12 Carnival Paradise Fitness Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise for the price and the departure port being in our backyard. Had cruised on her a bit over year ago but did not recall how great it is. Debarkation and embarkation were smooth and fast. Ship overall condition good and ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the price and the departure port being in our backyard. Had cruised on her a bit over year ago but did not recall how great it is. Debarkation and embarkation were smooth and fast. Ship overall condition good and cleaning and ongoing renovations were great....once dry dock and 2.0 upgrades are done in early 2018 the ship condition will be excellent. We had anytime dining and never had over a 5 minute wait. Food and wait service were excellent. Comedy lounge was giant and comics top notch. Spa and fitness center were great. Casino staff were great and it was easy to get a seat at my favorite table games. We were in a grand suite and loved it...room Stewart was excellent. Diamond and platinum party was excellent and cruise director sat and chatted with us for twenty minutes. Cruisers were some of the best we have cruised with...overall great vibe. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
I have to say that this is my first cruise trip, but I am so happy that I didn't cancel my trip after reading the most recent reviews. I was worried about the recent engine problem happened in March. But our trip to Cozumel and Costa ... Read More
I have to say that this is my first cruise trip, but I am so happy that I didn't cancel my trip after reading the most recent reviews. I was worried about the recent engine problem happened in March. But our trip to Cozumel and Costa Maya was quite smooth and on time. The service is definitely the highlight of the trip, everyone was smiling and so welcoming. We had an ocean view cabin and an interior cabin. They were quite spacious for two in each cabin. Our steward Mariono was super nice all the time and we had different towel folding animals every night after dinner. Room service was great and fast. In the cabin, I like the shower head a lot. Food was tasty, not too fancy. We had escargot one night as appetizer. Lobster tail needs extra charge. There are many activities on board and we enjoyed a lot. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Chose this cruise because a co-worker had taken it in February and it was an easy location for us to get to (Tampa from Cleveland) and the dates worked for my wife and I to get off work. Overall it was a good experience for our first ... Read More
Chose this cruise because a co-worker had taken it in February and it was an easy location for us to get to (Tampa from Cleveland) and the dates worked for my wife and I to get off work. Overall it was a good experience for our first cruise. The ship, while a little dated, was very clean. Our cabin (U-228) had a rear facing window and was very well kept, clean and in good shape. Our steward (Andre) was on top of things and kept the room in tip-top shape at all times. Being in the rear there was a gentle hum of engine/prop noise but it was actually relaxing. Bed was very comfortable. Food/dining was excellent. We chose the 8:15 dining time in the Destiny lounge. They had some food that was extra but we never chose it because we always found something new and interesting on the menu. Only complaint was that we were sat at a 10-seat table and 2 of the 3 nights we ate alone, on the other 2 nights one other couple showed up. The pool was very crowded in the center so we spent most time on the Serenity adult only deck or the upper aft pool area. Health club /spa was very nice. We got a couples massage on the first night and loved it. I used the treadmills most days and the showers, steam room and sauna in the men's locker room instead of showering in my cabin. For an excursion we chose the Cenote Hopping with Lunch in Cozumel. It was a great trip and Paco the guide was awesome. I would warn people about to take this trip though that it is a journey to get to with a 45 minute boat ride from Cozumel to the mainland then a 50 minute bus ride to the Cenotes and lunch is not served until the very end, so I'd bring a snack if I had it to do all over again. But the hiking was very easy along trails and swimming, zip lining and cliff jumping into the Cenotes was a great experience. The atmosphere was very relaxed. The one formal dining night was nice but not everyone dressed up. For entertainment we enjoyed the comedians and also caught a couple shows. The casino was nice albeit very smoky. Embarkation was very easy as was debarkation. Overall I'd rate it a 4/5 stars. We purchased the cruise kind of on a whim during Carnival's sale in February and I would definitely say it was worth what we paid. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I had a wonderful time on this ship, the whole crew was very friendly including Housekeeping. There was no dissatisfaction for me the whole cruise. I love Karaoke and the two people who hosted it were two women named Kelsey & Maggie, ... Read More
