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Carnival Radiance Review

Simple and cheap

Review for the Mexican Riviera Cruise on Carnival Radiance
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: May 2023

This is the simplest ship I’ve been on and I think this was my 23rd cruise. Very little artwork, cutbacks on everything. It was the Motel 6 of cruise ships. On a positive note, people seemed to be enjoying themselves and I love visiting Catalina Island. The spa was nice and I had a great massage. If you like spa treatments and get offered the spa cabins on deck 11, I recommend the upgrade.

Some of the noticeable cutbacks: cabin was only serviced in the morning, no turn down. The coffee was horrid, everywhere, even at the coffee shop where you pay for what you think will be better coffee. Food was meh in the dining room, staff was kind of missing. I never got offered a drink from the bar and couldn’t find anyone when I wanted to order one. No slot tournament (sad face). Hard to find anything like public bathrooms or locations of the gangway because there was no signage whatsoever. Noticed quite a bit of grime even though I did see people cleaning often.

Highlights were the heated chaises in the thermal spa, the cocktails at the Alchemy Bar, and Catalina Island.

Cabin Review

balcony which came with free access to the thermal spa, robes and slippers. The spa was a highlight on the day in Ensenada I pretty much owned the place.

Port Reviews

Catalina Island (California)

Catalina is the only reason I have done this cruise 4-5 times. So much to do, all walkable (except the interior tour which I recommend). Go get lunch at Maggie’s Blue Rose and a Cadillac margarita. Walk over to the beautiful Casino building to see the mosaics. Go visit the local museum to get some history on the island. Go back another time and spend a few days in a beach cottage exploring the things you missed

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