Norwegian Star in October to Mexican Riviera need info.
Leaving from Long Beach or LA airport to port- What is the best deal taxi or shuttle?
Stops Acapulco-Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa- Puerto Vallarta- Cabo San Lucas
What highlights should we not miss?
Cliff Divers in day or at sunset?
Snorkeling at which port? What is the weather like in October?
Weather in October is hot, hot, hot....and humid! We sailed your itinerary three years in a row. Really enjoyed the Mexican Riviera.
We took the shuttle the first two times. Negatives on the return trip - bus doesn't leave for the airport until it's full. If you're pressed for time, you could stress out. Also, buses are not allowed to park in front of the airline terminal to drop off passengers and luggage. It parks two blocks from the terminal and you have to lug your luggage back to the terminal.
We took a taxi from the ship to the airport last October. Best decision we made. We claimed our luggage from the holding area, walked outside and hailed a taxi. No hassle and the taxi dropped us off in front of the airline terminal. Cost was $45 from San Pedro to LAX.
As far as snorkeling - I'd chose Cabo. Great area! Enjoy your cruise.
We were on the Star a few year ago. We had a mini suite on the deck 11. It was great. A very relaxing cruise. My husband loved the zip line tour in PV. Z is our favorite port we walk from the ship get a table sit on the beach have some fish tacos and nacho a couple pacificos and just enjoy the day. When we get warm we walk into the ocean and cool off. Acap. is a great stop for night time fun. I did not see the cliff divers at night, but I understand that is the way to go.
Have so much fun.
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STAR PRINCESS 2002
NCL STAR 2004
MS OOSTERDAM 2008
We took the Super Shuttle from LAX to Long Beach $34 for 2 people.
Took the ship transfers to return to LAX much easier for the return trip.
A good tour that we did in Cabo San Lucas was the Cabo by Land and Sea.
They take you on a large boat out to the Arch with narration by Cousteau then you transfer to a nice coach and visit the Blown Glass factory, a cliffside restaurant where you are served a free beverage and the views are amazing, then on to San Jose Del Cabo a mission town with the old church and nice little town and finally to the Cactus gardens where you will see so many varieties of Cactus. On the way back you are given the opportunity to get off the bus in Cabo to take in the shopping and restaurants and Marina then it';s back to the ship.
This was my favourite port of the trip.
Puerto Vallarta is a beautiful city. Be sure to walk around the Zona Romantica. If I only had one day in P.V. I would hire a yellow taxi on Vallarta Blvd. (The white cabs at the port entrance are way over priced.) I'd take it to River Cafe. (Just a good getting off spot) There you can shop, enjoy great beaches, and have wonderful dining opportunities on restaurant row. This cab ride is way less than 10 dollars. I remember it being $6 or so. Tips in P.V. are minimal BTW.
There is a bit of construction where the Hotel Molina de Agua was. They are building a new high rise condominium there. But otherwise this area is very fun to explore. River Cafe is good for lunch. We also like Le Bistro, Adobe Cafe, Los Pibes, Mariscos Polo, (Funky but the best seafood in town) and El Torito is a great sports bar with fantastic ribs and/or buckets of steamed shrimp. The last two restaurants don't look like much on the outside but they both have fantastic food and service at very moderate prices. The pulpo & camarones ( octopus or shrimp) burritos are amazing at Mariscos Pollo.
You will find grat shopping for blocks in every direction. Haggling is expected.
Los Muertos beach is very close. It's a great beach for walking, swimming and people watching. Burro's Bar here has great beer and tropical drinks on the beach and wonderful palapas for shade. This is the best place for drinks by the beach and the mexican food here is not half bad either.
Great fajitas and Queso Fundito)