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Carnival Paradise Cruise Review by La Porte Pair

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Carnival Paradise
Carnival Paradise
Member Name: La Porte Pair
Cruise Date: June 2013
Embarkation: Tampa
Destination: Western Caribbean
Cabin Category: 6B
Cabin Number: m131
Booking Method: Cruise Line
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Member Rating   4.0 out of 5+
Dining 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 3.0
Entertainment 5.0
Spa & Fitness Not Rated
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 4.0
Embarkation 4.0
Service 4.0
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates 4.0
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Never no more

Up front we knew the cabin would have problem but figured how bad can it be? Very disappointed that Carnival knows this problem exists but does nothing to alleviate it. The outside cabins with room over head to store life vests and extra pillows still have a 3X3 box in the corner under the.V. that holds these items. If, as we did, you want a kingsize bed, the person near the window must crawl around to get out of bed. I am 70+ and night visits to the Loo are required. Why they have to maintain this status is beyond me. But since this is the latest ship in this class I do not see resolution any time soon, so seniors be aware!

That being said, it is a lovely ship and quite navigable after a day or so. Furnishings and decor are pleasing. Shops are smaller than most of the ships we cruise. Even Triumph seems to have a better variety. All else is comparable to other ships in this class. Not a drinker but there is a bar every three feet it seems if that is your reason to cruise.

Food is acceptable but nothing special as we have come to expect from most Carnival chefs. More than enough for most folks. Our table of ten was a real joy. We were with 3 couples from Tampa area and one couple from Pennsylvania. We all ran into each other often on the trip and enjoyed the shows with sometimes most of the rest of our tablemates.

Shows were above reproach and we were reunited with an old friend,Steve Cassals from the Ecstasy a few years back. Comedy shows were OK. All the family shows were funny and one of the adult comics was hilarious but the other gentleman felt the need for F words to frequently. Although it was his family show where my lovely bride went on stage with him and made the show!! Not my opinion, but the staff and other cruisers all said so. She was very poised and in control all the time she was on stage.

Excursions are a big part of cruising but we have been on most of the ones of interest to us. Once in a while we will revisit one of the tours so we went to HELL in ,not a handbasket but an air conditioned bus with a great guide. We saw the Cayman car Museum and it was okay. Small but with a couple of million bucks worth of R.R.'s and BENTeLY'S AND OTHER HIGH DOLLAR AUTOS MOSTLY eUROPEAN. (darn caps lock). Went next to Tortuga Rum factory and had some samples. Finally found me a couple of Diet Dr Pepper's. They are scarce in the Caribbean so take a six pack with you.

Serenity deck is a blessing for we older folks who desire nothing more than a quiet place to drowse, soak up a little sun and read the latest from Robyn Carr.

The weather was very cooperative this trip. We have seldom seen much unacceptable weather conditions but we all know it happens from time to time. Not on this 5 day cruise. I honestly never felt any ship movement. Unless we were looking at the water we would not have been aware of going anywhere. It was like being at a 6 star hotel, plush decor and music all around.

Well if you haven't figured it out yet, yes we had a good time, met some great folks and gained about 4 lbs each.

Back in September when we go on 4 day Triumph out of Galveston. We will clue you in on whether or not they fixed it.


Publication Date: 07/01/13
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