2003 Mexican Riviera Cruise
by Lynn Conway
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In January 2003, Charlie and I took a midwinter break by going on a 10-day cruise. We sailed out of San Diego, California, cruising down the west coast of Mexico to visit the "Mexican Riviera" resort cities of Cabo San Lucas, Acapulco, Zihuatanejo, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan. Our ship was Holland America's MS Statendam, which by coincidence was the same ship we'd sailed to see the total solar eclipse in the Caribbean Sea in 1998.
This Mexican Riviera cruise was a truly wonderful vacation. We had fine weather and pleasant seas, and we were able to unwind and relax and have some romantic times aboard ship. Since this was our first trip to the area, we eagerly anticipated touring the Mexican port cities. Being able to make our first visits to these towns from a cruise ship was a great way to see a lot of new places in one 10-day vacation.
We had a lot of fun taking photos on this trip. We'd brought along our best cameras and gear, including Charlie's Nikon N80 35mm SLR camera and Lynn's new Nikon D100 digital SLR camera, and photography was one major focus of our activities during the cruise. Although we'd been into photography for many years, we usually just treated it casually when travelling, taking snapshots with point-and-shoot cameras for mementos. On this trip we paid more attention to composition, lighting, depth of field, exposure compensation, in an effort to get more interesting photos. Being on a cruise made it easy to bring all the gear, and then select subsets of it for use each day, depending on anticipated conditions.
The Mexican Riviera is a land of warm, friendly people, and a wonderland of scenery and vacation spots. We hope that photographs we took will help give you a sense of what a beautiful region this is, and how much fun it is to go cruising and vacationing there.
The following links take you to some of the photos we took on this trip:
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