240 Carnival Paradise Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise as our first Christmas cruise as pricing was awesome and we couldnt resist. Being used to the bigger boats we missed Guys burgers but the buffet line burgers were good and we missed the theater movies at night at the ... Read More
We chose this cruise as our first Christmas cruise as pricing was awesome and we couldnt resist. Being used to the bigger boats we missed Guys burgers but the buffet line burgers were good and we missed the theater movies at night at the pool but overall we enjoyed ourselves and shes getting revamped 2017. We loved loved loved Christmas with Carnival. Meals were awesome but we missed our Lobster though seafood was available (shripmp cocktail, tiger shrimp, scallops and fish) My grand daughter had her very first cruise with us and I think she had a pretty good time but she was seventeen so kind of late to introduce her to it as it was a short cruise, so about the time she got used to the layout and got her sea legs we were headed home. She enjoyed Mr Sanchos and did her first snorkeling in Grand Caymen so all in all she had a good time and is ready for the next cruise asap :) Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
I really did not do my homework before going on my cruise. This was my first time ever going. We had a great time; however, there were some things that I wished that I would have known ahead of time. First, we booked an interior room with ... Read More
I really did not do my homework before going on my cruise. This was my first time ever going. We had a great time; however, there were some things that I wished that I would have known ahead of time. First, we booked an interior room with myself, my husband and son in the room. Only because my son is 11 years do I think that the amount of space that we had worked out. Second, there is only one plug outlet in the entire stateroom which made us have to take turns using it to charge our cell phones, hot curl my hair, my husband needed to use his electric razor so we had to take turns using it then also. Speaking of cell phones I specifically asked my carrier Metro PCS if we would be able to use the phone in international waters and I was assured that I would be able to. Not the case, well sorta. When we docked I was able to send text messages back home not actually call anyone. Back to the room, we stayed in stateroom U106 and I just have to assume that must have been the child-friendly end of the ship because I had children constantly playing outside bumping on the walls and running into my door. Finally, I had to call guest services because I could not get any sleep because of the noise. Oh and the reason that I mentioned the stateroom number is because that room was so cold that we had to sleep in the bathrobes that they provided, and we had them to bring extra blankets. One night it was so cold that my husband slept fully clothed with his sneakers on. We opted for the early dining 6 p.m. the food I must admit was just okay. I think that the food on the lido deck tasted better and you got to eat quicker. One night for dinner we waited an hour before the entree finally came, we filled up on appetizers. We did not opt for the beverage program, therefore, we were only able to drink tap water, bad lemonade, and unsweetened tea. I guess what made the trip so enjoyable is the family members that I came with. Overall it was a good trip I just wish that I had a little bit more knowledge about cruising first. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We have cruised with many different cruise lines, but never with Carnival. We were a bit concerned about it reputation as a "party boat", but we were very pleased with what we encountered. Very family oriented, friendly staff, ... Read More
We have cruised with many different cruise lines, but never with Carnival. We were a bit concerned about it reputation as a "party boat", but we were very pleased with what we encountered. Very family oriented, friendly staff, and excellent service. It was not to the caliber of some of the other cruise lines we have travelled with, but a delightful trip nonetheless. The food was quite good, but again not to the level of other lines. For Grand Cayman, we had chosen an excursion to Stingray CIty and the Coral Garden. When we tendered off the ship and arrived in Georgetown, however, we were informed that the excursion had been cancelled due to weather. Carnival tried to find other excursions for us, but we chose to go with a local company that was still going to Stingray City. Anchor Touring Company was phenomenal! For half the cost of Carnival's excursion, we were taken to the marina and boarded a boat which took us to Stingray City. Having been there before, we found the waves to be a bit choppy, but couldn't be sure why Carnival had cancelled their excursion. The guys from Anchor Touring Company were excellent and we would recommend them highly!! In Cozumel, we signed up for the Underground River and 5th Avenue Shopping excursion. The ferry from Cozumel to Playa de Carmen (the mainland) was very rough, but we had been warned about that from previous reviews. We were met by Rodrigo with Explora-Tours. Rigo was awesome! Very informative and caring for kids as well as some of our group who couldn't swim. He swam with us on a tour through the caves. It was the highlight of our entire trip. This is definitely the excursion to take in Cozumel!!! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Hubby and I celebrated our 30th Wedding Anniversary on this cruise. This was my 5th trip on the Paradise as we live close by. It is an older ship and a party boat. There are lots of activities: I especially enjoyed the Love and ... Read More
