Carnival Spirit Cruise Review to Mexico

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4 out of 5

A Cruise With Spirit

Sail Date: November 04, 2010

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

The ship was immaculate, always clean everywhere; I don't know how they did it so thoroughly and seamlessly. The crew was so friendly and welcoming, always willing to do whatever they could to make our cruise the best. They genuinely treated you as their valued guest, and they genuinely enjoyed doing so. They make the Spirit have a spirit.

Pros: The absolutely TERRIFIC crew and service

Cons: Acapulco

Recommends Carnival Spirit? Yes!

Entertainment
What a range of entertainment ALL the time. Almost too many choices. It was great.
Ship Quality
The ship was immaculate, always clean everywhere, all the time. Amazing on a ship this large. Only complaint was that about a third of the exercise machines in the fitness facility were not in proper working order.
Food and Dining
The food was only overshadowed by the excellence of the dining room staff. They knew the menu and offerings inside out, and would do their best to ask your tastes and suggest menu items accordingly. Each evening the waiters would entertain at the conclusion of dinner - singing, dancing, playing to the dining audience - they loved doing it, and we all loved their talent and spirit.
Cabin / Stateroom
The suites are SWEET.
Service and Staff
The spirit of the Spirit WAS THE CREW from top to bottom! Clone them all!
Manzanillo, Mexico
Manzanillo is Mexico's largest port, and this is a small working port city. Friendly enough but nothing special, especially after stopping in Zihuatanejo. Can't compare, but it is light years better than Acapulco.
Don't Miss: Enjoying the dock time onboard the Spirit and watching the ship traffic coming into and out of the port.
Acapulco, Mexico
Extremely aggressive and often physical taxi drivers and street vendors. Traffic and pedestrian traffic was gridlock. The streets and sidewalks were in disrepair, dirty with litter. Very pricey, with prices that you wouldn't find in New York or LA, and very, very poor quality. Too bad the ship docks there; it would be better if it anchored in the bay where you could enjoy the beautiful "appearance" and stay on board. Avoid Acapulco.
Don't Miss: Only the view of the expanse of the City as the ship come in to dock. Too bad Acapulco doesn't live up to the view.
Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa, Mexico
This IS the REAL MEXICO! What a treasure. The people are genteel, welcoming, and thank you for coming. No hustle, shuck or jive. Shops will dicker on pricing and seem to enjoy doing so. Sitting in any of the beachfront restaurants enjoying $1 beers, chips and salsa, and lobster tacos -- WHOO-HOO! Excellent! Z is the REAL MEXICO.
Don't Miss: Just being there and walking the beach and town. FORGET Ixtapa; it's a Miami Beach or Cancun mimic with NO character and extremely tourista and pricey.


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