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6 Mexican Riviera Repositioning Cruise Reviews

Chose to go freestyle instead of Ruby Princess which has been our choice over many years to the Mexican Riviera in December. Stateroom even though midship towards the front (4009) had humming noises nonstop. Called guest services ... Read More
Chose to go freestyle instead of Ruby Princess which has been our choice over many years to the Mexican Riviera in December. Stateroom even though midship towards the front (4009) had humming noises nonstop. Called guest services several times to report it. Once an officer came and confirmed noises would make one difficult to sleep. No further follow up by guest services to tell us the reason for the noises. Entertainment nightly in the theater was excellent with wonderful production shows except for 2 nights a comedian and a magician which were also entertaining. Many venues of entertainment throughout the ship most of the time except port days. Music throughout poolside, atrium and lounges were entertaining. Good selection of menus throughout specialty, buffet and dining rooms. Had a dining package so was able to sample most of the restaurants. You could also have some complimentary meals in some of the specialty restaurants which was nice. We enjoyed Ginza and O’Sheehan’s offerings. You could always go to O’Sheehan’s which was midship and open most of the time. Nice Internet cafe with tables for playing games. Departure from the ship was a disaster with lines of people waiting to come off the ship. We chose to wait until the lines had cleared before coming off. We found wheelchair service was a premium and not enough people assisting people embarking the ship. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
The embarkation/disembarkation is a fairly smooth process. The ship is a good one--Promenade, Lido, and Sun decks were great public spaces. The Casino offers of variety of gaming choices. The dining areas offer a variety of choices ... Read More
The embarkation/disembarkation is a fairly smooth process. The ship is a good one--Promenade, Lido, and Sun decks were great public spaces. The Casino offers of variety of gaming choices. The dining areas offer a variety of choices cuisine/ship location--fine dining, pizza, burgers, ice cream....all have great service! The ship's staff is super. The tender process in Cabo was not that enjoyable. LONG wait time in order to get off the boat. I don't know what the hold-up was but what ever the reason...this needs to be addressed. The entertainment while on the cruise was very enjoyable both the daytime and evening events were fun. The clientele on the boat were surprisingly enjoyable. Meet some people that I hope to keep in touch. Many passengers were eager to share a laugh, life experience. The STAFF are great and create the backbone of a successful cruise experience. They each deserve great kudos!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
The quality and attention to detail on this vessel was really hard to improve. The staff were well mannered and accommodating.. even under pressure and stress.! Well done for the crew selection people! Love the way the crews origin is ... Read More
The quality and attention to detail on this vessel was really hard to improve. The staff were well mannered and accommodating.. even under pressure and stress.! Well done for the crew selection people! Love the way the crews origin is defined on their name tag!! The food was frankly the best I've ever had. There was so much variety and quantity I was hard pressed to try them all.. But..! So much wastage?? Hey Carnival!!... Couple of suggestions... 1) It'd be nice for some of the passengers [like me] who are interested in "Land sightings", general navigation and positioning info to be made available somewhere! 2) How can you charge nearly $100 for a tour of the engine room, galley and bridge??? I remember when P&O Orient Lines did it for free!!! C'mon Carnival!! For that money it can remain a secret!! The ships stabilizers were magic!! I created this Christmas Message based on the cruise! https://vimeo.com/198248987 Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
All in all, this was a good trip. The public areas on the ship were very nice, and the staff and service were exceptional. Cabo and Puerto Vallarta were fine, but pretty modern and full of resorts. Mazatlan was more ... Read More
All in all, this was a good trip. The public areas on the ship were very nice, and the staff and service were exceptional. Cabo and Puerto Vallarta were fine, but pretty modern and full of resorts. Mazatlan was more "Mexican," with a nicer vibe. If we ever go back to Mexico, we will go there. We were a little disappointed with our Neptune Suite, since it was in dire need of being repainted, but it was very clean and comfortable. Our wrap around deck afforded us fabulous views. I can't say enough about HAL's staff--they are warm, friendly, and very hard working. We are a bit disappointed with the food in the Vista dining room--too many dishes that were rather strange to us, such as sweetbreads and some horrible lamb my husband tried. Seems like HAL is trying too hard to create unusual dishes which aren't always better than well done less "fancy" food. Dinner in the Pinnacle Grill was fabulous, and food in the Lido was not bad. Entertainment was great--we enjoyed all of the shows. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was a combination repositioning and Mexican Riviera cruise totaling 12 days from Vancouver to Victoria, Astoria, LA, Puerta Vallarta, Mazatlan, Cabo and back to LA. We chose this cruise because of its length and the hope of getting ... Read More
