Sail Date: January 2015
I booked my cruise to participate in my best friend's wedding. Upon arrival to the port, we were told we would board at 12 and instead boarded an hour late which made us start the wedding a half hour late as well. My best friend was ... Read More
I booked my cruise to participate in my best friend's wedding. Upon arrival to the port, we were told we would board at 12 and instead boarded an hour late which made us start the wedding a half hour late as well. My best friend was promised an hour reception which turned out to be 30 minutes because the wedding was pushed back and because we had to attend the safety meeting. Once the reception was over, I went to hunt for my room and found that it was a floor above everyone else in the wedding party and on the complete opposite side of the ship. I asked if my room could be moved and I was told that no accommodation like that could be made. I also was not seated at the table during dinner with the rest of the wedding party either. They did add a leaf to the table to accommodate me but, there were several nights when the table was not properly set up to accommodate 2 more people. Also, since we booked as a group, the cruise gave every person a 50 dollar comp. to use on drinks or in the casino. I was left out of this deal as well. When I spoke to guest services again, they told me there was nothing AGAIN they could do about it. Their response was that when I booked my trip, I didn't use to group code. I tried to tell them that, that must have been an error on the employee with Carnival who booked my trip but, they refused to take responsibility. This unfortunately is the last cruise I'm willing to take a chance on with Carnival. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2015
This is my first attempt after 9 cruises to actually write a review, so here goes. First let me say that it seems the Carnival Paradise gets a bad rap. Nay sayers will be nay sayers, so let them say what they will. This was our experience. ... Read More
This is my first attempt after 9 cruises to actually write a review, so here goes. First let me say that it seems the Carnival Paradise gets a bad rap. Nay sayers will be nay sayers, so let them say what they will. This was our experience. We got to the port of Tampa around 11:30 for our 4 day cruise. Check in at the counter was a breeze, we were given our room keys, and assigned a zone number within 5 minutes. We were zone 15, zone 11 was currently boarding. It took less than 5 minutes to have our zone called and onboard we went. Lunch was being served on the Lido deck, so we sat down for a bite of lunch, DH helped himself to a hamburger off the grill, and I got in line for the Mongolian Grill. It was delish!! The skies were cloudy and gray, and it was a little windy, so we stayed on the Lido deck (parked in chairs by the bar) and spent the afternoon people watching. Agus was the first server who brought us drinks, and throughout the cruise he remembered not only our names but what we liked to drink (go for the mohito - but be careful (it's got a kick!). The staff weren't pushy about selling you drinks or anything else for that matter. We were delayed about an hour departing due to the fog. Our cabin was on the Empress deck (E12). I was a little worried being under the stage, as we aren't late night people, but honestly, we never (ever) heard any movement from above. Our cabin steward JayJay kept our room tidy, he was great, brought us ice and made sure the ice bucket stayed full. I can't remember the names of our dining room servers, really wish that I could, they too were excellent. You want two of this entree and one of that? NO PROBLEM, you had it! Two sea days and one day in Cozumel made for a perfect little getaway. Back to squash the naysayers, this ship is older, but it was very clean, and the crew was always working to keep it that way. We didn't try anything that we didn't like foodwise, (the first day they served seafood fritters and they were REALLY good). We only went to two shows, 8 Seconds More and Shout, those performers really gave it their all, and we enjoyed both shows. We went to a couple of Trivia games, they were entertaining. The hairy chest competition was a riot on this cruise! So take my review for what it is, enjoy the Paradise for what it is, one of the smaller ships that pack a big old FUN that you can feel as soon as you board. Hope you enjoy your trip on the Paradise - because we DID!!!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2014
Had just gotten back from the reposition on Splendor San Juan to Miami on 9th of Nov, so wasn't expecting to take another cruise on 4th of Dec. Saw a terrific rate so I booked Paradise. Just a 4 nighter, but have wanted to try out ... Read More