I had a wonderful time on this ship, the whole crew was very friendly including Housekeeping. There was no dissatisfaction for me the whole cruise. I love Karaoke and the two people who hosted it were two women named Kelsey & Maggie, very polite hosts like the rest of the crew they will also join you in singing if you asked them. Karaoke is located in the Leonardo Lounge and the cruise has very friendly bartenders. One of my favorites is a woman named Elin, she is very friendly and a great person to talk to, she has a very bubbly personality and she makes good drinks. these 3 ladies that I have named in this review I refer them to any passenger cause they are the best and so is the whole crew! The Food Is great. they will have different nationality foods on Lido deck every once and a while along with your old fashion Hamburgers and hol dogs and fries, I never went to the formal dining cause I forgot my belt for my dress pants at home. Cozumel Mexico was great for shopping, Grand Cayman I didn't go to cause of the Mosquito's. Either way I had an amazing time. The cruise also had Single meet ups for straight & gay couples that are not ran buy any of the crew members but, I don't think anyone was interested in going to any of the meet ups when I was on the cruise I went to 2 straight single meet ups there was nobody lol and quite honeslty I think singles groups are a waste of time in my opinion. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Where do I start. Maybe with my #1 recommendation that EVERYONE should do. Drink prices are absolutely outrageous now. you are allowed to bring on one small case of pop that you must carry yourself! and....one bottle of wine. I suggest you ... Read More
Where do I start. Maybe with my #1 recommendation that EVERYONE should do. Drink prices are absolutely outrageous now. you are allowed to bring on one small case of pop that you must carry yourself! and....one bottle of wine. I suggest you do this!!! People kept looking at us asking I didn't know you could do that! You have to read the contract. Last year on this boat was ok. Whenever you go at Christmas you can expect it to be packed so no surprises there. We WERE scheduled to be on a Royal Caribbean ship. We should have stuck with it. We found a great deal for this one and love Cozumel and Grand Cayman so we changed to this boat since last year was good and we knew what we were getting. Emilija our dining room waiter was beautiful she made up for the real problems I'm about to get into, and we also loved Putu our room steward he always greeted us and always has a smile!! Food on Carnival is also above par out of any cruise liners out there and the chef even came to our table to greet us which has never happened before! .......now the problems.... Who came up with this new point system for the cards!?!?!? It sucks!!! We were well on our way to Platinum when they changed this. our parents have upwards of at least 12-15 cruises from them and when they went to the service desk they could find only a few of their past twenty year cruises and are stuck at Gold level. And with this NEW system it's going to take us FOREVER to get to platinum!!! My parents have Diamond status on Royal Caribbean and are treated like royalty!! And it only took upwards of 15/16 cruises to get there! On this new plan with Carnival it's going to take us forever!!! And for what?? Just to have our own lounge for boarding?? Oh? We got on the ship within five minutes last trip and fifteen minutes this trip. You have no leg to stand on Carnival. They were late getting to every port we went to and considering the days were short to begin with by the time we were an hour and half behind at Grand Cayman we were furious because they only allowed their own paid excursions off first which p'eed me off!! So we only got 4 hrs in Cozumel and 4 hours in Grand Cayman. Keep that in mind when booking this boat!!! The Captain didn't seem to care about making up time either because by the time we got back to port in Tampa he was an hour and half behind and we sat and sat and sat waiting to get off the freaking boat and I can only guess that the New Years Eve people were late getting on. We have always had the Captains going faster to make up time. We've been on eight cruises and my parents the "We've lost count more than 70 plus now people" were absolutely aghast at the stupidity on board. 1. Lack of things to do period 2. Serenity is too small always packed can never get a seat 3. They take up Promenade completely with their picture taking after 4 pm and I couldn't sit anywhere with a good book without flashes going off in my face. 4. Oh I almost forgot! They constant battery of asking take your photo, and then it happened they started calling my daughters and I Barbie. Take your photo Barbie!!! I was so angry and later my daughter said she was asked by several of the photographers the exact same thing night after night. I was furious!!! 