Sail Date: January 2018
Went on my first cruise with my wife and 2 sons ages 17 and 20.after reading some reviews wasnt sure what to expect but it better than i thought. We stayed in riveriara room 182 and 186. These are ajoining rooms. There is a door ... Read More
Went on my first cruise with my wife and 2 sons ages 17 and 20.after reading some reviews wasnt sure what to expect but it better than i thought. We stayed in riveriara room 182 and 186. These are ajoining rooms. There is a door inbetween . If you ask will unlock it which makes it easier. This room is midship locaoted between levators. these rooms looked like the have been redone . Beds were like new and we slept well. My kids were surprised. They had they seperated which allowed room between them we kept ours together. Plenty of charging outlets for electric devicecs but only 1 outlet for other things so you may want o bring an extension cord. our romm steward willy wasa very good and helpful. jamie the cruise director is terrific. She is always full of energy and brings alot of excitement. And yes when you see her some were on the ship be sure to say to her hi jamie likes she says to. We had a small problem on our last nite when closing our account. Customer service was of no help. When we saw her we talked to her for a minute told her our problem . She made a phone call told us who to go see and got it taken care of.if you have problems at the desk and dont get anywhere ask for victor he is the supervisor and was helpful. Others there weren't. When we asked to speak to there supervisor were told it would tell you the same thing. Sea day brunch was great. Other food was hit and miss. But try different thing. we left a an extra tip for dinner service and the next time we had dinner we got the same server and he remembered us . His name was fritz. Ask for him a little diappointed with all the desserts. if you order something and dont like it get something else. we saw both the comedy shows and they were very good. We also went to all 3 of the other evening shows and they were high energy and terrific. Took my son to the casino for the first time he ended up winning 50 on the penny machines. 20 his first nite then he played the next nite broke even then won another 30. My wife ended up 25 ahead on the same machines . Saw one lady when 100. So the machines do pay out. The hav alot of other machines if you like spending more.lol plus blackjack craps and poker.the pools were a little disappointing. They were not very warm nor were the hottubs. Somepeople stayed in to logn so you had to wait. the pool and tubs behind the whale tail weren't as crowded. Plenty of seating all around the decks.didnt notice ant soot on the deck like others complained about. Just great views . Overall this was much better than i had for. Cant wait to go on our next cruise. Cabins were bigger than expected.getting on and off the ship was not a problem . All went smoothly. If you get there early you will have to wait anyways until your time is called. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
Background: I love cruising! This was my 10th cruise on Carnival and my 3rd on the Paradise. It was a 4 day cruise to Cozumel. We had a group of 6 girls celebrating my birthday. When it comes to cruising, I’m pretty simple. I ... Read More
Background: I love cruising! This was my 10th cruise on Carnival and my 3rd on the Paradise. It was a 4 day cruise to Cozumel. We had a group of 6 girls celebrating my birthday. When it comes to cruising, I’m pretty simple. I expect the boat to be clean and well kept, the staff friendly and knowledgeable and there to be plenty to eat/drink and to do while on board. I’m a happy cruiser from there Embarkation It moved very smoothly and quickly. Once we were checked in there as about a 10 minute wait to board. Great experience. Ship/Cabin I believe the ship is scheduled for a remodel in early 2018. Let me say, it REALLY needs it. It is terribly shabby and worn out. We knew this going in, so it was not a surprise. It’s very dated and shows a lot of wear and tear. The cabin was dusty and I’m not even sure the sheets were that clean. My pillowcases had stains on them. The TV is a super small flat screen in a big hole made for a tube TV. I think the bathrooms on the older ships are bigger. The shower definitely is bigger. And I like that.. With that said, it was an all-girls party cruise and the room was basically a place to sleep, so it served its purpose. And true to carnival, the bed was really comfy! There were several leaks on our floor (thankfully none in our rooms) where the entire hallways were blocked off. One of my friends carpet was damp the entire cruise. We got our cabin service daily , although at odd times of the day while some of our friends