Sail Date: August 2019
This was my second time on paradise!! last sailed in september of 2018!! This was just as awesome as the first time!! the entertainment was absolutely amazing!! the play list players were awesome!! epic rock was beyond entertaining!!! ... Read More
This was my second time on paradise!! last sailed in september of 2018!! This was just as awesome as the first time!! the entertainment was absolutely amazing!! the play list players were awesome!! epic rock was beyond entertaining!!! Carnival goes above and beyond to make their guests feel welcomed and appreciated!! every crew member always acknowledges each and every passenger. because parasites is a smaller ship, each guests gets extra special attention. i have done one ncl cruise. it was a very old -mature cruise. never will make that mistake ever again. carnival offers a well balanced cruise of relaxation to first class entertainment!! the staff at the tampa port are a great group!! as always the food was very delicious!! carnival let's their employees take of the guests without micro managing them. the entertainment throughout the ship was was first class as well!! now it's time to book my next carnival cruise!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
This was my 3rd cruise on the Paradise and 24th overall. I choose this cruise because I like the ship and Cozumel is my favorite port. Embarkation was great! Tampa is my favorite port to cruise out of. We arrived about 1130 and it took ... Read More
This was my 3rd cruise on the Paradise and 24th overall. I choose this cruise because I like the ship and Cozumel is my favorite port. Embarkation was great! Tampa is my favorite port to cruise out of. We arrived about 1130 and it took about 15 minutes to board. Went and got lunch and drinks and the cabins were ready before 1:30. The Paradise was refurbished last year so she is beautiful and in great shape. It is a smaller ship which allows you to get to know other guest and crews easier. We had a little over 2000 passengers and met quite a few people that we enjoyed running into each day. Booked an inside aft cabin on Empress Deck 7. I prefer insides for the price and I like the darkness for sleeping. Great location on same deck as lobby and one floor below the main dining room. Our cabin steward Purwanto was fantastic. We had early seating and great wait team which consisted of Wislan, St Juste and Baltazar. They were very friendly and efficient. We loved the singing and Baltazar is quite the dancer. Food and desserts were very good. Carnival has the best spring rolls and chocolate melting cake on the planet. The shows were good, those guys and girls are talented and the video screen is pretty cool. Both the Cowboy Comedian and Killer Beaz were funny and they have moved into a bigger room so no problem getting seats. We bought the drink package and rarely had to wait more than a minute or two. The Cruise Director Leon was very friendly and energetic. He was one of better ones I have had. Trivial Pursuit with Carlos was pretty funny also. Went to Mr Sancho's in Cozumel. Food, drinks and service were all excellent. The bartenders at the swim up bar are amazing. They also have a nice beach and plenty of seats in or out of the sun. Cozumel is the best place in the Caribbean to buy almost anything, but remember to haggle. Disembarking was pretty smooth. Went for a leisurely breakfast about 8 and got in line about 9:05. We were in our car by 9:30. I highly recommend porters and valet parking. Two of us have cruised alot while two were first time cruisers...a great time was had by all. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We chose this cruise on the Carnival Paradise for one reason and one reason only - CUBA. The itinerary was exactly what we were looking for: only 5 days as we were leaving our 4 year old home w/ the grandparents and two ports Havana and ... Read More
We chose this cruise on the Carnival Paradise for one reason and one reason only - CUBA. The itinerary was exactly what we were looking for: only 5 days as we were leaving our 4 year old home w/ the grandparents and two ports Havana and Key West (which we also love). SHIP: We had not cruised on a Fantasy class ship in over 10 years, so I wasn't sure how we would like it compared to the larger ships we've sailed on (Breeze/Vista etc.). We actually really enjoyed the smaller ship. It had the Funship 2.0 upgrades (Guy's Burgers, Blue Iguana Cantina, Waterworks) that we loved on other ships but not nearly the crowds we've experienced in the past. We never waited more than a couple minutes for anything - drinks at the bars, lines for foods, elevators. We knew the ship was sold out, but it never felt that way. The ship itself was in good condition - I didn't notice any major areas of disrepair and we didn't get any of the bad odors that I've seen mentioned elsewhere. The only thing to note is that the water in our toilet and sink had a yellowish tint to it on occasion. I first noticed it in the toilet - I thought it hadn't been flushed so I flushed it again and when the bowl refilled it was still yellow. It took several more flushes for it to fill up with clear water. If we would fill the sink it would also sometimes be yellow. I didn't notice anything in the shower though. It didn't really impact us other than I would use bottled water to wash my face and brush my teeth. CABIN: We booked cabin M230, a balcony near the aft of the ship on Main deck (deck 5) on the port side. The cabin was great. We had adequate storage for the two of us which included two closets (one had a shelf in the middle so could not be used for long dresses) and four of five shelves for storage. The safe was huge - my sister could fit her laptop in her safe easily! The bathroom only had one shelf above the sink, but it was ok for the two of us. The vanity area had two small corner shelves for storage and one drawer which housed the hair dryer and had little extra room for other things. There was also an in-cabin refrigerator which we didn't use. We had our two twin beds converted into a king size bed which was very comfortable. Unlike balcony cabins on larger ships, this cabin did not have a sofa or table. The balcony itself seemed like it was the same size as other ships' standard balconies. We had two chairs and a table on the balcony. I did note that the doors to the balconies did not have the tendency to slam shut like on other ships. Our cabin steward was Giri and he was great. He kept our ice bucket full and our cabin cleaned and stocked each day. One day he wrote a Happy Anniversary message to us on our vanity mirror! It was super cute and sweet! FOOD: Overall, the food we had was very good quality. We had breakfast in the main dining room 2 or 3 times and our service was always very quick even on ordering drinks. I had just eggs and bacon both days for breakfast. The other days we had breakfast on the Lido deck (either breakfast burritos or food from the buffet). Lunches were almost always from Guys or Blue Iguana. I don't think we ever got lunch from the buffet. Several in our group got sandwiches from the Deli and raved about the BLT, but lines here