5. Then there was the captains party for past guests. They slipped what looked like a door hanging tag under the door. Pete and I read everything we don't want to miss a thing, but my parents thought it was just another piece of paper or something for their door so they threw it aside. It wasn't until my husband and I said something that they went "really? There was no announcement!" and in fact a lot of the ship didn't. We went in to Queen Mary lounge and there was very few people there!!! they had free drinks for past guests and no one got the message it seemed and they had all these hors d'oeuvres that they didn't have near the people to give to. We were shaking our heads. 7. I don't know what it is about smaller ships but they have the most ignorant passengers. Not the cruise liners fault but I think next time we'll pay a bit more because only one working pool on that ship sucks. The other one has the slide going into it and as usual no one is doing anything about the kids in the jacuzzi and at least Royal Caribbean actively tells kids to get out! All in all this ship should be tanked, the Captain should be ashamed, the only thing that saved their butts was our dining room experience. thank goodness for our servers and the food. All I can say is Royal Caribbean is looking good for next year. My husband wants me to mention this last slap in the face. We had to go to Normandy lounge last day for US Immigration and because they were an hour and half late getting to Tampa we had to wait there for an hour then another half hour and they promised that the dining room hours would be extended....well no surprise they weren't and we were forced to go to Lido for breakfast which we NEVER do and my daughter promptly got food poisoning from wet eggs. They could have announced the delay and we could have gone and ad relaxed breakfast first and THEN gone to do immigration when we docked!!!! Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
I have sailed multiple ships in the Fantasy class, Paradise included (back in '03 when it was still no smoking). Due to this, I knew going in how this ship would compare to newer offerings from Carnival and competing lines. First of ... Read More
I have sailed multiple ships in the Fantasy class, Paradise included (back in '03 when it was still no smoking). Due to this, I knew going in how this ship would compare to newer offerings from Carnival and competing lines. First of all if you are capable of "making your own fun" you will probably have a good time on this boat. I started cruising in '95 (I was 21 then), so I'm familiar with the activities boats of this size typically offer. If you are content with the pool deck, casino, meals, comedians, and maybe a show or two you should be fine. If all you know is Carnival Fun Ship 2.0 (upgrade) boats (or RCCL for that matter) the Paradise may seem kind of boring. Cons: -Lido deck restaurants (outside or inside, including the deli and pizza) were always nuts. It seemed like 10 minute lines for at least an hour (sometimes more) during both breakfast and lunch. I only ate in the MDR during the day once (lunch), and it wasn't busy at all. It appears that the people on this boat prefer the buffet meals. Dinner (buffet) selection was very poor during the one evening I checked it out, although (again) this may be typical on this ship. -Yes the interior looks dated. No way to hide this given that you enter the boat and the first thing you see is the atrium (which looks as dated as anything on the boat). -Stateroom looked dated as well, and had a "yellowed" robe, but served its purpose as a comfy place to sleep. -MDR (we had my time dining) hostess didn't know the show schedule, as was surprised when they got crushed immediately after the show. Service was VERY slow that night. This was surprising as it isn't like they don't go through this every few days. -Seemed like the pool deck bars were understaffed. One bartender for a ~10 seat bar for extended periods of time. They were pushing buckets of beer hard, I assume this helps relieve the pressure some. -MDR food was average. Not necessarily a con, but as someone who has been on 9 Carnival cruises in 16 years the gradual decline is something I can't help but notice. -Stop with the bacon police. It only backs up the buffet lines even more. I'm sorry that people waste a bunch of food (sad really), but add $1-2 to everyone's fare and let people grab their own bacon. Deserts I get (they are separate anyway), but the primary buffet lines really need to move faster. Pros: -Less than $90/person/day (family of 3, not including tips). Cons aside, I felt that I got what I paid for. -Serenity deck + waterslide are a nice touch for this older boat. -Pool deck (pools, deck, chairs), while worn, was in good shape. -Bed was really comfy. In my opinion, if you have complained about Carnival in the past you will likely do so again if you sail on this ship. In addition, if you are familiar with the Fantasy class ships nothing on this boat should surprise you. If all you care about is some food, the casino, the pool, alcohol, a few ports here and there, this boat will do. If you want more, you need to pay more. Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
My and I had a great time on our 5 day cruise on the Paradise! We originally booked a Veranda Room, but a few weeks before departure, we were offered an upgrade to a Grand Suite for a small up charge. We really enjoyed the larger room, ... Read More
