Cruising: Day 6 – Zihuatanejo, Mexico

We spent today in a small village that has probably one of the hardest names I’ve ever had to pronounce, let alone spell. The village is Zihuatanejo and is located near the more popular resort area called Ixtapa. Ixtapa is about 4 miles north of the pier we tendered to and consists of modern resorts and amenities that are visited by international travelers and locals. Zihuatanejo on the other hand is more of a locals favorite. We spent a majority of our time there as well as the surrounding countryside.

Our tour took us into the more rural areas with stops at a coconut plantation, a spot along a creek where bricks and tile are made by hand, and a quick stop for a beverage at a small restaurant located at the mouth of a river. The ride was enjoyable and the scenery was nice. We’re not much for shopping and we tend to avoid the more touristy areas so this tour was a good choice. It made for a nice relaxing day despite having to meet for the tour at 7:15am.

Our stay at this port was short lived. The last tender dropped off the remaining passengers at about 2:30pm, at which time the anchor was heaved and we were off on our way to Puerto Vallarta. The local authorities appeared to have their hands full with all the jet skis and small boats circling the ship as we headed out of the bay. Just excited onlookers, though.

Tonight’s show was performed by Merrill Osmond of the Osmond Family fame. I remember watching the Donny & Marie Osmond Variety Show back in the 70’s, but I don’t remember which one of the group was Merrill. I can tell you that a lot of the women in tonight’s audience remember him well. He came down off the stage to shake hands with some of the audience and women were going crazy trying to steal a touch. It was comical watching elderly women go gaga. As for the show, he did a nice job, but I think he could have used some help from his brothers and sister. Not great for me, but a true highlight for a lot of the audience.

One Comment

  1. Frenchcorinne
    Nov 16, 2008

    Just for your information, Merrill Osmond was/is the lead singer of the Osmond Brothers, so he is “the voice” of the Osmonds. He performed on that cruise just a few days after returning from Ireland where he had to cancel a part of his tour because of serious health issues. He was probably still struggling when you saw him perform. When he is his usual self, he is just fantastic and doesn’t need anyone else onstage to sound great at 55. Not only to female fans, but to general audiences too.
    I’m glad you enjoyed your cruise.

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