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Old July 28th, 2004, 10:44 PM
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Just booked the 8-day Mexico on the Carnival Spirit - Oct. 24, leaving from San Diego. Never been to Acapulco, Ixtapa, or Manzanillo. Any suggestions or do or not do? What will the weather be like then? Who is the CD on the Spirit? She comes into Juneau every Saturday during the summer. So we get to see "our" ship every week.
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Old July 29th, 2004, 12:10 AM
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I can't answer any of your questions, but I will be doing that cruise in December with my family. I have heard the the beaches in Ixtapa are awesome!

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Manzanillo, when I was there in '88, was a nice working person's city, rather than a resort. There were some world class resorts nearby, the famous Las Hadas, which is worth a look. We visited friends at Club de Santiago, a country club/golf type resort on the water with people from all over the world. Felt like a Mediteranean resort.

In Acapulco, you can walk to the famous cliff divers rather than take the expensive shore excursion. About 15 min. last portion uphill (downhill coming back!) then stop in the plaza for trinkets, visiting with the locals, snacks, then an easy walk back to the ship.

Just a couple of suggestions.
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Sterlingsilver,
. I have a group sailing Nov 9th from our home port of San Diego. I have several tour options for Acapulco if you want to eme rdonte@cox.net I'll forward them. I can't believe how cheap this sailing is for the 8 days plus we get a $100 shipboar credit to boot.
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Old July 29th, 2004, 03:38 PM
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Sterling, it was a fantastic cruise when we did the Spirit last October.

Favorite port was Zijuatenejo -- just a gorgeous seaside fishing village.

Manzanillo has fantastic beaches, but we chose just to go into town.

In Acapulco, we did the cultural tour, but that did not include the cliff divers. Most everyone said they were not to be missed, and I knwo next time we will include that stop.

I've sailed the Sprit twice, so look in the photo galleries for complete ship photos (just search my name). Also, you will see the pics we took when we toured all the ports.

Finally, weather-wise, it was in the 90s and *very* humid in Acapulco. In fact, it rained at 8 p.m. ... weather got better as you moved north. Still humid till about Manzanillo.

Hope this, too, helps.

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How did you manage the shipboard credit?
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Its a group perk. We got a great rate (around 100 per day) for balcony cabins, the credit, a cocktail party for the group and a photo credit. Not bad. Best part is no air.
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Folks, do not miss the made to order deli sandwiches in the buffet restaurant -- they are wonderful! We're talking Reubens, corned beef, turkey etc etc etc

Harry (who is now getting hungry)

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Hi again Harry and thanks for all your imput. Hope you move to the new home was uneventfull.
Have you by change had lobster at the El Gideon in Ixtapa?
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Hi Renee,

We didn't get to Ixtapa -- we spent the day in Zijuatenejo instead (which we loved).

Thanks for asking about the move --- argh, it was a lot of work, but we are enjoying the new house now.

The Spirit is a great ship -- between it and the Pride, I think the Spirit has the nicer, brighter decor. We've sailed her twice.

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hi there
I have been to Mex. several times and you will enjoy yourself just take in the sites, visit the towns see how they live it will make you feel great when you return home. I leave on the same trip on Dec 19 can't wait to go back. I hopw there are many singles on the cruise. :-) Mario
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Old August 10th, 2004, 01:25 AM
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You're right, Mario, it's great to just "take in the sights" and "see how they live". I much prefer that type of visiting a foreign country than just taking an organized tour. We like to rent cars wherever we go, and find some less "touristy" areas.
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Manzanillo and Zijuatenejo were great for experiencing true Mexico.

In Manzanillo, we talked to a policeman about how we were so intrigued with the Art Deco hotels in town. He directed us to the government building to check out a historical photo display. When we found the room where the display was kept, there was nothing to see.

We wandered into an office and inquired about the exhibit, and the government worker said they were in the midst of putting up a new one and to come back in a day or so. We explained we were in port only for the day.

*Then* , he suggested we sit down and he commenced to pull out folder after folder of historical photos, and tell us about hurricaines and earthquakes that had hit the town over the years.

We were truly amazed how sweet the worker was to show us everything, answer questions, etc. Truly in the smaller port towns of Mexico one gets to see how really warm the Mexican people are.

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