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Old January 17th, 2005, 06:56 PM
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I just got off the Pride to the Mexican Riviera. It is by far the worst vacation ever. The food was lousy, the decor tacky and the staff couldn't stop trying to get you to buy crap on the ship.
The excursions are a rip off. I found that I could take a cab and go on the exact same excursion for less than 1/4 the price.
The only good thing was our waiter and the staff in general were very nice and helpful.
After it was over we had spent 4 days on the boat 3 days (more like 1 1/2) at port ensuring they could gauge every dime they could.
Their bar selection was pathetic (No micro brews, no blue agave tequilla, no bourbon, lousy wine).
If you like cafeteria style food box wine and budweiser, you'll be in heaven.
If you like ordering crappy merchandise on late night TV and watch infomercials from begining to end, you'll love it.
If you like being kidnapped and force fed Gold-Plated chains by the foot and last chance duty-free Marlboro deals cruise with Carnival.
The demographic is highly unsophisticated, under 25 and over 55.
The entertainment was less than entertaining.
What a waist of money, plan on conservatively doubling your fare in tips cocktails and basic off board activities, without buying anything, including excursions.
You'll have more fun going to an all inclusive resort in Mexico and you will expirience less hassel not having to deal with getting on and off the ship (2 hours on- 4hours off). I could have flown to Europe in the amount of time I sat around waiting.
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Uh... was this your first cruise?

Sorry you had such a lousy time......



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Old January 17th, 2005, 07:14 PM
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My wife got a facial. You figure that should be a relaxing experience. If you consider a 30 minute sales pitch for their facial clensers, moisturizers and such relaxing.
I am so pissed. What a waist of money. My vacation sucked thanks to Carnival. The only fun was off the ship. Whatever you do, don't sail from Long Beach. Three days of Carnival crapulance before you even get off the ship once.
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Old January 17th, 2005, 07:16 PM
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Well, sounds like yu didn't enjoy it at all so I suggest you do what you tell others to do and take a land vacation next time. I am sure you will enjoy it more and I am sure that those that enjoy cruising will also appreciate you not being there. <G> I also found that most of your "information" is wrong. You are entitled to express your opinion but I am also entitled to disreguard it and do based on my 16 or so CCL cruises.
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Old January 17th, 2005, 07:45 PM
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Sorry you didn't enjoy your cruise. Some of the things you mentioned could have been avoided if you had visited this site before hand. They have all been addressed: Specifically:
to avoid the high pressure sale at the spa, tell them at the beginning that you will
not be buying anything and do not want to hear the sales pitch..and tell them this
will affect their tip

the gold/silver by the inch is voluntary and held in a tiny corner of the ship; easy to
avoid being "kidnapped"

the ship makes money on the excursions, you pay for the "convenience"; many people
research ports ahead of time

4 days at sea/3 ports: this could not have been a surprise; it's what you booked (it's
actually what I prefer......more ship time; I took this cruise, when the Elation was out
of Long Beach.......loved it)

If you want to cruise again, on another cruiseline or Carnival, I suggest you do more research in advance so you know what to expect and so you can pick a cruise that would suit your needs. Hopefully, you'll have a better experience. Cruising is expensive and it's too bad you weren't satisfied.
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Old January 17th, 2005, 07:48 PM
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I think this person is baiting us. Sounds like SSpray in disguise.
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Old January 17th, 2005, 08:02 PM
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Mr. Unhappy,

I have a feeling that name has been with you for many years. I also have a feeling that the reason you took a cruise is because you hated your past vacations on land.

Sounds to me like you would find fault in just about anything due to high expectations that not even Merlin the Magician could meet. They say that expectations are just "pre-meditated resentments".

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Old January 17th, 2005, 08:09 PM
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Oh, and get a spell checker too!
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Old January 17th, 2005, 08:33 PM
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You spelled "waist" wrong.

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Old January 17th, 2005, 08:35 PM
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Sounds like you were captured by Carnival agents, forced to attend sales ( especially gold-by-the inch-sales ), forced to drink unsavory alcoholic brews and generally forced to spend a week amongst unsavory crew and passengers. Now that's not a vacation at all.
Both times I was on the Pride I managed to elude the Carnival agents ( that forced this appalling treatment upon you ) and had a great time. Boy--- I must have been lucky !!
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Old January 17th, 2005, 08:46 PM
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Wow! I've been on 5 Carnival cruises and LOVED every one.

But I do shop at WalMart sometimes - oh sorry, that's a different thread.
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Old January 17th, 2005, 08:49 PM
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It's too bad that one has to take such precations to avoid being annoyed.
You are stuck on the ship after all, it's like shopping at the "company store." They have a monopoly.

I did some research before hand and obviously read the wrong reviews. Read the one on this site, about the Carnival Pride, what a load of ...

If one wants to simply get blotto that is very easy to do on Carnival. Something that many a frat boy and "Greek" girl did every chance they got. Plenty of hootin' in the hallway, so to speak.
I personally try to enjoy the flavor of what I put in my mouth.

