96 Carnival Paradise Romantic Cruise Reviews

Port of Tampa was very easy port to get into and park. We had Priority Boarding went great on the ship and eating lunch in 10 min. Carnival Paradise is a smaller ship but has all the upgrades and easy to get around lines were very ... Read More
Port of Tampa was very easy port to get into and park. We had Priority Boarding went great on the ship and eating lunch in 10 min. Carnival Paradise is a smaller ship but has all the upgrades and easy to get around lines were very short every time. The food was the best that we have had on our last few cruises, it was good very good. The staff was very efficient and the ship was always clean and well maintained. Had an elevator go out but was fixed in one day. The only complaint we had was the same as all our resent cruises. Carnival need to be able to figure out the Dance Club. Either the club was not open or the music was for young people all the time. I would think that the cruise line could look at the age of the cruisers and play music that we can relate to. We understand playing music to all age group. We are smokers and this club is one of the three areas on the ship we can smoke but we either run into a locked door or the music is not something we like, and the DJ will not play music on request at all, if he does not like what you are asking for. Over all we had a great cruise and always recommend Carnival Cruise line to our friends Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
I chose this cruise to go visit Cuba and Key West with my husband. Carnival has found a way to nickel and dime you even when you pay for all such as drink package. No bartenders except in serenity that were eager to serve you. Anton was ... Read More
I chose this cruise to go visit Cuba and Key West with my husband. Carnival has found a way to nickel and dime you even when you pay for all such as drink package. No bartenders except in serenity that were eager to serve you. Anton was awesome and the only one to come back and keep us happy. All other bars you had to go to them and wait! Since they do automatic gratuity you get poor service. Food was ok....best thing was guys cheeseburgers. Tiny cups for water. Soda was flat that was part of my drink package. Not much entertainment during the day. Comedy shows were pretty good. One pool for whole ship. Definitely outdated even though it says remodeled in 2019. Would not recommend. Budget vacation/ budget ship! Very disappointed. We bought alcohol and was told by airport that cruise ship should have given us a bag for carrying it on plane-nope didn’t happen so we lost alcohol at security. Mel the cruise ship director was kind of rude. She didn’t have great things going on to engage cruisers. We could have visited Cuba on Tuesday and spent more time in Key West. Went on Monday to Cuba and all Museums are closed on Mondays...... Had to pay a $75/pp visa to go to Cuba. Our room attendant did a great job! Greeted us by first name every time we saw him! Asked me what I wanted done on a daily basis whether I needed more towels etc. he was always smiling!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We are a 50's couple. My BF has never cruised before, and this was my 7th cruise, having cruised on Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, and Carnival. We chose this ship due to time constraints and job issues. We embarked on our ... Read More
We are a 50's couple. My BF has never cruised before, and this was my 7th cruise, having cruised on Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, and Carnival. We chose this ship due to time constraints and job issues. We embarked on our adventure a little late. I originally purchased FTTF, but changed my mind. Sure glad I did, because we were on board only about 1/2 hour later than those folks. Embarkation was smooth. We boarded about 1ish....at the back end of our time slot. We headed straight to Guy's for burgers, and they didn't disappoint! We think that those fries were probably the best we ever had! We got to our cabin about 2ish. We had an aft balcony on the empress deck. Our first impression of the cabin was that it was spacious. The only thing that I missed was a sitting/sofa area. Our room steward, Marvin, was the best that I ever had. He was friendly, knew us by name from day one, and always made sure he kept ice in our room. Thanks Marvin! Hope you are enjoying your time off with your family! Dinner that evening was in the buffet, as we wanted to be on deck when we sailed under the bridge in Tampa. It was really cool, and I'm glad that we got to have that experience. Day 1 was a day at sea. We lounged on the deck above the pool. There were plenty of chairs, but I'm guessing it would have been more difficult to obtain a chair closer to the pool. We had room service deliver coffee/pastries that morning, and every other. Delivery was prompt and timely. We ate a late lunch in the buffet, and a little lunch later. Planned for formal night in the dining room. Formal night was very nice. If I remember correctly, we both ate prime rib. We enjoyed our table mates, and even made friends with one of the couples....we hope to get together again. Service was good. The best desserts of the entire cruise were the chocolate lava cake (or whatever it was called) and the creme brulee. Hard to choose which one was better. Day 2 - Honduras. I booked a charter with Roatan Ocean Adventures. It was awesome. Herbert was a wonderful host. We got to experience zip line and snorkeling. Herbert's snorkel guides were the best. They swam with us and pointed out all of the interesting and beautiful wildlife. This adventure took the entire day, and we didn't have any time to shop when we returned to the ship. Dinner in the dining room. Day 3 - Cozumel. I booked a private tour with Tours Plaza. Sergio was our guide. We had a great day. Visited the ruins (small ones on cozumel) did some shopping, and visited the tequila factory. In addition Sergio took us to the other end of the island to see the beautiful coastline and have a snack and cerveza at Coconuts. I would highly recommend this tour! Dinner in the dining room. Day 4 - Sea Day. Another day by the pool and relaxing. Enjoyed dinner again in the dining room. Food and service were good. Unfortunately, we had to pack to go home. We chose to keep our luggage for faster debarkation on Thursday. General comments: Entertainment was good. We loved the rock and roll and the 70's and 80's show. The comedians were good, and we really enjoyed the cruise director....HEY LEON!!! I was a little concerned with the reviews that seemed to be all over the place, but we really enjoyed this cruise. The seas were a little rocky at times, but that is something that is beyond the control of the cruise line. Thanks Carnival! We'll be back! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Been on several 7 day cruises and decided to try short one. Chose the Carnival Paridise for the interesting look of the atrium. Since this ship was recently redone and a smaller ship leaving from Tampa. I was only an hour from the port. ... Read More
