Sail Date: October 2018
My husband and I booked this cruise for our 7th anniversary. This was our 2nd carnival cruise and it’s was absolutely amazing! ALL of the crusie staff were incredible and so friendly. The food was amazing at each location. It was so much ... Read More
My husband and I booked this cruise for our 7th anniversary. This was our 2nd carnival cruise and it’s was absolutely amazing! ALL of the crusie staff were incredible and so friendly. The food was amazing at each location. It was so much fun getting to dress up for dinner on certain nights! Cozumel and the Cayman Islands were so gorgeous and the ship had so much information provided to help us rearrange our excursion (since the hurricane changed our itinerary). Honestly, we felt so spoiled and relaxed the whole time! The comedy shows we’re HILARIOUS and there was such a perfect blend of stuff to do and time to relax! They had special events going on each day... but at the same time, quiet places for my husband and me to escape to and enjoy some time alone! Thank you Brandon (cruise director) for a great time! ... and thank you Gusti for a wonderful stateroom!! We’ll be back!!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
We like cruising out of Tampa and this 5day cruise departs on Monday returning Saturday morning allowing us to drive rather than fly. We’ve cruised on Carnival Paradise before and enjoy the smaller ship over the larger ones. We decided ... Read More
We like cruising out of Tampa and this 5day cruise departs on Monday returning Saturday morning allowing us to drive rather than fly. We’ve cruised on Carnival Paradise before and enjoy the smaller ship over the larger ones. We decided to spring for a Grand Suite and were not disappointed at all. The ship was renovated early this year and the upgrades improved our experience. The ports of Cozumel and Grand Caymen are great for visiting as well as swimming, snorkeling or any other water sports you’re interested in. Have always been safe and never had any problems at all. The entertainment on this cruise was really good. We went to two of the three shows they had. The productions were improved from previous cruises. The meals, while good, weren’t quite as good as in the past. One night we had prime rib that we thought was lacking. And the best meals can be purchased for additional money. We had filets one night and were worth the extra money but in years past those would have been available as a regular choice. I would take this cruise again and do recommend it. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
My husband and I have been talking about taking a cruise for a few years now and it happen, his boss of 20yrs sent us on a cruise fully paid for. It was the best vacation yet weather was awesome, ship was beautiful, staff was very polite, ... Read More
My husband and I have been talking about taking a cruise for a few years now and it happen, his boss of 20yrs sent us on a cruise fully paid for. It was the best vacation yet weather was awesome, ship was beautiful, staff was very polite, have to mention our steward Gunawan he was awesome we never had to ask for anything it was like he just knew us. Food was delicious and hot, steak was cooked perfectly. Entertainment was awesome especially the comedians . Just two complaints the pool was full all the time except after 4 pm, and I wish the serenity area had a pool. We stopped at two ports Grand Caymen and Cozmel both ports were beautiful I think I like Cozmel port just so much more to see and do, we did a dolphin excursion which was the frosting on the cake (I love dolphins and being up close and touching them was awesome). Over all the cruise was better then I expected great job would do it again . Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
This was our 45th cruise and many of them have been on Carnival over the years dating back to the 80’s. So, we are no new to cruising and not easily impressed. In fact, I’d say we are pretty critical, especially of some of the ... Read More
This was our 45th cruise and many of them have been on Carnival over the years dating back to the 80’s. So, we are no new to cruising and not easily impressed. In fact, I’d say we are pretty critical, especially of some of the older ships. I sailed on the Paradise when it was one week old and a non-smoking ship back then. We booked this 4-day Cuba itinerary on the Paradise because it was easier for us to get to Tampa and also because of the price. (Less than 1k for both of us in an inside cabin) We’ve always wanted to visit Cuba and this was a great opportunity to do so. EMBARKATION: We arrived at the ship at about 12:30 for our 1PM boarding appointment window. There was a bit of a a line up, but I’d say we waited no more than about 20 mins. Check in was a breeze and within a few minutes, we were on board. As the rooms weren’t ready until 130, we had lunch on the Lido deck. It was a bit crowded, but we had no problem finding a table outside. I had a salad and my wife had a Guy’s Burger. Both were good! STATEROOM: We booked an inside guarantee and ended up with R18 on the Riviera Deck. We usually sail in a balcony cabin, but this was a short cruise and the stateroom wasn’t important to us. That said, I was really impressed with the size of the room as well as the amenities. The Samsung flat panel TV on the wall was HUGE for a cruise ship. Probably 42” maybe? The room was