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Age: 38

Occupation:Travel Industry

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Elation

Sailing Date: April 6th, 2003

Itinerary: Mexican Riviera

This was our first cruise, it was very good. I will keep this short. Boarding the boat...They said boarding starts at 1pm. We got there at about 1pm to find a HUGE line. CHECK your bags with the bag porter. Then get in line. On board by 3:45 (2:45 in line). Food all day long. We did not buy the drink card, as they have free juices and water. Puerto Vallarte, we did the Beach Party at the hotel. It was fun forthe 3 kids. The bus ride was fun for the sight seeing. Mazatlan, we booked a horse tour on our own from the internet, Randies Horses (?), EXCELLENT. We took our 12 year old daughter and she had a blast, mostly older folks though. Cabo San Lucas,just walked around. Some people did alot of activities and had enough time. This would be the place to return to.

Overall cruise staff, very nice and polite. Waiter, Noel, excellent. Our room steward Armen, EXCELLENT.

Getting off the boat was the most confusing. They wake the entire boat up at 6:30 am, to wait your turn. Your turn might not be til 9am. Leave your carry-ons in the room. Go thru customs. Eat breakfast. Go get your carry-ons, and wait in your designated area for them to call you. Again a 6:30 am wake up PA, off the boat at 10:00am (3:30 later).

Had A blast, would do it again.

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