Carnival Paradise Cruise Review to Mexico

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2-3 cruises


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4 out of 5

Great cruise experience

Sail Date: May 23, 2011

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

Beautiful and clean. Smaller than other ships, but never felt cramped. Decor slightly outdated, but still pleasant. I had been concerned about the ports since I wasn't interested in Catalina and have been to Mexico numerous times. Shouldn't have worried--fun to get off the ship for a few hours in nice locations. Wait to book spa appointments until you are on the ship; the discounts are much better.

Pros: Exactly the right length, flexible food and entertainment options

Cons: Long check-in process

Recommends Carnival Paradise? Yes!

Ship Quality
Public restroom by the pool small and not very clean; others were better. In my opinion, not very accessible to those with limitations. Great fitness area with loud music, nice spa.
Food and Dining
Ate mostly at the buffet; lots of options, great quality. Late night dining options were limited and busy.
Cabin / Stateroom
We were in an inside stateroom. Fairly big, good bath and storage.
Service and Staff
Quick, friendly service.
Plenty of options, good quality (sometimes cheesy, but that is part of the fun). None of the bars ever seemed very busy--maybe a sign of too many options.
Ensenada, Mexico
An active person can walk from the port to the touristy area. Typical Mexico party scene and shopping, with enough to keep everyone interested.
Catalina Island, California
Went in late afternoon for some shopping. A beautiful area worth exploring.

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