Sail Date: February 2018
We had a smashing good time due to the high energy entertainment staff. What a fun cruise! I've got to complement Leigh the Cruise Director and his staff, Leon, Christian and (especially) Josh for making this a memorable cruise. DH ... Read More
We had a smashing good time due to the high energy entertainment staff. What a fun cruise! I've got to complement Leigh the Cruise Director and his staff, Leon, Christian and (especially) Josh for making this a memorable cruise. DH and I loved the trivia shows, Love and Marriage, Quest and the party vibe aboard. The cover band Krakken was super! The ship itself will soon get a much needed facelift so there is no need to say how tired she is. Port of Tampa Officers get you on and off the ship efficiently and the Carnival Check In is fast and easy. We had a Carnival chosen state room this time. I prefer to choose my room as we ended up beneath the exercise room and could hear the free weights being dropped. So when trying to sleep in one morning we could hear thump, THUMP a number of times. One would think that a spa employee would stop that from happening. My guess is that the free weight area is not supervised. So no more cruising under the spa for me. We had the open dining in the Elation with different wait staff each night. All were attentive but my favorite was Ariel. I really enjoyed the food. It is amazing how the galley staff serves so many people so well. Tip: Get the steak served on Sea Day Brunch, it's filet mignon. In Cozumel we got off the ship but stayed in the Carnival owned compound. I've been to the island many times and wasn't in the mood to venture far. I shopped for Vanilla, Bamboo Tee shirts, Pharmacy items (cheap here) and used the wifi at Fat Tuesdays for the price of a drink: $4. I like that here in the compound pricing is shown in both pesos and dollars. Christina gave the best massage right there by the water. Ask for her: $35 american for 30 minutes. Plus a big tip because she was awesome. I should know because I am a massage therapist. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
4th Carnival cruise - a reward to ourselves for getting through Thanksgiving and Christmas. MDR menu selection was great, but food quality still doesn't quite make it. Trick is - order multiple appetizers, order entree-sized ... Read More
4th Carnival cruise - a reward to ourselves for getting through Thanksgiving and Christmas. MDR menu selection was great, but food quality still doesn't quite make it. Trick is - order multiple appetizers, order entree-sized appetizers, order appetizer-sized entrees, or combine appetizer salad with salmon or sliced steak. We tried back-of-the-ship dining and found that multiple lite meals (without eating any fried selections) to be very satisfying. Another trick - bring a big cup for dispensed drinks, plus you can return to cabin with a little left-over for siping on. Ship was always clean, but one of the attrium elevators was out-of-service...probably stay that way until rehab. We did Behind the Scenes (BTS) tour - only $55 now. For that you get detailed tour, Q/A with ship officers and chefs, free photo with Captain on the bridge, post-tour delivery of chocolate covered strawberries, baseball hat, and lanyard used to hold BTS pass. Very interesting to see where (and how) all the below-deck work is done on the ship. Rehab of Deck 4 (starboard side) had already begun. Based upon what we found-out, the Paradise will look very different after 4-5 week extensive rehab in the Bahamas. After rehab, it would be a great ship to do the Cozumel/Cuba cruise. The Epic Rock music show was ok - the actors/dancers costumes looked very post-apocalyptic and their facial expressions seemed very angry with continual fist-pumping during show...need to lighten-up the production a little (actually a lot). Their interpretive dance of popular 70's-80's songs was very aggressive, and not very representative of contemporary dance moves. Oh well, to each their own. They did a wonderful Military Appreciation show - it was nice to hear stories and see older cruisers receiving recognition. Didn't know that Carnival actually has a program (programs) for spotlighting veterans, but the video presented during the show included details about Carnival's commitment to get more involved with veteran appreciation. Very touching to see these men (and a few women also) tell their stories. I wish they would implement a more visible means to identify the veterans (if they so choose to be recognized). Lastly, Paradise is out of Tampa - port is very industrial and takes about an hour to hit the open Gulf. Miami is sooo much nicer, cleaner, and scenic. It's quite the event in Miami to pass into the Atlantic after leaving port. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
We decided to go on this cruise since we invited to a wedding .My wife and I have been on mutliple cruises with Royal Carribean (Allure and Oasis of the Seas) and also previously on .a Carnival Cruise out of Port Canaveral. We left out ... Read More
We decided to go on this cruise since we invited to a wedding .My wife and I have been on mutliple cruises with Royal Carribean (Allure and Oasis of the Seas) and also previously on .a Carnival Cruise out of Port Canaveral. We left out of Port Tampa. Parking was easy, right across the street. We were lucky to board the ship early for the wedding. The staff was very nice. We had a balcony room on Deck 11. The maid service was excellent and attentive. The room needs updating and the bed was OK, not real comfortable. Once you go on a Rpyal Caribbean cruise, I guess we are spoiled. So I will try to be objective. The first day out to sea, the boat was rocking and rolling due to higher than usual seas. We were told one of the stabilizers was not working on the ship, thus the rough ride. Thank goodness we don't get seasick, but a number of others did. The food choices were limited, the first night we ate at the buffet and it was lousy. The rest of the trip we ate on deck 8 at My time dining (Elation) . The food was definitely much better and the staff was excellent. We recommend the My time dining option, you can go anytime from 5:30 till 9:30 PM, and the food was excellent and made to order from the menu. The choice of shows was ? No choice. We saw one 80's type of production ,it was 50 minutes long, and I must say, even the singing sucked. Sorry. The casino was good to us, both me and my wife won money just playing slot machines. The key is, when you win on a machine, cash out and go play something else, don't ever sit there and put your winning back in the same machine, you WILL lose.We spent time on the pool deck because we smoke, did not go into the small pools or two small hottubs. The hottubs were always filled with the same people and kids. If you like to drink, get a drink package, I brought my own...lol , but if they catch you they will confiscate your alcohol when you are boarding. Cozumel was just OK, been there a few times. If this is a first time cruise, it may be OK for you. For us, if we go on another cruise, it will be on a much larger boat like a Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas. Much better quality and more choices. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We have sailed Carnival many times, and the PARADISE several times. We prefer the Fantasy class of ships, and this was no exception. Weather was not great, so outside activities were a bit on the "cool" side. This was probably ... Read More
