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Age: 24


Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Princess

Ship: Sapphire Princess

Sailing Date: May 6th, 2006

Itinerary: Mexican Riviera

Where do I begin? What an amazing experience. Anyone who has not been on a cruise needs to go! There is so much to do you have to pick and chose because it is impossible to get everything in. The first day began with a set sail party, toasts and bon voyages from our San Pedro port. The only mistake we made was to eat late on that first night. If you don't eat around 6pm, you miss all of the evening's activities. And trust me, the Sapphire Princess had a plethora to choose from.

Day 2 we were at sea and just began experiencing the massive boat my parents and I set sail on. Food 24-7, and I am talking top notch food: crab legs, lobster tails, sushi, prime rib, filet minion, escargot, etc. And desserts to die for -different delicacies every day. After breakfast, we went to one of the six pools to swim and catch some rays. Met a few nice passengers, but my favorite people whom I befriended were the gracious and ever so helpful staff. Midday I went for a line dancing class and played bingo. In the evening we had four restaurants to choose from and then went to a comedy/magic show followed up with dancing.

Day 3 we discovered the exclusive back of the boat with two pools and four Jacuzzis, a tennis court, and other amenities. You have to navigate your way to get there, so not many people new about it. This is also when I began my ballroom dancing, by far the best event I did on the ship. I am a huge fan now and plan to learn more. And my instructor Danny was extremely nice and made sure I always had a partner to dance with.

Day 4 we landed port in Puerto Vallarta and my dad and I went swimming with the dolphins. This was my father's favorite excursion and among my top as well (I loved them all). After a morning swimming with the dolphins, we picked up my mom and went to see a bull fight.. very entertaining, but extremely hot. After we got back on the ship, we saw another great comedian/juggler and then partied until 2am at the Mexican Fiesta party in the back of the boat. That was a thrill. They definitely know how to throw a party.

Day 5 was in Mazatlan and my dad and I went Kayaking and Hiking on Deer Island. A lot of fun there as well, since I am such an active outdoorsy kid of person. That day was extremely tiring, I had wanted to go to the Country Western party, but I ended up crashing for the evening after dinner.

Day 6 was our final port of call, the shortest stay, and the most beautiful.. Cabo San Lucas. My dad and I went racing on quads and after that my mom and I went shopping and got some great deals on silver. We were only there until 2pm, but that at least granted me time to learn the merengue. That evening we danced the night away at the wheelhouse bar ballroom and later on at the Champagne Waterfall party.... and again at the after hours club, Skywalkers.

Day 7 was sad as it was time to disembark the ship. Had I known you can get killer deals on transfer sails, I would have continued on to Vancouver, as they were begining the Alaskan sailings after our trip. I hope to stay in touch with the friend I made on the ship and definitely plan to go again soon. You definitely get used to being waited on hand and foot! Something for everyone, that's for sure!

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