Been on several 7 day cruises and decided to try short one. Chose the Carnival Paridise for the interesting look of the atrium. Since this ship was recently redone and a smaller ship leaving from Tampa. I was only an hour from the port. Parking garage was just across from the port. Boarding was a easy as Carnival had specific boarding times. Unfortunately dis embarking was a little chaotic with impatient passenger getting in line before their call. I chose check out luggage and at the scheduled time I was off of ship less than 15 minutes Loved the sail away party. The buffet was typical food. Out on deck the guys burgers and the blue iguana tacos tops. The dinning room was cozy and a lot of different items to have. the breakfast buffet had general fare. The seaday brunch was a nice touch. Ordered room service for the continental breakfast, arrived at time requested and it was fresh and warm. Shows were great. The few shops had good buys .The cabin smaller than big ships was very clean and the window big enough to enjoy the outside. Room steward freshen up room daily. I preferred the evening. Towel animals ,cute Carnival Paradise had Staff and crew honored at the dis embarkation program on the last day of cruise. Another thing I liked was the military appreciation show later that day that honored military people on board. Overall I had a great time on the Paradise. Planning to book another cruise Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
This was my first cruise ever. Did not know what to expect at all. We were on the lower deck all the way in the back. In spite of this, the sailing was rather smooth. Kudos to our cabin Steward, Wayan, who surprised us each night with ... Read More
This was my first cruise ever. Did not know what to expect at all. We were on the lower deck all the way in the back. In spite of this, the sailing was rather smooth. Kudos to our cabin Steward, Wayan, who surprised us each night with a different "towel animal" (like Organami with towels) sitting in the middle of the bed. It was really cute and made us look forward to getting back to our cabin in the evening, to see what sort of creature Wayan had left for us. Also, our hats off to our fantastic dining crew, Sudika, Authur and Ketut who kept our stomachs full and our pallets satiated. The food was wonderful, but the service was better. Thanks to our bartender, Rajesh, who kept our glasses full and always strived to deliver drinks the way we wanted. We chose not to go with the Carnival Shore excursions, instead, we googled a Snorkeling beach in the Cayman and a Scuba place, Blue Magic, in Cozumel. Experiencing the local taxis and local cuisine was quite exciting and the instructors at Blue Magic Scuba were amazing! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
My husband and I had both cruised as young adults but never as adults that could drink! We travel all the time and were ready for something different and decided on a cruise. We are so glad we did! Because of our work schedules, we were ... Read More
My husband and I had both cruised as young adults but never as adults that could drink! We travel all the time and were ready for something different and decided on a cruise. We are so glad we did! Because of our work schedules, we were limited on how long and where we could choose. We chose the Western Caribbean cruise out of Tampa on the Carnival Paradise. After reading reviews, I was worried because it is an older, smaller ship. It was recently remodeled and we had a suite, so our room was perfect. We had priority boarding and it was a breeze. Absolutely no complaints about that. The food was as expected on a cruise. My favorite was Guy's Burger Joint. There is only one pool, but several whirlpools. The deck around the pool was crowded at peak times, but that was fine with us. There was plenty to do and plenty to eat/drink. We didn't get the drink package, but probably should have because we spent almost the same amount. We didn't do any official shore excursions but instead went to places recommended on the forums on Cruise Critic. Calico Jack's in Grand Cayman and Mr. Sancho's in Cozumel. Would recommend both. My only complaints are so much smoking--it was in designated areas but the wind carried the smoke and the movement of the ship was VERY noticeable throughout the ship. Fortunately we didn't get seasick but something to keep in mind if you do. We definitely want to cruise again, but will be sure to try a bigger, newer ship. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
My husband and I went on this cruise for our honeymoon . The bathrooms were all very dirty and not big enough for the amount of people on the ship . There was always very long lines . The food was absolutely horrible . It was alright on ... Read More
My husband and I went on this cruise for our honeymoon . The bathrooms were all very dirty and not big enough for the amount of people on the ship . There was always very long lines . The food was absolutely horrible . It was alright on the first day , but the quality seemed to decrease day by day . The food in the nice dining rooms was even nasty . There is one tiny pool where the adults and children are expected to swim together . It’s nearlg impossible to get a drink . When you do manage to get someone to take your drink order , it takes nearly thirty minutes for them to bring it to you . They charged me and my husband $65 apiece in a gratituity that we knew nothing about . When we called , they said it was in our email . We never received an email over it . They refuse to refund the 130 dollars that they took out of our bank account . We will not be going back through them . Next time we cruise , we will be going through royal carribean . This was a horrible experience for a first cruise . The only good thing about the whole cruise was the comedy . Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
My husband and I booked this cruise for our 7th anniversary. This was our 2nd carnival cruise and it’s was absolutely amazing! ALL of the crusie staff were incredible and so friendly. The food was amazing at each location. It was so much ... Read More
My husband and I booked this cruise for our 7th anniversary. This was our 2nd carnival cruise and it’s was absolutely amazing! ALL of the crusie staff were incredible and so friendly. The food was amazing at each location. It was so much fun getting to dress up for dinner on certain nights! Cozumel and the Cayman Islands were so gorgeous and the ship had so much information provided to help us rearrange our excursion (since the hurricane changed our itinerary). Honestly, we felt so spoiled and relaxed the whole time! The comedy shows we’re HILARIOUS and there was such a perfect blend of stuff to do and time to relax! They had special events going on each day... but at the same time, quiet places for my husband and me to escape to and enjoy some time alone! Thank you Brandon (cruise director) for a great time! ... and thank you Gusti for a wonderful stateroom!! We’ll be back!!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
