~ Puerto Vallarta, Mexico ~
Our First Port Of Call - Monday, January 21st, 2019


Please share any images and notes that you may have about your visit to Puerto Vallarta. What excursions did you take... where did you go... with whom did you get off the ship?

Looking over the rail from the ship, we can see what looks nothing like a little sleepy Mexican village. There are a quarter million people living here. Don Segur mentioned that those boats in the harbor are not little fishing boats. There are some nice boats down there. This is looking north from our ship.
(Photo by Pfister)


Turning to the right, we are looking more eastward, and you can see a group of small tents in the lower right. They are a temporary shopping center. They offer just about everything that you would want... or need... or not need. The ring you see is a bullring. Out of the picture, to the right, is a WalMart!
(Photo by Pfister)


Another look at the ships in the harbor.
(Photo by Segur)


Looking out the other side of the ship... toward the south, we see more of the city proper, and a U.S.Coast Guard ship... way down here. I asked Don Segur, our resident Navy man, what it was possibly doing down here. He said most likely it was working with the drug situation. Oh. OK. :-(   (Photo by Smith)


In front of the USCG ship was this gorgeous PRIVATE yacht... now THAT'S a YACHT! With a helipad, no less.
(Photo by Segur)


Looking a little to the right, we see the point reaching out to form the bay in which we are berthed. We usually berth over where the Coast Guard ship is located, but it and a huge, million dollar private yacht are berthed there.
(Photo by Smith)


And turning a little more to the right we can see the other arm of land reaching out into the Pacific in front of our ship. These three images were taken from our balcony on the Port Side of the ship. (Port is Left... Starboard is Right... Port and Left have four letters each). That tall condo looks like a swift ocean breeze would lay it back. The view from the upper levels must be 100% water. Note that the balconies are all on the ocean side. (Photo by Smith)


In the image before this one, a closer look shows a ship getting ready for sea... no, that is not the Grand Princess. That is a wooden facsimile of early ships that takes groups out for an "authentic Olde World Tour" in an "ancient sailing ship". Don't pay attention to the diesel engines, OK?. (Photo by Segur)


This is only a small part of this "sleepy little Mexican town".   (Photo by Segur)


 (Photo by Gately)


"We took a four-hour tour of Puerto Vallarta, maybe two hours walking and the rest driving around the city, which was very interesting. Margaret Hughes is listening to the tour guide's info on the sachets of the sea spirits! The water was rough but very beautiful."  (Photo by Gately)


"Walking to open cave and jewelry shop, then on to city hall. Look at the beautiful pebble walkway and all in such beautiful patterns and designs."  (Photo by Gately)


"You can tell the city is very old and many structures in decline.  Lots of remodeling everywhere, very quaint and lots of Mexican Folk art designs depicting their colorful culture."  (Photo by Gately)


Mexico has some strange laws, and one law allows a home or business owner to remodel or build, and the government will not charge the full taxes until the building is finished. So... the residents build and somehow just never get around to finishing the project. You will often see some re-bars sticking up somewhere on a corner that are obvious to the official driving by. That is one reason we see so many "remodel" projects going on down here.


"Puerto Vallarta open café, no stopping as we are with the group and had to keep up. I loved all the potted plants and the way trees and shrubs were groomed and cut to provide shade for walk ways"   (Photo by Gately)


  (Photo by Gately)


"More colorful shops and pebble stone roads and walkways. Many people selling their handmade objects
...and they were expensive" 
 (Photo by Gately)


  (Photo by Gately)


"John looking at the water and how beautiful the beaches were"  (Photo by Gately)


"In tour bus returning to ship, picture of the back of our ship"  (Photo by Gately)  


For the curious:

In Barbara's photo above, notice the prominent deck just above the two lowest rows of smaller "portholes"... that is the Promenade Deck (deck 7). It is where most of the "public rooms" like theater, Vista lounge, etc. are located. It is also the deck where you muster for emergencies. The large public rooms serve in that purpose. It is also the deck from where you enter the life boats, which are suspended just above that deck. You walk under the life boats when they are 'put away'. Deck 7 is open for you to walk completely around the ship while under way. It is marked as to the distance of one lap so you can get in your number of miles you want to walk while on vacation.

 Going down from deck 7 is deck six (Fiesta deck) which has dining rooms, shops, casino and the lower seating of the Princess Theatre. Bellow that is deck 5 (Plaza deck) which has more dining rooms, more shops, Passenger services, art gallery, and some staterooms in the forward half. Deck 4 (Gala deck) has the medical center, which is the only part of that deck that is accessed by passengers. Everything below that is mechanical, engineering, and employee staterooms.

Above Deck 7 is deck 8, or course (Emerald deck) which is mostly passenger staterooms, but with the life boats outside your cabin, these are listed as "obscured vision" and may or may not have too much of a view. They go for a lower price. Decks 9 (Dolphin), 10 (Caribe), 11 (Baja), and 12 (Aloha) are all passenger staterooms. Those are the decks that all have balconies with glass railings (blue color in picture).  Some are mini-suites, some are balcony staterooms, and some are interior staterooms (no window or balcony) are in the center of the ship on these decks. The top blue line that goes full length is deck 14 (Lido deck) which has the Horizon Court Buffet, swimming pools, spas, Movies Under The Stars, and some staterooms in the forward third.

There is no deck 13 on any of these ships. Superstition mostly. Too many people suffer from triskaidekaphobia, or the fear of the number 13, and to avoid the concerns of passengers and guests, most cruise ships do not have a deck or floor 13 or even  a stateroom or hotel room with 13 on the door.

Restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, lounges, photo galleries, gymnasiims, spas, beauty salons, etc. are interspersed among the more 'public' decks. Up on the top are some putting greens, a basketball court, and at one time there was a night club that stretched across the back end, up on top. It was deck 17. It was removed some years ago for various reasons... mostly because it kept the adults only swimming pool just below it in constant shade.

 The Starboard side of our ship, for comparison.  (Photo by Viscuso)


Joe and Dinise Viscuso, with Florence and Howard Hamman  (Photo by Viscuso)


Statuary along the waterfront. Our ship is off to the right, in the distance.  (Photo by Viscuso)


Welcome To .....       (Photo by Viscuso)


Downtown, with Florence, Howard, Dinise, and Joe  (Photo by Viscuso)


 (Photo by Viscuso)


Breakwater  (Photo by Viscuso)