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Carnival Paradise Cruise Review
3.5 / 5.0
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it was a nice 4 day get away

Carnival Paradise Cruise Review by beatriz22

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Apr 2009
  • Destination: the Mexican Riviera
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View

We found good and not so good things, like any other ship, but over all we 'd go again on this cruise line.We did an early check in outside which was very easy.About 11:30 they started to let us go in. Lunch was available on lido deck 10 in the buffet cafeteria paris style restaurant and was nice.At 1:30 we went to our cabin and all our luggage was already there, so that was really nice. We had an outside cabin,Upper deck and liked this deck.The room steward did an outstanding job and was always able to take care of nay extras we needed, like blankets.The size was good for the 2 of us, and surprisingly the bathroom was a decent size too.The 1 thing we really didn't like in the cabin was the air conditioning monitor, At first we couldn't even find it, turned out it was way in the ceiling in the middle of the room. It was hard to reach and hard to turn to adjust. Our room , as well as the ship was really cold all the time.It was a ridiculous place to put an air control ,if you're short you're gonna have to stand on a chair to reach it. We were so surprised there was no sail away anything, no band no food no music ,no nothing , and it wasn't raining.Very disappointing,and this was the first ship, ever,we've had no party at all. R Caribbean has them even on their 4 day cruises. The muster drill was organized. 1 of us has a messed up knee so we asked and were laterexcused from having to stand in front of the boats, we just attended the meeting about it all first where you could sit, and we waited there till it was announced it was over.We had 2nd seating, and at first were taken to a small booth seating 6 people. It didn't look comfortable so we asked to bemoved. The man in charge wasn't the friendliest about it and we ended up at a round table, more comfortable seating 10. The food wasn't great ,wasn't terrible, but the service was really bad. It was so bad we ended up the next 2 nights eating at the Lido serving ourselves. We ve never done that before. The waiter took forever to take our orders and later 3 hours to get dinner over, no exaggeration. The asst waiter dropped silverware down 1 of our chairs and on the floor. 1 of us has an allergy and we asked the parsley to be removed a 2nd time from the appetizer so the main course was covered in it. Steak ordered medium showed up over cooked, burnt. It went on from there. We didn't care about lobster night or anything, and were happy with the entrees presented each evening in the Paris restaurant, (cafeteria style).The shows were ok, we didn't go to the comedy ones.There were alot of different bars/lounges with different type of music to sit at each night. there was a casino as well, but really smokey. The entire ship was really really cold, so no sun dresses were ever worn.We found the overall staff to not be as warm ,smiley, welcoming or friendly as other cruse lines. Only one really nice was our room steward.Other than their lunges or casino or disco not much going on at night. Some game shows if you like that sort of thing. Not alot to do when at dock in Ensenada,after coming back as it was too cold to sit out at the pool. They scheduled at movie at 1, not later, when everyones off the ship. Debarkation was fast and easy. Over all it was a nice time, you make a trip what you want out of it.We always enjoy all our cruises, we'd do this one again.

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Ensenada was nice, no problems.

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