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Carnival LineParadise ReviewBaja MexicoWarren Grier



Number of Cruises: 5

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Paradise

Sailing Date: October 27th, 2006

Itinerary: NOT FOUND

Carnival Cruise Line
Paradise Cruise Review
Baja Mexico

Warren Grier

this was our 5th cruise including 3 on carnival 1 on the Norwegian Dawn and one on the RCL's flagship the Empress of the Seas. We flew in to LAX and met the rest of our 7 person party for this Halloween cruise. 4 people took a cab and it would have been cheaper to take the 16 dollar shuttle for our 3 person cab because it was $55 for the taxi.

Embarkation was a breeze, they made me take my MP3 player off for some esoteric reason, more on the unfortunate case of the MP3 player later. We spent the first hour getting adjusted to the ship and laughing at a member of our party who had taken this ship last year but couldn't remember where anything was related to the copious amounts of alcohol he imbibed. The aforementioned intoxicated member did remember enough from the last cruise to tell us we should do the 3 day weekend cruise as opposed to the 4 day weekday cruise because the weekend cruise was a way bigger party. We have cruised on this class of ship before on the Elation so we were familiar with the layout of the ship. All of the lounges are together and close to the casino so it's just a huge party near the back of the ship.

When we returned to our room our bags were there and we proceed to unpack. A co-worker of mine was sharing our stateroom so she had a fold down bed. Our stateroom had plenty of room as Carnival usually does, and this is why like to cruise Carnival with our 3 year old daughter.

That evening we enjoyed our dinner, however, now that we have been on other cruises the food didn't seem as good as our first cruise to the Mexican Riviera on the Elation. Norwegian Dawn's additional cost restaurants are  better but their regular restaurants fare is not as good. Carnival's desserts are definitely the best. After dinner we got ready to party and headed over to the nightclub, the rex. The do was good but unfortunately had to play music from all time periods so would clear the dance floor with some old lame song every once in awhile. The price of beer seems to have increased and so I paid like 20 bucks for 4 beers the first night. This ship this date was definitely down to party we had mostly 20-30 year old people on the ship with some groups of single ladies in their mid thirty to forties and a few honeymooning couples, I only counted about 20 teens and less smaller children than that. Our hallway had a party most evenings with people drinking alcohol and fraternizing. All but one of our party went to bed about midnight that night but we stayed up till 2 am and enjoyed the comedy show.

The next morning we arrived in Ensenada and got off the ship about 12:30, having read earlier that the trip to the blowhole " La Bufadora" was about an hour long and not that exciting.  We didn't book it through Carnival. On our 3 dollar taxicab ride to town one of the local tour guides talked us in to going to La Bufadora for 15 bucks, after being questioned reputedly he assured us it was only a 20 minute ride! However 4 members of our party just wanted to sit @ Papas and Beers and drink anyway, and seeing that the open container laws seem to be much more lax in Mexico we bought 4 buckets of Coronas and partied on the way to the blowhole.

Holy shambles Ensenada is the most expensive town we have ever shopped in with most sale items being twice as expensive as you can find in your local swap meet. Other Mexican towns offer a much better value. We didn't take this cruise to shop. The blowhole was kind of interesting. It was time to get back to the ship for our formal night. On the way back we stopped at Ensenada proper for some more expensive shopping and some tacos down the streets from Papas and Beers.

I like the fact that the ports have good security and check all passengers coming back with a metal detector twice and check their id's. This reminds me of our last cruise in Cabo where a Mexican soldier trained his gun on me for stepping off the dock to try to get a picture of a crab on a rock!. We dressed up for formal night and had our picture taken. Then prepared for another fun night -  this time the rest of our party napped after Ensenada and were able to go to the club with us. The music was good, and we stayed out until about 2 am. We also enjoyed some time in the hot tub before lunch, personally I would like to soak in a hot tub after midnight, but they always close them too early.

The last day at sea was the best! We always enjoy days at sea.  I was up early @ 6:00 in the morning and went for some palates yoga, a 2 mile run and then abs work before 8am. We had breakfast in the formal dining room again and the omelets were good. The eggs benedict was a little dry the 2nd morning. My wife and co-worker spent the morning getting mini spa treatments and their teeth whitened, while I relaxed in the poolside hot tub. We were exited to do the survivor and amazing race events that afternoon but they were scheduled for the same time. Why? So we asked and were told amazing race would be better because the pool was out of commission related to a kid's previous accident. We took first place in the amazing race which was a combination scavenger hunt and boat trivia competition. The best thing about winning was the 12 day trip to Australia. We won for our victory" in that leg of the race" -  actually it was being able to carry the trophy around for the rest of the night and announce ''attention passengers amazing race champions are now entering the pool area".

So then we had lunch and prepared to put on our costumes for the Halloween bash. A crazy couple were already running around @ 1700 with a sexy cop and fat "security guard" so we figured we'd change as well. My wife had a sexy geisha girl costume and I was a kung fu warrior. Our friend was a Bier Garten girl. The dance party in the open bar between the casino and lounge and dance club was crazy, so we danced there and took pictures for about an hour. The sit down dinner was next and that kind of put a downer on the night. Next time we might skip it and just dance and party all night.

Debarkation was also easy as we had an early flight boarding @ 1150 we went to the Normandy lounge and got off in about 45 minutes. After an uneventful taxi to the airport and flight home, I am preparing to go the store to get another MP3 player because one of the stewards or stewards assistants must have taken it. We will try calling Carnival and see if it has been turned into lost and found. Perhaps by now they realize they can't change the songs without the software. We will definitely do this same cruise next year for Halloween!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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