LIVE FROM CARNIVAL PARADISE - WE ARE IN CATALINA - LIVE PICS
we are in our 1st port of call, Catalina, got here around 8am this morning
I will upload some pics......
So we boarded the Paradise yesterday around 12 Noon, where on the ship real quick, Carnival Concierge Club makes short of long lines, we were onboard in about 5 minutes of entering the terminal! That's fast!
We had a quick lunch and went looking for the Maitre d' to change our table to early seating, the Mrs wanted to try early seating for a change and it threw everything off for us!!! So much for my afternon nap, after the Life Boat Drill, it was time to change and go to dinner.
We were in bed by 10pm last night, we did not even go to the Welcome Aboard Show. AND WE WERE UP AGAIN BY 3AM..........We cruised for cheap and we got exactly what we paid for. We had cabin M259, stay away from this cabin if you are ever on the Paradise, nothing but noises from below and some weird howling noise that went on and on and on and on until I could take it no more...........3AM finds me at the Pursers Desk, I asked the girl there "Why do they have such a beautiful girl like you working the graveyard shift"! She told me "Sir, you just made my day, now what can I do for you"? Five minutes later I was keys in hand and in an OceanView Cabin! Perfectly quiet, no noise, no nothing! The other cabin would be perfect for a Haloween cruise with all the weird noises and howling going on all night long!
At 9am we get a $3 bottle of Carnival Champagne on ice and 2 champagne glasses compliments of the Purser. Nice compliment and it's the thought that counts.
Last night the Mrs ate something that did not quite go down well with her, she woke up throwing up and also had the runs early in the morning. She seemed to be Ok by around 7am.
So it has been an interesting first day. I am in Avalon as I type this message, it is now 2pm and we plan to head back to the ship in an hour or so. If you have any questions, I will be online for a while and I will try to answer them.
The Paradise yesterday at Long Beach
The Queen Mary Hotel in Long Beach, next door to the Carnival Terminal
On the tender boat earlier this afternoon from the Paradise to Avalon
The City of Avalon, Catalina Island from the tender boat
City of Avalon, Skyline view
The Casino/Theater, City of Avalon, Catalina Island, CA
Vision Of The Seas
Independence Of The Seas x2
Allure Of The Seas
Oasis Of The Seas x3
Liberty Of The Seas x4
Freedom Of The Seas x3
Navigator Of The Seas x2
Explorer Of The Seas x2
Voyager Of The Seas
Enchantment Of The Seas
Rhapsody Of The Seas
Majesty Of The Seas
Monarch Of The Seas
Sovereign Of The Seas
Captain you are the charmer. I hope the Mrs. stays healthy of the remainer of the cruise. Hey, I just found my old Paradise sail and sign card you think I could use it to sneak on board. I have early seating in the Elation dining room at 6:15PM table 119. I just need to change the 02/07/05 to 02/25/08. the 05 to 08 will be easy. The 07 to 25 will be harder.
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Freedom of the Seas 2012
Carnival Splendor 2010
Carnival Freedom 2008
Carnival Elation 2007
Celebrity Infinity 2006
Carnival Ecstasy 2005
Carnival Paradise 2004
Star Princess 2002
Viking Serenade 1994
I will post a review later on today but in the meantime I will answer some questions:
Sassyredhat, I think overall I would rate the Paradise the same as the Elation, just slightly better in some aspects. Check out my review later on.
Sacruiser, Yes the upgrade to an oceanview cabin was free, thanks to Natalya @ the Purser's Desk.
Mean Dean, While we did visit the bridge, I will post pics of that later on, this time around no such luck in taking the helm! I wish! But I guess taking the helm once ain't that bad either! That was on the NCL Sun!!!