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San Diego, California - My husband, our son, his wife and their 3 kids all wished we'd have come a day early to explore San Diego. We much prefer sailing from San Diego rather than Los Angeles because the airport is so close by and so a taxi from one to the other is fast and inexpensive.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - We booked an excursion to Los Veranos zipline on the internet. I went with our son and his family and had a great time. It's the best zipline of the four I've been on. Our son and his family also used the small waterslides into the river, which was warm and we ate lunch there. The food was excellent and reasonable. We also got to feed monkeys. We took their boat to their facility, which made it a shorter trip, and saw whales on the way back. We've been to Puerto Vallarta several times previously and it's a great port.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico - We did an excursion, but wished we'd have just gone with our relatives on a water taxi to see the rocks at Lands End and then gone to Lover's Beach. Instead we went on a snorkeling excursion. This would have been fun had the weather not been chilly. The last forecast we'd seen had the temperature for that day at 81 degrees. Instead it was 71 degrees and overcast and the water was very cold. The rest of our group really enjoyed this port. We've been there before and enjoyed it.
Mazatlan, Mexico - We did this port on our own and had a great time. We went to the aquarium and thoroughly enjoyed it, then took a taxi to shop.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico - Excellent snorkeling near Lover's Beach. Get a water taxi near where the tender stops. Wear water shoes as the snorkeling area requires climbing around on large rocks.
Mazatlan, Mexico - If you are interested in the beach at Stone Island, take the water taxi that is several blocks from the ship. From a port on Cruise Critic boards: When you depart the ship, you can walk past the taxi area and out through the gate to the main street. Then you turn left and walk a few blocks until you come to a park on the left. Just past that park, but before you get to the ferry port, there is a trail to the left that goes down to the water taxi landing. It's not easy to see from the street, but there are usually some cars parked there from locals who took the water taxi. At the water's edge there is a ticket booth from where you can purchase the water taxi ticket for $1 a person. After crossing the bay, you go to the right and you'll see the beach. It's a great beach with deep sand and good surf and restaurants, bars and everything else you could want for very good prices. They have great food, $1 beer, beach chairs, umbrellas, boat rides, etc
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - On a previous cruise some friends and I booked a zipline tour with Los Veranos. I'd been on several ziplines before, but Los Veranos was the best ever.
La Paz, Mexico - We went to the Serpentario on our own. It's not the nicest habitat for its creatures, but better than some we've seen. The people in charge seem to be doing their best with limited funds. We saw snakes, iguanas, other reptiles, turtles and there's an area for small birds and bunnies where one can go in and feed them.
Cozumel, Mexico - Very good snorkeling at the Money Bar with a beach lounge for the price of a drink, Chankanaab more expensive but fun, good shopping - at Puerta Maya Los Cinco Soles has nice things a cut above the tourist junk
Belize City, Belize - But not this time since high winds meant we couldn't go there. Previously we went cave tubing with booked online. Altun Ha is a decent ruin. We had a nice time cruising down the River Wallace after Altun Ha on a previous cruise with a ship's tour
Houston, Texas - Expensive to get from the airport to the port. There are no hotels with shuttles to the port (at least none that I could find), transportation to the port from the airports is expensive.
Sitka, Alaska - Not as picturesque as I'd been lead to believe. I'd have liked it better had it not been really rainy.
Victoria, British Columbia - This would have been a great port had we been there in the daytime. Only included because of an 1885 law to keep foreign ships from trading in U.S. ports
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Seattle, Washington - I say it's great because we're from Tacoma and didn't have to take a plane, just park. It was well organized.
Cruise Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska - Dress warmly!! At least if you're on the last cruise of the season.

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