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Old 08-27-2009, 08:38 AM
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Has anyone been on the Mexican cruise & if so what are your thoughts? I like the fact that it's the Mariner because in the past it was a smaller ship & I do prefer the larger ships. I'm trying to decide if I should do the Western carribean again (I do love this one) or try something new like the Mexican cruise.

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Old 08-28-2009, 10:36 AM
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Did Mexican Rivera in 2005 on Carnival. Went the first week of Feb. Kinda cold. But any cruise is a great cruise. Had fun but I prefer the Caribbean. If you go, do a Tequila distillery tour. Also we did whale watching in Cabo (only during the winter months). But it is a different kind of Mexico than the Caribbean side. Still, it's good to expand your horizons and Mariner is a GREAT ship (been on it twice). Can't go wrong. The rates are usually lower on that cruise too.
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Old 08-28-2009, 04:20 PM
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papaflamingo, I assume you are referring to the first couple of days out and the last couple of days back when you say, "Kinda cold." I've been going to the Mexican Riviera since before it was called that, and I have NEVER been there when I would call it kinda cold . . .or even cool. Once you get past the tip of Baja there are only three temperatures: hot, hotter and hottest :-)

Valeries220, I encourage you to see the Pacific Coast of Mexico. As papaflamingo says, it is a different kind of Mexico, but well worth exploring. The big difference is the water; it is not as clear and warm as the Caribbean, so if you go for the snorkling or scuba, you may be a little disappointed. But the beaches are absolutely beautiful and the other water sports are great.
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Old 08-28-2009, 07:14 PM
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I like the bigger ship too. I'll be sailing on the Radiance Of The Seas in October and will let you no how I liked it. I'm going to miss the Promenade Deck and the ice skating show. At least I'll still be able to enjoy the Concierge's Lounge.

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Old 08-29-2009, 08:53 AM
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Being out here on the left coast we have been doing this for years and on many different lines.The Mariner of the Seas or Saffire Princess would be my first choice,both excellant.F-Mattox describes it well.The Radiance will be doing 10 &11 nighters soon which will take you farther south to Acapulco.
My favorite stop is always Puerto Vallarta.The cobble stone streets and tropical setting are imho not to be missed. Carlos Obriens is the original Senor Frogs.The river runs right through the center of old town and they have a very nice flea market with a rope bridge.
Cabo has really grown up lately with some very nice hotels.The ME by the Melia chain is a favorite and it is located on Nikki Beach.They welcome your cruise ship dollars and bring plenty as Cabo is not cheap anymore. No trip to Cabo would be complete without a stop at the Giggling Marlin or Cabo Wabo
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Old 08-29-2009, 10:37 AM
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Went on the Mexican cruise on Carnival in May 2006. Wonderful trip but the water in Cabo was too cool for us to swim. All 3 ports were great. Would like to do it again but go further south.
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Old 08-29-2009, 11:15 AM
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I enjoyed the Mexican Riviera. However; I found the hawkers on the beach at Mazatlan to be very persistent. Just kindly tell them "No Thank You." and don't let them ruin your day in port.
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Old 08-29-2009, 01:37 PM
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Been to Mazatlan, not on a cruise, and the hawkers are just the same-try and ignore them.
As said before, you will LOVE Mariner-just the right size for me too-been on her 3 times when she was at Canaveral, and I know she's missed on the "right" coast

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Old 08-30-2009, 08:34 PM
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f-mattox, yes, it was the first and last at sea days. It was a little cool for around the pool. But I agree that it is a great cruise to try. We hired a driver in Mazatlan and got a wonderful tour, stopped for a great lunch on the beach, and some time for shopping. All for only $25 each (there were 6 of us).
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