didn’t get any service the entire day. Our first day onboard felt very unorganized. The Muster drill took a full hour and we sailed away late. Good thing they now do most of it inside. So we had to sit in the lounge and NO talking for an hour while we waited to locate everyone. Apparently several people were unaccounted for. (I guess that’s not Carnival’s fault)Then once they were apparently located, they walked us outside on the deck and told us to line up. No explanation about why we were standing out on the deck. i.e. lifeboats! Poor 1st time cruisers probably had no clue what was going on. We then headed up to the Lido deck for the sail away party with DJ Vinny. Sadly there was no DJ or party? Just a semi empty lido deck with no music or activities. Not sure what happened with that. It was a little dreary out, but nothing terrible. The ship was decorated for Christmas and looked very festive. It made for many pretty pictures. Also, our floor was Empress deck 7. It was so convenient as this is the floor you board on as well as the atrium is located here. Out of our rooms, down the hallway and right into the center of it all. Perfect location. Food We had the 8:15 dining time in the Destiny dining room and had a table for just our group of 6 which was perfect. They had already arranged our seating together at booking so it was one less thing to worry about when we got on board. Food in the MDR was good. There was nothing exceptional, but we enjoyed or dinner every night. (with the exception of the blue crab ravioli YUCK) Our staff was very friendly and funny. Kristijan and his team were awesome! We looked forward to seeing them every night. I was disappointed that there wasn’t lobster offered at all (without an upcharge). I thought they would at least have it on elegant night. The service was good and everything moved along at a nice pace. The first night they even brought out a little cake and sang happy birthday to me. I didn’t expect that, it was a nice touch and made me feel appreciated. I have become spoiled on the other ships and really missed the additional food options (Guys Burger, Blue Iguana etc.). Without those restaurants available, choices are limited. We usually had brunch in the MDR to start off our day. My omelets were delicious! And it wouldn’t be complete without a mimosa or Bellini. I always received my drink with a cute little heart straw or something special. I feel like all of the staff were genuinely nice and thoughtful. They all made me smile. Then a mid-day snack on the lido deck. No real healthy choices here. Mostly burgers and fries. If we were lucky the Mongolian Wok was open (I think until 2:30?). That is always a good choice. Or even in Paris on Lido we could usually find something good on the buffet. You also have the salad bar and deli. You just have to be aware of the time or your options get very limited. Pizza is available 24 hrs., but we only had it late at night. It was good but beware, once the nightclub shuts down there is a LONG line full of rowdy people. Bars/Entertainment We had a fun cruise and felt there were enough activities to keep us busy. There is a bit of a lull in activities from about 4-6 when people are getting ready for dinner or napping most likely. We had a great time with Leon doing trivia and playing several games throughout the cruise. He had great energy and was a lot of fun!!. The cruise director Jamie was cute. Didn’t see or hear much from her. We didn’t go to any production shows (not our cup of tea) but went to the comedy a few times and it was hit or miss. Piano bar was fun and Gustavo was hysterical! Hit the nightclub a few times and it was fun. The Rex is oh so tacky, it reminds me more of a strip club with its animal print décor. But it’s spacious and feels like a real club. One night was 80’s and another night was all new rap. I wish they would have mixed it up. A little pop, rap, R&B, old school etc. Then everyone would have a few songs they could dance to. I missed out on doing the quest game on my last cruise so that was a must do for me this time. It was more than I expected. They warn you if you are easily offended to leave. They aren’t kidding. We were fine and it was amusing but even drunk there are some things I’m not doing for a plastic ship! If you want to be entertained and are curious…just go! Drinks were great, we had the Cheers package and had a little of everything. Blue moon martinis, tropical mules and blue margaritas were a favorite. They also did a great job making custom drinks if you asked for something not on the menu. As an example, a birthday cake shot. They said just tell me what’s in it and we will make it for you. That was appreciated because I have had them tell me no, you must order off the menu on other ships. I really