Sam's Mexican Riviera Singles Cruise on the Norwegian Jewel with Vacations To GoSam's Toybox Homepage

For my first cruise I didn't want to go it alone so signed up for a hosted cruise for singles over 40 with Vacations To Go. Had a great time on the seven day LA to the Mexican Riviera cruise on the Norwegian Jewel with 146 other singles. Here are 150+ photos from the trip.

Click on any thumbnail to take you to a larger picture with caption. Each picture has next/previous links to take you through the entire trip. Cheers, Sam


Pre-cruise - Fri & Sat 4/22-23/16 - Fly from Albuquerque to LAX, drive north, two days at Six Flags Magic Mountain

I started my trip with two days at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, CA - 4/22/2016 Daffy Duck was kind enough to greet me when I got to the park - 4/22/2016 Rode 14 coasters over two days including the New Revolution, the first Virtual Reality Rollercoaster. See all 265 coasters I've ridden - 4/23/2016


Cruise Day One - Sun 4/24/16 - Board the ship and set sail for Mexico at 4:00pm

Got to the port and through all the paperwork by 12:30pm. Walked to the back of the ship for this picture - 4/24/2016 Nice view of the cranes across the port before boarding the ship - 4/24/2016 Agenda for the first day of the cruise, I headed to the Fyzz Lounge to check in with our Vacations To Go (VTG) hosts - 4/24/2016 Nice view of the USS Iowa as we pulled away from the port - 4/24/2016 I do love the cranes and containers at the ports - 4/24/2016 I do love the cranes and containers at the ports - 4/24/2016


Cruise Day Two - Mon 4/25/16 - At Sea, various Vacations To Go (VTG) Singles Mixer events

A full day of VTG Singles activities on our day at sea - 4/25/2016 Sam tells his life story during the Roll the Dice Icebreaker game - 4/25/2016 Dave K who also lives in Albuquerque tells of his 27 Vacations To Go Singles Cruises - 4/25/2016 Lunch with a dozen or so of my new friends - 4/25/2016


Cruise Day Three - Tue 4/26/16 - Arrive Cabo San Lucas at noon, Dinner (Booze) Cruise with VTG Singles

We arrive at our first port today, Cabo San Lucas around noon - 4/26/2016 Prior to disembarking from the ship our trivia team, <i>Kickin' Butts and Takin' Names</i> won the trivia challange with ease - 4/26/2016 First view of the mountains at Cabo San Lucas from the ship - 4/26/2016 Five of the ships lifeboats join five local boats to shuttle us to shore as the ship cannot anchor close enough - 4/26/2016 The famous  which is actually a very deep boat one can walk down into and sit in front of porthole windows - 4/26/2016 Nice yacht that is likely out of my price range - 4/26/2016 Local crabs meet us as we disembark from our tender - 4/26/2016 Local crabs meet us as we disembark from our tender - 4/26/2016 View of some of the condos right at the beach in Cabo San Lucas - 4/26/2016 My roommate, Frank S. from Boston, and I sat and people watched while drinking a few at the Stones' Corner Bar - 4/26/2016 Nice view of our ship, the Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) Jewel, anchored in the port - 4/26/2016 I know I can't afford this yacht with its private helicopter - 4/26/2016 Nice view of the Pirate Ship one could ride - 4/26/2016 About to board our catamaran for the Vacations to Go Dinner Cruise, I met the lovely Jean from Florida - 4/26/2016 A closer view of the Norwegian Jewel from the catamaran as we head toward the famous rock arch - 4/26/2016 Well done rock formations as seen from our dinner cruise - 4/26/2016 Elaine joined us on our singles cruise all the way from Hong Kong - 4/26/2016 Folks on the submarine likely got a nice view of the undersea flora and fauna near the arch - 4/26/2016 Sea Lions hung out on the rocks warming themselves in the abundant sunshine - 4/26/2016 Sea Lions hung out on the rocks warming themselves in the abundant sunshine - 4/26/2016 A view of the arch from the far side as our boat headed up the coastline - 4/26/2016 Part of a very nice beach resort - 4/26/2016 Beautiful and expensive homes line the shore - 4/26/2016 Beautiful and expensive homes line the shore - 4/26/2016 The VTG Singles hung out drinking and getting to know each other - 4/26/2016 The VTG Singles hung out drinking and getting to know each other - 4/26/2016 After we were sufficiently lubed up with free alcohol, the catamaran crew broke out the tunes - 4/26/2016 With five drinks in me my legs were a bit too shakey for me to join in on the dancing - 4/26/2016 Can you tell that I was more than a little enamoured with Jean? Can you blame me? - 4/26/2016 There were around 25 of us VTG Singles on the dinner cruise as seen in the official photograph that I purchased - 4/26/2016 They were storing the lifeboats as we made our way back to the Norwegian Jewel - 4/26/2016