could be a little longer. I also got Sushi from the small Bonsai Sushi stand one day and it was great. You really get a lot of sushi for $7.50! It more than filled me up! We had dinner in the main dining room three of the five nights. Since we had a larger group, most of us elected to have our bookings linked so we could be seated together at the late seating in the aft dining room. The first night our service was pretty slow, but things seemed to improve as the week went on. We did get drink service at our table at least once each night. The food in the main dining was very good. I usually ordered a couple appetizers and one main dish. One evening I upgraded my dinner to the Filet Mignon on the Steakhouse Selections menu ($20 cost). On the last night of the cruise, 5 members of our group participated in the Chef's Table. We had a little bit of a snafu with our Chef's Table reservation. I had reserved for our group back in June, 2018 and had a confirmation email from the Paradise Maitre D. I had read that you would get a note in your cabin once onboard letting you know what night your Chef's Table experience would be. By day three we hadn't received anything, so I went down to the Guest Services to inquire. The girl working the desk said she did not show up signed up for the Chef's Table. I showed her the email confirmation and she said that she would have to reach out to the Maitre D who was currently off duty. My sister and I went back to Guest Services in the morning and talked to someone else. They had the Asst. Maitre D and another dining room staff member come out and talk to us. They told us that both that night and the following night's Chef Tables were already at capacity but they would see what they could do for us and let us know that evening at dinner. Ultimately they were able to accommodate us on the last night of the cruise. The Chef's Table is $75 but it was so worth it. It started with our group meeting in the lobby area where we were given glasses of champagne. Then we took a short tour of the galley where we had four different small appetizers served to us and were shown how Carnival's famous Chocolate Melting Cake is made. We then were seated at tables in the Library for a 7 course feast - dishes included gourmet breads, a beet/panacotta appetizer, crab stack appetizer, duck, a tomato bisque soup, sea bass, beef wagyu and a dessert plate with four mini dessert options. During the entire dinner, both red and white wines are free-flowing. We did have someone in our group with some dietary restrictions which were accommodated for her. SERVICE: As is the norm in our experience with Carnival, the entire staff was friendly, hard-working and courteous with the exception of the first Guest Services person I spoke to about our Chef's Table reservation. Not sure why, but I find Guest Services to usually be the least helpful people on the ship. Everyone else from our dining room staff, maitre d, bar servers, cabin staff, spa staff, etc. SHIP ACTIVITIES: My sister and I had a "couples massage" on one of our sea days (her treat as a birthday present for me). The massage itself was very good and the two girls working on us were great! The room itself was a little on the cool side and they didn't have heated tables so I was a bit chilly during most of my massage. They did give us the product sell afterwards, but I'm pretty good at saying no to that stuff! LOL We went to one of the comedy shows and I did not find that guy funny. We did not catch any of the production shows this time around. The band playing outside of the casino bar was awesome! They usually played 80's music and always had a big crowd! Even when the nightclub had an "80's Party", this band drew a bigger crowd. They were so much fun to watch! Karaoke seemed to be a big draw as well. I really never felt that any of the bars or lounges were over crowded. I also spent some time in the casino. I did fairly well on blackjack but gave it all back playing three card poker and texas hold 'em. The casino itself did not seem very smokey, but the smoke was noticeable at the one side of the casino bar that allows smoking. PORTS: Tampa - This was our first time cruising from the Port of Tampa and I would do it again in a heartbeat! We flew down the day before and stayed at the Hampton Inn & Suites Ybor City. The hotel was just okay - standard Hampton Inn. The pool area was tiny and only had a few lounge chairs and was not fully in the sun. The rooms were pretty standard. Our only real complaint about the hotel room was the volume of the a/c unit. It was very loud which made it hard to sleep. The hotel provides a free shuttle anywhere within a three mile radius of the hotel. We used Lyft to get to the port as we didn't want to wait for the shuttle and go with a crowd of other people. Embarkation and disembarkation at the Port of Tampa were the fastest and easiest of any of my 18 cruises. We arrived at the Port around 10:50 and were able to walk right through the priority line and were through security in a matter of minutes. When we got to the check-in desk, there was no line whatsoever. The agents checked our paperwork, gave us our Visa's and sent us to the Priority waiting area. We only waited there about 5-10 minutes before boarding began. Since we are Platinum, we were among the first to board and were on the ship by 11:15. Disembarkation was the same way. We were heading to the meeting area for those carrying off their luggage by 7:25. My husband stopped at the little cafe area on deck 9 and ordered a coffee and by 7:34 they were calling for Self-Assist passengers to head to the Lobby to disembark. Getting off the ship was easy, customs was a breeze and we were outside the building waiting for our Lyft by 7:50. In fact, we were at the airport, checked-in, through security and at our gate by 8:45! So easy! Key West - We have been to Key West several times on cruises and also honeymooned there. Most of our group elected to book the Key West Pub Crawl tour through Carnival. This was my third time doing the tour. It's always alot of fun. For the cost of the tour, you visit 5 different Key West bars and are given a ticket for a free drink (either their specialty drink, well cocktail or domestic beer). It's a walking tour, but you aren't going that far between stops. We visited Tree Bar, Flying Monkey (where you can get any of their frozen concoctions), Hard Rock Cafe, Sandbar and Rick's. Along the way the guide talks about Key West and engages with the group. There is also a conch blowing contest for those inclined to give it a try (NOTE - I won this last time we did this tour!). After the tour, we walked around the Mallory Square area a bit and then headed back to the ship. We did not dock at the main pier on this trip. We were docked at the military base. They had conch trains set up to shuttle people between the ship and the Mallory Square area. The trains ran about every 15 minutes or so. Havana, Cuba - This was the real draw of this cruise. Our ship was scheduled to be in Havana from 7AM until 6AM the following morning. 