Had just gotten back from the reposition on Splendor San Juan to Miami on 9th of Nov, so wasn't expecting to take another cruise on 4th of Dec. Saw a terrific rate so I booked Paradise. Just a 4 nighter, but have wanted to try out Fantasy class for a while. Heard mixed reviews about Paradise, so wasn't sure what to expect. Never been disappointed on any of the 4 previous Carnival cruises and sure wasn't on this one. I had a marvelous time. I took this as a solo as I did on Splendor. Carnival does a great job putting other solo cruisers at the same table in the dining room. The food and service were great just like on all 4 previous Carnival cruises in the dining room. The omelette bar became a regular treat for me in the morning. Delicious. The pizza bar late night was another gem. Delicious. My room stewards were great, as were the bar staff and all the Carnival staff I met along the way, with that Carnival smile and welcoming attitude. Even the folks that didn't serve me directly such as the staff who were sweeping the floors or cleaning in some fashion were so nice. I tipped several of them along my way, and thanked them for making things so nice for us. The ship is a bit dated, granted, but I like nostalgia. The atrium was beautiful; colorful and bright. I liked the ship theme on Paradise. Even the frosted glass sketch of the ocean liner with the subtle light behind it in my cabin was a very nice touch. My oceanview cabin was spacious, especially for a solo traveler. The only thing on the cabin front was it was a bit of a challenge to get to the window with the table and bed blocking the way. I just climbed up on the bed and looked out No biggie, I was usually on deck most of my waking hours. I really liked the ship. It seemed much larger when on board than when I have seen it sailing out of Port Tampa. Another thing I liked; was my cabin was right down the hall from the piano bar in the atrium, the internet area, shore excursion desk and guest services. Quite a unique layout. When Paradise comes out of dry-dock in a few weeks, she will be better than ever. However, I thought Paradise was just fine 2 months ago. Thanks Carnival. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2014
The cruise was fun from the moment we embarked until we reluctantly walked off the ship. -- We got the $49 Faster To The Fun (FTTF) so embarkation was a breeze and our room was ready. Best $50 ever spent. We went directly to the buffet and ... Read More
The cruise was fun from the moment we embarked until we reluctantly walked off the ship. -- We got the $49 Faster To The Fun (FTTF) so embarkation was a breeze and our room was ready. Best $50 ever spent. We went directly to the buffet and Mongolian wok and had a VERY delicious lunch. Started the cruise on a full, satisfied stomach. Kids went to the O2 club where they met other kids their age 16+ and they had activities for them every day. Kids had rave reviews of club O2. There was soooo much to do on the ship. We went to all shows and participated in contests, and I even won the putting contest!! We relaxed, ate, exercised, met people, had fun at the comedy club. Too many things to list. ---- Cigarette smoke was not an issue. (unless I was at a smoking table in the casino.... where I expect smoke.) I found no overcrowding, some people complained about things that are not worth complaining about. (They are just hard to please.) Someone wrote that "the ship shows her age....." yes!! it's 20 years old!! It looked fine. If you want to be a jerk, then you can look in corners and see chipped paint. ??? If you want a newer ship, then pay the $1,100 per person for a brand new ship. ---- We had an ocean view which we enjoyed. Our room steward (Tree) was amazing! Made us feel like we were his only clients. This was my wife and my 3rd cruise. (Royal Caribbean in the past) ---Kids did the "Dolphin encounter" excursion. Worth every penny as the kids totally enjoyed it and we got some great pics also. (+$69) - The Cruise director Steve and assistant Hugo were ALL-THAT!!!!!! Made the shows even more fun. This cruise was amazing............ I could write so much more. Can't wait until we cruise again ASAP!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2014
Ok, I'm not a hard guy to please, actually I'm the type that would just take the piece of hair out of my food and roll with it, BUT this cruise got worst by the day. First night, after my eldest son all of 6'4 was attempting ... Read More
Ok, I'm not a hard guy to please, actually I'm the type that would just take the piece of hair out of my food and roll with it, BUT this cruise got worst by the day. First night, after my eldest son all of 6'4 was attempting to pull out the sofa sleeper in the GS Suite we called room service to make sure we wouldn't damage anything, our response was after 9:00pm they couldn't assist, we would need to wait until tomorrow. First night at dinner (Elation Dinning Room) I ordered a glass of wine and was changed for an entire bottle. I informed the waiter that i didn't order a whole bottle of wine because I purchased a wine package after boarding the ship; therefore I have a entire bottle of the wine they opened in the restaurant, in my room. The waiter insisted that i stop eating dinner with my family and good to my cable (U117) to get the unopened bottle I purchased and swap it out with the bottle they opened. I actually thought about doing it, BUT after thinking about the bigger picture ( A GLASS of WINE ) I was like no. Then after really thinking about it the next day, I spoke with the manager of Elation and was informed the they credited the $40 bottle off my account. The bigger issue here was the way the waiter insisted that I get the un-open bottle from my cabin in the middle of eating dinner with my family. On top of this issue the food in this fine dinning restaurant was cold and pre-prepared. My daughter asked if she could order a item on the menu without the mushrooms, the waiter said, no it comes pre-cooked. This was my families first cruise and from this experience I'm sure it will be our last. We'll continue to fly to our destinations. Cruising is not for us especially on the Paradise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2014
