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Cruise Diary: Feb. 12, 2010

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

During this cruise we have seen several sites of Mexico which makes it an attractive itinerary to sail on. Finally, it was time to do some shopping. We have seen the contrasts of the ports of call in Mexico. Puerto Vallarta is very modern. A quick walk from the ship is a huge shopping mall — and when I say that Starbucks is also there, most readers will know what shops can be found there.

At night we experienced for us a new way of dining: The Canaletto restaurant. And what an experience this was. The best Italian food is served making it like a little Italy on the high seas. It’s how Holland America Line makes the dining experiences on its ships the best on the high seas.

Thanks to Dwi, the manager of Zaandam’s Canaletto, for the good time and good food we had.

Dwi and Yvon.

Than it was time to go to the ship’s theatre to see the Indonesian Crew Show. We have visited them all on our cruises, and again it was a welcome ending to a wonderful day on board Zaandam.

Cees and Yvon Kloppenberg
Zaandam Sea of Cortez cruise

1 Comment
  • pvtexmex

    I read your entry with some interest. Nowadays, Puerto Vallarta has two sides. The area near the pier is, as you say, very modern, with Galerias Vallarta (the mall), a Walmart, Sam’s Club, etc. A short 60-70 pesos taxi ride south, however, will take you to the older part of Vallarta with a much more authentic Mexican ambience. “Old Town”, where I live, is much more scenic and has some of the finest restaurants to be found anywhere in Mexico, along with popular bars and bistros, and the very lively Los Muertos beach. My recommendation to cruise vistors is to go south and get a feel for the “original” Puerto Vallarta. You can go to the mall at home.

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