The best food I had all week was a little hole in wall hut that the cab driver pointed us to in Puerto Vallarta. The bill for 2 was less than $10. If you want to eat like a typical American, stick to the well beaten tourist traps and resorts, or eat on board.

I do enjoy simple pleasures and I appreciate gourmet food and drink. Things you won't find on Carnival. At least those of you who know what gourmet food is.
I don't appreciate the agressive sales techniques. For Christ's sake, I dropped enough for the privilage of going on the "Fun Ship."

It seems that many of you took offense to my post and I can't say I'm sorry for being honest. I only wish I could have seen such honesty before I waisted money on Carnival. I probably wouldn't be disappointed right now.

I feel sorry for the staff, who really seemed to put their hearts into it, but are offering a inferior product. The staff are propping up Carnival in my opinion.

And to put a posetive spin on this, the waiter was awesome and so was our Purser.

Salut
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Old January 17th, 2005, 09:01 PM
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No, the staff is not proping up CCL or any other cruiseline. We simply do not think that one should find fault with everything. The items you pointed out are quite minor and do not bother most people at all as they are expected no matter what cruiseline or what vacation you take. You have said nothing that convinces us that your vacation was really spoiled as nothing is or can be forced on you. Like I said, simply do not cruise again as it would appear that you will not enjoy it.
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Old January 17th, 2005, 09:25 PM
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If you go through life with a bad attitude, then you're never going to have fun anywhere. As for the pressure for sales, you can say no and walk away you know, just like in a regular mall.

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Old January 17th, 2005, 09:43 PM
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We sailed the Pride out of Port Canavral Stopped in Key West, Cozumel. Belize, Progresso.. We had a balcony on deck 7. The veiw and the Quiet were wonderful,
Our overall experience was GREAT. Not once were we accosted by pushy salespeople. Walking right past the gold chain table required NO effort at all.
Our cabin steward, waiter and assistant were personable, professional and more than attentive. By the second day, they were one step ahead of our requests.
We leave on our next Carnival Cruise this April. It will NOT be the last.
I'm sorry you had such a bad experience, however, I'm not surel the blame rest with Carnival.
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Old January 17th, 2005, 09:44 PM
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Mr. Unhappy, glad I wasn't on that cruise with you. I did however cruise on the Pride when it was ported in Port Canaveral. The cruise was great, we had a total of 7 cabins booked all with friends and family. Not sure why you had such a bad time, but if you voiced your opinions on board as you're voicing them here then I know exactly why you had a bad time. It also takes a little cooperation from the vacationer as well as the vacationee.
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Old January 17th, 2005, 09:51 PM
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"You are stuck on the ship after all, it's like shopping at the "company store." They have a monopoly."

What were you expecting?

Of course your "stuck" on the ship-----its a cruise
Did you expect them to sell a competitors merchandise?
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Old January 17th, 2005, 09:56 PM
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It is so easy to gently and firmly resist sales pitches. We do it every day in "real life". Not once did you tell about people with whom you associated. I imagine an unhappy person letting out the message you are not easily amused. The shared enjoyment means a lot to me and really dilutes the minor disappointments. I agree with people in the thread who consider it important to research before going. I have never been on a cruise ship, but I know the geography of every deck of the ship I plan on experiencing. I know that I will navigate the ports on my own with the good tips from others.
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Same here Bob. I have a year til my first cruise but I'm sure that I'll have the deck plans memorized by the time I board!

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Old January 17th, 2005, 10:33 PM
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I agree with everyone else that you should definitely reseach before traveling anywhere, not just cruising. You know, it DOES take work to have fun, ever realized that? I myself, have traveled on six marvelous Carnival cruises. The food I found to be beautifully decorated, but not so tasteful. But who can pass up a hamburger or hotdog on Lido? For every problem, there is a solution. It's just some people take the time to come up with a solution before complaining about the problem. I find it pointless to post bad reviews on a link FOR the cruise line you are describing. People WILL get angry, because most of the people on here are talking about their wonderful experiences, and their upcoming cruises. Do you want to get first-time cruisers worried that their cruise will not be excactly "fun"?
As for the people attacking you to buy their product, what's to be expected? They WORK on these ships. They know the majority of the people traveling on cruises are wealthy, and they need to make money. If you don't want anything, ignore them. Most people do... Did you notice the sales-people at port? They are much worse than those on the ship. They literally pull you into their shops: which is the only time you cannot ignore them. THEY "kidnap" you, not Carnival.

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Its funny. What do you say when a tellemarketer calls you? Carnival sales people ruined your vacation? I went to progresso and a mexican man sold my mom something for 1 mexican dollar, which for some reason translated out to 10 dollars US. Instead of being pissed about the obvious buyers trap, we laughed about his sales pitch "Cheaper than K-Mart Lady!" And guess what? Carnival doesn't employ him. He did that on his own. Wherever you go that tourism is popular there will be sales pitches. Carnival doesn't corner the market on selling stuff. Of course they sell things to you like crazy on board. They lose money in port because they have to close their shops and the casino. So you paid a bunch of money to cruise. It costs a great deal to keep a ship floating. And if you didn't like the food did you ever find your way to the dining room? That's top quality fare and if you didn't like it, maybe sloppy joes are more your style.

