19 Carnival Paradise Singles Cruise Reviews

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
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
I was paying back a friend who arranged a trip for me 44 years ago. We have been friends since then and thought this would be nice to pay them back. My first Carnival and only the 2nd cruise I have ever been on. I found the people were ... Read More
I was paying back a friend who arranged a trip for me 44 years ago. We have been friends since then and thought this would be nice to pay them back. My first Carnival and only the 2nd cruise I have ever been on. I found the people were much more friendly on this cruise than on Celebrity. The food was very good, our waiter was Raymond and he and his help were great. Remembered our names, what beer I drank and even brought 2 shrimp cocktails since they are small. The one thing I didn't like food wise was the flank steak. I have cooked on a grill for about 40 years and this was not flank. It was too thick and had too much gristle in it. The deserts were the best part and I am not a big sweet eater. Cheese cake was very good. One thing that stood out was disembarkation. We had FTTF and I don't think it mattered. I had a 10:45 am flight and hunted down a Carnival rep and told him that. We had been told to meet in the Queen Mary lounge and there was about 200 people there. No one ever said anything about getting off and we got in a line around 7:50 and I made it to the airport with time to spare. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
I chose this cruise out of Tampa so I could relax after Hurricane Irma and I was not disappointed. I was traveling solo which is always fun to do! This was the new Cozumel Plus with extra time in Cozumel so I was able to go to Chichen Itza ... Read More
I chose this cruise out of Tampa so I could relax after Hurricane Irma and I was not disappointed. I was traveling solo which is always fun to do! This was the new Cozumel Plus with extra time in Cozumel so I was able to go to Chichen Itza for the 2nd time. The first time I went I was visiting friends and they took me there at night for the sound and laser light show on the pyramids. Fabulous! And this trip in the daytime was fabulous too. We were given a light lunch on the bus, sandwich, chips, fruit, water, and a cookie, which was quite good. Our guide was great and pointed out many not readily apparent carvings on the ruins. Overall, a great trip. I also snorkeling with the stingrays in Grand Cayman. Really fun and got great pics of me kissing the rays! Be sure to take an underwater camera. The food was good in both the main dining room and the buffet. No problems there. Casinos were smoky but still fun and slots were loose! I have already booked another cruise on the Paradise for September 2018! Read Less
Sail Date November 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
Our room was so old bathroom is dirty although the food in the dining room was served nicely the food itself was terrible quality. Two days in port the water was turned off in the rooms pools we drained and sanding , drilling and painting ... Read More
Our room was so old bathroom is dirty although the food in the dining room was served nicely the food itself was terrible quality. Two days in port the water was turned off in the rooms pools we drained and sanding , drilling and painting went on all days in Port. The halls smelled like The toilets were backing up, I guess that was the reason to turn off water in the cabin those two days. We were told they were getting the ship ready to go to Cuba. Not at our expense. We paid for a cruise and got the short end of the stick. We got no bargain, people we spoke to paid almost half the price we did. This is the first time on carnival, and my last. The travel agent that book this cruise for us was told our ages and what we wanted, and he assured us we would have it all on the ship. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
I've sailed "Paradise" many, many times, but sadly, the cruise has gone down hill since the last time I sailed her. Entertainment, in general, and big shows in particular, have hit rock bottom for me. Way too loud, and ... Read More
I've sailed "Paradise" many, many times, but sadly, the cruise has gone down hill since the last time I sailed her. Entertainment, in general, and big shows in particular, have hit rock bottom for me. Way too loud, and with music that I don't care for, and can't stand to listen to. WAY TOO LOUD! No way nearly as much choice of food, and wait staff way overloaded with tables. Two hours to eat dinner is much, much too long. Embarkation/debarkation good at the port of Tampa. Comedy shows O.K., and not too crowded. Cabin service good, with twice daily service. Karaoke available each, and every night, with a fair selection of music. I was told that the solid state karaoke equipment would be updated with new music frequently,,,but sadly, that hasn't happened. Newly wed, nearly dead show was it's usual self, pretty good, but much better if you haven't heard the questions over, and over again. Hypnotist was terrible, and a total waste of time. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