I chose Carnival Paradise for two reasons, they advertise gluten free diets and they were inexpensive to try out for a first time cruiser. My meals were always delicious but I felt limited on the offerings. By NO means did I ever go ... Read More
I chose Carnival Paradise for two reasons, they advertise gluten free diets and they were inexpensive to try out for a first time cruiser. My meals were always delicious but I felt limited on the offerings. By NO means did I ever go hungry! The waiters take your order for the next evening so that they will be able to properly prepare for your dietary needs. Staff was very knowledgable about celiac disease and very accommodating. I enjoyed my first cruise with Carnival, but now I'm looking for a larger ship due to the fact that our at sea days were not as busy as we would have liked them to be. I'm looking for adventure at sea and fun things to do while sailing. Movies, Broadway shows, interactive games, sports, anything great to pass the time while parting the blue waters other than the casino (not much of a gambler here). Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
My husband and I went on this cruise with 24 other married couples from our church. Every experience was beyond our expectations. We felt famous because everyone seemed to know us by name. I enjoyed the balcony view and being able ... Read More
My husband and I went on this cruise with 24 other married couples from our church. Every experience was beyond our expectations. We felt famous because everyone seemed to know us by name. I enjoyed the balcony view and being able to see the Sun set and rise everyday. There was always something to do and the daily schedule, as well as the Carnival Hub app were very resourceful. Cam is a great cruise director and took time to talk to almost everyone after events. I was mostly impressed with the house keeping staff and our room assistant, Putah. From delivery of our luggage to his greeting us by our name daily with his pleasant personality, the birthday card and always being able to assist and provide answers to all of our questions, I am convinced that Putah provided A Class service in everything. When we sail on the Carnival Paradise again, I hope we have Putah again because he made our vacation a great experience. I also enjoyed the excursions. The Amazing secret River is actually Amazing! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
This was my wife and my 45th anniversary present to each other. We should have stayed home, went out to dinner, and saved 4 grand. If you are looking for a low budget frill cruise, an over crowded ship, school cafeteria food, and poor ... Read More
This was my wife and my 45th anniversary present to each other. We should have stayed home, went out to dinner, and saved 4 grand. If you are looking for a low budget frill cruise, an over crowded ship, school cafeteria food, and poor service then this cruise is for you. First the over crowded, dipping your toes in the pool or even finding a lounge chair, unless it’s raining, was impossible. In addition we arrived in Key West with three other cruise ships, and in Cozumel with 4 others. Shoulder to shoulder shopping, no seats to sit down to eat, and over-priced trinkets. The only things to do on the ship for the middle aged was to listen to music, no ‘60s or Country; drinking if you could get service; gamble if that’s your thing; and eating if you don’t mind what you put in your mouth. The dining room food tasted like school cafertia food. The only thing we found palatable in the food court was a hamburger and fries, for 5 days! Carnival also must go to great lengths to train their staff not to do anything special for their guests. My friend asked to taste a thimble full of the reminents of a mohito blender mix and was told that they would lose their job if caught giving anything away. Instead it was washed down the drain. Why aren’t soft drinks free, gotta be $$. Service was poor everywhere. Carnival seems to pride themselves on having over 50 nationalities on their staff. I wouldn’t care if I was served by a baboon if the food was good and service was friendly. This was my first and last Carnival cruise I have disembarked for the last time. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
This was our 8th or so cruise and we had so much fun despite the weather. The stateroom stewards ask what would be an ideal time for them to enter the room to clean and not disturb anyone which is a plus. The cruise director Leon knows how ... Read More
This was our 8th or so cruise and we had so much fun despite the weather. The stateroom stewards ask what would be an ideal time for them to enter the room to clean and not disturb anyone which is a plus. The cruise director Leon knows how to keep a party going and things up beat at all times, outstanding job on his behalf. Our children along with my relatives children had a blast at camp carnival each and every time they were there, and the staff was excellent at keeping an we on them. Dinner at the Elation restaurant was also great and the waiters did an excellent job as always. Everything from the shows to the deck parties kept my family of 23 happy and always entertained while on vacation. We felt at home and well taken care of. I’d also have to mention that the captain did a great job with the ship since the weather condistions were not the best. The ladies in our group enjoyed the spa services, and we all enjoyed the Dr. Seuss breakfast. Absolutely No complaints here as everything was great as always. We will continue to recommend and choose carnival for our cruises no matter what because aside from anything and everything that can go wrong, Carnical knows how to party and make us feel like part of their family. Thank you Carnival Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
My husband and I chose this cruise date for our honeymoon/wedding celebration, to enjoy with family and friends. The 5 days seemed liked the perfect amount of time and the dates worked great because we figured it was after spring break and ... Read More
