24 Carnival Paradise Group and Theme Cruise Reviews

It was a trip paid my my boss at great clips, I have to say the staff and Ship was truly amazing, the staff made my trip so wonderful, I will most defiantly do this ship again, the entertainment group really made all the days great , they ... Read More
It was a trip paid my my boss at great clips, I have to say the staff and Ship was truly amazing, the staff made my trip so wonderful, I will most defiantly do this ship again, the entertainment group really made all the days great , they kept the energy going director Leon and his group keep us all completely entertained, the restaurant crew made amazing food and the service was a five star service, thank you to all the staff at carnival for truly making y trip amazing , I will be back next time bringing my family, ps the staff at the fun shops were truly fun and helpful as well, and the shopping guide helped me to plan my day in Mexico , Charmaine was a huge help , best trip of all times thank you again for making it the best cruise I have ever been on, xoxo Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We did this cruise via a casino coupon and we upgraded to a Junior suite from an inside room . Mistake but I will talk about this in my cabin review. We were two couples in our early 40's and my single friend in her early ... Read More
We did this cruise via a casino coupon and we upgraded to a Junior suite from an inside room . Mistake but I will talk about this in my cabin review. We were two couples in our early 40's and my single friend in her early 40's. The single friend was a first time cruiser and she loved it! The rest of us have been on 5 or 6 other cruises and thought it was up there in our favorite 2. We didn't go in with huge expectations and maybe that is why we had a blast. Embarkation was a breeze. Because I upgraded to a Suite we had priority boarding which meant a really short line compared to the huge line for everyone else. They will let your non suite friends get in the short line with you. We were there at noon and on the ship by 12:20. We all bought the drink package and thank god! We like to drink and some of them got cut off by midnight because they reached their 15 drink max. But hey, drinks get warm, you set them down, you may not like one, they still count so we were glad we bought it. Lunch on the Lido deck we all chose guys burgers and fries and they were all great. We hung out all day by the pool, in the casino, walking around etc. We missed going under the sky bridge in Tampa as we were in the casino (woopsy) . Anyway this boat rocked alot more than other cruise ships I have been on. Sometimes you noticed it, but I just tried to not look out the windows as we moved and I was generally fine. I am also very sensative to sea sickness and I never heard anyone else complain about it. We met for early 6pm dinner in the main dining room Destiny. We sat the 5 of us and 3 lovely ladies from Virginia. Our two waiters were great and our drinks and apps were on the table in 5 min. All our meals in the main dining room were very good! we did all pay $20 extra one night and got the filet and lobster and it did not disappoint. Day 2- arrive in Key west at noon, I really wished we got here sooner as it is very close to Tampa???? I was confused why the itinerary didnt allow more time at this port. Anyway we had a few cocktails on board and waited for the masses to fight their way off. We walked off at 12:50 ish and no lines. It rained all day in Key West but we did a little bar hopping and had fun anyway. Irish Kevins was for sure our favorite spot with the live singer/comedian guy. Got back on the little trolly thing around 3pm and went back to the ship. I will definately be back in Key West as it wasnt nearly enough time here. Got back went to casino (after we were like 12 miles out of course) and made it to the main dining room again for dinner. I say made it because it was a long day of drinking and some people wanted to nap! Food great again! Day 3- woke up around 8am, some ate breakfast (my husband and I don't really eat breakfast) Waited for most to get off the ship in CUBA, we got off around 11 am with absolutely no one in line. Customs took 30 seconds as did money exchange. Just to give an idea of how much you will need in Cuba, most of us took our $80 US and it was too much (for what we did). First of all DO NOT get suckered into buying an excursion if you want to just walk on your own!!!! Carnival will try and tell you that you have to check off "people to people" and book an excursion. We being in Cuba last year knew to check off "support the cuban people" option and you can totally just walk off. We walked to the main square accross from the ship and you will get a few locals asking if you want to pay $1 each and they will walk you around. We said no, but one guy seemed to never leave so what the heck we let him walk us around. He took us to a local John Lennon bar (dive bar but very cool!!) we all go cubra libras (rum and cokes) and were surprised it was $10 a drink!! We had one, felt very buzzed and moved on to the next stop. We walked through beautiful streets, saw the market, other squares, local people living life. It was great. Ernest Hemingway bar right near the port was our fave as it had live cuban music and here a round of drinks for 5 people was $7.50 US. Or $7.50 CUC. Totally cheap and fun here. We danced and walked around some more. We all tipped our guy $25 US and he was more than happy I am sure. Got back on the boat and only 2 made it to dinner.... Day 4 - Cozumel- We arrived at 12:45pm to port and we chose again to wait an hour before getting off to avoid the crowd. We had booked El Cid's for the twilight day pass as our ship was here 1pm to 9pm. No other day pass resorts were offering this late day pass. It was $65 each I think?? MAKE SURE you bring the printed piece of paper with your reservation or they will make you print it at the hotel. We had drinks, food (good food) towels, pool, snokeling, all included. It was a fun day! The shopping area right a the ship is awesome, I thought it was beautiful clean and lots to do. We were back on the ship around 6 as we are wimps of the sun and apparently cannot drink too much in the sun. Day 5- day at sea, usual activities, silly games by the pool, lots of food.... I dont really know as I was burnt from Mexico and did not hang around outside. We were mostly hanging around the casino area/American bar. Now 3 of us were smokers and even as a smoker I will say that this small one side of the bar and in the casino were always VERY smoky.. The air suckers in this area seemed to not work. This was also the area that they had the trivia games which we LOVED!! So much fun. But dang do something with the smoking vents! CASINO!!!!- Ok we hung out here ALOT!!! Like every day for a long time especially at night. We usually go to Greektown Casino in our hometown near Detroit. We usually hit at greektown pretty much every time we are there so we think it is the loosest best slots in the world lol . This casino was pretty close. It is small but it pays good!!! Every single time you sat down people were hitting like crazy! My husband probably won $1000 a day on slots easily. I couldnt believe it . I loved playing roulette with our group. I won one of the pong games in the casino where they called my name and I had to throw one out of ten ping pong balls into a gift bag with money on it. I won $75 it was fun. Overall the wait staff was fantastic, you always had a drink in your hand, we never waited once at any of the bars nor in the casino. Dinner service was fast, we never waited more than 10 min for dinner. I couldn't believe we were on the same cruise that people were ripping on the slow service and crappy food. We did not think this at all. Look , don't expect Ruth's Chris style meals, expect more like outback or Texas Road House lol. Then you will not be disappointed. This boat is small and therefore you won't get lost and everything is easy to get to. Having said that it is small and can sometimes feel like there is not much to do. There is not much craziness going on near the pool, which I like sometimes. We NEVER had a problem getting a chair, there were never any big drunks partying like it was springbreak. There was no more than 20 kids on the whole ship. It was just a great cool crowd of people. Cabin review is next.... Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