15 of the 18 in our group booked a private tour through I Love Cuba Photo Tours. We were to meet our guide, Yosel, at 9AM. One member of our group got up early and got in line to get stickers to get off of the ship. We were in group C. We had planned to meet at 8AM at the Blue Iguana and exit the ship together. By 8AM, Carnival was well past group C so we were able to pretty much just walk off the ship. When we got to the customs area, there were several lines formed. Of course, I picked the slow line! But it still only took us about 7-10 minutes to get through the customs line. The customs agent takes your Visa and Passport and they supposedly do a infrared temperature scan. If your temp is over 98.6 you are sent for further screening before being allowed to enter the country. No one in our group had this issue. Once through customs, we headed to the currency exchange line. This also went very quickly. We exchanged $300 US dollars for 261 CUCs. There are restrooms near the currency exchange so everyone decided to take care of business before heading out of the terminal. Once we got outside, we took a right and walked about 5 minutes to a bus stop. This is where we were to meet Yosel. We were initially supposed to meet him at the rum factory to the left once you exit the terminal. But Yosel contacted me the day prior while we were docked in Key West and said they were no longer allowing tour pick ups there. He had also contacted a friend who works on the Paradise and asked her to relay the message in case he wasn't able to reach me. We were able to find him easily at our new meeting spot. Our tour was a full day tour with four hard top Classic Cars with A/C. Each car fit four of us plus the driver and our guide who is also a professional photographer. You provide them an SD card and they take all of the photos for you. It was great cause I was able to just enjoy the tour and not worry about capturing moments on camera. After the tour, you get to take your SD card (and photos) with you! They did a great job of capturing candid moments as well as staging us for group pics. We visited the following places: Fusterlandia - artistic area of Havana Forrest area located in central Havana - this is where a lot of religious sacrifices and rituals like baptisms take place. Revolution Plaza - where Castro used to hold his marathon speeches Lunch at El Cocinero - we researched and picked the place we wanted to eat lunch at Hotel Nacional - landmark hotel El Morro fort Cigar factory/store Malecon Also drove through other various parts of Havana including the "ghetto" and central business district After the tour, we were taken back to the port area. Some of our group explored near the port area for a while before taking a taxing to the Vedado area of Havana for dinner. We had dinner at a Paladar (private in-home restaurant) called La Narajos. The menu here constantly changes based on what they can get at market. Our waitress set up a chalkboard and easel next to our table and ran through the options with us. My lobster dinner was huge and was only $25. After a great meal, we took a taxi back to the port area where we spend the next couple hours just hitting up a few bars sipping on mojitos and listening to the local musicians. We headed back to the ship around 10:30PM. A few things to note about Havana: * We never felt unsafe at all even walking around at night. The people there are very friendly and not aggressive at all. * Buildings and streets are often in disrepair. You do have to be aware when walking at night because areas of the sidewalks have holes or other hazards which are hard to see because the streets are not well lit. * Overall we found things to be very reasonably priced. Our lunch was about $50-60 total for my husband and I and that includes a couple shared appetizers, two entrees and a couple drinks. Our dinner was a bit pricier, but still not bad for a nice dinner out. Taxi prices seemed to depend on whether you flagged down a classic car or regular yellow taxi (classic car was $20 for four of us from the port to dinner, yellow taxi was $10 for four us from dinner back to the port). Supposedly you can negotiate, but we didn't attempt to. These people make so little, that it didn't feel right to try to talk them down. * English speaking in Cuba is hit or miss. Our tour guides spoke flawless English. But in the stores and bars, most people seemed to know just enough to take care of our drink orders. At both restaurants we went to, our services spoke great English. * We had heard prior to getting to Cuba that you had to pay to use restroom facilities and that most do not provide toilet paper. We took a handful of tissues off the ship with us just in case. But we really did not encounter this. At the last bar we went to, a lady tried to get my husband to give her money after he came out of the bathroom, but he just said he didn't speak Spanish and walked past her. *It is VERY hot in Havana and also humid. I wouldn't book a Convertible for a full day tour. You would get pretty beat up by that hot sun! Our tour did include about an hour in a convertible and that was enough for us! The rest of the time we were in hard top cars with AC. And the drivers are VERY particular about their cars - do not slam the doors shut too hard and watch the curbs when you open the door so as to not scrape them on the pavement. Overall, it was a great trip and I wouldn't hesitate to visit Cuba again. There is so much to see and do there! We do regret not taking in the Buena Vista Social Club show and would love to do that next time. I hope our government keeps the options for visiting Cuba open long term! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
We wanted to experience a short cruise with a relaxing itinerary on a typical carnival fun /party ship.We were not disappointed and had a superb time overall. Our cabin was a basic inside no window but perfectly adequate although did not ... Read More
We wanted to experience a short cruise with a relaxing itinerary on a typical carnival fun /party ship.We were not disappointed and had a superb time overall. Our cabin was a basic inside no window but perfectly adequate although did not have any chairs. This was quickly rectified by the steward who provided superb service in a friendly manner and this was echoed by all of the staff we encountered on board The food in the buffet restaurant was typical cruise fayre but we ate most nights in the Elation restaurant, one of two formal dining rooms that provided excellent food and service. They also were open for breakfast/brunch on most days. Superb coffee and cakes were available at the café de france. For anyone hungry out of hours there was a 24 hour pizza service and room service available We love being entertained and there was a host of activities , games and shows on offer on board. The cruise director Leon and his team were superb involving everyone in the fun, the show team were excellent with 2 productions on most nights in the Normandie theatre produced to a high standard. Various bands and singers performed throughout the day adding to the experience. We are not big gamblers but were put off by the fact that smoking was allowed in the casino which spilled into other public areas The adult only serenity deck was a welcome addition but did fill up early in the day . More shade on the main sun decks would. be helpful We made our own arrangements in port and found 2 quiet, relaxing beaches Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
