Carnival Spirit Cruise Review by boomercruiser2
- Sail Date: April 2012
- Destination: Mexican Riviera
- Cabin Type: Interior
The jazz show band: piano, drums, bass, guitar, trombone, two trumpets, and three saxes, give a memorable performance whether in the pit, on stage, or in the lounges when the theater is dark. There's even an opportunity for karaoke cruisers to sing with the band.
The Nouveau Steakhouse is worth every bit of the $30 surcharge. Climb a glass staircase above the grand atrium and you enter the dining room below a glass-paneled ceiling at the top of the ship. It's the most exclusive space on board. The food is not cooked before you sit down and the service is impeccable.
They've added an adults-only pool area at the back of the Lido deck with basket-weave cabanas. There are two new water slides, one that launches you vertically by dropping the floor away.
The cruise director, Stu Dunn, is a hoot. He is a fountain of funny stories and a master at finding new ways and reinvigorating old ways for cruisers to have fun on board.
We took a Mexican Riviera cruise: Manzanillo, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, and Ensenada, but the Spirit is relocating to Australia.
Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
Cabo San LucasTook a dusty ATV excursion an hour's drive north of town into a dry wash. Lots of off-road fun. You can walk all the way around the harbor and rent a kayak at the beachfront hotels to paddle your way across the channel to Lover's Beach or any of the snorkeling sites near there.View All 1,148 Cabo San Lucas Cruise Port Reviews
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EnsenadaThe free bus ride from the ship drops you off at the intense, northern end of Lopez Mateos, the main tourist drag in town, near Hussong's and other bars. The shopkeepers there work the sidewalk hard to hustle customers into their stores. For a more relaxed experience, skip the bus and walk toward the tall Marina hotel, at the southern end of Lopez Mateos. There is finer shopping and fine dining here with thinner crowds.View All 434 Ensenada Cruise Port Reviews
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ManzanilloThere is nothing to recommend within walking distance of the ship at Manzanillo. The draw here is the nearby resorts for extended vacationers.View All 61 Manzanillo Cruise Port Reviews
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Puerto VallartaPuerto Vallarta proper is an easy and inexpensive bus ride from the ship or you can pay $5 for a taxi. The Malecon is an interesting, sunny walk in front of beach-front luxury hotels and condos. For great views of Banderas Bay climb up to Casa Isabel for lunch.View All 832 Puerto Vallarta Cruise Port Reviews
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