Recently, my boyfriend and me took a Carnival cruise on the Paradise during December 22-27 , 2014 . I was thinking , it's would be a perfect little vacation getaway. Usually we book balcony cabin, but this time we had inside cabin( ... Read More
Recently, my boyfriend and me took a Carnival cruise on the Paradise during December 22-27 , 2014 . I was thinking , it's would be a perfect little vacation getaway. Usually we book balcony cabin, but this time we had inside cabin( booked cabin 2 weeks prior cruising) . Instead my boyfriend got very sick ( we think , from poor air circulation and mold ). We complained for 3 days, that it's very hot in the cabin, only on day 3 did the technician finally unscrewed the air vent, witch was full of mold and solid black in color. In fact, most everyone staying on the empress deck was sick and coughing like my boyfriend. With regard to what is supposed to be the reason we all cruise (the superb food) Carnival Paradise's food was simply awful. Specifically the eggs were not real (seemed to be made from powder), the coffee and tea were not brewed. They both were made from syrup and water and tasted horrible. The juices were not made from juice. They use Vitality which is more like a juice drink full of added sugar. The ship was dirty and proper sanitation procedures were not used. Servers not wearing gloves and taking dirty plates away and serving food right after without cleaning hands or wearing gloves. Needless to say we would not recommend the Carnival brands and will never book with them again. They want to charge full price and provide 2nd class service. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2014
We went on this cruise hesitantly after reading reviews on here. We were happily surprised. The ship is a older one but it was maintained nicely and was clean. Plenty of onboard things to do for pretty much anyone. Food was good for the ... Read More
We went on this cruise hesitantly after reading reviews on here. We were happily surprised. The ship is a older one but it was maintained nicely and was clean. Plenty of onboard things to do for pretty much anyone. Food was good for the most part, didn't have any complaints. Ports of call were nice as well and well organized for the tendering at Grand Cayman and docking at Cozumel. Didnt do any excursions as this was our first cruise and we wanted to take it in. Comedy club is a must and the Casino has plenty of options. Pool level bars serve some of the best mixed drinks on the ship if your into that as well. Our room attendant was EXCELLENT as well if you get Sean your in luck. Our room level was empress mid ship oceanview and was in good shape with a flat screen tv, plenty of stoarage. Faster to the fun is a great add on as well. We're already in the process of planning our next cruise. Don't let the reviews scare you away unless your ultra picky. Also the ship wasn't crowded and the New Years party they threw was the best I've ever been to in my 33 years!!! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2014
As a "Diamond" member, I arrived at the port at about 11:30, and went directly through the embarkation procedure, and aboard the ship in about 20 minutes. I've always found the Port of Tampa to do an excellent job, whether ... Read More
As a "Diamond" member, I arrived at the port at about 11:30, and went directly through the embarkation procedure, and aboard the ship in about 20 minutes. I've always found the Port of Tampa to do an excellent job, whether you're a "first timer", or a Diamond member. As usual, the Lido deck was a bit crowded on embarkation day, with many folks dragging their suitcases around with them, while waiting for the cabins to be ready, but once again, as a Diamond Member, my cabin was ready and waiting when I boarded. Cabin was clean, and exactly what I expected. (Inside, deck 7 aft) The cruise was outstanding, and offered excellent food, and service. I found the entertainment aboard "Paradise" to be far better than most ships, as "Paradise" has NOT upgraded to the "Playlist Production" shows yet, and has a full compliment of singers, dancers, and musicians. GREAT shows, including "8 More Seconds" which features the cruise director, Steve Cassel, playing his fiddle. Fun! The second show, "Shout" is also outstanding, and will have you singing along. Ports are very good, although I never leave the ship much anymore, as I've been to the ports over, and over again. Staying aboard in port offers lots of advantages, such as "all the pools, and hot tubs are vacant, and you can have any lounger you want. No lines at the buffet either! OUTSTANDING! Debarkation, back at Tampa was quick and painless. I carried all my stuff off, and was the second soul to leave the ship. The staff of the "Paradise" are well organized, and the debarkation process for the entire ship is quick, and easy. I'd highly recommend "Paradise" to anyone wanting a short, relaxing get away. Ship, and Crew are truly EXCELLENT!   Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2014
