3rd best of my three cruise experience
Carnival Paradise Cruise Review to Mexico
Sail Date: November 21, 2011
Ship: Carnival Paradise
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 6 years ago
This was the worst of my three luding another Carnival Cruise.
The only good thing I found was the parking system, which stood out as the best among all the large-size parking system (e.g. airports, ports, etc.)
This does not mean that every single aspect of the cruise was bad. In fact, most things were at least mediocre, if not great.
-- inconvenience (long line)
The cruise would not have been necessarily a bad experience unless the ship had more effective mechanism for allocating resources. For example, I had to wait for about 15 mins to get an egg fry, EVERY MORNING. I'm not talking about the check-in or tendering processes, the convenience by which is understandable and somewhat unavoidable. I'm talking about the inconvenience that I, and most of the passengers I believe, had to deal with everywhere. Things like this could have been easily prevented/corrected if Carnival had been at least marginally concerned about the inconvenience people had to go through.
-- poor shore-excursion
There was not very much to do in Santa Catalina, which is understandable given the weather.
Programs for Mexico though did not seem to take full advantage of the tourism resources at all. Winery tour seemed the least-evil.
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
Ports of Call
Pros: parking before cruise (reasonable price / effective system between drop-off and parking spaces)
Cons: had to be stuck behind a long line for everything.