991 Carnival Paradise Cruise Reviews

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
Sail Date May 2018
This was my wife and my 45th anniversary present to each other. We should have stayed home, went out to dinner, and saved 4 grand. If you are looking for a low budget frill cruise, an over crowded ship, school cafeteria food, and poor ... Read More
This was my wife and my 45th anniversary present to each other. We should have stayed home, went out to dinner, and saved 4 grand. If you are looking for a low budget frill cruise, an over crowded ship, school cafeteria food, and poor service then this cruise is for you. First the over crowded, dipping your toes in the pool or even finding a lounge chair, unless it’s raining, was impossible. In addition we arrived in Key West with three other cruise ships, and in Cozumel with 4 others. Shoulder to shoulder shopping, no seats to sit down to eat, and over-priced trinkets. The only things to do on the ship for the middle aged was to listen to music, no ‘60s or Country; drinking if you could get service; gamble if that’s your thing; and eating if you don’t mind what you put in your mouth. The dining room food tasted like school cafertia food. The only thing we found palatable in the food court was a hamburger and fries, for 5 days! Carnival also must go to great lengths to train their staff not to do anything special for their guests. My friend asked to taste a thimble full of the reminents of a mohito blender mix and was told that they would lose their job if caught giving anything away. Instead it was washed down the drain. Why aren’t soft drinks free, gotta be $$. Service was poor everywhere. Carnival seems to pride themselves on having over 50 nationalities on their staff. I wouldn’t care if I was served by a baboon if the food was good and service was friendly. This was my first and last Carnival cruise I have disembarked for the last time. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
This was my families third time cruising with Carnival and this was the absolute worst one yet. For starters we were to board between 12 - 12:30 but that didnt happen it was more like 1:30. Most of the staff and waiters were rude, not to ... Read More
This was my families third time cruising with Carnival and this was the absolute worst one yet. For starters we were to board between 12 - 12:30 but that didnt happen it was more like 1:30. Most of the staff and waiters were rude, not to mention my four year old hated the kids camp because the staff wasn't very kid friendly. There was a guy in the day camp who had no business working with kids all he did was raise his voice at them, and he tried to discourage parents from leaving their kids after 10pm because he didnt want to be bothered. When i dropped my son off and he was there he just cried. The camp my thirteen year old attended was okay but the kids basically did their own thing.Our cabin wasnt bad, but the guy who was cleaning kept busting in really early ehile we were sleep. The beds were actually very comfortable. Our waiter at the Elation restaurant was extremely rude and seemed as if he didnt want to be there. I'm definitely considering a different cruise line for our next family vacation. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We decided to cruise on Carnival Paradise due to it being the best itinerary for our travel date. The ship just came out of dry dock & refurbishment in March 2018. They added Waterworks, Guys Burgers, shopping options like Pandora ... Read More
We decided to cruise on Carnival Paradise due to it being the best itinerary for our travel date. The ship just came out of dry dock & refurbishment in March 2018. They added Waterworks, Guys Burgers, shopping options like Pandora & renovated all rooms. We were not first time cruisers but this was our first time on Carnival. As previous Disney cruisers it’s hard for any other cruise like to compare but I can say we were pleasantly surprised. We traveled with our 2 sons ages 13 & 19. We booked a balcony room. The room was clean & balcony was new. The entertainment was good. The comedians did PG shows in addition to adult shows which worked out well for my family & the nighttime musical performances we good also but it’s not Disney & trying to compare the too is like comparing apples & oranges. Simply you can’t compare the 2. Food on carnival is good & I recommend your time dining. It worked great for us. If you have children, plan on staying at the water slides as the pool area is the center of the party for the adults. If you do like smoke, stay out of the casino area. Circle C was great for our 13 year old. There wasn’t as much for the 19 year old just because he’s too old to hang in the teen club & too young to enjoy the night club but he still had a great time. We loved the excursions we booked. We highly recommend beginner scuba in Grand Cayman & the dolphin swim & Xplor Park in Cozumel. If you do Xplor know that it takes the whole time your there so no time to shop or check out Cozumel but if you like zip lining this is the place to go. Also the cruise director Leon was great. All in all one of our best family vacations & my husband & I look forward to cruising without the kids on Carnival in the future. Also book faster to the fun. It’s worth it for debarkation! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
