Carnival Paradise Cruise Review to Mexico
Sail Date: August 28, 2006
Ship: Carnival Paradise
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 8 years ago
It was our first cruise, so everything was new to us - which made it delightful. There were a couple of items that lacked slightly. First, they shampooed the carpets in our rooms after we checked in. The cleanliness was nice, but we had to walk on wet carpets for 3 days. The breakfast and lunch meals were very nice - especially the ice cream - however, the evening dinners were different. They were exceptional to read about on the menus and to view first hand - beautiful presentation! However, they weren't as exceptional to eat. The flavoring was not that great. Beautiful escargots - but they were cooked until they were mushy. Large Filet mignons - with an unusual flavoring on it. (Salt & pepper would have been all you needed) They weren't all like that - the lamb was exceptional - best I'd ever eaten...and I'm really picky about lamb. It was superb. Tiramisu was wonderful. But unfortunately, most of the dishes weren't quite as memorable. I actually hate to say it since it was obvious the chefs spent an outrageous amount of time to prepare everything. And service for that many people at each seating was so fast and delightful.
By far, one of the best things on the ship was the crew. Most were Europeans. They, apparently, work terrible shifts of 10+ hour days and must live for up to 9 months on the ship at a time. Yet, there wasn't one frown, not one grumpy soul amongst them all. They were the most brilliant array of individuals I had ever met. Courteous, gracious, and ever so friendly. And they kept that ship impeccable. They were fantastic - Carnival's biggest asset!
Ports of Call
Pros: constant availability of food
Cons: The preparation of the evening meals.