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
Sail Date April 2018
Two little known "secrets" that were awesome: Sea Day Brunch serves Fillet Mignon with eggs with no up charge and the Sea Day Afternoon Tea has awesome specialty deserts at no up charge. Overall, it was an average cruise that ... Read More
Two little known "secrets" that were awesome: Sea Day Brunch serves Fillet Mignon with eggs with no up charge and the Sea Day Afternoon Tea has awesome specialty deserts at no up charge. Overall, it was an average cruise that was ok for the money spent. It is the people you are traveling with that make the cruise. Our cabin was somewhat impacted by the closeness to the atrium (noise wise) and they were also doing some maintenance work with shellac and the odors seeped into our room. It would have been better if they had left those rooms empty when they knew that maintenance work with strong odors were planned. The anytime dining was able to accommodate our group of twelve adequately. The food was average and I was surprised that tablecloths are no longer used on the tables. This was my first experience with anytime dining and I'd rather have schl'd times where I get to know the wait staff. Entertainment and activities were all ok, but trivia needs to be played away from the smoking area. We did no excursions. Access to the ports and disembark were average. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
The food was horrible from the breakfast to dinner! Our waiters at dinner just couldn't seem to get it right we had to keep sending food back The buffet seem like they were just putting out food no seasoning or any effort put ... Read More
The food was horrible from the breakfast to dinner! Our waiters at dinner just couldn't seem to get it right we had to keep sending food back The buffet seem like they were just putting out food no seasoning or any effort put into it We were bored on the ship I have never been so ready to return home Sewer smell close to our Suite A light in our bathroom was broken for 6-8 hours We bought the soda package and every last soda they gave us was flat Only 1 person working at the bar/pizza stand long wait times The ship looks old and outdated Pool/slide is rusty Very ROCKY ship the entire time we felt the boat ***Please save your money and your time go with another ship*** Mexico excursions saved my trip if it wasn't for that it would have been a lot worst/ Just like other have said this ship says you go to grand cayman ,but they lied we re routed to Costa Maya Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
It was my first time my son had his graduation the room was ok there where two towel where dirty food was ok and some staff where rude love the photos and had good server at the formal dining room drinks needs bit more alcohol but I ... Read More
It was my first time my son had his graduation the room was ok there where two towel where dirty food was ok and some staff where rude love the photos and had good server at the formal dining room drinks needs bit more alcohol but I heard that it was boring from the people that I went with because they had been before but the WiFi was horrible and TV too loved some of there desserts but did not like the beach we went too too many rocks I heard they where supposed to give something for his birthday and he didn't get nothing but a friend of my son did get some gift card and his birthday is in 2 weeks went to ask guest services and they said it was atomic machine that picks people out pool was small and full all the time the where so not happy or nice Read Less
Sail Date May 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
>Get the coffee from the coffee bar. >Nothing was ever too crowded >Exercise room was 8 out of 10 This was a bachelor party cruise so we were easy and pretty laid back. There were many other parties on board, bachelor, ... Read More
>Get the coffee from the coffee bar. >Nothing was ever too crowded >Exercise room was 8 out of 10 This was a bachelor party cruise so we were easy and pretty laid back. There were many other parties on board, bachelor, anniversaries, birthdays, ect. so it was a party atmosphere from beginning to end. The staff was friendly and helpful. However there was a few instances with some bartenders. First was at the bar at the bottom of the atrium. I asked for a Grey Goose and tonic, (which it was the only drink I ordered on the entire trip) she gave me a Vodka and Sprite. I told her that is not my drink. ATTITUDE! She ignored me with every word that came out of my mouth. It became a very funny thing because at the half of the bar I was at all the people were amused how she acted. The other time was at the Rex bar, it was late, and I'm sure they deal with many drunk people. However, two of the bartenders were a little aggressive with manners. I noticed they seemed to have had enough of people partying and carrying on. I don't want to come off sounding like this was a bad trip. We had a great time. Just a few not so friendly people thats all. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Just returned from a 4-night sailing on The Paradise. Wondered throughout the trip why so many do not like this ship. Embarkation was totally without any problems. Once on board the ship impressed time-and-again as to the cleanliness; ... Read More
Just returned from a 4-night sailing on The Paradise. Wondered throughout the trip why so many do not like this ship. Embarkation was totally without any problems. Once on board the ship impressed time-and-again as to the cleanliness; fantastic crew attitude and all-around caring of the entire crew. Our cabin attendant was nearly invisible; yet, our cabin was kept neat and clean at all times. First time we were never greeted on embarkation day by our attendant. The dining room meals and waitstaff were very good to excellent. Carnival has cut back on waitstaff, so the wait was a tad longer - their attitude surely made up for it - - very caring and friendly. The Lido (Paris) restaurant was acceptable - nothing very fancy and not too much in the selection department for breakfast or lunch. The grill by the pool was very good. For breakfast, a suggestion is to eat in the dining room; in addition, try the "seaday brunch" - lots of great choices served by as great a staff. The Paradise is a smaller and older ship - and you can see that from low ceilings and dated things throughout the ship, including our cabin. However, this ship is very well kept by a very caring staff, so that many times you forget just how old (and small) she is in relation to the mega-ships in service today. The Paradise is not 5-star, in dining; cabins; or public areas. However, that being said, The Paradise crew and staff go out of their way repeatedly to make the experience on-board a great one. And again, the ship is very clean and very well maintained. The Paradise is very well worth the experience for a short(er) cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This was our first time sailing on Carnival and we loved it! We had heard negative reviews but we were pleasantly surprised. The crew was friendly and helpful. We had no issues arriving or leaving the ship. Our cabin was clean and ... Read More
