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10 Mexican Riviera Singles Cruise Reviews

I went on this cruise for my play daughters birthday. Although the bliss is a beautiful ship the service sucked. i payed for specialty dinners for two. i try not to eat off of a buffet because l don’t eat meat nor anything cooked with ... Read More
I went on this cruise for my play daughters birthday. Although the bliss is a beautiful ship the service sucked. i payed for specialty dinners for two. i try not to eat off of a buffet because l don’t eat meat nor anything cooked with meat. i could not get any reservations at the seafood restaurant or any of the specialty restaurants . I was not informed in advanced that getting reservations was going to be so difficult. the last two days of the trip i was finally told to go to the restaurants and see if they could seat us. The seafood restaurant told us no but cagney’s was very caring and understood my dilemma. They also were able to make room for my daughter that is wheelchair bound. Cootos to cagney’s and the people that helped us. when all the other specialty restaurants told me no, they said no problem. The buffet food, i’ll just say for lunch and dinner was bread and salad for me. This is the first cruise i did not know my stewards name or who he or she was. i cruised for 7 days, the first two days my room was not made up at all. the third day it was after 6 and they came to make up my room and i wouldn’t let them because i traveled with three disabled adults that were going to sleep. Even though i asked that my room be made up no later than 6 the day before. AND THEY DID NOT MAKE ONE ANIMAL NOR DID THEY DO ANYTHING SPECIAL TO MAKE US FEEL WELCOME Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
I chose this cruise because of the value and mostly because it leaves locally from a port in my home town. The bed was uncomfortable and the ship does not provide ANY alternatives. The response to maintenance took days. I had brought ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the value and mostly because it leaves locally from a port in my home town. The bed was uncomfortable and the ship does not provide ANY alternatives. The response to maintenance took days. I had brought protein drinks that had to be kept cool and the fridge wasn't cooling. For some reason the ship decides to schedule maintenance on our balcony during the early morning while we were at sea and told us to keep our doors locked and curtains closed. When I opened the doors later I found notes to not touch the railings and the smell was awful. The entertainment was Vegas Lounge level. Other than the helpful, awesome crew, I was very disappointed in just about everything else. The food was pretty good too. My only complaint about that was that out of all 20 or so choices of dessert there was nothing chocolate (except cookies) on many nights in the buffet. Try Royal Caribbean instead! Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
A friend asked my to go with her and 2 other ladies. I'd been on 6 other Carnival cruises prior to this one and have been on other cruise lines after those 6. I was really disappointed. One of the things that really bothered me ... Read More
A friend asked my to go with her and 2 other ladies. I'd been on 6 other Carnival cruises prior to this one and have been on other cruise lines after those 6. I was really disappointed. One of the things that really bothered me was that hand sanitizing was not mandatory for dining areas. On other lines, it is. The enteretainment was compareable to a high school production. There weren't even any set design just a handful of metal props they moved around. The cruise director wasn't very engaging. The crew had just returned from a 15 day Hawaiian cruise and were either too tired or just not interested in providing great service. 2 tenders for over 2000 guests. We were at least one hour late leaving port because of it. Stood in like for over half an hour to get on the tender and there were a sea of people behind us. I don't even want to elaborate on any details because it just makes me too depressed. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
My Wife and I departed for our cruise on the Norwegian Jewel on 10/11, returning on 10/18 to the Mexican Rivera. We had initially paid over $1,800 for the (2) of us, and found that tickets were going for $350pp 2 weeks before the cruise, ... Read More
My Wife and I departed for our cruise on the Norwegian Jewel on 10/11, returning on 10/18 to the Mexican Rivera. We had initially paid over $1,800 for the (2) of us, and found that tickets were going for $350pp 2 weeks before the cruise, which was troubling. Norwegian upgraded us to a Balcony Room, but there was still a large difference between what we initially paid, and the discounts being given, and would not provide further compensation. After putting that aspect aside, we boarded the cruise and tried to enjoy ourselves. We had selected the Dining Package, and made reservations the subsequent day(s) we would be at-sea. The first night we ate at the Buffet for lunch and Sushi Bar for dinner. After experiencing what the free food at the buffet was like, and the paid food at the mediocre Sushi Bar, we decided it would be best to cancel our Food Package, and go with the Drink Package instead. I was told it needed corporate approval, but as long as it was an option to one of the initial