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Old January 28th, 2005, 05:49 PM
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Hi,

We are booked on the 3/25 (spring break) sailing of the Spirit to Acapulco, etc.

Just wondering if anyone has a report on that ship and itinerary. What did you enjoy in the ports? How is the ship and service? We are taking our sons aged 5 and almost 7 and it's been awhile since we were on Carnival.

Would love to hear your experiences.

Margie
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Old January 28th, 2005, 06:45 PM
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hi there, we are on the spirit on april 10th with 3 &6 yr old kids. I would love to hear from you when you get back. Look over some of the older messages in carnival and mexico boards there is some info. ALso In the photo gallerie under interactive features there are pictures from someone in dec. Hope this helps . Have fun and email me when you get home.TamiHost3@msn.com

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Margie,

The Spirit is a great ship -- been on her twice.

Here are links to cabin and port photos:

Ship Photos:

http://www.cruise-forums.com/gallery/view.php?id=1524

Port Photos:

http://www.cruise-forums.com/gallery/view.php?id=1530

It's highly recommended that you book an excursion in Acapulco because the taxis and sales people are very aggressive.

Here is a note I posted before with more port info:

The cruise you're booking is fantastic ... we did it last October (2003). Great ports and the 4 days at sea total made for a real relaxing cruise (two down, and two going back to recover from the port stops).

I am emailing photos of what we did in port, as well as a gallery of ship photos. Between the Pride and Spirit, we prefer the Spirit decor. It just seems brighter than the Pride. But they are sisters, so the layout will be familiar. The Spirit's theme is different styles of interior design, which made it seem very opulent. Art and I still rave about the casino decor (Louis the 15th) because it was so fancy and so bright, as compared to how casinos normally are.

Port-wise ... Zijuatenejo/Ixtapa was our favorite. We stayed in Zijuatenejo because we did not want the Americanized resort feel of Ixtapa. My niece just got back from Acapulco cruise, and she said should would definitely do a tour there next time, rather than going on your own. It's a big city and the taxi/sales people can be aggressive. We did the cultural tour, which was very nice. Only thing was it skipped the cliff divers, whom most people rave about.

In Manzanillo, we just poked about town. Not a lot to do there, but we stopped at a beautiful old hotel there for lunch, which was very pleasant (Hotel Colonial ... it's pictured in the gallery link I am sending).

Additional links with port info (I printed out and bound as a booklet when we were on teh cruise ... made for good pool reading during the sea days):

Port and tour info:

Acapulco Tours:
http://acapulco.com/en/tours/acuario/index.html

Acapulco beaches:

http://www.acapulco.com/en/general/beaches.html

Great Ixtapa/Z site for general info:

http://www.ixtapa-zihuatanejo.com/info/english.htm

Manzanillo Sights to See:

http://www.go2manzanillo.com/

And finally, yeah, I'm sure Carnival will offer this shore tour in Manzanillo:

http://www.gomanzanillo.com/features...ting/index.htm

Hope this all helps.

Harry



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Harry,

Thanks for the info and tons of links. So much fun to check it all out before we go.

Tami,

I will try to remember to e-mail you about the cruise upon our return. Our family loves cruising, and I don't think our kids have ever had a bad cruise, even when they've gotten a little motion sick.

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Margie, the ship is very kid friendly with regard to food, because they have about 8 "stations" offering different type foods in the buffet restaurant. My personal fave is the deli sandwiches. You'll also find grill type foods, asian, a different country featured each day, a salad bar, and of course the incredible pizza.

FYI: If you have a sofa in your room, few people know that the bottom has two drawers -- just pull the leather pulls. Lots of room there, too.

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