155 Carnival Paradise Cruise Reviews

This was a fundraiser cruise for a local charity. We had a successful fundraiser and our group of friends enjoyed ourselves. The Good: -Our steward, Made, was wonderful. -Dining room team of Rodolfo and Vilmar and others made ... Read More
This was a fundraiser cruise for a local charity. We had a successful fundraiser and our group of friends enjoyed ourselves. The Good: -Our steward, Made, was wonderful. -Dining room team of Rodolfo and Vilmar and others made every meal a true experience! -Suri, in the Rotterdam bar was the best bartender on board -Guest Services staff were consistently helpful. -Tampa port team and processes were the best of all of my cruises. -Dining food presentation and menu selections. -This ship has the most talented entertainers at sea. -Large aft balcony. -Guy's Burgers. The Bad: -Muster drill lining us up on deck in 90-degree heat. -Rude bartender in the United States Bar, and rude staff in Normandie Lounge. -Confusing ship layout that requires passengers to go up and down decks to get from one point to the next. -Sewage smell in the cabin hallways, fruity smell in our cabin, ratting TV in our cabin -Cabin layout had bathroom door colliding with closet doors. -CHEERS! was a waste. Why sign for every drink when you have a drink package? The crew were so vigilant in enforcing the rules for this, they ignored other important things like customer service and process flow. -Broken elevator, broken hand dryers in public restrooms, not enough public restrooms, no limes for drinks... -Terrible Reubens (no sauerkraut) in the buffet. -Watch "sale" prices were above prices you can purchase Invicta, Movado, Bulova and Tag Heuer on land. -Approximately 40% of the passengers were loud and rude. A fight broke out between two groups while watching Sunday football. The cussing, the smoking, the yelling....too much for me. All in all, some pockets of great service, but the glitches, rudeness and budget accommodations lead me to not sail Carnival again and continue with my customary higher-end cruise lines. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
My husband and I chose this cruise because it was his very 1st cruise 5 years ago. We have both been on this ship 4 times this is my 87th Cruise and his 22nd cruise. I am Diamond on carnival so we decided to book this for a quick getaway. ... Read More
My husband and I chose this cruise because it was his very 1st cruise 5 years ago. We have both been on this ship 4 times this is my 87th Cruise and his 22nd cruise. I am Diamond on carnival so we decided to book this for a quick getaway. The weather was great we drove to the port of Tampa. We live in Fort Myers so it took 2 hours 25 minutes. We got on the ship no problem and explored the upgraded areas which looked very nice. Now, being a Diamond member on Carnival use to afford you some extra perks. Well they must have forgot the perks on this ship. We had no bar soap, we had to ask for a fan and no diamond gift. We received a lanyard on day one which I never use and we suspect that they thought that was the diamond gift. Cheesy and cheap. Anyway, this is a very cheap cruise meaning that is it is inexpensive and unfortunately it shows. The clientele on board were simply out of control. I can't describe it I'm only in my fifties and I'm no prude but enough was enough. As a Diamond member we did get a brunch with the captain and the officers but although the brunch was nice there really was no mingling with the captain or any of the offices. We just received a photo. Usually they have a cocktail party and you can talk to everyone. This was certainly not the case, and no mingling with the big-wigs.I just feel carnival has gone downhill. Even the food is going downhill. Not sure if I will ever book another one on carnival. I know the week long cruises are much better than the weekend cruises as far as the guests go. I am a platinum on Norwegian and we have frequented Norwegian cruise line during the last 4 years. NCL gives you so many perks and its worth a little extra money to get respectful people on board. If you want disrespectful people all around you, go on this ship!!!! And if your Diamond, expect ZERO PERKS!!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We chose this cruise because the ship was sailing out of Tampa and was going to Havana. We are avid cruisers and have sailed out of Tampa before. This trip provided us with opportunity to visit with family in the Tampa area and to go ... Read More
