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Carnival Spirit Review

4.5 / 5.0
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1038 reviews
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Not the best cruise we've been on, but good value for the $$

Review for Carnival Spirit to the Mexican Riviera
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2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Mar 2012
Cabin: Balcony

This was our first cruise on Carnival. We'd heard a lot of horror stories about the line, but were intrigued by the price difference. The old addage, "you get what you pay for," held true, but as long as you adjust your expectations, you it was a good value for the money.

We arrived in San Diego at about 1:30 for a 4:00 sailing. It took us about an hour and a half to get on board. We had to wait in seveal lines before we boarded. That was something that we're not used to, but it wasn't too bad. Hey, when you're know that the goal is being on board a cruise ship, how can you complain?

We booked a balcony room on the 8th deck (one deck below the Lido). We were concerned that we were right next to the forward elevators, and were concerned that there would be a lot of noise from the elevators and from traffic going back and forth. It was never a problem. In fact, we found the location to be perfect. Most of the activities on the sihp took place either on decks 9 and 10 or 2 and three. We found our location to be centrally located and easily accessible to all the other parts of the shift.

Cabin Review


Cabin 8F

We were on the 8th deck (one below the Lido). We thought it was one of the best locations on the ship, as most activities are either on deck 2, 3, 9, or 10. We were right outside of the forward elevators. We never hear any noise in the halls. The room was large by cruise ship standards. Plenty of storage. Very good use of space.

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We primarily just walked around the city. Did not do any excursions. We noticed trucks driving around with soldiers carrying machine guns. A bit disconcerting, but nothing to get too concerned about.

Puerto Vallarta

We took the city bus to and boardwalk, which is about 10 miles away from the port. Its a nice area, but a bit touristy. It was nice riding the bus and getting a favor for the Mexican culture. It only cost about $1 per person to ride the bus (which is probably not like the bus you are used to riding at home). People were very friendly and willing to help us get to where we wanted to go.

Cabo San Lucas

This was our favorite port. We took a water taxi around the harbor. We got a chance to see some dolphins pretty that were pretty close, also saw tropical fish in a glass bottomed boat and Lover's Beach. We then took a Bicycle tour of the city.


This was our least favorite port. We took a tour to the Blow Hole, which was okay, but nothing out of the ordinary. If you have seen the one on Oahu, this one pales in comparison. There is a large flea market at the blow hole, which is great for buying souvenirs.

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