Hubby and I celebrated our 30th Wedding Anniversary on this cruise. This was my 5th trip on the Paradise as we live close by. It is an older ship and a party boat. There are lots of activities: I especially enjoyed the Love and Marriage Show, chilling on the Serenity deck, gaming in the Casino, dancing in the Rex Nightclub and going to the comedy shows. The entire staff is friendly and helpful. Suparta was our room steward and did a great job. The stateroom was perfect for two. We had the king bed layout and had plenty of room. We had Ocean View on the Riviera Deck #96 as I prefer low and midship for minimal rocking. We did not hear a peep from our neighbors. Something you should know is that Carnival no longer lets passengers decorate their cabin door. We had a small 4 x 6 inch flat magnet to mark our stateroom (it said Happy Anniversary) and were asked to remove it on the first day. My favorite part of the cruise is eating in the Main Dining room. As we had your time dining we had different wait staff until the 3rd night when we were seated with Sacarro. He was excellent and we requested him the next night. We were automatically seated with him on the 5th night. It's the little things that the staff does so well. Thanks Alma. The food was mostly good. You should know that Carnival has done away with lobster night and replaced it with the Steakhouse Selections on the menu, surf and turf or lobster, for a $20 fee. Don't miss Seaday Brunch. You can ask for a window seat and enjoy the Gulf of Mexico as you dine. Danny at the coffee bar remembered how I like my coffee form the first day. How do they do that? Another example of the little things... In Grand Cayman we did our own thing: took a city bus to Governors Beach ($5 for both) with our gear and snorkeled. Window shopped in Georgetown: $$$ here! In Cozumel we hired a driver and toured the island visiting Coconuts, Punta Morena, and walked a bit downtown. A Carnival cruise is an inexpensive getaway: Expect a party atmosphere, meet new friends and make the most out of life and the cruise! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
The Paradise is close to home so some friends and I decided to try it out. The ship is beautiful and very clean. We have been on other Carnival ships and our only complaint was the slow service. It appears they have fewer employees ... Read More
The Paradise is close to home so some friends and I decided to try it out. The ship is beautiful and very clean. We have been on other Carnival ships and our only complaint was the slow service. It appears they have fewer employees than in the past so it takes longer to get dinner or even a drink by the pool. The employees we were in contact with were all very happy and wanted to assist with anything they could. There was a trio of violinists that were amazing playing in the atrium several nights. Calvyn, the cruise director, did a very good job with all of the entertainment, from the people helping during Bingo to the awesome young people doing the stage shows. He is very funny on his own and seemed to be everywhere making sure everyone was happy at all times. They have the usual events going on such as learning how to make towel animals and ice carving. Some of the food was excellent, while other food was average. As I've seen other people say, your cruise is what you make it. We had an exceptional time, even with the lack of sunshine, high winds and rocking ship. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
For starters: We chose this cruise for our annual cruise to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The days, dates and departure port of Tampa were convenient, so we booked the Paradise 4-day Cozumel cruise. It's a convenient getaway ... Read More
For starters: We chose this cruise for our annual cruise to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The days, dates and departure port of Tampa were convenient, so we booked the Paradise 4-day Cozumel cruise. It's a convenient getaway since you can make a long weekend into a mini vacation - depart Thursday and return on Monday. Tampa, for those who fly, is an efficient airport and the transfers with Carnival are a breeze for getting to your ship and back to the airport. Embarkation began early and was a breeze - super quick - and they were incredibly efficient at getting people fed asap. There was plenty of food and drink while we waited for our cabins to be made available. Carnival even accommodated late arrivals, as I saw at least a dozen people (probably delayed flight arrivals) being allowed to board while we were still in port doing the evacuation drill on deck. Our cabin: Spacious and comfy enough, a bit dated, but clean and tidy all the time. I was pleasantly surprised that we could get TV and news out of the States for the whole trip. The shower was awesome, albeit VERY hot water, but a decent size, unlike the corner/tiny showers we've had on other ships. LADIES: BRING YOUR HAIR DRYER!!! There are none in the bathrooms or the dresser drawers. Only one outlet, right near the dressing table area. Loads of closet and storage space. Our steward, Michael, was awesome - personable, efficient and unobtrusive. The Crowd: Since school was in session, there were a few kids on board, and a few babies, but mostly adults. There were a few college students/frat boys who must have been on their fall break (often in October). These guys should probably have been in the dorms studying for their midterms or writing their mid-term papers, but alas they were staying across the hall from us. I think they tried to tone it down, but you can imagine: frat boys + unlimited drink package = God help the steward who has to clean that room and the folks who want to fall asleep before 3 a.m. Let's just say they weren't thinking straight -- or thinking at all. They could have been worse, though. Food: Since we booked last minute, our only dining option was Your Time dining, and this was a first for us. It is not an option we would choose again. Although it does have its advantages by affording your flexibility, especially on excursion days in port when it can be a time crunch to get to the dining room for your scheduled dining time. The service, which on Carnival is generally top-notch in the dining room, was lacking in the My Time dining area: there were errors in our order each and every day, i.e., one night they brought the wrong wine...and we are pretty easygoing folks, but the waitress seemed ticked off when I told her the wine was incorrect (they brought me a white instead of a red, not even close.) Another evening, it was the wrong dessert; another, the wrong side dish. The food (in the dining room) on this ship was not as good as the food on other Carnival cruises, but the steaks and braised beef brisket were delicious. Dessert offerings were more limited than I remember, but still quite good. The buffets and food on the Lido deck was good -- plentiful and freshly prepared, much as expected. The food wasn't bad, but it was .... weird. For example, my roast turkey dinner with sage and onion dressing had some unidentifiable ingredients in it; the yams were whipped with scallions, and there was no potato with the meal. The "gravy" was a cream sauce of some kind. It seemed like a foreign chef had tried to prepare a typical American meal -- having never seen or experienced a typical turkey dinner him/herself. The next meal had diced potatoes au gratin, but the