We chose this cruise because the ship was sailing out of Tampa and was going to Havana. We are avid cruisers and have sailed out of Tampa before. This trip provided us with opportunity to visit with family in the Tampa area and to go to Cuba . Embarkation is Tampa is usually better than Port Canaveral and this proved no exception. We also had FTF for the first time. THE GOOD DINING ROOM -----our experience here was not just good it was excellent! Ayu and her staff were the best that we have ever had. The staff shows were fun and the food was better than on the Breeze. At times it was very good. We ate all of our breakfasts and dinners in the Dining Rooms. Dinners were Early Dining in the Destiny. The décor is modern, with no tablecloths(except for elegant night). I liked it. Bacon, Hash Rounds and eggs cooked your way were the best. Pancakes were rubbery and the cereal crusted French toast at brunch was terrible. CABIN-----Spacious, modern and clean with new features such as soft close drawers and USB ports. However, only small bench at desk and no other seating. Our cabin R35 was noisy with the bow hitting the waves often. STAFF------This is the friendliest staff that we have encountered. EXCURSION------Ship excursion, Easy Fusterlandia in Havana was the BEST that we have had. Our group of 7 all thought that it was excellent and the highlight of our cruise. It included a professional show with music and dancing ; we also had a gourmet lunch with Mohito and wine included. CASINO-----The casino was small but had all new machines. The BAD KEY WEST--Getting off of the ship in Key West was a total disaster(in my opinion) Since the ship docks at the Navy Pier, everyone has to be shuttled into town. The halls were jam packed with people and you could not get an elevator. It was the worst that I have ever experienced. ELEVATORS---extremely slow PIZZA----In my opinion, it is just plain bad and not worth waiting for. This has been true of the pizza on my last 3 carnival cruises. They need a new recipe and a new system. THE UGLY--- THE ATRIUM---the atrium and promenade, in my opinion are just plain ugly! The brown on brown and mustard colors are dark and depressing and the first impression as you board is not a good one. It screams old and ugly! Overall we enjoyed our cruise because we were with family and seeing Cuba was awesome. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We usually cruise with NCL, but the itinerary during March to Cuba was only available on Carnival ( NCL opened up their itineraries after we booked). The entertainment was OK, the comedian performed for 35 minutes- should have been ... Read More
We usually cruise with NCL, but the itinerary during March to Cuba was only available on Carnival ( NCL opened up their itineraries after we booked). The entertainment was OK, the comedian performed for 35 minutes- should have been longer. Breakfast in the dining room was horrible- 2nd day we arrived in the dining room at 9:05 and the food was finally served at 9:55, after I went and asked where are food was. I was told the kitchen was very busy. I saw only 2 trays of food delivered within 15 minutes- Very poor excuse. We tried the dining room again for "Seaday Brunch" and the food was cold! However dinner was good and attentive service. Embarkation and disembarkation went smooth- I guess with a small ship it is a lot easier moving people. When you arrive in Key West, there are Conch Trains taking you back and forth into town- takes about 15 minutes. You are dropped off by Mallory Square. Disembarkation in Cuba was easy- long line for money exchange- go the left and down the stairs- no line! We arranged a People to People excursion with shoreexcursionsgroup.com and saved over $75 versus using the Carnival excursion. We had a wonderful tour guide, Joy, who explained everything we saw, lunch, 3 cocktails (Mojito, daiquiri) along the way then ended with a ride in a 1952 Chevy convertible, that dropped us at the ship. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We chose the short (4 night) cruise as we wanted to depart from Tampa. Last year we did the same itinerary out of New Orleans on the Triumph. We liked the triumph better - but didn’t care for cruising down the a Mississippi. The ... Read More
We chose the short (4 night) cruise as we wanted to depart from Tampa. Last year we did the same itinerary out of New Orleans on the Triumph. We liked the triumph better - but didn’t care for cruising down the a Mississippi. The balcony cabin was small. We knew that a head time. Plenty of storage. But we did not need the Pullman bunk directly overhead of the twin beds. It seems poorly placed. I hit my head on it at least once. The steward inquired if we wanted nightly cabin service. Never been asked that before. We did decline as he was very busy- lots of families with small children. The serenity deck is nice - but as others noted - there is not a lot of shade. Food was okay. Breakfast in the dining room was very good. Always lines at the bars. Elite champagne snorkel tour in Cozumel was excellent. Booked through carnival. We did not think the various restrooms were cleaned frequently enough. Overall - it seemed they were short staffed. Fitness area was well maintained. Embarkation was a breeze. We arrived at our scheduled time and were on the ship in about 20 minutes. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Carnival Paradise has a mixture of pros and cons that make this an ok cruise; with all the ships at sea, I wouldn’t choose this ship again. First I’ll start with the cons: Shows felt more like a talent show. Average talent, ... Read More
