Packed in like a can with no smiles

Carnival Paradise Cruise Review to Mexico

Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

2 out of 5
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3 Night Baja Mexico (Los Angeles Roundtrip)
Sail Date: December 26, 2008
Ship: Carnival Paradise
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 8 years ago

2650 people (a full ship I am told) packed the Carnival Paradise for the weekend version of the Long Beach to Ensenada trip. It was cramp. The room was very small, three of us shoe-horned in to half a dorm room including a bunk bed. Three nights in these quarters was tough, but it shouldn't be a problem because who is in their room on a cruise right? The throngs of people jamming hallways and clogging up food lines was enough to keep you in your room.

We waited ten or fifteen minutes past the time we were supposed to be seated on all three formal dinner nights. This was not a pleasant experience as it was hot and the non-American staff does not understand basic American customer service. The door to our room broke and I had to call over and over to get someone to come fix it (we were locked out, stuck in the hallway - twice).

Yikes. The staff, which work very hard (and show it), seemed to have no humor left for any of the guests on this weekend.

5 out of 5
EXCELLENT. Since my last trips in 2006 and 2007 Ensenada has improved dramatically. It was clean and safe-feeling and the locals were very friendly. The tour guides push very hard for the buffadora trip, its not worth it but its not the worst waste of time.
Don't Miss: Downtown markets and bars

Pros: Ensenada has improved dramatically

Cons: The attitude of the staff

Recommends Carnival Paradise? No.

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