mixture was full of chopped olives. ??? Another weird combo. Drinks Package: If you drink more than a few drinks, including sodas and iced coffees, during the day, get the "Cheers" drink package. Well worth it, and it includes sodas, bottled water, milk shakes, and specialty/gourmet coffees and teas from the coffee bar. Adults-Only area: We enjoyed the adults-only Serenity retreat, which has two hot tubs and the music is pleasant enough. The Lido deck tended to be LOUD, and when a Led Zeppelin fan like me thinks it's too loud, well, 'nuf said. The music, base, and emcee's voice literally reverberated up through the chairs and shook your insides. The need to tone that down!! The usual activities were all going on -- hairy chest contests, etc., and the Groove for Saint Jude fundraiser for children's cancer care, which is a wonderful fee-good program they offer that makes it easy to donate with your fun card/room account. Entertainment: was the best we've had on a cruise -- and we've been on 7, both with Carnival and Royal Caribbean. The Leonardo Lounge had a live band called "Groovealicious" which played everything from Motown (Supremes, Aretha, James Brown, Michael Jackson, Earth, Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder, Temptations, Commodores,) to classic rock (Journey, Ozzy Osborne, Benatar, Joan Jett, ZZ Topp,); disco (Pointer Sisters, KC and the Sunshine Band, etc.). In short, everything from early 60's up to the early 90's. And they were AWESOME, instrumentally and vocally. The Rex Lounge has a DJ and was crowded with dancers each night, usually a young crowd (Bruno Mars, etc.) But they also had a Motown night there as well. The performers in the Atrium Bar were classical musicians who did everything from classical to Queen, and they were unbelievable. The Comedy Club - we saw Roman, who was side-splitting funny (we usually don't even go to the comedy shows, but this guy was really good.) The show was an 80's rock extravaganza, which we skipped but could hear from the hall, and that also seemed wonderful. So...I know this was long, but after seeing so many unhappy reviews, I think in the end a cruise is what you make of it. You can spend your time complaining about what wasn't perfect, or focus on the wonderful time and amenities available to you. Your choice. As for us, we had a great time and would book on the Paradise again in a heartbeat, remembering that if you want a bigger, newer, ship, you will pay more -- and have to put up with lots more people everywhere. This ship is big enough to have a great time and has all the amenities, including the casino, but isn't so big that it loses its charm. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Traveled with Wife and 4 kids(6,9,12,14) on a last minute deal booked directly through carnival. Very easy. Stayed in M142 and M146. We drove down from Atlanta... 7 hour driving time. Stayed in Lake City, Fl on the way down and drove ... Read More
Traveled with Wife and 4 kids(6,9,12,14) on a last minute deal booked directly through carnival. Very easy. Stayed in M142 and M146. We drove down from Atlanta... 7 hour driving time. Stayed in Lake City, Fl on the way down and drove straight through on the way home. Read lots of reviews and knew what to expect. Knowing this is an older ship and factoring in what we paid, we had reasonable expectations and a great trip. The kids- All loved the kids club and wanted to be there as much as possible. Yeah!! We had several late am to afternoon periods and evening to ourselves. The rooms- clean and comfortable- Nice and cool. Amazingly quiet. We went to bed between 10:30-12 and never heard any noise. Decor was dated...but that was to be expected. Shower was great but be careful of the super hot water. Attendant did an amazing job of keeping the room in top shape and coming in and out without ever being noticed. Food- Buffet was fine. Main ding room food surprised me in a good way. Contrary to my previous Cruise experience, they were able to cook steak rare and medium rare. Fresh bread. Lots of choices of dishes with spice/flavor. I love that it was formal but not "stuffy". It is a service for 2000. I enjoyed not wearing a suit and did not expect a Michelin star to be awarded at the end of the meal. For banquet scale food, it was great. The 12 and 14 year old particularly enjoyed the main dining room and made all the evening meals. Wait staff was amazing and went out of the way to bring my picky eater healthy food she would eat( not on menu). Our wait staff trio were the best! We looked forward to the evening meal every night. Entertainment- This really made the trip. Having 4 kids, we fall into the 5PM-11PM time slot for drinks and entertainment. Family and adult comedy shows were a ton of fun. Gustavo at the piano bar was A+. Evening Karaoke had such a fantastic diversity of music and participants. String trio was talented and a nice change of pace. Good acoustical musicians too. Entertainment and Customer service were top quality and the shining star. Pools-Small very crowded. We wore bathing suits onto the boat and went to the pool right away and had the pool/slide almost to ourselves. Besides a window from 4-6 every evening and at embarkation, the pools are super crowded. Sea days entertainment at main pool looked like a lot of fun, but not necessarily a family event(regardless of having water slide). Tips- We tipped a few dollars here and there at most restaurants and bars. If you are going to be in one place a while and expect preferential service in a crowded setting, start with a $5 tip on your first order. Like anywhere else, money motivates!! We tipped a lump sum at the end of the trip (on top of daily tip charge) to the 2-11 child care folks, Carole the cabin attendant and our super wait staff. Gym- Nice and never crowded when I was there late AM Cozumel- Went to Isla Passion on the Carnival tour. it was a graet beach day. My 12 year old had her hair braided and the small traditional buffet was good. Tour guides did a great job and most of the boat sang along to their "show" on the way home. Lots of fun. Shops at wharf area are tourist traps. All jewelry is priced at 300-400 percent of value to make you feel better when you settle on just getting a little ripped off. Previous reviewers complained about drunks. This was not a problem for us since we spent little time at the man pool and went to bed around 11. I am sure if you stay up later and at the main pool you could find some overindulgence. Last night tour director took the stage in the Atrium bar. Lots of fun was had and his passion was evident. Embarkation- 20 mins from car to ship. Use the porters!! Amazingly fast. We were there shortly after they started loading. Disembarkation- Slow process- Guest services expedited our exit because of a sick child(virus we brought). Use the porter! Anticipate a long slow exit process and customs unless you are in the first group. An hour in and they were just starting to call the upper decks. Lots of fun was had and would do it again. Thought it a super $ value. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Location of embarkation. Value for money While the ship could use a little updating, it is clean and the staff polite. The entertainment and activities have definitely gone through changes for the better. I actually enjoyed the newer ... Read More