We have sailed Carnival many times, and the PARADISE several times. We prefer the Fantasy class of ships, and this was no exception. Weather was not great, so outside activities were a bit on the "cool" side. This was probably the best in terms of boarding and debarking. Never before has it been so seamless, and quick. There is a big difference in the decor....the atrium and public areas keep the outdated "disco" gaudy decor, but the cabins go with a bland theme, ie, no room "character". We had a PT category, and select this when available. It's only drawback is, when seas are rough, you will get the full effect, from the "slamming" of the waves to the side to side motion. I am NOT a fan of the new American menu. Several evenings it was difficult to find something to entice my appetite. The lack of tablecloths just enhances the downgrading of service, (especially on "cruise elegant" night), but the waiter service has remained very good. The shows in the theater were definitely not for us, and after the very first sampling (sailaway night) we skipped them altogether. The Comedy Club entertainers were fairly good, especially the R rated shows. (all comedy does not need trash talk every few words, and these comics did not use trash talk). One area of concern was the lack of discussing, or enforcing, normal food safety and handling issues. We observed numerous passengers avoiding the hand sanitation stations, even after coming out of the Lido restrooms. One passenger was observed putting their bare hands into a platter of cut fruit. When the food manager was notified, all that was done was give us a "thumbs up", walk over to the platter and remove some of the fruit, mix the remaining around, and walk away. (food safety guidelines dictate that the entire platter be removed.) There is a definite downgrading of cruise experience, but a relatively new cruiser would not be aware of it. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
we wanted to go to Cozumel and the price was fantastic!!!! we love Carnavale cruises and the experience is always delightful! In chooses a cruise we have found cruises that were much more expensive and never have we found them any better ... Read More
we wanted to go to Cozumel and the price was fantastic!!!! we love Carnavale cruises and the experience is always delightful! In chooses a cruise we have found cruises that were much more expensive and never have we found them any better as far as hospitality as Carnavale cruise lines. Also the recreation for all ages is top notch. The give away's are also fair and very nice! The musical events are top notch and high energy. The porters and the bars the resturant personel were all great ! if you want a great experience with all excurisons and Activities this is the ship of choice for you. Carnaval has the best value.. Greatest person to us was our room attendant Francisco !!! There really was not much left to cover other than the food was Great in the diningroom/ and found that there was always plenty to food served, and Hot food always Hot... Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
So service was good on this cruise..on and off very quick..food wasnt too bad either. Probably could use a few more options.. the boat is old. The common restrooms and lack of them around important areas (bars,restaurants, etc) is not ... Read More
So service was good on this cruise..on and off very quick..food wasnt too bad either. Probably could use a few more options.. the boat is old. The common restrooms and lack of them around important areas (bars,restaurants, etc) is not good at all.Heard it will drydock soon and it needs it..wasted space on top for putt putt that no on uses. Wished there were more places to hang out on the side decks over the ocen...very little..above lido you have to look at lifeboats..Casino chances are terrible except roulette and craps and a few card games..maybe. hot tubs are 50% bad with temperatures..we had the hottest hot-tub ive ever felt in my life (maybe 106+) you couldnt leave a foot in it, while opposite hot-tub was barely warm? pools and slide were nice and many enjoyed.No one at night club? Comedy shows were good.Cruise director atrium music trivia's were probably some of the best times for entertainment...For an outdated boat , the Crew tries to work with it and are Carnivals best asset.. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
This cruise is like Walmart compared to Macy's. Was not impressed. Not to mention the hours we tried getting a hold of a competent person due to us missing the cruise because of our a mechanical failure at the air port. Lack of ... Read More
This cruise is like Walmart compared to Macy's. Was not impressed. Not to mention the hours we tried getting a hold of a competent person due to us missing the cruise because of our a mechanical failure at the air port. Lack of entertainment, The 3 days (2 nights) we did get to enjoy the cruise there was hardly any entertainment. The entertainment done was done with hardly any enthusiasm and at one point we got to watch an actual fight due to lack of professionalism by the staff working the karaoke. Food is sub-par, no need to say more. This ship needs to be retired, It is in no way appeasing to the eye. I wont even get into their phone staff. Not helpful at all and very obviously reading from a hand book. Only plus, Their staff does a good job with the people on the ship. Their captain was great with getting us through customs. Unfortunately, I Have no desire to cruise carnival again. This was my first time with Carnival, not my first time cruising however. Norwegian set the bar to high I suppose. Read Less
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
7 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
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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