Carnival Paradise has a mixture of pros and cons that make this an ok cruise; with all the ships at sea, I wouldn’t choose this ship again. First I’ll start with the cons: Shows felt more like a talent show. Average talent, horrible seating, bad sound system. Food in the dining room was terrible. I ate most of my meals at the Pizza Pirate it Guys Burgers which is terribly unhealthy. Motion Sickness was bad; never felt a ship that rocky Now the pros: Excellent size room! I had a porthole room (R17) and never felt crowded. I utilized the ledge on the porthole shelf for most of my belongings and put the suitcase under the bed. Drinks were really good Staff was the friendliest Leon, our cruise director, was also the best Excellent embarkation process and getting on and off the ship; never waited in a line other than disembarkation Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We chose this cruise for two reasons: we wanted to visit Cuba, and the ship was sailing out of Tampa, a short drive from my home. Just for a point of reference, I've previously taken 20 or so cruises on many cruise lines and am not ... Read More
We chose this cruise for two reasons: we wanted to visit Cuba, and the ship was sailing out of Tampa, a short drive from my home. Just for a point of reference, I've previously taken 20 or so cruises on many cruise lines and am not loyal to any particular line. The first hurdle was getting around construction around the port, but we figured it out and got to our terminal around 10:30. We had purchased FTTF so there was no line to wait in, but the people who were checking us in were a bit confused about new procedures in place having to do with Cuban requirements. At one point there were five associates across the desk trying to get it right. It was okay, just surprising that there was such confusion. We were directed to the FTTF waiting area, and before long we were on the ship, dropping off our incidentals and seeing our cabin. We had an oceanview cabin on Main deck. It was quite small, but functional. I mostly missed surfaces to lay stuff on. The beds were comfortable, the shower provided a strong flow and lots of hot water, and it was quiet around our cabin, so that was fine. Dining was just okay. Some food was delicious, such as the bbq spare ribs, the dinner rolls, the wonderful layer cakes in the buffet, the fresh made to order omelets. Otherwise it was food that was served to me and I didn't have to clean up, so I'll take it! The service in the dining room was quite good. We had anytime dining, and there was generally a little bit of a wait, just enough to have a cocktail in the library or the USA bar. Strangely enough, even during dinner times, there was no service in the USA bar directly adjacent to the Elation dining room. We ended up not participating in many activities. They just didn't interest us. We did not care for the decor of this ship, as it was quite dark and undefined. Also, the flow was not so good. The highlight for sure was the port of Cuba, though there were issues getting off the ship. We had a private tour booked for 10 am, but we did not realize that to get off the ship you first had to go to Deck 9 to get a sticker with a letter on it which determined the place in line to get off. We were not alone, and many people did not get off in time to join their group. This did not apply to tours booked through the ship, but private tours only. My daughter and I had booked through Blexie tours, just the two of us with a guide and a driver (a 1955 Chevy BelAir), partly walking and then driving all over Havana....best tour ever. We did not get off the ship in Cozumel, as we had been here several times. Given an option, I would not necessarily go on this particular ship again, but for the itinerary I would. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
My husband and I decided to take our teen kids on a cruise for Christmas this year. We chose the Carnival Paradise, mainly because the dates matched up with the school holiday schedule. This was my 3rd time cruising with Carnival and I ... Read More
