Some highs- some Lows
Carnival Paradise Cruise Review to Mexico
Ship: Carnival Paradise
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 11 years ago
The staff was friendly and more than willing to help. The rooms were nice and clean. Some of the stuff looking used, but really no complaints there.
The food was okay. Breakfast was really nothing fancy- usually things you can find at Denny's. Lunch was very blah. My kids usually ate a hot dog or a slice of average pizza everyday. Dinner was, again, average. Although the melt in your mouth chocolate dessert was good.
One of my biggest complaints was the dinner seating. We have two young kids and therefore, requested an early dinner time. We were placed at the 8:30 seating. This led to a few issues. Firstly, we felt excluded from a lot of the entertainment the ship had to offer. They did move some shows earlier to accommondate, but overall you felt very left out.
This goes in part with our other complaint of the kid's camp. On other ships you don't pay out of pocket until after 11:00, here it was 10:00. We tried twice to have the kids with us at the late seating and it didn't work, they were too hungry and too tired. Finally, there is no way to have the 8:30 seating and then be able to pick up the kids by 10:00. On one occasion, my husband left the table after one of his dinner courses, ran up to the camp room, stood in line, and then at 10:02 were going to be charged an hour of sitting (only 2 minutes in).
Outside of that, my son, who had been to other kid's camps was very sadly disappointed. Often for convience, his group was placed with the younger group. Often he was with children that were 4-5 years younger.
One final point- we discovered that for excursions to buy tickets on shore rather than on ship. The ship often marked the prices up by 15-40%
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
Pros: Friendly staff, clean rooms, nice looking atrium
Cons: Food was so-so (especially the lunch food), kid camp was disappointing