First time w/ toddler: Carnival Spirit Cruise Review by J N' A

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J N' A
Member Since 2011
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First time w/ toddler

Sail Date: October 2011
Destination: Mexican Riviera
Embarkation: Los Angeles
This is our second cruise, first for our 3 year old, all with carnival, and spirit class ships. Embarkation took longer than our first cruise, as debark was late, but it was fine as we met alot of nice people who we frequently saw on the ship. Our itinerary changed about five times from booking date to actually getting our last port reinstated as we returned to our ship. Mostly due to "violence" and two hurricanes.

We enjoyed all of the ports. Our son went to camp everyday and loved it. The staff was great and treated him well, thanks Lola. Many crew members were very nice to our son, patting him on the head and knowing his name without asking us. Some crew members even acknowledged him in La Paz on the free beach bus. It was simply awesome that they paid him so much attention as it helped with his few bouts of home-sickness. He did enjoy dining with the other campers in the lido buffet. Wish we would have known this sooner as we kept him for dinner most nights at the More beginning of the cruise and ate at the buffet.

The buffet was hit and miss and pizza was a disappointment from the last cruise. We did eat in the MDR the last 3 nights though and the food and service were excellent The comfort food section was actually nice to see as we have seen eateries where we live add comfort food to their menus. The burgers were great and the wife said the fried chicken was excellent. We did eat at the Nouveau Steakhouse on day 3 and found it to be worth the money. I had the 18oz. chef rib eye special and my wife had the rib steak I believe. It was the best meal on the ship. We will do the steakhouse again when we board the glory in January. Enjoyed the reverse schedule with two days at sea on the return. We also purchased the future cruise voucher and used it for our next cruise already. All in all great family cruise. Less

Published 11/06/11

Cabin review: 8D5262 Balcony

Cabin 5262. aft port side. Cabin was comfortable. There was lots of vibration. Felt like the shaft needs dry dock. loved the balcony. close to laundry. Long walk to camp carnival, and theatres. short walk and ride to MDR and Lido. Quiet hallway. Closets were adequate, we are not big packers.

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Port and Shore Excursions

First port day we took a water taxi to the los arcos which was nice and cheap. We did a little shopping and ate some tacos at Lolitas's. They would rank third on our port day taco experience. Second Port day we had reservations with Oceanus to do the mini-subs. Best excursion ever. snorkeling was also included, but paled after the subs. Would do it again, great experience. I'm XXXlarge and I fit.

Took the shuttle to downtown where we bought an excursion to la bufadora. It was nice to see and there were many vendors who thought I was there cousin "primo". We ate tacos at La Michoacana, where the buses park. Best tacos of the entire trip, and we ate at every port. If we go back it will be for the tacos. We did get some nice dresses for our niece. Not much else to do but party downtown.
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We hit the first free bus to tecolote beach with son in tow. Beach was nice. Had to rent chairs from local vendor, no problem. Bought some cokes and enjoyed the water. Son enjoyed the water and built sand castles. We left at noon as most people were arriving and the wind started picking up and battering everyone trying to get into the water. Go early. We then went into town for some shopping and tacos. This time we ate some great fish tacos. Had Marlin, shark, and lobster tacos. It was open air across from the malecon. I wish I could remember the name. It was very shady and and about three blocks south of the bus drop off. I would go back here. This place was rated number two for our taco experience. Rated a four because our son enjoyed it so much, it is not a huge tourist mecca yet, and we had fun, not necessarily for the services available. although they did look to have some nice places to stay. Very quiet town for relaxation not party.
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Beautiful! Love the jungle setting. We just walked the malecon with our son. We hit the Mercado and crossed the foot bridges across the river cuale to old town. What visit to Puerto Vallarta would be complete without a coffee from Starbucks. Yes I did, and I'm not ashamed. Carnival Coffee was the pits. Old town was nice. The malecon was still under construction but it was completed enough to enjoy it. We ate at Melissa's and had some good fish tacos, but the fajitas were just okay. The place was nice, but I would try someplace else next time. We liked Puerto enough for a longer visit next time.
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J N' A
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87 Forum Posts
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