Nice, inexpensive getaway

Carnival Paradise Cruise Review to Mexico

Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
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4 Night Baja Mexico (Los Angeles Roundtrip)
Sail Date: October 03, 2011
Ship: Carnival Paradise
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 6 years ago
This is our second time on a cruise but the first time for our daughters (9 &11). This trip was really more for them and they had a blast. The ship is older with fewer amenities but you can't beat the price for a 4 night cruise (around $220 per person). The rain dampened the experience a bit but that's mother nature's fault. Can't wait to go on another cruise but will upgrade to a different ship/cruise line.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Basically a 24 hour Hometown Buffet. The dining room food was a little better.


3 out of 5

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
Grateful for the children's program. My daughters enjoyed the activities.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Staff is hardworking!

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Older ship with outdated decor but staff did a great job maintaining the areas.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Pink decor (not my style) but room is functional. TVs are crt so don't expect HD.
3 out of 5
Went on an excursion to La Bufadora and shops nearby. Excursions are cheaper (1/2 price) from local agencies. Also visited Corona warehouse ($1 beer bottles). The Bufadora was interesting (for a few minutes) but the bus ride gave us the opportunity to see parts of Ensenada. $15 per person for this 3-4 hour excursion.
3 out of 5
It was sprinkling and we really didn't feel like shopping or doing outdoor activities. However, renting a golf cart to see parts of Avalon was fun! Cash only (didn't expect that) for golf carts ($40 per hour and $40 deposit).

Pros: great for first time cruisers

Cons: tight casino

Recommends Carnival Paradise? Yes!

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