Sail Date: July 2018
Chose the cruise for the ports, price and duration. They have PLENTY OF AFTER MARKET CHARGES. A tumbler i bought disappeared from our room. They excursions are in line with other ships so they are extremely crowded. Lines are super ... Read More
Chose the cruise for the ports, price and duration. They have PLENTY OF AFTER MARKET CHARGES. A tumbler i bought disappeared from our room. They excursions are in line with other ships so they are extremely crowded. Lines are super long, the bathrooms were FILTHY. AND YOU COULD NOT EAT IN PEACE BECAUSE THEY HARKED THEIR WARES. They crowd you on buses like starving cattle. Ask you for tips while the cruise ship makes money off promoting these crowded unmonitored excursions. The extra fees and tips will run you another 50 minimum each. The kids aren't encouraged to attend any free activities. You can never find someone to help you. Cant find a trash can anywhere. The food is BLAND AT BEST. The food specialty areas (for example coffee and hot sandwiches) never have more than 2 workers per station for 1000s of people to discourage you from using the services due to the long waits. All extra activities like bingo are extra. The board game rooms have tons of the same few games all with missing parts. No playing cards. Underage drinking was rampant. Kids using their bubbles cards had a difficult time getting sodas from the bars and servers. You dont get a refund for money you won once they get to port. It should be your money...and i could keep going....say no to Carnival Paradise. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
I took my nine year old daughter and my 79 year old mother on this cruise from Tampa to Grand Cayman and then on to Cozumel. I am 53 and divorced. We have cruised with Carnival 3 other times as a family and enjoyed it. However, it seems ... Read More
I took my nine year old daughter and my 79 year old mother on this cruise from Tampa to Grand Cayman and then on to Cozumel. I am 53 and divorced. We have cruised with Carnival 3 other times as a family and enjoyed it. However, it seems to me that while Carnival is known as the "party" ship and I understand and appreciate that people on vacation want to drink because they don't have to drive, the cruise line should not make most of the activities center around alcohol consumption. Don't get me wrong...I enjoy a drink out with friends, but to have 8 or 9 drinks in one day?!? I actually saw one woman with a drink at the bar at EIGHT THIRTY in the MORNING! Is this what you want your children to see? Not me! You are probably thinking....who is she to tell anyone what to do or not to do on THEIR vacation? You are very right. I'm not. I'm just telling you MY personal experience on the Carnival Paradise from July 21-26, 2018. The embarkation process is smooth and wonderful, but the valet parking is too expensive.....$95. The disembarkation is a nightmare. Very disorganized. I removed all the tips they tacked on my bill. We saw our steward once or twice....he was just kind of there. We never went to the fancy dining restaurant....too dull. Now for the good things.....Camp Ocean is wonderful...my daughter loved it. Our cabin was very nice....the oceanview is good for three people. We loved the Stingray excursion in Grand Cayman. The beach day and shopping in Cozumel excursion spent too much time shopping, but once we arrived at the beach, we had a great time. I am going to try Royal Caribbean or Holland America in two years. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
Overall, this was an excellent cruise! The ship was clean and nice. The crew was friendly and helpful. Our cabin steward, Juulius was great and attentive! Special shout out to Petar, bartender at the Rotterdam bar, and Dara, bartender at ... Read More
Overall, this was an excellent cruise! The ship was clean and nice. The crew was friendly and helpful. Our cabin steward, Juulius was great and attentive! Special shout out to Petar, bartender at the Rotterdam bar, and Dara, bartender at the Atrium bar! They are a lot of fun and mix a great drink. The food was quite good, with an attentive staff. The musicians on the Paradise were outstanding, Matthew and Dariel on guitar in the Atrium and on the Lido deck; Lady Red in the America Piano Bar; and a band called Aquaholics playing in the evening at the United States Bar were simply great! My question to Carnival would be, “Do you really need ALL those photographers at night to take pictures? After about the 3rd night, don’t most passengers who want their picture taken have done so by now? I am just asking. The dry dock upgrades seemed to have a made big difference. Yes, this is an older ship; yes, there are 16+ coats of paint on the white hand rails on the upper decks; yes, the pool is very small; and yes, if you look hard enough, there are minor things you can