First Time Cruise
Carnival Spirit Cruise Review to Mexico
Ship: Carnival Spirit
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 8 years ago
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.
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
Pros: Courteous staff and Food
Cons: Manzanillo Shore Excursion