packages we could select, that they would approve and any monies spent would be credited back. (2) days after the fact our cruise is ½ over, and the request was Declined after having spent monies, because it was stated it was never an option in the original package (which we have emails attesting to otherwise showing the Drink Package being available if we didn’t select the Dining Package). The food on the ENTIRE cruise was mediocre at best, and it was very disappointing to have our request denied on our Honeymoon, and some of the extra features we were told about over the phone, were never even offered to us (ie. Cake and Champagne was supposed to be delivered to our room for our honeymoon gratis, but never was received any of the nights). I also asked that a one-time charge on my credit card be issued, to cover for some of the drinks I intended to purchase, and find they issued additional charges that I NEVER authorized, and now have to wait for holds to be released by my bank for the charges. We are very disenchanted with Norwegian’s policies, and see little reason to go back/let alone provide any referrals to family/friends at this point. The food from the Buffet seems to be "recycled" into the other restaurants (ie. One night they had Antipasta, and the next night there was a "Vegetable Salad" with the same stuff. Grilled Chicken was turned into Fried Chicken the next day). The cruise feels like a time-share were we should have been paid, as before/after every show either the entertainers or the staff, try to sell you something. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Terrible odor permeated my cabin. It was the filthy shower curtain that had pink mold and smelled of urine. Balcony not finished with slip proof flooring as others are. Very small and tight. Food was simply terrible. It was always cold ... Read More
Terrible odor permeated my cabin. It was the filthy shower curtain that had pink mold and smelled of urine. Balcony not finished with slip proof flooring as others are. Very small and tight. Food was simply terrible. It was always cold which is scary because that is how one gets ill. Limited food options. Over salted. Disgusting. Omelet were premade egg patties they simply threw fillings into. Kind of Subway breakfast sandwich. Who decided it would be a good idea to give folks who paid $150 for ultimate ship behind the scenes tour a heavy bathrobe. What about the weight when flying? Dumb. Very little to do. No fun activities. Casino is so tight, only house wins. Never again. Will stay with Carnival! Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
We recently returned from a 3 night cruise with a large group. We had lots of fun but definitely some things have gone downhill. We were in U87,a full suite, the most expensive category on the ship.The suite has adequate square footage ... Read More
We recently returned from a 3 night cruise with a large group. We had lots of fun but definitely some things have gone downhill. We were in U87,a full suite, the most expensive category on the ship.The suite has adequate square footage and a wonderful large balcony. Unfortunately there is a large floor to ceiling pole so close to one side of the king size bed that you can't avoid it, hazardous if you get up during the night. We have had much better amenities in other cruise lines in standard cabins. If you're in a suite wouldn't you at least expect a small complimentary bottle of shampoo and a complimentary bottle of conditioner, a shower cap, body cream/lotion, q-tips or cotton balls? The only thing provided was a bar of soap and a complimentary tube of toothpaste. There was a soap and shampoo dispenser in the tub/shower combination but attached so high it was only helpful if you were showering and not soaking in a tub. This suite was a joke with a worthless wimpy wall attached hair dryer in the bathroom that barely blew warm air. How expensive could it be to have a hand help dryer in a drawer for the guest's use? We had the thinnest, cheapest towels, something you might expect in a Motel 6, substandard to any towels we've ever had on any of our many cruises on numerous cruise lines. There were 2 attached metal glass holders in the bathroom but again...worthless since the glasses are much smaller and would fall through the holder. There was a magnifying mirror attached to the bathroom wall which would have been wonderful but it just hangs down. I tried to find a way to tightened it to make it usable but to no avail. On a good note....we had a wonderful cabin steward, Alexi, who went above and beyond. He was very attentive and personable. We were pleased with the food in the Mardi Gras dining room and no complaints in the dining room service though you could tell they were overloaded and often stressed. The public areas in the ship were in much better condition than our shabby suite. We did like the Priority boarding Suite guests have, but not worth the $ we paid. All and all we had a nice time since we were with friends in our group. Unless this group cruise is offered on a different cruise line or a newer ship, I'm doubtful we would cruise on the Inspiration again. Word of advice...bring anything you may need during your stay since the basics are not provided, even in their suites. Carnival is CHEAP, you get what you pay for. Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
