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Sunday and Puerto Vallarta

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We are up and down to the Amafi dining room for breakfast, had a lovely dish today a Frittata.It is busy in the dining room this morning, lots of people are up and ready to hit the port running, well not literally cause it could kill a few people on board if they did.

We dock at 10 am and it is so GREAT to be back in Mexico.We have been coming to Mexico for almost 20 years now and both of us feel like it is a second home and have even considered retiring down here.But that is another story.
We head ashore around 10:30, note the agents on shore may go thru your bags ensuring you are not bringing any fruit of any kind ashore.Oh and they will check your bag when you come back on too to ensure you are not taking anything out of the country that you shouldn’t so be warned.
I will be writing a port report on Puerto Vallarta when I get home so stay tuned for more details on what to do here and how to do it.

We walk out to the main drag, just outside the port area and stay on the same side of the…

I Think it is Saturday

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Darn the clock says 5 am!What is wrong with this picture?I am on vacation!I read for about an hour and then decide I may as well get up.I quietly get dressed and head out.I love wandering the ship at this hour, everyone is just waking up.I do take the time to get a few pictures of some of the public areas while they are quiet for my facebook fan page photo albums.

The dining room opens at 7 am and I have a nice breakfast of an omelet with toast.Then off to get my latte in the Piazza and do some reading and chatting with some fellow passengers.
I decide to head over to the Vista Lounge to see Peter (Captain Circle Host) and Pippa (Future Cruise Consultant) discuss Princess’ Loyalty Program and then Pippa discussed cruise itineraries for the Americas.Again another first for me and even though I know most of this it is nice to learn that this is offered so I can advise my fans on my facebook page of this information.
Need to get a workout in and we are up in the gym around 11 am, it is sti…

Friday – can you hear the waves it is a day at sea

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Wow it is 9:30, well really 8:30 but the clocks went forward.So much for breakfast in the dining room.I want to head to Sudoku so I am dressed and out of there in a flash.I came in third in the Sudoku challenge and won a lanyard, and since I have lots of them I gave it to the nice gentleman next to me.

A quick breakfast in Horizon Court of mixed fruit and Muselix – boy it is busy up there at10 am, but I am guessing a lot of people are thrown off by the time change too and the dining room closing at 9.

We head to the Piazza for my espresso and Bernie’s tea (he loves the new tea specialty tea brands he is finding here).We see Jim MacDonald the comedian from last night and we tell him hi and how much we enjoyed his show.
So now that we have eaten, gotten our coffee, it is time for a workout and we both head up to the gym for a good workout.Oh what a view!The gym was busy when we first got up there but it doesn’t take long for it to clear out – lunch time.

The afternoon will consist of some R…

Thursday Evening

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We are relaxing in the cabin, enjoying a glass of Norton Reserva from Chile.But we know we have to get dressed and head out.Our evening starts with heading down to Explorer’s Lounge to participate in the TV Theme Trivia, we join a lovely couple from the San Francisco area and we don’t do too bad but we did have fun.Zara hosted and we love Zara.


We decide to get some dinner now and head to Portifinos for a meal, this sailing Portifinos is being used for early traditional dining at 5:30 but opens for anytime at 7:45.We have no problem getting a table at 8:15 and Douw takes very good care of us as usual.Our assistant waiter is on his first cruise on his first contract and you can see he is nervous but does a great job.I skipped the appetizer and salad and went straight for a lovely chicken dish that was served with carrots, asparagus and zucchini.Then of course dessert of cream Brule! We also enjoyed a bottle of Wolfe Blass, and corked the remaining wine for another time.Princess now give…

Wednesday Evening to Thursday Catalina

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After a quick dinner in the Horizon Court we checked out the Beattles’ trivia in Explorer with Matias – we sucked at that.Then came back for the Princess Pyramid Game, we joined a couple Rudy and Mabel from San Francisco area and we had a good time, both Bernie and I attempted to guess the answers, but once again we sucked.
There is a Welcome Aboard Show, one time only 9:45 and I say we never go to the Welcome Aboard Show so lets go, we arrive right at 9:45 and it is quite full but still able to find a few seats.Martyn Moss is our Cruise Director and I really enjoyed the show.I loved how they showed a video of the amenities on board and Martyn described what the passengers could expect.Love it!

We are in bed early and we need it!
We awake and feel refreshed and ready to enjoy the day.We head to Amafi dining room for breakfast and have a lovely meal with a lady - Audrey.We get to meet Rui the new Maitre d’Hotel and of course Douw is there.

The sad news is that they don’t have the wine card…

San Francisco September 26

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We are up and taking our time getting up and about as we can hear everyone around our cabin clearing out of their staterooms getting ready to get off the ship.We know we don’t have to rush, we are staying!


For breakfast we head to the Amafi dining room and have a nice meal.Nothing better than to be served breakfast from so many attentive crew that can’t do enough for you.We say goodbye to Jacques the Maitre d’Hotel as he is heading home to Dominican Republic.A quick chat with Douw to see if there is anything he wants us to pick up in San Francisco but he is good he says.

We are docked and people are getting off, we head back to the cabin get our stuff and we on land again around 10:30.The Disney Wonder is docked right beside us at Pier 35.I do look forward to the day San Francisco builds a new pier to replace this warehouse looking pier.

Our first stop is the Starbucks stop for beverage and people watch.Next stop was for some wine at Cost Plus then to meet Barb and Craig, and Russel a…