by Charlene Hempler
April 25, 2004
First off I must say Carnival is still our favorite cruise line!
We always fly into the port city the day before we cruise. That way we get a good rest and are ready to cruise. Los Angeles is not my favorite city. My first time there and not impressed at all. But The Pride was wonderful. The interior is beautiful. The art is great. The whole ship is perfect. Boarding was a little long. I heard that the ship was late coming in that morning. It was hot and we had to wait outside in that blistering heat. not much shade either. We are a group of 10 all family members. all cousins and our children all grown.. We finally got on the ship and went to our cabins and were very happy to see how nice they were. Dropped off our carry on's and went right up to the buffet line. Great lunch for us. Went out to the upper deck to see us pull away. Well we didn't leave for almost 2 hours later then scheduled. But hey we had nothing better to do then be on the ship and relax. Okay with us all. The two days at sea were great. First day was a little cooler but we still went ut on deck and enjoyed ourselves. Then our stops. Puerto Vallarta was very nice. We did our own excursion. Well we have never been to the Pacific Ocean.
Needless to say it was way to rough for us. So we walked to the beach and didnt stay there very long because of the water being so rough. So we shopped at the shops on the docks. Had a great time with that. Next stop was Mazatlan .. Beautiful country for pictures. We went shopping there too. Best shopping we had of all three stops. Spent the rest of our days in port on the ship. Had a great time at the pools. Cabo we did a ship excursion. Took a catamaran to The Los Arcos. Great trip there too. Then did some more shopping. Prices were more pricely here in Cabo. But not to out of line.
Our room service was terriffic. Our cabin steward always greeted us by calling us by first names when he saw us in the hallways. His name was Ariel. He was so great. Our food servers were excellent also. Glean and Abe both from the Phillipines. Remembered our names and what we like to drink and our salad dressing preferences every night. Food was jsut as wonderful. We enjoyed it all. Every night we had the best food possible. all enjoyed it so much,, We had some great pictures taken and bought some of them also. I want to note that we were never bothered by waiters for drinks. Actually I was looking for some to come around more often so I didnt have to go to the bar myself for a drink. But i know sometimes people complain that they are bothered too much. Not the case on the Pride. Our embarkation was painless. Very easy. of course we didnt want to get off the ship. We all had the perfect vacation. We are all looking forward tot he next cruise. and are already planning for it. Carnival gets our business once again. They know how to treat the customer well. We recommend the Pride to anyone. Great ship great cruise. great vacation... Cant say enough about it. Happy cruising to all......... Char