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Age: 40


Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Paradise

Sailing Date: 2009-11-16

Itinerary: Catalina - Ensenada

We had sooo much fun! The staff were excellent! There wasn't a thing we needed that wasn't provided for. The food was pretty good, although you needed to be discerning. On the Lido deck the create your own stir-fry was great. Dinner was good, I wouldn't say excellent, but definitely good. We only did breakfast in the dining room on one day and that was the only time I experienced a delay in service and the food was on the not-so-good side.

It was my 40th birthday and I went on this cruise with my sister, mother, and girlfriends. We partied hard, even taking naps in the Normandy Lounge undisturbed. Dancing at the Rex was fun; good music. Ensenada is somewhat touristy but everyone is very helpful and tequila flows on every street corner with music.

Dinner was good. Fancy night they served lobster which is a little small so we just ordered two. Overall the dinners were pretty decent. Breakfast in the dining room wasn't so good and we only did it on the first day. there was a long wait and the food was just so-so. We did breakfast on the Lido Deck poolside every other day at the buffet. It was my birthday and the beautiful maitre d "Hatem" brought my birthday cake to our table while they sang-it was lovely.

The stateroom was small but cozy. Beds were comfortable and they left chocolates and towel animals everyday.
We didn't spend much time in the room at all. The only thing I wasn't fond of was the fake window- next time we go it will be a real one.

Again, we partied hard. I will be recovering for the next week. Dancing at the Rex was fun, good music. The show we caught was cute, not a Broadway musical but cute. It looked like their youth program was a hit, while we were out on the deck at midnight having a drink the youth program (teens) were out doing their activities, it almost made me wish I had brought my 14 yr old son along.

On the last day at Sea they had a "Chesthair" competition that was hysterical. We died laughing.

The last night at sea they have a thank you complimentary cocktail hour and dancing. That was fun and the drinks weren't watered down.

The spa is nice but never got around to using it. Its a bit expensive.

Catalina Island is boring. Unless you want to spend a lot of money on things you can buy at home or buy expensive drinks (there are many bars) there isn't a lot to do. The ferry ride is nice though. I wish they'd had a boat ride around the island instead.

One bit of advice, do not try to bring alcohol in a glass bottle, they will confiscate it when you board.

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