Christmas Cruise full of Pride: Carnival Pride Cruise Review by m2daddy

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Christmas Cruise full of Pride

Sail Date: December 2008
Destination: Mexican Riviera
Embarkation: Los Angeles
This was our 2nd cruise with Carnival. The first was on the Conquest. Compared to the Conquest, the Pride is a bit smaller in size. Despite the size difference the amenities seemed mostly the same.

We arrived at the port early (before 11am), and were able to par-take in the early check-in process. I highly recommended that anyone traveling on a cruise try and get in on the early check-in as it reduces the stress of getting on-board. On our first cruise we did not check-in early and waited in a line to check in for over 2 hours. So, with the early check-in there were no lines. We got our Sail and Sign cards right away. There was a short wait (till 12 noon) before we could board. Other than that it was clear sailing (pun intended) to get onboard. Since the rooms were not ready till 1:30 we hung out on the Lido deck and enjoyed the free sparkling wine until our room was ready.

For this cruise we had a Oceanview Balcony room about mid-ship. Room was what we expected, More other than the hair we found on the bed spreads. Guess they were in a hurry to make the rooms, and did not take the extra care to make sure the bed spreads were clear of any debris. The cabin steward did take care of the issue, but it make us leery of what else was not changed out. We did not find anything else wrong with the room. Departure from shore was late due to late flight arrivals. Carnival held the ship up to allow the people arriving on the late flights to get on-board. Once we set sail, the seas were calm and we were off to our first port.

We had 2 full days at sea before reaching Port (Puerto Vallarta). Kids enjoyed their time with the Camp Carnival group. Traveling with a 3 and 9 year-old (both Girls). The kids were always asking to go to the camp instead of spending time with us. We were more than happy to accommodate their request, which gave us some time alone, and time to go spend time with other adults.

Dining room staff (Thomas and Libor) were fantastic. They treated us well, and took care of us. The kids really liked them.

Some of the Casino staff were excellent. They would chat with you and get to know you. Other members of the staff were very stiff and impersonal.

Being this was a Christmas Cruise, I was hoping to see more Christmas related items. While there were some, I was expecting more. Will not be taking another cruise Xmas week. Less

Published 12/30/08

Cabin review: 8211

Midship, bunkbed pull down from ceiling. decent size. Good location to elevators. Ship is a bit older, some light rust begining to show around the door in the bathroom.

Port and Shore Excursions

Last stop was Cabo. This was by far the best. Transport to the port was by Tender. We chose to do the Land's End Boat, Beach and Shopping tour. A very good tour! The boat ride was around the point. We got a chance to see dolphins and a whale (bonus). Once back on shore, it was a short bus ride to the resort for some beach time and lunch. For those traveling with kids 3 and under, you will not get a lunch meal for them, so either buy one on your own or share with them. The beach was Great. Waves and Undertow were a little strong, but nothing that was not manageable. Got to do a little snorkeling, water was very clear and was able to see plenty of fish. No good spots to change, and wash off after being in the sand, at least not that we saw. The shopping part was a bit of a disappointment. They drop you off at the local mall for 45 minutes. If you have been to one mall you have been to them all, nothing local here. Back at the port, there is a Flea market. Again, vendors are a little pushy to get you in their shop, but not too bad.

2nd stop was Mazatlan. For the excursion here we went to Stone Island. This included a quick boat ride to the island, a cart ride to the ocean front area, lunch at a local restaurant, some ocean time, a ride on a horse (or on a horse pulled cart), and then the trip back to the boat. The thing I remember the most was the area we passed through to get to the beach. It really opens your eyes to how others in this world live. At the Beach there were some vendors, although not as push as the previous port they were there asking you to buy. Older daughter took the horse ride and the rest of us did the horse cart ride. This was a bit bumpy but enjoyable. The Beach was ok, water was a bit cold. Lots of Star Fish, so walking in the water without shoes is not advised. We bought a few things on the way back. Not a bad excursion, just wish the vendors would back off.
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The family went to the Sea Life Water Park for our Excursion. This was a disappointment. The water was dirty, park looked run-downed. While the kids had fun, not sure I would go back. Back at the port we decided to look around for some souvenirs. What we found was some very pushy vendors. All saying that they were My Amigo, and that I should come look in their store.

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