This cruise in general was a good cruise; Leon the CD is amazing, he brings the passengers together and is very good at doing his job. Good singer too! The food was very good, variety was with many choices, and they take great care to ... Read More
This cruise in general was a good cruise; Leon the CD is amazing, he brings the passengers together and is very good at doing his job. Good singer too! The food was very good, variety was with many choices, and they take great care to control waste. You can have as much as you want, but don't waste it. My negative comment would be that they have taken the couches or chairs out of the rooms, as well the open deck and limited seating in the Main areas. If their intention is to keep people out of the rooms and into the bars, it's is working. Pool area was in excellent shape, clean and well managed. Entertainment could be improved, two independent guitarist and one piano player. Not the best. The shows were very good, you have to get use to the idea that orchestra players are gone. Latin night had musicians, it that was excellent. Staff was excellent. Not a bad cruise! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
Been on several 7 day cruises and decided to try short one. Chose the Carnival Paridise for the interesting look of the atrium. Since this ship was recently redone and a smaller ship leaving from Tampa. I was only an hour from the port. ... Read More
Been on several 7 day cruises and decided to try short one. Chose the Carnival Paridise for the interesting look of the atrium. Since this ship was recently redone and a smaller ship leaving from Tampa. I was only an hour from the port. Parking garage was just across from the port. Boarding was a easy as Carnival had specific boarding times. Unfortunately dis embarking was a little chaotic with impatient passenger getting in line before their call. I chose check out luggage and at the scheduled time I was off of ship less than 15 minutes Loved the sail away party. The buffet was typical food. Out on deck the guys burgers and the blue iguana tacos tops. The dinning room was cozy and a lot of different items to have. the breakfast buffet had general fare. The seaday brunch was a nice touch. Ordered room service for the continental breakfast, arrived at time requested and it was fresh and warm. Shows were great. The few shops had good buys .The cabin smaller than big ships was very clean and the window big enough to enjoy the outside. Room steward freshen up room daily. I preferred the evening. Towel animals ,cute Carnival Paradise had Staff and crew honored at the dis embarkation program on the last day of cruise. Another thing I liked was the military appreciation show later that day that honored military people on board. Overall I had a great time on the Paradise. Planning to book another cruise Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
This cruise was a far cry from the service and standards received on other Carnival Cruises. There were a lot of things that were not up to par. My list of things that fell short. 1.) Not sailing day one disappointing (missed ... Read More
This cruise was a far cry from the service and standards received on other Carnival Cruises. There were a lot of things that were not up to par. My list of things that fell short. 1.) Not sailing day one disappointing (missed going to Grand Cayman) and spent 25 hours in Cozumel 2.) Cruise director seemed absent from most events 3.) Constant sewage smell and backups this was all over the ship. Most noteable on the “suite balcony” we paid extra for 4.) Drinks were poured very weak. Powerade drinks were being counted as part of the 15 drink quota (this should be just for alcohol) 5.) On board events and activities seemed to be much less than normal ( one event going on at a time where other cruises would have 3-4 things on at a time all day)  6.) Food day one at dinner was beyond disappointing. It improved but there was never a hot meal. All cold by the time it came out this included tepid coffee served at the end of the meal. No food was cooked correctly you had to ask for a rare steak to get medium. You can tell the fries and things they included as sides were tiny portions and reused from other stations on the boat or other meals. I guess lobster is a thing of the past? Food at the Lido Deck buffet was lackluster to say the least. It felt like no care was taken in presentation and or options on the bar. The best food on the boat was Guys burger joint which is a sad that settling for a burger beat most of the dining on the ship. Good thing it’s hard to mess up a burger. Also alternative food options closing much earlier. 7.) Same comedians the entire trip. (They still we’re awesome at all shows) but seeing the same person felt like we were trying to be ok with what we were dealt. Bar and serving staff were overwhelmed with orders one server per section when everyone was trying to get drinks ( I feel like this resulted in the negative attitudes of servers and staff) 8.) Crew seemed to be overall disgruntled or not happy to be there ( not all but a lot were not pleasant to deal with ) attitudes drastically improved when we tipped large amounts. (Don’t force us to include gratuity if the staff won’t appreciate it when we don’t tip) In order to get decent service you have to tip above what you were already forced to tip. 9.) Room service after 10:00 pm is a fee and no longer free. This would be fine if you open up other late night food options on the boat other than pizza. 10.) Photo staff you can tell were on a strict quota for photos as they became almost bothersome not letting you leave after taking a couple of photos. You felt as if you were being forced into multiple photos. (Prices of photos increased as well which makes no sense since most are digital now. I refuse to buy any photos at those prices) 11.) Debarkation morning room service is no more. I used to eat in the stateroom and head down to the gangway.  All in All my group had a good time, however it was not the carnival cruise lines I had told everyone about from 4 years ago. We were avid Royal Caribbean cruisers before our first trip on Carnival. We were impressed with Carnival and started splitting our vacations with both Carnival and RCCL. I would rather pay 50-100 dollars more a head than see the standards lowered. The ship sat in port from 4pm until 5am. And then stopped in Cozumel for 24 hours. You would think with the amount of fuel that was saved by not moving the ship for 30% of the time on the boat could result in some form of refund. The itineraries that are directly to Cozumel and back are cheaper than the ones that stop in Grand Cayman as well. P.S. the mints on the pillow are gone too. People notice dumb things. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
