Mexican Riviera

 
 

This fall I had the opportunity to escort a large group of travelers on a Disney Cruise to the Mexican Riviera. Below are some of my experiences, and I will also include some travel information on this popular vacation destination.


The trip consisted of a 7-Night Mexican Riviera Cruise aboard the Disney Wonder with stops in Puerto Vallarta

Mexican Riviera Cruise

David Rentsch

President, Cruise Holidays

and Cabo San Lucas. Mazatlan was originally an additional port of call but Disney discontinued stops there due to security incidents that made safety a concern, so another day at Cabo was substituted.

When entering the cruise terminal, we were informed of another change in our schedule. Hurricane Jova was headed for the Puerto Vallarta area and expected to make land fall during our stop there, so they changed the itinerary to include a stop in Ensenada. Though this was disappointing, it also highlights one of the positive aspects of a cruise. If our trip consisted of a resort in Puerto Vallarta, our trip would have been ruined, but because the ship can maneuver out of harms way, we still had great weather and enjoyed the week in other parts of Mexico.

As we entered the ship, Disney does a great job of welcoming you onboard by announcing your name over the speakers in the atrium lobby as you walk through two rows of uniformed staff applauding to make you feel special. Staterooms are not ready until 1:00 pm, so we went to deck 9 to the Beach Blanket Buffet for a quick lunch before settling in and unpacking. After attending the mandatory lifeboat station drill, it was back to deck 9 for the Set Sail Party. This is an exciting event that includes the Disney characters, music and dancing to get everyone to forget about his daily grind and start the fun and excitement of the cruise vacation.

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Disney Set Sail Party