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TUESDAY 28 February – Acapulco, Mexico
We arrived in Acapulco, Guerrero state, Mexico and docked at the cruise ship area. We had not arranged a shore excursion here, opting instead to disembark and wander around on our own. As a general rule, we would never wander very far on our own as the ship will not wait for us if we are late getting back. With ship-organized shore excursions, however, you are guaranteed that the ship will not leave without you (as long as you don’t separate yourself from the excursion guide/group).
Acapulco was noticeably larger than Cabo San Lucas but we confined our walking to the area NE of the dock. Once the hangout of Hollywood elites (a long time ago), the “party” had since shifted to Cabo. There is still a lot of money and nice housing here, but we did not see those areas up close, and what we did see did not entice us to return. We got the impression that Puerto Vallarta would have been more interesting, and were disappointed that it had been removed as a port-of-call from the itinerary.
WEDNESDAY 01 March – At Sea
One of the TV channels on the ship provided continuous information about the ship’s position, heading, and speed, as well as weather information. We often had this on when we were in the stateroom, with the sound muted. Even though the Joy was consistently doing 20 to 22 knots, the distance down Mexico’s Pacific Ocean coast is considerable. One of the things we did not anticipate was that we rarely had clear skies at night. I never discovered the actual reason for this, but my presumption was the warmer and somewhat more humid air the farther south we traveled.