Carnival Paradise Cruise Review to Mexico

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3 out of 5

Some highs- some Lows

Sail Date: December 01, 2006

Reviewed: 9 years ago

Traveled As: Family w/young children

Room Type: Oceanview

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%

Pros: Friendly staff, clean rooms, nice looking atrium

Cons: Food was so-so (especially the lunch food), kid camp was disappointing

Recommends Carnival Paradise? Yes!

Service and Staff
From the room stewart to the housekeepers, staff always willing to stop and assist. One point of interest, my husband and I felt it was tacky that at the last dinner of the cruise the Maitre'd was basically pan-handling tips for the dinning staff (this would be on top of the daily tip you were already paying)
Children's Programs
As stated above, sadly disappointed. My son one afternoon cried that he was placed with the baby group, and due to lack of structure, a lot of kids were out of control
Ship Quality
Nice looking atrium. Always saw crew members cleaning, and especially during cold and flu season, was nice to see things clean.
Food and Dining
As stated above, nothing fancy. The buffets were very adequate. One dish looked like chicken with a piece of spinach and a slice of american cheese on top.
Cabin / Stateroom
Some of the drawers looked very used, but it was nice to have little extras. In our rooms were samples of toothpaste, razors, facial cleanser, body lotion, etc. Also, nice to have robes.
A lot better if you had an earlier dinner seating. Good quality of headliners. The first night and last night shows were well done.

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