My husband and I chose this cruise date for our honeymoon/wedding celebration, to enjoy with family and friends. The 5 days seemed liked the perfect amount of time and the dates worked great because we figured it was after spring break and before summer so the crowds would not be as bad. It was our first cruise and also the first cruise for many of our party and majority of our party are not sure we ever want to cruise again and most definitely, not with Carnival. I want to start b saying that the stateroom and bathroom size was larger than expected; the coffee was pretty good and the sit down restaurant was good (if you don't mind the occasional smell of sewage). Other than that, I could complain about everything else. I also want to note I have NEVER wrote a bad review so I am not one to complain. I just hope to save some one else the money and save their experience. The food was all mediocre (other than the restaurant). At one breakfast from the buffet, I had eggs, bacon, toast and potatoes. I found myself kind of forcing myself to eat these items and finally put he plate aside and opted for a bowl of cereal. There was not one item on the plate that I could actually say I liked and I do like breakfast food. Pretty sad that I had to eat cereal instead of stuffing my face with all the mazing food I expected. Also, the only 24 hour food that was available was pizza which was nothing to talk about. want a late night chocolate cookie? Don't count on it, the dessert bar, salad bar, buffet, burgers and tacos are not available. Now for the drinks, we purchased the CHEERS package for my husband and myself and the BUBBLES package for my daughter (we also paid for the gratuity). The idea of going up to any bar and ordering a drink with no bill was wonderful, however the service was not what we expected. In fact, it was like we were bothering the bar tender and this goes or the 3 main bars that we used; the Red Frog, the Blue Iguana and the bar that was located next to the pizza station. Now keep in mind The Blue Iguana was hardly ever open so that left the 2 to 3 bar tenders at the Red Frog to serve everyone that was at the pool area. We had gorgeous weather for our trip so it seemed that everyone was at the pool area. Those poor bar tenders seemed to be there from morning until midnight. I am sure they were tired and seemed over worked, but I am sure they need the money. However, we could wait anywhere from 5 to 12 minutes before even being asked what we would like. People would walk up to bar after us and would be served first. We did not tip every time (we did pay for that ahead of time), but other times we would tip. There was one bar tender named Billy that worked the bar Thursday night and we all made sure to tip him well because he was a pleasure and entertaining. I would also like to say that we had 22 people in our party and 16 of use purchased the CHEERS package, so they more than made their money. As mentioned earlier, we brought our daughter who is 6 years old and this was also her first cruise. What a disappointment she had on the size of the pool. When we firs boarded the ship and saw the size of the pool we were so sure that there HAS to be another pool on board. Goodness we were wrong and it didn't take long for the pool to fill up and stayed filled up. The pool never felt inviting. I will say however that I was impressed with the cleaning of the pool. At one point some one did a #2 in the pool (yes, you read that correctly!). The staff came in and not only disposed of the feces, they drained, scrubbed the inside of the pool and refilled. More than I would have thought. Now, there were 4 hot tubs on board; 2 that are for 21 and older so we were left with 2 hot tubs for my daughter which also stayed full. The slide was great and we enjoyed the multiple slides. However there is no shade at the slide area, which is great until you think about sitting out there for several hours watching your kid and some shade would be nice. The Ocean camp service was ok the only evening we used the services. My daughter seemed to have enjoyed her self. However, that is the only day we used the service because that day the sun was not out and it didn't feel like a sauna. We tried to take her to the camp earlier that week and where the camp was located the sun was beating through the windows and it was soooo hot in the room. When trying to locate our muster station and when trying to get to our tenders there was no assistance given by the crew members. It seemed that the entire ship walked around lost and were made to go up and down many levels of steps (elevators were always full and not going in the same direction). This was not too bad of a task for us at our age, nu my 83 year old grandma and his grandma that had shoulder surgery 3 weeks prior to our trip, didn't enjoy the wild goose chase. And no kidding, to find the level the tenders were located on, we had to go up and then down and that was never instructed.. I feel like I could keep going, however I feel like many will get my point. We waited in line for everything (some lines are reasonable); never had the chance to enjoy the pathetic excuse of a pool for a ship with that many people; the food was no where close to the taste it should have been (I was tolerable other than breakfast); and the kid activities were lacking majorly. We have now been hearing from others how amazing Royal Caribbean and other cruise lines are and we regret not using them. Hope this helps some one from making the same mistake, because I know we were so excited about this cruise and when I got off the ship, I found myself trying to convince myself that was great (I mean I was on vacation, on the ocean and not doing dishes), but it was anything from great. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We went on this Cruise because the ship was just out of dry dock. We decided to try Carnival again ( we went on the Glory Carnival 2014). Our expectations were very low & we were surprised to see how beautiful & clean the ship was. ... Read More
We went on this Cruise because the ship was just out of dry dock. We decided to try Carnival again ( we went on the Glory Carnival 2014). Our expectations were very low & we were surprised to see how beautiful & clean the ship was. The staff everywhere were very helpful, pleasant & always there to help. TIPS: We had the Faster to the Fun- did get you on fast but our luggage wasn’t at the cabin on time. It did also help with disembarkment! We also had the “eat anytime” the lines were very long! ( FTTF) doesn’t work for restaurants on this ship! (Next cruise we’ll do a regular time slot) Do get the drink package & when at dinner ask for your bottle of water for your room or they charge you if you use the bottles in your room. Tell your room steward you want your room done twice a day & ask for a bucket of ice for your water.(we tipped him in the beginning of the cruise) He did a wonderful job! We also always bring singles with us! We tip after our drinks are served & you will see a difference in how you are treated. (This is on all cruise ships) Don’t go on carnival for great food! The food is ok. Nice they put the two new eateries on board. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
