Carnival Paradise Cruise Review to Mexico

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4 out of 5

Great "Try it Out" Cruise

Sail Date: September 08, 2008

Reviewed: 8 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

We took the four nights cruise from Long Beach. This was our try it out cruise. We never expect perfection when traveling. Embarkation went smoothly. We arrived at 11:00.All of the staff was helpful in letting us know what the procedures were. We waited for wedding parties to embark, and we were sitting on the lido deck at noon. All of the staff was pleasant and helpful. We had no expectations; therefore, we enjoyed the total experience. Our stateroom was on the empress deck with a window and plenty of space to store everything. The beds were comfortable and the pillows really nice. We could control the temperature level easily. Nice to never have a stuffy feeling. The bathroom and shower were very roomy for a cabin space. Water was hot. When we required our steward, he was there promptly. We enjoyed the diversity of the travelers and the staff, and being September, there were few children aboard. We ate in the dining room, and the food was excellent with the portions just right so that you could eat each course. The lido buffet also prepared good sandwiches if you wanted, and the late night pizza was excellent. We liked watching the many activities going on, and the production shows were very entertaining and professional. Best event was the singing around the piano. There were many places to go to have a quiet spot if one wanted. The ship was mostly very clean. Some improvement could be in getting the tables cleaned after people vacate, but we just sat and staff shortly appeared! Debarkation went smoothly, just a wait for immigration that slows things down. But gave more time to visit with nice people. Downside was a smelly bathroom on the lido deck when we arrived. There may be better lines and ships, but all in all, a great first time cruise experience.

Pros: Entertainment, Dining, Diversity of Travelers and Staff, Fun

Cons: Waiting to Disembark

Recommends Carnival Paradise? Yes!

Service and Staff
All the staff was friendly that we encountered. Our head waiter and matre d went above our expectations by arranging a galley tour for us. We were overwhelmed with being able to do this on first cruise! The cruise director was very enthusiastic.
Ship Quality
Was a little confusing to use the elevators and one did not work for most of the cruise. We mostly just used the stairs, which might be hard for some people.
Food and Dining
We liked the choices in the dining room each night and the quality. The lobster was excellent. Nice to have grilled sandwiches on the lido and late night pizza.
Cabin / Stateroom
Comfortable room. There was no decor. But it was clean and plenty of storage space.
Entertainment
Something for everyone. We were empressed with the show productions.
Ensenada, Mexico
We did no tours as we have been to Mexico. Enjoyed just walking, shopping and snacking.
Catalina Island, California
Rented a golf cart for two hours and toured the island. Perfect.


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