The cabin was a good size and kept very clean except inside the desk drawers.. The decor is very outdated 1970s. There was a step up into the bathroom which could be dangerous. The temperature control is very easy to scald yourself with. Read entire member review >>
Cabin needs a good updating. Leaking shower onto common area carpet, ripped window curtain, shade on light in corner hanging off ( I fixed that myself). Bed was comfy, bathroom good size with lots of toiletry storage. Shower had lots of pressure Read entire member review >>
Our room worked perfectly for us. It was good sized, and there was enough storage for everything we brought. The closet had hangers and shelving, and there was another area with hangers. There was a desk with 4 medium/small drawers that I put some clothes, shoes, jewelry, suntan lotion… random things. My husband picked the bed up and I pushed our one big suitcase underneath to have it out of the way. There was a chair in the corner with our 2 beach towels on it. Those were really nice, and we were able to take them off of the ship on our port days. You can check out additional ones at the pool deck, but we didn’t need any. If your towel gets wet, the room attendant will replace them with a clean, dry one. The bathroom was good sized. Nice shower that had shampoo and body wash in it. Some water dripped outside of the shower, but it wasn’t a big deal. Just put a towel down. The cabinet above the sink was big enough for most of our toiletry items. I set my makeup bag on the sink which made it a little tight, but it worked just fine. Our room attendant was Ysabel was fantastic and super nice. We had automatic tips set up, but gave her some extra. She filled our ice bucket both morning and evening for us, and the room was cleaned so well. Loved the animal towels! Read entire member review >>
Our room, M191, was a window room and was fine for sleeping, showering and dressing. If you have your beds combined into a king, expect the mattresses to separate. There is no refrigerator or hair dryer. There are no writing materials. The bath area is large enough to serve its purpose. Read entire member review >>
Likewise with the ship the cabin was a bit dated but overall very comfortable, small but comfortable. I did notice the lack of power outlets but I didn't need to use my phone so no need to charge anything other than a camera. The bathroom was large and spacious a little old as well but it was clean, the only thing was, was the medicine cabinet door didn't close all the way but that just gives it character. The staff was incredibly friendly and would always say hello as you walked by and had a smile on their face as well. One time when me and the wife were walking back to the cabin, I stopped to open the door and my wife kept on walking by, I wasn't gonna tell her and the steward who saw what was happening played along as well. It's little things like that, that make me want to come back. Read entire member review >>
Cabins U132 and U136 are on a lower deck and Midship.There were sleeping cabins above and below the staterooms so it was very quiet. If you are prone to motion sickness these are great cabins for you. the cabins were roomy,clean, a little bit out dated but comfortable. The bathroom was well equipped and the shower pressure was great. Read entire member review >>
Quiet but needs refurbishing.
We selected an Oceanview Guarantee and were pleasantly surprised to find that we were on the Empress deck, forward. The stateroom was comfortable although it needed a good dusting. I wiped it down and sprayed Lysol everywhere.
I used the laundry room's iron in front of stateroom E2 once. It is fully equipped with vending machines for soap and the washer dryer take quarters only.
Our steward kept our ice chest full of ice. He was happy when we ordered a robe from him since this gave him some favorable points.
He made a towel animal every night and on the second night, left our Platinum gifts, 2 Carnival logoed Tervis mugs and 2 pins on our bed. Read entire member review >>
Group of 8 friends sailed on Paradise on April 6 - got a great deal for spring break & sure got our money's worth. We had 3 in an interior cabin on Empress deck, 3 in an oceanview cabin on the Upper Deck and 2 in an oceanview cabin on the Empress deck.
Departure out of Tampa was easy - went through the lines quickly and were soon on board. Cabins were available as of 1:30; luggage arrived little by little, no big delays. Had time to have lunch, explore the ship & walk around. Weather in Tampa was beautiful.