spacious as was the bathroom and the bed very comfortable. Much more room than some balcony cabins we’ve had on other ships. I was really impressed by how well the hallways were lit and how wide they were on Deck 4. Best of all the AC was incredible. We could get it very cold in the room which is how we like to sleep. The water pressure also was very good in the shower. Another plus! FOOD: We chose late dining and was assigned to a large table in the Destiny Dining. After reading the reviews, I was a little concerned about how the food would be. I am please to report, the food has been as good or better than any prior cruise we’ve ever been on, bar none. The options are endless and the quality good. I have how they have increased and stepped on the quality of the “healthy” offerings as I have been practicing a carb smart diet lately. I had no problem choosing carb smart options. We ate in just about all venues at one time or another over the four days. Service was phenomenal as you’d expect from a much higher priced cruise. CUBA Debarkation in Cuba was a bit of a challenge. However, this is not the fault of Carnival. There are limited customs/immigration officials, security checkpoints and money changes, so Carnival issues tickets with letters and calls up about 80 people at a time. If you arrive at the coffee bar early, you can get a lower letter and get off early. We were about an hour late docking, so some people didn’t get off the ship until 230 pm. We ignored the push for booking a ships excursion and booked a 7 hour tour with Cuba Outings. What a wonderful day we had. Our private guide for the two of us was Ernesto and we spent about 2-3 hours in a 1954 Plymouth convertible driving around the city with a stop at Fusterlandia, and Revolution Square. They we had lunch at a local restaurant recommended by Ernesto. He was quite surprised when we asked him to eat with us and offered to buy his lunch. I take it this is not the norm. It was so nice getting to know him and his English was better than mine! After lunch, we visited an “official” cigar and rum outlet and walked through Old Havana. There are options that may be less expensive, however, I highly recommend spending a little extra on Cuba Outings. Owner Gloria will take good care of you. On Saturday morning we left the ship early at around 8am which was a mistake. NOTHING was open. Cubans obviously sleep in. Around 915, we hired a horse and buggy for an hour or so for about 40.00 The driver took us to the flea market where he dropped us off and patiently waited for us for about an hour while we shopped. They we continued the tour of the old town where he returned us to the ship. All in all, I wish we had more time in Cuba. I am not sure what the rush to leave at 1200 was. It is such a short trip back to Tampa, I wish we could have stayed in Havana until 5-6 pm that evening. ENTERTAINMENT: We attended the Ships shows including the headliners as well as the two comedians on board. The shows were very well done in my opinion and provided a quality entertainment experience. You didn’t get the feeling that they save the best entertainers for the longer, more expensive cruises. We also attended a few of the comedy sessions. The late show was a bit raunchy, even for my taste, but all in all, good quality comedy. INTERNET: If I have any complaint, this is it. We booked the mid range internet package PRE-Cruise and I even upgraded to the premium package during the cruise. The Internet is SOOOO slow and intermittent. Surely Carnival can do a better job with this. Royal Caribbean must have better technology on their ships, because their connections are lightning fast compared to Carnival. We did maintain connection during most of the trip, including being in Havana while on the ship only. The connection, even at the premium rate was poor at best. DISEMBARKATION To be on the safe side, I booked two flights leaving Tampa with the option to cancel one without penalty. One was at 945am and the other at 130pm. We really hoped we could get off early enough to make the early flight. I stopped by the desk and got assigned to the “Early Flights” room. As fate would have it, we were off the ship and clear of customs by 8am. Even with a little traffic, we made it to the airport (via taxi) by 835 am with plenty of time to make our flight. SUMMARY: Without hesitation, we would sail on the Paradise again. And, we’d love to go back to Cuba. The food and service were some of the best every and we really appreciate the effort the crew puts into making it a great vacation. It’s funny because as we were leaving, there was a lady in front of us saying it was her worst cruise ever. Not sure why, but we didn’t have that experience. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
This is my third cruise and we chose Carnival Paradise because of its two day stay in Havana. Cozumel Mexico and Grand Cayman were ok but Cuba is a must! Amazing beach in Grand Cayman, we went to Royal Palms beach club. Embarkation ... Read More