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Mr Unhappy, you were only stuck on the ship for the initial sea days only, have you read your docs you could have gotten off at the first port and flew home under CCL's 100% satisfaction guarantee, you pay upfront for the flight home and CCL will fully refund your flight and 100% of your cruise fare, you cannot do any better than that.>period<
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Old January 18th, 2005, 06:58 AM
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Mr. UNHAPPY,

I guess your name says it all. Seems you would be unhappy anywhere, with anyone and doing anything. Being stuck on a cruise ship to me is part of the excitement and thrill of being on a cruise.

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It appears that Mr. Unhappy is so busy looking down his nose he never sees anything but what makes him so named. His condecending attitude tells all. My dear late Aunt was that way. Her stories of her many cruises were litanies of how horrible events were and what low class trash she had to travel with. However, she kept going back.

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Old January 18th, 2005, 07:38 AM
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Mr Unhappy-

To start I am sorry that you had a horrible vacation but like they say a bad day of vacation is better than a good day at work, but that probally depends on what you do for work.

The second thing is that you don't have to go to all of those shows, sales and everything else that they put on the sheet that is slid under your door in the morning. I went last year and I didn't do any shopping. I sat out by the pool and drank BUDWEISER all day long, listened to the music on the patio. It was a blast relaxing, dinners were good, yeah the lobster was a little rough but being from Maine I couldn't expect it to be better.

Where is Mrs. Unhappy's reply I don't see that your wife wrote anything, what I really think happened here is that you were sitting home in your house drinking your micro brew, looking up web sites. You realized all of the fun everyone had. You realized you got dragged around to all of the things that women love to do. You realized then that because you couldn't attack the "person" your wife, you didn't want to attack yourself or your travel agent, it would be easier to attack the boat as a whole hoping that someone would jump on board with you. Well everyone that I know that has been on a cruise has had something bother them, I have even been bothered by somethings but all of the fun things on the ship and a positive attitude about vacation cancel the negitive ones out.

Last 2 items, it is a fun ship and that is what they claim but they don't have fairy dust to wave on you and make you have a good idea. The last thing is there is no need to take the lord's name in vain. This is a public forum and anyone that can speak like that while typing none the less because you can go back an edit it. Must just not care about anyone other than themselves and would have a bad vacation because cruises are for everyone to come together and have a good time. If you had done that you would have found people that have cruised before and could have pre-warned you on things.

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Mr Unhappy, Your name says it all. I have cruised with Carnival 5 times and have enjoyed every one of them. That is not to say that everything was perfect but then what is? I never felt "kidnapped" or forced to listen to a sales pitch. If I did not want something I simply said "no, thank you" and walked on. As for the food, I found the dining room meals to be superb. The lido buffet was good. The shows were great on every cruise I have ever taken be it Carnival or other lines. The list of things to do onboard is endless. I found the passenger participation games to be lots of fun. I went home with a sore throat from laughing at those games. So what if they dont have the "micro brews" Make do with what they do have and enjoy life. It sure can't be fun to go through life finding fault with absolutely everything. My feeling is that you were determined to find fault and you did. Turn that determination around and find the good in a situation. I bet you will enjoy life much more.

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And you think the food and alcohol is going to be any better at an all inclusive?
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Wow...... Mr Unhappy.... How sad for you to be so miserable. I always say life is what you make it to be. And so is a cruise. I was on the Pride in April 04. The total different cruise apparently. the ship is beautiful. The food was great. I had the time of my life.Carnival is one of my favorite lines to cruise. This almost sounds like a big scam to me. No one can be that unhappy with life and still survive. hahahaha Happy cruising.....
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Perhaps Mr Unhappy you would prefer one of the "premire" Cruise lInes that offer White Glove Service. Maybe theat would be more in the line of your refined taste, But I do fine you rather rude to insult the rest of us who do not feel or expect the same things that you do. You mention The kids splashing around in the pool this is after all a family cruise line! I myself am not a cruise porfessional and work in the food service industry. I have cruise with Carnival in the past and have decicec that I would again, I found the staff to be friendly and the atmosphere to be fun. Perhaps you are more in tune with the sales pitch becaue you are listening for it I myself TUNE IT OUT. Try reading a book or watching the world go by. I feel badly that you did not enjoy your cruise and that it as you say bit but don't blame others for not agreeing with you it is your opinion and you are entilted to it. Again maybe if you go an a cruise again you should try anothe line.

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Mr Unhappy, I think you just chose the wrong cruiseline.

I have never sailed on Carnival so I haven't experienced your's, or those that replied's, experiences. I do know, however, that there are many different types of cruise experiences.

Next time, if you want there to be a next time, look at some of the articles on this and other sites on choosing the right cruise.

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