I've cruised Carnival many, many times, and indeed, I've cruised "Paradise" many times as well. This cruise was very good, but I can see lots of small things slipping. Food was good, but not as many choices as in the ... Read More
I've cruised Carnival many, many times, and indeed, I've cruised "Paradise" many times as well. This cruise was very good, but I can see lots of small things slipping. Food was good, but not as many choices as in the past. Dining room services was OUTSTANDING, and has improved on my last TWO Carnival cruises. Entertainment was O.K., but a bit lacking in the offerings. It seemed to me that if you didn't gamble, there wasn't a lot to do on some evenings. BIG SHOWS were good, but the same ones I've seen over, and over again. Cabins on the recently dry docked "Paradise" were excellent, and the cabin service was also very good, but the lack of choices on the T.V. was disappointing, even though I don't cruise to watch T.V. I rarely leave the ship, so I can't comment on Ports, or Shore Excursions, but others I talked to said they enjoyed their excursions. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
This was my third cruise all with carnival. The other two trips were very good but this one was the best. The ship is older but kept cleaned. Everywhere I went there was staff cleaning something whether it was the walls, ceilings or ... Read More
This was my third cruise all with carnival. The other two trips were very good but this one was the best. The ship is older but kept cleaned. Everywhere I went there was staff cleaning something whether it was the walls, ceilings or floors. The food was very good and if you do not care for what is on the buffet there are burgers,tacos,pizzas or sandwiches. There is also casual dining and the captains dinner. There was 22 of us including children. There was always different events for everyone to have an enjoyable time. Our favorite was the metal show also the children enjoyed it their ages range from 4 to 17. Everyone was always very friendly and helpful. Now most of the adults enjoyed the casino and I have to say the staff were the greatest especially Hong,Paul,Jette, Oscar and Sandy their service was outstanding and needs to be recognized.They are a big part of what made this trip the best. Everyone that asks about my trip I always tell them I love carnival. And looking forward to taking another cruise soon. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
This cruise fit in with fall break so we planned it with three other families from work. Embarkation was smooth and easy. We flew in and was transported by Carnival. We then walked right into port authority, checked in, and got onto the ... Read More
This cruise fit in with fall break so we planned it with three other families from work. Embarkation was smooth and easy. We flew in and was transported by Carnival. We then walked right into port authority, checked in, and got onto the ship They had plenty of activities although we mainly stayed by the pool. We met up with our friends every night and my time dining sat us together with no problems. The food was very good and on an extra note, my wife was given a gluten free menu every day upon asking to prerecord the next day meals. The staff was very friendly in all parts of the ship. The ship was clean as was our room for our entire stay. My friends had the drink packages and they were very happy with it. I felt the debarkation was probably the easiest I have been through in 15 cruises. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
We like cruising out of Tampa and this 5day cruise departs on Monday returning Saturday morning allowing us to drive rather than fly. We’ve cruised on Carnival Paradise before and enjoy the smaller ship over the larger ones. We decided ... Read More
We like cruising out of Tampa and this 5day cruise departs on Monday returning Saturday morning allowing us to drive rather than fly. We’ve cruised on Carnival Paradise before and enjoy the smaller ship over the larger ones. We decided to spring for a Grand Suite and were not disappointed at all. The ship was renovated early this year and the upgrades improved our experience. The ports of Cozumel and Grand Caymen are great for visiting as well as swimming, snorkeling or any other water sports you’re interested in. Have always been safe and never had any problems at all. The entertainment on this cruise was really good. We went to two of the three shows they had. The productions were improved from previous cruises. The meals, while good, weren’t quite as good as in the past. One night we had prime rib that we thought was lacking. And the best meals can be purchased for additional money. We had filets one night and were worth the extra money but in years past those would have been available as a regular choice. I would take this cruise again and do recommend it. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
I chose Carnival Paradise for two reasons, they advertise gluten free diets and they were inexpensive to try out for a first time cruiser. My meals were always delicious but I felt limited on the offerings. By NO means did I ever go ... Read More
I chose Carnival Paradise for two reasons, they advertise gluten free diets and they were inexpensive to try out for a first time cruiser. My meals were always delicious but I felt limited on the offerings. By NO means did I ever go hungry! The waiters take your order for the next evening so that they will be able to properly prepare for your dietary needs. Staff was very knowledgable about celiac disease and very accommodating. I enjoyed my first cruise with Carnival, but now I'm looking for a larger ship due to the fact that our at sea days were not as busy as we would have liked them to be. I'm looking for adventure at sea and fun things to do while sailing. Movies, Broadway shows, interactive games, sports, anything great to pass the time while parting the blue waters other than the casino (not much of a gambler here). Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
A wee bit wordy but a lot of info. Got off the Carnival Paradise yesterday. I’ve cruised in 8-10 Carnival ships including Europe. By far, this was the worst ship. Food was pretty bad, almost embarrassing since we had 1st time ... Read More