I chose this cruise specifically for the Grand Cayman port. 5 days, departing out of tampa, two ports. Sounds great! Two days before departure, I received an email that the Grand Cayman port had been cancelled due to technical issues with ... Read More
I chose this cruise specifically for the Grand Cayman port. 5 days, departing out of tampa, two ports. Sounds great! Two days before departure, I received an email that the Grand Cayman port had been cancelled due to technical issues with the ship's speed capability. The port was replaced with Costa Maya. Even though I was disappointed, I have been to the Costa Maya port with a prior Carnival cruise and enjoyed it. However, we never got to go to Costa Maya. The swells were deemed too large for us to debark at Costa Maya. Rather than going back to the Cozumel port (30 min away allegedly) or another port, it was decided that another "fun day at sea" would be added to the itinerary instead. Carnival gave us $13 back for the "Port fees" that were not spent since we never docked at a second port. I brought a friend who had never been on a cruise before and this was a nightmare of an experience. I was so embarrassed that I had given her such high expectations of a cruise experience. There were so many people on the cruise who were seasick. I too, have been on multiple cruise ships and multiple cruise lines and have never experienced the bouts of motion sickness that occurred on this trip. Our drink glasses were sliding across the table at dinner! While I understand that Carnival cannot be responsible for mother nature, one can only wonder if the ship's speed had anything to do with feeling the excessive motion due to a slower speed. As though things could not get worse, on the fourth day, brown water was coming out of people's water in their cabin. Parts of the cruise ship reeked of fecal matter and sewage! The shower and the sink had brown water! This resulted in the water lines being cut off for a couple of hours! That evening, I showered, and I now have green hair! They must have "shocked" the water with chlorine because I had not smelled the chlorine or had green tinted hair for any of the prior four days and then all of a sudden the ends of my hair were green! While the cabin was bigger in comparison to other cruise ships I have been on, keep in mind there is ONE outlet for charging/plugging in hair tools, etc. The entertainment was sub par, all based on 70, and 80s rock and roll. One of the shows the cast members didn't even dance they just sat on stools. They said it was because the ship was rocking too much! The dining experience was ok. Food was ok each night. But, don't order the creme brûlée! It was not edible! Hard as a rock in the middle! Wrong consistency. Just not good. The only good thing about the cruise was getting off the ship in Cozumel and renting a Jeep for the day. We went to a couple of different beaches and shops and restaurants and had a great time that day, but spending $500 per person on a cruise just to go to Cozumel and turn around and go back! NOT WORTH IT. I expressed my displeasure with Carnival corporate office and the representative told me that no compensation would be offered. I think it is despicable and will not use Carnival Cruise Line again in the future. Read Less
Sail Date March 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
We do not expect top notch food services but this was not up to par with Carnival's usual. Some bad choices included pancakes, lobster ravioli;s and cold peas. Add to the service at the brunch was terrible, Waited for coffee, waited ... Read More
We do not expect top notch food services but this was not up to par with Carnival's usual. Some bad choices included pancakes, lobster ravioli;s and cold peas. Add to the service at the brunch was terrible, Waited for coffee, waited for juice, waited for someone to take menu, waited for refills on coffee (start to get the message,) never check on food after delivery. Big Mistake to add steak for 20$ at main dining table, Makes ship look cheaper than before. This was obviously someone's idea to make more money. Considering you can get a similar steak at Outback for about same why would I pay extra here. It only aggravated all our table members each day. Have a one day special if you need the money. Positive side: Show was better than expected, our compliments to time it took to put this together. Do not take this ship just for the show though! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
I chose Carnival because of price/value for what I was looking for in a cruise. I got more bang for my buck than expected. The entire crew/staff was excellent - they went above and beyond to make sure that we all had a memorable ... Read More
