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justmaketso
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
This was our first cruise and we went with 6 veteran cruisers. I had read reviews about Paradise and knew it was small and old, but we live in Tampa and leaving from that port helped make the choice for us. Embarkation was quite easy and ... Read more
Old Florida
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
We live in the Tampa Bay area so this was a natural choice for us. Easy embarkation. Ship is worn but lovingly cared for. Friendly staff. Cabin was a pleasant surprise - very roomy. Main dining room disappointing for dinner. We ate ... Read more
Talent312
Member Since 2003
4 reviews
84 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We had lunch at the Columbia (a historic restaurant in Ybor City), dropped our luggage and parked at a private lot with a shutttle. Terminal 3 has a conveniently long drive through, which circles around the Tampa Aquarium parking lot. ... Read more
winston1269
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2016
We allowed our travel agent to choose the cruise following guidelines we had given her. I am handicapped and on Oxygen so we had many special needs and the staff met those quite well. The ship (mostly the cabins) are very tired. We took ... Read more
wolverine 45
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
location of port and price was a big factor my room had older pink tile and shower strong smell of urine in bathroom that was cleaned after i complained ok for the price the service was the best the buffet food was better than the sit down ... Read more
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cruisinfromTPA
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
This is my 3rd and last time on Carnival Paradise. While the group we sailed with was a lot of fun and the ports provided a great day each time, there is much less to be desired onboard the Paradise. This ship needs a serious upgrade ... Read more
lakelandmom
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
We chose this cruise because of the price and proximity of the port. We live about an hour away and have 3 kids (10, 8 and 2) so we didn't want to drive to Miami. Boarding was easy, I almost bought the early to the fun, but we haven't ... Read more
SkyMaster
Member Since 2004
7 reviews
6,872 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
Tampa is pretty much our "local port", as I live just 40 miles East of the port. I sail a lot on whatever ships are sailing out of Tampa. I've always had a GREAT time aboard "Paradise", but this particular cruise left ... Read more
MidwesternCruiser2
Member Since 2013
5 reviews
697 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
Sailed with my daughter and her family again (grandsons are 2 and 5 and this was their second cruise...lucky ducks!). Shorter cruises, usually with pre and post cruise stays work better with little ones; we'd never sailed from Tampa; ... Read more
klong7412@gmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
Our room steward and our waiter were both exceptional. Most of the staff was very friendly and helpful but there was a couple that were not very knowledgeable about things; some told us shows were not going on when they were so we missed ... Read more
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aretwo
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Port was close driving distance, just wanted to take a quick jaunt. We were a little tentative with all the poor reviews. But were pleasantly surprised. Our cabin was great, and our steward was always available. We enjoyed the onboard ... Read more
GoItaly2011
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because of a great experience we had on a CARNIVAL cruise many years ago and because of the price. We have been on several cruises; some on Mega Ships and some on smaller Ships. We prefer cruising on the smaller ... Read more
asf246
Member Since 2007
3 reviews
4 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
Chose this cruise at the last minute. Wanted a short cruise, and I had never been to Cozumel. Got to the port around 1:30, and the lines were long to check in. Took about 40 minutes. A little disappointed in seeing this, as I took the ... Read more
irisheyes27
Member Since 2014
1 review
4 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Left over 2 hours late due to "maintenance". Never a reassuring sign! We were a group of friends generally in our 40s (34 of us). Most were on the Empress Deck. My first cruise and reading reviews of Paradise, I was prepared ... Read more
waterwatereverywhere101
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed August 2016
Chose for price and proximity to home. Fun but average at best. Check-in line in Tampa took maybe 40 minutes (too long); more annoyingly, so did pickup of duty-free liquor at 630 am on arrival. Previously had been left at cabin last night ... Read more
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familyof2
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
We love to cruise but this was the first time on Paradise and it was sadly not paradise at sea. While the staff was friendly enough in most areas of the ship there were many who you could tell just didn't want to be there. The dining ... Read more
Txmedic5
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
We chose this cruise for the length and the ports. This review will be specifically about the ship and only one port of call, Grand Cayman. First the Grand Cayman port. Don't book a snorekling tour. Get off the ship, hang a right, ... Read more
cathydavitt5@gmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
We chose this cruise based on the vacation dates we wanted to travel. We had never cruised out of Tampa and have family in the area so we thought we would try it. We were disappointed in the overall service and lack of seaworthiness ... Read more
heatherstevens1006
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
I had been to both Cozumel and Grand Cayman before and wanted to take my mother and daughter along to see the Mayan ruins. I was looking forward to spending time on the beach in Cozumel but the port stops were cut so short we were rushed ... Read more
a36pilots
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
Being on 20 cruises, we know what to expect on a ship. After reading the reviews of the Carnival Paradise we lowered our expectations. Listed below are pros and cons: Pros: - Service in the dining rooms was excellent - Stateroom ... Read more
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Truckracer13
Member Since 2009
1 review
613 forum posts
13 helpful votes
Tampa is a short drive from where I live and I've been to Nassau enough! This 5 night itinerary is very enjoyable as there is a sea day on the front and a sea day on the back of the cruise with Grand Cayman and Cozumel in between. This ... Read more
RCLcruiser2012
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
274 forum posts
26 helpful votes
This was a 4-day cruise with Cozumel as the port. Little background information....This is my 6th cruise and we are in our 30s & 40s... I know not many cruises compared to some of you awesome cruisers! I am going to give a pro/con ... Read more
kam730
Member Since 2016
1 review
18 helpful votes
This was our first cruise with Carnival Cruise Lines. We normally sail on Royal Caribbean. Our cruise last year on Brilliance of the Seas was very disappointing so we decided to give Carnival a try. We were pleasantly surprised by ... Read more
Judges
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
My first cruise. The ship was clean,but the food in the main restaurant was terrible. The food in the food court was better. The main pool was way below my expectations. I have seen back yard pool larger. To accommodate 2000 people you ... Read more
alambrose1@gmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
12 helpful votes
Chose this cruise because the port is only 30 mins from home. Found out later that all cruise ships out of Port of Tampa are usually older and smaller. The reason for this is the Skyway Bridge that spans the entry between the Gulf of ... Read more
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