Cruise Day Four - Wed 4/27/16 - Arrive Mazatlan 8:00am, Sightseeing Tour, VTG Singles Tacky Tourist Party

Our next stop was Mazatlan where we spent all day from 8am-5pm - 4/27/2016 Rather than joining the VTG Singles on their bar hopping I opted for an NCL excursion with show, shopping and siteseeing - 4/27/2016 From my front seat on the double decker enclosed bus I had a birds-eye view of the surroundings - 4/27/2016 One of our first stops was The Immaculate Conception Cathedral in downtown Mazatlan - 4/27/2016 One of our first stops was The Immaculate Conception Cathedral in downtown Mazatlan - 4/27/2016 The interior of the Cathedral was most impressive - 4/27/2016 A view of the altar - 4/27/2016 And the choir/organ loft at the rear of the church - 4/27/2016 Closer look at the altar - 4/27/2016 And a close-up of the carved stone altar table itself - 4/27/2016 I loved the elaborate concrete decorations that were all over the church - 4/27/2016 Incredible paintings were on the ceiling as well - 4/27/2016 Maria-Elaina from Illinois was on the cruise but not part of the VTG group. She let me sit with her in the best seat on the bus - 4/27/2016 Lots of small boat fishing by the locals in Mazatlan - 4/27/2016 The main street is lined with elaborate sculptures like these dolphins - 4/27/2016 A good view of the Mazatlan Cliff Divers taken from the bus - 4/27/2016 Another view captured by one of our VTG Hosts who got a bit closer on foot. Frightening - 4/27/2016 Another beautiful sculpture - 4/27/2016 Another beautiful sculpture - 4/27/2016 Our bus, and many, many others stop by the large theater for a show of local dance and song - 4/27/2016 A famous Mexican singer serenaded us with a few songs - 4/27/2016 Beautiful local dancers showed off their moves and their elaborate costumes - 4/27/2016 Beautiful local dancers showed off their moves and their elaborate costumes - 4/27/2016 Beautiful local dancers showed off their moves and their elaborate costumes - 4/27/2016 The men likewise knew how to move - 4/27/2016 The men likewise knew how to move - 4/27/2016 The Mexican Hat Dance was well received by the 400 or so spectators - 4/27/2016 A great show that I would highly recommend - 4/27/2016 Our last stop was downtown Mazatlan in a shopping area near the beach. I headed directly to the Museum in Seashell City! - 4/27/2016 Selfie with the shark jaws - 4/27/2016 And a snapshot taken by another museum guest - 4/27/2016 I walked to the beach to see the local tourist activity - 4/27/2016 Nice view of the US battleship anchored in Mazatlan as we leave the port. I believe this to be the USS Gridley - 4/27/2016 Behind the Oil Tanker Centenario you can see the mountain with the highest lighthouse in the Americas in Mazatlan's harbor I got some good shots of the El Faro Lighthouse as we passed by - 4/27/2016 Even some close-up thanks to my camera's optical zoom - 4/27/2016 This is one of the few shots I took of the Norwegian Jewel. This is from deck 13 overlooking the pools and hot tubs - 4/27/2016 Was lucky enough at the VTG Tacky Tourist Party to put my arm around many lovely ladies - 4/27/2016 Was lucky enough at the VTG Tacky Tourist Party to put my arm around many lovely ladies - 4/27/2016 Was lucky enough at the VTG Tacky Tourist Party to put my arm around many lovely ladies - 4/27/2016 Was lucky enough at the VTG Tacky Tourist Party to put my arm around many lovely ladies - 4/27/2016