This is my third cruise and we chose Carnival Paradise because of its two day stay in Havana. Cozumel Mexico and Grand Cayman were ok but Cuba is a must! Amazing beach in Grand Cayman, we went to Royal Palms beach club. Embarkation went very smooth, and we didn't make any long lines. Lines were kind of long to disembark though. We had an interior cabin for 4 people with 2 pull down beds which worked perfect for my kids. Service was excellent. The cabin was cleaned in the morning and serviced again in the evening when we were out to dinner. We were assigned to Your Time Dining and the most we had to wait for a table was 15-20 minutes. Food was excellent at the restaurant, but not too many choices at the buffet. The kids enjoyed the kids club, it had a variety of activities while we spent some time on the Serenity adult deck and never had trouble finding a chair. Best part of the cruise was its overnight stay in Havana. My tour guide Duramis (duramis@nauta.cu) made our two day stay perfect and took us to all the most see spots in Havana. We did a walking tour and a tour in a convertible car. She is full of knowledge on Cuba's history and culture. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
I booked this 8-day Carnival Journeys cruise a month before departure! That is not my usual way of planning, but Cuba was so intriguing and the price for a basic cabin for my husband and me so reasonable, I convinced him to go even though ... Read More
I booked this 8-day Carnival Journeys cruise a month before departure! That is not my usual way of planning, but Cuba was so intriguing and the price for a basic cabin for my husband and me so reasonable, I convinced him to go even though we had last cruised in April. We have cruised Carnival on many different ships and enjoyed them all in varying degrees, but the smaller, older Paradise shined, mainly because of the service by the crew and the itinerary. Both were exceptional. We flew from Charlotte to Tampa the day before the cruise. We spent the night at the Marriott Waterside on the vibrant Tampa Riverwalk and enjoyed the water taxi tour, strolling the riverwalk, and having dinner at Four Green Fields. After a buffet breakfast at the hotel the next day, we caught a shuttle for the short ride to the pier. Embarkation was quick and easy. We do have priority boarding as a loyalty perk, but this was the fastest we have ever boarded a ship. This was our first cruise from Tampa and every person in the check-in process had a smile for us. Once onboard, we explored the ship and met some new friends until cabins were ready. I had chosen R42, one of the few cabins available to choose due to our late booking. I knew it would be an inside cabin on the bottom deck forward. It was small but there was adequate hanging storage and a shelving unit to augment the drawer space. It had been freshly updated during dry dock. It had a large, flat screen tv and a refrigerator. The only part that felt too small was the bathroom and its limited storage. I was glad to have a hanging toiletry bag that helped with storage. The cabin proved to be a good choice as it was quiet, well-serviced by our steward Wayan, convenient to the Your Time dining room, and convenient to the debarkation area for two of the ports, including Cuba. Seas were calm and we felt little movement the entire cruise. The ship was easy to navigate and seemed in good working order except for some occasional elevator issues. The carpeting looked new and the decorating as cheerful and colorful as most Carnival ships. The Pixels Gallery had been upgraded to choose photo choices on provided tablets rather than searching rows and rows of printed photos. The Normandie Lounge had good seating and good viewing of the stage, especially on the lower level. The smaller lounge, Queen Mary Lounge, had good seating and adequate space for the comedians and guest lecturers. There was only one pool, so seating around it was crowded, but there were plenty of deck chairs on multiple decks. The Serenity area was small and had two hot tubs but no pool. We decided to try Your Time Dining one more time, even though, in our opinion, the service in that dining option had declined on four previous CCL cruises. The service on Paradise was much better. We only had to wait with a pager one time the entire cruise, and that was about 5 minutes on the first elegant night. We were always seated at a requested table for two. We had a variety of wait staff in the Elation dining room and all were attentive, accurate with our orders, smiling, and eager to please. The food was good and the choices varied. We especially enjoyed the elegant night lobster tail and shrimp, and the Beef Wellington. We ate dinner in the main dining room every evening, and ate breakfast and lunch on Lido off the buffet on days we were on the ship, except for Sea Day Brunch. We ordered Reuben sandwiches from room service one time when we returned from an excursion mid afternoon and had not eaten lunch. The order arrived in less than 15 minutes. We only saw one show in the main lounge, Amor Cubano, an outstanding performance that heightened the anticipation of our Havana port days. We also enjoyed the music of the Latin Connection in the Leonardo Lounge and the Aquaholics in the promenade across from the United States Bar. We saw comedians Seth Buchwald and Lowell Sanders and listened to karaoke one evening. We did not play in the casino or use the spa. We found Cruise Director Erin to be vivacious and personable when hosting the Motown Music Trivia Party. We enjoyed every port but Havana was unique and our favorite. We had been to Cozumel before, but Grand Cayman and Havana were new for us. In Cozumel we took a small group Carnival catamaran snorkel excursion with lunch and drinks. We enjoyed it as the sailboat was beautiful, the people