This was a family vacation. The views were breath taking. It was the first vacation I ever had that I didn't have to clean or cook. So many types of food to choose from and all was delicious. The only negative thing I can think to ... Read More
This was a family vacation. The views were breath taking. It was the first vacation I ever had that I didn't have to clean or cook. So many types of food to choose from and all was delicious. The only negative thing I can think to say is that there is only 1 swimming pool and it is way to small for the thousands of people on board. All else was good! Rolando is the best server you have on staff! Excursions were well planned. Perfect royal blue water near cozemel and grand cayman islands. Our daughter celebrated her birthday on board and the cakes that I ordered from the fun shop were the best I had ever tasted. We were very blessed to have good weather for most of the cruise. Just sit back and take it all in or sleep the day away. Cruise director does a fabulous job planning all events. Thank you! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
My husband and I chose this cruise date for our honeymoon/wedding celebration, to enjoy with family and friends. The 5 days seemed liked the perfect amount of time and the dates worked great because we figured it was after spring break and ... Read More
My husband and I chose this cruise date for our honeymoon/wedding celebration, to enjoy with family and friends. The 5 days seemed liked the perfect amount of time and the dates worked great because we figured it was after spring break and before summer so the crowds would not be as bad. It was our first cruise and also the first cruise for many of our party and majority of our party are not sure we ever want to cruise again and most definitely, not with Carnival. I want to start b saying that the stateroom and bathroom size was larger than expected; the coffee was pretty good and the sit down restaurant was good (if you don't mind the occasional smell of sewage). Other than that, I could complain about everything else. I also want to note I have NEVER wrote a bad review so I am not one to complain. I just hope to save some one else the money and save their experience. The food was all mediocre (other than the restaurant). At one breakfast from the buffet, I had eggs, bacon, toast and potatoes. I found myself kind of forcing myself to eat these items and finally put he plate aside and opted for a bowl of cereal. There was not one item on the plate that I could actually say I liked and I do like breakfast food. Pretty sad that I had to eat cereal instead of stuffing my face with all the mazing food I expected. Also, the only 24 hour food that was available was pizza which was nothing to talk about. want a late night chocolate cookie? Don't count on it, the dessert bar, salad bar, buffet, burgers and tacos are not available. Now for the drinks, we purchased the CHEERS package for my husband and myself and the BUBBLES package for my daughter (we also paid for the gratuity). The idea of going up to any bar and ordering a drink with no bill was wonderful, however the service was not what we expected. In fact, it was like we were bothering the bar tender and this goes or the 3 main bars that we used; the Red Frog, the Blue Iguana and the bar that was located next to the pizza station. Now keep in mind The Blue Iguana was hardly ever open so that left the 2 to 3 bar tenders at the Red Frog to serve everyone that was at the pool area. We had gorgeous weather for our trip so it seemed that everyone was at the pool area. Those poor bar tenders seemed to be there from morning until midnight. I am sure they were tired and seemed over worked, but I am sure they need the money. However, we could wait anywhere from 5 to 12 minutes before even being asked what we would like. People would walk up to bar after us and would be served first. We did not tip every time (we did pay for that ahead of time), but other times we would tip. There was one bar tender named Billy that worked the bar Thursday night and we all made sure to tip him well because he was a pleasure and entertaining. I would also like to say that we had 22 people in our party and 16 of use purchased the CHEERS package, so they more than made their money. As mentioned earlier, we brought our daughter who is 6 years old and this was also her first cruise. What a disappointment she had on the size of the pool. When we firs boarded the ship and saw the size of the pool we were so sure that there HAS to be another pool on board. Goodness we were wrong and it didn't take long for the pool to fill up and stayed filled up. The pool never felt inviting. I will say however that I was impressed with the cleaning of the pool. At one point some one did a #2 in the pool (yes, you read that correctly!). The staff came in and not only disposed of the feces, they drained, scrubbed the inside of the pool and refilled. More than I would have thought. Now, there were 4 hot tubs on board; 2 that are for 21 and older so we were left with 2 hot tubs for my daughter which also stayed full. The slide was great and we enjoyed the multiple slides. However there is no shade at the slide area, which is great until you think about sitting out there for several hours watching your kid and some shade would be nice. The Ocean camp service was ok the only evening we used the services. My daughter seemed to have enjoyed her self. However, that is the only day we used the service because that day the sun was not out and it didn't feel like a sauna. We tried to take her to the camp