Carnival Spirit - Mexican Riviera: Carnival Spirit Cruise Review by lonestarmikeb
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Carnival Spirit - Mexican Riviera
Destination: Mexican Riviera
Embarkation: San Diego
The next day was our first day at sea it was beautiful but a little cool. I like doing the trivia and was going to do everything to get me a Golden Ship On A Stick. My brains are full of useless information and do well most times. My mother is also a trivia buff so we planed on teaming up. I did very well getting 16 out of 20 but my mother who copy most of my answer got one more than me and won the GSOAS. My wife and I enjoy going to the art auctions and there is one artist (Guy Buffet) that we like to collect. We have been only able to find him on Princess so were very surprised to see his work on Carnival and then realized that Carnival owns Princess. I know that some people believe that the auctions are a rip off but we don't. We buy because what we like and not for investing. We bought 3 pieces through out the cruise and are very happy with the price we paid. This being the first day at sea was a formal night. Usually I will wear tux but I did not on this cruise and was glad. Most men were in Suits and very few in tuxes. I think I would have felt out of place if I had been in a tux. Though for some men a suit was too much. Another day at sea more trivia and art auction and still didn't get that GSOAS. Found out that my little Niece had gotten sick the night before, they took her to the doctor and she would be fine. We had made reservation at the supper club with my parents and were looking forward to it. If you are looking for night to make reservations this was a great night. We were seated right in front and had a great couple singing love songs all night. Sorry I'm a sucker for love songs. The soup and appetizers were everything I had expected. The steaks were perfect my wife and mother each had the filet and my father and I had the rib eye. The 24 ounce porterhouse was too much even for me, but it looked good. The one let down was the deserts. We each had something different and my wife was the only one that was happy with her. Overall I would go back in a second and enjoy.
First port day Acapulco. I really enjoyed coming in to port later instead of waking up and you're already in port. We sat out on our balcony and watch the Mexican coast go by and saw dolphins and sharks. Learned from my mother who was leaning over her balcony that my sister had gotten sick. I hope that it is not contagious. While sitting out on the balcony you start to see houses on the hillsides and then you see the bay and all the hotels lining the beaches. Since we arrived at noon and leave at 1:00am ship time, my wife and I decided to get some beach time. We got a cab and drove to Playa Caleta, from there we took a glass bottom boat ride over to Isla la Roqueta. The beach is nice and has food and beverage service. WE went back to the boat had a hamburger and then went to see the cliff divers at night. Wife had never seen them and she really enjoyed them. Decided to head back to the boat and party on the boat and try my luck at TV tune trivia. Out of 25 TV themes I got 23, and who said I wasted my childhood in front of the TV. Those people don't have a Golden Ship On A Stick like I do. It is now proudly displayed on my mantel. Acapulco is a big Mexican city, it's not overly clean and people ask for money at every turn. It will probably be my last time here because there are much more beautiful places in Mexico
Second port day IXTAPA-ZIHUATANAJO. By far the most beautiful port on the entire cruise. Well I got sick and was not able to go ashore in the morning. You tender here and this by far was one of the most beautiful ports I have ever been to. The houses look like they are growing out of the hillsides with all the trees around them. I only wish I could afford to buy one and retire. My wife decided to go to Playa Las Gatas which she said was beautiful. You'll need to take a water taxi over to the beach. They have all your water activities and massages on the beach. She came back for lunch and I decided to try to get into port. On our way down to tender we ran into my family and they wanted to go with us, brother in -law stayed behind he got sick. When you dock, you walk straight into town and all the shop and restaurants are to the right. My wife had found a little bakery off the main strip so we all loaded up for the next couple of days. There is nothing like a kid with colored sugar all over her face. We went back into town and dad and I found a little table outside and sat while the ladies shopped. It was very nice to watch the fishermen and the people walking by. I would love to go back and stay here and see more and actually get to the beach. We never made it to IXTAPA, will save that for the next trip.
Third port day - MANZANILLO. This is a port city and it shows. There is not much to it and you can't walk to town. They do have a bus out front that will take you in to town and bring you back for 3 dollars and run every 30 minutes. We decided to try and find beach and got a cab to Audiencia Beach. This is the beach were Bo Derek ran on the beach, I'll have to check that out later. The beach it self is nothing special and the waves crash hard right on the beach. It drops of pretty quick once you get it the water. I am 6 feet tall and had to get out about 20 feet off the beach to where I could barely touch. This beach is located on the opposite side of LAS HADES and we decided not to go see it but you can do tours there. Went back to the ship to shower and change and decided to take the bus into town. Since it was Sunday it was very quite, Some shops were open and other closed. There was nothing exciting and don't need to come back We had two more see days and enjoyed the ship. found out that my father got sick, only my wife and mom are left. The ship it self is very beautiful and easy to get around. There were very few things that I can complain about, but the food at dinner was sub par at best. While having lunch at the buffet an older couple sat down next to us and we started talking. They have been on over 25 cruises and most of then with carnival. They asked us what we thought about the food at dinner and we told them. They said that of all there carnival cruises this by far had the worst food at dinner and that carnival usually has some of the best. It was nice to know that we weren't the only ones and to hear it from past carnival cruisers was even better. The buffet was very good all week and also the burgers from the grill. If I'm on a boat I'm good and this was fun to be here with my family. I have always wonder why people who bring there small kids with them, I truly enjoyed having my niece being along and just watching and playing with her made this whole trip. My goal is to cruise as much as possible and would definitely give carnival another shot, but next time I'm going back to the Caribbean. Mexico is nice and the people are friendly but my heart belongs to the crystal blue water of the Caribbean. Now if I can only get my wife back down to lower inside so we can cruise more. Less