I chose Carnival because of price/value for what I was looking for in a cruise. I got more bang for my buck than expected. The entire crew/staff was excellent - they went above and beyond to make sure that we all had a memorable experience. I chose the 5-day Western Caribbean cruise, so I departed from Tampa. Embarkation, and disembarkation went smoothly, considering how many people they had to move. No complaints there. The ship's decor is rather antiquated (Love Boat feel), but everything else was great. Food was good and entertainment was, too. Excursions promoted by the cruise were great! The guarantee that you wouldn't be left behind should one of the promoted tours return late was a huge relief, as things happen. Excursion leaders were all good and did a great job at giving us a glimpse into the culture and telling us the best places to shop. I was looking forward to my next cruise long before we docked in Tampa. Thank you, Carnival, for a great cruise experience. Read Less
Sail Date May 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 flew in the morning of the cruise, arrived at the Tampa Airport around 8:30A.M and easily grabbed a taxi to head to the pier. Yes, it's early I know. It was $25 flat rate from the airport to the pier. I arrived in about 25 ... Read More
I flew in the morning of the cruise, arrived at the Tampa Airport around 8:30A.M and easily grabbed a taxi to head to the pier. Yes, it's early I know. It was $25 flat rate from the airport to the pier. I arrived in about 25 minutes and the port was not yet opened until 9:30A.M so I waited then they opened the doors an still I waited because the check in counter was not ready for guests. The waiting area is large and accommodating, music and ice water provided. At about 10:00A.M the check in counter was ready for guests to check in, so I checked in and waited for my number to be called. There was a large wedding party, and large Travel Agent site inspection group there for just that first day. Embarkation started around 11:30A.M and it was quick and easy to get on board. Everyone of course rushed up to the Lido deck for lunch it was an overcast day so everyone was inside. Rooms were ready by 1:30p.m my cabin was on deck 4 room R8. I booked an Inside guarantee and this room had 2 port hole windows and was larger than I expected. I usually like to pick out my room on deck 7 or higher and midship. This room reminded me of why. Deck 4 is the lowest cabin deck and R8 is all the way forward. Lots of motion and noise. When the waves hit the ship it sounds like cannons going off. Other than the motion and loud noises it was a nice room with good size, and my room steward Mary Ann was great. This cruise hit Superbowl Sunday, which was great that they played the game in the main theater with a large Wings and other goodie Buffet. We also were at sea during Mardi Gras which so happened to be the Cozumel port day. Fun dancing, costumes and parades in Cozumel was fun to see and the ship had a fun Mardi Gras deck party that night. The main entertainment on the ship was just okay, the lights and stage decor was great but the singing was not so great. I liked the George Lopez Comedy shows. I wasn't impressed with the Lido Deck Buffets, there was plenty of variety and plenty of places to sit I just didn't like the food quality. Pizza and Ice Cream 24/7 that many would enjoy. I did love the Sunday and SeaDay Brunch that was offered in the main dining room. I wish they offered that everyday. It was very casual but the food was delicious with a lot of choices of either Breakfast, lunch, or dessert. Our first stop was Grand Cayman, which is a Tender port. We were unable to Tender at the original destination because of the Waves being so high, so we Tendered at Spotts Bay which is on the opposite side of the Island. Carnival says to go up to the Lido Deck at 7:30a to get an assigned Tender number and then wait for your number to be called. I was first in line so had Tender 1. Because we tendered at a different location we were about an hour behind schedule and we were only scheduled there until 3:00P.M. Carnival first allowed their Excursion guests to go on the first tenders. I was able to casually join their line and got on the Tender over to the island. There were locals set up with their merchandise and Taxi "Vans" waiting. I had already booked an excursion with Resortforaday.com to spend the day at the Westin Grand Cayman so found a taxi van that was taking other guests to Seven Mile Beach, it was $7 per person. The other guests that were dropped off at the public beach called Captain Jacks, I noticed this beach didn't have the shaded lounge chairs and wasn't as nice as what I was expecting for Seven mile beach. I asked the driver to take me to the Westin, and they were very nice and dropped me off. I walked in and checked in at the front desk and was very grateful that this beach was exactly what I was looking for. There was Beach Ambassadors that set up my lounge chair and umbrella right where I wanted it. And was accommodating all day getting me anything I wanted to needed. I had about 4 1/2 hours at the Westin relaxing and enjoying the day. They also had 4 shops on site that I was able to