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Carnival Paradise First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

Carnival Paradise
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24 Carnival Paradise First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

Sunking11 avatar


1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Good Ship, Great Staff, Awesome Shows


Girlfriend and I booked this as our first ever cruise. We normally stay at a resort when we travel to the Carinbean but decided to try a cruise at the urging of friends. We loved it. Although the Paradise is an ...
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Sail Date October 2015

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Jamaica joe

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Vacation is what you make it

although this was my 5th cruise on carnival it was my children's first. I also took my girlfriend and her 2 sons which was their first cruise as well. after reading reviews about the carnival paradise I was really ...
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Sail Date October 2015

DerrekandDerek avatar


1 Review Written

Best Vacation to Date!

This is by far the best vacation that my boyfriend and I have EVER been on. The worst experience was the amount of botox it required to remove the wrinkles from laughing so much over the last week. The service is ...
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Sail Date September 2015

Tomlee6853 avatar


1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

First Cruise, Great Experience

It was my mine and my wife's birthdays and we decided, along with our adult daughter, to celebrate by taking our first cruise onboard the Carnival Paradise to Cozumel. From the moment we boarded in Tampa, until we ...
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Sail Date September 2015

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1 Review Written


My husband and I came on this cruise for our honeymoon. Initial thought was they are very affordable. I booked a hotel with a customer service representative through carnival. We stayed at Doubletree Hilton hotel ...
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Sail Date May 2015

DarthGrady avatar


34 Reviews Written

26 Helpful Votes

A Great Open Bar Cruise on Carnival Paradise!

Background: My friends and I do a guys cruise each year, and for the last five years it has been on Carnival. This year the group decided to do the Carnival Paradise out of Tampa. We’re part of a larger group ...
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Sail Date September 2014

C0K3R avatar


2 Reviews Written

1 Helpful Vote

Definitely Hooked!

So this was my very first cruise and I was told by several people that Carnival isn't that great and to not get my hopes up. On the reverse of that I had several people tell me all the great things about cruising ...
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Sail Date August 2014

WorldTravlerx2 avatar


1 Review Written

FUN Cruise - don't listen to the other reviews!

We booked a 5 night on the Carnival Paradise, leaving June 23rd out of Tampa. We also bought a Faster to the Fun....and it was TOTALLY WORTH IT! The night before we stayed at Hampton Inn in Rocky Point and did their ...
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Sail Date June 2014

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1 Review Written

Fantastic time, wonderful people, great staff

First, let me say its important to remember that everyone's expectations are not going to be the same. This was my families first time going on a cruise so we tried to have an open mind about everything and make ...
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Sail Date February 2014

NCSuz avatar


3 Reviews Written

Fabulous first time cruise experience!

After years of thinking about taking a cruise, I finally got to check that off my bucket list and the adventure was awesome! Booked a last minute cruise in early December and a few days later I was sailing the high ...
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Sail Date December 2013

mksea avatar


2 Reviews Written

First Time Cruise - Loved it!

I loved my first cruise. My husband and I travel extensively in the US and Europe and enjoy doing so. Therefore, we had put off going on a cruise. Our friends emailed us just after we got home from a one month cross ...
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Sail Date November 2012

sargedad avatar


1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

First Time Cruise

I chose a 4 day cruise out of my home area Tampa Bay Fla to see if I would enjoy Cruising. I took the Carnival Paradise to Cozumil Mexico and back to Tampa September 26-30 2013. I read alot of reviews on this site ...
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Sail Date September 2013

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1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

5-day Wester Caribbean on Carnival Paradise: June 29-July 4th, 2013

A lot of people looked at me incredulously when I told them recently that I was going with my family on a Carnival Cruise this summer. This was mainly due, no doubt, to the bad press that Carnival had been getting ...
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Sail Date June 2013

Mutumbojimbo avatar


4 Reviews Written

7 Helpful Votes

Great Family Fun Cruise

My DW and I decided that a cruise would make a great Christmas for our boys, 14 and 9. We chose the Carnival Paradise because my wife and I really enjoyed our first Carnival Cruise and the dates and itinerary of ...
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Sail Date January 2012

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Tampa cruiser1963

4 Reviews Written

1 Helpful Vote

4 Night to Cozumel Carnival Paradise Dec. 6

The Embarkation process at the port of Tampa was a breeze. I was traveling with a platinum member so we literally were the first passengers to board. I could see that it was not a hassle for anyone else either. We ...
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Sail Date December 2012

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2 Reviews Written


OK I am a NEWBIE but not for long ! I swore I would never cruise... and heard never to go CC well Live and Learn... SILLY ME !!! I HAVE A NEW HOBBY ! It was THE BEST BIRTHDAY AND BEST VACATION EVER ! and I ...
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Sail Date September 2012

busted_ avatar


1 Review Written

Fun First Time Cruise

Great cruise for the money. Cozumel was great Let me begin by saying that we went with a large party (10 people) and we could have gone any other cruise line and more than likely would have experienced the same ...
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Sail Date February 2012

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1 Review Written

Expectations Zero-Surprises Aplenty!

Our families first cruise was many years in the making. We traditionally fly and plant our carcases on a tropical foreign beach for a week so the thought of cruising was met with a little trepidation. But wanting to ...
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Sail Date January 2012

sherry08 avatar


1 Review Written

Exceeded Expectations

We had an excellent time, albiet we really want to step things up a notch for our next cruise. The four night cruise out of Long Beach was a nice introduction to cruising for us and left us all wanting more, much ...
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Sail Date September 2011

tomcruise007 avatar


1 Review Written

A Blast !

We did the 4 night cruise to Catalina and Ensenada. I am not sure about all these complaints. We had a really good time and there was nothing to complain about. Of course the decor is little outdated in some areas ...
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Sail Date September 2011

cheryl2freeman avatar


1 Review Written

Great First time Cruiser

The embarking process was easy and smooth. Once on the ship there was an awkward smell, but this went away in a matter of hours. The ship was pleasantly nice and clean. Very well kept. The staff was ...
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Sail Date August 2011

faerieamie avatar


1 Review Written

Still thinking about it nearly a year later!

I took my mom on this four-night cruise on the Carnival Paradise as a birthday present. It was the first cruise for both of us, and it has forever made us cruise addicts! We had a fantastic time from start to ...
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Sail Date March 2010

Dutchteq avatar


1 Review Written

Carnival Paradise Catalina / Ensenada 4 night cruise

Hi All! After reading some reviews on this site I decided to join and post a review on our experience in hopes that it will help provide even more light on the subject. We decided that instead of the regular ...
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Sail Date January 2011

Kbohica avatar


1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Best Vacation Ever!!!!

On 13 September 2010 my wife and I left on our first cruise, on the Carnival "Paradise," from the Port of Long Beach, CA. This was ABSOLUTELY the best vacation we've ever had in our lives!!!!!!! "My" cruise ...
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Sail Date September 2010

Carnival Paradise Ratings

Public Rooms3.53.9
Fitness Recreation4.03.6
Value For Money4.03.8
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