earlier that week and where the camp was located the sun was beating through the windows and it was soooo hot in the room. When trying to locate our muster station and when trying to get to our tenders there was no assistance given by the crew members. It seemed that the entire ship walked around lost and were made to go up and down many levels of steps (elevators were always full and not going in the same direction). This was not too bad of a task for us at our age, nu my 83 year old grandma and his grandma that had shoulder surgery 3 weeks prior to our trip, didn't enjoy the wild goose chase. And no kidding, to find the level the tenders were located on, we had to go up and then down and that was never instructed.. I feel like I could keep going, however I feel like many will get my point. We waited in line for everything (some lines are reasonable); never had the chance to enjoy the pathetic excuse of a pool for a ship with that many people; the food was no where close to the taste it should have been (I was tolerable other than breakfast); and the kid activities were lacking majorly. We have now been hearing from others how amazing Royal Caribbean and other cruise lines are and we regret not using them. Hope this helps some one from making the same mistake, because I know we were so excited about this cruise and when I got off the ship, I found myself trying to convince myself that was great (I mean I was on vacation, on the ocean and not doing dishes), but it was anything from great. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
I chose to sail this cruise as I had taken the same one 2 years earlier with absolutely fabulous results. The ship was very well kept, the cabin was super clean, dining was nice with amazing staff but the food was not anything to ... Read More
I chose to sail this cruise as I had taken the same one 2 years earlier with absolutely fabulous results. The ship was very well kept, the cabin was super clean, dining was nice with amazing staff but the food was not anything to write home about (got the job done). The entertainment was above average specifically Alvin the comedian was very funny and did a superb job in making the family show a success. The Hasboro Family Game show also was super fun for the entire family. The shore excursions were fun I did Chankanaab with sea lion show and snorkeling (Cozumel) with lunch and the sea turtle sanctuary in Grand Cayman. The only thing that made a sour taste was to find that I WON a $75 certificate for credit for spa services however they made it damn near impossible to use it finding excuse after excuse and this was awarded on the embarkation day as a promotional and Natasha the Spa Manager did not do anything to make it right of the Carnival Paradise 5/7-12-2018! Needless to say the spa services that I purchased for my Mom and myself were not at a discounted rate! Read Less
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
Sail Date May 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
Sail Date April 2018
This was our first ever Carnival cruise, and we got really lucky, because the Carnival Paradise had just come out of dry dock/major refurbishment/upgrade shortly before our cruise on April 23. (Dry dock was Feb/Mar, I believe). Since we ... Read More
This was our first ever Carnival cruise, and we got really lucky, because the Carnival Paradise had just come out of dry dock/major refurbishment/upgrade shortly before our cruise on April 23. (Dry dock was Feb/Mar, I believe). Since we had never sailed on this ship before, I can't say how it used to be, but we were very pleasantly surprised with our entire cruise and the accommodations! Our cabin (U49) appeared to be completely new (except for the oceanview window, which, as another reviewer pointed out, is really pretty old/dirty, with lots of caulk marks) - new carpet, new built in closet structure, new bedding and linens, new artwork, new (large!) TV, even appeared to be entirely new bathroom fixtures, lighting, etc. To note, the mirror above the desk has lighting entirely around it (very flattering!) and there are several USB charging ports - at least 4, I believe. The built in closets (2) are big enough to each hold a large suitcase (so no need to store under the bed). I wish there were more drawers - really only 2 usable drawers down near the floor, right by the door. But, there are shelves, instead, and lots of hanging space in both closets. When we arrived, our cabin steward had 3 blue pool towels in our room for us. When we used them (especially off the ship) we simply took the wet ones up to deck 10/Lido deck and exchanged for fresh towels prior to going back to the cabin, so we always had clean blue pool towels in the cabin. Throughout the ship, we thought it appeared that all of the public spaces were in great condition (not sure which were new vs. just well taken care of). It appeared to us that much of the carpet throughout the ship was new, for example. The main pool and at least one of the whirlpool tubs at the main pool were new. To us, it didn't appear that the whirlpools in the Serenity/adults only area (no pool here, just 2 whirlpools) were not new, but also didn't appear to need replacement. We enjoyed both the Guy Fieri's burger joint and Blue Iguana Cantina on the Lido Deck by the pool for lunch more than once - the burritos at Blue Iguana were especially good. All of these foods are made to order. We may have just hit them right, but we never had to wait in