sammyvelvet

sammyvelvet
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Carnival Miracle

November 2017 - 7 Night Mexican Riviera (Los Angeles Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Miracle

ANOTHER GREAT TRIP

We have done cruises out of Long Beach and San Pedro. It is super easy as these ports are very close to us and provide easy access. We have done this particular itinerary 4 times now and enjoy it each and every time.

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Emerald Princess

September 2017 - 7 Night Inside Passage With Tracy Arm Fjord (Seattle Roundtrip) Cruise on Emerald Princess

Carnival Miracle

September 2015 - 7 Night Mexican Riviera (Los Angeles Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Miracle

A very enjoyable cruise

I will start by saying this is my 6th Cruise. my 4th with Carnival. The party I took with me consisted of 3 couples who have never cruised before. We all enjoyed ourselves and the couples that had never cruised before are hooked. They are already asking when we are going to do it again.  I scheduled all of our on shore trips as I am familiar with both Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta.  I enjoy Carnival cruises and they are a great value for what you get. I would always recommend getting a balcony room as for me its the best part of my day sitting on it drinking my coffee.  I have already booked again with Carnival and already having others wanting to join us.  My only issue is that so little time is spent in Cabo San Lucas. 

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sammyvelvet's Tips

Carnival Splendor Carnival Splendor - if you want to decorate your room and door make sure to use magnets or magnetic tape. Also get a magnetic dry erase board for your door so you can let anyone who goes with you where you are. And it is worth getting the Carnival APP with the wi fi plan so you can communicate with each other.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - The only issue I have with this is that it is only ONE DAY. We love PV and can never spend enough time there. Make sure you go to OLD VALLARTA . If you want to just enjoy the day lounging by the beach and being pampered grab a cab to the EMBARCADOR hotel and the restaurant they have there called "SI Senor" right on the beach with lounge chairs and umbrellas ... it doesnt get any better .. and the Malecon is super close ... its a great location.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico - I have been traveling to Cabo for over 40 years. When you exit the ships dock get past the gauntlet of hawkers and shops and restaurants and go into town. You will get much better deals on food , drinks, merchandise.
Mazatlan, Mexico - We booked a private van for our group of 17. The guy who took us for our tour was excellent and accommodating to OUR needs. We even ended up at the same hotel and beach the Ships tours take you to and it only cost us $25 per person plus tip. So WAY cheaper than the ships tour.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico - We have been going to Cabo San Lucas for over 40 years. It is a different place now no longer a sleepy fishing town. Its a Tourist destination which is fine. You will do yourself a favor if you just bypass the "Gauntlet" of Hawkers when you exit the tenders where you disembark. Pass on all the offers and exit the Marina and go into town. The Shopping prices are way better and you get to see downtown Cabo. Also if you are into fishing at all DO NOT BOOK IT on the ship the prices are ridiculous. Since the ships itinerary now does two days in Cabo you actually have time to fish ... do it on the morning you leave the ship early ( usually 7am )... you can book the fishing boats right on the boardwalk and they have all the tackle you need and you can go out for 3-4 hours and be back in time to take your catch to Capt .Tonys right in the marina and eat it for lunch before you have to leave again. If anyone is interested contact me and I will give you some tried and tested good Panga Captains. And for those into shopping make sure to haggle ... My wife got a sterling silver necklace that started at $165 but ended up costing $45 .... so dont worry you wont insult the locals if you haggle its expected ...
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - If you go to PV then go to OLD VALLARTA. Grab a Taxi as you exit the ship. Have them take you to the beginning of the " Malecon " ( Boardwalk ). Then just walk the Malecon and all the shops and food places there and within a couple of blocks from there. You will also run into where the Church is and just walk in ( but just remember its a real church so please respect that ). If you walk the entire Malecon go to a restaurant at the end called " Si Senor" ... you can sit by the beach ( 20 feet away ) right next to the Mueye De Los Muertos ( Pier at Los Muertos ) . While you sit there and watch the sea and all the people enjoying the beach and the vendors who will bring the shopping to you as you eat Ceviche and drink Cold beverages you will think that you never want to leave .. and for those of you who like massages .. you will see the ladies walking the beach and will give you a great massage while you sit and sip your cold Margarita ... and the prices here are amazing ... if you do get a massage ask for "Rosie" she is the best and we have been getting massages from her for the past 5 years.
Carnival Miracle Carnival Miracle - Take a couple of extra plastic drinking containers. You can use them to fill with half/half for your coffee ( they never deliver enough) . Use one for Tea or juices or milk to keep in your fridge in your room so you can have then when you want without having to leave your room or call room service ( which is slow ). Also if you do take a Thermal cup you can make your Mocha Coffee up on the lido deck. Just use a cup of the Hot Chocolate and add in Coffee to your liking. Bring Snacks and candies to keep in your room.
Carnival Miracle Carnival Miracle - Bring a small DVD player and RCA cables to connect to the TV. The movie selection is limited to two a day and the same movies get played all day long. Also you can connect kids video games to it. Also bring an extension cord with multiple plugs in it because the electrical receptacles are sparse.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico - You only get a short time In Cabo so make it count. If you want to get the best deals you have to leave the area directly in front of the marina. Go into town and you can find much cheaper deals and a better selection. And haggle for the prices .. its a part of the game.
Carnival Miracle Carnival Miracle - Make sure to either put out the order form for Morning food service or call the night before to set up a time for your coffee and the select items to start your day. Also do not bother to take on anything in " Bottles " as Carnival has a new policy of " NO BOTTLES OF ANY KIND" but wine or champagne
Carnival Miracle Carnival Miracle - If you want a good wake up call schedule coffee delivery in the morning and you will have you wake up and coffee at the same time.

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shared a quick tip for Carnival Splendor"if you want to decorate your room and door make sure to use magnets or magnetic tape. Also get a magnetic dry erase board for your door so you can let anyone who goes with you where you are. And it is worth getting the Carnival APP with the wi fi plan so you can communicate with each other."