did miss having the alchemy bar, red frog and blue Iguana tequila bars. But between the casino and Atrium bar, we were fine. FYI They were strict on this ship about the drinks with the CHEERS. They made you wait the full 5 minutes and watched if you shared. And they even counted coconut and bottled water. Which to me is silly. I should be able to have a water with my martini??? One lady even wrote the number of the drink you were on, on your receipt. It was like a reminder that gave me anxiety. I didn’t care for that. I felt like I was being mothered. Maybe it’s helpful to some people? They have rules. I understand. But seriously I shouldn’t have to wait 5 minutes for a water. Excursions We knew in advance it was 100% chance of rain on our day in Cozumel. Since this was the case and we wouldn’t really get to enjoy any beach activities we decided to sign up for the ATV jungle & beach break through Carnival. We really had a great time and the rain made it more fun! It was a short bus ride away from the pier. We were all first or second time riders so they gave us instructions and everyone felt comfortable. They had a beginners and advanced group. You ride through a series of trails that have holes, rocks etc. so you really get an off-road experience. We got wet not only from the rain but from splashing in potholes and driving through puddles. Dress accordingly and prepare to get dirty! They had lockers to hold our stuff while we rode. Then they took us to a beach area that we didn’t get to enjoy much because of the rain. Otherwise, I think it would have been a very nice time. There is a pool and also lounge chairs and water activities for you to enjoy. We were there about an hour. I think they cut it a little short because we were just sitting around under cover due to the rain. Had some chips and guac and a few drinks. Didn’t care much for the food. Overall it was a great excursion and I would recommend it. It was especially nice with a group. Overall We had a good time. Staff were all nice and friendly. Our dining room staff was really one of the best and a group of 6 girls can be a challenge. They handled any issues and requests with no problem. The boat is older, but you can still have a great time. We used the HUB app and kept track of the activities and made it fun. You have to get involved to make the most out of it. I would go again, but will wait for the updates before I sail on the Paradise again. It’s a short trip and very convenient for us out of Tampa for a quick getaway. I am sure the Paradise and I will meet again! After being on the Vista in October, and then the Paradise in December, you realize just how nice and upgraded the newer ships really are. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
We wanted to go back to Panama. Unfortunately we didn't port there. We didn't realize that when we booked the cruise. We went through the locks into the big lake, anchored and then returned to the locks and headed out. It was very ... Read More
We wanted to go back to Panama. Unfortunately we didn't port there. We didn't realize that when we booked the cruise. We went through the locks into the big lake, anchored and then returned to the locks and headed out. It was very interesting but we would have liked to spend a few hours on land there. The trip was 10 days we couldn't Port in Costa Rica due to 70 knot winds and 15 to 18 foot seas...pretty crazy. This cruise was very strange for us. There were only 21 children on board, that was a first for us. The rest of the people on board were all over 60 (us included). I have never seen so many walkers and scooters and canes on a cruise. The comedians even had jokes about all the scooter traffic. It was different to say the least. The crew was awesome as usual and did their best to keep us entertained and comfortable. Hats off to the captain. He did one hell of a job getting us through the turbulent weather. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
I will try to do this on a day by day basis. Pre-Cruise We stayed at the Hampton Inn, Ybor. The hotel was very nice, they had a shuttle which took us to the pier and will also take you anywhere within 3 miles. We had a very nice room ... Read More
