7 Night Mexican Riviera (Los Angeles Roundtrip) Sail Date: September 09, 2007 Ship: Carnival Pride Cabin Type: Balcony Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 10 years ago
I will start off with the positive. Visiting the ports is a great way to see different parts of Mexico and provided us with a tour of three different areas for ideas on how we might like to make extended stays later. The Mexican people were really nice, outgoing and wanted to make the tours in ports a positive experience.
If you like a booze cruise and to smoke this is the ship for you, which seems out of character for a cruise line that advertises to families. There are smoking and non- smoking public areas on the ship, but this does not appear to be inforced. Additionally much of the lounge entertainment is going to be found in smoking areas. My wife sent a skirt to the laundry for a simple wash (no special instructions). The skirt was returned with a hot pressed mark permanently seared into the fabric and still dirty. The ship refused to take responsibility for the damage, basically insinuated that we sent it damaged and suggested that we should of bought travel insurance. My wife also suffered three small burns on her upper thigh while getting a spa treatment. The burns were severe enough to leave permanent scarring. Buyer beware on spa services, Carnival also does not take responsibility for them. Having a large male awakening passengers in the middle of the night by punching and kicking on stateroom doors while swearing in the hallway and having a slow response to my and other stateroom calls for security was also not our idea of fun.
Food and Dining
3 out of 5
We stayed mainly with the formal dining room. The food was very good, with great service for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You avoid the cattle lines of the buffet dining areas which seemed constantly crowded during open hours. The dining room was not nearly as busy and if you are health consious it is much easier to control your portions in the dining room. The only criticism would be the breakfast menu did not change and became stale toward the end of the cruise.
3 out of 5
Generally there was always some entertainment going on to enjoy. If you do not mind hanging out in smokey environments.
3 out of 5
Didn't have any kids on the trip. But the experience of lots of smoking, and drunk adult waking us up in the night would make me wonder if I would want to expose a child to that environment.
Service and Staff
3 out of 5
Stateroom, dining and entertainment staff were great. The pursers where no help what so ever in resolving the laundry damage.
3 out of 5
The ship is well laid out. It takes a while to get used to what is where but I was able to get orientated fairly quickly. The ship appears clean and you see staff constantly working to keep it that way. I mentioned problems with smoking and non-smoking areas of the ship. Cigarrete smoke is prevalent throughout most of the ship. Though clean, maintenance may not be as obvious. The state room shower head was cracked and leaking and in the spa shower control handles would come off in your hands and the door locks were broken on some of the showers.
Cabin / Stateroom
3 out of 5
Stateroom had its own balcony which was great, but we found ourselves often abandoning it becuase occupants on either side of us would be smoking on thiers. Couldn't they have smoking stateroom decks or sides of the boat?
Cabo is obviously more of a resort town and still growing around that. It is a beautiful dessert like environment and we were able to get in some very good snorkeling while there. Leaving Cabo we saw about 200 dolphin swimming off the side of the boat. Incredible.
Did not get a chance to tour much of the city. Went on a tour out to a small fishing village by boat. The snorkeling along the way was not worth getting into the water for and the lunch at the village was the miserable. Litterally a small stick of dry fish folded in a tortilla. The guides on the cruise were very nice though. I enjoyed the people and seeing the lush jungle environment.
We had a really great experience with the Tequila factory and saddle/sandals tour. The tour left Mazatlan by bus to a Agave plantation. The guide on the tour was fantastic, explaining flora and fauna along the way, excellent explanantion on how tequila is made and then on to a wonderful little village. He explained the history of the region and the reason for the village. We toured the village and were treated to a really nice snack of fresh guacamole, tortillas and cheese. The village produced saddles and sandals for the local area by individual hand crafting. There was not pushing to buy anything. We returned to Matzatlan for the obligatory time in the Golden Zone of high pressure sales. Fortunately that was brief, then it was to old Mazatlan for a fantastic barbecue chicken late lunch at a beachside restuarant.
Don't Miss: See tour review above
Pros: The service and entertainment staff are helpful, friendly and hardworking. We enjoyed the hardworking stateroom steward, dining staff, entertainers. Cruises are great for being able to visit different ports to see what you areas you may like to visit for extended stays.
Cons: Drunken passenger beating on stateroom doors and swearing in the middle of the night. No smoking inforcement, not being able to enjoy stateroom balcony becuase of adjourning smokers.
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