A wee bit wordy but a lot of info. Got off the Carnival Paradise yesterday. I’ve cruised in 8-10 Carnival ships including Europe. By far, this was the worst ship. Food was pretty bad, almost embarrassing since we had 1st time cruisers in our group. Pork chops, Mahi Mahi and steak were very chewy. Took several bites before you could actually swallow. Tough to cut even with a steak knife. I used to look forward to Lobster on formal nights but Carnival cut this out for 5-day or less cruises. Big mistake! Guys Burgers were awesome as always. My bed too was slightly lopsided so I slept on the other end. We had a choice of 1-2 cleanings a day. We chose 1. Room steward was great though we only saw him once during our entire cruise. My room was directly under the Galley. DON’T BOOK THESE ROOMS! Loud crashing/banging at all hours of the night/mornings. All our rooms (7th floor) had the same problem. We ALL had to wear ear plugs to sleep. Ship was dated and super small. Shows were mediocre. The Lead female singer needs a stronger voice. Main complaint – we made reservations for Chef’s Table before the cruise plus we booked 2 excursions thru Carnival for Cozumel. Got a Chef’s Table confirmation email for Day 1 of our cruise at 6pm. Day 1 - We ate light meals anticipating the excellent food at the Chef’s Table. Early afternoon, I called Guest Services as no one (6 adults/3 rooms) received our invitations. Supposedly we were “mistaken” and it was the next day. I told her we had the email that confirmed 9/5/18 at 6pm. I informed her we had evening plans in Cuba, we can’t go that day. She called me back and said it was the 2nd day of Cuba (9/7/18). We were leaving Cuba early that day. Day 3 - we all ate light meals again. I called that afternoon because no one received invites. They said we should get a letter soon. We FINALLY got the letters that our Chef’s Table was scheduled 9/8/18 at 6pm. What? We were supposed to be in Cozumel till 8:30pm! We weren’t getting off the ship till after 12 noon. Plus we had excursions previously booked thru Carnival bringing us back to the pier at 6:30pm, others near 8:30pm. I argued that we would get off the ship at 12-12:30pm, we have to return to the ship by 5pm, shower and be ready for Chef’s Table at 6pm! I snapped that we had booked our excursions thru Carnival and we would not return to the pier till 6:30pm, so they SHOULD have known this! I kept asking to speak to a manager and they would not transfer me. She finally said she would have a supervisor call me back. Later some guy (possibly Matri’d) called me to confirm we were cancelling. Before I could explain, he snapped at me that they were all booked for the entire cruise and practically hung up on me. Very rude guy. The same girl called me back later and said we didn’t have any excursions booked thru Carnival? What? 2 different rooms, 2 different families on 2 different computers yet our excursions “mysteriously” disappeared? Umm hmmm. Luckily we were able to rebook the same excursions. No apologies by anyone at Carnival, no call backs by any Supervisors, no attempt to make this right. Worst Carnival Ship and worst Customer Service! The 2 stars is only for Guys Hamburgers. They deserve 5 stars! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
My family and I cruised on the Carnival Paradise as the final stop on our summer vacation. We embarked from Tampa on Monday August 13th, enjoying the Lido Deck dance bon voyage party with drink specials. Our interior room with upper bunks ... Read More
My family and I cruised on the Carnival Paradise as the final stop on our summer vacation. We embarked from Tampa on Monday August 13th, enjoying the Lido Deck dance bon voyage party with drink specials. Our interior room with upper bunks was small and ordinary. Our cabin steward, Rudy, always worked hard to please us. Navigating and getting familiar with the extra-large ship was difficult for newbies like us. The Carnival Hub app was useful for the ship map and keeping up with daily activities. It was disappointing that texting between the four of us required a $5 additional fee to give each of our phones access to the app. Sometimes it took a few hours for text to get through. Our luggage arrived, with a broken handle on one bag. Guest relations came through for us, giving us a voucher for a complimentary replacement bag. We were pleasantly surprised by the many food choices at the different restaurants. Guy’s burgers and Blue Iguana Cantina served delicious meals. It was great to be able to go to Pizza Pirate late into the evening. For entertainment, we enjoyed a Rock musical, animal puppet theater (cute), the 90’s trivia musical competition and Bingo. The comedy show with Seth Buchwald was so good that we went to a second show later. Carnival Paradise Waterworks water park was a big hit all day with kids and some adults. The pool and hot tub on the lido deck was entertainment central, where most guests swim and lounge in the sun. We had late dining, and our server Roberto and others were helpful with meal and beverage selections. Through the dining area and at different locations through the ship, photographers were always ready to take photos of us. We had to eventually choose which photos we could afford. Through the relatively short 5 day cruise to Cozumel and Cayman, our family left with a lot of fantastic memories. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
We do an annual girls trip and have a great gal in our group that literally planned this whole trip for us! We have to do a trip where we are contained (important - trust me) and usually do all inclusive resorts. While I am not big on many ... Read More
We do an annual girls trip and have a great gal in our group that literally planned this whole trip for us! We have to do a trip where we are contained (important - trust me) and usually do all inclusive resorts. While I am not big on many aspects of "cruising" I absolutely 110% recommend the Carnival Paradise Cruise and Crew. Every crew member we encountered more than once remembered our names. The activities were incredibly fun and creative. The food and the service was phenomenal. From the charming maitre d (Mustafa) to our 3 servers, Roma, Karl and Chester (Boogie), dinner was top notch! Our cruise director Cam has so much energy and is extremely creative. He handles the unbelievable sized crowds that are usually drunk, with patience and just rolls with the punches. We were in one of the newer cabins on deck 14 and it was a perfect size for 2 people. Rooms were always very clean - thank you Ipung! There are only 2 things I could say would need improvement and one just is what it is and that's the pool. It is way too small to accommodate that many people. The second thing is iced tea. I know they need to keep the bar tab up but there needs to be a non alcoholic option like iced tea that you can be served on the pool deck. They do have tea in the dining area in tiny plastic cups but when you're being served a drink every 10-15 minutes it can't just be alcohol and soda. Tea and water should be a must on the deck. If cruising is your thing then this is definitely your ship! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
This was our 8th or so cruise and we had so much fun despite the weather. The stateroom stewards ask what would be an ideal time for them to enter the room to clean and not disturb anyone which is a plus. The cruise director Leon knows how ... Read More
This was our 8th or so cruise and we had so much fun despite the weather. The stateroom stewards ask what would be an ideal time for them to enter the room to clean and not disturb anyone which is a plus. The cruise director Leon knows how to keep a party going and things up beat at all times, outstanding job on his behalf. Our children along with my relatives children had a blast at camp carnival each and every time they were there, and the staff was excellent at keeping an we on them. Dinner at the Elation restaurant was also great and the waiters did an excellent job as always. Everything from the shows to the deck parties kept my family of 23 happy and always entertained while on vacation. We felt at home and well taken care of. I’d also have to mention that the captain did a great job with the ship since the weather condistions were not the best. The ladies in our group enjoyed the spa services, and we all enjoyed the Dr. Seuss breakfast. Absolutely No complaints here as everything was great as always. We will continue to recommend and choose carnival for our cruises no matter what because aside from anything and everything that can go wrong, Carnical knows how to party and make us feel like part of their family. Thank you Carnival Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
