Walking Puerto Vallarta’s Malecon

Puerto Vallartaaaaaa! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Puerto Vallartaaaaaa! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Miracle came alongside in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico this morning, greeted by blue skies, warm temperatures, and chirping birds. The cruise terminal looks very much as I remember it: an attractive facility blanketed by green grass and local vendors. Canadian and American flags fly alongside the Mexican flag, as does Carnival’s house flag, from poles mounted to the pier.

Buenos Dias, Puerto Vallarta! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Buenos Dias, Puerto Vallarta! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

When I first came here back in 2006, there was just one berth here – the one that Carnival Miracle is docked at. Other ships arriving on the same day were forced to drop anchor and tender ashore, as I was on that February day. Today, there are three permanent berths here – and sadly, only one is in use.

During the heyday of Mexican Riviera cruising in the latter part of the last decade, this city of approximately 256,000 could see as many as four cruise ships in a given day, particularly during the winter season. Between the recession and the fear of violence against tourists from feuding Mexican cartels, the cruise industry here was absolutely clobbered.

But times have changed, and the Mexican Riviera is gradually coming back – and Carnival is leading the way with the Carnival Miracle.

This morning, Carnival had their famous towel animals clustered around Carnival Miracle's midships pool on Deck 9. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

This morning, Carnival had their famous towel animals clustered around Carnival Miracle’s midships pool on Deck 9. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Mr. and Mrs. Carnival Miracle? Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Mr. and Mrs. Carnival Miracle? Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

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Our Live Voyage Report aboard Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Miracle continues tomorrow as we spend the first of two fun days at sea en-route to Long Beach, California! Be sure to follow along on twitter by following @deckchairblog or the hashtag #LiveVoyageReport.

 

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