I will try to do this on a day by day basis. Pre-Cruise We stayed at the Hampton Inn, Ybor. The hotel was very nice, they had a shuttle which took us to the pier and will also take you anywhere within 3 miles. We had a very nice room and the front desk staff was very friendly. There are a few places to eat within walking distance from the hotel. The morning of the cruise, we took the shuttle to the pier at noon (our apt was 12:30-1:00). Boarding was pretty easy as we were in our room by 1:00. We met our steward (Arnold). We dropped off the carry-ons and went to lunch on the lido deck. I went to the burger station (decent burgers, great hot dogs). My wife went to the buffet. Ave CCL buffet, not bad but not great. By the time we finished lunch, our luggage had arrived. We did the lifeboat drill which went fast. We then killed a bit of time, my wife had her drink of the day. We had anytime dining which was a mistake. I strongly suggest that you sign up for a set dining time. For the anytime dining, you go to the Elation dining room, wait in a long line to get a pager then wait another 20 min to get seated. The first night was was worst, it took us an hour from when we went upstairs to when we were actually seated. The other nights were more in the 30 min range. Dining room food was "OK", they don't do the lobster tail or the filet anymore (unless you fork out an extra 20$). The food quality was down a bit from cruises we had taken in the past. My wife said she really enjoyed the duck. Since we had anytime dining, we had a different wait staff each night, although you can request to be seated in the same section (although you will have to wait longer). We ate in the main dining room 3 nights and the buffet 2 nights. The buffet was ok, nothing great but it wasn't too bad. I don't remember what time the casino and the shops opened but I don''t think it was any later then 6. The first day was a sea day, I went to the omlet station which was good as always. I have heard people mention that they were stingy on the bacon (they were). This cruise wasn't crowded so we never had an issue finding a seat on the lido deck. We just pretty much chilled out on the sea day. Roatan: They change the ships time 2x during the cruise, they change to central time the night before Roatan. The boat docked about 11:00am. It was a bit overcast and they said it had rained the day before. Other then the slight overcast, the weather was good. If you booked a CCL cruise, you will meet in the parking lot right after you go through the shopping gauntlet. If you booked with a 3rd party, you will have to leave the port compound. It's about 1/4 mile hike. My wife just went to the local beach. It will cost 14$ if you take the cable cars. My wife has limited mobility so she paid a guy 20$ to take her there and back on a trike. I am a scuba diver and I had my tour set up with Subway Watersports. They picked me up where all the other 3rd party tours left from. The diving was pretty good, although the overcast limited visibility a bit. The water was warm and the wall was pretty nice. We also did 2 small wrecks. The advantage of taking a private dive tour is the level of service. I only had 2 other divers on the boat with me. They were staying at a resort. I told the dm it had been 6yrs since my last dive so he more or less had to give 100% of his attention to me. The timing worked out well, after the 2 dives, they dropped me back off at the port with 2 hours to spare. My wife said the beach was pretty nice, she had a good time. We watched the 2 adult comedians. They were pretty good. There was a white guy Ron and a Black guy, Hank? The white guy was funnier on the 1st night but the 2nd show on the last night the black guy was a total blast. Cozumel: They changed back to eastern time on the night between Roatan and Cozumel. We docked at the International Pier. Again the CCL tours started fairly close to the end of the pier. If you are doing something 3rd party, you will have to go through a large shopping gauntlet to get to where the private tours or taxi's are. I went diving with Island Divers. Like an idiot, I paid a taxi driver $10 for a ride to the marina which I found out was 1/2 mile away ( I walked back). The dive was very nice, we had 6 people on the boat and 2 DMs. We did Palancar Gardens at about 100ft and our 2nd dive was on the Chan (not going to try to spell it), about 40ft. My wife did the Deluxe Catamaran / beach and snorkel. Her and my brother came back from that pretty lit up. Apparently slipping the bar tender a few $ makes the drinks a lot better. A warning for anyone who may be affected by this, the Mexican police were checking people's bags getting off the ship, they also had dogs. After the dive, I went right back on the ship, no reason go shopping or stop at any of the over priced bars near the pier. Final Sea day: We just chilled most of the day, I actually went down the waterslide a few times. ( I was the only 50yr old to do so!!). Disembark day. We had to be out of our rooms by 8:30 (although our steward let us keep our bags in there until 9:30) So we hung out on the lido deck until it was time to get off. Since he had mobility issues, we went down to deck 7 and had someone wheel us through line so we were off the ship and outside within 10 minutes (pays to be gimp at times). Homeland security was