friendly, and the lunch good. There were two Carnival ships in port and we were surprised to meet people from both ships on the excursion. That was a first for us. The fish and coral were not as plentiful or colorful as other places we have snorkeled, but I did get some pictures and even photographed scuba divers below me during the snorkel, which was also a first! In Grand Cayman we also took a small group boat excursion through Captain Marvin’s. We had originally booked and paid online through Shore Excursion’s Group and were scheduled to go with Captain Bryan, but once onshore, the representative walked us to Captain Marvin’s office because of a boat problem and took care of the expenses. We traveled by van to the boat with two families staying on the island. Only six adults, including us, four children, and three crew members were on this tour. Captain Marvin’s crew was exceptional and wonderful with the children. We snorkeled on the Barrier Reef, visited Stingray City Sandbar, where we stood in three feet of water to interact with the huge stingrays, and also stopped at Starfish Point. It was an excellent tour, and we enjoyed the varied stops in lieu of drinks and lunch. One thing we did notice in both Cozumel and Grand Cayman was the current was much stronger than in other places we have snorkeled. The overnight in Havana was the highlight of the cruise. The ship docked right in the city near the Old Town. Through the advice of cruise friends who had already experienced Cuba, we booked small private tours with local companies not affiliated with the Cuban government and which met US requirements. We used Cubaoutings for our first day and toured Havana. The second day we used Cuba Among Cubans to travel to Vinales. Both were excellent and private at reasonable costs. We started the first day with a long wait and snappy Cuban officials getting our visas processed and money exchanged at the port. It was the only place we encountered unfriendly Cubans! The young women in their super short uniforms and fishnet stockings did not look like government officials, but we never saw a smile or greeting! Carnival had no control over this process, so we waited patiently for clearance. Meanwhile, Mary, of Cubaoutings, also waited patiently for us to arrive at the meeting point in the square across the street. We were so relieved she was still there! She assured us it happenened frequently. We quickly walked a couple of blocks to a vintage green Plymouth convertible, where our driver was waiting. We drove through the city to Fusterlandia, where we enjoyed the tile work folk art. Mary explained points of interest and talked about Cuban life. We lunched in a local restaurant then walked the walking portion of the tour—the four main squares and the hotel that Hemingway frequented. We enjoyed the street musicians and the many sculptures and monuments. The architecture of Old Havana was lovely and the Spanish influence evident. The beautiful cathedral was a favorite stop. We took battery-powered necklace fans to be prepared for the heat and humidity and were glad to have them! The five hours on the tour was a good length considering the heat. After dinner onboard the Paradise, we walked on the Malecon and enjoyed the port area at night when it was much cooler. The second day was much easier to get through security. Adrian, our Cuba Among Cubans guide, also met us in the square across the street, and also directed us a few blocks to meet our car. We walked a slightly different route, so we saw more of the city. Our driver was waiting in a beautifully restored, air conditioned 1954 Plymouth hardtop for our two-and-a-half hour drive to Vinales Valley. Adrian made the drive memorable with his commentary on Cuban history and Cuban life today. The countryside was lovely and we enjoyed seeing the vintage cars, horses and carts, and oxen. My husband even got to ride a bull (broken to ride) at one stop! The Cuban farmers we met at the tobacco farm explained and demonstrated the process of making cigars and offered visitors a sample. Part was in English and part in Spanish, but Adrian translated well and even took videos and pictures on his phone of the cigar-making process that he emailed us along with several other videos and other still photos from our day. This was a first from a tour guide! We enjoyed a delicious lunch in a farmstead restaurant and were invited by the owner to come into her home to see where she lived. We also saw a beautiful mural on the side of a mountain depicting the evolution of the Cuban people. The tour lasted from 8 am until 6:30 pm when we were dropped off at the port. We felt we had spent our time in the best possible way. Debarkation was smooth and the porter helpful. He led us across the street to secure a shuttle for transfer to the airport. Our cruise aboard the Carnival Paradise was well beyond our expectations! That is why this is my first review since we began cruising in 2001! The only reason we may not cruise to Cuba again is because there are so many beautiful places to cruise in this world. Our plan is to see as much as we can for as long as we can! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Love the Small Feeling of Carnival Paradise... Plenty of Hot Tub space on back of ship for us, Senior Cruisers. So much Information from The Cuban Ambassador. Activities and Shops were at best. Night music was really Great, ... Read More
