3 Cozumel Carnival Paradise Cruise Reviews

Living 30 minutes from Port Tampa makes this a great and affordable cruise. The ship is definitely "dated", especially with some of the big cruise liners available. I found it to be nostalgic. The ship itself was clean and well ... Read More
Living 30 minutes from Port Tampa makes this a great and affordable cruise. The ship is definitely "dated", especially with some of the big cruise liners available. I found it to be nostalgic. The ship itself was clean and well maintained. The staff was friendly. Especially the entertainment, bar and wait staff. The rooms were tiny. The beds were no so comfortable. The AC in the cabins was freezing, but the hot water was scalding hot! Be sure to bring your own toiletries....including soaps, shampoos and tissue. They were bad. The food was not good at all. Long lines at the breakfast buffet, and the food wasn't good. There was a made to order omelet station if you had 45 minutes to wait. The coffee was once again, scalding. Lunch was very similar. The food choices were not great. The deli line was awfully long and same for the piz The dinner experience was good. Our waitress was very good and efficient. The entrees, with the exception of the lobster, was very bland. After leaving dinner the first night hungry, I ordered 3 or 4 appetizers for every dinner. The appetizers were much better than the entrees. The melted chocolate cake was amazing! You need to get rid of indoor smoking. It was AWFUL on the day it rained. The entertainment was excellent. Really funny comedians and games throughout the day were fun with Fluffy. Cozumel was fun, as always. The souvenir prices (especially silver) at the port were outrageous. I got a silver piece for a fraction of what I was first quoted. Barter! Leaving the cruise disembarkation was a nightmare. Carnival....you have been in this business for too many years to allow this to happen. Overall it was a fun time.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
* I decided to book this last minute cruise for my husband's birthday. I read all the reviews and set our expectations prior to boarding. Check-in process was fast, our rooms were ready when we boarded (12:30pm) and our luggage made ... Read More
* I decided to book this last minute cruise for my husband's birthday. I read all the reviews and set our expectations prior to boarding. Check-in process was fast, our rooms were ready when we boarded (12:30pm) and our luggage made it to our rooms prior to leaving the dock. The main entry was quite cramped and I felt claustrophobic however I was not spending much time there so it really did not matter. * The buffet on the Lido deck were nothing to write home about. Unless you have to have a cheeseburger or fries, avoid that line as it stretched 15+ people the entire trip. They did have a Mongolian Grill which was pretty decent. * I avoided the pool area as much as possible. At any time of the day or night, there were always way more people in the pools and hot tubs than should be. The music was so loud that I could not hear my husband talking to me and he was sitting next to me. I avoided the pool area all together. * The shows were great. We were happy to see that the dancers and singers performed almost every evening unlike some other Carnival ships. I hope you like country as most of the shows evolved around country music. * On most Carnival ships, the cruise director always has an accent and was a strikingly good looking guy. The Cruise Director on the Paradise is Steve Castle. He was a tall thin gentleman who was quite dorky but you can see that he loves his job. He also plays a mean fiddle. He cracks jokes and by the end of the cruise he grows on you. * We signed up for the Chef's Table which was an enjoyable evening. You are treated to a 10 course meal that takes 3 hours to eat. That also includes a tour of the kitchen. If you love food and don't mind trying new things, this is something you want to pay the extra money for. There is a limit of 14 people for this event so sign up ads soon as you get on the ship at Guest Services.   Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
After booking airfare for springbreak and a hotel and car rental, we looked into a cruise instead. It was 300.00 cheaper to cruise not including FOOD. So we just returned from the Carnival Paradise out of Tampa. It is a smaller ship which ... Read More
After booking airfare for springbreak and a hotel and car rental, we looked into a cruise instead. It was 300.00 cheaper to cruise not including FOOD. So we just returned from the Carnival Paradise out of Tampa. It is a smaller ship which we tend to like. However, we have to say, the food was TERRIBLE. (the buffett by pool was acceptable) the dining room, NOT SO MUCH. Everything else was typical cruise. We did my time dining. Did not work. We wanted to eat at 6 we ate at 7. They gave us a beeper and we had to wait. We tried to communicate with hostesses but the language barrier prevented us from getting an answer as to whether or not waiting an hour for dinner would be the norm. My 16 year old daughter and her 17 year old friend had a blast. Lots of good times in Club 02. However, she made a comment to me, "boy, it is different in the older kids club, they swear and talk about everything right in front of you". Their director of that club was leaving this cruise was his last after 8 months. Maybe that was why he felt it was ok. Not sure. Also, he was observed in the clubs late nite by a fellow cruiser (pantsing) another worker who did not have any underwear on!! And "grinding" and hanging all over passengers... Inappropriate behavior by staff with other staff and passengers. She was appalled. They both had their name tags on otherwise would not have known they were employees. We had a problem coming into port on last day. Fog made us late which resulted in me missing my flight and not being able to get another until the next day out of ORLANDO which meant renting a car or taking a shuttle and getting a room. All not compensated by the airline or cruiseline because it was weather related.   Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
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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