This was a Valentine birthday cruise for myself and my husband. It was a 5 day to Grand Cayman and Cozumel and thankfully, we are happy to have a good time together regardless and we settled for a quiet cruise with nothing to do. The ... Read More
This was a Valentine birthday cruise for myself and my husband. It was a 5 day to Grand Cayman and Cozumel and thankfully, we are happy to have a good time together regardless and we settled for a quiet cruise with nothing to do. The service was so immensely lacking. From beginning to end this trip was a disappointment and we are repeat Gold level cruisers who have always been happy with Carnival! It started when we arrived for our 2:30 check-in appointment time to be told there were no porters anymore and we have to carry on our own luggage. We are MDR late diners and I was shocked that the food was barely even at the level of a local Chili's as far as taste, and presentation was non-existent. The desserts were tasteless, although the melting cake was decent. The shrimp cocktail was a sad embarrassment of frozen salad shrimp, thrown in a pile on a piece of lettuce. My birthday was on Valentine's Day and we openly discussed it for two days at dinner. Even that night, my husband made sure to "sneak off" to tell them to bring something chocolate for my birthday. They arrived with a strawberry mousse heart and sang Happy Anniversary to us. Out of the array of other miscellaneous mishaps including the pizza guy sending us to the salad bar to make our own caesar salad, the final send-off was the last day when we found out they lost our 3 bottles of liquor we purchased in port. This felt like a super budget vacation, which it certainly was not. We chose not to book our family cruise for next year while on board, which was the plan. What made it worse was my aunt coming back while we were gone from a completely different Carnival cruise the week before and had a similar, in some ways worse, experience. I see that a lot has changed with Carnival since our cruise last year. I am pretty crushed. I will say that I didn't find the ship itself so sorely lacking in upkeep as I had read in many reviews. The entertainment was no where to be found, unless it was for Bingo. There was zero fun on this 'fun ship", which is crazy for what you'd think was a perfect opportunity to wow couples on a romantic Valentine getaway. Dancing even?? Nope. Nightclub had crickets. There was absolutely no thought or effort put into this being a Valentine cruise. The couple of games we played during the day were not even entertaining - just senseless guessing games. I mean, honestly - I love the corny trivia games but these were bad. We were in an Upper Deck Oceanview room which was nice, clean, quiet, and well maintained. The beds would not stay together which was another annoyance every night. Both ports were beautiful and even the tender to and from Grand Cayman went smoothly. I am still overwhelmed by how disappointed I am in the level of service Carnival had to offer. We are ready to go RCL next time. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
we wanted to go to Cozumel and the price was fantastic!!!! we love Carnavale cruises and the experience is always delightful! In chooses a cruise we have found cruises that were much more expensive and never have we found them any better ... Read More
we wanted to go to Cozumel and the price was fantastic!!!! we love Carnavale cruises and the experience is always delightful! In chooses a cruise we have found cruises that were much more expensive and never have we found them any better as far as hospitality as Carnavale cruise lines. Also the recreation for all ages is top notch. The give away's are also fair and very nice! The musical events are top notch and high energy. The porters and the bars the resturant personel were all great ! if you want a great experience with all excurisons and Activities this is the ship of choice for you. Carnaval has the best value.. Greatest person to us was our room attendant Francisco !!! There really was not much left to cover other than the food was Great in the diningroom/ and found that there was always plenty to food served, and Hot food always Hot... Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We chose this cruise cause of the 2 stops, Cozumel, and Mahogany Bay, we felt like some beach time! The food was good to very good, the service was very good, and we had no problems with the Cruise or the ship! Entertainment was ... Read More
We chose this cruise cause of the 2 stops, Cozumel, and Mahogany Bay, we felt like some beach time! The food was good to very good, the service was very good, and we had no problems with the Cruise or the ship! Entertainment was really good! The 2 rock shows by the regular entertainment staff were really good, and the special Cubano Show they had one night even had the regular show staff who were sitting near us, standing and applauding! Carnival really upped their game this week in entertainment! The crowd on this sailing was the oldest of any Carnival ship we've been on, guess its the time of the year! Although they were older, it seemed everyone was having a good time! We had 2 nice beach days without any problems! The removal of 1 star was because of the Port, which again proves to have problems! In Tampa its always something! Last trip it was getting on, this time it was getting off! The trouble=Homeland Security! There aren't enough, and they always find a reason to slow things down in Tampa! Who ever is running the Tampa office needs to be fired! Homeland Security/Border Control(?) called for a surprise inspection of the ship, so starting the dis-embarkation was running over an hour behind. Then we stood in line for 2 hours after we were called to dis-embark, cause Homeland Security/Border Control(?) simply don't have enough people working! The last cruise out of Tampa we took, boarding the ship was 2 hours late for the same reason! All of this isn't Carnivals fault we understand, but it is part of the cruise! Carnival has a crew they can be proud of on the Paradise right now, from the cabin attendants (like Harold), all the food/restaurant personal we encountered such as our server in the dining room named Nataly, the entire entertainment group of singers/dancers, the casino hostess (Bunny), all were excellent in their jobs! Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
After reading reviews I was a little nervous leading up to departure. I should't have worried about a thing. Yes the boat is older, but it is still clean and well maintained. The crew was amazing, the food was great for the price of ... Read More
