Category: Cruises

Merry Christmas at sea

Merry Christmas from somewhere between Havana and Cartagena, Colombia. We spent our day just relaxing, reading, napping, and of course eating and drinking.  For dinner, my sister made reservations at one of the specialty restaurants, which cost an additional $30 more per person.  Tomorrow, we visit Cartagena.

Havana, Cuba, day 2

Day 2 in Havana.  We met up with Jimmy in front of the Museum of Rum to kick off our 2nd part of our tour.  No classic cars for us to ride in today, but a taxi mini van.  Fortunately this car also had air conditioning.  The goal […]

Havana, Cuba: Day 1 (continued)

Following the Hotel Nacional, Jimmy took us around the city, and then stopped at the Old Havana for lunch.  We went to a touristy spot, and had lunch at the rooftop of the restaurant, before continuing a walking tour of the old part of the city. The walking […]

Havana, Cuba, day 1

We made it to Havana, Cuba!! The cruise line took care of our Visa (cost $75, which was billed to our room).  The “catch” in visiting Cuba was it had to be a cultural or educational visit, and there had to be a person to person interaction.  My […]

Key West, Florida

Our first port was Key West, Florida.  Stephen and I wandered with my parents along the Main Street, while my sister and brother in law went snorkeling or some water activity. There were two goals we had: 1) visit the Southmost point of the United States, and 2) […]

Ruby Princess – Final dinner

It’s the last night on the cruise, and tomorrow we’ll be back in Los Angeles.  The week actually didn’t go by as fast as I thought it would. Perhaps the 2 days at sea helped make it seem longer? Our final dinner was an American theme, and they […]

Ruby Princess: Night 5 dinner

It was a full day in Mazatlan, and we even got to try some local food and pastry. Even though we had the corn muffins and coffee for our mid day snack, I came to dinner with an appetite. I started off with the soup, Pasta a Fagioli […]

Lunch at El Shrimp Bucket, Mazatlan

Our city tour of Mazatlan was done, and the bus was heading back to the ship.  Stephen’s parents stayed on the bus while Chilly Willy dropped us off at El Shrimp Bucket, a restaurant known for seafood, but primarily their shrimp. The restaurant was located across the street […]

Ruby Princess: Day 5 in Mazatlan

We left Puerto Vallarta right after sunset, and set sail to Mazatlan.  Our ship docked at 700 am, and according to the ship’s Princess Patter,  it was going to be another lovely, sunny day. This popular port is known primarily for their seafood, especially shrimp.  The tour company […]

Ruby Princess: Night 4 dinner

After a day of walking and shopping, I was ready for dinner!  Tonight’s dinner came with a starter, soup and/ or salad, then an intermezzo sorbet, followed with our main course.  For dessert, I just had a plate of their petite cookies and coffee.  A little boring, I […]

Ruby Princess: Night 3 dinner

The best part of a cruise is trying something new every night.  I focused on seafood for tonight’s dinner, while Stephen went for seafood and a whimsical pasta. We must have had “just ice cream” for dessert, as I didn’t take any photos of the sweets we had. […]