and was much more enjoyable than when we saw it in 2000). The stops were all interesting, and I tried to make them more fun by trying to find something silly to photograph - my exploits netted many laughs from the others on the tour bus.
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