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Sail Date: February 2017
A beautiful fishing village. I had lunch ashore. My meal was a delicious grilled red snapper, rice, and vegetables. Along with the meal I had 3 Dos Equis beers. My total bill came to $14.
A beautiful fishing village. I had lunch ashore. My meal was a delicious grilled red snapper, rice, and vegetables. Along with the meal I had 3 Dos Equis beers. My total bill came to $14. Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2015
Cancelled due to ship problems, a major disappointment as it was one of the tours we had been most looking forward to and had pre-booked months before.
Cancelled due to ship problems, a major disappointment as it was one of the tours we had been most looking forward to and had pre-booked months before. Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2015
Cancel led port. Cancelled port, canceled port, disappointing. I was really looking forward to this port visit. To bad, communication was poor, 150 words is a lot of negative, should I go on.
Cancel led port. Cancelled port, canceled port, disappointing. I was really looking forward to this port visit. To bad, communication was poor, 150 words is a lot of negative, should I go on. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2012
No selection for Antolya: Antolya (Pergumum) is a large Turkish bustling city well situated to take care of the tourist. The ship docked at the new port (but only just -- the berth was about 2 feet longer that the vessel) and we were ... Read More
No selection for Antolya: Antolya (Pergumum) is a large Turkish bustling city well situated to take care of the tourist. The ship docked at the new port (but only just -- the berth was about 2 feet longer that the vessel) and we were bussed to the old port. From there we took a harbour cruise and looked around the town. But after the umpteenth Turkish rug shop, coat shop or tout selling shirts we had had enough and made our way back to the ship. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2012
We love this port. We walked around the town and had a wonderful meal at a local cafe.
We love this port. We walked around the town and had a wonderful meal at a local cafe. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2011
Last time I was in Zihuatanejo was in 2005 on the same 10 day cruise. This place changed a lot and is hardly recognizable. This used to be a sleepy village with great stores, prices, few bars and lots of little beautiful scenery. Well the ... Read More
Last time I was in Zihuatanejo was in 2005 on the same 10 day cruise. This place changed a lot and is hardly recognizable. This used to be a sleepy village with great stores, prices, few bars and lots of little beautiful scenery. Well the stores are more expensive to the point where it's ridiculous and they stopped bargaining. Every few feet we were offered a beer for a dollar and all the natural scenery was hidden by a large fort like building with lots of military. I couldn't believe how many military men with machine guns where all over the place. We walked around ourselves into the center and all over the little streets. We used to walk it all in less than 2 hours but not this time. The city boomed and there was much to explore. The few people we met along the way were all nice and guided us towards quiet streets with few shops but lots to explore. unfortunately all of our ports carry the same things so there wasn't much to buy. We are magnet collectors so once we found one we liked we stopped for a beer and watched how animal control (I hope) caught a crocodile and took him away. I hope the poor croc didn't end up as dinner and boots... overall the day was very nice. a bit on the warmer side than the other ports. The beaches here are clean and full of seashells but the best part for me was watching the fishermen and the pelicans fish and eating mahi mahi tacos that were freshly caught and grilled. Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2010
This was a great stop. The shopping was fun without too much pushing but best of all was this great place with tables on the beach. We pulled up a couple of chairs with a calming view of the ocean and sat under big umbrellas nearly the ... Read More
This was a great stop. The shopping was fun without too much pushing but best of all was this great place with tables on the beach. We pulled up a couple of chairs with a calming view of the ocean and sat under big umbrellas nearly the whole day, chatting and eating local fare and of course enjoying a few of our favorite beverages. It was always a secret little dream of mine, to be able to sit on a pretty shoreline with good food and drink being brought to me by a pleasant personality. I got it all in spades. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2010
This small fishing town is very rustic mexican. Take a taxi to "Playa La Ropa" or a water taxi ride to "Playa las Gatas" for a fun filled day of beach and sun. They both offer food, drinks, and placed to sit under ... Read More
This small fishing town is very rustic mexican. Take a taxi to "Playa La Ropa" or a water taxi ride to "Playa las Gatas" for a fun filled day of beach and sun. They both offer food, drinks, and placed to sit under palapas (for a small fee), and the views of the ship from here are beautiful! Its a tender stop, but its not a long ride to the port. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2010
Of course it wasn't that place, but Malaga wasn't listed. It was closing day so no shops open and we were in port so little time there was no time to visit Granada so had been refunded the cost of that trip. Malaga is lovely, ... Read More
Of course it wasn't that place, but Malaga wasn't listed. It was closing day so no shops open and we were in port so little time there was no time to visit Granada so had been refunded the cost of that trip. Malaga is lovely, but this was our squillionth visit and so just had a coffee in one of the cafes. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
