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Carnival Paradise Cruise Review by ejmmc17: Carnival Paradise


ejmmc17
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Cabin 1.0
Dining 2.0
Embarkation 4.0
Enrichment Activities 3.0
Entertainment 4.0
Family & Children 4.0
Fitness & Recreation 4.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Rates Not Rated
Service 5.0
Shore Excursions 5.5
Value for Money 4.0

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Carnival Paradise

Sail Date: July 2014
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: Tampa

Overall this is fairly fun, short, and relatively cruise option. Nothing about the ship blew you away but all in all I was able to enjoy my vacation.

FOOD:

This was one of my family's biggest complaints. We decided to pick the early dining option to guarantee we would be finished in time to watch the sunset. Every night you are seated at the same table in one of the two dining rooms (Carnival sorts you into them and you only use one for the entirety of your cruise. The waitstaff was fantastic and you have the same server every night. Unfortunately, the food was mediocre at best. While the options generally sound upscale (steak, lobster tail, etc.) the quality of the meals was generally on par with a college dorm's dining hall. The dessert is delicious though, the molten chocolate cake is the way to go. For lunch and breakfast there is the Paris restaurant, a buffet style food court, and the poolside grills. These options are just as average as dinner, except for the More stir fry/Mongolian grill section this was the best dining option on the ship.

The general dining theme seemed to be quantity>quality.

ROOM:

The room is small and a little cramped but generally worked pretty well for three guys in their late teens early 20s. The beds weren't notably uncomfortable and the bathroom was small but functional. The pleasant surprise in the room was the shower water pressure, it was tremendous. However, there was an issue that made the room UNINHABITABLE at times at roughly 2pm and 12am our room would suddenly REEK of what we believed was the smell of used cooking oil. Given time and some powerful air freshners you could eventually sleep after letting the room air out. This problem really has the potential to ruin a vacation if you do not have some air freshners on hand. It should also be noted the cleaning staff was great and always very friendly.

EXCURSION:

We took an excursion while we were in Cozumel. We picked the Secret River/Cave Diving excursion and it was AMAZING. This excursion is on the pricier side but i wholeheartedly recommend you take this trip if you can. You're put in a small group (under 10) and your guide takes you underground to explore an 18 mile cave system that was discovered just 7 years ago. You only explore a mile or so of the cave but that is still plenty. The cave is almost entirely natural and untouched. At the cave openings there are stairways but otherwise the cave is natural and lit only by the flashlight on your helmet. Our guide Carlos was great, friendly, knowledgable, funny. This was probably the best part of our trip. Really the only downside is that the was is a bit cold but you get a wetsuit which helps quite a bit. If you are unsure about which excursion to take please take this one, you won't regret it.

While on the ship I didn't use the spa or the pools but the fitness center was surprisingly well equipped. My favorite parts of the ship were the balconies to the sides and behind the Paris restaurant. The comedians were both pretty good and worth going to at least once. In general the service was outstanding. One of the major problems encountered on our ship won't bother anyone else for four more years but still should be noted. On the ship the TVs in the public areas got ESPN which was important to our family because we would be on the boat during the World Cup's two semi final games. When the first games was supposed to come on all the TVs on the ship showing ESPN suddenly went to static. Apparently Carnival decided not to pay for the rights to show the game. Despite an angry mob of at least 50 people confront the customer service counter nothing was done to obtain the rights to the game nor was anything done to appease the angry customers (for example a drink credit) instead we were simply told there was nothing they could do and that we should find some other way to spend our afternoon. Less


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The room is small and a little cramped but generally worked pretty well for three guys in their late teens early 20s. The beds weren't notably uncomfortable and the bathroom was small but functional. The pleasant surprise in the room was the shower water pressure, it was tremendous. However, there was an issue that made the room UNINHABITABLE at times at roughly 2pm and 12am our room would suddenly REEK of what we believed was the smell of used cooking oil. Given time and some powerful air freshners you could eventually sleep after letting the room air out. This problem really has the potential to ruin a vacation if you do not have some air freshners on hand. It should also be noted the cleaning staff was great and always very friendly.

Port and Shore Excursions


Amazing River & Cavern Explore

We took an excursion while we were in Cozumel. We picked the Secret River/Cave Diving excursion and it was AMAZING. This excursion is on the pricier side but i wholeheartedly recommend you take this trip if you can. You're put in a small group (under 10) and your guide takes you underground to explore an 18 mile cave system that was discovered just 7 years ago. You only explore a mile or so of the cave but that is still plenty. The cave is almost entirely natural and untouched. At the cave openings there are stairways but otherwise the cave is natural and lit only by the flashlight on your helmet. Our guide Carlos was great, friendly, knowledgable, funny. This was probably the best part of our trip. Really the only downside is that the was is a bit cold but you get a wetsuit which helps quite a bit. If you are unsure about which excursion to take please take this one, you won't regret it. Also the port is pleasant.

Bottom Line: Take this excursion!


We didn't take an excursion, instead we just went to 7 mile beach. Grand Cayman was great. The water around the island was probably the clearest and prettiest water I have ever seen. At the port you could see the bottom easily and watch a variety of tropical fish (this was in an active, in some parts industrial, port). The beach was nice, I recommend doing some sort of snorkeling to take advantage of the water. English is the island's primary language which is a nice plus and Guy Harvey's studio (which is very neat) is located just a block or two from port.

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