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Carnival Pride Review

4.0 / 5.0
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1548 reviews
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Fantastic Cruise down to Mexico on the Pride

Review for Carnival Pride to the Mexican Riviera
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First Time Cruiser • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Jan 2009

We booked this trip for our 20th wedding anniversary. This was our 2nd cruise. Our first was on the NCL Star back in 2007 to Alaska. We are in our early 40's. We live in Southern Oregon so we flew in the day before our cruise. Our flight left at 7:00am so got to the airport around 5am. By 5:05am we had our luggage checked and our passes ready. There was no one else in line. We were suppose to board at 6:40am but the plane was not there yet. Luckily at 6:50am our plane landed and since it was empty we got to board immediately. After de-icing the wings we were on our way by 7:10am. We ended up landing in L.A. right on time. Next to collect our luggage then off to catch the shuttle to our hotel in Long Beach. After waiting for a bit my DH called the hotel to discover they do not offer hotel shuttle service. When I made the reservations I asked about getting from LAX to Long Beach and they told me they had a shuttle. So we were stranded at the airport. No biggie. We were just excited to be there. So we jumped into a taxi and headed to Long Beach. Got stuck in some traffic but finally got to the hotel.

Hotel Info pre cruise-We booked a room at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach. The hotel was beautiful. The best part was waking up Sunday morning and looking out the window and see the ship waiting for us. The only minus about the hotel was we had to pay for internet. We paid over $200 a night to stay there and was surprised that if we wanted to use the internet it was an additional $9.95. We checked into the hotel around 10:30am and after having breakfast went to take a much needed nap. After our nap we went out and explored the harbor area. We did find a great spot that offered a bucket of beer(5) for $10. Sunday morning we woke up to beautiful blue sky. After breakfast we made a quick trip to Wal-Mart for last minute supplies and snacks. Back to the hotel to gather our stuff and checked out of the hotel. No service to the cruise terminal either, so we took a cab to the terminal which was about $6.50. As soon as we opened the doors to the cab the luggage porters were waiting. Even thought our luggage was put into the same cart to be loaded onto the ship mine arrived shortly after the rooms were ready and my DH came several hours later. We got in line at 11:30am and were on the ship by noon. There was hundreds of people in line. We booked a category 11 suite which gave us VIP boarding so we got to skip several of the lines.

Stateroom-Since this was our 20th wedding anniversary we splurged and got a category 11 room with a wrap about deck. Cabin #7347. The cabin was beautiful. The bedroom was entirely enclosed. The bathroom was big and spacious with 2 sinks. The only thing bad about the bathroom was they had no outlets to plug anything into too. The hair dryer was located in the desk drawer. There was only one additional outlet available on the desk. The room also had 2 tv's. The wrap around balcony was wonderful. We spent every night out there watching the stars. The only bad thing about the balcony was people from the higher decks would flick their ashes overboard and land on our chairs and balcony. So we had to put towels on the chairs so we could sit and not get ashes on our clothes. Our room servant was very nice and kept the room clean. At night they would turn down the bed and leave a new towel animal every night.

Cabin Review

Cabin 11

Cabin was the back of the ship with a wrap around balcony. Loved the balcony. Bathroom was really nice with 2 sinks. Very quiet hallway. Lots of closed space. 2 tv's. Nice size fridge.

Port Reviews

Puerto Vallarta

Our first port was Puerto Vallarta. We were there from 8am-10pm. When we arrived in the morning the NCL Star was already docked. Was a beautiful day. Sunny and a high of 83 degrees. Once the ship cleared customs we were free to get off. This was the only port where you could not take any fruit off. They were stopping everyone and making them throw the fruit away. They were not checking bags just asking. So you could of smuggled some off if you really wanted to. For this port we choose the 4 X 4 Tropical Safari which was 7 hours long. We had a wonderful time. Your limo for the day was a Mercedes Benz all-terrain vehicle. It is open and can get very windy at times. So don't spend too much time on your hair. First they take you to a small Mexican town so you can wonder around and explore. Then they take you off road to the rain forest for a hike. The guide was always looking under rock for critters to show us. It is about a 45 minutes hike. Lots of plants and flowers. Then you are off to a very secluded beach for lunch and some beach time. Also included was a open bar. They drop you off at the pier around 5pm. It was very busy by the pier so we didn't really wonder anywhere else. Sail away was right at 10pm.


Our second stop was Mazatlan. We were there from 9am to 6pm. Again sunny and high of 83 degrees. For this port we choose the Stone Island tour. We were the only cruise ship in port that day. There was a container ship docked behind us that was unloading containers. We met the tour guide on the pier then we walked to our waiting pontoon boat. We were given a tour of the harbor and past the new ship terminal that was being built. Finally we arrived at Stone Island. We loaded up into another open air limo that took us thru town on our way to the beach. Included in the tour was either a carriage ride or a horseback ride thru the island village. Also included was lunch and a open bar. Right at the end of the tour was a piñata for the kids. That was very cute. There was a trolley that took you to some nearby shopping for souvenirs. We were scheduled to leave at 6pm. And 4 people were still not on board. The captain blew his horn about 5 times. Finally at 5 minutes to 6 the 4 people came running to the ship. And shortly after that we were on our way…

Cabo San Lucas

Our last stop was Cabo San Lucas. We were there from 7am – 4pm. Another clear, sunny day. This was a tender port. All the early excursions had to meet in the Taj Majal lounge. We were a little late getting cleared from customs. For this port we choose the Cabo by Land and Sea tour. 4 ½ hours long. First you take the tenders to the pier. Lots of tenders, never any waiting. Then you board a beautiful catamaran for a 40 minute tour. You stop in front of the rock formations and have you picture taken, which they try and sell to you later. Then you board a very nice motor coach that takes you to the other side of town. You will stop at a cliff top restaurant for a free drink, then you are taken to the glass blowing factory. Then to a small town called San Jose del Cabo. You have about 40 minutes to wonder around and shop. The last stop is the Cacti Mundo. Over 750 species of catus. We had a really nice time on the tour. The tour guide used to be a 3rd grade teacher so I thought she talked/treated us like we were 3rd graders. Once back on the tender pier there was lots of shopping. The ship left at 4pm so the last tender boat back to the ship was 3:30pm.

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