Cruisin' Through The Holidays
The decision was made so a text message was sent to the kids that read something like, “Okay, here's the deal. Mom and I have said that some day we would like to go on a cruise. We will be cruising to Mexico 12/20 to 12/27. Dad”.
We heard from all four kids within ten minutes. After the shock wore off, they were happy for us.
And that’s how Char and I spent Christmas 2009 – cruising the Mexican Rivera. The trip started with a flight from Denver to Los Angeles. You might notice Char is holding two boarding passes. She decided to hold mine after I lost it at the airport – twice. My love for flying was coming through.
Our ship was the Mariner of the Sea. A fifteen-deck ship that has everything you could want including a casino, a spa, a huge gym, numerous bars and restaurants. Occupancy of the ship during our cruise was 4,479 people. That includes the 1,200 people who worked on the ship.
Our cruise started at the port in Los Angeles. That’s when I noticed my cell phone no longer had service. Talk about a stressful day! First, I had cheated death by flying through the air and then with no cell phone coverage I had lost contact with the outside world! During the cruise, we made stops at Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta. We also celebrated Christmas aboard the ship.
At the center of the ship was the promenade. The promenade had numerous shops, bars, and a cafe that was open 24 hours a day in case you needed a snack.
The promenade was where parades took place, the Captains reception was held, and people gathered on Christmas Eve to sing carols.
But not all the entertainment took place on the promenade. The ship also had an ice rink where we attended a couple different ice shows. At the opposite end of ship was a theater where plays and other forms of entertainment took place. We attended at least one show a night. There was also a movie theater that had a different film everyday.
There were three outside decks. That’s where you could find two swimming pools, five large hot tubs, a full size basket ball court, a running track, a rock climbing wall, and a nine hole miniature golf course.
Coming up . . . various ports of call and some of the adventures we had.