Myself and a group of friends cruised together the overall experience was pretty awesome! Entertainment was on point the entire staff is friendly!! The embarkation was the only problem, checking into the ship was bit of a pain, I feel it ... Read More
Myself and a group of friends cruised together the overall experience was pretty awesome! Entertainment was on point the entire staff is friendly!! The embarkation was the only problem, checking into the ship was bit of a pain, I feel it could have ran more smoothly had they been more organized. The stateroom had a strange smell to the bathroom, the food was pretty good,guys burger joint is amazing the bartenders are simply amazing specifically "Delveroy" from Jamaica and "Gede" from Indonesia was awesome they were very attentive and are hilarious. They made our trips to the bar amazing everytime. as well the nightlife. It is amazing the cruise director Leon is a breath of fresh air! He gets the crowd going and he's very friendly.The mega deck party at night was awesome there was line dancing, giveaways. Karaoke was a good time.Overall we had an awesome time. We would definitely cruise with Paradise again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
We chose this cruise because of the pictures we seen online which were a lie there was no basketball courts no movies theater and the arcade was so...small! I had a lot of fun but my two boys 14 and 16 were very much disappointed. The ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the pictures we seen online which were a lie there was no basketball courts no movies theater and the arcade was so...small! I had a lot of fun but my two boys 14 and 16 were very much disappointed. The staff was great Jurry who cleaned our room was awesome and my favorite bar waitress was Zailene she was always around when we needed a drink. We traveled with 14 of us and my sister is in a wheel chair this cruise was not for her she could only get out side to sit in a few spots, and lastly it wasn't a very clean ship a lot of broken things the toilets didn't flush but overall I had a good time with my family. Thank you for your time and I hope you find this helpful ! I forgot to mention Jamie was amazing keep her around she should move up to a bigger and newer ship I hope that's what we will be on next easter! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
We chose this cruise because we were on the Paradise a few years ago and had a good time. Plus it fit in our spring break timeline (teacher) and we love going to Cozumel and Grand Cayman. We were the 2nd cruise after the Paradise's ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we were on the Paradise a few years ago and had a good time. Plus it fit in our spring break timeline (teacher) and we love going to Cozumel and Grand Cayman. We were the 2nd cruise after the Paradise's dry dock. The changes are amazing. The color scheme, cabins makeovers, additions of Guys Burgers, BlueIguana Tequila Bar, RedFrog Rum Bar among a few changes make the Paradise a hidden gem in the Carnival Fleet. However, cruise director Jaime Dee is the best cruise director we have ever seen. Her positive and fun attitude, energy, and love for what she does is infectious throughout, not only her staff, but everyone aboard the Paradise. When we told her she was the best cruise director we have ever had, she was quick to give credit to everyone and said she was just a part of the great staff. Being a former high school football and baseball coach, I know what she is saying is true. However, it takes a great leader to get everyone to believe in what you are doing and to get on board with you. She has what is called the "it" factor. If you can't have fun on the Paradise with Jaime Dee as the cruise director, you can't have fun on a cruise. I would highly recommend this ship and cruise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
First cruise for our family of 4. Ease of boarding and settling in was impressive. Beautiful pools, fun slide. Multiple sun decks to choose from. Great mini-golf. Overall fun atmosphere. Food was good, very kid-friendly. For parents, ... Read More
First cruise for our family of 4. Ease of boarding and settling in was impressive. Beautiful pools, fun slide. Multiple sun decks to choose from. Great mini-golf. Overall fun atmosphere. Food was good, very kid-friendly. For parents, not great tho. No formal dining options on this ship. Entertainment was fun and abundant, for kids and parents. We spent several evenings in the library playing board games! On shore excursion with "Fury" catamaran team in cozumel was exceptional. Would highly recommend the snorkel, beach adventure. Our state-room hostess, Phayom was superb. She was very friendly and learned all of our names the first day aboard. My boys ( 8 & 3 ) fell in love with her! She made us feel at home and was always right around the corner if we needed anything. It was sad to have to say goodbye to her. (Tho my 3 yr old did say goodbye with the biggest hug he could give, followed by a sincere "I love you!"). I'd agree with his sentiment! Thank you for all of the great memories. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
We had a smashing good time due to the high energy entertainment staff. What a fun cruise! I've got to complement Leigh the Cruise Director and his staff, Leon, Christian and (especially) Josh for making this a memorable cruise. ... Read More
We had a smashing good time due to the high energy entertainment staff. What a fun cruise! I've got to complement Leigh the Cruise Director and his staff, Leon, Christian and (especially) Josh for making this a memorable cruise. DH and I loved the trivia shows, Love and Marriage, Quest and the party vibe aboard. The cover band Krakken was super! The ship itself will soon get a much needed facelift so there is no need to say how tired she is. Port of Tampa Officers get you on and off the ship efficiently and the Carnival Check In is fast and easy. We had a Carnival chosen state room this time. I prefer to choose my room as we ended up beneath the exercise room and could hear the free weights being dropped. So when trying to sleep in one morning we could hear thump, THUMP a number of times. One would think that a spa employee would stop that from happening. My guess is that the free weight area is not supervised. So no more cruising under the spa for me. We had the open dining in the Elation with different wait staff each night. All were attentive but my favorite was Ariel. I really enjoyed the food. It is amazing how the galley staff serves so many people so well. Tip: Get the steak served on Sea Day Brunch, it's filet mignon. In Cozumel we got off the ship but stayed in the Carnival owned compound. I've been to the island many times and wasn't in the mood to venture far. I shopped for Vanilla, Bamboo Tee shirts, Pharmacy items (cheap here) and used the wifi at Fat Tuesdays for the price of a drink: $4. I like that here in the compound pricing is shown in both pesos and dollars. Christina gave the best massage right there by the water. Ask for her: $35 american for 30 minutes. Plus a big tip because she was awesome. I should know because I am a massage therapist. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