After reading reviews I was a little nervous leading up to departure. I should't have worried about a thing. Yes the boat is older, but it is still clean and well maintained. The crew was amazing, the food was great for the price of the cruise, and the entertainment was also a great deal for what we paid. I'm sure there are nicer ships with better food and entertainment, but the value delivered for the price was amazing. We were never bored, our steward Eddy was awesome. Jaime the cruise director was as talented as any entertainer and made the trip that much more enjoyable. If you want a fun cruise that delivers a ton for the money, don't hesitate to book a cruise on Paradise. If you look for negatives you'll be disappointed in whatever you do. Look at the positives and have an open mind and you'll see just how well Carnival does for what you pay. These smaller ships have many benefits. Lines were never long, you run across the same people all week, and make new friends you might not on a megaship. The cabin was nice and clean, and the water pressure was better than I get at home! After Paradise goes through refurbishment in early 2018 it will only be a better value! Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Visiting Cuba was a bucket list item for us and when we saw that Carnival was going to have a trip there, we jumped at the opportunity. Although there were a few glitches here and there that could have made the experience better, overall ... Read More
Visiting Cuba was a bucket list item for us and when we saw that Carnival was going to have a trip there, we jumped at the opportunity. Although there were a few glitches here and there that could have made the experience better, overall it was very good. This was our second cruise on the Paradise, and were well aware that she is an older, smaller ship, but still very elegant and cozy. She was clean and the staff were great, but the ship needs some TLC and some 2.0 upgrades (Guys Burgers!) would be nice too. Our Cabin was on the Main Deck, number 164, and the cabin was fine. A little smaller than the newer ships, but for two of us, it had plenty of room. There was no noise and it was convenient enough to all the ship activities. The food was just OK. Nothing spectacular, the dining room staff was attentive, but a little rushed. We were seated at a long table for eight by the window. The first night, there were three couples, and after that there were only four of us, and we truly enjoyed the company of the other couple. We are also regular casino players, and the casino on the Paradise is very small and had a limited number of slot machines. We enjoyed the sea day, and did not get off the ship in Cozumel. It was nice to sit up on deck and have the ship (mostly) to ourselves. We sailed to Havana overnight and docked at 12 noon. It was 1:30 by the time we got through customs and got to our tour bus for the Top 10 Havana Excursion. We enjoyed the tour, and learned a lot about Cuba, but unfortunately, it did not leave us enough time to buy cigars from the State run cigar shops, which close at 6 pm. That was a disappointment for us. We sailed back to Tampa the next day, which was just another sea day. Disembarkation in Tampa was a fiasco. They had three customs agents for 2,000 people and it took over 2 1/2 hours to disembark the ship. Terrible. So, to me, I would have liked to have had more time in Havana, and scrapped Cozumel altogether. Maybe we will get the chance to go back someday... Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We chose this cruise because it was going to Cuba, and we wanted to see Havana before you could no longer go as a U.S. citizen, or before it became commercialized. We stayed in the Ybor district before the cruise for 2 days, 1 would have ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was going to Cuba, and we wanted to see Havana before you could no longer go as a U.S. citizen, or before it became commercialized. We stayed in the Ybor district before the cruise for 2 days, 1 would have been plenty. The Columbia restaurant is amazing and I highly recommend it. We stayed at the Hampton Inn and Suites and it was adequate for 2 nights. The air conditioning was extraordinarily loud, the pool is tiny, the breakfast is very good and the front desk staff is very friendly, and the security is excellent. Call for the shuttle the morning of your departure at 9:30 sharp - I called at 9:45 and the earlier shuttles were booked, we had a 10 am embarkation time and could not get on a shuttle until 11. We purchased faster to the fun, so embarkation was painless 30 minutes total, which included some clumsy extra's as the Cuba destination is new and unfamiliar to all involved. The Paradise is an older ship and scheduled for dry dock soon, but it is a great sized ship for a short cruise with 2 sea days - plenty to do. We had an ocean view cabin E79 in back of the guest services area, the location was perfect for us, but it can be noisy at night if you are early to bed, because of the atrium lounge. The ship staff is what you would expect from any ship, most are very friendly, but every once in a while you get someone who is less than enthusiastic - never bothers me as they work so hard, I give them a break. TIP - this ship does NOT have hair dryers, in 20 years of cruising this has never been the case so it was a huge surprise to me. The cabins are what you would expect although the shower is a bit larger than on more modern ships. We eat at the Lido most of the time for breakfast and lunch and it was very clean, great variety, and plentiful of course. The Mongolian wok is really good, I suggest going on a port day as the lines are usually long on sea days. The main dining room was good, but nothing stands out as far as dinner was concerned. The sea day brunch, however, was certainly worth taking advantage of! The pizza/salad center that is available for late night needs some attention, the person who worked there was a jerk, there was never any pizza available and if you wanted pepperoni, he would ask you if another would be OK instead because he had that and did not want to make another - so not what you would expect at 9 pm. The activities were the usual, nothing new here. Most of the entertainment was good, especially the musicians. One comedian at punch liners was so bad we walked out, not offensive bad - just not funny at all. We went parasailing in Key West on Fury which was booked through carnival and the experience was great, not our first time, but our best time. Other than that we just wondered around and went into a few shops and had a few drinks here and there. We would not normally buy souvenir's, but as this was the second ship back after the hurricane we bought a few things. We were back on the ship by 1:30, but if Key West had been up to speed as it normally is, we would have spent more time there. Havana is much nicer than I expected. That being said there are some extremely poor areas and some really nice areas - pretty much like most islands you visit on a cruise. Younger adults do speak English, you can tip in US currency, it does NOT