hey everyone....long time no chat! i havent had a cruise scheduled in a while, so its too painful to chat about it all day when i don't have anything to look forward too...plus, the new house has been keeping me WAAAAY too busy
so all my past cruises have been caribbean ....we are now considering a west coast/mexico cruise, most likely out of LA (family nearby), during January 2011....based on a VERY brief look at what is available, i like the Mariner (though that could easily change)....how do west coast and caribbean cruises differ? any must see or must miss ports? any tips on getting the best deal (w/ any line)....thanks!
fortunately, it seems like there are fewer options there...makes the decision easier
I would definatley not miss Cabo San Lucas. That is a wonderful port. Last time we were there we had tons of dolphins swimming beside the ship and jumping out of the water. I would skip Ensanada...not much to see or do.
Go for it! I did it in Oct and again in Jan. I think the Mariner is the best choice because it's a seven night cruise and goes to Puerto Vallarta. Mazatlan is one of the 3 ports--I didn't care for it too much. The prices for the Mariner Mexican Riviera Cruise is about the best deal around.
I would like to do that itinerary, too. They offered some fantastic deals last year, just the air fare that puts the damper on it for me. Since y'all have family around the LA area, it makes it a lot easier.
I think Sonny did a B2B on the Mariner and if I'm remembering the right review, he loved her. I also want to do the Panama Canal itinerary, hopefully in 2011, but if not, soon. I'm really missing Princess, it's been over a year now since we've been on board a Princess ship.
Please let us know what you book! Congratulations on the house, isn't it "fun" when the landlord is you
The Mariner is a little different than the Adventure--it has glass instead of steel below the railing on the balcony, and the Windjammer has food islands away from the regular line which makes it a lot easier to get food. The Navigator and Mariner where the last of 5 "Voyager" class ships built. Yes, Penny, we did do a back to back on the Mariner. The Mexican Riviera is a great change from always doing the Caribbean.
good to hear - both about the warm water and the glass below the railing (always wondered why they would use steel?)
like i mentioned, we were aiming for january - what is the best time to go for cheap fares over there? we still want to go when its cold here (NY), but could move the trip a little if the price were right