Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Back from Mexico

We had a wonderful time once we got past a few glitches. First, our flight to Long Beach had a problem. After the pilot pulled away from the gate he discovered (before takeoff thank God) that the flaps weren't working. Not a good thing. We went back to the terminal and after waiting around for them to figure out the problem the airline decided to put everyone on another plane. Got into Long Beach only an hour late. Then, in Long Beach we found out that the cruise ship had a mechanical problem so we would be setting sail a day late! The cruise line gave everyone a $50 on board credit ($100 per couple) which meant we could use it to spend on drinks or duty free shops or gambling in the casino. Plus we got a 15 per cent refund, plus $400 toward a hotel for Sunday night. We ended up staying at the Doubletree Inn (did you know they give away fresh warm chocolate chip cookies?) at San Pedro marina before boarding the ship on Monday. WONDERFUL, very classy hotel.

Finally got on the ship and it was FABULOUS. The food was wonderful and too plentiful. Can you imagine...they have 24-hour pizza and soft-serve ice cream. We ate buffets for breakfast and lunch and then had a sit-down dinner in the dining room with a very attentive wait staff. Our tables were at the windows at the stern of the ship where we watched the sunsets every night. They had a Broadway type show every night too. We went shopping in Mazatlan and went on a boat tour to the famous Land's End arch in Cabo San Lucas. The ship had three pools with hot tubs. My new favorite drink .... Miami Vice (half pina colada, half strawberry daquari, which makes it half red and half white)... yummy!

I managed to read 4 books while sitting by the pool and in the late evenings after the show.

Whispers of Night by Candace Proctor (B+)

Exposure by Susan Andersen (B)

True Confessions by Rachel Gibson (B)

By Possession by Madeline Hunter (B)

I have pictures! Will post those next time.


Sandra Schwab said...

Hi Renée, I couldn't find an e-mail addy anywhere so I'm posting this on your blog. Back in 2005 you've read (or rather, started to read and didn't finish *g*) my debut novel THE LILY BRAND (the one with the uber-evil stepmother and the hero who gets branded by the heroine). I was wondering whether you'd like to receive an ARC of my upcoming May release, CASTLE OF THE WOLF (no torture, no whips, no evil stepmothers!) for reviewing and to see if my writing appeals to you after all. I've got an excerpt up on my website in case you'd like to have a look first. :)

My e-mail addy is SandyMSchwab @ (minus the spaces)


Ooooh, it sounds as if your cruise was fantabulous indeed!

ReneeW said...

Oh, yes! I'll email you. Thanks.

Kristie (J) said...

Dang!! Blogger ate my first comment. So second verse same as the first!

Sounds like a heavenly trip you had there. And bummer about the airplane and day late boat leaving, but it sounds like the compensated you pretty well (good? - I'm still confused about which one to use). And I'm looking forward to seeing your pictures.

And looks like you got in some excellent reading! I've read and really enjoyed all those books - especially Whispers of Heaven. Looks like it was your fave too. Are you going to review them?

ReneeW said...

Kristie: Yes, I was going to do reviews if requested so it looks like I better get busy. The cruise line was pretty fair in compensating us and I would still recommend them.

Jennie said...

Welcome back and glad you had such a nice time! We're just coming out of our coldest week so far, so I'm way, way jealous!

I actually just bought By Possession, so if you wanted to review it ... i'd be interested in hearing. :p

Rosario said...

Welcome back, that cruise sounds amazing, even with the inconveniences at the beginning. And another vote for Please, do the reviews from me. I've actually read all 4, but I'd love to see what you thought :-)

nath said...

Welcome back Renee! Sounds like you had a wonderful time! I can't wait to see the pictures :) Set-back and delays usually suck when you're traveling, but it looks like it wasn't the case for you :) on top of everything, you had time to read :) That's awesome!

ames said...

Glad you're back and that you had a good time. :P

ReneeW said...

Jennie: It was hard coming home :) I'll post some reviews soon.

Rosario: I'll have to check out your grades on these. Usually we are pretty close.

Nath: I can always find time to read :)

Ames: Thanks!

CindyS said...

Woohoo!!! You're back!!! Okay, I wish you could still be on vacation but I'm selfish enough to be happy your back ;)

The Miami Vice sounds divine - I'm a little enamoured of pina coladas right now but I only drink them in the summer and they are like slushies.

It sounds like you had a blast and would go on a cruise again. I haven't really heard any horror stories about them - Bob cruised with first wife and he said that you almost needed a vacation after the cruise because you get on and off the ship so much.

Looking forward to the pics!


ReneeW said...

Cindy: I'm glad to be back home except I wish the weather was warmer. And dryer. I think you would love a cruise. Our cruise had 4 days at sea and the two days in port so we had lots of relaxation time. And you don't have to go to shore if you don't want. You must try it.

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