March 7, 2004
We just came back from the best family vacation ever. We loved the Pride. It is truly a beautiful ship, very elegant. I was concerned about the decorating after reading some reviews but found the ship to be in good taste. After all, art is art.
We had wonderful service the entire time. Sunil, Fernando & Augusto are the best!! We were constantly met with smiling faces all over the boat.
I highly recommend the "Las Caletas" excursion. The snorkelling was unbelievable. There were so many fish and many different varieties. I have snorkelled in St. John were the water is crystal clear but very few fish. Here the water wasn't as clear but the fish more than made up for it. I would also recommend going to the flea market just off the dock at Puerto Vallarta to sharpen up on your bartering skills. My husband felt he should pay the people whatever they asked. But once he walked out the door and found the price dropped 50% the light went on and we were bartering for everything.
Matazlan is the place to shop for silver. I wish I had bought 10 more bracelets ($2-$3) for gifts back home. Cabo San Lucas was the most beautiful port. I highly recommend Billigan's Island for the happy hour (12pm-7pm) and for their margaritas. Beware when you sit down. We felt like "fresh meat" and were swamped with vendors selling everything from silver to skirts to hair braiding to picture frames. We said "No gracias" many, many times to the same people over and over again. They are dear people and are trying to make a living.