Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Princess Cruises Puerto Vallarta Reviews
Jun 05, 2004
I traveled with Princess Cruises on two seperate days. Crucero Princesawww.crucerosprincesa.com.mxcruises are day cruises fit for groups of a hundred that want the opportunity to see a lot of vallarta and its surrounding villages, as well as learn the history and drink as much cerveza and margaritas as possible.
You can purchase your ticket online in advance, or buy them at the marina. you arrive at 9 in the morning, they serve you a breakfast of fruit and donuts, and the boat is off, cruising along the coastline of vallarta.
The first cruise was on thePrincess Yelapa, The route follows the coastline, where the captain talked to us about the early settlement of vallarta, as well as the sierra madres beyond, and the church of the virgin of guadalupe. we stopped atLos Arcos for snorkeling, a very popular spot for divers. the area has anumber of natural arches formed by the currents. therei saw blowfish the size of my head, feeding on the remainders of our breakfast thatmorning. the captain and his crew fed the sea life around us, so that we would be surrounded by these gorgeouscreatures. fish in so many colors of the rainbow, and even a sea turtle!
Then it was off to another snorkeling destination,Majahuitas.the water was clearer here, but it had been raining that dayso the visibilitywas not asgreat. nonetheless, it was about an hour of snorkeling, and everyone was excited for our next stop, Yelapa.
Yelapa was amazing! upon our arrival on the beach, we were led to the horses, which we could rent at an extra $10. we had no guide, as the horses had trekked the path up to the waterfall countless times. only the photos do justice to what i beheld. our path took us through a very poor village, which apparently had gotten electricity only a few years prior to our arrival. the village nestled against a small mountain, which the horses ascended effortlessly.at some pointa gorgoeous view spread out below,of the ocean below, and the hundreds of water taxis and fishing boats, bobbing in the waves
once at the waterfall, we all dismounted the horses, surrounded by thick foliage, palms, and the pool of the waterfall greeting us welcomingly.
back on the ship, the crew served us a buffet style dinner of grilled chicken, rice, and vegetables.
the return trip consisted of games, dancing, and a large amount of drinking. i think it was the margaritas on the rocks that gave me a week's bout with gastroenteritis, but I have to say it was one of the funnest things I have done in Mexico, and it was incredibly cheap!
the other cruises that are offered, that go to quimixto and las animas, are much the same. quimixto offers a waterfall, but it is not as striking, nor as clean. quimixto is incredibly poor, and i believe there is one general store and a restaurant. people make their money there with the rental of horses, which are found all over the place.
las animas is more suited to those that want to try their hand at parasailing, lounge on the beach and drink from a coconut, or eat mangos off the mango tree behind the restaurant. the sand is soft and creamy, and is definitely a delight for someone seeking the tropical respite.
basically, in puerto vallarta, one can definitely do it on $50 in a day. god love the man that come up with the idea of open bar on a cruise boat!
.package includes light breakfast, lunch, and no-host bar for about $40 per person.
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