My husband and I live in San Diego and thought this 5 day trip to Cabo would be great and super convenient...and it was!
We left on Sunday and arrived for embark at 2:00 pm. We were scheduled to leave at 4:00 pm. The process went very smooth, couldn't have been more than 20 mins max. We had our docs and passport in hand and went right to the check in then on to the ship.
Our room was ready and very clean. We loved our steward. He took care of every need we had in a jiffy as well. Each day he would address us by our first names and asked if there was anything we needed.
Upon dropping off our bags we, of course, went to the buffet on the Lido deck. Was surprised at the amount of people. The food selection was just okay. I guess I'm spoiled from our others sailings. The selection varied from American, Chinese, Deli to Italian. Even desserts were just okay. Another problem we encountered was the seating. You had to walk from one end of the ship to the other to find a seat. It must have been the time we ate! The drinks served 24/7 are coffee, ice tea, and lemonade ( which was delicious!). We choose early sitting for the dining room. Sat with another couple although we had originally asked for a table of six (so we could mingle with other folks). We ended up liking our new friends however.
The first activity we did was the off Road Mini Jeep Adventure. Took a 30 minute bus ride to a ranch which shared Carnival's horseback adventure. There they had goats, donkeys, tons of horses and a cute eating area. Our adventure included a helmet goggle and a scarf that was required for around your month area. The adventure was very exciting. We went to a dry lake area, sand dunes and the beach area. We got stalled twice but the crew lead came and rescued us. You caravan with six other dune buggies. We wanted to do something we've never done before and we did it!
The second activity was the "sail and snorkel" adventure on a catamaran. Had another great time. The water was too cold for me-64 degrees, but my husband did it. Said it was very cold but the view of the topical fish made up for it. This is definitely a booze-cruise. Would not advise children to go aboard this. The crew members have booze going 24/7 and were pushing the shots of tequila before the snorkel and after the snorkel. Everyone, I mean everyone was dancing and laughing by the time the adventure was over. It was free booze and the crew members were depending on a heavy tip when you left the boat.
The shows were good, especially the last one - The Big Easy. Talented dancers. I Wouldn't miss it. The slots in the casinos are tight, tight, tight. Don't waste your money. We played the electronic poker machine and found it interesting. Had many people waiting to play.
The cruise director, Stu, was very nice and wanted to insure all had a good time.
When you get into Cabo don't buy anything until you walked clear around the harbor area. We find better bargains as you wait further around.
Anyone of the restaurants around the harbor had great food so choose.
The main thing I really got tired of is the photographers. They are everywhere and what you pictures taken during the most inconvenient time, ESPECIALLY while you are eating.
We participated in just about every activity from bingo to karaoke, from trivia to ping pong. You do need to be involved to have fun. The Green Monster water tube was the big hit on the ship. There was a loooong waiting line to get on it. The gym had state of the art equipment and the cool thing is to use the jacuzzi that is for adults only in the middle of the gym. It was fabulous-no kids. The jacuzzi outside on the deck was full of kids 24/7. Even after dark.
Another nice thing was the adults only section at the end of the sip. Yes, It was a very quiet space.
All in all, the cruise was okay, but would think twice about going Carnival again. It's very average, while there are more cruise lines that are better. We will be going on NCL in December.