Location of embarkation. Value for money While the ship could use a little updating, it is clean and the staff polite. The entertainment and activities have definitely gone through changes for the better. I actually enjoyed the newer shows. The service in the dining areas is always excellent The ease of getting on and off the ship is convenient, fast moving and efficient. I just wish they would add more ports out of Tampa - i.e. Key West . While I realize Tampa is a smaller port and they are limited, another stop or location would be great. The excursions are fun -- this is my 7th cruise out of Tampa in the past several years. I have done most of the excursions which appeal to me. I wish they would add a few new ones at this time. The food is plentiful and there are several different venues to chose. The casino area and entertainment are perfect for a four or five day cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
This is my second carnival cruise.:-reasonable prices..good food...however the paradise needs a remodel..can't see out if cabin windows..can't regulate ac...not enough outlets..( only one )..no hairdryer..although very pleased ... Read More
This is my second carnival cruise.:-reasonable prices..good food...however the paradise needs a remodel..can't see out if cabin windows..can't regulate ac...not enough outlets..( only one )..no hairdryer..although very pleased with the wait staff..housekeeper..pleasant..friendly.. accommodating...I will definitely cruise again on carnival ..but..it will be a newer ship..I was on the valor..that was very modern..had hair dryers..bigger bathrooms.. but overall prices are reasonable..ports were great..smooth ride no rocking...embarkmentvwent smooth but long lines..alit of waiting in line ...our service team in the restaurant. Were excellent..a big shout out to Alberta...Ivan..and Islam...very good...shore excursions were nice but fill up fast..the pool had salt water in it which I thought was weird..but overall water was nice and refreshing..we will definitely be booking another cruise in the future with carnival..newer ship for sure.w hen embarking didn't like the new policy about bringing plastic bottles of water on board..only soda cans..had to throw all out water away..was not happy Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
This was our first cruise and we went with 6 veteran cruisers. I had read reviews about Paradise and knew it was small and old, but we live in Tampa and leaving from that port helped make the choice for us. Embarkation was quite easy and ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we went with 6 veteran cruisers. I had read reviews about Paradise and knew it was small and old, but we live in Tampa and leaving from that port helped make the choice for us. Embarkation was quite easy and we liked our stateroom. We liked getting paper Funtimes we used the new phone app, HUB, ($5), but hope the paper info is not eliminated in favor of it (being considered, I hear). We were supposed to be able to ‘chat’ with others onboard, but the system didn’t work all of the time. We got WAY too many full page ads for the spa, art, etc. every day, and they went straight to the trash. We had always heard that food on a cruise is the highlight and is a 24-hour ‘event.’ Surprisingly, we were happier with the buffet food than the dining room food, but I could get the same thing at the Golden Corral. Even the pizza seemed bland. A dining room experience took 2 hours each time. Our server, Herculano, was our saving grace; no one was as gracious, a harder worker or as attentive to all needs. My husband and I were celebrating our wedding anniversary and we were given several coupons for use on the ship and a lovely plate of tuxedo-decorated strawberries. We were surprised and very grateful for the gifts. Am sorry that I do not know the names of all of the women who served as our hostesses in Elation. Several of them remembered our names and greeted us personally when we arrived at the dining room each time. I was concerned that, this being our first trip, we learn everything we needed to in case of an evacuation. I was disappointed with the crew member for muster (C). He was working the crowd a little too freely and found a group of travelers with whom he stayed the majority of the time. We learned everything from the ship-wide announcement system. The young man didn’t need the mic since he was speaking with such a small group, privately. Later we attended a Trivia session that he was running. Once again he was way too friendly (even hugging a couple of people) and chose his favorites quickly. His urban style was not really appreciated by us or our friends. Our debarkation was easy and our steward took care of our cabin nicely. We were grateful that we were not bombarded by vendors, photographers, etc. on board. The best part of our trip was the Carnival All-inclusive excursion for Chakanaab Beach! Snorkeling was WONDERFUL and Luis , Angel and Javier were great guides. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Carnival Paradise 5 day cruise is a great time. This is the third time we have been on the Carnival Paradise, and have had three terrific times. The ship is beginning to show its age, for example there is rust around some of the windows, ... Read More
