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300-square-foot LED poolside screen playing Grease on our first day at sea
300-square-foot LED poolside screen playing Grease on our first day at sea

This is the second part in Laura Pedrick’s three-part series on- and off-board the reimagined . Check out part 1 here and part 3 here.

I’ll be honest: I’m a newbie when it comes to cruises so my first two days at sea were all about orienting myself on the ship. Aft, midship, forward—I had no idea where I was, but that was okay. Aimlessly wandering deck to deck was a mazy-fun way of exploring. My one personal rule for the trip, however: Never, NEVER, use the elevator.

Exploring the decks on that first morning at sea
Exploring the decks on that first morning at sea

To counterbalance the inevitable wave of calories I would be consuming, this simple rule was an attempt minimize the damage.

Sunbathers lounge near one of four pools on the Ruby Princess
Sunbathers lounge near one of four pools on the Ruby Princess

Climbing the stairs, all 19 stories of them (my cabin was on level 11; the Lido deck with 24-hour buffet was on level 15; main dining rooms and pubs were on levels 6, 7 and 8; and the most important stop on the entire ship was the International Cafe, a 24-hour coffee giveaway on level 6) would keep things in check.

You cover up—when you realize it's possible to get too much sun yet you refuse to come inside
You cover up—when you realize it’s possible to get too much sun yet you refuse to come inside

Every morning I turned on the TV cruise channel to hear Cruise Director Billy Highgate give a synopsis of the day’s highlights. The first day’s standout for me was “mask-making” in the Adagio bar, where I met a few ladies working hard decorating masks for a party planned for the evening when we arrive in Puerto Vallarta.

Ladies making masks to be worn at a Puerto Vallarta arrival party
Ladies making masks to be worn at a Puerto Vallarta arrival party

The fitness center was packed and standing-room-only for a presentation on weight loss and supplements.

Guests listen to a presentation about nutrition and weight loss in the fitness center
Guests listen to a presentation about nutrition and weight loss in the fitness center

I then sought out all the outdoor activities: lively games of basketball and ping-pong, brisk walks along the one-eighth-of-a-mile track, and of course rigorous lounging around any of the four available pools and the hearty sipping of cocktails. Pure sailing bliss.

Throughout the cruise lively games of basketball took place at Center Court on level 19
Throughout the cruise lively games of basketball took place at Center Court on level 19
Early morning walkers doing laps around the ship
Early morning walkers doing laps around the ship

Over the course of two days at sea, my busy schedule included a glorious ginger-and-lime massage at the …

Gwendolyn readies the room for my 75-minute ginger-and-lime massage at the Lotus Spa
Gwendolyn readies the room for my 75-minute ginger-and-lime massage at the Lotus Spa

…a personal tour of the bridge with Captain Craig Street…

Captain Craig Street on the tour
Captain Craig Street on the tour

…karaoke and a magic show in the…

Karaoke almost always brought in a full-house in the evenings
Karaoke almost always brought in a full-house in the evenings

…ultimate peace and quiet in the adults-only …

The Sanctuary ($20) provides light meals, beverages, and massages as well as a quiet place to retreat
The Sanctuary ($20) provides light meals, beverages, and massages as well as a quiet place to retreat

…and line dancing in the Piazza…

Line dancing in the Piazza
Line dancing in the Piazza.

…all topped off with a ribeye steak at the Crown Grill ().

Captain Craig Street, left, and Ship Motel General Manager Guenther Kopf stop by our table
Captain Craig Street, left, and Ship Motel General Manager Guenther Kopf stop by our table

Zip-lining in Puerto Vallarta
Being on east coast time meant that my body woke me up at the break of dawn and as we approached the shores of Puerto Vallarta.

After two days of open ocean, seeing the shores of Puerto Vallarta at day's first light was very exciting
After two days of open ocean, seeing the shores of Puerto Vallarta at day’s first light was very exciting

This was going to be a day that I faced my fears! That’s right: I signed up for the “Extreme Zip Line” excursion with !

I closed my eyes for that first run
I closed my eyes for that first run

Not for the faint of heart but also not limited to crazies, it’s doable, folks, and it’s a lot of fun. A 30-minute speedboat ride took us to Boca de Tomatlan, a secluded beach at the edge of the jungle on the southern shores of  (Spanish: Bahía de Banderas).

Town of Boca de Tomatlan
Town of Boca de Tomatlan

We traversed up the mountain in trucks, and then hearty mules lugged us to even steeper terrain where the ultimate adventure began.

Our group for the zip-line adventure
Our group for the zip-line adventure

With stunning views of the Sierra Madre mountain range, we zip-lined over tree tops and through dense rainforest, rappelled down a waterfall, and launched down vertical slide chutes.

Our group got bolder as the day went on
Our group got bolder as the day went on
Reward for completing the course
Reward for completing the course

For me, a person with an acute fear of heights, this was definitely a bucket list check-off.

