|somewhere in the Pacific Ocean|
|February in San Francisco (and Portland) usually means fog & rain but we got lucky.|
|Star Princess at anchor in Loreto|
|We celebrated Valentine's Day at sea.|
|Research for me includes finding all the local breweries.|
|This is everything we brought - Greg is wearing his REI backpack and man purse; that's my red carry-on suitcase and backpack for electronics.|
The Star Princess, built in 2002 and refurbished in 2008, is a large ship, one of the biggest I've ever been on. It holds 2600 passengers and 1100 crew. This is not by any means a true mega ship; that honor goes to Royal Caribbean, which has multiple ships holding over 6,000 passengers. I am not a fan of the big ships, and the Star Princess was no exception. I found the layout to be confusing, with too many open spaces and not enough quiet areas to read & relax. That being said, it does offer a lot of venues for various activities, and I appreciated that the atmosphere wasn't a 24-hour party like it was on our Norwegian cruise and what Carnival is well-known for. Nor did it ever really feel like I was on a ship with 2600 other passengers.
|Trying to show the scale of the ship. We're standing on Deck 16. That's downtown San Francisco in the background.|
|gambling on the ponies|
|carving up some lobster & shrimp|
|not complaining about free champagne|
|in the Portofino dining room where we were originally assigned; we eventually were moved to the Capri dining room|
Cabo is still recovering from the damage caused by Hurricane Odile in September, 2014. Many waterfront businesses were skeletons of their former selves and there was evidence of construction everywhere. In spite of this, the town still offered everything you need to enjoy a day at port. Our excursion was on a boat named Oceanus. We boarded just before the 10:30 a.m. departure time and were immediately offered complimentary adult beverages. We sailed past the famous rock formations at the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula and shortly thereafter spotted some humpback whales. The whales were abundant and active and we never spent more than a few minutes without seeing some. We eventually made it to the snorkeling spot at Chileno Reef where the fish were plentiful and not at all shy. Back on board, we enjoyed a delicious lunch and free flowing beverages as we sailed back to the harbor. We then walked through town to have a beer at Cabo Wabo Cantina before returning to the tender dock to reboard the Star Princess.
|Photo credit: Natural Habitat Adventures. This is the closest thing I could find that accurately depicts my experience.|
|sunrise at Pichilingue|
|Happy Hour! 2-for-1 Grey Goose martinis|
Highlights photos from our 10-night cruise can be found online here (you do not need a Facebook account to view them):
Cabo San Lucas
Thanks to Bruce Berger for the title of this blog post. His book, Almost An Island: Travels in Baja California, kept me entertained during the many days at sea on our recent cruise vacation.