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19 Jan 2020

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico 2020

We were fortunate to have Cabo as an overnight in that it is a very fun city. We took advantage by having dinner off the ship with family and friends at The Sand Bar located right on the beach. I highly recommend. 
We even could see our beautiful ship in the background.
Until last night, I was under the mistaken impression that Cabo San Lucas was the same city as Los Cabos. So wrong. The Cabo I know and have visited is the vibrant party town. Twenty minutes away is San Jose del Cabo which combined make up Los Cabos. That is Mexico's fasted growing resort area and home to the rich and famous.
Names like Montage, Four Seasons, One&Only, Nobu, Aman, St. Regis, Caesars Palace and Ritz-Carlton Reserve are just a few that dot the Peninsula or are under construction. Warm, dry air combined by proximity to the U.S. makes this a wonderful international getaway.
I had to skip daytime activities due to a cold, but the fam had a wonderful day.
They said the camel riding was a blast. I couldn't figure out what they are doing in Baja Mexico though. It seems that they are descendants of U.S. camels that were used experimentally during the Civil War. The latitude and climate here is quite similar the Sahara.
Michael was even able to get a shot of a whale blowing from shore. Because the water is deep, the whales can come close to shore.
Here he captures Cabo on a picture-perfect evening as we depart to Los Angeles. We are passing The Arch of Cabo San Lucas, where the Pacific Ocean becomes the Gulf of California. Sea lions as well as tourists love visiting here.
 
 








17 Jan 2020

Huatulco, Mexico

As you can see today's port was Huatulco, Mexico.
Enroute we were invited to the Captain's quarters for a cocktail party. As usual that was quite special.
Today we spent our morning in Huatulco river-rafting down the Copalita River. It was pleasant, peaceful, and easy as the rapids were only Class I to Class II.
Michael opted for a cooking class during his stay.
Allyn had a belated 32nd birthday party for daughter, Jessica. They felt terrible because it was the first time that they were not able to be together on her actual birthday.
It was highlight of our trip so far was with an elegant private meal in The Vintage Room. Here Crystal marries the food, wine, service, and ambiance competing well with any high-end restaurant.








11 Jan 2020

Cartagena, Colombia 2020

The thing to do in the Old Town of Cartagenis is to walk around and enjoy its color and flavor.

Jess loved her first time in South America.
 Barry and number 1 son, Michael.
One street is more interesting than the next.
Even the bicycle repair shop is colorful.
However, the absolute highlight of the day was meeting the brand new mayor William Dau. He ran a tough campaign on political reform (they really need it) and was just installed five days ago. We just walked up and asked for a quick photo and he engaged us for several minutes speaking about his country, city and plans. Very cool.
I even found a street poker game.
I have never met a flamingo who wasn't a beauty.

 









06 Jan 2020

Regal Princess New Year Cruise 2019

Nothing says fun like spending time with the fam.
 Happy New Year.
Mellow river raft trip in Jamaica.
Catamaran in Cozumel
Dinner off the ship in Cozumel.
 








09 Dec 2019

Las Vegas Wynn and Encore Hotels Dec, 2019

 
 
 
Allyn and I are fortunate to travel the world and have so much fun chronicling our experiences. Although we were home this week we had an occasion to stay at Wynn's Encore and it would be difficult for any hotel to outdo this one. Even though they have 4,750 rooms combined along with thousands of non-hotel guests daily, you will not find a more beautiful or immaculately clean hotel anywhere.
 
And somehow they manage to have service on a par with the physical elegance.
 
 
 
 
Every single common area is a treat for the eyes.
 
 
 
Even though we had the absolute lowest priced standard room, this 745 square foot beauty was perfect for our needs. It was cleaned perfectly every time. Imagine the suites.
 
 
 
One night when Allyn was busy, I had dinner with my son, Michael, at Wing Lei. WOW! Not your normal Chinese restaurant. It is gorgeous. The service was impeccable, and the food sensational. It is easy to see why this restaurant was the first Chinese restaurant in North America to earn a coveted Michelin Star let alone a Five Star Forbes rating.
 
 
As a truffle oil lover, I think the Peking Duck Salad is one of the best salads I ever had.
 
 
 
The outside is as well kept and lovely as the inside.
 
Treat yourself next time you visit Las Vegas to either Wynn or Encore. Additionally they have a whopping seven resturants that have Forbes Star Ratings. Amazing.