March 2008 Destination:
Mexican Riviera Embarkation:
We sailed out of Long Beach on 3/31. I would have to say that my only complaint about the whole trip was the embarkation process. When we got there at noon there were lines all over the place without any directions one where to go. Apparently that day the ship docked late and there was issues with customs letting people off the ship. I took us about 3 hours to get on the boat. After we were one the boat I truly believe we had the time of our life. We went straight to our room then up to the Lido deck for some lunch. We had a balcony stateroom on the top deck on the back of the ship. Our room was nice and our room attendant Vincent was good. The ship was in great shape. Having sailed with the Spirit a year ago I would have to say that the Pride's decor was nicer. Nothing is over done or gothic. The ship is a awesome experience that you will enjoy. We walked around the ship for a while and you feel like you are in a museum. The main atrium is beautiful and I highly recommend walking More
over the glass staircase that ascends 11 decks above the atrium floor. It is a little bit of a scary experience by well worth it. The food onboard was good. We did not eat in the super club this time, but thought the dinning room was a good experience. Imade, our waiter did a fantastic job. We always ate breakfast on the Lido deck because the omelettes taste really good. We also ate lunch at the Lido deck. The hamburgers and deli sandwiches are awesome. The 24hour pizza was ok, and as always the soft serve is always a nice treat to have. The ports of call on this cruise were better then the Spirit has to offer. Although these ports are more Americanized, you feel safe when you get off the boat. Puerto Vallarta: We did not see much of the city because I went golfing with the Carnival Pro at El Tigre golf course. The Golf Pro Warren is a great guy and he really does make the experience worth the price. Those of you who golf should play this course because they have live tigers in cages at the clubhouse and on the 17th tee box. My girlfriend got a massage while I was gone and we met up in the middle of the day. Since the ship did not depart until 10pm we were able to walk around the port. We walked over to the hotels and explored the beaches. Mazatlan: This was a one of our favorite ports. We took a 6 dollar cab ride over to the cliff divers and walked back to the ship. Those of you who are up for it I would recommend this because we saved a lot of money. We walked through the old part of town and saw a bunch of neat stuff. We went by the old Cathedral and did our own thing at our own pace. This was nice because people pay 65 dollars to take a city tour and see the cliff divers and we paid six. Cabo: Cabo is Cabo! It is nice and fun, but also very expensive. Again we did not book a excursion and did our own thing. We walked over to "The Office" and got some lunch which was expensive. Then we paid 16 dollars for a water taxi to take us over to see the arch. We saw everything the area had to offer in 45 minutes. Again this excursion would be almost a hundred dollars and we paid 16 or 8pp. Be careful as you get off on the pier. They are going to be selling you a ton of trips. Remember that the father you walk the cheaper the prices get. Overall we really enjoyed this cruise. The CD was a little cheesy but fun. We were located in the back of the ship and it was a little shaky but did not bother us. I would recommend this cruise over the Spirit that leaves out of San Diego. The staff is fun and they do a good job of entertaining you. The only down side of the trip was the young teenage boy's trying super hard to pick up all the girls. It was a little annoying, but at the same time we laughed so much at how stupid they looked. I would do this cruise again. Less
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