find to complain about. But overall, with the excellent crew and the affordable price, you cannot go wrong booking a cruise on the Paradise! For more details, keep reading: We booked this cruise with Carnival very in early 2018. Many of the reviews from late 2017 and early 2018 (prior to dry dock) were less than stellar. Often times, they reported a tired, old ship in need of updating and repair, but with a great price, we took a chance that the refurbishment would improve things. After the dry dock in 3/2018, the reviews started to change more favorably. With such a mixed bag of reviews, we were a little apprehensive about what our experience on the Paradise was going to be. We went into this cruise with an attitude that we were going to have a great time no matter what, and I am happy to report the experience was great, awesome, fun, terrific and more. We had a travel party of 7, ranging in age from preteen to late 50's. At the end of the cruise, everyone chimed in with a stellar experience. As with any cruise or vacation, there are highs and lows, plusses and minuses. First, embarkation was easy and very organized. From the time you enter the embarkation center, there are plenty of people to help guide you through the process and show you to your assigned waiting area--in our case, zone 1. Our time in the terminal was about an hour, or a little more, from our arrival to boarding the ship mostly because we arrived so early. Once on board, with plenty of time before we could go to our cabin (without the purchase of ‘first to the fun” package, they are not available until 1:30pm), we made our way to the Lido deck for lunch and a cocktail. The buffet was open and we sampled our first taste of Paradise food. The theme on this day was "American", serving plenty of traditional "American" food choices, fried chicken, broiled fish, roast beef, etc. The food for the most part was very good, nothing fancy or elaborate, but tasty and filling. The dessert area was small, with about a half dozen or so choices, but all of them were nicely done and tasty as well. We also took a few minutes to set up the Carnival HUB app on our phones. It was very easy and simple to use! Our group really liked that we could see the day’s plans and entertainment schedule, see what attire was requested for dinner, look at deck maps, chat with each other, and more. There are some weak points, however, but they were easy to work around. For example, if you want to chat with your group members, you have to keep the app running in the background. You cannot kill or close the app if you want to receive or send messages. Also, the app does not work well the farther away from mid-ship you are. The main areas we had trouble with were up on Deck 11 and 12 towards the back. We could not send or receive messages there very well. We just had to confirm plans and locations beforehand like on any other cruise. Also, just a heads up, one of our older members of the group purchased the value package for the internet and found it to be painfully slow. From there, we decided to explore the ship. Unfortunately, being in port, with the shops and casino closed, there was not much to do except grab a cocktail and sit out on the deck until the ship departed. The ship quickly filled with travelers. The rooms were not available for a few more hours, so the decks and passage ways became crowded with our fellow shipmates. With maps in hand, they also were attempting to orientate themselves with the intricacies of finding their way around the ship. From our first moments on the ship, we were very impressed with the cleanliness and appearance of the Paradise. It was apparent to us that the dry dock upgrades really were impressive. New carpet and furniture throughout the ship gave it a modern, upscale look and feel. After lunch and a cocktail, with the rooms available, the remainder of day was spent in our cabin, unpacking and resting from our very early inbound flight. The room was spartan to say the least, but it had plenty of closets, drawers, and shelves to hold all of the apparel we brought with us. We had “Your Time” dining for this cruise. The first dinner experience in the Elation dining room was good. If you are looking for fine cuisine, you may be disappointed, but we thought it was still very tasty. Throughout the cruise, we found the dinner selections, choices and presentation to be very good. This did surprise us as many of the reviews we read complained, or did not speak highly of the quality of the dinner meals. But overall, we thought the food was good, with some of the entries very good. Most of our group had the chocolate melting cakes at least once and for some, three times. You have to try it, it was that GOOD! The first day of the cruise was spent at sea. There were a lot of chair pirates who dropped items off on select lounge chairs around