My husband and I decided to take our teen kids on a cruise for Christmas this year. We chose the Carnival Paradise, mainly because the dates matched up with the school holiday schedule. This was my 3rd time cruising with Carnival and I found I was not to impressed this time around. We had the bed made into a king, which was literally 2 twin beds pushed together. Nothing holding them together, nothing in the crack, so we did not like that. The weather was not the best, it was cooler and the wind was strong. The ship was moving quite a bit from the wind too. We found it was not very pleasurable to be outside. That left us seeking things to do inside, which seemed a little difficult during the day. The Paradise is an older ship and the decor is not very pretty. I had imagined that the ship would have been more decorated for Christmas, but there was actually very few decorations. The food seemed to get old quick, seemed like the same stuff most days. Our lasts 2 days on the ship the wait staff in the dining room seemed not as good. One morning we had to wait 30 minutes for a our food to be delivered. Overall their were kids running around everywhere and people just leaving there plates of food laying around the ship. I get we are on vacation, but people should have a little more respect. We did down load the Carnival HUB app with 5 of us on this cruise. We discovered that you don't need to buy a internet plan or use your data to use the app. It was very helpful because you can look up show times, food locations and times, keep an eye on your charges. We also got the chat. It was $5.00 per person but well worth it. With 5 people going in different directions, it was a great way to let your family know where your heading next or what time to meet for dinner. I think the next cruise I take with Carnival will be on a newer ship with maybe a better floor plan too. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Pros: Cabin was great - very clean - and my cabin steward, Inna, was very nice and very professional. The ship was decorated for Christmas, which was a nice surprise. The Playlist productions were pretty good. I went on the Mayan Ruins ... Read More
Pros: Cabin was great - very clean - and my cabin steward, Inna, was very nice and very professional. The ship was decorated for Christmas, which was a nice surprise. The Playlist productions were pretty good. I went on the Mayan Ruins and Island Sightseeing tour in Cozumel and it was fascinating! The tour guide, Cesar, is of Mayan descent and really brought their history to life. Embarkation and debarkation were pretty smooth. Cons: I wasn't really thrilled with the food. Ate in the MDR twice for dinner and once for breakfast, Guy's Burgers twice, and Pirate Pizza four times. So, a total of nine meals over five days. Plus, I did the Chef's Table, which was postponed until the last night of the cruise. The appetizers and seven courses contained a lot of fish (and chocolate) dishes, which I don't eat so that was a hundred bucks down the drain. Would probably be good if you eat those items. Most activities seemed to run late. I purchased the Cheers Package and was very disappointed with it. The drinks were very weak and took a long time to be served. It was almost as though once they saw the Cheers sticker on your card you didn't matter because they already had your money. I'm cruising on the Ecstasy in April so well see how it measures up. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We chose this cruise because it matched our tight schedule and small-ish budget. I've sailed on Carnival before so I knew what to expect, however this cruise still didn't meet my limited expectations. Here's a pro/con list: ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it matched our tight schedule and small-ish budget. I've sailed on Carnival before so I knew what to expect, however this cruise still didn't meet my limited expectations. Here's a pro/con list: Pros: -Value (if you didn't pay for ANY extras which were pushed constantly) -Comfy bed -All of the staff were great! -The ports were fun (Roatan and Cozumel). We didn't pay Carnival for excursions, we got a taxi and explored. Cost about a quarter of what the cruise line charges and there were no crowds or waiting in line. -Guy's Burger Joint is SUPER delicious -The taco stand is not bad -My 6 year old loved the slides -Breakfast delivered to your room in the morning. Just old pastries and cereal but at least the coffee was hot. Cons: -The amount of "down time" on board was far more than I expected. We are a young family with 2 kids (ages 6 and 4) and there was literally nothing to do together except eat meals and try to "swim" in the incredibly packed swimming pool. I feel there was a huge lack of activities if you're not interested in gambling, drinking, and paying extra for baby-sitting to go to the night-clubs which didn't open until 10pm. -Camp Ocean, which provides childcare at certain times during the cruise, was pretty blah. Yeah, you can drop off your kids sometimes. But Carnival makes it sound like it's going to be super exciting with adventurous activities. In reality they just did a