Carnival Paradise 5 day cruise is a great time. This is the third time we have been on the Carnival Paradise, and have had three terrific times. The ship is beginning to show its age, for example there is rust around some of the windows, and some of the common areas appear to be a bit tired. However, the ship is extremely clean and a very nice size. We were in U228, which is an aft ocean view. It is terrific. Rooms above and below, and being at the end of the ship, made this room extremely quiet. The windows has a nice deck about 3 feet wide, which is a nice storage place. (fins, glasses, and the like). The Paradise is old enough that the engineers haven't shrunk the stateroom, so there was plenty of room to move around. In addition, for a 5 day cruise, we did not even use all the drawers. It has a full size shower, making it much nicer than some of the newer ships. The ship has no specialty restaurants, so we ate breakfasts and lunches in the Lido Deck Marketplace, and dinners in the Main Dining Room. All were very good. Is this 5 star dining, no. However, it is better than we get at home, remember folks we are on vacation! Plenty of activities do do around the ship, Cruise Director was excellent and the Piano Man was very good. They also had a violin group on board, playing mostly in the atrium (called the Sky Breeze, I believe), they were excellent! Ports were Grand Cayman and Cozumel. We walked to a new snorkel beach, south of the port (to the right) about a mile, called Smith Beach. Nice beach for a family. They had bathrooms, and a shower. Probably too far for kids to walk, so it typically would be a short cab ride. Is this world class snorkeling, no. But it is nice! Cozumel we walked from the port to downtown, shopped, and walked back. 27,000 steps on my FitBit. A beautiful walk. The Paradise is a great ship for just resting and reading. I was able to read 4 books in 5 days. This is a nice vacation Fun Ship. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We had lunch at the Columbia (a historic restaurant in Ybor City), dropped our luggage and parked at a private lot with a shutttle. Terminal 3 has a conveniently long drive through, which circles around the Tampa Aquarium parking lot. ... Read More
We had lunch at the Columbia (a historic restaurant in Ybor City), dropped our luggage and parked at a private lot with a shutttle. Terminal 3 has a conveniently long drive through, which circles around the Tampa Aquarium parking lot. Embarkation was super-easy and quick. You board on Deck 7, which isn't immediately clear, so we were a bit confused as to whether to go up or down to find our cabin on Deck 6. Fortunately, the elevator buttons were well-labelled. It's a older ship but clean and well-maintained with muted styling (unusual for a Carnival ship). By today's standards, it's a small boat, but it has to be to fit under the Skyway Bridge, and it helps if you have to walk it's length several times, as we did to get from a forward cabin to the aft dining room and then the forward theater for entertainment. We thought our cabin was a nice size. My wife liked the large shower. The TV channels were rather limited and the on-board entertainment was mediocre, but we found things to do. The food was excellent. No complaints for either the dining room or the buffet. We didn't do port excursions, as we just wanted to lay on the beach. At Grand Cayman, the tendering process was tedious, but once onshore, we taxied to Royal Palms on Seven Mile Beach and had a nice 1/2 day at the beach. In Cozumel, we taxied to Nachi Cocom, and had a good time at the beach, even through the drinks were poorly done. All in all, it was a good trip. Not great, but not bad, either. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Very fun cruise! Everything about it was positive except for the Destiny dining room for dinner. The food was mediocre at best. Just plain bad a couple times. The prime rib was so bad I heard people all over the ship talking about it ... Read More
Very fun cruise! Everything about it was positive except for the Destiny dining room for dinner. The food was mediocre at best. Just plain bad a couple times. The prime rib was so bad I heard people all over the ship talking about it the next day. I'm not even sure everything that was wrong with it, it was just not good at all. The brisket and filet (for extra$$) were both very good and the jerk pork was OK, but overcooked. For the first time ever on Carnival we had bad service. Every night things were either forgotten, extra things showed up nobody ordered, drinks never arrived, water was unfilled. And our server seemed annoyed when we mentioned these things. We were always polite about it, but if we order something we would like for it to eventually arrive. And it was just incredibly slow. We were among the first ten people to walk into the room the final night and we were one of the last people to leave. Ordering drinks when we sat down each night meant we MIGHT get them before the entree. We were arriving at the after dinner show late because of how long everything took, and we could clearly see it was not like that for the entire room. We watched a larger table come in 10 minutes after us and they were finished and leaving as our entrees arrived one night. But whatever, we had lots of fun anyhow. We would totally go again on this same trip, but if after the first night or 2 the service was like this trip was we would be asking to move to another server's area. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Tampa is pretty much our "local port", as I live just 40 miles East of the port. I sail a lot on whatever ships are sailing out of Tampa. I've always had a GREAT time aboard "Paradise", but this particular cruise ... Read More
Tampa is pretty much our "local port", as I live just 40 miles East of the port. I sail a lot on whatever ships are sailing out of Tampa. I've always had a GREAT time aboard "Paradise", but this particular cruise left just a bit to be desired. Food and service, including cabin service was very good, as usual. Ship was clean, and the crew was efficient, and smiling. My main complaint was with the entertainment. Since I've sailed so much on these itineraries, I rarely leave the ship, so the on board entertainment is VERY critical for me. I found the shows to be lacking, and LOUD! All of the music aboard, with the exception of the string trio, was WAY TOO LOUD. Even the announcements were louder than usual, and annoying to the point of covering your ears to keep from having a headache from listening to them. Comics were just O.K., and nothing really special. CD, "Calvyn", was WAY too much into himself, and said "YES" every third word. The karaoke was also too LOUD, but was turned down just a bit when I complained,,,,,only to be turned back up ten minutes later. Song selection at karaoke was better than I've seen it since the equipment was "upgraded", but still sadly lacking. Overall, the cruise was very good, and relaxing. Weather was perfect. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Before I start, let me just preface my remarks by saying the crew of the Carnival Paradise were completely amazing. They were friendly and by far the happiest crew I’ve ever met and the food and rooms were terrific as well, but the point ... Read More
