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We flew to San Diego. We stayed overnight at the Best Western Bayside . It is a very nice hotel, friendly & helpful staff. Nice area close to port & airport & has shuttles to both. Rooms are nice & we had a view of the bay.

We went to the port the next day & embarkation went well. At first site the ship looked very nice. At a closer look we were very disappointed with the decor. Nude pictures in a lot of the area's of the ship.

The service was good & so was the staff. Our stateroom was fine.

We had some good meals on the ship. The prime rib was good, however most of the food was not great.

What we did enjoy was the ports. Puerto Vallarta was great. We took a taxi to the down town area. We went to the Rio Cuale & onto the island in the middle of the river. It is very nice & we shopped & ate lunch at Oscar's on the river.After that we we went to the flea market and shopped. We then found more shopping & then walked on the board walk along the beach. We took a taxi back to the ship.

In Mazatlan we stayed at the terminal & shopped at the flea market there.

In La Paz we took the free shuttle to town & walked along the board walk, we went back to the ship & then took the free shuttle to the beach, Playa Tecolete, it was a beautiful beach, the water was too cold to swim in though.

Cabo San Lucas we walk along the board walk & shopped. We ate lunch at Senor Sweets, it was very good.

We had a day at sea, it was cooler & we just took it easy.

The last stop was Ensenada. Unfortunately it rained, no poured! on our excursion to La Buffadora. It is a nice site. The shopping there had a lot of pushy sales people & when it rained we had to run back to the bus.

Back to San Diego. Debarkation went smooth.

Enjoyed Ports more than Cruise

Carnival Spirit Cruise Review by merinski

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2011
  • Destination: Mexican Riviera
  • Cabin Type: Interior
We flew to San Diego. We stayed overnight at the Best Western Bayside . It is a very nice hotel, friendly & helpful staff. Nice area close to port & airport & has shuttles to both. Rooms are nice & we had a view of the bay.


We went to the port the next day & embarkation went well. At first site the ship looked very nice. At a closer look we were very disappointed with the decor. Nude pictures in a lot of the area's of the ship.


The service was good & so was the staff. Our stateroom was fine.


We had some good meals on the ship. The prime rib was good, however most of the food was not great.


What we did enjoy was the ports. Puerto Vallarta was great. We took a taxi to the down town area. We went to the Rio Cuale & onto the island in the middle of the river. It is very nice & we shopped & ate lunch at Oscar's on the river.After that we we went to the flea market and shopped. We then found more shopping & then walked on the board walk along the beach. We took a taxi back to the ship.


In Mazatlan we stayed at the terminal & shopped at the flea market there.


In La Paz we took the free shuttle to town & walked along the board walk, we went back to the ship & then took the free shuttle to the beach, Playa Tecolete, it was a beautiful beach, the water was too cold to swim in though.


Cabo San Lucas we walk along the board walk & shopped. We ate lunch at Senor Sweets, it was very good.


We had a day at sea, it was cooler & we just took it easy.


The last stop was Ensenada. Unfortunately it rained, no poured! on our excursion to La Buffadora. It is a nice site. The shopping there had a lot of pushy sales people & when it rained we had to run back to the bus.


Back to San Diego. Debarkation went smooth.

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Cabin 4C 6108
I would not go with this room again. I would choose a room closer to mid ship. We felt a lot of vibrations .
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