Unpacking - and checking out each other's cabins. I was one of the 3 on the Upper deck in the oceanview and believe we had the best cabin. Originally we had an interior cabin on the Empress next to our friends cabin but a week before, I had called Carnival and asked various questions about the ship, my time vs. set time dining, on board credits available with my FunPoints Mastercard, maintenance reports, hoping to get some kind of onboard credits & to my surprise, was offered a comp upgrade to the oceanview Upper deck cabin and didn't turn it down. Thank goodness! Our 3 friends in the interior cabin knew that one of the beds would be a trundle bed. My experience with a trundle bed is totally opposite of what Carnival considers to be a trundle bed. Our friends had a rollaway bed with a mattress that looked like it was a leftover from summer camp. Just awful - it even was lower in the center. With a rollaway in the cabin, there was very little room left. There was also a trundle, but the mattress was also cot style. I had expected a true trundle where the bed rolled out from under the other and popped up, with the exact same mattress. I am so glad my cabin was not the interior cabin. If you are ever offered a cabin with a trundle or rollaway, do not even consider it unless perhaps a small child will use it. My friend asked for a new mattress & was told she would get one but did not. She ended up using both mattresses on the rollaway frame, but one mattress was shorter than the other. My cabin on the upper deck had 2 twin beds and 2 upper bunks - very comfortable. We told our friend to move out of the interior & off the rollaway and have one of our bunks, but she didn't. Oh, well...
Sunday day at sea was very relaxing. Stayed away from the pool and the kids & crowds. Sunny breezy day, great for sunning & reading. Too bad the adult only Serenity Deck is too small. This is where Carnival needs to make some improvements. Also, having it at the back of the ship meant no breeze, if you like to sit out in the sun and get really hot and have chairs right up next to each other, then it's okay. We tried to stay one or two decks above the pool area; could still hear the music and enjoy the breeze.
First port day was Cayman from 8-3. We had all been there before and didn't go to Stingray City or take an excursion. Took the tender around 10 into town, walked around, browsed shops & I went to Eden Rock & went snorkeling. Had my own gear and it was great. Met back up with everyone at Margaritaville - great view from there; expensive food.
Next port was Cozumel from 11-8; due to high winds & strong current we docked at 11:30 at the Longosta Pier instead of Puerta Maya. We had planned on spending the day at Chankanaab Park. Easy to walk off the ship & take a taxi to the park & had a great day. Highly recommend visiting Chankanaab.
Next day at sea - very windy, 5-6' waves, but a beautful blue sky & plenty of sun. Fun day at sea - relaxing too.
Last night on ship we saw the show "Shout" one of the better shows we've seen on a cruise.
Dining Room - we had dinner every night and food was great; service was wonderful; Kristine was our waitress and she was terrific.
Empress Deck vs. Upper Deck, for us on the Upper deck we had Jeffrey as our cabin steward & he was great. Our cabin was toward the back of the ship - very quiet area. Empress deck seemed to be much busier, at times walking down the hall there was a terrible odor, not sure what was going on.
Embarkation was not too bad; always our least favorite, but one of our group was platinum level so we departed early & didn't have to wait for a zone to be called.
Great memories; fun times! Read entire member review >>
Good room, large. A little worn, scuff marks on vanity and rip by bathroom door in carpet. Plenty of closet space and shelves. Large bathroom, dated...need to update. Large shower, grab bar in the wrong place, needs to be at back wall of shower to hold on to getting in and out. Trash can is very small in bathroom and well hidden. Have to stand on head to put anything in it. Plenty of towel racks...6 altogether. Large medicine cabinet with plenty of shelves and space. No makeup mirror, missed that. Also no hairdryer...miss that, thank God I had read reviews and brought one. One plug in the room isn't enough. Box at end of bed where life jackets are is no good. Bad place for it. Like the room because we heard no noise...no rooms across the hall from us, we were close to the elevator. Beds and pillows were great. Missed having a frigerator and soda in the room. Read entire member review >>
Bathroom is a little gross but the other portions are clean. The noise level is horrible! Whether from the dining room above, or the anchors outside, be prepared to not get any sleep! Upside is that it is close to the lobby (on the same floor) and just up the nearest stairs is the dining room and above that is the Paris restaurant. Read entire member review >>