This was our first time sailing on Carnival and we loved it! We had heard negative reviews but we were pleasantly surprised. The crew was friendly and helpful. We had no issues arriving or leaving the ship. Our cabin was clean and extremely comfortable for two. We had the anytime dining and never had to wait for a table longer than 20 minutes. We had a party of four and had a table by the windows 3 out of 4 times we ate in the dining room. The buffet was perfect for breakfast and lunch. I would not recommend the buffet for dinner. We were able to save lounge chairs near the pool on sea days without any issues. We would choose our chairs prior to going for breakfast. Carnival has several lounge chairs available for those who want to sun themselves during sea days. We traveled during spring break and found the spring breakers to be acting appropriately and respectful. I would recommend this cruise line and I will personally travel on Carnival again, Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
I booked a cruise on Carnival Paradise to celebrate my upcoming birthday (45). Some friends joined me, which was a couple and another single friend, and we had a pretty great time. We weren't travelling with kids so I'm not ... Read More
I booked a cruise on Carnival Paradise to celebrate my upcoming birthday (45). Some friends joined me, which was a couple and another single friend, and we had a pretty great time. We weren't travelling with kids so I'm not sure what the children's activities were like and there were a lot more on board than what I thought would be at this time of year. The room was bigger and cleaner than I expected with it being my first cruise and on an older ship. Our room steward, Adi, was very sweet and helpful. I LOVED the elegant Captain's dinner on Tuesday night. Delicious food, plenty of activities to choose from. The only issues were the elevators and there were not enough hot tubs and the pool was much smaller than expected. There were a couple of elevators that did not work, which made the disembarkation difficult. The stingray/snorkeling excursion I booked on Grand Cayman with Captain Bryan was by far the best. I learned a lot so the next time I book, I would love to try a singles cruise. I would definitely recommend a Carnival cruise! Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
First time on the Paradise and we weren't disappointed! Our first encounter with the crew was at the Guest Services desk where we were helped by Caesar. We had not been able to get cash before boarding and didn't know our PIN ... Read More
First time on the Paradise and we weren't disappointed! Our first encounter with the crew was at the Guest Services desk where we were helped by Caesar. We had not been able to get cash before boarding and didn't know our PIN #'s for our CCs. Caesar noticed that we had paid for our concert tix and a massage with a CC when making our reservations and he said he was able to refund that to us in cash. So, first impressions go a long way with us, they got a plus. The weather wasn't so hot for the first 3 days, but we kept entertained onboard. We spent some time in the Casino at night, cruised the Promenade and met some folks, and ate, "alot"!!! Food was very good, but there has been a change. On the shorter cruises, less than 7 days, they no longer serve lobster tails. Not a huge thing, but just pointing it out. We also noticed that Creme Brulee' wasn't on the menu either, but that created a new opportunity for us to be wowed. Although we chose "anytime" dining, our server, Torcado, was so impressive the first night, we continued to ask for him nightly. On the last night, before we could even order dessert, he brought us Creme Brulee'... just for us.... I was officially impressed. We were celebrating our 30th anniversary and I bought a very nice tux and a drop dead gorgeous evening gown for elegant night. I was very disappointed in the quality of the photos that were taken, the blacks were so black that you could see no details on my tux and many pics my DW and I blended in together, looking like siamese twins. We took pics with 3 different backgrounds, but none were worth buying. Very disappointing; they have $3000 camera and lens packages and shoot on auto....geez.... Carnival Live with Heart was the highlight of our cruise. The meet and greet was disappointing, rushed and just a pic and run; Nancy Heart had her eyes closed, you'd at least think they'd pop off two or three pics.... The concert was great though, the venue is perfect for a concert. We were second row and blown away by the performance of Heart. Not a whole lot to say about Grand Caymen, as it was raining. We did get down to Tiki Beach, on 7-mile beach (on our own) and did some snorkeling, which was good. In Cozumel, the sun finally made a showing; we took a cab to Sky Reef, again, on our own. We had to tell the man that we had our own gear and would buy some beverages, but didn't want to pay the $50 he wanted for cover. He complied and we grabbed some seats on the beach. Snorkeling was good, plenty of fish, coral formations, and plant life. All in all, it was a good experience, our cabin was great, food was great, entertainment and crew were wonderful. We'd run this cruise again, for sure. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Had a relaxing 5 night cruise last week. Started in the PORT OF TAMPA with easy drop off luggage at port, hubby chose to park in Garage about a block away. Cost was $75.00 for the entire week- covered with security/great deal in my ... Read More
Had a relaxing 5 night cruise last week. Started in the PORT OF TAMPA with easy drop off luggage at port, hubby chose to park in Garage about a block away. Cost was $75.00 for the entire week- covered with security/great deal in my opinion. Average shows on the ship- Appeared the guys/men in the show were much older dancers/singers than the girls that were in the entertainment staff. We had EARLY DINING in Destiny. Surprised to see that now LOBSTER and upgraded cut steaks were at a cost of 20.00 extra per night. Several other options to choose from-you can order as much of each item as you feel you can eat. They have no problems serving more than one entrée or appetizer if requested. Staff sang/danced 4 out of 5 nights. Casino and bar right outside casino was full of SMOKERS. I personally don't like smoking and didn't appreciate an open bar in the middle of the ship for smokers. You had to walk through there to get to Karaoke Bar/Comedy Club. There were certainly other areas that could have been secluded for the smokers in the cruise. Comedy shows were great PG/R rated versions. However, I thought having them at 1100-1130 at night was late even for me! Easy exiting for ports- had no problems on/off the ship. Just make sure you keep your ship card at all times. Carried minimal cash in port for tips for excursions. Pool was TINY for such a large ship. Disappointment and no need to go in it. There was a slide that landed into that tiny pool. Went to the adult area one time, small pool and hot tubs over crowded. Basketball area was also crowded. Never got to putt-putt as it was closed due to high winds most of the time we sailed. Free LEMONADEs on POOL DECK/ LIDO DECK. LIDO deck 10- had general buffet- pizza, salad, grilled sandwiches, outside on pool deck burgers/Mongolian grill (hubby loved). Customer Service Desk/Excursions great customer service. BINGO was horribly slow with newbies trying to play and holding up the event. Made it very very boring- we only played once-Price was high for the payouts. Cost two of us approx. 