This was a combination repositioning and Mexican Riviera cruise totaling 12 days from Vancouver to Victoria, Astoria, LA, Puerta Vallarta, Mazatlan, Cabo and back to LA. We chose this cruise because of its length and the hope of getting some fall weather in Canada and the Pacific Northwest. We did...and it was great...the weather that is. No rain, mild temperatures, and very calm seas. We actually booked a stern facing suite because we like seeing and hearing the wake and enjoying the ship's motion in that location. However, the seas were so calm that we might as well have been on land. The suite on Deck 9, was fabulous. Because it was a handicap suite, we had a little extra room which made relaxation either in the suite or on the balcony especially comfortable. Among other amenities, we were afforded an espresso machine and afternoonmunchies which we enjoyed daily. The shower was almost spacious and the closet and storage spaces were more than adequate. The king size bed was especially comfortable and very large. Norbie, our steward, was always attentive to our needs and between him and Ronald, our butler, we never lacked for any creature comforts and/or useful ship advice. We had the restaurant package (a good thing) because the main dining room food and service were spotty at best. We enjoyed all of our meals in the specialty restaurants although we skipped the Brazilian eatery. (We'd had it before and determined we do not care for Brazilian cuisine.) With the suite, we could eat breakfasts and lunches in one of the specialty restaurants in which the food and service was exemplary. The crab cakes benedict were to die for! Additionally, we latched onto a terrific waiter, a young man named Sameer, who helped to make each of our meals a very pleasurable experience. You don't get that in the complimentary dining rooms where lobster and specialty meat dishes were surcharged an additional $25-$30. I would suggest that cruisers pay for the specialty restaurants or get the specialty package where you get what you pay for. The entertainment was mostly excellent except for a comedienne who was anything but funny. Audience reaction was so poor, that she ended her show after 15 minutes. We took excursions in Victoria and Astoria which were marvelous. One was a bike ride around the city and the other was a short road trip to various places in Northwest Oregon which we enjoyed immensely. Bar service was excellent and although there were only two pools, one was for adults only and two of the four hot tubs excluded children as well. All in all, although we've been on better journeys, this cruise was well worth the time and money. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
The cruise was a back to back repositioning cruise. The first 5 days we cruised from Vancouver to Victoria to Astoria and on the Los Angeles. this part of the cruise was a little boring as the stops were not very interesting for us. As ... Read More
The cruise was a back to back repositioning cruise. The first 5 days we cruised from Vancouver to Victoria to Astoria and on the Los Angeles. this part of the cruise was a little boring as the stops were not very interesting for us. As B.C. residents, we have been to Victoria many times. We didn't feel it was worth getting off to spend money on food and transportation. Astoria looked just like home with no attractions that interested us. There were a group of tents with local people selling some amazing things. We purchased a few things and were happy for the little jaunt off the ship. Los Angeles was for debarkation and embarkation of other passengers. We enjoyed the lull onboard as others got off and got on the ship. We had a lovely chat with one of the waiters and made a friendship. After the new passengers arrived onboard, the cruise felt different. I heard that the ship was completely full. There were lots of children and lots of people in general. The mood changed and it was more hectic. We enjoyed most of the shows. The singers were not very good. The Cirque Bijou was amazing as was Luminesence. The comedian and magician were also excellent. We went to the late shows as there were less kids. Azura was our favourite dinner complementary spot. The food was mostly very good. The beef was always tender and properly cooked to the right temperature. The salads and soups were very good. There were a few appetizers that could have been executed better. The desserts were very good for the most part. The service was usually good. We loved the buffet for breakfast and lunch. Cin Cin was terrible! Our one and only experience in Tsars Palace was horrific. We were a table of 5 sharing. Everyone's food came at a different time, we were missing cutlery and coffee cups. Everything was a miss. The server was blaming other people and it seemed extremely unorganized. We were there for breakfast and never returned. O'Sheehan's pub was very disappointing. The fish and chips were limp and cold. The only good things on the menu were the wings and chicken tenders. We used it as our snack place between meals. The service was bad everytime! It was consistently bad every time. The only reason we returned was for the 2 menu items mentioned above and because we had time to spare. The window seats had amazing views especially if we were at sea. We ate at Moderna, the Brazilian restaurant. It was a great experience. The service was excellent and it was the first time we encountered a waiter with personality! The food comes out on swords and cut tableside. Most of the beef was overcooked for my taste, but the lamb, chicken and sausage were spot on. The starters buffet was excellent as well. We also dined at Le Bistro. There were hits and misses. The muscles were bland and served in a container too big for the amount of mussels. The escargot were too lemony and with not enough garlic. Our mains were both excellent. I had the rack of lamb. Cooked perfectly and so tender I could cut it with a fork. My fiance had the duck done 2 ways. Both were very good. The French onion soup was delicious as was the mushroom soup. The creme brullee was one of the best I'd ever had and I've had many! French press coffee in decaf rounded out my dinner. Excellent! The service was laclustre at best. The ambiance was great, but the bar outside the restaurant was noisy. Overall, I would say this was a good cruise. Good value for money as we got the drink package for free. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016

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