On September 20, we boarded the Crown with Peggy and Craig in a heavy downpour. US Customs was done right there in the Vancouver port. Both couples had mini-suites, next to each other. The men also paid for all-inclusive drink package for the 3 day cruise to LA. They had done this also on the Coral Princess. The ladies helped them a little (a few sips here and there!). The package also included the fancy coffee drinks that Peggy enjoys. Jim decided after these 10 days of being able to drink as much as he wanted, that it was not such a good thing. Hee Hee. Anyway, it was easier to get what you wanted and when you wanted it.
The three days to LA were nonstop and pretty relaxing. Both Jim and I had mild colds (4 days and not really sick) on the Coral. Unfortunately, Peggy got a worse case and had quite a cough on most of this trip. Now that we are platinum on Princess, we get free wifi; even on this 3 days we had 150 minutes each, so plenty for that short period of time. On the 10, that followed, we got 250 minutes.
In LA, Peggy and Craig left the ship, along with 4 other friends that we know from our home. Since we had already done customs, we were able to stay on board. We did change cabins, however and downsized to a balcony. The cabin was quite a bit smaller, but the balcony was wider.
The September 23 to October 3 portion of the B2B cruises was the Mexican Riviera with a couple of new ports. We first stopped in San Diego. We got off the ship briefly to go to Rite Aid pharmacy. Jim was not feeling well, so we paid a motorized pedicab $20 for the 1 mile round trip ride! I thought his cold had come back, but it was more digestive problems. He actually ate very little and did not drink that night. The next day, he rested and we both ate very little; we even skipped the formal night. This day was at sea.
On the 26th we anchored at Cabo San Lucas. I did not feel well, so stayed on ship (been in Cabo many times). Jim went ashore for a few beers with some new Cruise Critic friends: John and Suzanne and Jim and Debbie.
Senor Frogs in Cabo with friends
That day was mostly rest and very little food for me. Jim was already better, so a quick “bug.” It continued into that night and next day for me with worse symptoms, but no fever or nausea. Anyway….. I was able to join the group briefly in La Paz on the 27th. The extreme heat and humidity didn’t help!
La Paz cafe for beer and chips
I rested in the afternoon and felt pretty good in the evening. So, just something quick. Unfortunately the other Jim had a little bit of it later, but no one else.
Loreto was our next port and it was an anchor and tender in port. Again, very hot and humid. We paid a pedicab $5 to take us to center of town. We are definitely not getting enough exercise during the last few days!! Found our friends again for beers and chips! We had been looking forward to experiencing La Paz and Loreto for the first time, but not such a great experience with illness and the extreme heat. Maybe get another chance.
While at sea, the next day, we learned that John and Suzanne play Euchre, our favorite card game for 4 people. We played several games during the next few days. Also taught Jim and Debbie and found a 4th couple 2 days later. That night, we joined John and Suzanne for the special dinner at Crab Shack; glad I was recovered enough to pig out on crab!
As with the last 2 visits to Puerta Vallarta, we had scheduled to do a tour with 8 others with our favorite taxi driver/tour guide, AZ. At the Cruise Critic Meet ‘n Greet we found 10 others and emailed with AZ to get another van and driver. We met up with the 2 of them at 10 am on the 30th and had a really fun day. All 20 of us enjoyed the tour and our drivers (Manuel was AZ’s friends). We visited a tequila factory, ate and drank at Chico’s paradise and had a tour of the city with viewpoints.
Our guide, AZ
Our van friends at Los Arcos
Tequila Factory, tasting time
After leaving PV, we had 2 days at sea, before returning to LA. We played more Euchre and even taught some friends about LCR and got a few rounds going. The Cruise Critic friends that we got to know and spent time with were really fun and hope to keep in contact. As my footnote, I am posting another beautiful sunset. Our best to all.
Sunset near La Paz