“1st time Mexican Riviera cruise”
Cruise review of Carnival Spirit

gsande3006 Carnival Spirit 5 1st time Mexican Riviera cruise
gsande3006
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My wife and I are 49/52 and this was our 6th cruise, 2nd on Canival, and 1st to Mexican Riviera.We flew in and nearly missed the ship d/t bad weather in San Diego.Very quick shuttle to port. $5 pp,and we were quickly on board.So here goes.

EMBARKATION:very quick d/t late arrival.Ship left late d/t many late flts into airport.We were on the ship in about 15 min w/ no hassles.

SHIP:easy to get around on.Only 1 main dining room.Generally well kept and maintained.Nice decor we thought.Spent alot of our time on fantail.

CREW:very helpful,always smiling,waiters,cabin stewards were exceptional.

CABIN:what we expected except for firm mattress and no thick luxurious comforters,pillows,mattress top like we had on the Valor.Bathroom plenty big enough for 2 and plenty of storage space.Only 1 110 v outlet.

PUBLIC AREAS:nicely furnished and nice decor.No non-smoking sports bar to watch games.Would be nice to offer non-smoking area of casino as well.

FOOD:very good w/ very good variety in main dining room.We did any-time dining and so had a window seat for 2 EVERY night.Buffet area had very good buffet style meals w/ very good variety as well.Ate at steakhouse 1 night and this was exceptional and well worth the extra fee.Sushi bar area is very tiny but had good sushi.Simply put: very good food we thought.

ENTERTAINMENT:very good comedians.Theater shows some of the best we have seen.The 2 man live band at pool side we thought were good as well.

DISEMBARKATION:sloooow and boring.There HAS to be a better way.2 1/2 hrs sitting around before we were off the ship.Another cheap quick shuttle to the airport though and we were headed home.

COMPLAINTS:the ship did not stay in port in Cabo.We were forced to tender back by 5:30 so ship could open casino out to sea.Had we known, we would have booked room in town so we could have enjoyed/sampled the night life and not had to tender in the next morning again.My wife had cold showers 3 mornings in a row.Each day the plumber stated there was a problem and it was finally repaired on the 3rd day.But then the service desk called and informed my wife there had been no problem and it was her fault for not knowing how to use the faucet.Go figure??

SUMMARY:we are simple and easy to please people.We were both pleasantly surprised at how good a time we had that we plan to do same itinerary/ship again and this w/ my wife not caring for Carnival much.

Carnival Spirit Cruises to the Mexican Riviera
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Cabin review: Interior

4A7278
What we expected.More engine noise than we have ever noticed before as our cabin was far aft.We were expecting the luxurious down filled pillows,comforter,and mattress top we had on the Valor but it was not to be.

Port and Shore Excursions

1st day went to Chelano Bay.Took a way overpriced taxi and went snorkeling.Snorkeling was good and the beach was beautiful.Then back to town and found a bar on the marina that had 7 beer buckets w/ salsa and chips for $10.Got hooked by time share shark for the next day. 2nd day did time share presentation and had we had extra money would have bought.Instead we took our free liquor and water taxi ride out to Lovers beach and had a great time.Then back to town for a couple $10 buckets before back to ship.

Port
We chose free shuttle to beach rather than town.Beautiful stretch of sand and to my wife's complete delite, it was covered in beautiful sea shells.Had some local food and a couple beers and back to the ship.Overall not much here.

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Port
Busy,noisy.Took an open air taxi to a hotel in Gold area and paid $25 rnd trip for 16 ft catamaran ride to Deer Island.Had nice time there on beach w/ some marginal snorkeling.Back to hotel and hired open air taxi for $12 for ride back to port and tour of old Mazatlan en route.Driver stopped often for pics and even took us to local store for 60 peso 6-pack that we enjoyed on our tour.Port area had many shops and we had another drink and bought a few souvenirs before back on the ship.

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Took Carnival excursion.Whales,dolphins, and snorkeling.7 hr excursion that included all-you-can-eat lunch and drinks.THE BEST excursion we have ever taken.Worth every cent.We saw hundreds of dolphins,dozens of whales and rays, and the snorkeling at the protected islands was fantastic.The crew sang and danced the entire way back.Vallarta Adventures was the company.We plan to do the same excursion again!We did not seen any of the city d/t length of excursion.

Published 01/06/11
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