Cruise To Learn – Day 5

Thursday, November 8th


Today is Puerto Vallarta – our longest day in port – 8AM – 8PM.  I have vacationed in Puerto Vallarta before, so I just wanted to take a walk along the Malecon, go to the Church of Guadalupe (see, I do know the name of something), pick up a gift for my niece and her son (they were puppy-sitting for me), have a nice meal, and get back to the ship early. 


Amy and Joan accompanied me today.  We got a taxi to drop us off downtown. It had been about 5 years since I’d been to PV, it was interesting to see the Domino’s pizza with their fleet of delivery scooters, the new KFC, Office Depot, Office Max. It also seemed that downtown had a lot more of the jewelry stores and chain party bars – maybe I didn’t notice them as much when I was there for a week, but I find it to be a bit disappointing.  It seems that every port you go to now is the same – no individuality and too much American influence.


We walked the Malecon and took some pictures, we went to the church, we did a little shopping.  I found a fabulous 3 candle set for my niece with a sun/moon design on one side and a Mexican plant design on the other.  I wanted one for myself but I didn’t want to have to carry 2 of them back to the ship.  I got my nephew maracas – he has a guitar, ukulele, and I believe a steel drum from the Caribbean.  Avri can now be a one man band – every Aunt’s dream.


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One highlight of our walk was coming across these sand sculpture artists.  I was really blown away by the detail.  I always enjoy the artwork along this walk and the people watching is always great.

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We went to the River Café (ok, so maybe I finally woke up and remember a few things) which was under the bridge between downtown and old Puerto Vallarta.  I did not take any pictures, but it was a lovely setting.  I was not overwhelmed by the food, but it was relaxing and had 2 for 1 margaritas.


We had our wonderful taxi driver stop at a liquor store on the way back to the ship so I could buy some liqueur that I like.  I’ve been calling it Tequila because my friend Lisa and I first discovered it on a Tequila factory tour, but the guy at the liquor store corrected me.  It is a very good sipping drink and the bottle is in the shape of a woman’s body.  It is called Guaycura licor de Damiana and is supposed to be an aphrodisiac.  I don’t know about that, but it is good and I love the bottle.


We got back to the ship early.  I think I took a nap, but don’t really remember, that’s my usual pattern.  I was on deck when we sailed away and ran into a lot of our group as I walked around the deck.  This might have been the evening that I stopped in the Champagne Bar for a drink with Joan, Marcia and Debbie.  I probably stopped in the Schooner Bar for a drink with my new friends including Moses, the bartender. 


One of our shipmates, Jolene, had to leave us today to fly to Anchorage, Alaska on business.  Bye, Jolene – we’ll miss you!!


Dinner of course was fabulous.  My room steward, Vince, left me another towel animal.  I can’t remember the order of these, but here are a couple of pics.  My room was forward on the ship.  I had never sailed up there before and wanted to experience it.  I had heard that you feel more motion, and I suppose you do, but I love the rocking of the ship.  It puts me right to sleep.


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It was a great location, too, because there was a little turn in the hallway right in front of my cabin, so it was easy to know when I got home.  And this was on the wall right in front to greet me every time I came home.