My and I had a great time on our 5 day cruise on the Paradise! We originally booked a Veranda Room, but a few weeks before departure, we were offered an upgrade to a Grand Suite for a small up charge. We really enjoyed the larger room, sitting area, oversize balcony and big bathroom!! Our previous cruises were with Royal Caribbean; our friends are fiercely loyal to RCCL and warned us against Carnival. Combine that mindset with Carnival's recent mishaps, and we were a little nervous. Our concerns were unfounded, as Carnival gave us a GREAT cruising experience! We liked the food better than the food on RCCL Monarch and Freedom. Also, Carnival did a great job at keeping the guests flowing. I don't think we ran into a single bottle-neck of foot traffic on the Paradise - I can't say the same for RCCL's Monarch or Freedom. In fact, in spite of the fact that Freedom is a huge ship, I was really surprised at how often we had to wait for congested areas to break up so we could walk to our destinations. I don't know if it was ship layout, number of guests vs. capacity, or the Crew which made the difference, but Carnival Paradise felt very comfortable to get around. Back to the food - we dined in the Elation dining room and the food and service was top notch. I had a terrific Flat Iron Steak on the first night, but the high point was Lobster/Prime Rib night on formal night. The dress code is less rigid than RCCL, so for those who value such things as neck ties and formal wear, you might be dissatisfied. But, the Lobster tails were cold water lobsters, which I find to be superior, and they were cooked perfectly. The prime rib was among the best I have ever had. One more comparison to our experience with RCCL - our servers on all 3 cruises had multiple tables, and had other tables with lots of children. Not to be mean, but children can demand a lot of attention, they can be fussy eaters, and can get cranky when they are hungry and faced with unfamiliar food items. Again, Carnival was superior to RCCL in our experience, as our head waiter employed his team expertly to handle the demands of the youngest guests, while keeping everyone else very happy. Not so on RCCL - our service teams on both Monarch and Freedom were so preoccupied with the needs of small children at neighboring tables that our table received entrees without sauces, no bread and on more than one occasion, our coffee never made it to our table, though we got cups and creamer. So again, I have to hand it to Carnival for delivering great service, even under demanding circumstances. We were so impressed with our experience that we decided to book our next cruise with Carnival. Our friends who are hopelessly devoted to Royal Caribbean will be disappointed with our choice, but based on our experience, we are excited to take another Carnival Cruise!! Plus, you can get a much better room dollar for dollar when compared to any of Carnival's competitors. Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
Husband and I decided last minute to book this ship since our April 26th Sunshine cruise was cancelled. We drove to Tampa from Atlanta, did park and ride. Was very quickly checked in, our first time at Port of Tampa. We've been on ... Read More
Husband and I decided last minute to book this ship since our April 26th Sunshine cruise was cancelled. We drove to Tampa from Atlanta, did park and ride. Was very quickly checked in, our first time at Port of Tampa. We've been on Carnival a few times so we knew what to expect. We are Diamonds on RCCL and cruise them more. Room- Big, comfortable bed. Awesome water pressure. 2 closets. We were on Deck 3.The ship overall was laid out better than RCCL Monarch of Seas, and the boats are the same size, so go figure. Carnival had much more shops/bars etc. The pool area is just ok. One little pool in the center and a wasted stage area. The top deck aft is a large, really weird space with some sort of pool, basketball thing going on. The Serenity area is best place on the ship to relax, very quiet/comfortable and accessible to the Marketplace. Overall, a very well laid out ship with many different places for entertainment.The gym- actually liked the Paradise's gym better than the much darker/dank/tiny Dream gym.The food-Was very good. Was just on RCCL Liberty in January and Paradise's was better than that ship and the Carnival Dream. The service was great. Actually ate in dining room for lunch, it was great. First time in 15 cruises. Service- was great everywhere we went. Even though this ship is older, it is VERY clean, everywhere you go. Although, the pool deck could be picked up more during the day than it was. The marketplace was done very well, much better than the Dream (2x bigger ship) and the colors/decor MUCH better than the Dream, not sure what happened on that ship. Entertainment-We don't care for the shows on Carnival,the Dream was worst ever (more like high school drill team.) But we did go to some music show and it were actually very good. Always made it to the Comedians every night, definitely worth it. The