smell like garbage or exhaust, the people are very friendly and happy, a few people will ask you to come into their store or restaurant, but no one harassed us - and no one asked us for money. We did the classic car tour and it was really good, and the perfect amount of time. Two tips here: when you pick out your car, pick one with a younger driver, they will be more likely to speak English and that will enrich your tour immensely. We had a very nice older man, he tried hard, but we could not understand each other. And second, at the end of this excursion, they take you to a cigar store/straw market - this is where we tipped the guides and left to go off and do your own shopping. The shopping around the cruise port (I don't mean the terminal) has many things and there are a few really good cigar shops as well. We did not eat in Havana as we spent our CUC's on tips, rum and cigars but I would not have hesitated to do so. In hindsight we would have done the 9pm excursion to the Tropicana as that sounded like a lot of fun from those we spoke to that went as well as the Hemmingway walking tour which got great reviews from those who attended. Finally, the reason we purchased faster to the fun, was to get on the ship early to get signed up for the behind the scenes tour - and I was successful. We really loved the tour and it was only $55 per person and very worth it, especially with all the extra goodies they give you along the way. The back stage and dressing rooms, laundry room, cold storage, pantry storage, through the galley to the pastry area, staff lounge and cafeteria,engine room and bridge were the areas that were visited each with a little talk from the head of that particular area - a cruise highlight. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We were looking for a cruise that was less than 7 days, and one that included a day-long stop in Key West, and the Paradise offered both. This was not our first cruise during hurricane season, but with so many powerful hurricanes being ... Read More
We were looking for a cruise that was less than 7 days, and one that included a day-long stop in Key West, and the Paradise offered both. This was not our first cruise during hurricane season, but with so many powerful hurricanes being active the week before our cruise, pre-vacation stress level was pretty high! Under the circumstances, Carnival did a good job of posting updates and handling necessary changes, which included an intenerery change. (Grand Cayman instead of Key West) We had a non-stop flight from CVG to PIE that arrived by 10am and a return flight that departed at 1043am, so we didn't do a pre or post cruise hotel stay. I requested a LYFT pick-up at PIE and the driver arrived at the curb just after we did, so that worked out well. It was about a 30 minute drive and was $22 each way. The convenience was priceless, especially on Thursday. Even tho we did self-carry and disembarked early, we were a little concerned about morning traffic to PIE from the port. After a very stressful week of not knowing if the cruise or flights would be cancelled because of the hurricane, it was nice to be greeted with smiling faces and a welcoming staff at embarkation. We arrived early, at 11am, expecting a long wait, but since the ship had been unoccupied for a few days, we were allowed to board right away and had immediate access to our cabin. Our typical cruise day starts with working out in the gym, (the gym was well equipped and had a great view) then heading to the lido deck for breakfast. We spend most of the afternoon on the lido deck enjoying the views, food, and entertainment. After dinner we like to walk thru the public areas and stop to listen to the music, etc. One evening we caught the 80's Tribute show, which was quite good, and another evening we watched a Newly Weds type show hosted by the cruise director that was hysterical. We spent a few hours shopping in Grand Cayman, but stayed on board while we were in Cozumel. One of the things we like about Carnival is the cruise music and the festive atmosphere in the lido pool area. That seems like a given, but some cruise lines don't do it. Besides the music, there was always something entertaining going on at the main stage, which is our favorite place to just chill and relax. We found the cruise director to be very funny and entertaining, where ever he happened to be on the ship. He seemed to have the perfect personality for the job. We were really looking forward to a day in Key West and a week just relaxing on the ship, and while we didn't make it to Key West, we didn't let it spoil our trip and still had a nice, restful cruise. We had an aft OV cabin (M256) that was in a great location. Very quiet area, convenient to elevators that went straight up to the dining area on the lido deck. The bed was comfortable, the shower was large, the window was large and the space was plenty for the two of us. We aren't night owls, so it was a nice surprise to get a good variety of TV channels at sea. Typical of most cabins (and hotel rooms), the vanity lighting needs to be improved. I would definitely choose and aft cabin again. The only criticisms I have about the cruise are related to the food and dining. We aren't picky eaters and are generally easy to please when it comes to food, but having said that, good food is usually one of the highlights of a cruise. Breakfast and lunch were standard fare, and the coffee was good. But they kind of missed the mark on dinner. I can't say anything was memorable or impressive, either in the dining room or the buffet. Even the desserts were bland. Each evening there was a different theme in the main buffet (which closely mimiced the dining room menu), and some of the themes didn't offer much of a selection for those who didn't like that particular type of food. There were decent choices in the deli and the burgers were ok, but not what I expect on a cruise, especially if that's for dinner. And along those lines, the main buffet was closed from 3:30pm-6pm. Families who eat their evening meal from 4-6, were limited to pizza, burgers, or deli food. A lot of folks were not real pleased with that. Everyone has their own opinion on food, and that's just mine. It was ok and we didn't go hungry by any means, but if you're a first time cruiser who has heard great stories about cruise food and are really looking forward to an epic food experience, make sure you read lots of reviews before you pick a cruise. I can't honestly say if I'd do this same cruise again. If I do, it will be to spend a day in Key West, and this current intenerery has the longest stop there. The ship, the staff and the service were great, but the food and lack of more drink package options were somewhat disappointing compared to the other cruises we've taken. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We choose this cruise on recommendation of our AAA agent. It was a wonderful experience we are glad we choose this ship because it was a smaller ship for our first experience. The CD Mat was so funny and our steward was the best his name ... Read More
