Thursday, January 19, 2017

My Day at the San Diego Zoo

After leaving the pretty seaside city of Puerto Vallarta, we had two days at sea before arriving early this morning in rainy and chilly San Diego.

The past two days while asea, we had noticed the weather starting to cool off significantly. Not an unwelcome change from the past week or so of hot weather, as far as I'm concerned. After all, my screen name IS scluvsrain. Emphasis on the RAIN.

Jimmy left the ship today, bound for home in Manhattan. We had the best two weeks ever! I love cruising with him and it was so very nice to catch up with each other's lives. He also is very socially outgoing and made many friends while on board. He will be missed. I know what's going to happen - for the next week or so people on the ship are going to stop me and ask "where is James?" I'm considering all sorts of sordid tales I can tell. People also make all sorts of assumptions about us and we always keep them guessing as to the true nature of our relationship. That's all I'll say about that. Let the mystery continue. In any regard, I'm going to miss him terribly.

After he departed, I headed off on a ship excursion to the San Diego zoo. The rain stopped at almost the exact moment we arrived at the zoo. Funny how things work out.

I've enjoyed my day here. It's been at least 30 years since I was last here - knee high to a grasshopper then - hahahahaha.

Tonight we set sail for Hawaii. First Hilo then an overnight in Honolulu. Five full days at sea. Captain has warned us that we will be sailing into a big storm - swells of 15 to 20 feet at the worst. I like the rockin and rollin! But most people don't. You can be assured the green apples and Dramamine will be widely available tonight. My understanding is all five days will be subject to the rough weather.

Time to batten down the hatches!!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Puerto Vallarta

A couple of days at sea before arriving in Puerto Vallarta. We had a little Mexican fiesta time on board featuring some singers and dancers, as well as a Mexican themed dinner menu last night.

I've not been to PV before and I found it to be quite a lovey port town. The city is sort of nestled between a mountain range and the ocean.

Jim and took a shared taxi to old town a few miles away. We walked along the malecon which is the sea walk. Lots of cool sculptures, sidewalk cafes and shops selling all sorts of things.

We strolled for awhile and then sat at a restaurant for some authentic Mexican food and a bottle of beer. Lunch plates for two including two bottles of beer came to $14.

We wanted to get in some exercise so we walked back to the ship. It was somewhere around 2-3 miles. Thankfully it wasn't too hot but even so, the sun burned down on us.

It's been a really nice day.

Last night our TA had a cocktail party for us before dinner. That was enjoyable. There's well over 200 of us on board. Jim and I ate in the Canaletto, the ship's Italian specialty venue. Lots of food. Their idea of a half portion is enough to feed a small army. Oy!!

The show was a comedian but that shouldn't be what he is called. He wasn't very funny. We walked out halfway through. However, there was another informal performance by the guitarist we saw the other night in the Ocean Bar after the comedian's show. The guitarist was outstanding. Sort of an impromptu jam jazzy session with the ship's band. We'd like to see more of these types of performances.

Tonight is another evening in the Pinnacle, the great steakhouse venue. Yum.

Puerto Vallarta

A couple of days at sea before arriving in Puerto Vallarta. We had a little Mexican fiesta time on board featuring some singers and dancers, as well as a Mexican themed dinner menu last night.

I've not been to PV before and I found it to be quite a lovey port town. The city is sort of nestled between a mountain range and the ocean.

Jim and took a shared taxi to old town a few miles away. We walked along the malecon which is the sea walk. Lots of cool sculptures, sidewalk cafes and shops selling all sorts of things.

We strolled for awhile and then sat at a restaurant for some authentic Mexican food and a bottle of beer. Lunch plates for two including two bottles of beer came to $14.

We wanted to get in some exercise so we walked back to the ship. It was somewhere around 2-3 miles. Thankfully it wasn't too hot but even so, the sun burned down on us.

It's been a really nice day.

Last night our TA had a cocktail party for us before dinner. That was enjoyable. There's well over 200 of us on board. Jim and I ate in the Canaletto, the ship's Italian specialty venue. Lots of food. Their idea of a half portion is enough to feed a small army. Oy!!

The show was a comedian but that shouldn't be what he is called. He wasn't very funny. We walked out halfway through. However, there was another informal performance by the guitarist we saw the other night in the Ocean Bar after the comedian's show. The guitarist was outstanding. Sort of an impromptu jam jazzy session with the ship's band. We'd like to see more of these types of performances.

Tonight is another evening in the Pinnacle, the great steakhouse venue. Yum.

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