Love the Small Feeling of Carnival Paradise... Plenty of Hot Tub space on back of ship for us, Senior Cruisers. So much Information from The Cuban Ambassador. Activities and Shops were at best. Night music was really Great, Latin Band was my fav.... Dancing at the Casino Bar. All crew members were friendly. Picture gallery easy to find Myself>>> Captains reception was THE BEST....Drinks & small food..Nice touch. Paradise is an easy Ship to move around on. Elevators & stairs lead You to be proper areas. Food service was excellent in Dining Room each day. My fav. is FUN DAY AT SEA. So many activities, trivia is Funny & I didnot know any answers. The crew again, are friendly, anywhere You see them. Even the maintense guys, say Hello or Good Day. Bars are clean & help is friendly, not crowded. I will Go again on Paradise.... Thanks for a Lovely Week in Paradise.... Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
We picked this cruise to go to Cuba. We also enjoyed the other two ports, Cozumel and Grand Cayman, on the way. We enjoyed our snorkel tour in Cozumel. Our guide in Grand Cayman was very polite and informative as we tour the island. Our ... Read More
We picked this cruise to go to Cuba. We also enjoyed the other two ports, Cozumel and Grand Cayman, on the way. We enjoyed our snorkel tour in Cozumel. Our guide in Grand Cayman was very polite and informative as we tour the island. Our cruise director was very personable and we enjoyed the many sweaters that John Stewart wore.:) While most of our dinners were good, there was a couple of times the roast beef on the Lido deck and roast pork in Elation was tough./ The Pizza and where you build your taco or burrito was great! We had a nice surprise by having a lecture, Heidi Siefkas, on board to share what to expect when we port in Cuba. Her talks were very informative and I would encourage Carnival to add these types of lectures to other ships. Cuba was an eyeopener. We are so glad we were able to visit this country. Our room was great and our steward was very prompt on straightening it up. The shows were entertaining and the costumes were wonderful. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
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
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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
Although the Paradise is a older ship, she has been recently remodeled and overall we found it to be a very nice vessel. The kids loved the water park and there was always enough room there. Our room steward Gusti took great care of us and ... Read More
Although the Paradise is a older ship, she has been recently remodeled and overall we found it to be a very nice vessel. The kids loved the water park and there was always enough room there. Our room steward Gusti took great care of us and always had a smile and friendly words. The wait for the Elation dining hall was a little excessive at times but once inside the staff was top notch and worked hard each night to give us a great experience. Room service was fast and friendly and they went out of there way to make sure we had everything we'd need with our meals. The ports of call were great and things were smooth and on time. The only complaint I had was the bartender at the pool bar (Red Rum) seemed to really be phoning it in. Maybe they get burnt out with the unlimited drink crowd but I'm not enough of a drinker to buy that package and when I'm splurging on a fruity tropical drink I'm not looking for any old thing...When I asked about a drink (fresh italian) I had had in the main dining room, the bartender cut me off before I finished talking and just said main dining like I was going to go there while they were closed to order my drink rather than just politely explain they only work off the menu. Once I chose a different drink I waited a few minutes for him to chat up his bartender buddy at which time he brought back my drink in a plastic coke cup with no garnish and an inch below the top of the cup. He then squirted grenadine on top and handed it to me plain (white hard plastic cup, no straw, no garnish, unmixed). I had to ask for a straw and then stir the grenadine in since it was just hanging around thickly at the top. This cost me 11 bucks. Later I ordered another drink in the casino and it was mixed in a shaker and served in a nice glass with garnish so I imagine it was just a bartender having a bad day at the outside bar. Overall it was a fantastic vacation with some of the best cruise staff in the business and the bar issue was just a minor hiccup in an otherwise incredible trip. Happy Travels! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
This was our first cruise. A college graduation gift for our daughter. We really didn't know what to expect. Embarkation was a piece of cake. The employees were the best. PutHut was our cabin steward, he was excellent. Our servers in ... Read More
