This cruise was meant for our father. 3 generations on one ship at one time is a miracle but we did it. On Nov 28 we started our trip to Winnipeg Manitoba( a 2 hour car ride on the highway). We got in to the city and went to the Comfort Inn for the night. It is a nice hotel nothing special,free shuttle to and from the airport and continental breakfast.IN the morning we took the shuttle to the Airport and met my brother,sister in law and 2 nieces 9 and 12 and nephew 14. We all boarded the plane to Vancouver then transferred plane to LA. Nothing out of the norm for seasoned flyers. Arrived at the Airport and took a shuttle to the four points sheraton LA and met my mother and father, sister and brother in law and 2 nephews 4 and 6. The hotel is wonderful, clean large rooms with a great view of LA. The hotels offers a breakfast buffet that is awesome.
Next morning it is off to the port to catch the ship. We used Super shuttle our drivers name was cheech. He was hilarious with his trivia and cheetos. We arrived at the port around noon and went into a line up for about 1/2 hour,then into the dome for another 1/2 hours then onto the ship.Once on board we went to the Lido for lunch.It was the same old cruise food and NO SEATS Available anywhere. About 4:30 we went for muster drill which was painless and fast compared to other times where it seemed to take forever.At 5:15 met CC group at Florentines lounge. Got the kids a glass of pop.( TIP do not buy your pop cards in port wait till you are out to seas for at least one hour, save the taxes)
After M&G we went for dinner. Our servers were Jeffery and Anthony from the Phillipines.First impressions of our servers..they were not very happy to be there and had no energy( first impressions say alot as they were this way the whole cruise but add disorganized to the list). Welcome Aboard show was OK . Met our Cruise Director Mark Price( gave him a Canada flag red pin to support our troops)Comedian Tom McGillen is hilarious. DS 12 was sick with ship fever off to bed early missed Circle C registration.
Day 2 At Seas day.Registered 12 year old for Circle C Big Mistake!!!!Nothing to do.Nintentdo Wii till noon and Playstation 3 after that,no activities. Nothing really special today except we met ESTVAN from Hungry he was our server at breakfast.he is an amazing waiter great service very friendly went out of his way to visit everyday after today. Darwin our room attendant had to be called back to fix our room. it was left messy melted chocolate something left on the balcony. No ice left in bucket. Welcome aboard party was just ok singers were very disneyland like.As this was Captains night we had been invited to the Tajmahal for a M&G.There was very little for drinks being served and just as few snacks this was totally the opposite of other Carnival cruises we have been on,where you where constantly getting drinks and were full from the snacks before you main meal.
3rd another at sea day with nothing for the kids to do at Circle C. Not too much to do on board for us either.Dinner was a disaster.Our servers served the wrong food to the wrong person.They could not get organized when one table had there main course our other one had not even got their appetizers, this was constant thru out the cruise.They brought out extra deserts to compensate for people not ordering them to make there quota for the day.
Kyle Wayne was from"Americas got talent" was the entertainment for the night.What has Carnival come too?Desperation?
4th day in Puerto Vallarta: We booked our excursion off the ship for this trip. this tour was booked thru Puerto Vallarta tours.We booked the Marigalante Pirate ship Adventure it was around 83pp us.What a fantastic excursion.We were greeted at the pier by a Pirate named JOKER.He was our personal pirate for the whole trip.We walked from the pier to the Marigalante where we were greeted by the other Pirates and ushered down below for a great breakfast of eggs, ham cereal, juices and coffee or tea.Then it was upstairs for the Adventure to begin.They put on a great show and opened the bar. Our glasses were never empty the kids were treated like royalty. Something I need to mention is the bathroom on board are so funny. The boys room has shark mouths and the girls room has skulls for toilets.We sailed out to banderas Bay resort where we were greeted by 4 playful dogs( one of them likes to ride in the front of a Kayak) We again were served beverages and never had an empty glass. One the way back to port we saw humpback whales and Manta rays.We were back at the Pride by 3:30.Dinner on the Pride that night was the same as it was all week trying at best!! Did not make any of the shows at diner ran way too long.
Day 5 Mazatlan. We went to Randi's happy horses for 3 hours of fun. She met us at the port but we had to make it thru all the time share people attaching us as we were trying to get thru the market. You can't get around them they are everywhere!!We met Randi out side with ehr bright pink sign and off to get the horses. We went on the back of a truck taxi to a small boat to Stone Island, then back on another truck taxi to the ranch where we were introduced to the horses. My DS 12 has autism and we have always been told that he could not do alot of things. Randi didn't believe that. She knows here horses and puts you with one based on your experience. My Son has always been lead around on the tether when riding but she let him have his own horse with out the tether and if I didn't see it with my own eyes I would never had believed it.He was on his own free and was able to ride like everyone else.Down the beach we went ..He was trotting for the first time he had total control and was able to keep up at his own pace.It was an amazing miracle that I will never forget. after a great 3 hours ride it was back to Victors for a light lunch then back to the ship by 3:30. When we got back we got ready for dinner and the same service we had all week.( if it was not for my mom and dad we would have eaten at the lido the rest of the week but we did not want to hurt their feelings.)The Entertainment was another America's got talent sequel.But Jerome the comedian from Las vegas was great!!!
Next Day it was Cabo..YIKES!!! I booked another tours thru Cabo sails.com( NEVER AGAIN) to Land's end and Lover's beach Snorkel.We got off the tender and met our tour guide Don Carlos where he took an ID for the exchange of snorkel equipment, then it was off to the glass bottom boat( what glass?) there was a small window that leaked at the bottom of the center of the boat. WE went to Pelican rock for 5 second( not kidding) saw a couple of fish them off to Los Arcos for another 5 seconds then got taken to lover's beach.You have to JUMP off these boats, in between waves, there is not stairs,no dock nothing. We stayed at the beach for 3 hours then wanted to head back well if you have to jump off guess how you get back on? In between the waves you swing one leg over and then hope to get the other one over before the next wave takes the boat out. I was not so lucky. I had one leg up and DH had the other one and well I got wishboned so bad I ended up at the doctors office when we got home. DO NOT TAKE THIS EXCURSION DO NOT USE THE WATER TAXIS TO LOVER'S BEACH IT IS VERY DANGEROUS. Back on the ship it was same old same old at dinner Vroom was a welcome break it was a very nice show.
Day 6 at sea not much going on DS12 got his 1st cookie all week as other had gotten theirs everyday.Got another visit from ESTVAN at breakfast( I would take him home if I could) same same at dinner and off to bed. Debarkation day was a breeze, off the ship luggage in hand by 10:00
Over view: Darwin Cabin attendant needs 2 red bull a day Circle C is a wash out Jeffery and Anthony need 6 red bull and day, daily organizer and kick in the pants with a frozen boot. I need a break from Carnival. 4 cruises with them and there has been problems with all of them.Sorry but this a brutally honest review of my opinion only. I do not want to offend anyone