Mexico Cruise August/2008 Rob, Deb and Peggy
We traveled on the Carnival Ship "Pride" doing the "7 Day Mexican
This may be fairly short. We mainly ate, drank, went to shows, gambled,
visited the towns and slept.
We drove to Long Beach, south of LA and stayed in a hotel the night
before the cruise. I was a bit concerned that we might have problems if
we waited until the debarkation day to drive down so we went a day
early. luckily Deb has a bunch of hotel points from staying in hotels
with the CTA so rooms for Peg and us were free.
We got to the boarding area where we and Peg were met by a wheelchair,
she has a bad knee. Things took a while but went smoothly. This is the
intro picture when we boarded ship.
We had to wait a bit until our rooms were ready. The last bunch of
passengers had just gotten off. At some point we picked up a little
electric vehicle for Peg to drive around. This was a Godsend for her.
also had a brief tour of the ship while traveling to the open eating
area. We had lunch and a drink while waiting.
Finally we went to our rooms. Peg had an inside room
with no window. It
was perfectly adequate, nicely decorated and nicely located. It was
near one of the party lounges so we figured it would work out great.
Our room was on level 7 and had a small balcony. Deb had some roses
delivered. Being higher up meant
we felt the ships movement more then Peg. I found the gentle rocking to
be conducive to good sleep. We did use the balcony and found it to be a
So off we went. We had a lifeboat muster
for practice. I don't think we
were in the right place but it worked out.
We walked around looking at the ship. The center atrium
with glass elevators soaring up several stories. The ships decor
was influenced by renaissance Florence. The top of the atrium
has a full size statue of The David situated in a restaurant named
David's. We never ate there because we liked our waiters and our meals
were outrageously good on many levels. We did have a martini nearly
everyday at the atrium bar. Our Russian
bartender, Ivana, soon knew our
Here are a few ship scenes.
met this young couple while waiting to
go to dinner. They were just married and cute as bugs. She asked what
we were drinking, when we told her gin martini's she ordered one and
never blinked an eye while drinking it. Martini's are usually an
We had the option of having breakfast and lunch in the dining room
rather then the general serve yourself eating area. I liked both, Deb
preferred the service in the dining room.
I liked the views from the
general area. We did both - not on the same day...
We had the late seating dinner. There was
some mix up so we ended up in
sort a corner but it worked out great. Our waiters were the same each
evening. We really liked these guys. The
Indian guy, Danny, from Goa was fun.
After dinner we usually went to the live show
in the theater. Every
night was different and very professional. I don't think we missed a
At bed time we usually found a folded towel
animal in our room. The
beds were turned down, the room tidied up and a chocolate on the
pillow. Very nice.
Cheap Rob. Each person was allowed to bring a bottle of wine so I
bought three bottles for us. I saved a few bucks, though the wine on
the menu was pretty reasonable. I think my wine was better considering
the prices. It looked like we could have taken any booze on board even
though the literature says you can't.
We sailed for three days before making it to Puerto Vallarta.
on board as traveling is a bit difficult. I don't remember how
we got to town. I think it was a taxi. Puerto Vallarta has a seaside
walkway with many sculptures.
Very nice. It was a bit hot. We walked
around and mostly looked at some art
gallery's. We had lunch at Bubba Gump's. I
believe Deb spent
some time in the "Diamonds International" store. The store is promoted
by the ship and the little gift from them has the initials DI - same as
Deb Imerson so that worked out quite nicely. Deb nearly bought a ring. Mexico is still Mexico - a
bit run down, a bit scary and very third world.
Here are a few more ship pictures as we
sailed on to Mazatlan. Deb with a martini.
At some point the ship took an evasive maneuver, apparently to avoid
hitting a whale. When we got back to our room we found the roses on
table were now on the floor.
We rode into Mazatlan in a sort of open taxi.
It's quite a long trip to
town. While Deb was in "Diamonds
International" I stood round on the
street taking a few pictures. We also
looked at some art here. The ship
was tied up right on an
industrial port area. We took a shuttle
over to the tourist exit area.
We met some friendly folks from San Jose and
had a drink before getting back
On to Cabo San Lucas. We had to take a "tender"
to get to shore. Pretty
scary jumping into the little tossing boat. On shore we were taken to
town by a guy pedaling a cart like thing.
Boy was he working hard. Deb
found "Diamonds International" and
finally bought something. I spent
time walking around talking a bit with
the locals. Strangely enough we
go the same guy to take us back to the ship.
Apparently he changed his
shirt. Leaving port was quite picturesque.
This was formal night at dinner so we dressed up. People danced and
danced with the waiters. Here's a nice picture of Peg and Deb. Later that night
they had a midnight buffet.
We looked at it but didn't eat anything. Well, I sneaked a cream puff.
The line was about a mile long.
The next day I took a tour of the kitchen.
Wow! I'd like to see it in
action during dinner. They turn out thousands of meals at once. One
nice thing was if you were looking at the menu and couldn't decide what
to have the waiter would usually bring both items. More then once I had
We really liked the "melting
cake". It was a sort of soft
chocolate cake with a pudding like crust and ice cream on the side. You
put the ice cream into the ramekin it then melts and creates a
fabulous combination of flavors. mmmmm!
Deb kept getting our pictures taken. I'm not sure how many she
purchased but they were reasonably priced.
The trip was really fun. I gained about four pounds. We lost about $200
between craps and the stupid quarter machine. We got hooked on that
damn machine. You put your quarter in and it flys up and lands in a
pile of quarters. Little arms are constantly pushing the quarters so if
you land just right several quarters can fall. But more likely none
will fall. Very frustrating, fascinating and stupid. We and Peg lost a
bucks on the slot machines.
We had a great time and in ten years I could see going back. It's a
pretty indulgent thing to do. By summer of 2009 the ship will be
replaced with one of the largest cruise ships in the world.