the pool area and then disappeared. Even with a number of chairs "reserved" there was plenty of space and chairs on the Lido deck and on deck 11 to accommodate everyone. There was always a new lounge chair somewhere to relax in. One of the minuses of the Paradise is the one pool is very small. It is very, very small. It does get crowded early, and stays that way throughout the day. The pool deck is loud and noisy with many activities, contest and DJ's doing their thing all day long. Our preteen and late 20s people reported that the DJ and Entertainment Director always made it fun, however. If you do not like crowds or noise, this is not the place for you, though. Carnival Paradise has an adult only area on deck 9 aft, called the "Serenity". It is a small area restricted to 18 year old's and older. It is very quiet, and relaxing with two hot tubs to enjoy. Unfortunately, there was little to no breeze blowing. As such, it got very hot. Even under the umbrellas, without a whiff of a breeze, for my crew, it was uncomfortably hot. Our remedy was to go up two decks to the water park area. There is usually a breeze up there and we were not disappointed. At first, our concern was about the noise from the small kids using the splash area. This was not the case. We were able to find chairs a little bit away from the splash works where the noise was not bad at all. And it was cooler then the Serenity area. Quick tip: wear sandals, flip flops, water shoes or something when walking around the deck—it gets hot!! Day two and we were in Cayman Islands. If you are taking an excursion, there is a short tender boat ride to the dock. Paradise crew did a good job of organizing this process. It was pretty quick and painless. Most in our group took the "Cayman by land and sea" excursion. It was wonderful! A short bus ride to the Nautilus. The tour guide on the Nautilus was informative and funny. We saw lots of different fish and coral, along with a few sunken boats. From there, it was a bus tour of Georgetown, with the highlight being the sea turtle farm. The other stops were your typical tourist traps, rum cake store, and to "Hell". From there it was back to the ship. All the while our driver, Jose, provided us with informative tidbits of info about Georgetown and the Cayman Islands. Our other group with the preteen swam with the sting rays and had a good time too! Hint from Jose: 40% of the island is owned by one person. Day three and Paradise was in Cozumel. After a late and leisurely breakfast, we made our way to the pier. Some in the group decided on the “Champagne Catamaran”. After boarding the catamaran and casting off, the crew gave us a safety talk and opened the bar. About 5 or so minutes into the boat ride, the captain turned off the engine. We were probably only ½ mile, or a little more, from the Paradise and the pier. According to the crew, we were at the start of the 2nd longest reef in the world. Most of the people on board the catamaran jumped into the water and snorkeled. The comments from the snorkelers when they returned were very good. With everybody back on board, the captain took us to the next stop. Along the way, we were served a very good lunch of chicken salad, guacamole, and cheese. The champagne was also served at this time. At the second stop, due to the strong current, the crew threw out a long rope for the swimmers to hold onto and pull themselves back onto the catamaran. This excursion was fun, albeit, there was a “bit” of alcohol consumed, which may have added to the joviality. Day four found the Paradise back at sea for a ssssllllloooooww trip back to Tampa. Once again, the pool area filled up quickly with partiers, and again, we found some really great lounge chairs on Deck 11 in the water park area. Most of our group went down the slides and had a great time. It was the hottest day of our trip, but the water park had these tall mushroom-looking fountains where everyone stood under to cool off. After dinner, there was an atrium party starting at about 10:30pm. The host of the party was the ship’s new cruise director, Cam (the former Entertainment Director). This was by far the best on board ship party I have attended in all my cruise adventures! Lot of fun, lot of singing, lot of love! Day five, and back in Tampa. As well as the embarkation went smooth; as well as the week on board the Paradise went great; debarkation sucked! Our group, and it seemed like half the ship, met in the lounge area of deck 9. We sat there for some time while the group numbers ahead of us disembarked. Finally, our numbers were called. The embarkation terminal had friendly, smiling people to show you around the terminal. The debarkation process was almost the opposite! You were taken off the ship into a warehouse, whereby you had to find your row with your luggage. From there, you were herded into serpentine