Carnival Paradise Cruise Review to Mexico

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4 out of 5

Fun 3 day cruise

Sail Date: February 23, 2007

Reviewed: 10 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

Really liked the staterooms - plenty of room with closets and drawers. Even had white terrycloth robes for use and pool beach towels in the room. With over 2000 guests, it didn't seem crowded - there was never a wait for the elevator. There is a lot of deck space - a main pool with 2 hot tubs and an aft pool with 2 hot tubs, plus another pool for kids. This cruise had a lot of families with small children.

Pros: Dinner at a 10 seat table

Cons: Food at main dining room

Recommends Carnival Paradise? Yes!

Food and Dining
The main dining room meals were ok - not bad but not great. The desserts were a disappointment - the best part was the lobster tail. The coffee was weak - both in color and taste! Breakfast in the main dining room was not good - we should have stuck with the Paris buffet restaurant. The soft serve ice cream machine is always available - plus the Deli Sandwiches were great.
Ship Quality
It was a full ship and yet, it didn't have a crowded feeling. It was clean - the atrium is beautiful. even though there were a few smoking areas (I'm a non-smoker) it had a good non-smoking feel to it.
Cabin / Stateroom
Could use bigger drawers instead of 4 narrow ones. We always looked forward to the 'towel animals' in the evenings! Nice big bath towels - always had warm/hot water for showers.
Service and Staff
One of the best parts of the cruise were the embarkation and deembarkation - very good processes. Quick and no waiting - well organized.
Really enjoyed the cruise director - there was plenty of good entertainment. The evening shows were enjoyable - the dancers and band were great, the singers were ok.
Ensenada, Mexico
The town is a tourist trap - vendors on the street looking for cruise ship money. More money, probably from the Cruise Lines, needs to be invested in the community to pick it up a notch. It was easy to take the shuttle into downtown, then walk around and back to the ship. I've been to Ensenada on a different cruise and went to LaBufadore for kayaking - that was worth the trip - wasn't offered at this port of call.
Don't Miss: Walking along the promenade

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