being a bit of a PITA so most other people were in line for over an hour. The whole operation was a bit behind schedule due to homeland security. Odds and Ends: Other passengers: Seemed to be a mixed crowd, there were some kids but not a bunch. I didn't see anyone walking around too drunk. Most nights, the decks were pretty empty by 11:30. The younger crowd may have been in the club but from what I saw, the ship went to bed early. LIdo Deck: never had a problem getting a lounge chair or a chair on the deck. Didn't see any chair logs or people 'reserving' chairs all day. Casino: It was average, it was pretty dead by midnight every night. I lost a few hundred which was about what I had budgeted. Room Service: Very efficient, we had all of our room service orders within 15 min. My only suggestion would be, if you order a pot of coffee, get 2x creamer or you will run out. Room Steward: Arnold was pretty good. We didn't really have any special requests. We only got evening turn down, no real need for the guy to be in there day and night. Entertainment: We did the adult comedians who were both pretty good. We also did the adult game show ( my team lost so no ship on a stick for me). We also participated in Quest. Overall, that night was a total blast. We did the veterans thing which I suggest you attend if you or a family member are a vet. We didn't do any of the other shows as I am not a singing and dancing fan. The Ship: It is an older, smaller ship which has it's pro's and cons. 1 of the atrium elevators was out. The ship was clean and they had already refurbed the cabins on a few of the decks. Also a smaller ship means less walking around. Luckily other than embarkation, there weren't many long lines. Usually you could walk right up to the burger station, pizza station (so / so), deli (pretty good), buffet without a wait. Odds and Ends: We rented a wheel chair for my wife. If you want to take it off the ship, it will be 135$, if you just use it on the ship it's $50. They are also very wide so it's a PITA to get around with them. Overall it was an enjoyable cruise. The only thing I didn't like was the anytime dining and the decline of food quality from cruises in the past. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
My oldest sister has all of her cruise points with Carnival, and when she asked me and my other sister to join her and her hubby for a Thanksgiving cruise aboard Carnival Paradise out of Tampa, we decided to give Carnival a second try. ... Read More
My oldest sister has all of her cruise points with Carnival, and when she asked me and my other sister to join her and her hubby for a Thanksgiving cruise aboard Carnival Paradise out of Tampa, we decided to give Carnival a second try. Our 1st experience cruising on Carnival Sensation in 2014 was very unpleasant, and we almost didn't return to cruising as a result of that trip. However, we hoped for the best this go round, and while there were some highlights -- and it was a better experience than we initially had on Sensation -- it was mediocre at best compared to other cruises we have been on. PROS: Excellent food, especially in the Elation dining room. We had anytime seating and went at 6:30pm on most nights. Our head waitress, Elena from Macedonia, was AMAZING! If you go on this ship, ask for her table. She is fast, friendly, and truly knows how to take care of her guests. Back patio (dining area) of Paris Restaurant was lovely for dining. It overlooks the Serenity area, and was great for water gazing. If your table is in the sun however, it can be brutally hot. Friendly staff. CONS: - Older ship, dated looking. - Horrible pools. They were small and felt like holding tanks for sea animals. You couldn't see over the edge of the pool. - Shows were just okay. - Not enough activities on port days; and redundant activities throughout the cruise. - Embarkation/Disembarkation/Muster was slow and unorganized. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
We chose this cruise mainly because we wanted to see the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza. Even though the ruins are amazing, due to the time of our arrival and some inclement weather on the ferry to the mainland - we only we able to spend ... Read More
