We found this cruise to be excellent!
What it is:
-Fun! If you were bored... it was your fault! There was plenty to do!
-EXCELLENT service from the Carnival Paradise staff (from the embarkation staff to the ship)
-GOOD food (this isn't a five star restaurant, but the food is good)
-CLEAN rooms and ship. People were always cleaning around the ship!
-Catalina is excellent! Beautiful city, good excursions.
-Ensenda blow hole tour is an absolute must. We booked with the ship on this one and are glad we did. The city looks difficult to navigate and work with.
-Affordable! Where else can you get room/board/entertainment/food for this price??
What it isn't:
-A "fancy" cruise designed for anyone used to 5 star service. You will be disappointed.
-A quiet environment. Yes, you can relax and find a quiet place to read, sleep, but many children are on this cruise. Be prepared for kids!