lines that ran and back forth the length of the warehouse; eventually, you saw the immigration personnel. The process took nearly two (or more hours). Whereas the embarkation terminal had people willing to assist you in the process, the debarkation had people constantly yelling things like “two rows; tighten it up; keep it moving”. I wish that Carnival had a better system in place for this process, especially when you are standing or shuffling along in lines for so long. Most of the issues for the lengthy debarkation process seemed to lie in the fact that there were only two federal security officers to process 2,000+ people. (Not much Carnival can do about this) Overall, this was a pleasant, fun cruise to take. The Paradise is not a new ship. With upgrades that were installed in dry dock, we found the Paradise to be very enjoyable. If you want a newer, larger ship experience, book another ship. If you look for things to complain about on the Paradise, you can find them but you have to look hard. At the end of the trip, my group of weary travelers all agreed that the Paradise and her crew were up to the task of providing a very enjoyable cruise at a reasonable price. Hopefully, you will too. Bon Voyage!! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
It’s a brand name so we thought it would have been a great experience. Our first family cruise was a no frills $200 3 days to Bahamas. That was way more enjoyable! This mess on carnival was mostly a money making gimmick. Pros ... Read More
It’s a brand name so we thought it would have been a great experience. Our first family cruise was a no frills $200 3 days to Bahamas. That was way more enjoyable! This mess on carnival was mostly a money making gimmick. Pros Fancy dining. Elations restaurant delivered friendly service and great food with great presentation. Staff Super friendly almost cheesy and over the top but I get it... it’s how they get paid. Childcare Excellent staff and activities Cons Activities Majority set up to get you to purchase overpriced items from their many many stores. Photographs Every corner there’s someone shoving a camera in your face so you can later buy Excursions—way overpriced . Better to go local and pay off the ship. Dj in the REX Corny is an understatement. Limited variety and unable to juggle. Sorry. One song played for way to long. Too many random genre switches and not smooth. Cleanliness Needed more attention to detail in the bathrooms. Towels/rags stained. Food Food was ok in the main dining area. Same greasy breakfast in the buffet daily. Put some cheap bread under the bacon to absorb some of that oil! Long lines!!!! And if you wait too long they close the buffet and you have no choice but to get a sandwich or a burger. The burgers are awesome... it’s pretty much ALL feel good food. Maybe depending on how you look at it, this comment could move to the pros. INTERNET MY BIGGEST COMPLAINT!!!!! Could it be any slower?????? Paid over $50 for torture! So because I’m on a cruise doesn’t mean my business life stops. On my down time I got nothing done as there was limited or spotty service. The carnival app worked great though! Hmph Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose this cruise specifically for the waterpark, which was a huge let down. Not only was it much smaller than expected, with only one big slide that was super slow, it was closed for almost half of our trip. I felt the quality of the ... Read More
We chose this cruise specifically for the waterpark, which was a huge let down. Not only was it much smaller than expected, with only one big slide that was super slow, it was closed for almost half of our trip. I felt the quality of the food was poor with limited choices, mainly fried, tons of oil, imitation cheese on eggs, SPOILED foods, extreme lack of healthy options. Our cabin was unclean, all of the lines, towels, sheets, bed spreads, as well as dirty fridge, and commode. I found some of the staff to be rude to customers as well as other staff, especially men towards woman, as noted in the Effy Store. Items were lost...the list goes on. I found budget entertainment some of the evenings, as well as silly day time and evening pool side events that were not always family appropriate. I found their sales pitches disguised as fun, free gift give away events that endured for 2-3 hours with Sam and Lauren extremely annoying and disrespectfully a huge waste of guest's vacation time. We have cruised in the past with Carnival and had a good experience, but this ship, this staff, I found added to just an overall negative cruise experience. Considering the above, as well as the exuberant amount of money spent, I will not sail again with Carnival, especially on the Paradise. The shore excursions booked through Expedia (and not Carnival) were amazing! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