Before I start, let me just preface my remarks by saying the crew of the Carnival Paradise were completely amazing. They were friendly and by far the happiest crew I’ve ever met and the food and rooms were terrific as well, but the point of my review is to highlight one of the entertainers. I have been on 18 cruises and I have never gone to see an entertainer more than once. It’s just not something I ever did. That is until this time. My wife and I wandered into the Carnival Paradise Piano Bar and were greeted by a phrase which we came to love, “New People!!” Gustavo, #thepianohooker, is a consummate entertainer. A brilliant musician, with a quick and irreverent wit, two hours around his piano fly by in an instant. He is truly gifted and a one of a kind act that can’t be missed. The reason I’m posting this review is that often cruise goers concentrate on the big production shows and night clubs and overlook gems such as Gustavo found in out of the way places on the ship. For those of you sailing on the Paradise, by all means stop by the American Piano Bar and prepare to be amazed. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Port was close driving distance, just wanted to take a quick jaunt. We were a little tentative with all the poor reviews. But were pleasantly surprised. Our cabin was great, and our steward was always available. We enjoyed the onboard ... Read More
Port was close driving distance, just wanted to take a quick jaunt. We were a little tentative with all the poor reviews. But were pleasantly surprised. Our cabin was great, and our steward was always available. We enjoyed the onboard entertainment and our CD, Calvyn was a joy,both on and off the stage. The ship is older but was clean and mostly upkept well, and we had issues with any services. The one disappointment was the food, which was mostly just average. Breakfast was usually okay, but if you didn't order the steak and/or lobster at an added charge, your dinner was not the best part of the day. Tamp port and getting on and off the ship was easy and painless. A few suggestions, get FTTF and/or get Priority access if you can. Spend the extra $15 and get valet parking and use a porter at debarkation...you will literally be off the ship and driving away in 15 minutes!!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Chose this cruise at the last minute. Wanted a short cruise, and I had never been to Cozumel. Got to the port around 1:30, and the lines were long to check in. Took about 40 minutes. A little disappointed in seeing this, as I took the ... Read More
Chose this cruise at the last minute. Wanted a short cruise, and I had never been to Cozumel. Got to the port around 1:30, and the lines were long to check in. Took about 40 minutes. A little disappointed in seeing this, as I took the Pride out of Baltimore - a larger ship with more people, and didn't have a long wait. Went to the lido deck and checked out the buffet. Tried the Mongolian-Chinese food. Small selection, but ok. Plenty of other choices - Italian, deli, burgers, fruit... Went to my cabin U181 ( I notice that a prior cruiser had the same one) and met the Steward. I brought a few cases of soda and 2 bottles of wine on board, in addition to the case of water I ordered from Carnival. I asked the Steward for a cooler of ice for all these beverages. He only brought a small white bucket, and I asked him for a second one. After giving him a tip, he said he would refill the ice whenever he came into the room. Of course he only refilled it one other time. Disappointing. The cabin and ship are well maintained, but it reminded me of the hotels I used to vacation in during the 1980's... time to be retired. The air conditioning in my room - and other rooms as I later found out was pretty poor. The serenity deck had several empty lounges to my surprise. The 2 Jacuzzis were available for use, and it was a great alternative to the main pool area which was packed. The food was the usual Carnival fare, and Im unhappy that they dont serve Lobster on dress up night. Service in the dining room was hit and miss, depending on the night. The comedians were ok. I'm not sure why this ship didn't have "George Lopez approved" comedians, but both were good. We went to the Rock musical show, and found it pretty good. In Cozumel, we decided to check out Mr. Sanchos (not part of Carnival excursions) and found it excellent. For $55 (and a $17 cab ride each way) we had 2 pools with swim up bars, a large beach, and unlimited food and drink. Plenty of lounges and chairs were available. As someone who has been on several Carnival cruises, I found this to be "ok". You pay for what you get. Glad I got to experience Cozumel. But as I would like more than an "ok" vacation, I will try another ship and port next time.. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We chose this cruise because it was what we could afford. It was AMAZING. Being my first cruise, I wasn't sure what to expect. Now, I want to go on every cruise I can. The best part of the whole trip was obviously the stops but also ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was what we could afford. It was AMAZING. Being my first cruise, I wasn't sure what to expect. Now, I want to go on every cruise I can. The best part of the whole trip was obviously the stops but also the service. The best service we got was from Gregg and Anna at the Paris Restaurant Bar. They were so much fun and gave us such a great experience. If on this cruise, make sure to go see Gregg and get the Handsome Gregg drink! IT IS THE BEST. The ports were great, the only thing that we had an issue with was keeping track of time on the islands since it is so different from ship time. Next time, I will take a watch or something so I can better keep track of time because it cause us to not be on the Cayman Islands very long because we were scared of getting left. Overall, I will DEFINITELY take this cruise again and go with Carnival for all my other cruises. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
This was our first cruise with Carnival Cruise Lines. We normally sail on Royal Caribbean. Our cruise last year on Brilliance of the Seas was very disappointing so we decided to give Carnival a try. We were pleasantly surprised by ... Read More
