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Sail date: February 21, 2019
Sail date: December 17, 2017
We explored Mazatlan on our own. There was plenty to see and do and it is worth the time to get off the ship and take a trip into the city.
Didn't see much of the city, but did the turtle excursion instead. It was a little underwhelming, but hopefully the monies are used to support turtle research and protection.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Unfortunately, I caught a pretty good cold and opted to stay on the ship. But hey, there is a Walmart just off the pier, what more could you ask for! (Just kidding)
San Francisco, California
There is a lot to do here if you have never been in San Francisco before, Muir Woods, Napa Valley, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Fisherman's Wharf and such. Extend your vacation and stay a day or two.
If you want some quiet time in the sun the Sanctuary Sundeck, Pool, and Hot tubs are the place to go.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
We took a whale watching excursion in Cabo and luckily they were very active on our port day. After the excursion we ventured around the marina and visited some of the little local shops. Weather was beautiful and a great day for a walk.
Amber Cove (Puerto Plata), Dominican Republic
Amber Cove is beautiful, actually reminded me of Gilligan's Island (For those of you that remember), although we spent for little actual time at the cove. There was a lot of options here depending on your interests and it is definitely worth taking the time to get off the ship and explore Puerto Plata. We visited a rum factory, the local cathedral, and had lunch at a nearby local restaurant enjoying each stop.
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida
Ft. Lauderdale is a very busy area, but we did visit the local beach and take an airboat ride through the everglades. The beach was crowded and not really an easy beach to walk on, but if you just want to say you walked in the ocean it gets the job done. The airboat ride was a lot of fun and you get to observe several different species of wildlife. So, it was well worth the price.
Grand Turk Island
We took a history/cultural tour in Grand Turk, an island we have visited before, but usually stayed on the ship or beach. The hurricane truly devastated the area, but the people are proud and are working towards restoring the island. If you are looking for fancy, this isn't it, but if you want to get an idea of what the locals are experiencing after the hurricanes take the time to look around and buy some coconut water from a street vendor.
Overall the Crown is a nice size, not too big, not too small, and comfortable for the number of guest passengers. Several pools and numerous areas to just kick back, unplug, and relax.
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