various music talent around the ship, always make it lively.Only complaint, was the behavior of some "sketchy" women, at the main pool, exposing themselves (top and bottom frontal) acting inappropriately in front of families and kids in the pool and up/down the water slide. I think the Security should have done something. I don't care what they do in their rooms, I don't think young children need to see that. Plus they were older not like they were Spring Breakers. Anything for attention I guess. All in all a great 4 day trip, with perfect weather for 4 days and no complaints. What more could you ask for? Met so many nice people. I'm sure when this ship goes in for refurbishment next year it will get the 2.0 upgrades and make better use of that weird upper deck space with water slides. Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
EMBARK Went smooth. Disappointed that our traveling friends couldn't go to VIP with us to check in since we were together. As it turned out, they were just one minute behind us. The VIP lady left us for several minutes when I told ... Read More
EMBARK Went smooth. Disappointed that our traveling friends couldn't go to VIP with us to check in since we were together. As it turned out, they were just one minute behind us. The VIP lady left us for several minutes when I told her I had a C-pap machine. Don't know where she went or what she did but it did hold us up. We had done our boarding stuff on line and nowhere on line is there a part for special needs. She asked if I needed distilled water and I said yes and she told me when I board to go to Guest Services. Guest Services said they couldn't do it and told me to order it from the room under "Room Service." Carnival needs to make this clearer. I was on a Holland American this summer and my travel agent ordered my distilled water for me and it was in the cabin room when we entered. ROOM Ocean view, large room, large bathroom. Disappointed that there were no couch, refrigerator, soda or hair-dryer in room. You could call housekeeping for soda or buy it at bar, in the cans, and take to your room. There is large bottled water and when you run out they replenish the water. Our room Stewart was Wiryajaya and he was very friendly and always called us by name as they were trained to do. A very nice touch. He did a great job. We always had ice and he was very quick at doing our room. I did take Lysol wipes and cleaned everything myself, along with Lysol spray. (We have got Nora virus on the ships before). The vanity in the living area was not very clean when I used my wipe. Had dirt all over it. There is shampoo and body gel in the shower. No clothes line. The waste basket is very small and attached to the wall under the sink. I missed it and my friend told me where it was located. No makeup mirror which I really missed. I did bring my own...along with a hairdryer. There is a plug in the medicine cabinet, strictly for electric shavers. Don't panic if charging and it goes off. It's designed to go off after a certain amount of time. Small gift bowl in bathroom had the following: one small travel shampoo; one small travel toothpaste; two small cellophane wrapped candies (turtles) and that was it. Very pitiful compared to past freebies. Room was worn, small rip in carpet, scuff marks but overall not bad. The air-conditioning knob is in the ceiling. Very hard to hear announcements in room. The grab bar in the shower is above the shampoo and body wash. Strange place to have it. It belongs on the back wall where you could hold onto it getting in and out of shower. There are six towel racks in bathroom and a double medicine cabinet with plenty of shelves and space for two people if not more. Enough closet and drawer space is provided. We kept beds separated due to the box at the end of the bed under the window. Could smell smoke in the hallways. Apparently, guests were smoking in their rooms. FOOD This is the department where Carnival is really slipping in my opinion. The food is edible, you don't go hungry but nothing compared to the food in the past. Dining room food just so so. One side of the menu (left side) has the same every day. Fried chicken, salmon, flat iron steak (don't get...very tough), shrimp cocktail, etc. The right side changes daily. Desserts are the only thing I raved about on the whole cruise and they have a wonderful pastry chef and baker. Lido was the same but I did enjoy the soups. Salad bar doesn't have shredded cheese and one day didn't have olives. The hamburgers are always good but on this trip very overcooked and dry. The chicken tenders (by the hamburgers) are good and the mashed potatoes and mac & cheese are wonderful. Over-all the food at Lido isn't too bad at all. They did have wonderful desserts and cheesecake every day. The banana cream pie was soooo good. What they need on the breakfast menu in the dining room or up on Lido at Breakfast is shredded potatoes and sausage gravy and biscuits. If ordering an omelet in the dining room for breakfast, make sure you mention you want a two/three egg omelet. Omelets made very small with one egg. Eggs benedict wonderful, turkey dinner in dining room