line long when we were there. We also found (on about day 3) the omelette station in the Lido/Paris buffet. This was awesome, and the man who made the omelettes - Percival - was awesome - always with a smile on his face, and a great attitude for "his guests"! Again when we ate either breakfast or lunch in the buffet, we never had a problem finding a table and never had to wait long in any of the buffet lines. NOTE: the Serenity/adult only deck (no pool here, just whirlpools and really nice CUSHIONED lounge chairs) is a bit tricky to find at the back/aft of the ship. You can get to it either by walking through the Queen Mary Lounge or by going through the Lido/Paris buffet and exiting out the back door on the left (next to the bar inside the buffet!!) and walking down one flight of stairs. The Serenity area does have bar service, and also provides yellow towels for your use - you just have to sign them out and sign them back in when you return them. For the first time on a cruise, we selected the 6 pm assigned dining room (normally we do "my time dining". Although we were traveling as a couple, we were assigned a table with 2 other couples, which worked out fine for us. We did notice that, especially after the first night, the main dining room was definitely NOT full at the 6 pm seating. Also, 3 out of the 5 nights, the waiters did some dancing and singing around the dining room around dessert time! Very fun and entertaining. We were very impressed with our server, I Ketut, who asked our first names on night 1, and addressed us by our names every night thereafter. He also got to know what everyone drank with dinner, who liked pepper seasoning, etc., etc. We liked him very much, and that personal touch added by addressing us by our first names. We thought the entertainment onboard was really excellent. The shows in the main theater 4 out of the 5 nights featured a cast of only 7 singers/dancers, but they put on 2 really high energy, very creative shows each of the 4 nights, and each show featured many costume changes. The shows included an Epic Rock show on the last night; an outstanding 80's themed show one night; and a tribute to Cuba/Latin music called Amor Cubano one night. Again, these performers worked really hard, and we thought they were very talented! I wish we would have seen both performances of the 80's show - it was that good! Another of our favorites as far as entertainment was the Kraken band perfoming hits from the Decades - almost every night (except night 4). They were outstanding; and played lots of music to dance to. The only drawback is that their stage was located not far from the casino, which meant it was a bit smoky. We also enjoyed the piano bar/sing a long in the evening, although considering this lounge is right off of the atrium (deck 8, I think), the music from the atrium on some of the nights really interfered with his music on some of the nights. There were also two separate solo guitar performers - sometimes in the atrium, sometimes up on the pool deck. Both were good. There was a Latin band that was in one of the clubs almost every night, and there was also Karaoke several times while we were on board. And, there were 2 DJ's on board, I think - sometimes at the pool, sometimes in one of the clubs. I would say that the entertainment on night 4 of the cruise was a bit sparse, and there was an afternoon or two (probably the 2 days in a row that we were in ports) where there wasn't any musical entertainment scheduled. Since we didn't spend full days onshore, that meant things on board were a little bit quiet until after dinner/until the evening theater show. But, overall, we were pleasantly surprised by the entertainment. I know there were also 2 comedians who did several shows - we didn't see them, but people we ate with said they were both good. We arrived a little earlier than our 1:30-2:00 scheduled embarking time - maybe around 1pm, and had only a short wait to get through security and get checked in, then walked right on the ship and into our cabin (cabins are ready by 1:30). When we arrived back in Tampa on Saturday morning, we had chosen to check our bags, so we didn't "walk off" the ship - but it appeared that many passengers did. Honestly, for this size ship, which is relatively small, it seemed like the people who had chosen walk off had quite a challenge, because when we walked downstairs to wait to be called, the elevators were crammed full of guests with their luggage. Once we were called into the terminal (you pick up your own luggage tags the day before - so get there early in the day, so you can choose your departure time) - and we got the first set of tags (#5 were the first tags available) we easily found our bags - again, there were apparently not many that were checked the night before. We had to wait maybe 20 minutes +/- to get through customs, and then we were off to pick up our car. I would say we were at our car by 9:15 am or so... Again, we were genuinely pleasantly surprised with our first Carnival cruise, and would definitely consider booking another one! Go and enjoy Paradise with Carnival! Read Less
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
Sail Date April 2018
We couldn't of asked for a more perfect vacation. Being first time cruisers we had no idea what to expect. We sailed out of Tampa, the check-in process in Tampa was very smooth. Traveling with 3 teenagers we made a point when ... Read More
