Carnival Radiance Highlights (and Lowlights)

Before we move cross country and our new kitten arrives, we thought we’d jump on the Carnival Radiance out of Long Beach for a 3-night cruise to Ensenada. We’ve had a lot of fun in Ensenada and for the last couple of times, we’ve stayed on the ship. But we were looking forward to getting on another ship, especially now that masks are optional. And this is Carnival’s 50th birthday. This fall will be 40 years since my first cruise (original Mardi Gras).

Top 12 Highlights:

  1. Steel drums by the mid ship pool
  2. Shaq’s Big Chicken (and I’m not a big chicken lover) – so good, we ended up choosing that over Guys Burgers this cruise
  3. Alchemy Bar
  4. Steak house (Best Filet ever for me – best oysters for Rich)
  5. Sushi Bar (best sushi ever)
  6. Main dining room service (best ever) – food and service were soooo good!
  7. Best dining room (loved the decor and the booths)
  8. Best dessert (love Carnival’s Chocolate Melting Cake!)
  9. Suite service in the dining room (they knew we were in a suite and really upped the level of service)
  10. Lunch at Cucina Capitano
  11. Rich liked the dressing area in the suite – I did not – it reminded me too much of the group dressing area on the original Mardi Gras – lol!
  12. Parrots in Ensenada (so disappointed when they weren’t there in Puerto Vallarta on the Panorama)

Top 3 Lowlights:

  1. Lack of evening service
  2. Promenade deck is often closed off to passengers for part or most of the cruise (we did get out there, though, unlike the Panorama)
  3. Cabin steward could have done better. She greeted us as we left the cabin on the first day and we were thinking, oh good, our room will be clean in no time. After we returned from Brunch and other stuff, it was still no clean and this is only one service a day. She made some sort of lame apology. Also, we’d asked for evening ice and she did deliver that the first two days but not on the final night. By early afternoon, service was over for us.

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