Sailing on the Crown Princess
November 29, 2016 | The usual suspects are always looking for an excuse to cruise, and we found that Princess Cruise Lines offers a 5-day cruise from Los Angeles to Cabo San Lucas and back. Bear in mind that when Princess says "5-day" they really mean "5-night."
The Crown Princess can carry a maximum of 3599 passengers and a crew of 1201. At one point I did see a sign that the ship was sailing full.
With two days at sea there was plenty of time for relaxing, eating, relaxing, eating, relaxing, eating....
Taking advantage of warm sun on the Promenade deck
Breakfast on the Lido deck
Can't start the morning without Bloody Marys, served up best at the Outrigger bar on the Lido deck overlooking the Terrace pool and the wake following the ship
After a cold day at sea, we approached Cabo with a glorious sunrise, which one of us was up early enough to see.
A large school of dolphins came out to play with the ship, and someone who was up early got to see them. Unfortunately, their nimbleness exceeds someone's camera skills.
There is no pier at Cabo, so ships anchor in the bay and tender passengers into the marina.
A swarm of tenders was ready to take people ashore for excursions or just to visit the town. We would just go into town and wander about.
The part of the city surrounding the marina is tourist-central. We headed for the side streets in search of somewhere to have dinner.
Bob befriended a merchant on the street who recommended Las Guacamayas for 'auténtico' food. Probably owned by the guy's sister, but never mind — the food was good and quite inexpensive.
Having champagne on the balcony before dinner is so very civilized. (Princess lets each passenger bring one bottle of wine or champagne for stateroom consumption.)
At the final dinner, the Parade of Baked Alaska is performed to waving napkins and patriotic music. Everyone from the kitchens takes part.
Our waiters in the Botticelli dining room were Rommell (Philippines) and Malica (Serbia), here decked out in red, white, and blue for the Parade of Baked Alaska. They were great and we really enjoyed being served by them.
The sunset after our last day at sea was probably amazing, but we wouldn't know. Couldn't be late for dinner!
We did not win at bingo. But somebody did, to the tune of over $2000. Drats!
That pretty much covers it, don't you think? (Photo by Ken)
Paul (Photo by Ken)
Last updated on Nov 29, 2016