Thursday, October 3, 2019

[Day 4] Disney Wonder - Mazatlan & Palo Dinner

This was my first time in Mazatlan, and maybe I should've done more research because I didn't realize what an industrial port it was.  My plan was "go to the beach" but apparently that's not a popular tourist thing to do in Mazatlan.

When we got off the ship, we boarded a tram which took us through the shipyard to the tourist center.

Mazatlan

We were immediately bombarded with people selling tours. All types of city tours. But I still wanted to go to the beach! We located a quiet bench to sit down, regroup, and decide what we really wanted to do. We had collected brochures from different tour groups, and there were beaches that they went to... but the idea of boarding a bus did not sound great to me. I wanted to ride in a Pulmonia, one of the open-air golf cart-looking vehicles.

Friday, June 28, 2019

[Day 3] Disney Wonder - Cabo San Lucas

On Day 3 we woke up in beautiful Cabo San Lucas!  This was my second time in Cabo - I had visited before with my family on our 17-day Panama Canal Cruise.  I really enjoyed the port on that cruise and was excited to be back.  Also, since I had been there before and new exactly what I wanted to do, I didn't book an excursion in advance through DCL or another company because I was pretty sure I could get a better price and more custom experience in port.

Cabo San Lucas

We stepped outside on the fourth deck to check out the view -

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Monday, June 17, 2019

[Day 2] Disney Wonder - At Sea

Rise and shine, it's our first sea day!  We could see land in the distance as we sailed south all day -

At Sea

Aaron was pretty nervous about seasickness, so he took a Dramamine every morning.  He also brought along Gin-Gins - ginger candies are a natural way to cure seasickness.  But the entire, cruise, he never got sick!

At Sea

We went to Triton's for brunch that morning.

Friday, June 7, 2019

[Day 1] Disney Wonder - Welcome Aboard!

Hello, and welcome to my 2019 Disney Wonder Mexican Riviera Trip Report!

If you've been following along for awhile now, you know I love Disney and Cruising - and I really love a Disney Cruise!  So when I saw a great rate for the 7-day Mexican Riviera itinerary (Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta) on the Disney Wonder departing from San Diego, just 2 hours south of my home in Los Angeles, I knew it just had to be.

Port of San Diego

This trip marked several firsts for me - my first cruise on the Disney Wonder (so I have now sailed on all four ships in the Disney fleet!), first cruise out of San Diego, and my first Mexican Riviera cruise (though I had been to Cabo San Lucas before on our east-bound Panama Canal cruise). It was also my boyfriend, Aaron's first cruise ever - and we were on the cruise for 7 days, so I was crossing my fingers that he'd like it.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

[Day 9] Navigator of the Seas - Final Day At Sea

On our last day of the cruise, Mom was feeling a little better - well enough to leave the stateroom! We started the day with breakfast in the dining room.

I don't trust the (carton) eggs, but the smoked salmon isn't half bad...

At Sea

I took some photos the giant Christmas tree in the Promenade because I realized I wouldn't have many more opportunities...

At Sea

[Day 8] Navigator of the Seas - At Sea

At the end of Day 7 in Bonaire, Mom was not feeling well (we made her take "medicinal shots" of whiskey). She woke up today completely sick - stuffed head, sore throat, achy body... she wasn't coming out of the stateroom. It really sucks to get sick on vacation (I think we've all been there at some point... except Dad).

Rachel and I went to workout in the gym that morning and decided to check out the sauna and steam room in the ladies' locker room that Rachel had remembered. They're probably redone this layout in the drydock, but the Navigator had gender-separated sauna and steam rooms, which isn't as common on cruise ships anymore.

We ran into Dad after our workout and decided that today might be a good day for Johnny Rocket's (though we felt guilty because Mom loves Johnny Rocket's).

So Johnny Rocket's has been slowly climbing in price over the past fifteen years. There was once a day when it was less than $5 per person. The price for our sailing was listed as $6.95 per person, which we found to be a little ridiculous considering it's fast food burgers, and they're getting closer and closer to their "on-land" price. I'm wondering if Royal Caribbean is reconsidering their partnership with the Johnny Rocket's franchise because Rachel said she got a survey from RCCL asking about what kind of burger she'd like to have on a cruise, having her choose between Johnny Rocket's and other brands.

At Sea

So we sat down thinking this is kind of pricey, we should get all of the things while we're here.

Service wasn't great.  We were seated for maybe ten minutes before anyone came to take our order.
 We all ordered milkshakes and made the plan that Dad would ask for a to-go milkshake for Mom before we left.

At Sea


Saturday, April 13, 2019

[Day 7] Navigator of the Seas - Bonaire

Good morning, Bonaire!

Bonaire

Of the four ports we visited this cruise, Bonaire is the only port that none of us had visited before.

Bonaire

Rachel also picked out our excursion for this port - a Sail & Snorkel tour that we booked through Cruises Only.  Cruises Only is the Marriot Rewards (now Marriot Bonvoy) booking portal.  You get 6x rewards points when booking through them, and they offer excursions that are different from those offered through the cruise line.  We've booked excursions through Cruises Only many times, and what I like about them are that they typically have much smaller groups than those offered through the cruise line.  It's usually just our family of four and 1-2 other families.  It makes for a much more personalized experienced.  And they do guarantee that you'll make it back to the ship in time and reimburse you if for some reason the ship doesn't come into port (that happened to us last year in Jamaica).