I was extremely excited to cruise with a group of friends to Ensenada. School was out for the semester and we needed to get out of dodge! We were looking for relaxation and fun and Carnival delivered for the most part. I've cruised ... Read More
I was extremely excited to cruise with a group of friends to Ensenada. School was out for the semester and we needed to get out of dodge! We were looking for relaxation and fun and Carnival delivered for the most part. I've cruised Royal Caribbean twice before - once on a very comparable cruise to the Bahamas on the Majesty of the Seas (about the same size as the Inspiration). I was looking forward to giving Carnival a try - I'd heard good things from previous cruisers and was looking for an experience of my own. Boarding was great. We showed up at the port and headed to early check-in aboard the Queen Mary (pretty cool, actually). It took us a whopping three minutes to get checked in, so we got our boarding zone number (2) and headed off to tour the Queen Mary for a bit. Our zone was called just after eleven and we headed aboard - ready to start our vacation! When we walked into the atrium, I have to say the 1980's Vegas style didn't bug me like I thought it would. It was a little corny, but it was fun, and that's what we were there for. The cabin was a decent size and, like the rest of the ship, was very clean (if not a tiny bit outdated...the reading lamps were a little weird). It was a good size considering we had four guys sharing the interior room, and we had no problem unpacking all of our stuff for the four days (had we been girls...it probably wouldn't have been as easy). The food throughout the cruise was edible, but not very appetizing. While on Royal Caribbean there were always a number of choices that popped off the menu and stood out at the buffet, our whole group found ourselves asking just what we could stand that night. Definitely not how the menu on a cruise should be. The food itself was mostly poor, with a few exceptions (I'm looking at you, Chocolate Melting Cake...Yum!). Every beef dish seemed to have the exact same from-a-mix gravy. Each "different" bread was made with the same dough and had no variety. The mashed potatoes were more like paste than the fluff they should be. The desserts were okay and were usually the best part of the meal. I think you probably get the point. Edible...not great. The service was decent throughout the ship. I only met our steward once, but he seemed nice and always had our cabin clean and made-up. I had the "bottomless bubbles" package, and every time I went to a bar to get a Coke, the bartenders seemed very unhappy that they weren't serving a "paying" customer. Our dining room staff was ok. Ni, our waitress, had all of our names memorized by the end of the first night, but that was about the best of her service. The rest of the service was consistently slow; we were almost always the last out of the dining room, and not by choice. The cruise/entertainment staff was just fair as well. Our cruise director was very personable, but the activities were just...meh... You know you have a problem when the most exciting "Fun Ship" activity to a bunch of college kids was trivia (we did get a Ship on a Stick, though). The "parties" were fairly lame - even the midnight deck party/buffet that I was looking forward to most. The entertainment in the theater was very mediocre. The dancers were fantastic, but Carnival really needed more than two production singers in the show...they were always drowned out by the band, and they weren't great at all the genres they were supposed to sing. The one highlight was the kids from Camp Carnival singing in a special Christmas Show - way fun, and way Christmasy! Overall, our cruise was relaxing, and we made our own fun when the ship didn't have great things going on (which was most of the time). In fact, I think that's what most people did. I saw a lot of families playing card games, reading or just talking around the ship. Serenity deck was amazing - a great place to hot tub and read while overlooking the wake. My hot stone massage was great (except for the usual sales pitch afterward...but that's a given on a mass market cruise). Ensenada and La Bufadora were awesome (gotta love street fish tacos), but Catalina was canceled due to weather (not a problem - that's what we get for cruising in December). I may give Carnival one more shot on a newer, larger ship with a better itinerary. Maybe that will make a difference. But I never have to go on a Fantasy Class ship again... Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
This was my 3rd cruise and by far the worst. I'd go as far to say that it was one of the worst vacations I've ever been on. First off, the cruise ship is severely out-dated. Second of all, the food was terrible. You can order as ... Read More
This was my 3rd cruise and by far the worst. I'd go as far to say that it was one of the worst vacations I've ever been on. First off, the cruise ship is severely out-dated. Second of all, the food was terrible. You can order as much as you'd like, but one serving is plenty. You won't want to go back for more. By day 3, I had sharp stomach pains that lasted for over 12 hours. The ship is much smaller than the other 2 ships I've been on, so you could really feel the rocking of the boat. It took me 4 days to fully recover from the swaying motion and the other girls who I traveled with also experienced this. One particularly annoying aspect of the cruise was that they try to extort money out of you during the entire cruise - from sparkling water at dinner, to shots from the chef, to raffles where you have to purchase something to enter to classes at the fitness center. We even had to pay $2 to take a shuttle bus from the port to downtown Ensenada(which was a total tourist trap). Save your $400 and go elsewhere, unless you want to eat Sizzler style food every night and spend 8 hours in Ensenada where every shop sells the same junk. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