This was our first cruise. A college graduation gift for our daughter. We really didn't know what to expect. Embarkation was a piece of cake. The employees were the best. PutHut was our cabin steward, he was excellent. Our servers in the Elation were super. Ronaldo and Erick were our favorite. We had so much fun with them. Leon, the cruise director was fantastic. He has so much energy. We laughed all the time with him. The musical show were good. Casino was fun, you would win enough to keep you playing for awhile. No big wins but enough. I can't say enough about the people who work there. Everyone was so nice and friendly. Our excursions were fun. I would highly recommend the VIP dolphin swim at Cozumel. Worth every penny. Would do it again in a heartbeat. Debarkation did take a little while. We were able to get off before we were scheduled as we had a plane to catch. I don't have anything to compare this cruise to as it was the first but we really enjoyed it. Would go again. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
This was our 8th or so cruise and we had so much fun despite the weather. The stateroom stewards ask what would be an ideal time for them to enter the room to clean and not disturb anyone which is a plus. The cruise director Leon knows how ... Read More
This was our 8th or so cruise and we had so much fun despite the weather. The stateroom stewards ask what would be an ideal time for them to enter the room to clean and not disturb anyone which is a plus. The cruise director Leon knows how to keep a party going and things up beat at all times, outstanding job on his behalf. Our children along with my relatives children had a blast at camp carnival each and every time they were there, and the staff was excellent at keeping an we on them. Dinner at the Elation restaurant was also great and the waiters did an excellent job as always. Everything from the shows to the deck parties kept my family of 23 happy and always entertained while on vacation. We felt at home and well taken care of. I’d also have to mention that the captain did a great job with the ship since the weather condistions were not the best. The ladies in our group enjoyed the spa services, and we all enjoyed the Dr. Seuss breakfast. Absolutely No complaints here as everything was great as always. We will continue to recommend and choose carnival for our cruises no matter what because aside from anything and everything that can go wrong, Carnical knows how to party and make us feel like part of their family. Thank you Carnival Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
Why I booked this cruise- After going on 2 other carnival cruises, I decided to book this cruise with my tax return in January. As a single mom of two boys ages 7 and 12 finances can be tight, but after comparing cruise dates and ... Read More
Why I booked this cruise- After going on 2 other carnival cruises, I decided to book this cruise with my tax return in January. As a single mom of two boys ages 7 and 12 finances can be tight, but after comparing cruise dates and itineraries for over 2 weeks I knew exactly which one I was going to book. I chose The sailing on May 21st because it was my kids last few days of school and was still not quite in peak season so I got a great rate. It was also out of the port of Tampa which meant we could spend some time with family in the area before and after. Parking at the port of Tampa- I originally planned on having family drop us off at port and pick us back up, however they ended up with a last min work meeting. Because the parking rates were so high at the port, I ended up going with Park 4 Cruise. I found the lot with no problems, and although it was extremely close to the port they still shuttled us to our terminal. The cost was actually lower than their website fees at just $42 for our 5 day cruise. It was affordable, our car stayed safe, and it was convenient. Embarkation- Easiest embarkation of the 3 cruises I've been on. The other two were out of Miami. Everyone was extremely friendly. It took about 15-20 minutes from the time we got to the port to the time we set down after check in and only about 5 minutes after that before our section was called to get on the ship. Photo's felt rushed and I wished we would have taken our time to record our first moments and my kids reactions to their first time entering the ship. Because we chose the 12:00-12:30 check in we did have to lug around our carry on and 12 pack of soda's for about an hour which only caused a problem when trying to find seating in the EXTREMELY packed buffet area. But it wasn't long before we were in our room and even had 2 of our 3 suit cases. The Ship- It was the smallest of the 3 I had previously been on, but I almost preferred it. It was our first time on one that had water works, which my kids LOVED!!! But it did not have the Dive in theater and pool side loungers were hard to come by. If you are a smoker there is only 2 places on board to smoke: the casino and a section of the upper deck close to the ping pong tables. The only issues we had was that because it was a smaller ship, you felt most of the waves. It didn't bother me, but my oldest son did have one day of sea sickness. Cabin- After having been in a balcony and an interior on past cruises, I opted for an interior. We just never spend any time in there except to sleep. It was perfect. We were on Deck 5 in room 124 I believe. There was plenty of room for the 3 of us, lots of storage space, a mini fridge to keep our soda's cold, and my son even utilized our safe. My kids were super impressed with the towel animals. Dining- I had never really utilized the main dining room before, but we did this time and I will certainly again on my next cruise. We all discovered that we like strawberry and peach soup. Most of the food was really good, and the waitstaff was wonderful. They even put on a little show. Most of our dining