Our first for Princess and Mexico. Departing Acapolco--any suggestions for overnite stay in hotel close to pier? Also, which is best-- booking shore excursions or just renting a car or taxie? Has anyone been on this cruise before? I don't seem to find any reviews of Mexican Riviera.
Jan-We did the Sun Princess/Mexican Riviera cruise in 97' (5/97-repositioning cruise-this is when ships are moved from the Caribbean to Alaska for summer cruises). This is a very relaxing and fun cruise. We were not disappointed with any of our excursions. Some quick impressions: Acapulco-Not real impressed with this city-poluted water front. The city square(Zocalo) was beautiful. Upon leaving the ship we were swept up in the annual May day celebration and parade. In fact, we were part of the parade for a while. I would stay off some of the back streets as some are extremely poverty- ridden and you are more likely to be mugged, etc. We were also told this by some of the cruise staff. ( Zihatanejo-loved it-most authentic-best shopping deals-good place to sit on the beach in a beach-front cafe and have a coctail or cold one-watch the fishermen bring in their catch-very friendly people. This was our favorite stop on the cruise. Ixtapa is a more modern, trendy locale just a few miles from Zihatanejo. Mazatlan-shopped in the "golden zone" and saw the Papantla Flyers. Imagine several guys hanging by a rope upside down from a pole and swinging around like they are on a ferris wheel. Also some other native dancers. We like to learn something about the locale culture so we enjoyed the show. Some of the other cruisers with shorter attention spans did not... Watch the mixed drinks in Mazatlan-they are reported to have ether in them. Some of the passengers were EXTREMELY happy upon their return, as a result-don't know if this is true or not re: the ether in the drinks. Puerto Vallarta. We had a great tour along the gold coast with a shopping stop and lunch at a seaside resort-GREAT FOOD and beautiful beach. They also had a nice fresh water pool to cool off in. Cabo San Lucas. We just shopped and walked around town. As I recall, we just had a few hours in Cabo. Our daughter had just spent he spring break in Cabo so we wanted to see where she spent most of her time. I recommend the "Giggling Marlin" in downtown Cabo-just a short walk from the cruise dock. There you can have a wonderful snack of fresh Gaucamoe and chips and see the pet Rooster that walks around-Cabo is very "Americanized". There is a shopping bazar right on the boat dock if you are not shopped out-some good bargains and very friendly folks. The shops downtown are more expensive and trendy. This is one cruise we plan to repeat. We found it very relaxing and quit a bargain as cruises go. Have a great trip, Jan.
I took the Mexican Riviera cruise southbound (Los Angeles to Acapulco) about 2 1/2 years ago. It's a fantastic trip.
Princess's shore excursion program really is a class act. In particular, I highly recommend the city tour (yes, you will get to see the famous cliff divers) and visit to the Princess Hotel (not affilliated with the cruise line, but it really is a splendid guest palace!) in Acapulco and the Glass-Bottom Boat cruise and beach outing in Cabo San Lucas. The city tours in Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan (the latter also includes a cultural show) also were very interesting, though they might not fit everybody's tastes.