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dad447's Port Reviews of Acapulco, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo
Carnival Spirit cruise in March 2010
Member Name: dad447
Cruise Date: March 2010
Embarkation: San Diego
Destination: Mexican Riviera
Member Review: dad447's Carnival Spirit Review
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
During her research on excursions on, my wife kept noticing outstanding reviews about Rudy's Tours By Van, in which 99.9999% of the reviewers could not say enough good things about their experience with him. Because the cost of the tour depends on the number of people in the vehicle, we contacted another couple on CruiseCritic who also expressed an interest in using Rudy's Tour by Van, and we booked a vehicle for four people.

We were met just outside the gate of the terminal by Rudy. He runs a small fleet of SUVs and vans, and our driver for the day was Samuel Morales, who could not have been nicer or more knowledgeable. The vehicle we rode in was a nice SUV that was airconditioned, and complimentary bottled water or soft drinks were included in the tour. Prior to the start of the tour, Samuel suggested stops for the tour, but emphasized that it was OUR tour and that he would be happy to take us anywhere we wanted to go as long as time permitted. The entire afternoon and early evening we toured a large portion of the city and listened to Samuel, who answered questions and shared his knowledge of customs, government, and education. Samuel had a great sense of humor, and we felt completely at ease with him as our driver.

The culmination of the tour was the cliff diving show, which is amazing, although it is over quickly. After the divers finished the show, we were taken back to the terminal and bid Samuel a fond farewell. I most also point out that we met Rudy at one of our stops, and he made certain Samuel was taking good care of us.

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Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
We had no plans for this port, and instead rode the tender to the terminal and walked through the area near the beach, where there were several interesting shops and restaurants. We spent the afternoon shopping and eating in one of the outdoor cafes, and had a wonderful time with a lady from the ship who was traveling alone and joined us for lunch.

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