This was our first cruise with Carnival Cruise Lines. We normally sail on Royal Caribbean. Our cruise last year on Brilliance of the Seas was very disappointing so we decided to give Carnival a try. We were pleasantly surprised by Carnival. We had such a wonderful experience from checking in at the terminal to boarding the ship. Our room steward Jeanette was wonderful. Our room was ready shortly after boarding. We had a cabin with two portholes. Very spacious and clean. I celebrated my birthday during this cruise and Jeanette had made it great by writing happy birthday on our cabin mirror and I also received 3 gift cards to use on the ship ($50 off at the spa, $25 off in the photo gallery, and $25 off a bottle of wine). I have been on Royal Caribbean ship for my birthday before and did not receive any type of treatment like that. I do have to say that Paradise is a small ship and is a little outdated but we could not have asked for a better time. The production shows in the theater were amazing, especially the 80's pop show. The also hosted a Hasbro game show (were the board games are life size) great for families with kids. We loved singing along with Craig in the piano bar and laughing with Paul Lyons at the Punchliner Comedy Club. Our dining experience was good. We were not crazy about our seating arrangements. We had a booth that could seat 6 people (very cozy) but we were lucky enough that one couple did not show up for dinner the whole time, so it was just 4 of us. But there are several circular and rectangular tables throughout the dining room. There are two dinning rooms, the Destiny (our dining room) and the Elation (had timed seating and "my time dining only"). Food was good and we had a good selection of dinner options nightly. Service was very good (can't complain). Our port of call was Cozumel, MX. We have been to Cozumel several times. This time we decided to do something different, so we book the Salsa, Salsa & Margaritas excursion. We had an awesome time learning how to make margaritas and 6 different kinds of salsa. After that it was salsa dancing time with our amazing dancing chefs Stephanie and Karla. Our tour guides Fernando and Lulu were very informative and fun. We could not have asked for a better vacation. I can honestly say that Carnival exceeded our expectations with this cruise. We are currently booked for another cruise on Carnival for next year as well. If your looking for a short getaway and on a budget I definitely recommend cruising on the Carnival Paradise. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We picked this cruise for our family vacation and especially liked the Circle C kids club for ages 12-14 with plenty of on ship activities for the kids. The kids were able to do scavenger hunts, video game competitions and lots of other ... Read More
We picked this cruise for our family vacation and especially liked the Circle C kids club for ages 12-14 with plenty of on ship activities for the kids. The kids were able to do scavenger hunts, video game competitions and lots of other mingling activities. We booked a balcony room which was FABULOUS! We were able to enjoy a private sunset view every day with ocean breezes. The food was excellent in the dining room evenings, but the family was disappointed by the limited poolside lunch choices of hamburgers, hotdogs or pizza every day. We miss the formal dining option for lunch. One day we tried the Asian cousine which consisted of 3 basic spicy bowls. Not much for choice or variety at lunch and the sweets shop closes at 11 pm so no more midnight buffets like the old days. We prepaid excursions at a discount, but found once we got on the ship that one of our major excursions had been cancelled. So we had to choose an alternative at no discount, but full price. It was a major disappointment and was not at all what the description said. Overall, though, I would recommend this cruise for budget conscious families as it has something for everyone and Carnival does try to make an all inclusive family vacation for Everyone. Our cruise director Calvyn even kept checking in with our family to make sure we were having a good time, playing bingo, watching shows and participating in all the various shipboard activities. Our favorite entertainment was the family game show where even the audience was able to compete for prizes! Good for families with children. Everyone can do their own thing or get a pedicure at the spa. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Wanted to leave form Tampa. The entertainment was good. The director, Calvin, was wonderful! He is soo funny! The staff everywhere was friendly and helpful. The young lady in charge of seating diners,Dewi, was great and Chen from China ... Read More
Wanted to leave form Tampa. The entertainment was good. The director, Calvin, was wonderful! He is soo funny! The staff everywhere was friendly and helpful. The young lady in charge of seating diners,Dewi, was great and Chen from China was so nice. The tour guide we had at Cozumel named Patrick had so much passion. He made the excursion worth the time and money!! Can not say enough about him. His driver named William was great. Just seeing the blue waters at Cozumel was awesome. Housekeeping did a nice job! Beds made and turned down at night. Always fresh towels and clean room The stop at Grand Cayman seemed too short. I would have liked one more hour. Glad to see there was a smoking area for smokers,even though I do not smoke. This ship had something for everyone. I saw lots of young families,seniors, and teenagers. I enjoyed the coffee bar a little too much. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
I had a good time. Ship made ports on time, no breakdowns. 4 scuba dives, USS Kittiwake & 3 reefs. Now for one post review wonders; no app for the ice bucket. Asked an received, (no problem). Old ship, would know that before ... Read More
I had a good time. Ship made ports on time, no breakdowns. 4 scuba dives, USS Kittiwake & 3 reefs. Now for one post review wonders; no app for the ice bucket. Asked an received, (no problem). Old ship, would know that before boarding. Most pre 2000 ships have no refrigerator, hair dryer, & specialty restaurants. Good for the money. No one rarely gives positives: The room is larger than the norm. Bathroom shower almost a 2 person shower; shower curtain did not grab you. Two Sea Day brunches, magician at table with tricks. Prefer dinner anytime dining in Elation dining room. .Ate a few times at Deli with Freddy for lunch. Extras: $100.00 OBC, comped chocolate covered strawberries, filet & lobster & a bottle of wine. Late night 2 VIFP cocktails & passenger (JD & Mary Beth) from eastern Kentucky, one evening at the Rotterdam bar bought me a cherry grey goose chocolate martini. Thank you. For the crew & staff who we shared stories & nick names for passengers & crew: Mr. Wayne Edwards Sr. Guest Service Supervisor & his staff, efficient & professional. Alton Panton, Sr.Assist Maitre'd for special dinner. Rekha Daswani & Aline hostesses. Gerald, Manuel & Cassandra servers in Elation dining room Ericksson room steward, with the hide & seek remote one day. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Although the ship appeared slightly outdated compared to many of the newer ships in the Carnival fleet, it had all the necessities that we expected. The ocean view cabin with a king bed was clean and adequate size for my wife and I. ... Read More