was at Guy's burgers, which was very good. We also trying the deli, the taco's, and the pizza. All were good. Circle C- My 12 year old did not think he would enjoy cruising at all when I originally booked, but by the end of night one he was HOOKED. He made alot of new friends, and I could hardly get him to spend any time with us. He loved that he could come and go as he pleased, and have a little independence, but I was surprised that he chose to stay with the group the majority of the time unless he wanted to go on the water slides, swim, or grab some food. They went as a group to several shows and even did a scavenger hunt. By the end of it he was not ready to leave. Camp Carnival- My 7 year old stayed with me most of the trip but did go 2 days. His first day was while I was in Key West and the second was for night owls after we got back to the ship after Mexico. He loved the Rock and Glow night owls party. Water works- 5 slides of different sizes. My youngest went down all of them multiple times, while me and his brother just went down two of the bigger ones. The tallest by the way is the slowest. Activities- They had alot to do. More than we had time to do. We tried one of the shows but I was not impressed with their choices of musicals. I did karaoke which was fun. The harry chest contest is always funny. I was disappointed in the restrictions of the mixology contest now. It was very limited. My son liked the towel animal theater. We played a few rounds of mini golf... My 7 year old cheated... They also liked the ping-pong and giant chess. Ports- Key West: I did an adults only day. My stand up paddle boarding got canceled which was a bummer. So I spent most of the day at the clothing optional bar called The Garden of Eden. It was AWESOME! I highly recommend. I did get a bit lost trying to find the trolley back to the ship though. It did not pick back up where it originally dropped us off. It was nice having cell service. Cozumel: It was pouring most of the day, but we bought poncho's and got a cab to the local Mayan ruins on the island. Taxi's are VERY expensive by the way. $65 to the ruins and back. The ruins were nice, but not Tulum by any means.... but also not a 3 hour bus ride either.... There is free wifi at fat Tuesdays right when you get into the port. I would defiantly go on this ship and itinerary again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
This was our 46th cruise and 33rd on Carnival. We live 45 minutes from the Port of Tampa, so prefer to sail from there on the Paradise and Miracle. My husband and I are retired and sail 4-5 times a year. We have sailed on the Paradise 5 ... Read More
This was our 46th cruise and 33rd on Carnival. We live 45 minutes from the Port of Tampa, so prefer to sail from there on the Paradise and Miracle. My husband and I are retired and sail 4-5 times a year. We have sailed on the Paradise 5 times in the past year and have 2 more booked. The ship is in the older Fantasy Class, but is the size we prefer and have found the crew to be very attentive. The Paradise recently underwent a drydock which added new cabins, balconies, Guy's Burger Joint, Blue Iguana Cantina, and Red Frog Pub. This review is specifically about our May 2018 4-day Overnight Havana cruise at a greatly reduced fare courtesy of a casino bounce back offer that also included onboard credit. It was after the dry dock and we were very impressed with the dry dock improvements and the ship is in great shape. Our cabin was an ocean view, mid-ship on the Main Deck. We had Your Time Dining and had the same table for two each night. Our wait staff was very attentive and the food was plentiful and good. We had Steakhouse Selections several times for dinner and enjoyed them very much. Our room steward took good care of our cabin, but didn't seem to get it done before noon which was a bit problematic. I spent most of my time in the casino whenever it was open, while my husband attended some of the comedy shows which he enjoyed. Neither of us participate in activities or are pool sitters, so I can't comment on them. We are Platinums and there is a special line at Guest Services so there was never a wait for service. The only port was an overnight in Havana and People to People excursions were purchased and enjoyed. We wish there was a Steakhouse on board, but we do order Steakhouse Selections in the dining room. We order Room Service for breakfast every morning and often for lunch and find the food good and the service fast. Overall, we would highly recommend the Paradise for its 4-5 day cruises. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
This was our 10th Carnival Cruise! We cruised out of Tampa which we consider our home port. We live in Cleawater FL. The Paradise had just come out of dry dock and we were looking forward to be one of the first to stay on the new 14 ... Read More
