The Diva and the Dirty Martini

Richard's Martini from the well, Martini Bar ($9.50 plus 18% tip)

Acapulco ftom the Diva’s verandah on Oceania’s MarinaArriving in Los Cabos on Oceania Cruises’ MarinaMS Marina in Chiapas, Mexico

Heading through the Panama Canal

Free Bloody Mary's on the Marina during crossing of Panama Canal

Marina makes maiden voyage through Panama Canal
The Diva looking out to Cabo on the Marina

Salmon tartar served on the Marina, like all the food it was exceptional

Diva’s favorite bar stool in the Casino Bar on the Marina

Information:,     photography by Richard and Patti Pietschmann

Trysting in Acapulco

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“You want to go to Acapulco for the weekend,” he asked the young woman sitting next to him in First Class on a flight from New York to Los Angeles.  “Are you serious,” she responded, “we just met.”  “Yup,” replied the good looking guy. 

And so the next weekend, the couple who met while flying  through skies, but had not yet joined the mile high club, jumped on a jet  for a two night tryst in this sort of sin city of Mexico. A city like New York or Las Vegas that never sleeps and where anything can and does happen and pretty much stays there, especially when the man in question is married. Ah-capulco, one of the world’s true trysting places, where Mexicans take their mistresses from Mexico City and thousands of other tawdry affairs unfold.

Male or female, young or old, gay or straight, here’s a few choice places to rendezvous:

Ultra private/romantic
:  Banyan Tree Cabo Marques (– the first all-villa spa resort in the region offering deluxe accommodations and world-class amenities. Nestled in the ultra exclusive Cabo Marques, guests enter a sanctuary of the senses when experiencing one of the seven treatment pavilions of the spa complex. Newlyweds can also browse through the Banyan Tree Gallery, a showcase of indigenous arts and crafts from community projects around the world.

Cutsey, cuddly throw back to the 1950s,  the trendy  Hotel Boca Chica,  with 36 recently restored guest rooms that feel like a private oasis with a terrace overlooking the bay, hammock and outdoor living space. For a day of romance and relaxation, lovers can indulge in the healing powers of the on-site spa or dance the night away at the hotel’s new nightclub, Coco Wash.

Intimate, private: Hotel Encanto, , a unique boutique hotel and spa located in the Brisas Marques area of Acapulco, is an ideal escape for honeymooners. This exclusive property consists of 44 rooms, 22 of which feature a private pool, enclosing couples in from disturbances of the outside world. At night, the Hotel lights up with romantic hues of blue, red, purple and yellow that can be viewed from virtually anywhere in the Diamante zone.

The ultimate hidaway:  It doesn’t get more romantic than Las Brisas with its private casitas, some with little pools, all with morning juice and coffee delivered daily, many with stunning views, and the word class Beach Club for lazing away the days. Outside of the hotels, Acapulco offers an array of activities for adventurous duos. Located just outside of the city is the popular beach of Pie de la Cuesta, known for its romantic sunsets and palm-lined coast. Directly across from Pie de la Cuesta is the famous Coyuca Lagoon, a natural fresh water sanctuary where exotic wildlife coexists among the jungle-shrouded canals. The site protects various flora and fauna and offers boat tours for travelers to enjoy. Ideal for water-skiers and fishing enthusiasts, recreational activities can come to a close with a pampering natural mud bath.

Acapulco is Mexico’s largest and most dazzling seaside resort attracting over nine million visitors annually. Acapulco is exotic yet easily accessible via direct or convenient connections via all major airline carriers from gateway cities across the U.S. For more information about Acapulco, visit  .

Caveat: Mexico is undergoing serious drug problems and crime. Use caution and travel responsibly.