Panama Canal Cruise--Continued
Mexico to San Diego

Mexico! Huatulco--a new resort due south of Oaxaca.

Look how far we've come --from Miami, through the Caribbean, past Cuba, down to the Netherland Antilles, then through the Canal to the Pacific, and now we're in Mexico!

The ever-eager camerman catch a a glamorous couple leaving Mercury for a day at the beach.
The good ship Mercury offered 16 days of luxury, fine foods, pampering service, high class entertainment, and a computer center where I made this panorama. We can keep an eye on the ship from here and see that it doesn't leave without us.
The t our boat to visit the many beaches--next time. Jose, Andros, and Jessica became our pals. May Huatulco prosper; it has great location, beaches and people.
Goodby, Huatulco. Glad to know about you. We are heading for Fort San Diego, right across from where the ship docks. There's the fort, right across from the cruise terminal.
Acapulco Bay A panoramic view of Acapulco Bay from the ship, a bit distorted perhaps?
At the fort, after a steep climb. Ah, there's our ship, right across from the Fort. Among other remnants of Colonial times, there is this carriage in the Fort's Museum.
The Fort's Chapel is intact. Sit there, while I try to get the fort and the bay all in one. A better view of Acapulco looking south.
St. Francis, probably. All we have to do to return to the ship is cross the bridge over the highway. A market where there were pearls that I couldn't resist.
A very old banner of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Goodbye, Acapulco. I'll be back. Ah, another day at sea before we get to Puerta Vallarta.
Another heavenly dessert! Puerto Vallarta. How did we manage to fit in here? And look how close we are over on starboard.
What is going on here? I'd better take a look. (Actually, I've been here before, but never on a cruise ship.) A sand sculptor has welcomed the New Year.
Sea nymphs riding the waves. Familiar scene to all who walk the Malacon are the quirky sculptures. A Nativity Scene in the Cathedral
La Soledad Looks like the Spanish are back. Another relaxing day at sea.
Watch the moon rise. Or go dancing in the disco. Ah, sunrise at sea!
  The Arches at Lands' End, Cabo San Lucas, seen from the Mercury's deck
And from the Sunderland Built in 1885, The Sunderland is "the Pirate Ship of Cabo San Lucas" The Mercury looks small from the deck of The Sunderland
This is the best!

Sailing buffs: Peter and I hauled up the foresail together

Is that line the downhaul or the outhaul?
Does it remind you of Rum Tum Tugger? Do you see the whale???? Indian dancers welcome arriving passengers at the marina in the traditional way..
Virginia enjoyed her day too. Has anyone ever cruised on Chrystal Symphony? Last Mass of the cruise
Lighthouse in the marina of Cabo San Lucas Last night: Fezy and Rosaria arrive with baked Alaska for our last dessert. Final show--extravaganza

The last night's midnight buffet--I missed it...

The sweets... The cheeses...
The ice sculptures. . . The chocolate dragon. . . The sushi table. . . I missed them all, but John Harrison kindly gave me his pictures.

San Diego, January 7,
7 a.m. arrival

We pull into the cruise terminal, near the aircraft carrier Midway. There's The Star of India at the Maritime Museum, and Anthony's Restaurant next to it.
"What took you so long?" San Diegan classmate Lynn Ambrose met our ship.

After lunch at Anthony's, I visit the San Diego Maritime Museum and The Star of India, the world's oldest active ship.

The Mercury is preparing to sail at 5 p.m. I can hear the fire drill.
The Russian B-39 submarine The Surprise, the ship used in Master and Commander The Oakland Ferryboat, Berkeley



  Mercury left at 5 p.m. promptly. . . and next morning Monarch of the Seas took her place.