We couldn't of asked for a more perfect vacation. Being first time cruisers we had no idea what to expect. We sailed out of Tampa, the check-in process in Tampa was very smooth. Traveling with 3 teenagers we made a point when we got on the ship, we took time to explore and to get to know the ship. We wanted to make sure all the kids got familiar how to find where you were. We also paid the $5 each to be able to send messages through the Carnival HUB. It was well worth the $5 to use that feature. We used the Carnival HUB app all the time to look at the "What's Going On" feature also. Some of the things we loved about the ship; the two new restaurant's Guy's Burger and the Cantina. The food was awesome and there usually wasn't a long line because they were very fast at servicing the guests. The Cruise Director Jaime was very upbeat and kept everything entertaining. We loved the nightly shows, especially the 80's rock show. The kids loved the mini-golf, Karaoke and all the activities they had on the pool deck. Things we didn't like, which wasn't a lot. We weren't fond of the comedian on-board. We actually left shortly after he started. We didn't think he was very funny. The pool gets crowded but we made sure we got up in time to get a good spot to sun bathe. Also, the elevator's took forever. We chose the stairs a lot, so we definitely got our steps in. Like I said previously, we sailed with 3 teenagers. We booked an inside state room. I was nervous about booking just one room but other's told me that you are never in your room. Well I'm glad I took that advise. The room wasn't that big but we had plenty of room. There was one queen size bed with a bunk above and then a smaller bed at the end of the queen with another bunk. We made it work and were happy with our decision. We sailed to Grand Cayman and Cozumel. We loved Grand Cayman. We did the snorkeling with sting rays excursion. It was a blast. We booked with a private company and they were great. They also took us snorkeling and to dive for starfish. We were not a fan of Cozumel. We booked an all-inclusive day at a resort. It cost $25 by taxi to get to the resort and when we got there the resort really wasn't what it was hyped up to be. Everything cost extra. When we went to leave we were going to share a taxi with another group. They charged us double because we had more people. We did some shopping or should I say tried. We were getting pulled in every directions by the locals. I didn't like that especially when I had three teenagers that got nervous when people were trying to get us in their shops. Final note, even though the Paradise is an older ship for first time cruisers we couldn't tell. We had a great time and it was well worth the money. We would cruise again on the Paradise and/or another Carnival ship. Food was good, staff was great and our experience was unforgettable. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Myself and a group of friends cruised together the overall experience was pretty awesome! Entertainment was on point the entire staff is friendly!! The embarkation was the only problem, checking into the ship was bit of a pain, I feel it ... Read More
Myself and a group of friends cruised together the overall experience was pretty awesome! Entertainment was on point the entire staff is friendly!! The embarkation was the only problem, checking into the ship was bit of a pain, I feel it could have ran more smoothly had they been more organized. The stateroom had a strange smell to the bathroom, the food was pretty good,guys burger joint is amazing the bartenders are simply amazing specifically "Delveroy" from Jamaica and "Gede" from Indonesia was awesome they were very attentive and are hilarious. They made our trips to the bar amazing everytime. as well the nightlife. It is amazing the cruise director Leon is a breath of fresh air! He gets the crowd going and he's very friendly.The mega deck party at night was awesome there was line dancing, giveaways. Karaoke was a good time.Overall we had an awesome time. We would definitely cruise with Paradise again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We like sailing from Tampa because it is close to us. We have been on the Paradise before and we loved the upgrades. The Guy Fieri hamburgers were delicious! We also loved the BlueIguana Cantina. It has a great selection on tacos, ... Read More
We like sailing from Tampa because it is close to us. We have been on the Paradise before and we loved the upgrades. The Guy Fieri hamburgers were delicious! We also loved the BlueIguana Cantina. It has a great selection on tacos, burritos, taco salads and a big toppings and salsa bar. What impressed me the most about the cruise was the live 70s/80s rock show! It started with someone playing the electric guitar, but then they had incredible singers, dancers and visual effects that were just awesome! It is a must see! They also had an 80s show was very upbeat and better than past shows. Comedian was great too! It's nice that they offer several different shows with a different routine each time. Cabins were redone and really liked the beach murals in the hall. Normally we eat breakfast and lunch at the buffet. But this time, we did the sea day brunch in the dining room and it was awesome! They offer the brunch on days when you not in port. We also did a regular breakfast in the dining room when we docked at Cozumel and it was also great! We had early dining and the service was excellent! The main entrees were good, but I agree that they could