Carnival Paradise Cruise Review to Mexico

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2-3 cruises


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3 out of 5

You get what you pay for

Sail Date: February 21, 2011

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Oceanview

The ship is clearly older, the decor was awful but it was well-maintained and very clean. The stateroom service was excellent but the overall temperature onboard, stateroom, dining room, etc, was downright chilly. No clocks int he staterooms was also unsettling.

Pros: Stateroom service, ports

Cons: Food wasn't good, temperature onboard cold, onboard activities and entertainment kind of lame.

Recommends Carnival Paradise? No.

Food and Dining
The food wasn't very good, not much variety at all in the buffet and our dinner was frequently cold.
Not very many options for onboard entertainment and activities. The "shows" were horrendous - I have seen better productions by middle-schoolers. The comediens were fantastic, though. There was really only one thing to do at a time, if that, and most of it was lame.
Ship Quality
Cabin / Stateroom
Stateroom was roomier than I had pictured, well laid-out, good location (upper deck, aft) and the service of the stateroom housekeeping was wonderful.
Service and Staff
The staff was overall friendly. Our hall steward was fabulous, our dining staff slightly inept but very friendly. Entertainment staff was friendly as was the photography staff. Bar staff was not so great.
Catalina Island, California
The port itself is beautiful and totally walkable - being only a few blocks along the waterfront. Lots of little shops, ice cream, etc. We booked an excursion - snorkeling in 54 degree water! Very cold, but the guide was good. Next time we're going Caribbean... The weather was very cool, lower than average for end of Feb.
Ensenada, Mexico
Our Wine Country Tour was fantastic! The guide was great, good variety at the tastings, perfect amount of time. The city itself is a little sketych with TONS of panhandlers and hecklers. We did find a wonderful "out of the way" little bar called Tequillas - excellent fish tacos and margharits and the owner was there and chatted with us for over an hour. I highly recommend Tequillas over the tourist trap "Papas & Beer."
Don't Miss: Tequillas bar

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