Graduation present for my granddaughter. We really enjoyed the ports of Cozumel and Grand Cayman. The cruise itself was OK. We had no real expectations since it was our first. We don’t drink or gamble and the one small pool was just ... Read More
Graduation present for my granddaughter. We really enjoyed the ports of Cozumel and Grand Cayman. The cruise itself was OK. We had no real expectations since it was our first. We don’t drink or gamble and the one small pool was just too crowded to even think about using it. We loved Evelyn, our housekeeper. She was great. The Nigerian lady who seemed to be over the Spa was not a nice person, either to her customers or the people who worked under her. The ladies that did our massages were sweet. Nigerian lady needs to be replaced. Food was about what we expected, some good, some not, as it would be anywhere. The waiters were great and very friendly. There is always someone cleaning which is good with so many onboard to keep down spreading illness. We decided next time we will fly directly to a resort and skip the cruise. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
Before going on this cruise I read some poor reviews of the ship. I shouldn't have believed a word.... Yes, the Paradise is a smaller ship but therefore less people, simple and wonderful. Download the Carnival Hub App, and purchase the ... Read More
Before going on this cruise I read some poor reviews of the ship. I shouldn't have believed a word.... Yes, the Paradise is a smaller ship but therefore less people, simple and wonderful. Download the Carnival Hub App, and purchase the 5$ (flat rate, one time fee) to keep in touch with other passengers and know what's happening on board. Every little thing from dining, events, map, etc, is listed here on the app. It doesn't look like much until you get on board and connect to ship's WiFI. You DO NOT need to purchase the WiFi plan to use this app or messenger feature. We had early dining arrangements meaning less waiting and more time for after dinner events and shows. The food was, fantastic! I chose at least 3-4 appetizers per night to take advantage of the culinary diversity. Breakfast options are buffet style or the taco bar (excellent). Or, if you'd rather, the Elation Dining room with waitstaff. No complaints with either. Of course, if you wait for busy dining times you will wait longer for buffet. I read some upsetting review about the lack of late night food. Well, I found I had plenty of options. The Lido deck offers late night snacks and after 2300 a pizza station. How much can you eat in a day, anyway? We did not use the drink package, if I booked again I WOULD purchase this... expenses do add up, however I did not think the prices per drink were too high - about what I would expect to pay in a restaurant or bar. The catch is that BOTH people in the room must purchase. Entertainment was what I expected. Shows, singing, dancing, comedy, live music, piano bar, shopping, bingo, casino, sports, slide, game room. Literally something for everyone at all hours of the day. The pool was usually crowded because it's small. Maybe, if you want to be on a cruise ship just to sit and drink at the pool, don't cruise this ship? Service, likewise was expected. I felt pampered, welcome and taken care of at all times. Cabin was fine. We were on deck 6, forward. I was with another person each with a twin bed, on opposite side of room so we had plenty of space. If you were in a room with another person ("queen" sized bed) it would have been more cramped, but we didn't spend much time in the room. Our destinations were Key West and Havana, Cuba. We did the Hop On Hop Off bus, let us explore at our own pace. I think the snorkeling would have been fun, too. Cuba was about what I expected. This isn't the glamorous version of the country in the 50's. Remember that tourism is new to Cuba from USA. The events and guides are government sponsored. The streets you will go on are what the government wants you to see. We went on Fort Tour; I was satisfied with the excursion. We came back about 1700, had dinner on the boat and went back out. Yes, getting off the boat was a process. Yes, you wait to get through customs. Yes, you wait in lines to board the buses. I heard a lot of complaints about the wait and crowds.... what did you expect??? A boat of 3000 people debarking into a small port will take time! I strongly encourage guests to do some research on the country & city beforehand. Review your history and understand the United State's history Cuba. I enjoyed the tour but would not say I felt "welcomed" in Cuba. The citizens I saw seemed busy and struggling to keep up with the crowds of people cramming into their shops and small streets. Remember, you are not going to become culturally immersed in a day. You are there as a tourist, and as such, they expect you to spend money! All in all, this was a fantastic cruise. I enjoyed every moment. The cruise director worked tirelessly bringing personality and a lot of FUN into each event and activity!! I would absolutely go again. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
