Cruising Mexico

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Cruising Mexico

Cruising Mexico

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I sailed on a 7-day Mexican Riviera cruise aboard the Holland America Line ms Oosterdam leaving out of San Diego.

I had a pre-cruise stay at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel And Marina which had a great view of San Diego harbour, where we could see our ship in the morning of the cruise.

The embarkation went smoothly and I had the whole afternoon to explore the ms Oosterdam before enjoying a cocktail out on the deck as we slowly left San Diego Harbour.

There were 3 ports of call on this cruise, Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta. Cabo San Lucas and Mazatlan were enjoyable ports of call but are probably more suited to people going to Mexico for shopping. Puerto Vallarta was my favourite port of call as the shore excursion I took was a tour of Puerto Vallarta followed by a tour of a genuine tequila factory. It was very interesting to see how tequila is made both with old and current techniques. Each group was allowed to sample many different types of tequila including peach and coffee.

What I most enjoyed on board was the Greenhouse Spa & Salon. The Hydro Pool on the ms Oosterdam is larger than on some other Holland America Line vessels and for most of the time I was in there, I was by myself and just able to sit back in the pool and relax. However, after spending about 30 minutes on one of the thermal lounges before hand this wasn’t hard at all. The thermal lounges are incredible and it’s hard not to fall asleep! I treated myself to a massage as well which was definitely worth it. Sitting in the salon, a view of the sun setting over the ocean was a fantastic way to spend an afternoon on board.

I also enjoyed the cooking demonstrations on board and got to participate in one. 

It was also very easy to get used to having breakfast delivered every morning to my stateroom, especially the pastries and croissants, as well as the delicious desserts that are available every evening at dinner. As someone with a very sweet tooth, I can highly recommend the desserts on board, and even sometimes ordering more than one!

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