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Age: 28


Number of Cruises: 5

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Pride

Sailing Date: 11-30-2008

Itinerary: Mexican Riviera

5th cruise and so wasn't expecting much, and wasn't disappointed. I did have a very good time. I even asked my girlfriend to marry me as the sun set on departure. Mark Price the cruise director was the best of my 5 cruise experiences. I quit going on RC and now favor Carnival. "David's," their $30 per person surcharge specialty restaurant was a joke. We had reservations and they made me wait 15 minutes, until I complained. Our regular dining room service was awesome, the next night we told our regular waiter and they knocked 50% off the bill for that mess. Be careful how and when you tip, word spreads and they don't leave you alone, and when tipping do it on the down low as sometimes they have to share etc.... These people are hard working and have to always keep a smile while dealing with the passengers crap. When one makes your vacation extra special be generous. That extra $5, 10, 20 to them is like you getting a $1,000 bonus. I will rate the Stateroom based on its size, which was larger than past voyages and the balcony was nice with the exception of the people next door who couldn't understand the concept of a light switch and spoiled all 6 nights of any possibility of watching for shooting stars with my Fiance sipping tropical drinks.... Don't plan on being that romantic because the white trash smoking with their patio light on next door and then the old man coming back rowdy and drunk will spoil that. Best advice from me is for you to be that rowdy drunk that is having a good time and then you will find the other annoyances to not matter as much. Coolest part of the ports was P.V. and take the JEEP tour. It's a self drive caravan type. We were smart and rode with the tour guide, got free narration and he drove the entire 4 hours. Also in the lead jeep you don't get any dust like the trailing jeeps get. Was lots of fun because the guide drives you about 40 miles out of town and you get to see the real mexico, small villages, and a Tequila Tourist Trap. Remember, you're on vacation, spend a little and blow off some stress. I spent $463 dollars on my sea pass card, my fiance spent $740 dollars on her seapass card. We stayed out of the Casino as well, and used that money to have fun. And yes, haggle with the locals, but remember you are a visitor and they have to eat too. Most vendors and shop keepers want you to have a good time so you tell all the Gringos and Gringas about the wonderful time in Mexico. Beware the local merchants will try and get you drunk to spend money.

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