This was our 10th Carnival Cruise! We cruised out of Tampa which we consider our home port. We live in Cleawater FL. The Paradise had just come out of dry dock and we were looking forward to be one of the first to stay on the new 14 floor (Grand). Our room was absolutely amazing! The floor to ceiling windows were even better than I expected. I think I must have said "WOW" at least 10 times the first day. The upgrades were nice! The casino was spacious (still smoky, but nice). The food was good, Guy's Burgers are great!! I won Bingo which always makes it fun! Our Ports were Grand Cayman and Cozumel. We did the excursion thru Carnival and rode the bus that drives into the water and becomes a boat! The water was beautiful and it was fascinating to go from the road to the water and then back to the road. They have tv screens on the bus/boat so you can see under the water. You can also just look over the side the water is so clear and blue! Lots and Lots of Fish! (worth the money). In Cozumel we did some shopping, (lots of grandbabies to bring back a prize). We usually do the snorkeling and I did miss it, so next trip we will definitely be back in the water. The only negative: I was expecting a bocce ball court on the 14th floor. It's listed on the deck plan and in the upgrades from the dry dock, but it's not there. The putt putt goes all the way around instead. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
We are Lisa and Bill, From the very start of waiting to get on board, everyone in Tampa was fantastic. We had an awesome time. The cruise director Jaime was awesome and kept everyone going. The Rock 80 show was fantastic. The cast of ... Read More
We are Lisa and Bill, From the very start of waiting to get on board, everyone in Tampa was fantastic. We had an awesome time. The cruise director Jaime was awesome and kept everyone going. The Rock 80 show was fantastic. The cast of that show has amazing voices. The dining room experience was nice. We only ate there the first night and the last night, but I wish we had done it a few more times because I feel like we missed out on the entertainment by the dining room crew. Our cabin Steward Ida was very pleasant attended to our every need. The only change I would make about that cruise is that if when they had a table for selling T shirts, or they were selling at the Pandora counter, they had no markings to form a line, so there was just a huge mound of people waiting and made it very difficult to get up to view the merchandise. We have already booked another cruise with Carnival for May 2019. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
We chose this cruise because we were on the Paradise a few years ago and had a good time. Plus it fit in our spring break timeline (teacher) and we love going to Cozumel and Grand Cayman. We were the 2nd cruise after the Paradise's ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we were on the Paradise a few years ago and had a good time. Plus it fit in our spring break timeline (teacher) and we love going to Cozumel and Grand Cayman. We were the 2nd cruise after the Paradise's dry dock. The changes are amazing. The color scheme, cabins makeovers, additions of Guys Burgers, BlueIguana Tequila Bar, RedFrog Rum Bar among a few changes make the Paradise a hidden gem in the Carnival Fleet. However, cruise director Jaime Dee is the best cruise director we have ever seen. Her positive and fun attitude, energy, and love for what she does is infectious throughout, not only her staff, but everyone aboard the Paradise. When we told her she was the best cruise director we have ever had, she was quick to give credit to everyone and said she was just a part of the great staff. Being a former high school football and baseball coach, I know what she is saying is true. However, it takes a great leader to get everyone to believe in what you are doing and to get on board with you. She has what is called the "it" factor. If you can't have fun on the Paradise with Jaime Dee as the cruise director, you can't have fun on a cruise. I would highly recommend this ship and cruise. 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
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
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 ... 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
1 Helpful Vote
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 ... 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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
The service was stellar, food terrific, lots of entertainment.... I also wanted to mention that our Destiny Dining Room (first seating) was wonderful, mainly due to Rodriques, Artana and George! We really enjoyed our dining ... Read More
The service was stellar, food terrific, lots of entertainment.... I also wanted to mention that our Destiny Dining Room (first seating) was wonderful, mainly due to Rodriques, Artana and George! We really enjoyed our dining experience. They were always prompt and courteous and attended to our every need. At the end of our dinner we would indulge with an alcoholic "shot" in a souvenir shot glass and each night Rodriques would wash them all before we left. I also want to mention that our cabin, 103 Empress, was very clean and Mackenzie our room steward surprised us by asking if we would prefer to have the room serviced in the morning or evening, We decided that the am would be convenient for us. I had never been asked that before.... We also requested to have an ice bucket in our room, where we did not have one....Mackenzie brought it to our room and replenished the ice daily. Read Less
Carnival Paradise Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 3.9
Dining 4.0 3.7
Entertainment 4.5 3.7
Public Rooms 3.5 3.9
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.7
Family 4.0 3.7
Shore Excursion 4.5 3.8
Enrichment 4.0 3.3
Service 4.5 4.2
Value For Money 4.0 3.8
Rates 3.0 4.2

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