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Richard Keesee

Age: 69


Number of Cruises: 10+

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Spirit

Sailing Date: 2009-12-29

Itinerary: Mexico

This is the 4th New Years cruise we have taken in the past 5 years and we had previously visited the ports of Cabo San Lucas, Loreto, La Paz, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta and Topolopampo. We picked the cruise because it went to Acapulco, Zihuatenejo/Ixtapa and Manzanillo and these ports are really great. The problem was the number of tourists in Acapulco and Ixtapa this time of year. These two ports are less than a seven hour drive from Mexico City and the beach/city of Acapulco was really crowded. In fact we were advised against taking back to back tours in Acapulco. I know individuals who did and they were 2 1/2 hours late getting back to the ship from their first tour thereby missing the second tour. Other than the crowds, the ports were great and we would go again but schedule it later in January or February.

We were really generous when we rated the quality of the food as a two star. After the first night we opted to eat Nouveau Steakhouse on three different occasions. The food there was excellent. On the last night we ate in the general dining room and all of the individuals at our table were complaining about the quality of the food.

While this cruise was a last minute decision and we had a balcony with an obstructed view, we were quite pleased with our room. The room was extremely quiet and very clean.

The excursions are a must in Alcapulco and Manzanillo. The ship docks in the old part of town in Acapulco. While we grew up near the Mexican border and are accustomed to old Mexico, the street leading to the old market place (Mercado) was extremely dirty and the smell of urine was everywhere. There was nothing exceptional about this Mercado and the merchandise was tourist oriented. (We took the the evening cliff diver tour and it was worth seeing.

Zihuatenejo is a great town and a place I would like to go back and spend at least a week. We took the city tour of Zihuatenejo/Ixtapa and it was worth the money. If you get a chance, eat at Daniel's in Zihuatenejo.

Last but not least - Manzanillo. The port of Manzanillo in a cargo port and you really need to take a tour. The Colonial tour to Colima is worth seeing.


We decided to go on this tour about a week before it left. Other than the quality of the food, we were happy with the ship, the staff and optional excursions. (Please remember, we have taken extended cruises from other well known cruise lines and are evaluating this cruise against those previous experiences.)

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