We sailed out of Tampa, celebrating my sister in laws wedding. The ceremony was decent, but rushed..I know there's a schedule they have to adhere to, but it just doesn't seem appropriate. The photographers prices were absolutely highway ... Read More
We sailed out of Tampa, celebrating my sister in laws wedding. The ceremony was decent, but rushed..I know there's a schedule they have to adhere to, but it just doesn't seem appropriate. The photographers prices were absolutely highway robbery, talking nearly 4 grand for an album and some prints. And being that the wedding was rushed the pictures weren't that great either. The kids club for the little ones was ridiculous. Look, kids 0-4 are going to get upset when their parents leave them for some alone time. If your kid cries, or gets upset, they immediately summon you to pick them up. They have absolutely no interest in calming, or distracting them, most likely because they don't seem to really even interact with them in the first place. So basically me and my wife had to take turns going out to enjoy ourselves. The only comedian we saw was awful, I mean it was offensive how bad he was. I'm a fan of stand up..and I'm not expecting a headliner on a cruise ship by any means..but this guy had to have ripped off jokes from at least 10 comedians during his set. No delivery, no effort..just typical fare of "what's the deal with.." and airline jokes that weren't even his! Dinner was great, im not much of a snob, and some of the reviews I've read seem to have unrealistic expectations. This cruise line doesn't seem to be a luxury line, more of a casual blue collar family line. And with that in mind, the food was great. And so was the waitstaff. By far, my sister in law had a small special needs toddler, and there were times she was inconsolable and stayed with her on her sling, the head waiter actually took the time to cut her food up for her because he saw she was struggling. He would also very slyly come behind you and put your napkin in your lap, had impeccable timing with drinks and orders. Would also entertain the kids, and made sure they had activities at the table ready for them. We also caught him doing his rounds I presume as the shift manager in the buffet, and he made an ice cream cone for my son, and made him laugh. That means a lot to me as a dad. Guy had a lot of work to do, but he took the time to make sure we were comfortable and appreciated. The buffet was decent, but the lines, didn't matter what time..there are just so many people on board. I read the chart, and there were 2700 guests aboard. They literally ADDED 700 guests worth of cabin space on an already crowded ship when they did the refurbishing. The official review here says the ship accommodates 2000, lots more now. The casino is spartan, and the machines are tighter than a snare drum. They have about 10 blackjack, or other silly card games, but one poker table, and it's all digital with a MASSIVE rake. Its absolutely unacceptable in my eyes to have that abomination of a poker table, and what's worse is they added silly rules on top of the known variables of holdem. What do I mean by tight? The coin pusher game has chips that spell out bonus, get all 5, win 100 dollars. The trouble is the "S" chips rarely, if ever show up, and the only other prize if any is a stack of 1's to make 20$ there is literally no hope of a return, you might as well just be giving that money away. To me gambling should at least reward the risk with some kind of return with some luck. None such. The slots and video poker seem to be calibrated to give nothing. There are amusingly claw machines with bundles of cash, but obviously the claw strength is set to anemic mode, and it might pay out once every 5 days of heavy play. They also stack all the money back up every night which is bad form, and most likely reset the counter. The pool is an absolute joke. It's about the size of a residential pool, only surrounded by literally a thousand folks on the main deck. At any given moment you can see people packed in there like sardines. There are 4 hot tubs, about the circumference of dinner table. Write those things off. Deck space on the adult only area is scarce, especially under shade. A lot of the space on the main deck in the walkways are occupied by photographers, and stalls hawking massively overpriced designer watches. The live band can't seem to comprehend that you're trying to get somewhere and will shove the microphone in your face as you walk by. If I'm dancing, and have a drink in my hand, sure. If I'm pulling along my 3 year old whose sobbing