Cruise Day 9 – Costa Rica

The ship docked early this morning and we will soon leave for a shore excursion. Yesterday was a sea day and since I don’t care to pay $25 a day for internet or $125 for 250 minutes slow connection, I couldn’t bring you all up to date on our last two stops. When on shore we are more focused on sightseeing than anything else. And now the weak signal will only allow me to write an email post to WordPress from my phone.

Rather than book the 31-day cruise to Buenos Aires, we purchased two cruises back to back saving $2800 each. We will have to pack up and debark in Valparaiso, Chile and then check in again the same day for the second cruise to Argentina. We will also have a different cabin and free 250 minutes of internet.

On days 6 and 7 we were in Chiapas, Mexico and Antigua, Guatemala.

Below are pictures of a church on the main square in Tapachula, Mexico, Mayan dance performers at the dock and at a planetarium, and Iztapa Mayan ruins plus more.

 Tapachula is close to the Guatemalan border and is the place where illegal immigrants are processed before they make the journey north. Our tour guide said many Haitians started arriving this year in waves to request asylum in the US before Trump won’t allow them in.

Cruise Day 5 – Huatulco, Mexico

This port stop is called Huatulco, in the state of Oaxaca, but we never saw the town. The port is actually in Santa Cruz, which is a small tourist town with a marina and it’s probably pretty quiet when there is not a cruise ship in port. There are mainly just tourist shops and restaurants.

We picked up a strong 4G signal to our phones a few miles before docking and having been without for 5 days, we gorged for a while before getting off the boat. A taxi ($3.00)took us to the next town called Las Crucecitas for a look around. The roads and boulevards are in good condition compared to roads we have traveled farther north in Mexico. And everything looked very clean and tidy.

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There are nine small bays along the coast with beautiful beaches

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Town square in Las Crucecitas

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Many children are already into the selling business

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Mirador (observation point)

A different taxi driver taking us back to the port area said he would charge us $1.60 US.  He spoke with an educated accent and when I asked him about it he said he went to the university in Mexico City and had been an accountant there working for the government. But he worked 10 hours a day and that was never enough for his bosses so he quit and moved with his wife to the Huatulco area and now works as a taxi driver 3 days a week. He is also trying to make a go off a small graphics/printing business that he started. On the way to the port he wanted to take a little detour and show us the mirador overlooking the port for no extra charge.  We tipped him more than triple the fare for being so honest.

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There are many places at the port and long the beach to get something to eat and drink. There are people in the water that someone said was 92 degrees F.

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Practically every town in Mexico has a public square known as a zocalo. This small port town has one that would fit in any large modern city.

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Santa Cruz and the small marina

It was time to go back on board and get a late lunch before the buffet closed and so that I could hurry up and write this post before we leave at 4:30.  We have T-Mobile which has roaming agreements with over 100 countries that gives us unlimited data, phone, and text as part of our plan.  It is ironic that our connection is better here  (4G and 4 bars) than it has been anywhere in the US!  I’m sure tomorrow in Chiapas will be good too because Mexico’s Telcel network has outstanding coverage.

Cruise Day 4

San Diego is our favorite city to embark on a cruise. Whether we rent a car or fly, either way it is a very short taxi ($10) from the airport to the cruise pier that is in the heart of downtown.

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Downtown San Diego

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Escorted out of the harbor by the US Coast Guard

Today is the first day that we definitely feel like we are in the tropics as it is very sultry with a steamy haze over the ocean.

Our first port day will be tomorrow in Huatulco, Mexico after four days at sea. Although it has been a relaxing four days on the Norwegian Sun, we are ready to visit the many new places on the itinerary.

A Big Cruise

Our bags are packed and we’re ready to go…..two more days and South America here we float! This will be a new continent for us and we are excited to explore the areas of the many ports along the way. The fare for the first 17 day leg to Chile for this cruise on Norwegian has dropped to $399 for an inside room in case anyone wants to join us 🙂

I have been watching the S. America fares on several cruise lines for months and believe our timing to book was spot on. It is interesting to watch the fares fluctuate and sometimes actually plunge, but just for a short time, and then rise again depending on what categories of cabins are close to being fully booked.

The map shows our route (roughly) going south and then we will fly back from Buenos Aires via Lima and Bogota to Los Angeles.

Our motorhome and car will be parked at a friends house in Yuma, Arizona and we will drive a rental car to San Diego which is only a 170 mile drive. We did this on our Australia and Hawaii cruises too and it worked out well. It is much less expensive to rent a car than park at the ports for longer cruises.