Carnival Spirit; Never Again: Carnival Spirit Cruise Review by jesus712

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Carnival Spirit; Never Again

Sail Date: November 2009
Destination: Mexican Riviera
Embarkation: San Diego
This was my first and last cruise on Carnival. The experience was not unlike a Texas BBQ without style. At least at a Texas BBQ you expect good food, drink, and happy people.

As I boarded the Spirit the first thing I noticed was several dirty glasses on the stairway. These same glasses remained for at least 2 days. This was only the start of the dirty dish parade I witnessed throughout the cruise. Often it was difficult to walk down your hallway without stepping over plates, french fries, and half eaten sandwiches. One evening my wife sitting on a broken lounge chair on the aft deck and she noticed ice cream running down the wind break glass. The deck chairs were mostly broken with parts lying about the decks. Of course this was OK since they were also dirty.

The food was so so at best. We ate in the Empire Room with mixed results. Often the main course was lukewarm and any beef was tough and stringy. The best (worst) was the Baked Alaska which was not baked More and consisted of dry white cake covered in a thin coating of frosting and topped with chunks of melon! Chefs have been sent to Devils Island for less serious offenses. I have saved the best for last. The so called dress code; there were two "formal" nights which ranged from Tuxedos to jeans and polo shirts. "Informal" meant cut offs, NASCAR t-shirts, and flip flops. I didn't realize we were on the Jerry Springer cruise. That is probably too harsh, Jerry Springer has more class.

Bottom-line: avoid Carnival unless you like working your way around 300 pounders piling their trays, no plates needed, with fried chicken and tater tots while smoking Benson and Hedges 500s. Less

Published 12/14/09

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Port and Shore Excursions

Old, run down, dirty. Dead fish on the beach, closed businesses. Stay on board.
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Great experience! People are very friendly, prices are good and the town is clean. There is the usual number of "tour guides" waiting for you but they give up quickly. Spend the day on the beach near a place that will sell you beer for a $1. I am ready to go back and stay a month.

The San Diego cruise port is a 50 year old warehouse that has seen better days. The "security" is a complete joke. I could have brought an RPG and a case of wine aboard without anyone noticing. When we returned a HAL ship also docked at the same time. The port can only handle one harbor tour boat not two 2000 passenger liners. It was mass chaos as all 4000 passengers attempted to find transportation, luggage, and their sanity. Once again customs was a joke; they simply collected your forms as you walked away with your $10,000 in cash and plants from Mexico. Do yourself a favor and keep your luggage and take it off the ship the day of disembarkation.
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