Leaving Boca de Tomatlan and heading back to the ship
Leaving Boca de Tomatlan and heading back to the ship

Back on the ship
At the end of the day, returning passengers brought with them stories about their unique adventures in Puerto Vallarta, the telling of which could be heard throughout the ship, in the lounges, in the dining rooms.

Tourists returning to the ship at the end of the day
Tourists returning to the ship at the end of the day

Nighttime entertainment was offered throughout the ship: a magic/cabaret show in the , acrobatics and comedy show in the Piazza, more karaoke and trivia in the Explorers Lounge, music and dancing at , and more. There was something for everyone.

Magic show invites members of the audience to participate (or was that old guy in on it?)
Magic show invites members of the audience to participate (or was that old guy in on it?)

Next stop: Mazatán, one of the original Princess stops made famous by The Love Boat.

Laura Pedrick’s Ruby Princess series continues here.

Magic show invites members of the audience to participate (or was that old guy in on it?)
Magic show invites members of the audience to participate (or was that old guy in on it?)
After two days of open ocean, seeing the shores of Puerto Vallarta at day's first light was very exciting
After two days of open ocean, seeing the shores of Puerto Vallarta at day's first light was very exciting
Early morning walkers doing laps around the ship
Early morning walkers doing laps around the ship
Line dancing in the Piazza.
Line dancing in the Piazza.
The Sanctuary offers its guests an exclusive menu with specialty drinks
The Sanctuary offers its guests an exclusive menu with specialty drinks
You cover up—when you realize it's possible to get too much sun yet you refuse to come inside
You cover up—when you realize it's possible to get too much sun yet you refuse to come inside
For an extra fee ($20), the Sanctuary offers peace and quiet
For an extra fee ($20), the Sanctuary offers peace and quiet
"Lettuce-Wrapped Spring Rolls & Garden Fresh Vegetables" from the Sanctuary menu
The Sanctuary offers specialty drinks
The Sanctuary offers specialty drinks
Captain Craig Street gives us an exclusive tour of the bridge
Captain Craig Street gives us an exclusive tour of the bridge
Captain Craig Street on the tour
Captain Craig Street on the tour
Guests working off last night's meal at the fitness center early morning
Guests working off last night's meal at the fitness center early morning
Dessert at the Crown Grill
Dessert at the Crown Grill
Captain Craig Street, left, and Ship Motel General Manager Guenther Kopf stop by our table
Captain Craig Street, left, and Ship Motel General Manager Guenther Kopf stop by our table
Meat offerings at the Crown Grill, a steakhouse restaurant
Meat offerings at the Crown Grill, a steakhouse restaurant
Sunset captured from our balcony
Sunset captured from our balcony
The Sanctuary ($20) provides light meals, beverages, and massages as well as a quiet place to retreat
The Sanctuary ($20) provides light meals, beverages, and massages as well as a quiet place to retreat
Gwendolyn readies the room for my 75-minute ginger-and-lime massage at the Lotus Spa
Gwendolyn readies the room for my 75-minute ginger-and-lime massage at the Lotus Spa
Warm greetings await at the Lotus Spa
Warm greetings await at the Lotus Spa
Cheerful servers bring guests drinks poolside
Cheerful servers bring guests drinks poolside
Guests listen to a presentation about nutrition and weight loss in the fitness center
Guests listen to a presentation about nutrition and weight loss in the fitness center
Walking the decks on that first morning at sea
Walking the decks on that first morning at sea
300-square-foot LED poolside screen playing Grease on our first day at sea
300-square-foot LED poolside screen playing Grease on our first day at sea
Sunbathers lounge near one of four pools on the Ruby Princess
Sunbathers lounge near one of four pools on the Ruby Princess
Exploring the decks on that first morning at sea
Exploring the decks on that first morning at sea
Throughout the cruise lively games of basketball took place at Center Court on level 19
Throughout the cruise lively games of basketball took place at Center Court on level 19
Walking the decks on that first morning at sea
Walking the decks on that first morning at sea
Ladies making masks to be worn at a Puerto Vallarta arrival party
Ladies making masks to be worn at a Puerto Vallarta arrival party
Ladies making masks
Ladies making masks
Karaoke almost always brought in a full-house in the evenings
Karaoke almost always brought in a full-house in the evenings
Reward for completing the course
Reward for completing the course
I closed my eyes for that first run
I closed my eyes for that first run
Our group got bolder as the day went on
Our group got bolder as the day went on
Leaving Boca de Tomatlan and heading back to the ship
Leaving Boca de Tomatlan and heading back to the ship
Tourists returning to the ship at the end of the day
Tourists returning to the ship at the end of the day
Town of Boca de Tomatlan
Town of Boca de Tomatlan
Our group for the zip-line adventure
Our group for the zip-line adventure
Leaving Boca de Tomatlan
Leaving Boca de Tomatlan
Lovely tortillas at day's end
Lovely tortillas at day's end
"Magic To Do": a musical review featuring Broadway hits and stage illusions
Laura Pedrick

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1 Comment On "A Mexican Cruise in Three Parts, Part 2: To Puerto Vallarta"
  1. Anand|

    Looks exciting. Is the ziplining part of the cruise package?

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