Cruise Day Five - Thu 4/28/16 - Arrive Puerto Vallarta 8:00am, Outdoor Adventure w/Zipline, White Hot Cocktail Party

Our last port was Puerto Vallarta - 4/28/2016 Rather than attend the VTG All Inclusive Resort outing, I opted for one of the NCL offered Ziplining excursions.<br>So well done, you can read about the specific tour on the Vallarta Adventures website - 4/28/2016 The port was filled with lots of entertainment as we awaited our boat to the zipline adventure - 4/28/2016 28 folks from our cruise board the rubber boat for the half hour ride to the wilderness - 4/28/2016 Chay our guide was kind enough to take a selfie and catch me and Sandy from California, the only other VTG Single on the zipline trip - 4/28/2016 We arrived at our wilderness port after 30 enjoyable minutes on the water - 4/28/2016 Second part of our adventure was to climb the mountain to about 2000 feet in these two Unimogs - 4/28/2016 I've wanted a Unimog for my entire adult life and this was my first chance to ride in one - 4/28/2016 Fourteen of us packed into each truck with one guide - 4/28/2016 The tour company, Vallarta Adventures, provided professional photographers who caught some nice shots of our group - 4/28/2016 You can't see me but I'm in the back left of the truck just in front of Sandy - 4/28/2016 They suited us up in wetsuit tops and many pounds of harnesses, hooks, and rollers - 4/28/2016 To get to the start of the zipline adventure we rode mules up another 1000 feet. I named my mule Fred, though Fred turned out to be a girl - 4/28/2016 My very first (of nine) ziplines was an amazing rush - 4/28/2016 We did two rappels, one down this cliff face and one 90 foot free-fall also into water - 4/28/2016 There were two water slides on the adventure, this tame one and the other that required us to wear full-cage hockey helmets and elbow pads - 4/28/2016 Sandy was brave (and flexible) enough to ride the last zipline upside-down. I was not - 4/28/2016 Riding the Tarzan Swing was way scarier than the ziplines - 4/28/2016 On our way back to the Puerto Vallarta port our guide took us by the rock arch outcroppings - 4/28/2016 The arches here are different from the Cabo San Lucas ones and no less beautiful - 4/28/2016 This is called Devil's Rock due to the black markings on the right which appear to have two horns - 4/28/2016 Lots of birds on the rock structures including many, many pelicans - 4/28/2016 Missing the note on what to wear to the White Hot Cocktail Party, I still got to hang with my dear friend Lyne from Quebec Province - 4/28/2016 The ladies were all lovely in their white outfits - 4/28/2016


Cruise Day Six - Fri 4/29/16 - At sea heading north, Various VTG Singles Events

No more ports, a day at sea heading north with lots of VTG Singles activities - 4/29/2019 I sat in with the winning Scavenger Hunt team though I didn't really help them with the hunt - 4/29/2019 Lunch at the Irish Pub with a group of my new life-long friends - 4/29/2019 Dusted off and wore my lucky Bingo tie to the VTG Cover-all Bingo Game and it didn't bring me enough luck to win - 4/29/2019 Lovely Gabrielle didn't make the group photo so I caught her in the hallway for a picture - 4/29/2019 Elaine, Karen, and Lyne were three of my favorite ladies to hang out with - 4/29/2019 The official group photo only has about half of our 147 VTG Singles in it - 4/29/2019


Cruise Day Seven - Sat 4/30/16 - At sea heading north, Sam is sick and missed all events

Last full day at sea, I was down with food poisoning/stomach flu and didn't attend any of the events (sigh) - 4/30/2016 Me and my towel monkey just hung out in the room. Frank my roomate had been in the infirmary with pneumonia too - Yikes! - 4/30/2016


Post-cruise - Sun 5/1/16 - Disembark ship at 8:00am, shuttle to LAX, drive to Petersen Automotive and Le Brea Tar Pits Museums

