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Age: 43


Number of Cruises: 4

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Pride

Sailing Date: 03-16-2009

Itinerary: Mexican Riviera

This was the first cruise that our family had taken the kids along, ages ranging from 7 to 17 which brought the total in our group to about 70 people. All in all it was a good cruise, but not the best one I've been on. In all fairness, the best cruise I didn't have to look after any kids. In my opinion this particular cruise was not good for teenagers and young adults because there was not much for them to do so they became bored. As for the younger kids between Camp Carnival, the arcade and other games along the deck they always stayed busy. The adult entertainment was maybe a 5 out of 10 and the live music on the deck was, in my opinion, "BAD," Caribbean music on a Mexico trip.

The food was good whether you ate in the dining room or at the buffet. The breakfast staff service could have been a little better but our dinner staff was great.
Two major complaints I have is because of the weather. Travelling to and from Mexico was cold and windy. They should have closed the roof on the deck so that area could have been used and the kids could have swam. Also their smoking laws are a joke, people were smoking cigars on the deck, and in my opinion they should designate one side of the lido deck for non smokers, it's bad when you're trying to eat and relax but yet coughing from all the smoke.

As far as excursions and the ports I would say read and compare as many reviews as you can, there are some good and bad ones.
So, with that said, I would rate this cruise a 7 out of 10.

Both the food and the different selections you have to choose from were good. My favorite was breakfast, both in the dining room and at the buffet.

The room was a nice size and the balcony was cool but we weren't able to use it much to and from because of the weather. There is only one plug to utilize in the room but here's a secret, unplug the TV or bring a power strip. Our steward always kept our room clean so no comlaints there. The bed was GREAT.

Onboard activities - or shall we say the lack there of. Other than the casino, which I don't gamble, the mini golf course where the kids were always playing, the basketball court with bent rims, the dance club that not many people went to and the bean bag throw there wasn't much that caught my interest. Now there may have been more that I don't know of, so read other reviews.

I only did one excursion, which was in Puerto Vallarta - the Canopy Adventure tour and it was really fun. There is nothing bad I want to say about this tour, but there are a couple of things you should know ahead of time. You should do this tour before noon, the earlier one is probably better. You will have to take a short ride on a blow up boat over to the tour office and you will then board a jeep that will take you on a very bumpy 1 hour ride to the canopy site. Also, you can't take pictures while on the ropes. One of the guides took lots of very nice pictures of our group and we were going to purchase them for $160 but they weren't able to open the disk to view so we lost out on that.
When you get to Cabo there is really only one area to shop and it's right when you arrive on the port. What you might consider doing first is to take a water taxi over to the main beach for around $3 per person where you can eat, drink, do a little shopping from vendors walking around and do different water activities such as jet sking and parasailing.

All in all it was a good trip with a few complaints, but being with the family made the whole experience great.

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