Eight Days is a Little Long
Carnival Spirit Cruise Review to Mexico
Ship: Carnival Spirit
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 8 years ago
After two and a half days, we finally arrived in Acapulco and were anxious to get off the ship. It was rainy and very warm, causing some guest's shore excursions to become unavaialble or undesirable. Carnival allows exchanges. We found a $25 city tour which lasted four hours, immediately after debarking. This was great, especially compared to the $50pp that the ship was charging for the same tour. There was a subtle military presence, and they have new special police visible in case of trouble from narcotraffikcers, but it was not obtrusive as other reviewers have commented. You have to pay $7 to get a good view of the cliff divers, but they can be seen from the road for free -- at quite a distance. The restaurant also charges to come inside and watch and you may not get a good seat.
Next was Zihautenejo and Ixtapa. Again, we found a local taxi to drive us around all day, including the special islands mentioned in the shore excursions. They will only give you 10 pesos per dollar compared to the current 12-13. It would help to have some pesos in advance to save a few dollars, but this is not a showstopper. This port was considered by all guests we talked to to be the most beautiful stop along the way. It was amazing to enter the bay and look around. It took Carnival about 30 minutes to get everyone going ashore to their destination at the dock.
The final stop was Manzanillo, a very industrial port. $4 is the bus fare to go downtown and shop. The Internet cafes here only charge a couple of dollars for 20 minutes of time and will throw in a coke. Do not use the shipboard Internet, it is slow as molasses and is very expensive. Here you will also find dozens of cab drivers willing to take you around all day for $40. The English of the driver is not so good and their cabs are old. Share it with another couple. It costs alot of money to go inside the Las Hadas and will disappoint. You can easily see it from the above hillsides for free.
Two days at sea follow, and it seemed that the slot machines turned really cold for all. There were alot of humorous games to watch. You will not forget the cruise director, Stu. The Halloween party was a hoot along with "Men's Hairy Chest" and "Newlywed" games. Booze is expensive on board and seemed fairly easy to put into water bottles. The liquor stores provided spouts for this purpose.....
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Cabin / Stateroom
Pros: Zihautenejo / Ixtapa
Cons: nearly five days at sea