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Carnival Paradise
Carnival Paradise
Member Name: jimneda
Cruise Date: March 2012
Embarkation: Tampa
Destination: Western Caribbean
Cabin Category: 6A
Cabin Number: U30
Booking Method: Internet Agency
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 5+
Spa & Fitness 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 5.0
Embarkation 5.0
Service 5+
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates 5.0
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Cozumel / Grand Cayman on Carnival Paradise
We sailed on March 19th from Tampa, flew the red eye out from California, that was maybe the one big error. Inexpensive hotels are available in Tampa, flying in a day ahead would have been better. Lack of sleep kinda messed up the 1st day, we were dead on our feet, but we slept well that first night for sure!

As for the cabin and comfort, everything was great except the infamous box in the corner. Many reviews have described cabin amenities, we found everything in line with what we read.

Deck 6 in the fore had noise from the thrusters and anchor while the ship maneuvered or docked, maybe not favorable if you like to sleep in, but otherwise wasn't much of an issue.

We had a great time with the ships entertainment offering. I am not much for the variety shows, as we visit Vegas often, the cruise ship offerings just don't measure up. We did enjoy the comedians late (R-rated) show one night, enjoyed singing and watching karaoke, and really enjoyed the band we watched several nights, Alterr Band is four Filipinos with a nice repertoire of 70s-current rock and pop songs, they can rip through many of the big hit rock songs from the 80s and 90s and they do a great job. If you see them in your fun times, do not miss them.

We enjoyed the two stops in ports of Grand Cayman and Cozumel. GC don't miss excursion, even though it takes all of the available time is Stingray City. We walked out of the main port area to the sidewalk in front of the port, and found touts with sings who were offering $25 round trip on a boat out to Stingray City. We paid them cash (US currency) and took a van ride to a (Governors Creek?) marina, and a boat ride across the north sound to a sandbar that is 2 miles from shore. Lots of tour boats and tourists were already there, the boats toss down a couple of anchors, and you step off the boat in to 3-4 foot deep water. The stingrays are very tame and swim right past you. If you know that stingrays have a barbed tail spike they can defend themselves with, it is a bit uneasing, but I guess if the rays were stinging the tourists out here, they wouldn't be doing too much business. Just stay calm and enjoy, and the rays will do the same. Our boat pilot handled the ray and we were able to touch and kiss it, an amazing experience all around. We made a second quick stop for snorkeling, and en route back to the marina our pilot also harvested some conch and made us a fresh snack from raw conch, which was tasty, even though he put too much bbq sauce in it.

Cozumel was a longer day in port and we shopped and went to Mr Sanchos beach club for the all inclusive option, for $50pp it was just as many other reviews have described, good food and drinks flowing. Just don't get too excited about seeing perfect blue water there, the day we arrived it was a bit churned up and blue green, the water was a bit cool for just hanging out with a drink, I found the swimming pool a better option.

Overall a great ship with a great crew, we had great fun!

Publication Date: 04/11/12
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