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Dave Beadle

Age: 55

Occupation:Airline Pilot

Number of Cruises: 3

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Pride

Sailing Date: 2009-12-11

Itinerary: Mexican Riviera

We had a great time. The staff was friendly and courteous. Check-In was a breeze. Our accommodations exceeded our expectations. There was no doubt, at any time, that their goal was to provide us with a wonderful time. The Cruise Director was fabulous! And there is no doubt that all the "behind the scenes" staff was working hard to fulfill our vacation dreams. Every time we consider another cruise, it is hard to venture from Carnival. Even enticing vacation pricing can't overcome our need to re-experience Carnival cruising. If you are anticipating a cruise from Long Beach, Ca., we recommend the following: Jet into Long Beach and stay the night at the Queen Mary. Great staff and experience! Don't forget to take one of the many tours offered! Next morning, have a nice, leisurely breakfast on the Queen Mary. Then, go straight to the VIP check-in for the Carnival Cruise and start your cruise in style. No matter what your preference for cruising, Carnival will find a way to accommodate you. Always a pleasure and always an experience to remember.

The food was not only outstanding, it was always available and always in abundance! What else need be said?

Fabulous! Junior Suite with Balcony! Ever filmed Flying Fish from your balcony? Be out there on the second day as you round Cabo, the Flying Fish are there to greet you! We tipped the Room Steward modestly, $20 a day, and our daughter has pictures of seven different "towel-animals" to share with her friends! We like the elephant the most!

Our only problem with the on-board activities was, "Which ones can't we make"? There was a constant itinerary. We could only make 2 or 3 a day. Our daughter was having so much fun with the kids programs that it was difficult to get her out of there to share in all the other Family Fun activities we wanted to participate in. A nice dilemma to be in.

We went with the recommended excursions and had a lot of fun. If you are a returning Mexiphile and know about special places to go and things to do . . . "Good On Ya!" . . . but, if you're like us, dependent on the recommendations of the Cruise Line, you couldn't do better than Carnival. We had a wonderful time at each Port-'O-Call". And each time we took an excursion the Cruise Line recommended. Our videos and pictures and memories speak for themselves.

Such a great time. I wish each year would be a trip on Carnival. We always have such a good time. And the anticipation is always so much fun!

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