It all started when a "rookie" Carnival Agent could not figure how to "check us in" at the Long Beach terminal. We waited, and waited, and waited for 30 minutes. She said she was in "training" and we had to ... Read More
It all started when a "rookie" Carnival Agent could not figure how to "check us in" at the Long Beach terminal. We waited, and waited, and waited for 30 minutes. She said she was in "training" and we had to be patient. ??? Then, when we went to receive Ship Identification Card, the woman handed us an envelope with the "wrong" cards! They couldn't locate my partner's, but another passenger came running back to the table yelling, "I'm not this person." Luckily for me, she had my card. The Carnival agents and staff made us feel like it was "our fault," that the cards couldn't be located. We were shuffled from one table to the next. We never received an apology and they never offered an explanation as to the whereabouts of our cards. We were told that once we got aboard, we would have to "stand in line" for a new one. At the check in point aboard ship, they asked for my partner's Card. We tried to explain to them what happened they were rude to us and treated us as though we were "inconveniencing" them and "holding" up the line of passengers. Once we got my partner's card, the purser informed us that we never checked in with our Credit Card for on-board purchases. Once again, we were treated as though it was our fault that the Carnival Agent was incompetent at the point of check in. When we arrived to our balcony room, it had not been thoroughly cleaned and there were hairpins, trash, and dirt on the counter along with plastic bags left from the previous guests in the drawers. The room had an odor, too. The worst part of the 7 day cruise was the number of children who monopolized the entire ship. We never had an opportunity to get into the pool, a jacuzzi or enjoy any of the ship activities because of the number of children and teenagers aboard. The parents of these children let them run rampant. We never dined on the Lido deck, as the children were a sea of gluttony. The fitness area was always packed and if we wanted to use the spa area, we had to pay $35 a day per person and even then, we were lucky if we could find a space to "sit." Carnival touts their Therapy pool in all of their ads, but if you want to use it, it will cost you $35 a day per person. We found the Spa staff to be unfriendly and unwilling to help us schedule appointments for treatment, as they said, "We're too busy with all of the guests." Why would be spend money to be treated like cattle at the spa? There is an adult "sun" deck, which just so happens to be located beneath the outdoor "miniature golf." Need I write any more about the experience. On the plus side, (thank goodness for something for our $2500 vacation) were the nights of excellent shows, food and moonlight views from our balcony. That's as good as it got. I will not book another cruise on the Carnival Splendor. Read Less
Sail Date April 2009
Got to the Spirit from Sacramento. Had a TERRIBLE embarkation - waited 3.5 hours before finally getting aboard. Nobody knew what they were doing - it was a bad joke. Got to my stateroom during the muster station drill. Went directly to ... Read More
Got to the Spirit from Sacramento. Had a TERRIBLE embarkation - waited 3.5 hours before finally getting aboard. Nobody knew what they were doing - it was a bad joke. Got to my stateroom during the muster station drill. Went directly to bed. I went on a "Singles Cruise" but found out that mostly the "singles" were men over 60. I'm a 44 year old guy. Ugh - very few women. Lotsa older people and families - not the "FUN" ship I imagined. My stateroom was nice and the staff was friendly. However, I will NEVER go on Carnival again unless they change their television situation. Not that I'm going on a cruise to watch TV, but I'm there to relax. I'm not going to "party all the time" and wanted to watch some of the NFL games and NBA games. All Carnival had was 3 Denver channel, CNN & TNT. Worse yet, the TNT was in spanish. Come on now, this is 2008!! - the last thing I want to watch is CNN with all the world troubles. The staff was oblivious to this problem and was verbally harassed by some mad football fans. Very disappointing. Acapulco was great - Ixtapa was a pain to get to with the tender boats and Manzanillo sucked. When I opened my balcony door, it was like we were docked at the Long Beach shipping yard. One nice thing was the spa - had a very nice seawood wrap and the staff was excellent. The room service was quite prompt, but the food stunk - ordered a ham sandwich - got the ham smashed between 2 pieces of Wonder Bread. Umm, fine cuisine!! All in all, a below average cruise. I would not recommend it. Read Less
Sail Date November 2008

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