Great Mexican Riviera cruise...
Sail Date: January 01, 2009
Reviewed: 7 years ago
Traveled As: Couple
Room Type: Balcony
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Had breakfast at Andale bar in old town (was very good; their refried beans are killer) and then walked the shops and the beach before doing a Tequila Factory tour. They have flavored tequila in Mexico! Peach, almond and coffee/choc. are the biggies. The beach trolls (that's what I call them) are aggressive and it kind of ruins your beach experience. They are at each port, but it was most noticeable (read:annoying) in Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan.
Don't Miss: The shopping is probably the most entertaining thing to do, IMO.
You will get bombarded as soon as you get to the terminal. Bombarded from people trying to get you to view a timeshare. If you don't mind blowing an hour on the spiel, it's definitely worth it if you're on a budget. But act disinterested at first so they'll sweeten the offer. We agreed to see the timeshares at "The Inn at Mazatlan" and in doing so, we got a free taxi ride, free lunch ($50 gift card, which was more than enough for food and several drinks), and a free 1-hour taxi tour of the city. The tour was a little ghetto because it was a taxi driver and not a tour guide, but it was definitely worth it. We got to do all of this and only spent $10 on tips (that we probably didn't have to give). Plus, if we weren't so strapped for cash right now, the timeshare was beautiful and we'd definitely consider something like that in the future.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Definitely the best! Take a water taxi to the arc and lover's beach. They'll do it for as little as $10 a person (maybe lower, but that's probably the best deal you'll get). You will get to see the pelicans (and all of their lovely poop), the seals and the beaches. And the rock formations that look like Scooby, a hand, the upside down Baja peninsula, and a few others. Fun fun. Then have the taxi drop you off at the beach near Billygan's and sit in the shade and have a few beers. We also had breakfast at Las Quesadillas, which was really good. If you can find your way out of the marina (it's a little complicated), Las Quesadillas is just up the street in downtown. Don't bother getting a taxi to take you downtown because it's RIGHT outside of the marina, just a few blocks. They'll charge you $7 for driving you less than half a mile. Anyhoo, it was a great port. And don't do the bicycle tours, they're lame!
Don't miss: The water taxi ride!
Pros: The opportunity to relax and not do anything; the amazing food; the waitstaff and service; the ports-of-call!
Cons: Lack of activities that appealed to us; time change confusion; movie channels on the t.v.; bed bugs!
Recommends Carnival Pride? Yes!
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|Cabin / Stateroom||Crampy rooms, as always. Fortunately, we had a balcony for the first time and I will not do it any other way moving forward. My sweetheart and I BOTH came home with bed bug bites on our legs though and apparently this is a growing issue on cruise ships. So be mindful when you return home so you don't bring the critters with you.|
|Ship Quality||Big complaint about the time change situation. They change the time once and then change it back later in the week, but it's unclear when you get to port in Puerto Vallarta because ship time doesn't match local time. So if you have an excursion, just remember to GO BY SHIP TIME. Then when they have you change your clocks back, they remind you in the caper TWO nights before you are supposed to return your clocks to CA time, so wait and do it the NEXT night, not the night you get the caper. Otherwise you might miss the ship when you leave Cabo (we were on the last freaking taxi back to the ship because of this confusion). If we hadn't gotten back to the marina an hour early, we'd have missed it. scary!|
|Food and Dining||Loved the food. I don't know about these people complaining? Do you get full hot breakfasts every day in your regular life? hell no. So quit moaning. The breakfast menu doesn't change, but the lunch and dinners are great and the options are plenty.|
|Entertainment||The entertainment activities felt like they were either silly or geared toward the senior crowd. Overall, we still had a good time tho. Just spent extra time in our room watching T.V. or sitting on the balcony. The movie channels suck though. They need to fix that situation.|
|Service and Staff||Staff was amazing. Get to know your waitstaff. They are really good people and have interesting stories to tell! Our waiter was from El Salvador and had been working for Carnival for 19 years! He learned English on the ship. :)|