still be better. They have a salmon and a flank steak that you could order any night and they had prime rib on the formal night. The tiramisu and chocolate melting cake are excellent! We had a large group and really liked the Carnival HUB app. It's a way to chat to other guests. Ours worked well, but I heard from others that they had problems using it. The pool does get crowded. It would be nice to have one on the serenity deck, but they have 2 hot hubs instead. Boarding was really fast and easy. Getting off the ship took much longer. We normally take our luggage off but this time we chose the relaxed way to leave the ship and had them take the luggage. We didn't mind spending the extra time on the lido deck, but once we got off the ship, there was a long time to go through customs. After we stood in line for a half hour, we realized that you can pay a porter to take your luggage through the custom line that's much shorter than the line without the porter. I know larger ships have more things to do and maybe better food, but I still enjoy sailing on these smaller ships. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
I have cruised 5 times with Carnival and this was the most disappointing experience I have had. The reason I chose this cruise is because I wanted to see the Cayman Islands and always had a good time on Carnival Cruse Lines, but this was ... Read More
I have cruised 5 times with Carnival and this was the most disappointing experience I have had. The reason I chose this cruise is because I wanted to see the Cayman Islands and always had a good time on Carnival Cruse Lines, but this was a big disappointment this time. We only saw our Steward once at the beginning of the cruise and never saw him again. Although, the rooms were kept cleaned. The entertainment was good. The food in the dining room was not that great and the waiters were not that friendly. The best food was on the Lido deck. The casino was very small and the machines were too tight for winnings. The most enjoyable times were when I got off the ship at Cayman Islands and Cozumel. In the future, I am going to try a different cruise line other than Carnival and compare the two. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We went on this Cruise because the ship was just out of dry dock. We decided to try Carnival again ( we went on the Glory Carnival 2014). Our expectations were very low & we were surprised to see how beautiful & clean the ship was. ... Read More
We went on this Cruise because the ship was just out of dry dock. We decided to try Carnival again ( we went on the Glory Carnival 2014). Our expectations were very low & we were surprised to see how beautiful & clean the ship was. The staff everywhere were very helpful, pleasant & always there to help. TIPS: We had the Faster to the Fun- did get you on fast but our luggage wasn’t at the cabin on time. It did also help with disembarkment! We also had the “eat anytime” the lines were very long! ( FTTF) doesn’t work for restaurants on this ship! (Next cruise we’ll do a regular time slot) Do get the drink package & when at dinner ask for your bottle of water for your room or they charge you if you use the bottles in your room. Tell your room steward you want your room done twice a day & ask for a bucket of ice for your water.(we tipped him in the beginning of the cruise) He did a wonderful job! We also always bring singles with us! We tip after our drinks are served & you will see a difference in how you are treated. (This is on all cruise ships) Don’t go on carnival for great food! The food is ok. Nice they put the two new eateries on board. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
I chose this cruise because of its very low price and I wanted to go to Grand Cayman. I was expecting an old, tired ship because the price was so low. Boy was I surprised! Embarkation was smooth and easy; there were no lines, and I ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of its very low price and I wanted to go to Grand Cayman. I was expecting an old, tired ship because the price was so low. Boy was I surprised! Embarkation was smooth and easy; there were no lines, and I heard this same thing from several folks who showed up at different times. The ship is 20 years old and in a few spots that is apparent, but all of the cabins and hallways are brand new after the refurb. They are NICE. And the Lido Deck is clearly updated, including a drink and breakfast station outside that I think is a brilliant idea. Dining is great, just like all other Carnival cruises I have been on. And, again, there have been updates to the dining rooms. Entertainment is fun and varied, as is usual with Carnival. My room attendant was the best one I've ever had in 21 cruises :) I did Isla Pasion at Cozumel and loved it. I went to Royal Palms in Grand Cayman and loved it, but I wished we had another hour or two in Grand Cayman. I traveled alone, and I'd do it again! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
The room was nice and clean, but the view described as "partially obstructed," was a huge ugly machine and a life boat, no ocean. The food was mediocre. The quality of the food seemed to decline each night. The buffet was like ... Read More
