We had a great time away from the snow!!!: Carnival Spirit Cruise Review by ny-outdoorsman

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We had a great time away from the snow!!!

Sail Date: January 2011
Destination: Mexican Riviera
Embarkation: San Diego
Cruise was 14 Jan to 23 Jan, but we spent a week prior to that in Palm Springs. Drove back to San Diego on the 14th, to the Hertz location, they had a special shuttle to the cruise ship pier, which worked out great.

Had no embarkation problems, went smoothly, and were in our room by 2:30. Bags came within the next hour. That night, we had dinner at the Nouveau Steakhouse. They were giving all diners a free bottle of wine, mine lasted most of the cruise. After your dinner, you either take it with you, or they obtain it from the wine cellar, which was what I did. Meal was good, service excellent.

I always give a cash tip, for services earned right then, rather than the 10 dollars per person per day they debit from your account. Since they deduct automatically, you can adjust it on the day before debarking the ship. You then have to bring envelopes of cash for meal tips, room service, and the cabin steward.

We always use the soda plans, and always had the More staff asking us if we wanted refills even though they were not then getting any gratuities.

We then had two days at sea. We were on the starboard side aft, and always used the aft pool area, which was never really crowded. No babies in the pool or jacuzzi. The starboard side is their smoking area, so we stayed on the port side at the pool. I had to tell one fellow that he needed to use the starboard side.

We used the Empire Dining Room, anytime seating, except for one other time at the steakhouse. Only had to wait one time more than 25 minutes, the rest was getting seated immediately. The time we had to wait, the next day we had pastries delivered to our cabin. Our waiters were Walter, Ramona, Edwardo, and Kostadin. All were efficient, pleasant, and friendly. I had multiple entrees several times, never a problem.

Our room steward, Victor, and his team were always receptive to our needs. Room was squeaky clean at all times. We always have room service breakfasts, to avoid all the people and food in the buffet.

Carnival Spirit had a "Luggage Express" program, for $20 pp. They picked up our three bags the night before we got back to San Diego, the next time we saw them was on the baggage carousel in Liberty Newark. Great program Carnival.

All in all, this was a nice cruise. There were no problems, except coming back to the snow in NY. Less

Published 01/29/11

Cabin review: 8D7317 Balcony

We were in cabin 7317, starboard side aft. Could smell the smoke from the starboard side aft smokers.

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Final stop was Cabo, the best place of all. Could tell the difference in the ports right away. Cabo is bustling, so many boats going in and out, that looked like they needed a traffic cop. Really bustling port. When you see a big marina, and exclusive star/celebrity compounds... We did "Lands End Boat, Beach and Shopping" here. First we took three decker cat, to see the arch and scenery. We then took a bus to Cabo Villas, in the heart of Cabo. Would do a timeshare swap here, among all of the four ports. Beach was great, service and food was also. We then went to a shopping plaza, and spent an hour here. Wife bought a beautiful silver bracelet here. No problem walking around this town. Will be back there

Next stop was La Paz, and we picked "Baja Cuisine and Beach Resort Getaway", done at the Concha Hotel y Club dePlaya. We paid $99 per, and folks who just picked "Beach Resort Getaway" for $99 pp, were both bused to the same place. We got the cooking lessons, they did not. You have to read the excursion description folks!!! We made five different salsas, plus marinades for a steak, eaten on tortillas, and had drinks and lunch. We had chef aprons, and hats, and all received cooking certificates when we left. The resort was very nice, although the pool was quite cold.

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Next stop was Mazatlan. Last time I was here was in the early 60s. Was sleepy, uncrowded, and clean. This time, could not tell if they were tearing it down or building it up. This was not a town to walk around by yourself. Our excursion was "Salsa and Salsa". We made lots of different kinds of Salsa and great margaritas, and then had Salsa dance lessons. We had the most fun we have ever had on an excursion!!! Everything was set up for us when we arrived, very organized. We were given drinks (non and alcoholic) the whole time. The staff were great, especially Stephanie. We all had chef aprons and hats! The hotel/resort was really nice. Walk around out side the beautiful property, don't think so. We then were driven back to the ship with another couple in a Mexican VW Kubelwagen, Disney could use that as a ride in its parks.

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Puerto Vallarta was our first stop, we went on the "Exclusive Resort Getaway", at Paradise Village, Nuevo Vallarta. Resort was really nice, a huge complex. We actually looked at the units, might go there for a time share swap. Beach was clean, water cold. Food and drinks were good.

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