a laugh. The stuffing is made with apples and raisins, not too good. Maybe it's the India chef...hasn't got the hang of American food. The waiters are tired and bored. No glamorous feeling in the dining room. I can understand why not too many people dress up, especially on the Paradise. The dining room has low ceilings and very non-descript. Saw lots of jeans and shorts in the dining room (not on dress up night). Actually, I'm glad. I love the fact that you can dress up or dress down (no cut-offs). Of the five nights in the dining room, we were offered coffee only two times. One couple said they were there, at dinner, for 1 ½ hours. On Lido, they had only one guy making sandwiches. The line is very long. There were times that no one was manning the pizza counter. Some days there was no pizza or just cheese pizza. We walked away. CASINO I had a good time in the casino. Won enough money the first two days to carry me through the next three. With 1000 points you get free drinks, I had to ask. They put a drink card on your bungee cord. Drink employees working the casino were very friendly. One Casino Host was not too friendly. She had long hair, in a ponytail and was rude. An oriental girl in the cash cage was very friendly. A bleached blond, long hair and a sour puss face, was very unfriendly and definitely didn't want to be there. She constantly played with her hair and couldn't have care less about the customers. She wouldn't say hello and she doesn't count your money back to you. Beware of her. ENTERTAINMENT The oriental band by the bar was wonderful. The shows in the theater were good...not spectacular. I missed the Vegas style appeal and costumes. The girl singer was very good, the guy...not as good. The dancers were very good and worked so hard. Loved our CD Steve Castell. He does a wonderful job and is a true asset to Carnival. Not only is he a super CD but he is so talented and very accessible. Saw him on deck 3 whenever we were going to shore. He was also at Debark wishing us all a safe trip home. He truly is wonderful. The Break Dancers were very good. Very entertaining. The dance classes were a joke. You couldn't understand the girl giving the lessons and she pulled mostly children on stage. The dance moves she was trying to teach, were so hard, no one could do them. Very long and boring. VIP GIFTS The pins with the ship's name and year were nice...throw them in the drawer with the others. The Turvis cups are great. Finally a gift we can use. The "sweet" plate was very good. So glad they did away with the sushi plate. Always gave it to the room stewart. DEBARK Went well. Security was very friendly. COMMENTS A young lady that deserves mention is SUNCICA. She was a Hostess in the dining room and we would see her up on Lido. What a wonderful person. So friendly, she always took time to talk to us and seat us in the dining room when she saw us. She is another asset to Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
From the moment we stepped off the shuttle we new our cruise on the Carnival Paradise was going to be just that. Thanks to our Platinum status with Carnival we sped through the VIP check-in process and were I our cabin in mere moments. Our ... Read More
From the moment we stepped off the shuttle we new our cruise on the Carnival Paradise was going to be just that. Thanks to our Platinum status with Carnival we sped through the VIP check-in process and were I our cabin in mere moments. Our stateroom steward was there and greeted us with a big smile as he took down our names and dinner time info. We couldn't ell but be amazed by the size of our cabin. The next time we sail on this class of ship we need to try and get one of the front two outside cabins. We had a great view out of our portholes and there was a very spacious cubby we could relax in as we enjoyed the view. We consulted our map and we were off to the buffet. One of the things we like best about the older smaller ships is the buffet. The buffet area seems to be the same size as on the bigger ships but there are fewer passengers so shorter lines. This held true for all the meals we didn't eat in the dining room. We ate all but one evening meal in the dining room where the service was ex Solent and the food was great and plentiful. I loved how our head server sized us up and made recommendations for each of us individually instead of generalizing. I really liked the way he seemed to read my mind and always brought that extra serving before I asked for it. We did stop in Gran Cayman and Cozumel, since we did nothing more than contribute to the local bar economy I won't expound. The highlight of our cruise as has been the case since its inception was the "Chef's Table". To us the best part of a cruise is the time spent on the ship relaxing and the "Chef's Table". I know some will scoff at the $75 per person surcharge, I say well worth it and have yet to find a participant that disagrees. For many the Chef's Table is overwhelming, for most it is a food adventure for my wife and I it is always the highlight of our cruise. In the words of my good friend Mark who experienced his first "Chef's Table" on this