Cruising Mexico 2017 – Day 2 / Sea Day 1 – At sea exploration
April 14, 2017
At this point in time we’re somewhere off the coast of Los Angeles. The only way you could really tell was the location displays and the heavy smog, otherwise we were in a world unto our own. Unfortunately the morning started a little earlier than planned due to my poor understanding of how Cruise room service works. The night before we decided to try out the breakfast room service option and selected the 8 to 8:30 delivery window… which resulted in a knock at the door fairly promptly at 8am. While not a lot of options (breakfast sandwich, fruit, coffee, some breads), it was tasty. Next time I’ll remember to order for when I’m actually planning to be awake. But at least we were off on our first real day!
Cruising Mexico 2017 – Day 1 – Embarkation
April 4, 2017
Our cruise was scheduled for departure on Tuesday (February 28th) afternoon from Pier 27 (the fancy “new” cruise terminal) in San Francisco. As we live in the city it was just a Lyft ride away. We arrived at the Port about 1 PM and the traffic was terrible. We probably spent 15 minutes in the traffic circle waiting to get up to the unloading point. The Lyft driver noted this was unusual but even still, as able bodied individuals (with rolling bags) we’d probably go a block further next time to get dropped off and walk it. The cruises have special luggage tags, similar to airline tags, which you print out at home and attach to your bags. We bought cruise-specific plastic holders on Amazon to use. As soon as you get out of your vehicle, they have porters who collect your bags — so be ready to part with them the second you get out of the vehicle (i.e. have the luggage tags on before you leave the house). Also you will not see your bag again for 2-3 hours. They will be screened by security (mostly for booze, I’m sure) and eventually delivered to your stateroom. Ours showed up about 2 hours after we made it on the ship. Security screening for each person is a bit of a joke compared to say airports. They seem to be looking for only the most obvious problems, like machetes, bombs, and booze. As it comes to timing, our ships departure was listed as 4:00 PM, with embarkation starting at 1:00 PM. However in the fine print somewhere it said there was some staggered boarding times (of which we didn’t pay any attention to) and more fine print saying show up no later than 3:00 PM. My recommendation would be to aim for whatever the start time is (in our case 1 PM). It’s much better to be early and have an extra hour on the cruise ship than be late and miss the ship.
Cruising the Mexican Riviera 2017 – Day 0 – Background
March 31, 2017
At the beginning of this month I embarked on my first cruise as an adult. My previous cruise I was 10 years old, so I don’t really count it. As such I consider myself a total cruise novice. My significant other has been on cruises a few times and when we decided we wanted to take a “relaxing” vacation this spring, the idea of a cruise came up. We did some research together; I did a lot of reading, and we decided. Our cruise of choice was the Grand Princess, departing from San Francisco February 28th to March 10th, touring the Mexican Riviera. The decision points were: It was about the right length we wanted to take off It left from San Francisco (which makes it extremely convenient) We read good things about Princess.