because he wants back in the splash pad..leave me alone, please. The elevators have a mind of their own, and it's not the ships fault, but people really don't seem to know elevator etiquette..they barrel in the moment the doors open, not even looking to see how many people are in there, and if they're leaving. And the layout seems very confusing, and lends itself to a lot of people mouth agape walking like zombies..which frustrates people like me to no end. There is a movie theater on board, and I did manage to see black panther, which was nice. But due to the DGAF attitude of the daycare (which costs money) me and my wife didn't get to enjoy much of our cruise, neither did my son. I mean we tried to entertain him the best we could, but there isn't much for someone his age to do other than just that..and I have to stress how apologetically lazy that club is. He likes playing with other kids, if they would just be involved with the little ones they would have a lot of fun. I picked him up the first and only time he spent more than a half hour there and they just had him in one of their lap. Make him laugh ,play with toys with him..do something! Jeez why did you volunteer to work with kids? I don't think it's unreasonable of an expectation seeing how far the rest of the staff goes to accommodate everyone else. He's well behaved, just has a little separation anxiety as most kids do his age. As far as entertainment is concerned, and aside from not having much alone time, there really wasin't much for me to do. A lot of the activities were hyper-social, nothing craft related that I knew of, tours are a paid (read: expensive) option. And while I sort of understand the logistics of not allowing only one person out of two in a cabin to have the cheers package, it's totally unreasonable for someone like me. Wife literally does not drink, and I wanted to drink, but the drink prices are nearly 10 dollars for something like a long island. The last time we went my wife was pregnant, and they still wouldin't grant an exception. They wanted my pregnant wife to buy the package. It really feels like they grab you by the ankles and just try and shake all the money out of your pockets. Which lead me to becoming incredibly defensive with my purchases (bright side, only left with a 22 dollar balance) I don't mean to be so negative, but I shelled out a lot of money for a cruise on a very crowded, old ship and it's left a bad taste in my mouth, especially when a bit of effort could have made a huge difference. Also, Cozumel is a joke..the shopping is literally nothing but vastly over priced trinkets and vendors hawking you non stop. The resort we went to was decent, but the snorkling tour was a joke, very short and basically went out to the end of the pier and back. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
We do an annual girls trip and have a great gal in our group that literally planned this whole trip for us! We have to do a trip where we are contained (important - trust me) and usually do all inclusive resorts. While I am not big on many ... Read More
We do an annual girls trip and have a great gal in our group that literally planned this whole trip for us! We have to do a trip where we are contained (important - trust me) and usually do all inclusive resorts. While I am not big on many aspects of "cruising" I absolutely 110% recommend the Carnival Paradise Cruise and Crew. Every crew member we encountered more than once remembered our names. The activities were incredibly fun and creative. The food and the service was phenomenal. From the charming maitre d (Mustafa) to our 3 servers, Roma, Karl and Chester (Boogie), dinner was top notch! Our cruise director Cam has so much energy and is extremely creative. He handles the unbelievable sized crowds that are usually drunk, with patience and just rolls with the punches. We were in one of the newer cabins on deck 14 and it was a perfect size for 2 people. Rooms were always very clean - thank you Ipung! There are only 2 things I could say would need improvement and one just is what it is and that's the pool. It is way too small to accommodate that many people. The second thing is iced tea. I know they need to keep the bar tab up but there needs to be a non alcoholic option like iced tea that you can be served on the pool deck. They do have tea in the dining area in tiny plastic cups but when you're being served a drink every 10-15 minutes it can't just be alcohol and soda. Tea and water should be a must on the deck. If cruising is your thing then this is definitely your ship! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 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
Carnival Paradise Ratings
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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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