LOT of coloring and watching movies. -The kids' dinner menu was pretty limited and even my 6 year old ended up eating mostly off of the adult menu because it was so blah. The chicken nuggets were exactly like McDonald's. Not terrible but certainly nothing fun or special. Same for kids' desserts. Basically just a bowl of melted ice cream. -The adult dining menu was also very limited. There was either exotic items like braised rabbit or plain grilled chicken breast that you can make at home. Not much in between. So for those expecting an upscale steak or seafood option, again you're paying more ($20 fee). -Disappointing 24-hour pizza and ice cream. The kids were super excited about these things. Pizza and ice cream anytime you want!! It's really hard to mess up pizza! We tried each exactly one time. The pizza had razor thin crust, tomato skins in the sauce and a tiny bit of cheese. The "ice cream" was bland soft-serve frozen yogurt-type stuff. No toppings or anything. Again, not disgusting just...sad. -The buffet was either packed at mealtimes or closed in between (except for the sad pizza). No place to get snacks for the kids in the afternoon around 3 o'clock when everyone gets hungry. There was a plate of fruit left out so we ate that most days. So many apples in 5 days! Buffet was closed almost every time we tried to eat there. -The shows were ok but there wasn't nearly enough entertainment. Our evenings left us "all dressed up with no place to go!" Again, after dinner if you're not going to gamble or stay up for the 10 o'clock opening of the night-clubs, you're sort of left wandering the ship. Which is fine for a night or two but after that it was frustrating having to scrounge for something to do. We'd drop off the kids after dinner and then be like...ok now what? There's a 20 minute comedy act and then...nothing at all. The afternoons were even worse. Like, a game of "Friends" trivia at 230 and then...nothing until dinner. Lots of empty time on our hands. There were a few things that were beyond Carnival's control that I'm not including like: delaying departure for an hour due to a lost passenger, diverting to Mexico for a medical emergency (which cancelled a lot of people's shore excursions for the next day), and disembarkation taking 5 hours because of a late arrival due to rough seas and a strong headwind on the way back. It was a mess but not the cruise line's fault. Anyway, I'm not going to do Carnival again. This year our budget and schedules really limited our choices. Our next big vacation I will just save for an extra 6 months and take a Disney Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
This was my first time cruising with Carnival. My sister, who is a Carnival cruise VIP member, and myself booked a Cuba and Cozumel cruise. I want to give kudos to those areas that impressed me. I enjoyed Cuba and the Paradise booked ... Read More
This was my first time cruising with Carnival. My sister, who is a Carnival cruise VIP member, and myself booked a Cuba and Cozumel cruise. I want to give kudos to those areas that impressed me. I enjoyed Cuba and the Paradise booked excursion. I recommend the Local Flavors Excursion. The tour guide was excellent. I met a Guest Services Supervisor SANJA VUK who acted when we had issues with our stateroom. She showed concern and actually came to check our stateroom. Now those areas that did not impress me are: 1) Stateroom - we had E1. It was next to a pipe room which was very noisy and stank. 2) Guest Services - no answer to phone calls. 3) The flies and the food while in the Cuban port were horrible. 4) Elation Brunch - got a seat and waited over 40 minutes for service and left without eating. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
i havent been on a carnival cruise for a while. First off, i was only offered once a day cleaning, no nightly turn down with chocolate. The buffet doesnt have smoked salmon, the quality has gone down. The debarkation was the worse of ... Read More
i havent been on a carnival cruise for a while. First off, i was only offered once a day cleaning, no nightly turn down with chocolate. The buffet doesnt have smoked salmon, the quality has gone down. The debarkation was the worse of all the cruises I took. I hate when i'm told to be at the express debarkation at 7:20am then every person getting off the elevator and stairs cuts in front of me and the others that have been waiting for an hour. Carnival has decades of experience with cruising and they should have people maning stair ways & elevators. It was totally disorganized. My mattress We had a upper/lower, was so saggy in the middle. I know this is an old boat, but I have never had a mattress that sagged in the middle as bad as the paradise boat's did. By the way, carnival said that the us customs requires two full day People to People excursions in cuba, they dont. I took one and the next day went out on my own.The on your own/beach excursion in Cozumel was frustrating. We were supposed to be in downtown for an hour and a half, but we had to follow him around and he would say meet me in 10 minutes, then take us somewhere else and say meet me in 20 minutes. All that interruption didnt give us time to shop because it's geared to promote the stores his company is connected with. sorry, i'm sleepy just got home a couple of hours ago. so this may be sloppy. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
