Elated to Be Cruising the Mexican Riviera
By Rita Cook (email@example.com)
Whether you're looking for a short weekend trip or a seven-day vacation, Carnival Cruise Lines offers the perfect getaway. While many cruise ships only leave from foreign ports, Carnival's Elation leaves from the Port of Los Angeles every Sunday, speeding you away to the Mexican Riviera and ports of call such as Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas. Carnival Cruise Lines has a reputation for being not only laid back, but
On days that you're out to sea, you'll be busy attending singles parties, rum swizzle parties and taking in the various nightclubs until
the early morning hours. Elation carries 2,052 passengers and it weighs 70,367 tons. With all the activities aboard, there won't be time to wonder what you're going to do next. I decided to start a walking
program every evening on the walking track. There's also a workout room and spa where I enjoyed a facial and had my hair done for the Captain's dinner. There were three ports of call during the cruise–first
Don Pedro Alvarado discovered Puerto Vallarta in 1541 and it remained a quiet fishing village for centuries until 1950 when it was turned into a weekend resort for the nearby city of Guadalajara.
The ship offers excursions at each port of call and in Puerto Vallarta the Mismaloya City Tour takes you down cobblestone streets with a
stop at the famous Gringo Gulch. The Countryside Adventure is a 3½-hour trip into the villages and countryside. There's also plenty
The next port of call on the Mexican Rivera is Mazatlan, about 20 miles below the Tropic of Cancer The town, located on a peninsula surrounded by cliffs and beaches, was built in the 18th and 19th century. Many people visit the area to fish for marlin, often as big as 750 pounds. For more details and a directory on nightlife, dining and outdoor activities check out http://www.mexonline.com/mazatlan.htm. The ship excursions include a Sierra Madre tour that takes about seven hours.
The tour takes you on a journey through old towns and fishing villages, many dating back to the time of the Spanish Colonial era. There's also the city and shopping tour, the sports fishing tour on a 35-foot fishing boat, Stone Island Tour, the Old Mazatlan Walking Tour and the Las Moras Ranch Tour. The feel in Mazatlan is casual and serene. The Las Moras Tour offers swimming and relaxing in the sun and the Old Mazatlan Tour takes you on a trip through the history of the city. At one point, we stopped along the cliffs and watched as young divers plunged from 30 to 50 feet high rocks into the water below. The Golden Zone in Mazatlan is the place to find the best shops and restaurants. For more general information on the town and to check the weather and upcoming events visit http://www.maztravel.com/.
The last port of call is Cabo San Lucas. Rock musician Sammy Hagar made Cabo famous with his Cabo Wabo club. So while you're there it's a must see, but there's plenty more to do there, too. Cabo was my favorite stop and the most unspoiled of the ports. Cabo San Lucas is located at the southernmost tip of the Baja peninsula where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez. The flora and fauna in the area is amazing, but there's also the beautiful ``Los Arcos," incredible monoliths rising from the ocean floor capturing the beauty and mystique of the town.
For weather information and a travel guide check out http://www.go2cabos.com/.
During the days you're at sea, dinners are served at both 6 and 8:15 p.m. Normally, you meet new people at your table and sit with them
during every meal in the dining room. The food is excellent, designed around a theme such as Mexican, Italian or Chinese, to name a few. No matter how late you want to stay up at night, the nightclubs are open
and waiting. There's also a casino with tables and slot machines and every evening there's a show in the main showroom.
Rita Cook is a freelance travel and entertainment writer, as well as the freelance editorial director of ``Insider" magazine. She lives in Los Angeles and her most recent project, besides traveling, was producing a feature-length mockumentary called ``Marty & Virginia."
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