Monday, December 19, 2011
Day 29 – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
I wait until the tenders are less crowded later this morning, and then go ashore to the Cabo San Lucas Marina area. The whole area is nothing but tourist shops and guys trying to sell boat trips to see Land’s End or the various scenic beaches. There is every tourist excursion known to man being hawked to the cruise ship passengers as they walk the marina area. There are surprisingly few hotels, in favor of the thousands of condos lining the beaches and marina area. Some are even built up on the arid hills surrounding the town, providing beautiful views. I walk around about half of the huge marina area and poke through some of the shops and “flea markets” before getting fed up and return to the ship after about an hour.
The Carnival Spirit has just anchored beside the Rotterdam in the bay, so the boat excursion salesmen ashore will have a fresh batch of customers to work on. Eight shore-based tender boats immediately head to the new mother ship, ready to take the passengers ashore. It must be a lucrative and steady business…probably a better business to be in than the excursion business, which is obviously oversupplied. I feel sorry for all the excursion salesmen. They just don’t realize that the Rotterdam passengers are at the end of a 30 day cruise, and have been propositioned so many times over the last few weeks; they are immune to the pitches, and certainly not interested in any more boat tours. That said, Cabo San Lucas will roll on, offering a destination beach experience like few other Mexican Riviera towns can offer.
The Christmas vacation crowd has already descended on the place as I discover when I scan the beaches with my binoculars after returning to the ship. I’m sure all the accommodation is booked, and the flights down here are full. As I sit on the Lower Promenade Deck writing this journal, the little excursion boats are dashing back and forth, taking people to see Lands End rock and the beaches along the way.
People are drifting by parasailing, and little Seadoos are zipping by, squirting water in the air as they noisily slap the waves, going every which way across the bay. As the day progresses, the beaches near Lands End fill up with people who, I suppose thought they might “get away from the crowds” only to create their own crowd. The Seadoos swarm around the boat and become a bit annoying, but I guess they are having fun. I come inside to get away from the noise, and whom do I see but Santa standing beside the big clock in the Atrium, being videotaped by the ship’s photographers. You just never know whom you will meet on a cruise ship!