pick up some souveniers. The Tortuga Beach Grill did not accept US Cash so I had to pay for drinks with my Room Key, but the shops and cafe inside does accept US Cash. When I was ready to return taxi's were waiting right outside. I asked the driver to drive past the normal pier, and it was less than 10 minutes away from the Westin. So if I would have Tendered at the original port, I would have had about 5-6 hours at the Westin which would have been well worth the amount paid. It was a great option. In Cozumel I tried out Cozumeldaypasses.com and booked the Occidental Grand Resort. I like spending the Day at the All Inclusive Resorts as an excursion because it's more private than the Beach excursions offered by the cruise lines. We docked at Puerta Maya, walked the pier through the international building where they have K9 security, turn left and walk past the shops and then right at the end of the yellow buildings, There will be a covered walk way that the taxi's are waiting at. There was a line, but again I'm impatient to get where I'm going so I just walked up to the director and let him know I was traveling solo and needed a taxi to take me to the Occidental Grand. He quickly found me a very nice woman driver name Carolina who spoke very well English. It was about a 20 minute ride that was enjoyable with me talking to Carolina about their Parade that was going on that night. It cost me $16 for just myself to go to Occidental Grand. I was able to check in and followed the sidewalk down to the pools and beaches where they were celebrating the Mardi Gras festivities. The first pool I came to was a more quiet adults only pool, and there was a beautiful Large Iguana just chilling by the pool. Then I walked through the beautiful nature reserve back to the beach area. There was another pool, and beach, along with activities and a DJ and Lunch Buffet restaurant. Drinks were readily available in Coconuts and other drinks to try. Beach Cabana's were available for no charge, first come first use. I used one of those for the day and it was perfect! The wave conditions where high but it was still a beautiful day. When I was ready to head back to the ship, which I did early because of the Parade I knew the roads were going to be closing downtown. The front desk called me a taxi and it was there within 10 minutes. This excursion was just $60 for an All Inclusive all food, drinks, and activities included. I met some friends on board who paid $120 per person to go to Carnivals All Inclusive Beach Excursion and they said it was crowded and loud. The last day at sea I spent a lot of time in the Casino. The service there was wonderful and kind. I'm a non smoker so I wished there would have been a section in the Casino that was Non Smoking, but I'm not a big complainer so I toughed it out. I liked playing the slot machines and won 5 tshirts, racked up some VIFP points. Won some and lost more. Once you start doing well on a machine, people will gather around and just wait for you to run out or move from your seat. Disembarkation was also easier than expected. We docked around 7:30A.M and I did Self Assist Debarkation as I only had 1 bag. I had a 3p flight booked but was really hoping to get on the 10a.m. They disembark by Cabin floor, miss impatient did not want to wait until 9:30A.M for deck four to be called, so again I casually walked off with the Carnival Early Flight Transfer that were disembarking at 8:00A.M grabbed a taxi and was at the airport by 9:00A.M and at the gate to fly home at 9:30A.M Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
This was our second time on the Paradise --but First time having FTF which made embarkation such a breeze this ship is showing some wear and tear but the staff was always cleaning and smileing while doing it and were very friendly ... Read More
This was our second time on the Paradise --but First time having FTF which made embarkation such a breeze this ship is showing some wear and tear but the staff was always cleaning and smileing while doing it and were very friendly Our room was small inside but plenty of room for two and our seward was always calling us by our first names and getting us ice whenever we wanted it. Guest Service was fast having the priority line for FTF and made you feel important. Now dinning we had 8:15 we dont think we will do that again was very slow and one nite not out of there till 9:45 we opted for the lido buffet after that which was good could use a little better selection and seen quite a few tables with dirty dishes stacked. Bar service was good never had a bad drink or weak I did go to the towel animal folding class was fun but forgot how to do it by the time I got home, should of bought the book! Overall this was a very relaxing cruise and enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Had just gotten back from the reposition on Splendor San Juan to Miami on 9th of Nov, so wasn't expecting to take another cruise on 4th of Dec. Saw a terrific rate so I booked Paradise. Just a 4 nighter, but have wanted to try out ... Read More
