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Carnival Paradise Cruise Review to Mexico


Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

3.0 out of 5
Sail Date: September 01, 2011
Ship: Carnival Paradise
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 6 years ago
Ship was decorated "Vegas" style, a lot of loud colors, lights, and patterns. Not many quiet public areas.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Food was average, good portions and selections on menu. Dining room tended to be noisy in a celebratory sort of way. Every dinner time, the wait staff had to do a song or dance-sort of sweet, silly, and undignified, but the kids liked it. Service also tended to be a little slow, but we were always late to the dining room, so tended to catch the staff when they were over busy.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
A lot to choose from, some silly, some educational, some entertaining. The daily printed schedule rather busy and difficult to dissect.

Children's Programs

3 out of 5
Age demographic divisions need some work. 2-5 is not an appropriate combination, as five year olds tend to be in school, better socialized, and more sophisticated than the littler kids. Better if it were 2-4, 5-8, 9-12, etc. Very serious and strict about checking kids in and out, which was reassuring and appreciated for the children's safety.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Very pleasant, accommodating cabin steward, waitstaff in dining room friendly. Other staff seemed rather aloof or disinterested.

Ship Quality

1 out of 5
Ship was decorated "Vegas" style, a lot of loud colors, lights, and patterns. Not many quiet public areas, bathrooms tended to get messy and a bit smelly, too many smoking sections within public places.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Rather dull, ugly colors, sort of dated. Bed setup was efficient for four, too much extra furniture taking up space. Seems that the life jackets could be stored more effeciently to allow more room in the cabin.

Pros: enormous value

Cons: Lack of information

Recommends Carnival Paradise? No.

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