I generally don't return to cruise critic after a cruise and I, and my family, are relatively tolerant of imperfection. I have been a member since 2004 and been on a fair number of cruises, most in suites and more on NCL than ... Read More
I generally don't return to cruise critic after a cruise and I, and my family, are relatively tolerant of imperfection. I have been a member since 2004 and been on a fair number of cruises, most in suites and more on NCL than Carnival. I have to say there is no comparison if you are in a suite. Do not waste the large amount of extra money, particularly on Paradise, for a suite. In order to get a fair amount of space and a balcony that could fit chairs we had to book a Grand suite which is the best cabin available. First, do not expect any kind of VIP treatment. There isn't any. I kind of assumed that going in so I was banking on the cabin being worth the fare. It , and the ship, were not up to snuff. Worst of all the coveted and rare (on Paradise) balcony smelled like raw sewage for the whole trip. I had to complain and they said they had heard that before!! Things are not clean. The robe had someone else's dirt on the collar, the surfaces were all sticky when we got there, the windows (which are easily accessible from the balcony -- I was going to clean them myself) had old drippy streaks running down them. I don't blame the stewards, I'm sure they are overworked. I can go on -- but I'm too busy coughing my lungs out from the second hand smoke in the casino which seemed to have no air conditioning or air circulation. Dining room wait staff at our table was excellent and we tipped them extra accordingly which I could tell was a shock to them as was the tip I gave our room steward. I don't think he had ever had a decent tip before. He said as much. Carnival Paradise is a tired old ship, okay for a short CHEAP cruise. This is not the ship to book if you want the suite experience. I will pony up the extra for a suite on another line where VIP means something. It's always nice to get what you think you are paying for. I wrote this so others are forewarned and don't get the major disappointment we did. Regarding service -- guest services often does not answer the phone. I had a message on the phone, tried to call them 6 times, no answer. I finally had to go to the desk and wait 15 minutes on a long line. Finally we were supposed to have priority disembarkation being in a suite and also with a wheelchair bound parent. We were completely ignored by the staff helping priority disembarkation until I steeped forward to ask several times why they were not letting us through. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2014
I have been on 5 cruises. This was the WORST cruise I have been on. To start with the food was terrible I had to order room service everyday to get a decent meal that consist of BLT sandwich and chips. Fine dining took at least 1 hour to ... Read More
I have been on 5 cruises. This was the WORST cruise I have been on. To start with the food was terrible I had to order room service everyday to get a decent meal that consist of BLT sandwich and chips. Fine dining took at least 1 hour to get our food and when we did get it was cold and under cooked. I understand that some people like steak med rare but when you order chicken and blood is running on your plate its time to leave and go order room service. The shows were terrible to much CURSING in the FAMILY shows. The deli bar that served sandwiches were horrible, the ham was slimey and the cheese was horrible. I hope you like baked beans because that is what was served for breakfast every morning along with cold grits, nasty old sausage and eggs covered in onions that was under cooked. You were lucky to get an omlette after waiting in line for 45 min. They did serve hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken every single day on the deck. They tasted terrible, it was always cold and over cooked. The salad bar might have had 6 vegetables to choose from, that included lettuce, beans, red cabbage, tomatoes, carrots and sometimes cucumbers. The dressing for the salads were terrible they had lots of water added to them. The sweet bar was terrible. The hall ways always had a terrible smell. The air in our room was terrible we had to ask for a fan it took them 2 calls to the front desk to get a fan. The crew members were not friendly, they had a total of 920 crew members and only a hanfull of them could speak English. We did have Two crew members that were nice. Over all I would rate this cruise a BIG FAT ZERO. It got us from point A to point B. I did enjoy our day at Mexico.. If you do go to Mexico, go to Paradise Beach. Look it up its Great. Read Less
Carnival Paradise Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.5 0.0
Public Rooms 3.5 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 4.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.5 0.0
Enrichment 4.0 0.0
Service 4.5 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 3.0 0.0

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