Carnival Paradise Cruise Review to Mexico

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4 out of 5

A great time for young people

Sail Date: March 24, 2008

Reviewed: 9 years ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Inside

We went on the 4-day baja cruise and had a great time. We were a small group of guys (22-24 yrs old) and we had a blast! Probably because we were drunk 80% of the time. There were tons of places to grab a drink onboard (that's never a problem since they make their money on booze). Make sure you go with a large enough group (3+ people) since it appeared that even a lot of couples got bored after 2 days on the ship. There is a great waterslide, good selection of domestic/imported beers at all the bars, and some solid music entertainment. Club Rex (the only place to really dance) was okay. The DJ was good but the people there did not blend too well. Picture old ladies dancing with young guys and staff members who have the day off.

The dinner service was incredible. Oftentimes if you are hungry your waiters will hook you up with more food. We got three entrees one night. (Lobster, Prime Rib, Pasta). Just look out for the extra charges. As much fun as the casino is, don't get carried away. (My bill was the same as the cost of the cruise itself) Everything adds up.

For a frugal college student on spring break, this was the best way to get to mexico. Although we ended up having much more fun at catalina island. More bars, and you can rent bikes, go horseback riding, kayaking, or snorkeling. A great deal overall- just go in a group, and perhaps figure out a way to not pay for the ship's drinks.

Pros: Fast, polite service everywhere onboard. Good gym/sauna facilities. Big casino. 24 hour room service

Cons: Expensive drinks, not too hot "late nite" comedy

Recommends Carnival Paradise? Yes!

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Cabin / Stateroom
Service and Staff
Ensenada, Mexico
Town was kind of empty. It was only people from the cruise. Unless you want to purchase illegal substances or drink at Papas and Beer, it's an okay experience.
Don't Miss: Papas and Beer 2 blocks inland.
Catalina Island, California
So many things to do and a beautiful/romantic scene
Don't Miss: renting bikes for 5$ an hour

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