favorite of all - tendered in- hired the best taxi by the name of Carlos garcia garcia (yes 2 last names)- he took us to all of the sites, even bought a chicken to feed to the alligators- only had 6 hours off the boat- waited in line 45 ... Read More
favorite of all - tendered in- hired the best taxi by the name of Carlos garcia garcia (yes 2 last names)- he took us to all of the sites, even bought a chicken to feed to the alligators- only had 6 hours off the boat- waited in line 45 minutes to catch inbound tender. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
We took a taxi to Playa La Ropa ($4) in Zihuatanejo and had an enjoyable day at the beach. We payed $10 for two premium lounge chairs at a beachfront bar. We didn't find the free lounge chairs I saw in other reports. We were satisfied ... Read More
We took a taxi to Playa La Ropa ($4) in Zihuatanejo and had an enjoyable day at the beach. We payed $10 for two premium lounge chairs at a beachfront bar. We didn't find the free lounge chairs I saw in other reports. We were satisfied with our experience and the service that was forthcoming from the bar/restaurant. I don't know the name of the place but they had blue pads on the lounges and tan colored beach umbrellas. There was all kinds of activity on the beach. Wave riders, parasails etc. We talked to others who went to Playa Las Gatas and had a similar experience although Las Gatas is much busier. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
We chose not to take an excursion in this port. We were tendered ashore, but on a much shorter ride than in Cabo San Lucas in more sheltered waters. We stayed in Zihuatanejo and walked around the village. There was actually a good number ... Read More
We chose not to take an excursion in this port. We were tendered ashore, but on a much shorter ride than in Cabo San Lucas in more sheltered waters. We stayed in Zihuatanejo and walked around the village. There was actually a good number of boutiques and a large variety of pottery. In the end, we found a pottery mask with hand-made glass-beaded lizards. Quite unique and very pretty. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
This was a beautiful place to be. We went on a tour of the city and then walked around on our own aftewards and did some shopping. It was such a gorgeous city and we enjoyed every moment we were there.
This was a beautiful place to be. We went on a tour of the city and then walked around on our own aftewards and did some shopping. It was such a gorgeous city and we enjoyed every moment we were there. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2010
Did not make it over to Ixtapa but had a great time strolling through Zihuatenjo shopping, checking out local food and beverage choices. Felt absolutely safe. The ship sailed as the sun was setting which made for great pictures and good ... Read More
Did not make it over to Ixtapa but had a great time strolling through Zihuatenjo shopping, checking out local food and beverage choices. Felt absolutely safe. The ship sailed as the sun was setting which made for great pictures and good time to have dinner out at the fan-tail pool. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2010
We had no plans for this port, and instead rode the tender to the terminal and walked through the area near the beach, where there were several interesting shops and restaurants. We spent the afternoon shopping and eating in one of the ... Read More
We had no plans for this port, and instead rode the tender to the terminal and walked through the area near the beach, where there were several interesting shops and restaurants. We spent the afternoon shopping and eating in one of the outdoor cafes, and had a wonderful time with a lady from the ship who was traveling alone and joined us for lunch. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2010
Ixtapa/ZIhuanejo - took a ferry to Las Gatos beach, it is like $5.00 per person, (round trip) you can get this right at the end of the pier. Very nice beach, we ate at albertos and you could scuba right from the beach. Husband and teens ... Read More
Ixtapa/ZIhuanejo - took a ferry to Las Gatos beach, it is like $5.00 per person, (round trip) you can get this right at the end of the pier. Very nice beach, we ate at albertos and you could scuba right from the beach. Husband and teens enjoyed this very much.Lunch for 5 of us was $86, a bit pricey but we had drinks and wanted an authentic mexican meal. We had 3 orders of quesadillas, three orders of fries, two orders of chips and guacamole, 5 mixed alcoholic drinks, and a Huge Hawaiian plate, of seafood. Very good and well worth the money. Lots of pan handlers and sellers on beach as well. Every where you went people wanted tips. I thought this was funny, as in America you tip if someone goes over and above.. but I have never heard anyone in America ask for a tip. Tips are earned. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2010
Even though we didn't actually get off the ship to visit this port I could tell that if you are a beach lover you would really enjoy this beautiful tropical place! It had every water sport imaginable including para sailing . I could ... Read More
Even though we didn't actually get off the ship to visit this port I could tell that if you are a beach lover you would really enjoy this beautiful tropical place! It had every water sport imaginable including para sailing . I could see everyone having a really great time!! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2010
ZIHUATANEJO : Our plan was to rent a scooter, but the place was still not open until after 10:00 am. By then we had walked all over the places and decided not to rent the scooter, as the ship sailing time was earlier than any other ports.... Read More
ZIHUATANEJO : Our plan was to rent a scooter, but the place was still not open until after 10:00 am. By then we had walked all over the places and decided not to rent the scooter, as the ship sailing time was earlier than any other ports. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2010