cruise, "I've eaten things I never would have imagined...and liked them". The food and the treatment received when dining at the "Chef's Table" can only give one a glimpse of what it must be like to be royalty. Carnival has changed it's passenger recognition/loyalty program and I for one love it. This was b far the best Cocktail party I have ever attended on Carnival. No longer is it a past guest party of over a thousand, we may have had 150 people at this one but there was enough food and drink for many many more. Gone were the weak drinks and tasteless horsdeovres of the past, one could choose from an assortment of stout cocktails or order your preference from the bar. The finger food was fresh, flavorful and plentiful. As no vacation is perfect and neither are people we had some rough seas one night and several people were looking a little green for it. We had a problem with the water pressure in our cabin but once we pointed it out to our room steward it was fixed right away. I know many enjoy the newer bigger ships with 5000 or more passengers, me I'll stick to the smaller ships with the higher crew to passenger ratios. I would recommend a vacation on the Paradise to everyone. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
This was my 3rd cruise and by far the worst. I'd go as far to say that it was one of the worst vacations I've ever been on. First off, the cruise ship is severely out-dated. Second of all, the food was terrible. You can order as ... Read More
This was my 3rd cruise and by far the worst. I'd go as far to say that it was one of the worst vacations I've ever been on. First off, the cruise ship is severely out-dated. Second of all, the food was terrible. You can order as much as you'd like, but one serving is plenty. You won't want to go back for more. By day 3, I had sharp stomach pains that lasted for over 12 hours. The ship is much smaller than the other 2 ships I've been on, so you could really feel the rocking of the boat. It took me 4 days to fully recover from the swaying motion and the other girls who I traveled with also experienced this. One particularly annoying aspect of the cruise was that they try to extort money out of you during the entire cruise - from sparkling water at dinner, to shots from the chef, to raffles where you have to purchase something to enter to classes at the fitness center. We even had to pay $2 to take a shuttle bus from the port to downtown Ensenada(which was a total tourist trap). Save your $400 and go elsewhere, unless you want to eat Sizzler style food every night and spend 8 hours in Ensenada where every shop sells the same junk. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
Positive points about the Paradise: Ship was well maintained. Entertainment in the Normandie Lounge included singers who were talented and didn't yell loudly during their performances. The dancers were also very talented. Cabin was ... Read More
Positive points about the Paradise: Ship was well maintained. Entertainment in the Normandie Lounge included singers who were talented and didn't yell loudly during their performances. The dancers were also very talented. Cabin was comfortable with lots of storage space and a decent sized shower. The grilled Reuben and turkey sandwiches were delicious. We enjoyed a very nice slice of Le Chevre pizza in the pizza place. The casino was almost smoke-free every time we visited there. That is unusual on a ship. The golf course was fun. The Serenity area was nice, with spas that actually had hot water in them. The negative aspects included: Very, very low water pressure in the shower, a disgusting tasting cappuccino that was served to us and two other passengers in the dining room, and waiters who didn't seem to care about giving us any service beyond putting our plates in front of us. When I didn't like a dish, they would look the other way if I tried to get their attention. When it was too late to order another dish, the assistant waiter picked up my plate without asking if there was a problem with the uneaten food. These are just a few examples of the mediocre service we received. Lunch in the dining room was hit and miss as usual, some waiters ruder than others. The buffet didn't look appetizing at all. The "ice cream" was not good to me. Hard to describe, but I'll try by saying it it was like eating cold water and sugar...not creamy at all. I love soft serve, but not the junk Carnival was serving. The frozen yogurt was no better. We could not attend the afternoon tea service because it was served in the Piano (America's) Bar, which was too small for us to find a seat. It was very crowded with lots of people walking around the bar, and it didn't look comfortable for the people who did have seats. We enjoyed the cruise because we loved being at sea and visiting Ensenada. As always, we met lots of interesting and fun passengers. We don't ever expect a lot from Carnival. We take our longer cruises on Princess and Celebrity. Read Less
Sail Date January 2010
Carnival Paradise Ratings
Category Editor Member
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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