84.00 first game payout 70.00 bucks, only played four games. Multiple trivia games throughout ship days-average Grand Cayman- did the beach trip 42.00 a person--average. Great beach with chair, shower, bath and one free drink (haha). Got us to the beach and back just in time for one of the last ferry to the boat. Cozumel- DUNE BUGGIES EXCELLENT. PEDRO and KIKI were our tour guides. You must be able to drive a stick shift and prepare to walk a bit. The tour was exclusively on paved streets. Short stop for snorkeling with tequila tasting afterwards at preserved park-no sunscreen allowed (big downfall this time of year). Just apply when you get back in the dune buggy as your next ride is 45 minutes in car with excellent scenery. I only wished we could have stopped at one of the other beaches to swim for a bit. However, you do stop for a lunch -Mexican fajitas, rice, chips, salsa. I chose not to eat because I was unsure of the food being outside under pavilion etc. Canned drinks/bottle water included right on the beach. I opted to swim while everyone else devoured the food. Husband said it was good and he didn't get sick which was great! If you take the dune buggy- bring towels for seat (they get hard and hot), bring sunscreen for ride after snorkel trip, sunglasses and tip money. These guys did a great job- we gave a tip and surprised that so many people just don't tip the tour guides. Cost was 89.00 approx. per person- I thought it was worth it for the money! Had plenty of time to browse shops after the tour--I didn't have any intentions of shopping. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
This was my 11th overall cruise, 5th on Carnival. Went with my wife as part of a larger group of friends and family. We're locals so there was no air travel or hotel stays involved. We still LOVE cruising out of Tampa. ... Read More
This was my 11th overall cruise, 5th on Carnival. Went with my wife as part of a larger group of friends and family. We're locals so there was no air travel or hotel stays involved. We still LOVE cruising out of Tampa. It's close, drop off is a breeze, and self-park is easy. Security screening, check-in and boarding took about 20 minutes. We previously sailed on same cruise 3 years ago on the Paradise and vowed we wouldn't go back. The staff at that time were generally unpleasant, barely spoke (let alone understood) English, and quite frankly - rude. Given that this was the only 4 night cruise out of Tampa that our group could all arrange time off for, we had no real alternative so decided to give it another try. Surprisingly, we had quite a different experience (that, or we tempered our expectations accordingly!) This time the staff were overall pleasant and service wasn't too bad. Most bar service areas were understaffed, but eventually we were served. The ship itself still seems as well maintained as they can manage, but it is showing some signs of its age with wear and tear here and there. On our previous Paradise experience, there was a pervasive smell of sewage onboard - especially on decks 7 and 8. That was not the case this time; now there is a pervasive smell of cigarette smoke throughout the ship's common areas despite smoking only being permitted in the casino and at the casino bar. This was probably due to the inordinate number of chain smokers that set up shop there within 15 minutes of boarding! By the time the safety briefing occurred for us in that area, one could barely see from one end of the Promenade deck to the other because of the thick smoke in the air! This only got worse as the cruise went on and anytime we had to walk through that area, the stench stuck on us the rest of the time we had on those clothes. Note to Carnival: fix the ventilation! The decor remains generally dark. The room itself was well maintained and our steward was very friendly. The food in the MDR was again hit-and-miss. I thought the first night was very good and the service for our "My Time Dining" was great. The second night, the food just didn't taste good and the service was VERY slow until a second waiter was finally brought in. They could also not get any of our drink orders correct (I asked for a Bass Ale and a Diet Coke - the server came back 20 minutes later and asked if I wanted him to mix them or would I do it myself?!?!) The last night wasn't too bad except for the mushroom soup - I almost asked for a can of Campbell's instead! Breakfast in MDR has become "brunch" and is served from 8:30-1:30. Pretty good menu choices and the food and service were MUCH better than on our last cruise on Paradise. Note to Bloody Mary drinkers: try the Bloody Maria - very good! Other dining for us included the Mongolian Grille and Room service - both were very good. Most orders for room service were taken in a few minutes and delivered in less than 10. Loved the Reubens and BLTs. We did not try the buffet. We did not see any production shows. We spent the first sea day on the pool deck which was nice. Seemed to be plenty of chairs. Drink staff was still sparse and drink prices have continued to go up. Last sea day was a wash out so we strolled around the ship. We caught a show by each of the comedians. Both were pretty funny. The best time we had on the ship BY FAR, though, was after our formal night dinner. It was 70's night in the Rex night club so about 75-80 of us dressed up in 70s style disco costumes (big hair and platform shoes included!) Additionally, we had 3 Richard Simmons, Boy George and Prince, the Flintstones and 2 Olivia Newton John workout girls (of course, one was a guy!) HIT OF THE CRUISE!!! Even the cruise director handed out a few "Ship on a Stick" trophies! Disembarkment on Carnival continues to be miserable. It seems like we didn't get cleared until sitting at the dock for about an hour. Then, all the self-assist people show up. It could be that w/ a 4 day cruise more people think they can simply carry off all their stuff but it took the lot of them nearly 90 minutes to get off. Didn't get off this year until about 10:30AM! Overall, we had a good time. Only major complaint is the poor ventilation around all the smokers. Would now consider doing it again! Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Me and my family are waiting to disembark the Carnival Paradise. In general we love cruises. This was our 14th cruise and our 7th Carnival. The good: The dining room staff is one of the best. ..Cruising in general is a wonderful way to ... Read More