We decided to go on this cruise since we invited to a wedding .My wife and I have been on mutliple cruises with Royal Carribean (Allure and Oasis of the Seas) and also previously on .a Carnival Cruise out of Port Canaveral. We left out ... Read More
We decided to go on this cruise since we invited to a wedding .My wife and I have been on mutliple cruises with Royal Carribean (Allure and Oasis of the Seas) and also previously on .a Carnival Cruise out of Port Canaveral. We left out of Port Tampa. Parking was easy, right across the street. We were lucky to board the ship early for the wedding. The staff was very nice. We had a balcony room on Deck 11. The maid service was excellent and attentive. The room needs updating and the bed was OK, not real comfortable. Once you go on a Rpyal Caribbean cruise, I guess we are spoiled. So I will try to be objective. The first day out to sea, the boat was rocking and rolling due to higher than usual seas. We were told one of the stabilizers was not working on the ship, thus the rough ride. Thank goodness we don't get seasick, but a number of others did. The food choices were limited, the first night we ate at the buffet and it was lousy. The rest of the trip we ate on deck 8 at My time dining (Elation) . The food was definitely much better and the staff was excellent. We recommend the My time dining option, you can go anytime from 5:30 till 9:30 PM, and the food was excellent and made to order from the menu. The choice of shows was ? No choice. We saw one 80's type of production ,it was 50 minutes long, and I must say, even the singing sucked. Sorry. The casino was good to us, both me and my wife won money just playing slot machines. The key is, when you win on a machine, cash out and go play something else, don't ever sit there and put your winning back in the same machine, you WILL lose.We spent time on the pool deck because we smoke, did not go into the small pools or two small hottubs. The hottubs were always filled with the same people and kids. If you like to drink, get a drink package, I brought my own...lol , but if they catch you they will confiscate your alcohol when you are boarding. Cozumel was just OK, been there a few times. If this is a first time cruise, it may be OK for you. For us, if we go on another cruise, it will be on a much larger boat like a Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas. Much better quality and more choices. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
we wanted to go to Cozumel and the price was fantastic!!!! we love Carnavale cruises and the experience is always delightful! In chooses a cruise we have found cruises that were much more expensive and never have we found them any better ... Read More
we wanted to go to Cozumel and the price was fantastic!!!! we love Carnavale cruises and the experience is always delightful! In chooses a cruise we have found cruises that were much more expensive and never have we found them any better as far as hospitality as Carnavale cruise lines. Also the recreation for all ages is top notch. The give away's are also fair and very nice! The musical events are top notch and high energy. The porters and the bars the resturant personel were all great ! if you want a great experience with all excurisons and Activities this is the ship of choice for you. Carnaval has the best value.. Greatest person to us was our room attendant Francisco !!! There really was not much left to cover other than the food was Great in the diningroom/ and found that there was always plenty to food served, and Hot food always Hot... Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
I chose this cruise out of Tampa so I could relax after Hurricane Irma and I was not disappointed. I was traveling solo which is always fun to do! This was the new Cozumel Plus with extra time in Cozumel so I was able to go to Chichen Itza ... Read More
I chose this cruise out of Tampa so I could relax after Hurricane Irma and I was not disappointed. I was traveling solo which is always fun to do! This was the new Cozumel Plus with extra time in Cozumel so I was able to go to Chichen Itza for the 2nd time. The first time I went I was visiting friends and they took me there at night for the sound and laser light show on the pyramids. Fabulous! And this trip in the daytime was fabulous too. We were given a light lunch on the bus, sandwich, chips, fruit, water, and a cookie, which was quite good. Our guide was great and pointed out many not readily apparent carvings on the ruins. Overall, a great trip. I also snorkeling with the stingrays in Grand Cayman. Really fun and got great pics of me kissing the rays! Be sure to take an underwater camera. The food was good in both the main dining room and the buffet. No problems there. Casinos were smoky but still fun and slots were loose! I have already booked another cruise on the Paradise for September 2018! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
The service was stellar, food terrific, lots of entertainment.... I also wanted to mention that our Destiny Dining Room (first seating) was wonderful, mainly due to Rodriques, Artana and George! We really enjoyed our dining ... Read More
The service was stellar, food terrific, lots of entertainment.... I also wanted to mention that our Destiny Dining Room (first seating) was wonderful, mainly due to Rodriques, Artana and George! We really enjoyed our dining experience. They were always prompt and courteous and attended to our every need. At the end of our dinner we would indulge with an alcoholic "shot" in a souvenir shot glass and each night Rodriques would wash them all before we left. I also want to mention that our cabin, 103 Empress, was very clean and Mackenzie our room steward surprised us by asking if we would prefer to have the room serviced in the morning or evening, We decided that the am would be convenient for us. I had never been asked that before.... We also requested to have an ice bucket in our room, where we did not have one....Mackenzie brought it to our room and replenished the ice daily. Read Less
Carnival Paradise Ratings
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Cabins 3.0 3.9
Dining 4.0 3.7
Entertainment 4.5 3.7
Public Rooms 3.5 3.9
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.7
Family 4.0 3.7
Shore Excursion 4.5 3.8
Enrichment 4.0 3.3
Service 4.5 4.2
Value For Money 4.0 3.8
Rates 3.0 4.2

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