Sunday, April 26, 2015

Inca Empire Cruise - Day 28 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Today we are in Puerto Vallarta, our last stop before our cruise ends in San Diego.  We have been in Puerto Vallarta before so we had nothing planned other than go into the downtown area on the Malecon (a walkway along the beach) and do some final shopping for the trip.  There was a Royal Caribbean ship in port too so the port was a bit busy today.

This boat must be a fixture here, it was docked across from us on our first cruise back in 2007.
The cruise ship dock is right on the busy highway into the center of town.

This Walmart right across from the cruise ship dock makes it popular
with the crew, but I don't know how you get across the street.
The Royal Caribbean Legend of the Seas was docked right next to us.
The temperature was moderate, but there was the ever present humidity.  However, compared to what we have experienced in other ports on this cruise it seemed fairly comfortable.  We walked around the pier area a bit, but could see there was nothing very interesting there so we decided to take one of the numerous taxis into town for $5 a person.  We were dropped off at the southern end of the Malecon and started wandering up to the other end, stopping at shops that looked interesting.  With another ship in port and also being spring break for some, it was a little crowded, but not too bad.

The Malecon
Some of the interesting sculptures along the way.

We reached the other end of the Malecon and we had done all the shopping and walking we wanted to do so we got a cab and were back at the ship by noon.  After lunch it was time to relax on the balcony and get some more reading done.  When I started getting a little drowsy, I put my Kindle down and just listened to music for a while on my Ipod while I dozed, not a bad way to spend the afternoon – a very tough life.

Val and I went out to the sail away party on the Sea View deck and watched us leave Puerto Vallarta and then returned to the room until it was time to get ready for dinner.  We were back to our usual routine tonight and unfortunately both of us had another losing night in the casino.

This cruise ship dock was a big improvement over a lot of them we've seen on this cruise.

The Royal Caribbean ship leaves before we do.
Now it's our turn.

We leave Puerto Vallarta and head for San Diego and the end of the cruise.
Tonight the Dessert Extravaganza was being held in the Lido Pool area so we decided to go and see what artistic dessert concoctions they had put together.  There were some very interesting and delicious looking desserts, but after taking some pictures we decided not to indulge as we were still full from our dinner. I guess that’s one of the disadvantages of going to the late (8:00 PM) dinner seating.

Here are some pictures from the dessert extravaganza. 
I wish I had some of those now, they look a lot better when you're hungry.

We called it a night and returned to our room to find a note left by the cabin stewards saying we are finally gaining back the sleep time we had lost – the clocks will be set back one hour tonight.  Tomorrow starts the first of two sea days before our cruise ends in San Diego.

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