Me and my family are waiting to disembark the Carnival Paradise. In general we love cruises. This was our 14th cruise and our 7th Carnival. The good: The dining room staff is one of the best. ..Cruising in general is a wonderful way to vacation. The food in general was very good, the selection was a bit limited but was fresh... The bad: I wanted to like this ship and cruise but no matter what I tried the crew did help. This ship is small...did I mention it is small...also the shows for entertainment are very limited and not much compared to NCL and RCCL...They spend more time trying to get you to buy drinks and purchase their limited merchandise then trying to create a great vacation. Please note that of the 7 Carnival ships we have been on this was the worst. If you can select a different ship do so. The senior staff was non-existing which was odd compared to other ships. I am very disappointed at Carnival and the senior staff of the Carnival Paradise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Background: My friends and I do a guys cruise each year, and for the last five years it has been on Carnival. This year the group decided to do the Carnival Paradise out of Tampa. We’re part of a larger group that had a contract for the ... Read More
Background: My friends and I do a guys cruise each year, and for the last five years it has been on Carnival. This year the group decided to do the Carnival Paradise out of Tampa. We’re part of a larger group that had a contract for the old corporate open-bar package. It is different from the Cheers program in that it isn’t capped at 15 drinks per day, which would not be enough for our group of professional partiers. Unfortunately Carnival, in their infinite wisdom, has chosen to rescind our package in an attempt to get us all into Cheers. So this may well be my last Carnival review for a while, as our group will be heading to Royal Caribbean next year. It’s disappointing, since Carnival’s party scene is better. But we’d end up having to smuggle booze onboard an “open bar” cruise which is ridiculous. Royal’s drink packages are unlimited, so it’s really a no-brainer. We did get one last romp on Carnival though, and it was a blast. Embarkation: This cruise departed on 9/25/14, and we drove down the morning of. We parked off site at The Parking Doctors, which is only a few blocks from the terminal. Check in went very quickly. My roommate and I went to the VIP area, but the rest of our group was done at the same time we were. We were all on the ship within about twenty minutes of arriving at the terminal. The Ship: My last cruise on the Paradise was back in 2008 when she was doing sailings out of Long Beach. The ship looked about the same as it did the last time I saw her. As usual, everything was clean and well kept. Since Paradise is the newest of the class, her décor is a little more modern than her sisters. It was so nice to be back on a Fantasy Class ship still mostly in original configuration. The Rex nightclub has not been chopped in half to make way for a useless conference room. The aft pool hasn’t been eliminated in favor of the Waterworks, which makes the main pool a lot less crowded. She does have the adults-only Serenity area installed, but I never went there on this cruise. The one downside to an un-renovated Fantasy Class ship is that the cabins are now 15 years old. They still have the old CRT televisions and life jacket boxes in the corner. Food and Service: We ate in the dining room for the brunch on the two sea days, and also in the dining room for dinner each night. The food was great overall, and our serving team was excellent. I only ate in the buffet twice, but the food was decent both times. Unlike our experience on the Destiny a few years ago, bar service could not have been better. Most of the bar staff was friendly and kept us well stocked with fresh drinks. Not always an easy task when we started at noonish, and didn’t stop until around three in the morning. Daily Activities: Our first afternoon onboard was spent around the pool bar enjoying beverages and music. We stopped by the Taste Bar for snacks, followed by pre-dinner drinks in the atrium. After dinner it was time for a visit to the piano bar, which is very nicely decorated on the Paradise. The rest of the night was spent in the Rex dance club; we stayed until around 3 in the morning. After the club let out we hung out on the back patio of the buffet eating pizza and finishing our drinks. My next three days went along the same general schedule since I didn’t bother debarking in Cozumel. I woke up around 11 am, after getting about six hours of sleep. On the two sea days we ate in the dining room for brunch, on Cozumel day we ate at the buffet. A trip to the gym was called for to help eliminate excess calories and toxins. After the gymnasium we spent the rest of the afternoon partying around the pool. The sheer volume of beer and shots consumed was absolutely obscene. With the exception of the port day, we spent some time lounging around on the promenade creating stacks of Taste Bar plates. Then, without fail, we would meet at the Lobby Bar for pre-dinner drinks. After dinner it was again time for our merry band of idiots to descend upon the piano bar for the sing along. The rest of the evenings were spent in the spacious, unmodified Rex. Conclusion: Debarkation went fairly quickly, especially for being at Tampa. We were to the car and back on the interstate within an hour of leaving our cabin. I hope that Carnival will someday eliminate the fifteen-drink cap on their Cheers program so that we can return. It really should be left up to the bar staff to decide whether a guest has had “too much”. My friends and I drank all day and all night, but never caused any problems. No one got out of control, just good solid buzzes all around. Their blanket cap seems to be more for profit protection than for the good of the passengers. I’m going to miss my annual visit to Carnival and my beloved Fantasy Class ships. My first CCL cruise was on Sensation, and I’ve had more cruises on Fantasy Class ships than any other by a wide margin. So they’ve always felt like home to me. Next year will be on the Enchantment of the Seas, a ship I also know very well, but it just won’t be quite the same. This annual guy’s cruise goes by much too fast. By the last morning I’m usually very tired. Four days of fourteen-hour benders will cause this sensation. But I’m still always sad to see it end. The pictorial version of this review can be found on the Cruise Critic message boards by following this link: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2111153   Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
My Carnival experience turned out to be the worst vacation of my life and I have had some horrible ones. I should have known when my father was going through the security check and they asked him for his card. My father has ... Read More
