Carnival Paradise Cruise Review to Mexico

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2 out of 5

Disappointed with Carnival Cruise

Sail Date: December 29, 2008

Reviewed: 7 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

Looked clean,
lacked free fun activities advertised on Carnival ships,

Pros: Activities Ashore

Cons: Nickle & Diming guests for everything; only keeping amenities open at certain times

Recommends Carnival Paradise? No.

Service and Staff
Staff was friendly,
there were just policies that they had to abide by that I didn't much agree with (i.e. amenities closing after a certain time - like all of the hot tubs, which apparently "had to drain" nightly, or the water slide, which closed @ 5PM
I just see no reason for these amenities to close at all
I have not heard of the hot tubs "needing to drain" nightly on other ships

My biggest problem with the situation is that we were not informed of these restrictions, not just when we booked, but after we boarded - we had to find them out as we went along, trying to do things & being told that we couldn't because "they were closed")
Dismal in general
Nobody really looked like they were having a good time like on the commercials
We felt like the experience was orchestrated to make the guests feel like they had to pay out the nose for alcohol to get drunk in order to have a good time

Variety: what variety? - shows not particularly funny or impressive (not interesting to me at least);
they did have a staff member do an ice carving one day in front of an audience - probably the best entertainment the entire time
Live music was good when available (I only heard it twice - they didn't have it every day)
Quality of options: quality was fine (i.e. live music, shows were average, etc.), but the frequency & variety was lacking - shows were not particularly frequent & if you happened to be busy during the time that the show was taking place, too bad
good quality, poor variety = average overall rating
Ship Quality
Not the problem
Food and Dining
Food Quality: Fair / Good
Restaurant Variety: Decent, but the best food there, which happened to be stir fry, was only served twice during the entire trip
"Convenience" of Dining Times: inconvenient - several places available to get food, but each only open for a few hours during very specific times (you come a few minutes early and they won't allow you to get food) & the person staffing the one place open all the time gave you a dirty look if you ordered something at an odd hour;
also, each half of the ship was scheduled to eat dinner in the formal dining area at a specific time (no choice - better policy would have been allowing guests to make reservations for when they wanted to eat - i have heard of it done this way on other ships)
Ambiance: Fine, but nothing exciting like they advertise (disappointing)
Cabin / Stateroom
Size: small as expected
Decor: fine
"Amenities": soft drinks within arms reach available for purchase (apparently standard)
Overall comfort: good (bed was good)
Condition of stateroom: fair - obviously not new, but not in disrepair
Location: fine - elevators took you whereever you needed to go, so location didn't matter much
Ensenada, Mexico
Must see: la bufadora (the blowhole) Waste of time: renting a scooter & traveling there (too cold & took forever); also, people hassle you to buy things as you walk down the street to get to the blowhole Best restaurants: the ones around la bufadora - pretty cheap & good food
Don't Miss: la bufadora
Catalina Island, California
Must see: the island - it is beautiful! Waste of time: not exploring Best sites: on the tours
Don't Miss: the island tour

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