Carnival Paradise Review

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Long Beach to Catalina and Ensenada

Review for the Mexican Riviera Cruise on Carnival Paradise
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DarthGrady
First Time Cruiser • Age 40s

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Sail Date: Feb 2008
Cabin: Interior

The Introduction: I am a 25 year old male in Central Florida. This was my seventh cruise with Carnival, and my eighth overall. We found this cruise for $199 before taxes, fees and fuel surcharge on Carnival's website. Since we had free AirTran tickets that needed to be used, we booked it in September of last year. It felt strange leaving Florida to go on a cruise, but it was fun trying something new. We flew into L.A.X. the day before and stayed at the Culver City Radisson. It was a nice hotel, and had a free airport shuttle. The next day we took a Prime Time shuttle from L.A.X. to the cruise terminal. All went very smoothly.

The Embarkation: We arrived at the cruise terminal around 12:30 PM, unloaded the luggage and took some pictures in front of the Queen Mary. Once inside the terminal everything went fast, and we were on the ship in less than a half hour. I was impressed with the whole process. The terminal inside the Queen Mary Dome is also very nice and had a good lay out.

The Ship: Paradise is the last of the "Fantasy Class" ships built for Carnival. I was impressed with her overall good condition. I could immediately see that her interior dEcor had been toned down when compared to her older siblings. There was a lot more wood and brass, instead of the neon and painted metal. Coming off a cruise on Sensation last year, I really appreciated the more tasteful look. The cabins have not yet been renovated, and it is past time for that. Our cabin had many signs of wear and tear. She also does not have the new Carnival Comfort Beds, which I thought had been installed fleet wide by now. That was a major disappointment. Once she gets the Evolutions of Fun remodeling and the upgraded cabins, things will be much better.

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Interior

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