My Carnival experience turned out to be the worst vacation of my life and I have had some horrible ones. I should have known when my father was going through the security check and they asked him for his card. My father has Parkinson's and it takes him while sometimes to be able to get an object in his hands. Instead of asking Can I help you with it? the gentleman (and I use the term most sarcastically) pushed my dad's wheelchair out of the way and said Just get out of the way. I should have taken that as a sign. The trip only gets worse from there. The conditions of the boat were horrible and the floors were often wet or coated in spilled food in the dining rooms on the Lido deck. I complained that I have slipped several times on the floor and the staff just shrugged at me and continued their conversation. It wasn't until I fell and a bunch of cruise goers had to help me up that the staff even took notice to clean up what appears to be dressing I slipped in spilled all over the floor. My nephew suffered cuts and bruises on his knees because of the same indifference to safety. We were part of a wedding party and supposed to be seated together in the dinning room. This trip was planned for 9 months ahead of time. Carnival inevitably screwed it up again and kept bumping people off of our wedding party in the dining room causing us to have to be split up for all but one night of the cruise. Finally, the disembarkation process was the worst. A porter was supposed to arrive at our room to help us the morning of disembarkation. This was part of the wedding party package that was paid for. The night before we confirmed this with both Guest Services and a supervisor because so much about this cruise was screwed up. At 8:15, no porter. 8:30, no porter. We called and he was on his way. 8.45, no porter. 9 am we called again and they sent someone. We sat in the lobby for over an hour waiting to disembark with our party. Guest Services lied and told us our party has already left the ship and we needed to do the same when in fact we were speaking to them on the phone and they said they were still waiting to be taken to meet us. By that time, I called Carnival customer service and loudly explained my situation to the customer service manager. Amazingly, the staff (all 5 that were standing around doing nothing but chatting with each other) were able to help us. It still took another 45 minutes to get the rest of our party (that was supposedly already off the boat) off the boat to meet us. Finally, once we were off the boat, we moved our bags and my father in his wheelchair to a designated handicap pick up area and I left to get the car. I returned to someone yelling, yes YELLING, at my father to move out of the way that he wasn't supposed to be there and he had to get all the bags and move NOW. Are you for real? With all of this drama going on, we had to contend with surly crew members, a less than helpful Guest Services staff, rooms that were either so cold my nephew had to sleep in two pairs of sweats and a hoodie and socks or rooms so hot they were uninhabitable most of the trip. The food was mediocre to poor at best and requests for no cheese on burgers and small special requests were greeted with a very poor attitude. We found the crew to be less than helpful and acted as if it was an imposition to help or do their job. Many of the crew were happier to stand around and converse than actually do their jobs. Finally, there seemed to be a sewage issue in many of the cabins for the entire trip. The smell permeated the hallways and was very unpleasant. When I asked about this, the staff shrugged at me and walked away. There were some amazing staff members aside from the horrible ones. The standout staff members were Ketut (our room attendant who tried to fix the temperature issue desperately), the kids club staff were excellent and always amazing to my nephew, and the dining room staff of the Elation were pretty good. They had no hand in the wedding seating disaster and made every accommodation to try and seat the party together. The rest of the staff needs to be replaced.   Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
This was our first TGG Cruise.........Thank Goodness for Girlfriends... Cruise We were 8 women, mostly seniors, mostly from Maine & wintering in Florida. The Paradise surly surpassed our expectations. We've all cruised ..LOTS... ... Read More
This was our first TGG Cruise.........Thank Goodness for Girlfriends... Cruise We were 8 women, mostly seniors, mostly from Maine & wintering in Florida. The Paradise surly surpassed our expectations. We've all cruised ..LOTS... and did not expect the high level of service we received. We purposely choose an inexpensive, easy to put together cruise from Tampa ( we are mostly from Venice ). We were surprised how much room we had in our mid-ship, but lower level cabin. Once we put the twin beds in an L shape.. it opened up the entire cabin for 2 women to get around with ease. The lighting in the bath was great, so it was convenient for 2 people to get ready at the same time, with good vanity lighting and magnifying mirror. Plenty of closet space,too. I used the RICK STEVES method of packing and bring my clothes on hangers, so, it takes only a few minutes to unpack and hang. ONLY improvements.....a BLOW DRYER... and a CURTAIN between the closet area and vanity/beds, for privacy, would have been TERIFFIC....!!! Bath came w toothpaste,creams and a few other samples and nice THICK toasty BATHROBES and BEACH TOWELS ..! Elevators were right around the corner, so easy access everywhere. The FOOD was especially GREAT...!! From Chateaubriand ( like butter )w/ Bearnaise sauce, to the most incredible WARM chocolate desert. We first choose the anytime dining, because we wanted to dine around 7PM.... but on another Carnival Cruise, we had to get a buzzer and wait to be seated... SOOOO, we asked to be wait listed for the early seating. We did get it and were so happy. Our team of waiters were professional and came to know us quickly. There were cheerful and anticipated request. We had our wine waiting for us and occasionally ordered an extra dish we wanted to try and shared with the table of 11. COZUMEL..ship is docked directly at pier. This was my second time in COXUMEL. First time took a Carnival excursion to a beach club. Very expensive, crowded and just ok. THIS TIME I had researched CHANKANAAB NATIONAL PARK.. and it was GREAT.You only need to grab one of the SEVERAL taxis waiting outside the ship. for 6 of us it was about $15-$18 total. The Park is only a FEW minutes away. it is spotlessly clean and the minute we arrived and bought our DAY PASS TICKET $20 per person USA....the guides asked what we wanted to see and do and directed us. A short walk to the gorgeous cove and beach we were met by another server who asked how many in our party and then found us lounge chairs under a big thatched umbrella facing the ocean. Some of us brought our own snorkel and mask. They were for rent there as well. The SHIP also SOLD your own SNORKEL for $5. A good buy, too.There are a few steps w/rail down to the water. For anyone snorkel shy...You could just stand there and see exotic fish all over. Gorgeous, clean, tropical beach and water. Exotic drinks, brought by our server were really well priced..about $6. We all brought a snack from the ship, so did not order lunch, there.There are a few shops there. Another bunch of taxi's were always waiting to bring you back to the ship. 2 of our party took the Dolphin/Manatee encounter and enjoyed it. That was ALSO held at CHANKANAAB....!!You can pay and do that on your own as well.Also, glass kayak's. A walkway behind the seating area has huge ( in cages ) crock's and giant lizards ( not caged) that were color changing and gorgeous to look at and were not at all anxious to meet up with us :-). There are TONS of COLORFUL SHOPS all over the Cozumel dock area. Grand Cayman, TENDER....First, some of the group had not been there before and wanted to take the 2 hour TOUR in a crowded VAN $25..US...with the USUALL stops at PRE-ARRANGED buying spots...UGH...!!! Awful.THEN, we just shopped and then went to the RITZ HOTEL on the beach for the most incredible