Carnival Paradise Cruise Review to Mexico

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4 out of 5

First Peek at Cruising

Sail Date: May 12, 2006

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Oceanview

My "first peek" at cruising aboard the Carnival Paradise was a three-day trip to Ensenada, Mexico and back. This trip offers the ideal opportunity for folks to give cruising a try. We booked an outside cabin on the Riviera deck, which was a terrific choice. It is absolutely true that you don't feel the roll and pitch of the ship in the lower cabins. Remembering to take a friend's advice, I made spa reservations as soon as we got on board. Carnival has just spent over a million dollars renovating the Paradise Spa, bringing it to a world class level. First on our pampering agenda was an hour-long pedicure. Wow! You will never feel the same about your feet again. After dinner we went back and had the Balinese Hot Stone Treatment. If you have kinks they will definitely iron them out. In totally relaxed bliss we had time to catch the revue and make a cozy night of it. The next morning we debarked to Ensenada for a pre-paid excursion. I had no idea that Jack Dempsey and the mobster Al Capone had built a casino in Baja but that part of the tour was fascinating. Back on the bus, the tour guide gave us tips on where to make purchases and how to avoid rip-offs. We were dropped off in downtown Ensenada for an hour of shopping. Although our budget was set for souvenirs, there were some stunning examples of silver smithing to buy. Back on board, the afternoon was spent sunning and playing Scrabble on the adult deck. Just what the doctor ordered for two stressed out business gals. The Karaoke and Disco were hopping that evening with everyone in a festive mood. The third day, "Fun Day at Sea", was filled with relaxation and silliness on the Lido deck. The whirlpool on the adult deck was just right for us. You could hear the music provided by a live reggae band, but you could still chill out. That evening was another hot time on the Atrium floor. The casino was at full tilt and it seemed like everyone aboard was circulating and showing their style. Debarkation the next morning was much easier than I expected. This trip proved to me that cruising is the best bargain for your travel dollar right now. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Most of the pleasure was in not having to worry about planning meals or itinerary. What a deal as they say!

Pros: The incredible spa treatments

Cons: Smoking areas

Ensenada, Mexico
We took the shopping excursion, which was a good choice for us. The casino tour was brief but informative and the casino museum's plaza offered very good shopping for such a small area. The in-town winery tour was also informative, but the wine tasting was not a good idea. The wine there was frankly dreadful, but we were able to purchase an excellent flan flavored liquor that was produced elsewhere.
Don't Miss: The countryside wineries. The folks that took that excursion raved about it.
Ensenada, Mexico
We took the shopping excursion, which was a good choice for us. The casino tour was brief but informative and the casino museum's plaza offered very good shopping for such a small area. The in-town winery tour was also informative, but the wine tasting was not a good idea. The wine there was frankly dreadful, but we were able to purchase an excellent flan flavored liquor that was produced elsewhere.
Don't Miss: The countryside wineries. The folks that took that excursion raved about it.


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