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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2010:

Wednesday was a day at sea as we sailed southeast off the coast of Mexico.



All of the images below are thumbnails and can be clicked on for a larger image.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2010:

It was a little hazy as we sailed into Acapulco Bay just before 9:00am on Thursday.
Sailing into Acapulco, Mexico The harbor of Acapulco, Mexico Fort San Diego behind the Acapulco cruise terminal

My first activity was taking a coastal cruise around Acapulco.
We passed by Playa Manzanillo, a beach in the tourist area of Acapulco.
There are many multi-million dollar estates built into the cliffs around Acapulco.
The most beautiful being the former home of actor Steve McQueen.
The Island Princess docked in Acapulco, Mexico Playa Manzanillo, a beach in the tourist area of Acapulco The multi-million dollar estate of Steve McQueen

The highlight of the cruise was watching the La Quebrada Cliff Divers.
They dive 95-feet from the cliffs of La Quebrada into the sea below.
They swam out to our boat after their performance.
The beautiful coast of Acapulco The cliffs of La Quebrada The La Quebrada Cliff Divers

We sailed past the many high-rise beach-front hotels that line Acapulco Bay.
There is also a beautiful, giant Mexican flag flying high over this beach.
Acapulco's beach-front high-rise hotels Acapulco's beach-front high-rise hotels Giant Mexican flag on the beach in Acapulco

After the coastal cruise I walked through the Zócalo, Acapulco's town square.
Statue across from the Zócalo Zócalo, Acapulco's town square Zócalo, Acapulco's town square

The Zócalo also contains Acapulco's cathedral.
It's cool, shady and peaceful place. There are two fountains and many mature, multi-trunked trees.
Acapulco's Cathedral Zócalo, Acapulco's town square Zócalo, Acapulco's town square

Just across the street from where the Island Princess was docked is Fort San Diego.
The Fort of San Diego is the most relevant historic monument in Acapulco and was the most important Spanish fortress
along the pacific cost. Located on a hill in the heart of downtown Acapulco, the fort is an integral part of the
landscape that stands out because of its singular geometric design in the shape of a five point star.
Acapulco's Fort San Diego Acapulco's Fort San Diego Acapulco's Fort San Diego

After leaving the fort I took a nice long walk along the beach.
There are a number of statues along the beach.
View from Acapulco's Fort San Diego Statue on the beach in Acapulco, Mexico Statue on the beach in Acapulco, Mexico

The giant Mexican flag on the beach is quite impressive.
A large Christmas tree sat behind the flag.
Statue on the beach in Acapulco, Mexico Giant Mexican flag on the beach in Acapulco Christmas tree across from the giant Mexican flag in Acapulco

After my walk along the beach it was time to return to the ship for the sail away.
High-Rise hotel area of Acapulco, Mexico High-Rise hotel area of Acapulco, Mexico Sailing away from Acapulco, Mexico

The video below is fifty nine minutes long. It begins as we sail into Acapulco.
After disembarking the ship I take a coastal cruise around Acapulco Bay.
During the cruise we stopped to watch the La Quebrada Cliff Divers.
Next I took a nice walk around the Zócalo (town square) and Fort San Diego.
I wrapped up my visit with a nice long walk on the beach.
The video concludes as we sail away at sunset.

MY DAILY EMAIL SENT ON DECEMBER 9, 2010
Hello everyone,

I hope you got the last email from Cabo San Lucas. I had a horrible time sending it on this awful ship Internet connection.

I had a great day today. Weather was beautiful today, although a little hazy. We docked in downtown Acapulco at 8:30 this morning.

Fort San Diego behind the Acapulco cruise terminal

The picture above was taken from the ship as we were docking. That's Fort San Diego on the other side of the cruise terminal. I would be walking around it later in the day.

The first thing I did today was take a 3 hour cruise around Acapulco. The picture below was the multi-million dollar home of Steve McQueen.

The multi-million dollar estate of Steve McQueen

We saw lots of star homes built into the cliffs around Acapulco. It was a very scenic cruise.

The beautiful coast of Acapulco

The highlight of the cruise was stopping to see the famous La Quebrada cliff divers. The picture below shows the 130-foot high cliff where the divers leaped into the water. If you look close you can see the divers on the side of the rock. If you want to see them actually diving you'll have to wait for the video after I get home.

The cliffs of La Quebrada

After the divers finished their dives they swam out to see us on the boat.

The La Quebrada Cliff Divers

After the diving show we sailed over to the resort side of town where dozens of high rise hotels line the famous white sand beaches.

Acapulco's beach-front high-rise hotels

Below is the giant Mexican flag in the middle of the beach. Later in the day I would take a nice long walk on the beach out to this flag.

Giant Mexican flag on the beach in Acapulco

After the cruise I took a walk through old Acapulco where our ship is docked. Below is the Zocolo or town square.

Zócalo, Acapulco's town square

Below is the church off the main square.

Acapulco's Cathedral

Next I walked around Fort San Diego that you saw in the first picture. You got a nice view of Acapulco Bay from up there.

View from Acapulco's Fort San Diego

After leaving the fort I took a two hour walk along the beach. A fun way to get in my daily walk. The picture below shows the beach where I walked.

High-Rise hotel area of Acapulco, Mexico

Below is one of the many statues along the beach.

Statue on the beach in Acapulco, Mexico

The picture below was taken at the end of my walk looking down the beach with all the hi-rise hotels.

Giant Mexican flag on the beach in Acapulco

We sailed away shortly before 6:00. We are now sailing for Costa Rica but we will not get there until Sunday as the next two days will be at sea sailing south off the coasts of Guatemala and Nicaragua. I heard today that the Panama Canal had to close yesterday due to heavy storms. This was only the third time in 100 years that the canal has closed according to the person I was talking to. We're due there on Tuesday, hope the weather clears by then. Be interesting to see how we get to Florida without using the canal. What is it, about 8000 miles to sail around the entire continent of South America?

I will write more later. Hopefully it won't take as long to send this email as it did the last one. I made the pictures a little smaller to decrease the file size.

Tim


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