The room was nice and clean, but the view described as "partially obstructed," was a huge ugly machine and a life boat, no ocean. The food was mediocre. The quality of the food seemed to decline each night. The buffet was like school food. The ice cream machine was popular. Fresh fruit was a good touch. The taco bar and the burger bar and breakfast were the best food on the ship. Dinner service was very slow. There were no live shows on board. There were two good comedians and two guitarists playing in the lobby and a band in a smoke-filled bar. The pool is tiny and overcrowded. There are not enough activities. No dance classes, movies, cooking demonstrations, or crafts, etc. The shore excursion was rushed and crowded and the snorkeling had no fish. They let us stay at the beach only one hour. The crew was nice. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
I cruise on this ship twice a year out of Tampa. This was our first once since the dry dock. All of the cabins I saw were completely redone. Same size, just everything replaced. (Expect for the windows, which look even worse in comparison ... Read More
I cruise on this ship twice a year out of Tampa. This was our first once since the dry dock. All of the cabins I saw were completely redone. Same size, just everything replaced. (Expect for the windows, which look even worse in comparison to the sparkling new interiors...cloudy, scratched up and with a decade's worth of caulk.) We were in Empress 121, exterior w/ a window. Other than rooms, the updated areas included some new bar stool covers and redecorated Destiny dining room. The two pool deck bars have been replaced with a rum bar and a tequila bar, both with extended shade awnings and both are now non-smoking. In fact, it seemed the only places you could smoke were the casino, part of the casino bar and a small area on the upper deck around the pool. A big improvement for us non-smokers. The Mongolian grill is now a Mexican place and the grill is now a Guy Fieri burger place. Both are very good but unfortunately close at 6pm. The other food areas were the same and still not that great. There seemed to be a whole new crew too and overall they were great. Same fun trivia nights, live music, etc. And the casino has been reconfigured to include more new slots. We did the Chef's Dinner which was excellent, well worth the money. However, the wine served with the dinner was terrible. Overall really enjoyed the updates and glad to see a cruise line cutting money into their smaller, shorter run cruises. Read Less
Sail Date April 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
Sail Date March 2018
We chose this cruise because of the pictures we seen online which were a lie there was no basketball courts no movies theater and the arcade was so...small! I had a lot of fun but my two boys 14 and 16 were very much disappointed. The ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the pictures we seen online which were a lie there was no basketball courts no movies theater and the arcade was so...small! I had a lot of fun but my two boys 14 and 16 were very much disappointed. The staff was great Jurry who cleaned our room was awesome and my favorite bar waitress was Zailene she was always around when we needed a drink. We traveled with 14 of us and my sister is in a wheel chair this cruise was not for her she could only get out side to sit in a few spots, and lastly it wasn't a very clean ship a lot of broken things the toilets didn't flush but overall I had a good time with my family. Thank you for your time and I hope you find this helpful ! I forgot to mention Jamie was amazing keep her around she should move up to a bigger and newer ship I hope that's what we will be on next easter! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We chose this Cruise because it was only five days and it went to Cuba. We stayed in Tampa for a few days before joining our American family and nine month old grandson on the Cruise. We have been on eight cruises before but It was our ... Read More
We chose this Cruise because it was only five days and it went to Cuba. We stayed in Tampa for a few days before joining our American family and nine month old grandson on the Cruise. We have been on eight cruises before but It was our first trip with Carnival.There were lots of things to like. The food was excellent and the staff great fun ( The waiters danced with my grandson and were really friendly. Adam, Tanto (?), Imade and Anthony. Orland, our steward, was great too. The Tour Lecturer was good and the Latin Show was brilliant. There were few facilities for the baby though as Under Two's could only go into The Kids Club from Eight until Ten in the morning on a sea day even when accompanied with an adult and couldn't go into a pool at all despite wearing swim nappies. That's not good enough. There were a lot of babies on board. Havana was amazing but we weren't there long enough.We could not get off the ship until 4.00 pm on Monday and had to be back on board by 11.30 am on Tuesday. It's hardly the 2 days we were promised. We booked our own excursion with Yosel Vasquez's I love Cuba photographic tours. It was amazing. I would recommend others to take one of his tours too Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
I have wanted to go to Cuba my whole life, but it has been closed most of that time. I thought that my traveling days were over, but when my son gave me a Carnival gift card, I booked the first cruise to Cuba I could get. I was NOT ... Read More
