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ARY

Age: 50

Occupation:Engineer

Number of Cruises: 3

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Paradise

Sailing Date: 2011-01-18

Itinerary: Mexico

The ship is in Ensenada on Saturday and parked in the sea for all Sunday. You're mainly in a floating hotel with a lot of people that want to eat and eat. Don't be surprised if you find many people that you don't want to be around. This cruise is just too affordable for anyone to go, you're shopping in Walmart. The staff was very nice and helpful.

The food is very much buffet food. The formal dinner food is not good quality. We were a large party and many ordered the steak and no one was able to eat the meat. Chicken was ok because it's hard to mess up cooking a chicken! The soup and coffee was also cold. The only good food we found was deli and pizza in the cafeteria of the ship. Breakfast was also ok.

Rooms are very small and once the upper beds are open, no one can watch TV. Do not let the travel agents sell you 5 in a room. There is not enough air and barely room to move if you get 5 beds in these small rooms.

Most activities were ok. I just can't figure out how people in charge of the photo department think. Each picture you take at the photo night costs $22, does not matter if you buy 1 or 10. Most people just buy 3 or 4 and Carnival throws away the rest. I can't understand why the do not offer package deal so it's a win-win situation for both Carnival and the passengers. They disgard so many pictures and there is so much waste in paper. People would buy more if they make pictures more affordable. This is one deparment that Carnival people have no business sense and management skills. Casino and comedy shows were very good.

Overall stay away from excursions. There are shops next to the Carnival ship that are approved by the cruise line however they are a lot more expensive than the shops in the city. For example, cloth wrist bands cost $5 in the port shops by the ship but in down town Ensenada they cost $1.50. Alcohol costs more than US in the same shops. Downtown shops are just across from the ship but Carnival does not tell you. It costs $3/person to take the shuttle but it's faster and more fund to walk 10 minutes to the shops. Stay away from anything avtive (horse, jeep rides ... because of safety unless you want to take a risk.

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