Carnival Paradise Cruise Review to Mexico

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4 out of 5

A Good Intro Cruise

Sail Date: May 01, 2006

Reviewed: 10 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

This was a good chance for first time cruisers to try out the cruising experience. On our ship, there were quite a few people doing just that who live in California.

Pros: Great Menu Selections and Entertainment

Cons: Lack of Balcony Staterooms

Ship Quality
Ship size is small enough to make embarkation and debarkation relatively smooth. The layout of ship split up into 2 main dining rooms (Destiny and Elation) and seperate casual dining area (Paris Dining Room). The public areas were kept clean and there were several speciality bars and quiet areas.
Food and Dining
The quality and variety of food in the main dining rooms was excellent with a usual choice of 5 starters, 2 salads, 5 entrees, and 5 desserts. Entrees on this cruise included Lobster tail, Chateaubrian, Filet Mignon, several fish dishes, and vegetarian and pasta selections. Desserts included Cherries Jubilee, Tiramasu, Baked Alaska, and ice cream, sherbert, and cakes. Service at our table was excellent with 2 waiters for approximately 16 people (2 tables). The waiters did everything they could to make each meal a pleasant dining experience. The food choices and preparation in the casual dining area (Paris) was also excellent. The dining room staff were constantly clearing spaces to provide easy seating and served coffee, tea, and juice as well in the morning.
Cabin / Stateroom
Our stateroom (Ocean View Room) was adequate for a cruise up to 7 days and was kept clean and stocked with clean towels throughout the day. Ventilation was provided by a single overhead duct which seemed to be inadequate at first until the cruise was underway. The beds (2 twins) in our room were arranged to be a single queen size bed and were very comfortable. If you could ignore the many activities and just wanted tor rest, these beds would work well for you. On this ship a hair dryer is not provided so you will need to bring one. There are 2 closets (one for hanging clothes, one with shelves) as well as an open hanging area. Bathrobes were provided for use.
Service and Staff
Each staff member we encountered was eager to please and make the cruise an enjoyable experience.
You choose to do a lot or nothing at all but there are many options for activities during the day, whether in port or not. Our evening entertainment consisted of 2 Las Vegas style shows, 2 comedians, and an illusionist.

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