Carnival Spirit Cruise Review to Mexico

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5 out of 5

First Time Cruise

Sail Date: November 01, 2009

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

We really liked the cruise. Ship was clean. Staff was friendly and went out of their way to say hello.

Went to Acapulco, Zihuatenajo (sp?), and Manzanillo. Acapulco seemed nice. Were pretty much surrounded by people selling their stuff. They were very aggressive and wouldn't take no for an answer. They surrounded my elderly father at one point and I had to step in and yell at them to get them to back off. Not sure I would go back. Did see Cliff Divers which was cool.

Z... is a nice resort area. People were nice and not aggressive.

Manzanillo not much to do unless you do a shore excursion from what we could tell. We did the Colonial Tour. Not sure I would recommend this tour. Went to government building for a guided tour and the "tour" consisted of standing on the stairs while the guide explained the mural on the wall. Went to ruins close by which was cool. We were supposed to see a museum but it was closed for a holiday. Guide did not know this ahead of time and was scrambling to find something for us to do instead. Did get to go to a hacienda and see historical items the family had acquired over the years but was not the same. Went to lunch which was best part of tour.

Shore excursion person, Cleo, said we should definitely buy bug spray for Acapulco so we did. We didn't see a bug the entire time we were off the ship. Also, Carnival recommends places to shop in Acapulco. Several are touted as providing free shuttle service to main stores in other parts of Acapulco. However, when asked, none of the shops would take us or only would take us a few hours from the time we asked for the ride. Really seemed like if we weren't going to buy from them, they didn't want to do anything else for us. Also, pretty surprised at how expensive some items were.

All in all we enjoyed our first cruise. We will definitely cruise again.

Pros: Courteous staff and Food

Cons: Manzanillo Shore Excursion

Recommends Carnival Spirit? Yes!

Ship Quality
Very clean.
Food and Dining
We really liked the food. Breakfast pretty much was the same food everyday but it was good and always hot. Lunch was good as well. Lots of food. Ate here once for dinner and was not as impressed as when eating in Empire dining room. Had number of selections to choose from each night. Could order as many dishes as we wanted. Dining room was nice. Enjoyed evening song by wait staff.
Cabin / Stateroom
We were pleasantly surprised on size of room. We had an interior cabin. Recommend bringing a night light and an extension cord for interior cabins. We were glad we did. Room is black at night with lights off. Also, only one plug in cabin. If you have cameras, curling irons, ipods, etc.. will want more than 1 plug. Room was clean. Seemed like towels were provided several times a day. Made animals with towels which was cool.
Service and Staff
Always said hello. Seemed like they liked working on ship.
Best show was Big Easy by far.

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