Carnival Spirit Mexican Riviera 11/28/10-12/06/10: Carnival Spirit Cruise Review by SailAway1959

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Carnival Spirit Mexican Riviera 11/28/10-12/06/10

Sail Date: November 2010
Destination: Mexican Riviera
Embarkation: San Diego
This was our 5th cruise and we've only sailed on Carnival. Not sure I'm willing to pay to risk sailing on any other line since we have so much fun with Carnival. I like the relaxed atmosphere and the ability to be "who we are" while still being treated like the only reason the ship is moving is because we are on it.

The food was good and certainly plentiful. I waited in my first and last line for breakfast this morning (debarkation day) so there was no waiting any other time.

We chose to dine in the steakhouse one night and it was certainly good food with excellent service and amazing presentation. Silly maybe, but I was disappointed that I was not given a black napkin since I was wearing all black, which is what most fine dining establishments will do for their patrons. That was the one and only complaint I had, which isn't much of a complaint. Saying that, I don't know that I would spend the time or money to enjoy the steakhouse again. Maybe if I was trying to More impress someone or for a honeymoon dinner but otherwise, I personally just didn't feel it was worth it.

I stepped out of my usual habit this trip and tried many different things on the dinner menu. ALL were excellent. Except when I tried the sugar-free pumpkin pie. I am sorry to say that somehow when leaving out the sugar they also left out the other spices and it just wasn't anything great. Now... the melting cake is always wonderful of course, but don't miss the apple pie or Almond fudge cake. Oh, and the cappuccino pie, oh my!

The drinks and bar service was plentiful and as always there was a great variety. I personally like Long Island Iced Teas and with any "classic cocktail" you get a $5.00 "match play" credit at the casino. I managed to collect a few (okay, more than a few) and was lucky enough to win every time I used the match play card. I didn't play much, just enough to get some money back and play for a while with their money.

I expected the decks to be crowded but even during the "events" I never felt rushed or claustrophobic, just surrounded by happy people.

Had a great time dancing on deck 9 aft on our way out to Mexico and was thrilled to find out there would be a deck party on the way back from Mexico. It was a blast and wow, what a workout!

The entertainment was first quality. Some of the lady dancers need to catch up with the talent the male dancers have, but still everything was very flashy and entertaining. The main talent in the shows is far above average. Almost missed the "Carnival Legends" show and cannot stress how glad I was that we stayed for it. Don't miss it!

Stayed out of the shops for the most part but can report that they were fun and enticing and had some decent deals. I was sorry that I waited to buy some Milagro tequila because by the time I got there last night everything but the huge bottle was gone. Milagro is my favorite so I learned a valuable lesson here.

The ship was maintained beautifully with the exception of one of the ladies rooms that must have been forgotten by the attendant.

MY room was kept impeccably clean by my room crew and my steward's prowess with towel animals had me laughing and giggling each and every night. I came back to my room after dinner the first night to find a seal which was the only standard animal the entire trip. How in the heck did he make a peacock, a cobra, a duck that looked like it was celebrating??? I don't know, but I deeply appreciated the extra entertainment I had every night. We brought champagne and he kept it chilled the nights we requested it. I brought back these beautiful little fuchsia colored seashells from Manzanillo, delicate and sand-covered. That night I found them cleaned and gently drying, waiting for me after dinner. Collin was his name and if you're lucky, you'll have him for your cruise.

We had the honor of getting to know the entertainment staff well this trip and they were absolutely fabulous. Stuart Dunn was the cruise director and to say he's a madman may be sugar-coating it a tad. Lunatic may be closer and anyone who made their way to the horse racing on Sunday will understand what I'm trying to say. He is positively bursting with energy and good will, always with a smile and a hearty handshake. And a genuine desire to please pours out of him. He's wonderful and his crew that works so closely with him are just as wonderful if not more so. If anyone reading this has the good luck of sailing with him, do yourselves the ultimate favor and do not miss any of his events. His deck parties might leave your muscles a little bit sore the next day but each twinge will just remind you what a great time you had earning them. As Victoria on the entertainment crew would say, it was "off the hook."

There was plenty of entertainment throughout the ship, with a wide variety of musical styles and good performers. No matter what may strike your fancy, just walk a little bit and you'll find it.

I have so much more to say but need to face the real world tomorrow so must get back to some real world chores. Write me at if you want a more detailed report.


Vicki Less

Published 12/08/10
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Cabin review: 8C6297 Balcony

6297, balcony. I loved our cabin but I must say the door and space between the closets and bathroom seemed smaller than other cabins we've had. The balcony size was fine and the view was excellent. The room was quite large enough for me and my husband who are both of "ample" size.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Took the city and shopping tour and the bus was comfortable with a well-versed tour guide. Acapulco is probably a great honeymoon port but it didn't hold a lot of glamor for me. However, there is this fun little cantina on the dock before getting back on the ship and it's not to be missed. Think of it as Senor Frog's with a kick.

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This was a great stop. The shopping was fun without too much pushing but best of all was this great place with tables on the beach. We pulled up a couple of chairs with a calming view of the ocean and sat under big umbrellas nearly the whole day, chatting and eating local fare and of course enjoying a few of our favorite beverages. It was always a secret little dream of mine, to be able to sit on a pretty shoreline with good food and drink being brought to me by a pleasant personality. I got it all in spades.

Manzanillo is a shipping port that is trying to become a vacation destination and it's not nearly "there" yet. I wish I could find something good to say about this port of call but I just cannot. We took a bus-driven city tour and the accommodations were comfortable enough. However, looking out the window I kept thinking (hoping) "they must be taking us through this nasty part to the best part later" and we just never made it. As much as I love Mexico, the people, the culture, the food... if I end up on a boat that stops in Manzanillo again, I will stay aboard ship instead.

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