Had just gotten back from the reposition on Splendor San Juan to Miami on 9th of Nov, so wasn't expecting to take another cruise on 4th of Dec. Saw a terrific rate so I booked Paradise. Just a 4 nighter, but have wanted to try out Fantasy class for a while. Heard mixed reviews about Paradise, so wasn't sure what to expect. Never been disappointed on any of the 4 previous Carnival cruises and sure wasn't on this one. I had a marvelous time. I took this as a solo as I did on Splendor. Carnival does a great job putting other solo cruisers at the same table in the dining room. The food and service were great just like on all 4 previous Carnival cruises in the dining room. The omelette bar became a regular treat for me in the morning. Delicious. The pizza bar late night was another gem. Delicious. My room stewards were great, as were the bar staff and all the Carnival staff I met along the way, with that Carnival smile and welcoming attitude. Even the folks that didn't serve me directly such as the staff who were sweeping the floors or cleaning in some fashion were so nice. I tipped several of them along my way, and thanked them for making things so nice for us. The ship is a bit dated, granted, but I like nostalgia. The atrium was beautiful; colorful and bright. I liked the ship theme on Paradise. Even the frosted glass sketch of the ocean liner with the subtle light behind it in my cabin was a very nice touch. My oceanview cabin was spacious, especially for a solo traveler. The only thing on the cabin front was it was a bit of a challenge to get to the window with the table and bed blocking the way. I just climbed up on the bed and looked out No biggie, I was usually on deck most of my waking hours. I really liked the ship. It seemed much larger when on board than when I have seen it sailing out of Port Tampa. Another thing I liked; was my cabin was right down the hall from the piano bar in the atrium, the internet area, shore excursion desk and guest services. Quite a unique layout. When Paradise comes out of dry-dock in a few weeks, she will be better than ever. However, I thought Paradise was just fine 2 months ago. Thanks Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
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
I am a very experienced and well travelled female and I enjoyed every minute of my recent cruise on Paradise. The initial cost is fantastic & they make their money on add ons so you can make it as cheap as you want & $300 for five ... Read More
I am a very experienced and well travelled female and I enjoyed every minute of my recent cruise on Paradise. The initial cost is fantastic & they make their money on add ons so you can make it as cheap as you want & $300 for five nights is about the best deal around!!! So people want everything for nothing??? The service on this ship was exemplary. Never once did I not feel like I was treated as a VIP and I liked the emphasis that Carnival has on remembering customers names. I don't think I even knew half the people who adressed me by name!! The ship was exceptionally clean & there was always someone picking up after the slobs who left their garbage out whoever they went. Also the ships staff is very eclectic and interesting. I don't think there was a country not represented by them . Very interesting stories from them as to why they were on the ship. Most we're more interesting than the passengers! The kids in the kids club looked like they were just as glad to get rid of their parents as we're the parents. The activities were plentiful and appealed to all ages. Some of the " old folks" we're booting and having more fun with the pool games as we're the younger ones. This is a FUN ship and may not be for people who just want to veg. The dining was very good in all areas. Definitely not a 4. Or 5 star but let's be realistic for the price!! The main dining room had well prepared and varied menus to suit every taste. Meals were well presented and served in a timely manner. I did get a couple of warm meals but they were cheerfully replaced.the buffet area on the top deal has an incredible variety for those wanting casual dining.many of those folks never DID eat in the dining room.! The ship itself is from the Grand old Dame time of shipping & has an opulence and elegance all it's own. Reminds me of the old US and Cunard line ships when a cruise ship was a means of elegant transportation and not a vacation as it is today.the rooms are spacious and have good sound sound buffering unlike many hotels. My room had but one elec outlet tho and with a European converter, I could have had 2.bring your own hair dryer... None is furnished.otherwise a great place to spend very little time except to sleep. I don't get the complainers for this cruise at all. Perhaps they just need a fancy expensive cruise. This was perfect for me!!   Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
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
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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