PINA COLADA. The sea days were spent playing lots of RUMMIE-CUBE in the library, sitting on the SERENITY (adult only) deck..almost always got a shade seat.. the sunny ones go fast.The small outdoor deck above it was a great comfortable, shady place for lunch,games, etc. The entertainment was fine. I think unless you have a special HEADLINER on board, they are always about the same.No, I did NOT win the $20,000 bingo, either :-) Check-in went incredibly easy and fast.Remember 8 women traveling.!! We were sitting on the LIDO deck having lunch at NOON....!!!! Luggage in rooms by 2PM..NICE..!!!! > STOP THE LOUD MUSIC..STOP THE LOUD MUSIC...STOP THE LOUD MUSIC...PLEASE..!! Hey we love music..just no need for it that loud on the pool decks, when you can't even TALK. MANAGMENT..LOOK AT YOUR CLIENTEL...how about some soft jazz.. just turn it DOWN.Did you look at your average age??? If you have a SPA treatment...be PREPARED for the BIG SELL for lotions , etc to take home..Also, by the second day there will be SPECIALS offered. WAIT to BOOK. From Venice, we hired BLUE SKY LIMO. It was very reasonable and efficient. This will surely be an annual TGG trip for us, now...!! enjoy... dtravelbug@gmail.com Read Less
Sail Date February 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
My very first cruise, was the exact cruise, I just came back from. I was very disappointed to say the least. The service and food was sub-standard compared to our previous 3 cruises with Carnival. I was not expecting Carnival to be the ... Read More
My very first cruise, was the exact cruise, I just came back from. I was very disappointed to say the least. The service and food was sub-standard compared to our previous 3 cruises with Carnival. I was not expecting Carnival to be the quality that I have always experienced on Princess, but at least acceptable. Boarding went smooth and fairly quick. We met our cabin steward and other then calling him to the cabin for bed rearrangement, that was the only time we saw him. I am use to seeing my cabin steward during the cruise, which I enjoy. Our Dining Room Waiter was seen once to take the order and then to deliver our entree, the assistant did the rest. I can't even tell what his name was. The food in the dining room and on the Lido deck was poor to fair and the choice was poor. The entertainment was way below the standard of any cruise line, it was like they found anyone at the pier to hop on and try to entertain us. Now I know Carnival, especially the 3 & 5 day cruises are known as the Party Cruises but it was 75% full of drunks, yelling down hallways, banging on the walls and floor. It really was amazing that no one fell over board, to be honest. I know Carnival wants to earn that alcohol revenue but they really need to be a little more responsible on over serving, when it is apparent that someone is close to alcohol intoxication. I also noticed many under age drinkers and the crew just choose to ignore it because after all that would be more tip revenue. I have to say that had my first cruise with Carnival been like this cruise, I probably would of never cruised again, with any cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
This cruise was over the MLK weekend, Jan 14-17, 2011, to Ensenada, r/t Long Beach. This was our (wife and I) 7th cruise, 3rd on Carnival. From various review sources, we had an idea about the cruise. We have not been on a cruise of less ... Read More
This cruise was over the MLK weekend, Jan 14-17, 2011, to Ensenada, r/t Long Beach. This was our (wife and I) 7th cruise, 3rd on Carnival. From various review sources, we had an idea about the cruise. We have not been on a cruise of less than 7 days. This cruise was fun and the party was definitely on!! We flew in from Phx via US Air to Long Beach. Arrived around noonish, grabbed a cab ($30), cruise terminal 12:30 ish, security (10 min), check-in (10 min), photos and on board by 1pm. Went by our cabin and met our steward Anton. Took very good care of us for the 3 days. Speaking of the cabin, oceanview, deck 5 (main), comfortable for 2. Odd placement of a storage/table in the corner which meant one of us ;) was climbing over to get in-out of bed. One outlet in bedroom and one in the bathroom (didn't work). Large shower, no tub, plenty of room and nice amenities. Dining Room was very nice. We had 6pm seating at table 331. Joel was our waiter and Eduardo his assistant. Very nice young men. At the first meal we were greeted by name and our preferences, including drinks, were handled every evening. Lido was fine. Ate inside and out, plenty of seating, although as seasoned cruisers we know when to avoid family time. Entertainment was ok. Comedians (2) adult show was funny. There were 3 weddings taking place embarkation day. At least 2 large groups that cruised this yearly had parties as well as several smaller 'girls cruising' groups. Met many first timers. Kids enjoyed the pool and slide. NFL playoffs dominated the bar TV's. Many people wearing team colors. I wore my Packer shirt :) THIS was the entertainment!!!! Disembarkation was casual. Our flight to Phx was at 1pm, so no hurry for us. The process began around 8am and we strolled off around 9:30am. The longest line and longest wait for anything was Customs. We got the chatty agent line. Overall a good cruise for what it is and over to quickly. We would cruise this again, but we prefer longer itineraries. Read Less
Sail Date January 2011
EMBARKATION My husband and I flew down on JetBlue (love that airline)the day before. We stayed at The Hilton in Long Beach. Great price $94, included a free shuttle for sightseeing and the trip to the ship the next day. We got to the ... Read More
EMBARKATION My husband and I flew down on JetBlue (love that airline)the day before. We stayed at The Hilton in Long Beach. Great price $94, included a free shuttle for sightseeing and the trip to the ship the next day. We got to the pier before 11:00 and was directed to the Queen Mary next door to do early registration. That was quick and painless. On the walk back to the ship I bought a straw hat. When we got their people were already checking in there. Should have waited the few minutes and just done it there, oh well. We were on the ship before noon. We had a late breakfast buffet at the hotel so we just sat up on the Lido deck and waited for my students and their parents to get on board. We must have been asked a gazillion times if we wanted a cocktail. We weren't ready for any, but did buy a wine package for dinner. I got 3 bottles for $58. Ended up in the Paris for some iced tea and ran into many from our group, including Robin from Dancin' At Sea. She's been escorting dance groups for 15 years and is FABULOUS. CABINS We had an ocean view on the Main Deck, real close to midship, loved the location. Not as big as our cabin on The Splendor last Thanksgiving, but for an older ship it was fine. The bed was comfy. Plenty of space for clothes. I was impressed by the size of the shower, bigger than most. Our cabin steward's name was Irish. Kept everything nice for us. Lots of ice all the time too. DINING The food was good, not great. Our waiter had our wine stolen from the area it was kept. She replaced it, I think she had to pay for that herself. She was great but the assistant waiter didn't always get our orders right. The french onion soup, baked mushrooms, short ribs and prawns were good. Didn't care for the Tilapia, blah. Chocolate Melting Cake, yummo. Our dancers 10 - 17 yr olds had fun getting up with the waiters and dancing each night. Pretty cool in the dinig room, bring a sweater. We ate breakfast in the dining room most every day. Eggs Benedict, very good. Didn't eat much in the buffet but had a Reuben from the deli and veggie pizza, both were good. OTHER STUFF Our dancers got to take a class from A.K. one of the Carnival dancers, she was a fabulous teacher, the kids loved her. We enjoyed the dancers and singers alot. The comedian, not so much. Our girls got to dance on the Main stage on Thursday afternoon, the house was packed. What an awesome experiance for our girls. The families liked the pools and the kids loved the slide. Read Less
