by Patrick E. Robinson
February 10, 2003
This was the second cruise my wife and I took,and the first time to bring our 8 year old son.We were on Massdam,the Western Caribbean prior to this.We drove down to San Pedro pier due to lack of right flight connections from So.Cen.Idaho.Eleven hours ,big deal.We had to wait a bit at check-in,not a smooth system here, as Holland America was more so.We got to our cabin and started exploring the ship.The muster drill was a bit held up by drunken bachelor party guests,sad that eight lumps held up over two thousand other guests,wasted already to the gills.Party boat, oh boy!The weather wasn`t the best and that kept the ship from stopping at Catalina,a small disappointment.I had not been there for fourty plus years.We headed slowly to Ensenada after cruising in cicles wating for fair weather around Catalina region.
Ensenada was good for shopping but that was it.Many other guest weren`t very happy about the excursions they had taken.We always do our own thing ,never taking what the ships offer, as far as excursions go.Slight rain continued to fall the entire cruise.But the sea wasn`t very rough,thankfully.
As the ship goes it was clean enough.Our son had lots of fun with the kids program.The food in both the buffet and the main dinning room was forgetable.The few drinks we had were more expensive than other ships.The entertainment was passable if you lower your sights, to the price paid for this itinerary and the older ship.Some of the guests got a little to happy for theirs and everyones, good.To say that. This was a fun cruise for kids and party animals.But if you enjoy higher intellect, try H.A.L or Celebrity ,even R.C.C.L,of which we have tried after this ship.The crew was fairly good,and smiles are the norm as with all cruise boats.As for taking another Carnival ship!We will try a more expensive trip and hope that weeds out some of the less shameless types.But cruising is the best!