January 3, 2006
We had a great time on our Carnival Cruise, this was my wifes second time and my first on Carnival. The ship was beautiful and our accomadations wer top notch. This was our first balcony stateroom and we were most comfortable. The bedding was superb, we were thinking of getting a set of linens for home. We went to three ports, Acapulco, Ixtapa and Manzanilla. We very much enjoyed the last two, but we could have skipped Acapulco. It is too big of a city and there are lecherous street people that lead you to their shops in old downtown and try to sell you overpriced goods. Really spooked my wife and some other passengers we talked to. We enjoyed the 2 days at sea coming and going, very relaxing.
The staff was wonderful and we enjoyed the choclates and the towel animals on our bed in the evening. Spring break weekend is not a great time if you want lots of kids and teenagers in your way. The only other complaints we had is that there were too many smoking areas on the ship and a cigar bar on the third deck outside of the restaurant, a real turnoff to non-smokers. I cruised on Princess 11 years ago and I don't remember as many smoking areas. We had a great time and cruising is still one of the best vacation values you can get. We are already looking at our next adventure.