According to the ship's port information sheet the taxi to La Ropa was supposed to be $4 per carload, so I asked the taxi driver “four dollars?” and he said yes so we all got in. Upon arrival he wanted $10. I was not impressed, I ... Read More
According to the ship's port information sheet the taxi to La Ropa was supposed to be $4 per carload, so I asked the taxi driver “four dollars?” and he said yes so we all got in. Upon arrival he wanted $10. I was not impressed, I was mad. Especially when we got to the beach and we could have almost swam directly across from where the ship tenders to the beach. We should have just taken a water taxi instead. The restaurant also charged $5 for the palapa, plus any food or drinks cost (the nachos were not great, but the beer was cold. The beach itself was good, nice sand, gradual sloping entry but bigger waves than we expected. Luckily our daughters who are 9 and 11 were good swimmers and were in the waves for hours. The four year old splashed around a bit but mostly played in the sand and had a nap on the beach chair. It was a hot day and we should have reapplied their lotion as after we got back to the ship we discovered we had all burned. The vendors were not too bad, but nothing was all that well priced here. I would come back but maybe take a ride into Ixtapa, and check out the hotel zone. Or the water taxi to the other beach. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2010
We planned a day at La Playa Las Gatas because I read that there was a reef to snorkel there. First, we wanted to shop in Zihuatanjo. All the normal boardwalk shops were there with their 3/$10 t-shirts (that shrink 3 sizes in the first ... Read More
We planned a day at La Playa Las Gatas because I read that there was a reef to snorkel there. First, we wanted to shop in Zihuatanjo. All the normal boardwalk shops were there with their 3/$10 t-shirts (that shrink 3 sizes in the first wash) by the dock but the beautiful street shops of Zihuatanjo don't open until 10 or 11AM. It was early so we took a water taxi over to Las Gatas. The droves of locals at the dock would like to sell you water taxi tickets for up to $20 per person. Don't pay that. Right at the shore end of the dock is a blue building with a window where they sell round-trip tickets for $3.50. It is clearly painted on the wall of the building and I walked pass it 2 times before I asked a fellow cruiser getting on a taxi where he got his ticket. Once you get over to the beach you are expected to tip the driver of the taxi. At Las Gatas we found rocks under the water but very few fish. The beach was beautiful and the sand was very fine. The beach is wall-to-wall restaurants with their lounge chairs actually in the water in order to claim as much beach space as possible. We found the price of food and drinks outrageous and some places charging $5 to sit in their chairs even if you ordered food and drinks. We stayed a couple hours and it became so crowded and our service so poor we decided to leave. The restaurant we landed at lied about having a fresh water shower (it was saltwater)and took a 20 peso tip out of our change when we paid before leaving. When we returned to Zihuatanejo the shops were open and the shopping was great. Wonderful silver and carved stone and lots of choices. Unfortunatly, we were all chafing from the saltwater and were quite too uncomfortable to shop much. I do need to note that we found out that because it was Easter week in Mexico, the whole country was on vacation. The crowds at Las Gatas along with the high prices and poor service were hopefully due to the fact that the beach restaurants were planing on making a lot of money that week and didn't need to be nice, people would probably be willing to pay them what they wanted for chairs and such. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2010
I really like this port of call and chose a return trip to Isla Ixtapa. I haven't been there is over 20 years, so saw a lot of changes to this most beautiful island. There were not enough beach chairs for the number of guests on the ... Read More
I really like this port of call and chose a return trip to Isla Ixtapa. I haven't been there is over 20 years, so saw a lot of changes to this most beautiful island. There were not enough beach chairs for the number of guests on the tour...but we ended up walking over to the other side of the island and found a spot that was little treasure over there. There were some hammocks we were allowed to use and this was so relaxing. We swam in the ocean on the other side as the water was calmer and found some most beautiful shells. It was very crowded on both sides of the island -- again, spring break, but returned for a very good lunch with the tour group. We were taken back to Zihautanejo and walked down the tourist area and stopped for a cold beer at one of the restaurants on the beach. We find that this is the area where people are the most aggressive in terms of asking for tips and it hasn't changed at all. The guy that helps you into the boat, 'where's my tip?', the guy helps you out of the boat, 'where's my tip?', the guy that brings your beer, 'good price on beer, so be sure to leave me a big tip', the band is playing, 'did you enjoy the music, give me a tip'. Well, we know what to expect but still really love this port and this time didn't disappoint. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2010
Went on Carnival's Ixtapa Island getaway. This excursion is nice it will take you to a great island where only a moderate number of vendors will harass you. The food is good but be careful what you order as the servers creatively ... Read More
Went on Carnival's Ixtapa Island getaway. This excursion is nice it will take you to a great island where only a moderate number of vendors will harass you. The food is good but be careful what you order as the servers creatively price things in pesos and have multiple menu options of the same thing. My wife and I got our tab fix after complaining that they charged us for something we didn't order. However, my wife got a 30 minute message overlooking the ocean for $25 dollars. Read Less

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