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Carnival Paradise Cruise Review to Mexico

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 15
Helpful Votes: 163

Overall rating:

5 out of 5
Carnival Paradise

4 Night California Coastal (Los Angeles Roundtrip)

Sail date: May 18, 2009

Ship: Carnival Paradise

Cabin type: Oceanview

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Review summary

This cruise was during the Swine Flue out break in Mexico so on the 4 night we had two sea days and one day in Catalina island.  Since it only made the one stop the price was so low it did not pay to stay at home.  I figured for this price what the heck I'll finally break down and try Carnival.  Going with low expectations made everything so much more then what I had expected.  Boarding was quick and we were on the ship before we knew it.  Food in the MDR was great, service was great also.  The extra sea days made the trip very relaxing to enjoy the pool.  The ship is older and still one of the Las Vegas tacky decor ships.   but that kind of adds to the overall fun of not having to dress up or be formal.  This trip was good enough that I will do Carnival again.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
I thought the food was better then on RCCL

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5


3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
The cabin is sparse but has everything you would need.

Ports of call

Long Beach (Los Angeles), California

5 out of 5
So much better then San Pedro port, better parking and better staff.

Catalina Island, California

5 out of 5
a nice port even if all you do is get lunch, drinks and an Ice cream
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