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SUNDAY 26 February – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
We arrived in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur (BCS) state, Mexico around 11 AM. Cabo does not have a cruise ship dock, so we anchored out and took tenders to the NCL dock in the commercial/tourist marina area.
This was not the first time we had set foot in Mexico, having spent the 2014-15 snowbird season in Quartzsite, Arizona, and visiting Los Algodones in northern Baja California (on the California USA border). It was also not the furthest south we had been, at ~N22.87o.
In the morning hours heading into the Cabo area, we finally saw whales! Humpback whales, specifically. Always an amazing sight, we never tire of seeing these magnificent mammals of the sea.
As part of our second Holistic Holiday at Sea cruise on the MCS Poetia in March 2013, we visited Playa del Carmen (N20.63o) and Tulum (N20.215o) in Yucatan state, Mexico (Yucatan peninsula), and Roatán, Honduras (N16.264o). When I retired in 2012, we also got near the southern tip of the island of Hawaii (the big island) (we got to ~N19.058o). (The farthest west we have been, to date, was the island of Oahu, Hawaii, ~ W158o)
We had booked a shore excursion and made our way to the rendezvous point. The excursion started with a boat trip around the harbor that included a view of El Arco (The Arch rock). Back at the dock, our group was then escorted to a waiting motorcoach.
We visited a glass factory with a glass blowing demonstration. The factory makes various objects, both functional and decorative, out of recycled glass and has been in operation for quite a long time. From the glass factory, we visited a viewpoint on a headland across the harbor from the main port area, and had some light refreshments. Our tour guide, bus driver, and the people operating the boat were all very gracious and spoke English well enough that we could understand them without difficulty.
While the glass factory was interesting, and the viewpoint was nice, our general impression of Cabo was that we did not need to return anytime soon.
It has a reputation as a party town, with restaurants, bars, and timeshares crowded into and around the port/marina area. The harbor is often crowed with boats and loud music can be heard late into the night. At least that’s the impression I have gotten from Youtube videos. All of this was congruent with our first-hand experience of the place. Our stateroom in the Joy really did provide a “haven” from all of that. The ship departed at 7 PM and continued south, so whatever partying might have occurred after dark, we were none-the-wiser.
MONDAY 27 February – At Sea
In early October, 2022 NCL changed the original itinerary for this cruise. We were supposed to be in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico today, but spent the entire day at sea instead and overnight into the 28th. This part of the cruise took us across the mouth of the Sea of Cortez and then along the Pacific Ocean coast of the mainland of Mexico.
Besides dining, on “at sea” days we took in the shows in the main theater and checked out The Social, a small venue with comedians and other entertainment.
We had almost all of our meals with Paul and Nancy, but on many of our “at sea” days, they had dinner in one of the specialty restaurants. We did not make use of the specialty dining during the cruise and dined at the Haven restaurant or in the Garden Café (buffet style) on these occasions. We found the buffet quite acceptable, and enjoyed the variety of things that were available, including vegan options.