We've been cruising since the 1980s when our 4 sons accompanied us. Now we cruise with our grandkids. We've always been happy with Carnival but recent reviews had a lot of complaints about everything from the embarkation process to the food and shows. Much to our relief it turned out that we had nothing to worry about. I'll admit that a previous departure from Long Beach had been one of the longest waits we'd ever experienced, but this experience was easy and relaxed, throughout every step. We had arrived at the port at around 1:30 PM so maybe we missed all of the rush. Every staff person we encountered, both in the terminal and upon boarding the ship, was pleasant and helpful.
The food was quite good in the Gold Pearl Dining Room and service was quick and personal. How do they learn every one's name and preferences so quickly?! Food on the Lido deck ranged from good to OK. Breakfast was our favorite with made-to-order omelette's and anything else you could imagine. My More
only complaints are that the lines were so long at the Deli sandwich bar and the Mongolian BBQ areas that I never actually ate there because the wait was too long. The lines for all of the other food areas were quite reasonable. Amazingly, even with 3700 passengers aboard, we were always able to find a table with a minimum of searching.
We found the evening shows to be great entertainment. The singers and dancers are fantastic. They seem to have a new system with comedians as they were never booked into the main showroom but instead had a separate, small & intimate lounge for their shows. This better, more suitable environment made for a better show overall.
All in all all 4 of us had a great time. Gramps and I are in our 60s and the grandkids are 11 and 13. They absolutely LOVED the kids programs. Less
Cabo is clean and attractive with the boardwalk that wraps around the marina. We did a whale watch boat trip on the Pez Gato which I booked online independently. The cost was only $35 per adult compared to $99 per adult if booked through Carnival. For me, this was my favorite activity of the whole cruise. The whales were fun to see, but the best part was actively sailing on a catamaran with the wind blowing around me and bouncing with the rhythms of the ocean. The free and free-flowing booze didn't hurt one bit either!
The 3 stars is because of the insane number of street vendors who line the streets like paparazzi at the Oscars. They actually have a line that they have to stand behind, but that doesn't stop them from yelling at you to get your attention. This part was very unpleasant!!
This port is a mixed bag. The city, which is actually a city (compared to Cabo which is strictly a tourist destination), is relatively clean in the areas that we saw on a bus tour. The downtown area has been redeveloped to include a pedestrian boardwalk at the ocean's edge and this was quite beautiful. In addition, nowhere in PV did we encounter any of the vendors that harassed us in Cabo. This was a great relief as the vendors in Cabo had actually frightened our grandkids.
All of the hype from guides revolves around the fact that PV was the site of the filming of the 1950s movie "The Night of the Iguana." Only people my age and older knew about the movie, and younger tourists had never heard of it. It's really quite sad that they're still holding it up as the best thing that ever happened to PV, even though is was 6 decades ago. They need to let go of the past and talk about the beauty of the city and what the city has to offer today.