Sail Date July 2010
Short and Sweet: Leave Long Beach on Friday the 13th (of November 2009). Weather was clear, mild 70s. 2 PM embarkation was easy - short lines, no waiting. Cabin M139 was roomy - fitted with 2 twins and an upper berth. Unpack, muse, ... Read More
Short and Sweet: Leave Long Beach on Friday the 13th (of November 2009). Weather was clear, mild 70s. 2 PM embarkation was easy - short lines, no waiting. Cabin M139 was roomy - fitted with 2 twins and an upper berth. Unpack, muse, ooh & awe - now up the Lido Deck for some food. Paris Restaurant had two buffet lines, each offering up lousy trans fats. Hamburgers, hot dogs, lasagna (yuck), fries, chicken tenders... LMAO! Finish eating, take a quick tour around ship - time to drink! Cocktails - superb. Off to the Normandie lounge for tailend of Welcome speech with friends. Muster Drill runs exceptionally long - head outside to find our lifeboat. Stumble our way to the Destiny dining room for an elegant 5 course meal. - What? We missed the "sail away" because we were at 6 PM dinner? Damn. - Delish main course arrives as we rock and roll our way to Mexico. - Whoa. Feeling a little queasy. Boat is really jumping now. - Hit the shows (Lowell you are 2 funny! JeRome, not so much) Dance at Rex - more drinks please - party off/on until 3 AM. Saturday docked in Ensenada. $2 ride into town, $15 ride to La Bufadora. Totally worth it. Coastline was gorgeous, tour guide witty and full of facts. Great picture opp! Haggle with the locals, end up with bags of cheap shit. I'm happy. - Habana Banana has great enchiladas, strong margaritas and crooked waiters. - Weave our way down the mountain back into town... - Hi Costco! Hi McDonalds! Hola Burger King. Adios filth and despair. - Back on ship - a drink for me? Yes, please! - a little of the same as Friday. Fabulous Elegant Night dinner - once again missed "sail away" - too busy eatin. Hit the shows (Hillbilly dance was aight, JeRome... stole Lowell's jokes). Salsa at Rex. Disco at Casino. Hip Hop in Hallway. More lousy food at midnight Taco Bar. LMAO at Carnival's idea of "cuisine." Sleep comes at 4 AM. SunDay at Sea - hardly remember. How did we... nevermind. Ship is anchored far, far away from San Clemente island - all 27 NM away! Suffer thru breakfast - limp bacon, soggy french toast, redeeming fruit. Wander into Riband Library. Steal Behind Scenes tour script... interesting FAQ. $20 Bingo buy-in, $5000 pot - winner walks away with One Grand. My sister walks away with bottle of Italian Champagne from Scratchers raffle. CruiseCritic guy comes by - chat for a while - LMAO at Hairy Chest contest. Once again, 4 D's: dinner, dancing, drinking, delirium. Once again, LMAO at the subpar feast presented at buffet. Catch Lowell's R-rated comedy - HILARIOUS, buy the CD, buy a martini, cashout. - Did I mention that JeRome told the same jokes as Lowell? Not funny. - Devil bangs on cabin door at 3 AM - jump out of bed - scramble for lifejackets. - Shh shh. It's alright. It was just a prank. Go back to bed. - Call Information Desk for assurance - listen to scary whispering on fone. Hang up, try again. Same scary children whispering on fone. Sleep ruined, heart racing... up to the Lido Deck for ice cream and pizzzzza. Monday rolls around. Yay! We have cell service again. Boo! We have to leave the ship. Shower. Eat (yuck). Pack. Tip. Hugs and Kisses xoxo. LMAO at Fun Ship Food. Disembark. Easy peasy thru customs. - Purchase any illegal goods ma'am? You betcha. - - Do you have any plants, insects, Mexican children ma'am? No, but next time! - Hi Long Beach. Hi Smog. Hi Car. G'bye $45 for parking. NOTE: 10 hrs after leaving ship - my equilibrium is still tweaked. Can't sit up straight without feeling woozy. Read Less
Sail Date November 2009
Last week we got off the Paradise and I can say without a doubt I had a wonderful time! Not because of the cruise but because of the company I was with. I went with 13 other ladies to just have a fun and forget the everyday world of ... Read More
Last week we got off the Paradise and I can say without a doubt I had a wonderful time! Not because of the cruise but because of the company I was with. I went with 13 other ladies to just have a fun and forget the everyday world of taking care of kids and the husbands. There were pros and cons just like any cruise..... Embarkation: Carnival has got this down to a fast, painless process. We flew into LAX and booked our shuttle through Save-On (I highly recommend them by the way...fast, friendly and not expensive!) Once we arrived we checked our luggage with the porters and went through security. We got there at about 2:30 and there were no lines. All in all it took 15 mins and we are on the ship. The ship itself is a smaller, older ship but they do a great job at keeping clean and pretty. The layout is easy enough and we found it very easy to get around. Cabin: We were in a row of 8 cabins and mine was U99. This was an inside cabin and I have to say a really nice cabin. I wasn't expecting it to be as big as it was. I think it is the way they have it laid out. There was a walk in closet plus another closet with shelves and then another set of drawers. The one thing that I had read from other reviews was that there was only one outlet so I brought an extent ion cord and it worked perfect for us. Our cabin steward was very friendly and I think the only crew member that took time to have a conversation with us. Food: This was my 10th cruise and I have to say that this was the WORST food I have ever had on a cruise ship. The second night was formal night and they served lobster...I warn you now do not get it. It made all of sick. The smell was off the taste was worse. For desert save yourself and do not order the cheesecakes...I even heard people not with us talking about how bad it was. The only thing I found great in the dinning room was the melting cake...that is a must. Sushi was great the first night. After that it went downhill fast. The buffet is what you expect. Not horrible not good. We stuck with pizza and fries. Our Waiter was nice enough but really I think the crew is so used to people getting on and off so fast they don't take the time to look you in the eyes and say hello and nor do they seem to care that you are there. Just working and going through the motions. Oh and formal night happens to be the night that you are in a port...that bothered pretty much anyone I talked to as we were all tired and just wanted to go to bed. Getting off the ship was easy and painless too. I recommend just taking your luggage off with you so you can get off faster and not have to search through the endless bags that are scattered everywhere. Read Less
Sail Date October 2009
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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