After disembarking and catching the shuttle back to LAX, I drove to the Petersen Automotive Museum in downtown LA - 5/1/2016 The Petersen has three floors of beautiful autos and motorcycles. I didn't make it into the optional vault tour - 5/1/2016 I saw this American Restoration - 5/1/2016 VW Bus from <i>Little Miss Sunshine</i> movie - 5/1/2016 VW Beetle from <i>Herbie: Fully Loaded</i> movie - 5/1/2016 Delorean from <i>Back to the Future</i> movie - 5/1/2016 Dodge Charger from <i>Furious 7</i> movie - 5/1/2016 Pontiac Aztek from <i>Breaking Bad</i> TV series - 5/1/2016 Batcycle w/Robin's Sidecart from <i>1966 Batman</i> movie - 5/1/2016 Batmobile from <i>Batman</i> and <i>Batman Returns</i> movies - 5/1/2016 1955 Chevy Biscayne XP-37 - 5/1/2016 1961 Honda 50, the most mass produced bike in history - 5/1/2016 1961 International Scout 80 - 5/1/2016 1968 Volkswagon Type 2 Single Cab Pickup - 5/1/2016 Lightning McQueen - 5/1/2016 2016 Icon FJ44 Pre-Production Prototype - Where do I get one? - 5/1/2016 1950s and 1960s scooters including Harley Davidson Topper (lower left) - 5/1/2016 Car that would get me into so much trouble - 5/1/2016 Car that would get me into so much trouble - 5/1/2016 Car that would get me into so much trouble - 5/1/2016 Car that would get me into so much trouble - 5/1/2016 Went from the Petersen to the Le Brea Tar Pits and Museum - 5/1/2016 Well done set of dig sites and a museum w/IMAX Theater complex. I did the movie and the guided tour - 5/1/2016 Giant Sloth skeleton in the Page Museum - 5/1/2016 Mammoth skeletons in the Page Museum - 5/1/2016 Giant Camel skeleton in the Page Museum - 5/1/2016 Sabre Tooth Cat skeleton in the Page Museum - 5/1/2016 Mock-up of a Columbian Mammoth in the Page Museum - 5/1/2016 Skeleton of a Columbian Mammoth in the Page Museum - 5/1/2016 Giant Sloth skeleton in the Page Museum - 5/1/2016 Over 400 Wolf skulls in the Page Museum - 5/1/2016 Mock-up of a Sabre Tooth Cat attacking a Giant Sloth in the Page Museum - 5/1/2016


Post-cruise - Mon 5/2/16 - Spend day riding coasters at Knott's Berry Farm

Made it to Knott's Berry Farm on my last day in LA to ride more coasters - 5/2/2016 My dear friend Snoopy greeted me as I entered the park - 5/2/2016 Yes, the Pony Express rollercoaster does have horse shaped cars you ride on - 5/2/2016 Yes, the Pony Express rollercoaster does have horse shaped cars you ride on - 5/2/2016 I got to see a number of shows including the Lucy Show! - 5/2/2016 The Sierra Sidewinder had interesting spinning cars - 5/2/2016 They were running a classic Galloping Goose diesel train engine instead of the more expensive steam locomotives on this Monday - 5/2/2016 This is the first Galloping Goose I've seen in person. I rode in the engine, not the passenger car - 5/2/2016 My dear friend Stephanie texted me that she announced her retirement while I was at the park and I<br>told her that I would ride a rollercoaster in her honor. I rode this one, the Silver Bullet - 5/2/2016 In honor of Fred the mule, I chose another trusty steed for my final ride at the park - 5/2/2016 Not quite as scary as riding Fred up the side of the mountain in Puerto Vallarta - 5/2/2016 Rode seven coasters and missed two that were closed. Brought my total to 265 rollercoasters ridden - 5/2/2016


Post-cruise - Tue 5/3/16 - Fly home, LAX to Albuquerque, Admire Souvenirs

Apart from wonderful memories, I brought back these more substantial souvenirs from my first cruise. I had a great time - 5/3/2016


All in all a very successful and enjoyable trip. This was my first vacationstogo.com singles cruise but probably not my last. Sam



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