Our excursion company let us down in Cabo San Lucas.
We knew our ship, Celebrity Infinity, would be showing up to port in Cabo later than a typical cruise ship arrival time, so we checked several times with the tour booking company, Viator, to ensure our 11 a.m. arrival would be OK. We were told: "No problem; they know the ship is later that day. They will wait for you."
Guess what? They didn't wait.
We got a refund from Viator, thankfully. But we were now in Cabo San Lucas with no snorkeling trip after diligently planning (that's what Mrs. In The Loop does) about eight months in advance almost every detail of our excursion plan for our 17-day cruise. I guess we should have expected one hiccup for such a long itinerary.
So, we improvised. It was an extremely hot and humid day in Cabo, which made it uncomfortable walking around after we tendered ashore that afternoon. This also added to the frustration in our group, with all the tour hawkers constantly harassing us.
"Yes, we do want to do something today."
"No, we are not yet sure what."
"No, I don't want to swim with dolphins."
"Please give us a moment of peace to weigh our options. Ugh."
We finally settled on a boat tour out of the marina to see the famed El Arco rock formation and other sites of note.
Just the four of us in a boat with a skipper: $10 each for two hours. (Note: you have to pay an additional $1 just to walk onto the pier to get into your boat; thanks Mexico.)
While we had missed out on our planned snorkeling outing, I suspect we lucked out. I have a feeling the boat that left without us that morning was now in a ridiculously crowded area alongside about five other boats I could see that had delivered a horde of fin-flapping tourists to a cramped roped-off spot to look at fish chummed to that same spot with wads of bread.
The whole scene was a trembling mass, and I wanted no part of it.
Onward to El Arco . . .
We saw several interesting formations, caves, a pod of lounging and smelly sea lions and went past Lovers Beach and Divorce Beach.
âPerhaps the coolest thing we saw was how friendly sea lions hop onto the back of fishing boats heading into and out of the marina. Crew treat the sea lions to leftover bait fish, and they love it. It's quite a sight to see these big brown animals crawl right up onto the back ledge of the boats.
Thanks for reading. Travel happy!