Hello from Cabin 6228 aboard the Carnival Spirit somewhere in the Pacific Ocean!
Front View of the Carnival Spirit
Rear View of the Carnival Spirit
What a fun working vacation at sea it has been with other great marketers, including Mike Filsaime, Paulie Sabol, Tom Beal, Donna Fox, Deb and JP Micek, Armando Montelongo Jr., Veronica Montelongo, Sam Heyer, Joel Therien, IIona Therien, Keith Wellman, Danny Guspie, Heidi Nabert, Scott Paton, Alex Nghiem, and Barbara Drazga.
Not only have the cruise activities been a blast, but the land activities have also been phenomenal.
There are just countless things to do on the ship…
I’ve gotten the chance to experience a lot of them, but there’s just no way to accomplish all of them within just an 8 day cruise.
Some of these activities include dancing, singing, drinking, lounging, gambling, sun bathing, swimming, hot tubbing, golfing, exercising, massaging, watching live shows, not to mention all the food you can possibly eat!
As you can tell, I’m having a great time so far.
And that’s not all…
During the course of the cruise, we also made stops at Acapulco, Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa and Manzanillo.
In Acapulco, we played it by ear and took a local tour around town and stopped by the beach, flea market and some sight seeing intermissions along the way.
Overlooking the City and Port of Acapulco
Night Out on the Town at Senor Frogs Acapulco
In Zihuatenejo/Ixtapa, we once again went with the flow and ran into a local who was willing to take us around town for whatever we were willing to tip him.
We agreed to his offer and enjoyed the day hanging out and jet skiing on the beach, flea market and sight seeing again.
Enjoying the Food, Sun and Jet Skis on the Beach
In Manzanillo, we took the bus downtown and ultimately decided to take cabs to the beach to spend the day.
Downtown Manzanillo Near the Port
Although we had a great time at the beach, we ran into a minor mishap when we missed our drivers, who were supposed to take us back to our ship.
Finding other cabs and other drivers were tough, but finally, in desperation, we convinced a nice couple to fit 18 of us in the back of his pick-up truck for a ride back to the main road.
It was quite an adventure, especially since we almost did not make it onto the truck.
In fact, I only had one of my legs in the truck the entire time, and the main road was ways away.
When we finally got back onto the main road, we had yet another challenge of finding enough taxis to take us back to the ship.
The port was a good 25 to 30 minutes away, and time was quickly slipping away.
We were lucky enough to accomplish the task of hailing multiple cabs to take us where we needed to go.
However, because our cab drivers did not want to go through customs, they dropped us off just short of there.
We ended up having to walk back to the ship, and barely made it back in time just as they were closing up the gates to the port!
From seeing celebrity homes and jetskiing around the huge Carnival ship to almost getting stranded in Mexico, it has definitely been an action packed vacation.
These past several days have given all of the marketers on the cruise a chance to get to know each other and building strong personal and business relationships.
Lots of new and stronger friendships were formed here, which will lead to many of us helping each other and even working with one another in the months to come.
It has definitely been a valuable and productive experience for me.
Thanks again to Paulie Sabol, Mike Filsaime, Donna Fox and Tom Beal for organizing such a fabulous vacation!
Here are some more memories from the awesome i5 Gold Cruise 2007…
Mastermind Session in “Club Cool”
Hotseat with Armando Montelongo Jr.
Hotseat with Deb and JP Micek
Formal Dinner Night
Casual Dinner Night
At the Club
At the Bar Lounge
The Carnival Dancers
Our Spectacular Waitress, Noemi Katai