We chose this cruise mainly because we wanted to see the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza. Even though the ruins are amazing, due to the time of our arrival and some inclement weather on the ferry to the mainland - we only we able to spend about an hour there... (and over 6 HOURS travelling back & forth!) I would suggest people go to Tulum instead, which is closer. Our guide was WONDERFUL, but it would have been much better had Carnival supplied a high speed helicopter to whisk us over. ;) Our cabin was fine - we had a junior suite: V-10. A bit dated and the balcony was smaller than expected (2 chairs and a small table was all that fit on it) and only about 3 feet deep. Shows - SPECTACULAR! Lower lever of theater the chairs were not comfortable for us, upper level were, but you had to watch out for columns that blocked your view. Dining was good, no specialty restaurants but for a $20 upcharge, you could get filet or lobster. We did one night - and wished we just stuck to the regular menu. Not horrible, but not great. We found out on last night that wait staff do a little dance "Showtime"... they were terrific! Cruise director Jamie was the most energetic, engaging and FUN person! She really works hard to make sure everyone enjoys themselves. Our room steward Victor was wonderful as well... I did not see ANY of the 900+ team be anything but pleasant. Embarking was so smooth - disembarking was not - we waited about 1/2 hour in line to get off the ship. However from the time we got into line until we passed through customs, collected our luggage and loaded it into the shuttle bus - it was total about one hour - so certainly not terrible. Would we go again? Absolutely!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
This was a free bounce back cruise from the Player's Club (just had to pay taxes and port charges), our 43rd cruise and 29th cruise on Carnival. DH and I live just 45 minutes from the Port of Tampa, so very convenient to sail from Tampa. ... Read More
This was a free bounce back cruise from the Player's Club (just had to pay taxes and port charges), our 43rd cruise and 29th cruise on Carnival. DH and I live just 45 minutes from the Port of Tampa, so very convenient to sail from Tampa. The ship was in very good condition and the crew was very friendly. The free cruise was for an Inside Cabin, although we normally sail in suites or at least in a balcony cabin. The inside cabin was on the Riviera Deck just around the corner from the mid elevators, so very convenient. We did notice some changes from our May cruise on the Paradise - no pretty cover on the beds, the note pads are now 1/2 the size, no chocolates on the pillows at night, and the Fun Times was one sheet folded in thirds. The cabin turned out to be comfortable and we didn't feel claustrophobic at all. We did Anytime Dining and ate about 5:45pm every evening with little or no wait once the doors opened. We noticed long lines of people waiting when we left about 7pm. Food was very good, especially the Steakhouse Surf and Turf that I had the last two evenings. We sat at the same table, as did the people around us. The casino slots were very good to me and I brought home almost as much cash as I brought with me. I received another bounce back offer the last evening of the cruise. We are Platinum members and embarkation and dembarkation were easy. I was on the cruise to play in the casino and didn't leave the ship because we have been to most of the islands and Central America before, although DH did get off in Roatan. We would definitely sail on the Paradise again! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
Well, this was a 5 day Western Caribbean cruise. And the highlight was the cruise director, Jamie (female-American), who is Off-The-Chart excellent! The shows were excellent. The shows spilled over into the atrium. Jamie was everywhere! ... Read More
Well, this was a 5 day Western Caribbean cruise. And the highlight was the cruise director, Jamie (female-American), who is Off-The-Chart excellent! The shows were excellent. The shows spilled over into the atrium. Jamie was everywhere! It was very exciting when she popped up places. She had gymnastic energy of Simone Biles, dance moves of Cheryl Burke, and comedic voice of Joan Rivers! The Stand-up comedy was great! Piano Bar off the chart! Karaoke was scheduled numerous times, each offering hours of fun and usually well attended. Dining excellent! Public areas good! Older ship that is well maintained. Promenade decks are short and narrow unfortunately. The two islands offer terrific excursions. Everyone we met had an excellent excursion whether in-house or otherwise. The Captain is an Italian and kept us safe and well informed. Lots of bars for those who like to enjoy that. No pushy waiters though. Crew service was extremely engaging and wonderful. I felt very free and uninhibited - a terrific vacation-home! Go and Try it! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
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 the ... 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
Carnival Paradise Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 3.9
Dining 3.0 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 3.9
Rates 3.0 4.2

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