Cruising the Mexican Riviera & Baja: A Guide to the Ships & the Ports of Call (Cruising the Mexican Riviera & Baja)
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The author tells how to find bargain rates, when to book and makes you aware of considerations for disabled travellers, solo cruisers and being aboard with young children. And it's not just the big boats. Walking tours at each port of call are supplemented by detailed port maps Ports of call include: Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas, Catalina Island, Ensenada, Ixtapa & Zihuatanejo, La Paz, Loreto, Manzanillo, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Santa Rosalia. Embarkation cities (such as San Francisco, Monterey, San Diego, Long Beach and more) are included.
a few rooms in this category. Norwegian Cruise Line (800) 327-7030 www.ncl.com Officers: Norwegian Ships' Registry: The Bahamas or Panama, except for some American registered ships. See the discussion below. Fleet: 12 ships; 2 under construction The 2004-2005 sailing season was the first time that Norwegian offered a round-trip Mexican Riviera itinerary from southern California. Previously, if you wanted to go by NCL to Mexico it had to be via a trans-Canal cruise. This addition is good
say. Don't be intimidated into giving more than you think is warranted or more than you can afford. On the other hand, exceptional service is always a good reason to consider tipping above the suggested amounts. Here are some commonly accepted guidelines: Dining Room Staff: $3-3.50 per day per person for your waiter and about half that for his or her assistant. Your dining room area head waiter (or captain) should also be given about $1-2 per day, but in my opinion this can be reduced or omitted
Sunday from 10 am until 6 pm and donations are suggested in lieu of an admission price. Opposite the Costera on a hillside is old Fuerte San Diego. The first structure on this site was built in 1616 to defend against marauding pirates, including the infamous Sir Francis Drake. However, the fort was destroyed by an earthquake in 1776 and the current larger and more elaborate structure dates from late in the 18th century. Lovers of ramparts, battlements and other such fort features will be mildly
Terrace Road. The climb is long and rather steep, so this is best done by golf cart unless you're an avid walker. The Wrigley Memorial and Botanical Garden is two miles from town. From Green Pier, walk up Catalina Avenue to Tremont Street, turn right and then proceed left when you reach Avalon Canyon Road. This is also a difficult walk so you might want to consider doing it on your own only if you have rented a cart. You can also see it via a shore excursion. Either way, you'll see a large and
one of the bigger towns. These are Santa Cruz, the original settlement in the area; Crucecita, a modern planned community built in traditional Mexican style; and Tangolunda, the most developed of the resort areas on a bay of the same name. Cruise ships dock in the harbor at Santa Cruz where, at least for a few years, you'll have to tender in. Getting around on shore is either by guided excursion or local tour, by minibus between towns or by taxi. There is little in the way of traditional