Distance from San Diego, CA to Puerto Vallarta – 1,040 Nautical Miles
It's a picture perfect day in the beautiful port of Puerto Vallarta.
The new room was definitely an improvement which resulted in a better night’s sleep. Even though the room is right at one of the elevator corridors, I didn’t hear anything last night, not even our new neighbor.
The last few times we have been in Puerto Vallarta, we have been the only ship here. Today, we are joined by the Carnival Miracle.
Breakfast today consisted of grapefruit, oatmeal, scrambled eggs, banana pancake with faux cottage cheese (I think it was farmer’s cheese – all crumbly with no liquid), sour cream, and preserves. It looks like a humongous breakfast but all of the portions were small. Except for the spooky cheese, it was good.
No excursions today so we are going to our favorite spa in Puerto Vallarta (Yego Spa) and the therapist I had last time (months ago) – Martha. We got there when it opened at 10:00 AM and there was only one person there. While we waited for Martha to arrive, we both got complimentary foot massages. Nice. $30 for an hour massage plus exfoliating scrub (and gratis foot massage). A pretty good deal.
After our pampering, we returned to the ship (got a ride on a golf cart by one of the security guys at the pier – saved us a long walk since Symphony is docked at the far pier).
We had lunch in the Lido Café – heavenly red pepper gazpacho (from the Trident Grill), salad bar, freshly prepared pizza (from the Grill), and B and J Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream. Lunch of the gods.
After lunch, instead of taking a bus to the downtown area and Malecon (it was a little too warm), we walked across the street to the PV Galleria Mall. It’s a pretty nice mall with lots of upscale stores. Didn’t find any great bargains but this mall had both a Pizza Hut and a Starbucks.
We are now in our nice cool stateroom reading and journaling.
At 5:15 PM, we went to the Hollywood Theater to listen to Richard Gordon speak on “The Life and Career of Barbra Streisand”. Richard mostly narrated a continuous video of Streisand highlights from 1960 to the present. In 45 minutes, he couldn’t cover everything he wanted to so there was a lot of fast forwarding.
We had dinner in the Crystal Dining Room (another table for two) – our preordered Kosher Meals (ribeye steak for me and lamb chops for Ellen) were good – in the past, the portions have been huge but this time, just right.
The entertainment in the Crystal Plaza tonight was Lana Gasparyan, violinist. She gets some very smooth music to come of her electronic violin.
Lana Gasparyan - Violinist
We watched the sail away from couches on open Deck 7 and stayed there for most of the evening reading.
Puerto Vallarta Sail Away
The Latin Dance Quartet from Hungary (Marton and Regina and Greg and Csilla [darker hair]) did a show at 10:15 PM in the Starlite Lounge.
Latin Dance Quartet
They have a lot of energy and are quite good but all of that sensory input late at night was not a good call.
We got back to our room pretty late.
Seas are smooth.