We choose this cruise on recommendation of our AAA agent. It was a wonderful experience we are glad we choose this ship because it was a smaller ship for our first experience. The CD Mat was so funny and our steward was the best his name was Jeamer. One of the servers on the lido deck was wonderful very attentive he never forgot what we were drinking and always try to make us feel special his name was Gede.All the pictures they took were fabulous. Capturing our time on the ship. We did the exclusive custom photo shoot for elegant night and our photographer Jaymar did a faboulous job. The excursions were the best ....even though we were unable to go to the keys we did the Amphibious bus land & sea adventure in grand Cayman and in Cozumel we did the amazing race our hosts were fantastic alonso and Patty we really recommend this one.The whole crew was fantastic from bingo to everything else. Being our first cruise they made us want to cruise many more times. We fell in love with crusing!!!!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
I was not going to take Carnival Cruise to Havana. But due to late planning we had to choose Carnival or not go at all. I was pleasantly surprised by the level of service. The service from the customer service over the phone to ... Read More
I was not going to take Carnival Cruise to Havana. But due to late planning we had to choose Carnival or not go at all. I was pleasantly surprised by the level of service. The service from the customer service over the phone to housekeeping was the best. Everything was given the extra yard. It was my husband's birthday and we were not disappointed. He got a discount on his Spa treatment and strawberries. The entertainment was quite good and the cruise director had energy galore. We meet some wonderful people at our dining table. The staff never forgot our names. I was impressed when I got home we am planning with my kids the next Carnival Cruise. My only regret was that we did not have a longer time at port in Havana. My shore excursions were quite lengthly and we almost missed going from one tour to the next. But I was not disappointed with the excursions. The line for getting on the ship at Havana was quite long but other that it was a good cruise. There was so many people I could compliment and I know all their names!!!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We chose this cruise for the destinations. We flew into Tampa. I highly recommend using Carnival's shuttle service. It's reasonable and drops you off right at the port. Tampa's port was easy to get through in a reasonable ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the destinations. We flew into Tampa. I highly recommend using Carnival's shuttle service. It's reasonable and drops you off right at the port. Tampa's port was easy to get through in a reasonable amount of time. We sailed on the Paradise. It was supposed to sail to Cozumel and the Cayman Islands. However, our itinerary was changed. We sailed Costa Maya instead of the Cayman Islands. Cozumel was fun! I highly recommend visiting Tulum (The Mayan Ruins) or the Salsa, Salsa excursion in Cozumel. The comedians were great! Shows were good for entire family. The food was average. I didn't care for the buffets because they offered a lot of the fried foods. Main dining food was pretty good, service was a little slow. Costa Maya was a big disappointment. I don't recommend staying in port unless you have a planned excursion. The business owners and the insects were extremely annoying! Carnival offered everyone on our cruise a $25 on board Credit because they changed the itinerary. It wasn't worth the headache! I always do research when planning a cruise. I was disappointed with the condition of the Paradise. We stayed on Level 6 where the Upper Deck elevator area smelled moldy, water was leaking from ceiling and they had fans in hallways the entire cruise. One of the main elevators in lobby area wasn't operable the entire cruise. One set of sliding doors to the buffet was inoperable for a day. Was awaken by a very loud noise one night, not sure what it was. The Serenity area (private area for 21+) was very small and crowded. My husband and I have sailed on several Carnival ships. I am not a fan of the Paradise! If you are looking for a reasonable cruise with good service, food and entertainment, look into cruising on Carnival Sensation or Sunshine. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
I can’t tell you how disappointed we are that Carnival changed the port of call from Grand Cayman to Costa Maya! The trip cost us over $4,500 and to change to a port we did not want to go to is disappointing and unacceptable. We were ... Read More
I can’t tell you how disappointed we are that Carnival changed the port of call from Grand Cayman to Costa Maya! The trip cost us over $4,500 and to change to a port we did not want to go to is disappointing and unacceptable. We were locked into the sail date and had no choice to change the date or ship. We would have had to postpone the trip for another year and would have lost money as well. Costa Maya is not comparable to Grand Cayman and the $25 pp credit was insulting and unacceptable. If the change of port wasn’t bad enough, repairs to the ship were being made the whole time we were on board. • While eating lunch on the back rear deck, we watched workmen replacing light fixtures while standing on the table top. • Several Atrium walkways were closed off due to sanding and staining of handrails. • A workman left a used paint brush on our desk in the room. • One of the elevators in the Atrium did not work the whole cruise. • The water was shut off for two hours to make repairs while in port. Part of a response letter from Carnival Thanks for letting us know your thoughts concerning your cruise experience. We’re truly sorry for the change of itinerary and for not meeting your expectations. Yes, we extended a $25 per person onboard credit and empathize it was insulting and unacceptable; however, Carnival is not offering further compensation. In regards to maintenance and repairs being done, we apologize for any inconvenience. Please know your feedback is very much appreciated and will be shared with the relevant departments. We assure you, your comments will be used to improve our service. Once again, we apologize for any disappointment this may have caused you. Please don’t let what happened this time around tarnish your entire opinion of us. We’d love to welcome you back soon! I have no words..... Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
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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