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Thursday, August 24, 2023

Day 5, Mazatlan, Mexico

Aloha Everyone,

Emerald Princess docked at Mazatlan at 8:00 am. The earliest group left the ship by 9:00 to go on their excursions. A couple from Nevada we rode the elevator with us were excitedly talking about the bird watching river cruise.  Their day trip will take them to drift through four miles of mangroves offering a chance to see blue heron, sea hawk, osprey, Mexican brown pelican and other exotic tropical waterfowl. Thereafter, to a coconut plantation and a swimming beach. If you are from a landlocked state, this seems to be the top choice.

Mazatlan is located just south of the Tropic of Cancer on a peninsula at the feet of the rugged Sierra Madre, and the Cerro de Neveria. Mazatlan means “Place of the Deer”. Mazatlan is one of Mexico’s major Pacific ports. The city is known for world-class sports fishing. There are restaurants featuring great seafood.  Mazatlan exports over 40 million pounds of shrimp every year.

J.J. and I took a free shuttle to the outside of the pier. Heat and humidity discouraged us to stay out long. We purchased a couple of 1-liter bottles of water before returning to ship.

Aloha -- Cathi