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Carnival Paradise Cruise Review to Mexico

Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Reviews: 0
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
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4 Night Baja Mexico (Los Angeles Roundtrip)
Sail Date: April 11, 2011
Ship: Carnival Paradise
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 7 years ago
The ship was great. Well maintained and clean. The staff was friendly and always happy to help. This was our first cruise so we have no basis for comparison but definitely WONT be our last. The food at buffets and room service were ok and plentiful. The evening meals were by far the best and wonderful. The dinner staff was very accommodating, helpful and flexible. As far as entertainment there weren't as many options as we would have liked but we really just wanted to get away and relax so that was ok. The comedy shows weren't the best I've ever been to but good enough. Our biggest complaint was that the pools were freezing! The weather was nice an sunny with a cool breeze and since the pools were not heated it was impossible to use them. Be prepared to climb A LOT of stairs or have the patience to wait a long time for elevators.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The buffets were good enough, dinner was excellent. Restaurants had nice atmosphere, elegant but relaxed. Kid friendly. Lots of options.


3 out of 5
The schedule of some of the shows conflicted with our assigned dinner time which was annoying. There wasn't much to do as far as entertainment. The shows we did attend weren't the greatest but good enough.

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
The kid's programs were great. Both of our boys, ages 4 and 12, had a blast. The only complaint I have about them is that they would close for an hour or two like twice a day in the middle of the day. The staff was great with our 4 year old. By the end of the cruise neither of them wanted to leave.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Friendly, willing to help. Our dinner server always remembered our names even when seen at other times around the ship. He was very accommodating with our special request as we were traveling with 3 picky eaters and one demanding man :)

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Clean, well maintained, easy to navigate and find things, tons of stairs but that will just help work off all the food :P Biggest complaint was the freezing cold pools.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Clean, comfortable, roomy. Nothing fancy but everything you need to be comfortable.
5 out of 5
We took a great tour, the gold coast tour. Gave us a different perspective on Mexico. Fun, nothing too scary. Good shopping, good restaurants.
Don't Miss: Golden Coast Tour
5 out of 5
Good port, nothing real special if you're a Southern California local but still nice. Lots of shops and things to see. DO NOT waste your $$$ on the glass bottom boat excursion!

Pros: Great Value, Easy get away

Cons: Entertainment options and freezing pools

Recommends Carnival Paradise? Yes!

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