Although the ship appeared slightly outdated compared to many of the newer ships in the Carnival fleet, it had all the necessities that we expected. The ocean view cabin with a king bed was clean and adequate size for my wife and I. Although we didn't watch much TV while on board, the sound on the TV was somewhat muted and sometimes difficult to hear. Plenty of storage space for our four pieces of luggage, which we actually had over packed for the trip. We did however bring a hanging cloth shoe and toiletries racks (over the door) that helped out. We were near a laundry room and washed & dried clothes a couple of times on the trip without any problem. The laundry room had an iron & ironing board set up for free use. Bed and pillows were comfortable. So much so that we spent far more time sleeping than either of us had expected. There were only two minor complaints regarding the cabin... the coat hangers were kind of strange (four hangers hanging off of one hook) and the room had only one electrical outlet that we had to share. Bathroom was adequate size and plenty of water pressure, hot water, towel hooks, etc. No complaints there. Over all the ship was clean. The staff was friendly, engaging and helpful. The food was not bad. We ate at the grill, pizza and wok stations and the food was good on each occasion. We also ate in Elation dining room and the food was restaurant quality as well. There was enough entertainment to keep us occupied. We really enjoyed Travis at the Atrium bar doing acoustic guitar sets, as well as music show downs at the Atrium. The shows were good but were kind of age specific. I enjoyed the 80's show, but the 60's 'Here Come the Brits', although well done, just didn't resonate with me. Many of the older folks on board liked it though. Definitely enjoyed the 'Love & Marriage' show. Haven't laughed that much in a while. We had no real complaints for the money we spent for a five day cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This was my second time on the Paradise and 11th cruise overall. The service was excellent from dining to the casino. Please see the quick pro and con list below: Pros: 1. Dining Staff was excellent: First time doing anytime ... Read More
This was my second time on the Paradise and 11th cruise overall. The service was excellent from dining to the casino. Please see the quick pro and con list below: Pros: 1. Dining Staff was excellent: First time doing anytime dining on Carnival and it worked out excellent. Rarely had to wait at all and all the servers were very good. 2. Casino Staff: For the most part, the table casino staff were very friendly with the occasional blah staff member. We had a blast. 3. Food: Surprisingly good. Other than the breakfast buffet, the food was always good. There was an awesome brunch the last day. Filet Mignon and fried eggs included on the menu. 4. Ports: Cayman is great for snorkeling and hanging out. Cozumel is a pretty cool place as well with a lot to do. Fat Tuesdays and Margaritaville are both good places to try out. 5. Staterooms: This should be both on the pro and con but overall I'm going with pro. The stateroom staff always kept the place clean and were nice. The con side of it is the configuration. There is a lot of wasted space and there are several things to bump into. Cons: 1. Entertainment: These were the worse shows I have ever seen on any cruise ship including Carnival and other cruise lines. I don't necessarily blame the entertainers but I can blame the terrible writing and types of shows. The only exception would be the Hasbro games which were cool but lasted way too long. Bring back the Hollywood show and some different types of entertainment. 2. Public restrooms: Try to avoid and stick with your cabin room. Would have given it 5 stars but I wasn't able to sit through one whole show. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Just returned from a 4-night sailing on The Paradise. Wondered throughout the trip why so many do not like this ship. Embarkation was totally without any problems. Once on board the ship impressed time-and-again as to the cleanliness; ... Read More
Just returned from a 4-night sailing on The Paradise. Wondered throughout the trip why so many do not like this ship. Embarkation was totally without any problems. Once on board the ship impressed time-and-again as to the cleanliness; fantastic crew attitude and all-around caring of the entire crew. Our cabin attendant was nearly invisible; yet, our cabin was kept neat and clean at all times. First time we were never greeted on embarkation day by our attendant. The dining room meals and waitstaff were very good to excellent. Carnival has cut back on waitstaff, so the wait was a tad longer - their attitude surely made up for it - - very caring and friendly. The Lido (Paris) restaurant was acceptable - nothing very fancy and not too much in the selection department for breakfast or lunch. The grill by the pool was very good. For breakfast, a suggestion is to eat in the dining room; in addition, try the "seaday brunch" - lots of great choices served by as great a staff. The Paradise is a smaller and older ship - and you can see that from low ceilings and dated things throughout the ship, including our cabin. However, this ship is very well kept by a very caring staff, so that many times you forget just how old (and small) she is in relation to the mega-ships in service today. The Paradise is not 5-star, in dining; cabins; or public areas. However, that being said, The Paradise crew and staff go out of their way repeatedly to make the experience on-board a great one. And again, the ship is very clean and very well maintained. The Paradise is very well worth the experience for a short(er) cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
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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