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Old May 8th, 2011, 05:31 PM
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Default Carnival Paradise or 4 nights in a decent hotel?

Hi everyone. I am posting to seek some advice. My boyfriend and I have been on one cruise (Mexican Riviera on Carnival) and had a really good time. I'm changing jobs and coasts (hello California!) and have a tiny window into which I am trying to plan a 4- or 5-day getaway.

I am thinking about the 4-day Baja Mexico cruise on Carnival Paradise but have a few questions:

-- Is it overrun with kids?
-- I would prefer a balcony but that's not an option. Are the oceanview rooms acceptable (except for the lack of fresh air)?
-- The ship is rated at 3 stars. Is that because it is relatively old for a cruise ship? Other reasons? Have you sailed on the Paradise?
-- The ports aren't that interesting (Catalina and Ensenada) but I'm really just looking for a low-key getaway for a few days.
-- My other thought is just to book a hotel for a couple of days.

This is all last-minute, and any advice is most appreciated. I've had a lot going on in the last couple of months and vacation-planning got away from me, even though I'd like this to be the very top priority!!

Thanks for any advice!
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OMG, you are kidding? You can go to a regular hotel anytime. Go to a hotel at sea!
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Yep, I too would do the cruise.....Are you leaning one way or the other??
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Yep, I'm leaning toward the cruise, which is why I'm on this site... Thanks for your replies! I guess I'm just concerned about the quality of the ship and the potential for lots of kids running around. It's not that I'm anti-kid, I just don't want to be on vacation on a floating daycare.
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Thank you for the reply. I'm leaning toward the cruise but just want to be sure it's a decent ship.
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The ship doesn't make the cruise good, you do!!
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go for a cruise, have you looked into any other cruise lines that would fit your time frame?
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I thought the Paradise was great. I prefered it over the Splendor.

Did you mention the dates? That will determine the possibility of more kids. Is it during the week, a weekend, during school session, summer, etc.
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