Carnival Paradise Cruise Review to Mexico

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3 out of 5

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Sail Date: October 18, 2010

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

The ship itself was fine. It is a grand vessel with a good amount of opulence. We had a suite room, but even a suite was rather small. Certainly not a suite like in a hotel.

Some of events had an additional charge, ie., bingo at the normal cost of $20 for three bingo cards but for only one game. Most town bingo palors wil play multiple games for $20.00.

Gratuity is automatically added for all drinks outside of those provided by the meal plan. This concept runs counter to the spirit in which gratuity is meant. That is, an amount determined by the patron in gratitude for the service rendered. By forcing a gratuity, it takes the control away from the patron to determine the quality of the service rendered. The service rendered was normally fine, but the concept of a forced gratuity rubbed many folks wrong.

There were technical difficulties with the last night musical performance. Many folks go up and left when the curtains closed and an announcement was made about technical difficulties. Given the event was free, one cannot complain too loudly, but you would think these glitches would be worked out during rehersals. It left an awkward feeling about the last grand finale night musical as more of a comedy of errors versus a grand finale musical attraction.

Pros: Comedy clubs.

Cons: Gratuity was automatically added to all drinks not covered in the meal plan. Premium food items ie, lobster, fliet mignon, etc. were not a regular part of the free meal service. These items were available but for a additional fee.

Recommends Carnival Paradise? Yes!

Food and Dining
Meals were fine but portion size was a bit skimpy at tmes. Granted one could order more if desired, but if comes off a bit awkward in front of other table guests to order again.
Ensenada, Mexico
Beggars are everywhere. Be prepared to be approached by beggars and people hawking wares.


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