Mexican Riviera Cruise: Ship Sets Sail

Mexican Riviera Cruise: Ship Sets Sail

Welcome to part 2 of our Mexican Riviera Cruise series. In part 1, we shared the start of our vacation in San Diego.


Let’s have a little road car race to the ms. Oosterdam and order up some margaritas. The sun is shining, sailboats are gliding through the bay, and the whole of the military is doing flybys to keep us in line on Lido deck. Enjoy the daytime view and stunning sunset from our veranda as the ship makes an impressive half-turn and heads for sea.

To the Cruise

And remember the little military base that denied us access? The Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI)? Check out the bird’s eye view of Blackhawks, Seahawks and plenty of other impressive equipment that our cruise ship affords. (I don’t think I’m trading national secrets here, but if you don’t hear from me again, assume otherwise.)

Last little note: My father-in-law and his girlfriend couldn’t make this trip, so we brought them along in spirit. You’ll see.


Two days at sea… Boring? Not on your life! We’ve got breaching California Gray whales at sunrise and a sea lion who’s above water more-so than below, quite possibly swimming for his life. (If not, he sure is acrobatic.Yeah. He was just having fun. We’ll stick with that.)

Cruising the Mexican Riviera via San Diego

Cruising the Mexican Riviera via San Diego

San Diego BoatsLET’S GET AWAY

As the weather forecast calls for heavy snow, sleet, and rain topped by more snow (that’s just this afternoon), I’m ready to revisit our vacation to the Mexican Riviera. What do you say? Want to come?


The first part of our journey is traveling from Albany, NY to San Diego, CA where we’ll catch our cruise on Holland America the following day.

In California, we see shore birds, pigeons and fish which are pulled fresh from the water at the Empire Beach pier, and we ride a silver Mustang seeing more than a few Black Hawks as we drive through San Diego to Coronado Island and beyond, to the beach.

Our only hiccup? After turning into a heavily guarded Naval Base, top down like it was a tourist attraction, we are convinced that those Black Hawk sightings actually have us in their sights, surveillance-style. See what you think.


We’ll spend next Friday relaxing on the ms. Oosterdam, drinking margaritas while looking out over the bay at the various water and aircraft. Then we depart into the sunset, passing Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI) on our way to the Mexican Riviera.

Following Fridays will explore Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán, and Cabo San Lucas, where we’ll see breaching whales, hundreds of wave-surfing dolphins, pink pelicans, perched osprey and so much more. You can even join our exciting zip-line adventure over a rocky, water-filled canyon and ride a tractor through 6 miles of coconut groves alongside surf.


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