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Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Aloha Everyone,

Three hours on shore visitation at Puerto Vallarta gave us sufficient time to explore, purchase provisions and do sightseeing. Our first stop was Walmart located just 1/2-mile walking distance from the cruise terminal. J.J. exchanged US $60 to Mexican Pesos at a Money Exchange located within the store. Rate of $1US$ = 18.3 peso is lower than the official exchange rate.

From Walmart, we took a taxi to Downtown. Sculptures, cobblestone streets, quaint souvenir shops and inviting restaurants line the Main Street.  

Puerto Vallarta was a small town far from the main tourist destinations. In the 1950’s, Puerto Vallarta suddenly came under the limelight when Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor had their secret rendezvous to continue the flame kindled while filming the epic movie, “Cleopatra.” Hollywood paparazzi flocked to Puerto Vallarta. This is how Puerto Vallarta emerged into center stage.

Unsuspected developments: J.J. and I enjoyed table sharing with two other couples. Tonight, was the first time it was permitted.

Princess Theater lifted the COVID seating protocol. However, everyone was reminded to continue wearing a mask for the entire performance.

There was no comparison to Las Vegas’ top illusionist duo, Penn & Teller. Best description is, “Okay.”

Overall, it was a productive day. J.J. and I were able to use excellent free WiFi at the port to send and receive messages and our blogs for our first 3 cruise days to Jeff. Jeff also surprised us by reaching us on FaceTime audio.

Aloha -- Cathi