We were up early as usual and enjoyed the scenery pulling into the bay at Puerto Vallarta. After enjoying a latte from the coffee bar, we went to the main dining room for breakfast.
Afterwards we got ready for the port day and left the ship around 8:45 am. We took one of the taxis right outside the gate (white taxi) and it was $4 per person for transportation to the Marriott Casa Magna. If you want to negotiate tours there were definitely taxi drivers there to do that.
The lobby of the hotel was beautiful and we headed to the registration desk to buy day passes. It was 450 pesos each and she converted our total to $96 US. The fee includes beach and pool access, chairs, umbrellas, towels and 350 pesos each credit towards food and drink.
We headed directly to the beach and selected loungers.
We were the first down there today but not for long. My husband and I went in the water and it was rough.
We decided after enjoying a beverage there to go by the pool.
The pool is enormous and just the perfect temperature.
Edgar had been our beach waiter until the permanent waiter was available and we were happy to have him the rest of the day at the pool.
We spent the next few hours in the pool, loungers and eating and drinking.
Food wise, we had ordered rolled tacos, chicken quesadillas, and nachos. All were delicious! We also had many cocktails: frozen margaritas, Mayan sacrifice and banana loco with a few sodas thrown in. Our final bill after our credit was just $28.33 us. Amazing!
Our yellow taxi back to the ship was $3 per person but not as comfortable with three in the back seat. Two of us got in line back to the ship. It was a little slow moving as they were running bags through TSA type security and we walked through a metal detector. By the time my husband and stepdaughter got to the ship, they had opened a second line so we barely beat them back to the cabins.
After showers and naps it was time to head to our dinner seating. Dinner had a pretty good menu.
For appetizers, I had cream of broccoli soup which was very good while my second one was cannelloni which was not that good. Steve had shrimp cocktail and minestrone soup. S1 had fish taco (which looked delicious but quite large) and heart of iceberg salad.
For entrees we had beef tenderloin…
and mahi mahi.
All were good although I didn’t like the polenta that came with my beef.
For dessert we ordered brioche…
banana split and warm melting chocolate cake.
All were good and we just retired to the cabin afterwards after a long day in the sun. In addition to this seal we had a couple of letters.
The first one was a reminder about the time change tonight.
The second letter was FTTF instructions for Cabo San Lucas tomorrow.
Click the image below to see today’s Fun Times program.
If you missed the other parts of the recap the links are below.
September 2nd: Pre-Cruise Travel
September 3rd: Embarkation
September 3rd: Nick & Nora’s Steakhouse
September 4th: Sea Day 1
September 5th: Sea Day 2 (Cabo San Lucas originally)
September 6th: Sea Day 3 (Mazatlan originally)