I have wanted to go to Cuba my whole life, but it has been closed most of that time. I thought that my traveling days were over, but when my son gave me a Carnival gift card, I booked the first cruise to Cuba I could get. I was NOT disappointed! It was the last cruise for the Paradise before going into drydock for upgrades and improvements. I loved the ship even before the improvements. We had an oceanview cabin on the Main deck. There was some detouring for us because of ongoing construction, but it was not a problem for us except for some trouble at times finding a working elevator. The dining was excellent. We chose the anytime option because we booked two long excursions and our timeline was uncertain. We were glad that we chose that option, although one night we waited quite a while for seating. (That was okay with us though because we had no plans for that evening.) Everything we ordered was very good. I especially enjoyed the frog's legs appetizer, stuffed pork chop, and roast duckling. I had a great omelet at the breakfast bar on the Lido deck, and I especially appreciated the full breakfast that was available for us on the day of disembarking. (On other cruises, we just got rolls and coffee.) The entertainment was a pleasant surprise. We don't cruise for the entertainment, but this ship had a terrific Latin band that played on the Lido deck and in the Leonardo lounge at night. We also took in the evening show Amor Cubano, which was outstanding! This cruise provided a guest lecturer, Heidi, on Cuba and its sights and customs. She was terrific, giving us many valuable insights on what we would be seeing and doing. I heard one person at one of the lectures say that he could listen to her all day! All that being said, there were a few snags that were just the result of going to Cuba. Lining up for our excursions and finding our right group was chaotic! Because of the requirements for travel to Cuba, 2000 people were being herded into excursion groups. My husband and I are senior citizens and we were tired before the excursions even began! And the excursions themselves are not for the faint of heart! We chose the ones we thought had moderate activity, but I don't think there is such a thing in Havana, Cuba. Our first excursion was a bus tour of Havana and a performance of the Compas Dancers. The guide spoke excellent English and was very informative. The dance performance was excellent, but down a huge flight of stairs with no handrails! Our second day we did the walking tour of Old Havana. Again, an excellent guide, but he moved pretty quickly, so it was a challenge keeping up with our group. This tour included a trip to a community center and museum and a performance at the center of a senior citizens group. They were so welcoming and enthusiastic, I wished I could bring them all home with me.Both tours took us by bus up to the fort where we had a panoramic few of Havana with our ship in the port. But one trip was at dusk and the other was mid-morning, so I did not feel that anything was repeated because it looked different each day! Both shore excursions were definitely worth the money! The only real snag for us came on the morning shore excursion. Our tour started so early that we requested the earliest room service we could get. We waited as long as we could, but finally had to meet our tour group. My husband grabbed 2 cups of yogurt as we left which they were just putting out on the Lido deck, but our room service never got to us in time. I think the ship's dining crew were just overwhelmed that day! But it was a long time until lunch! Both my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the cruise and were so glad we went in February. The weather was beautiful then, but we know we would fry in Cuba in July! (We also do not cruise in hurricane season.) We will probably not be able to go again, because it is a strenuous trip for seniors. Cuba has none of the modern conveniences that we take for granted (elevators, handrails, air-conditioning, clearly marked fire exits, etc.) and although I would love to see some other places in addition to seeing more of Havana, I realize that this is most likely my last shot at it. I feel very blessed to have finally gotten there. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
First cruise for our family of 4. Ease of boarding and settling in was impressive. Beautiful pools, fun slide. Multiple sun decks to choose from. Great mini-golf. Overall fun atmosphere. Food was good, very kid-friendly. For parents, ... Read More
First cruise for our family of 4. Ease of boarding and settling in was impressive. Beautiful pools, fun slide. Multiple sun decks to choose from. Great mini-golf. Overall fun atmosphere. Food was good, very kid-friendly. For parents, not great tho. No formal dining options on this ship. Entertainment was fun and abundant, for kids and parents. We spent several evenings in the library playing board games! On shore excursion with "Fury" catamaran team in cozumel was exceptional. Would highly recommend the snorkel, beach adventure. Our state-room hostess, Phayom was superb. She was very friendly and learned all of our names the first day aboard. My boys ( 8 & 3 ) fell in love with her! She made us feel at home and was always right around the corner if we needed anything. It was sad to have to say goodbye to her. (Tho my 3 yr old did say goodbye with the biggest hug he could give, followed by a sincere "I love you!"). I'd agree with his sentiment! Thank you for all of the great memories. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
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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