I took my nine year old daughter and my 79 year old mother on this cruise from Tampa to Grand Cayman and then on to Cozumel. I am 53 and divorced. We have cruised with Carnival 3 other times as a family and enjoyed it. However, it seems ... Read More
I took my nine year old daughter and my 79 year old mother on this cruise from Tampa to Grand Cayman and then on to Cozumel. I am 53 and divorced. We have cruised with Carnival 3 other times as a family and enjoyed it. However, it seems to me that while Carnival is known as the "party" ship and I understand and appreciate that people on vacation want to drink because they don't have to drive, the cruise line should not make most of the activities center around alcohol consumption. Don't get me wrong...I enjoy a drink out with friends, but to have 8 or 9 drinks in one day?!? I actually saw one woman with a drink at the bar at EIGHT THIRTY in the MORNING! Is this what you want your children to see? Not me! You are probably thinking....who is she to tell anyone what to do or not to do on THEIR vacation? You are very right. I'm not. I'm just telling you MY personal experience on the Carnival Paradise from July 21-26, 2018. The embarkation process is smooth and wonderful, but the valet parking is too expensive.....$95. The disembarkation is a nightmare. Very disorganized. I removed all the tips they tacked on my bill. We saw our steward once or twice....he was just kind of there. We never went to the fancy dining restaurant....too dull. Now for the good things.....Camp Ocean is wonderful...my daughter loved it. Our cabin was very nice....the oceanview is good for three people. We loved the Stingray excursion in Grand Cayman. The beach day and shopping in Cozumel excursion spent too much time shopping, but once we arrived at the beach, we had a great time. I am going to try Royal Caribbean or Holland America in two years. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Graduation present for my granddaughter. We really enjoyed the ports of Cozumel and Grand Cayman. The cruise itself was OK. We had no real expectations since it was our first. We don’t drink or gamble and the one small pool was just too ... Read More
Graduation present for my granddaughter. We really enjoyed the ports of Cozumel and Grand Cayman. The cruise itself was OK. We had no real expectations since it was our first. We don’t drink or gamble and the one small pool was just too crowded to even think about using it. We loved Evelyn, our housekeeper. She was great. The Nigerian lady who seemed to be over the Spa was not a nice person, either to her customers or the people who worked under her. The ladies that did our massages were sweet. Nigerian lady needs to be replaced. Food was about what we expected, some good, some not, as it would be anywhere. The waiters were great and very friendly. There is always someone cleaning which is good with so many onboard to keep down spreading illness. We decided next time we will fly directly to a resort and skip the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We sailed out of Tampa, celebrating my sister in laws wedding. The ceremony was decent, but rushed..I know there's a schedule they have to adhere to, but it just doesn't seem appropriate. The photographers prices were absolutely ... Read More
We sailed out of Tampa, celebrating my sister in laws wedding. The ceremony was decent, but rushed..I know there's a schedule they have to adhere to, but it just doesn't seem appropriate. The photographers prices were absolutely highway robbery, talking nearly 4 grand for an album and some prints. And being that the wedding was rushed the pictures weren't that great either. The kids club for the little ones was ridiculous. Look, kids 0-4 are going to get upset when their parents leave them for some alone time. If your kid cries, or gets upset, they immediately summon you to pick them up. They have absolutely no interest in calming, or distracting them, most likely because they don't seem to really even interact with them in the first place. So basically me and my wife had to take turns going out to enjoy ourselves. The only comedian we saw was awful, I mean it was offensive how bad he was. I'm a fan of stand up..and I'm not expecting a headliner on a cruise ship by any means..but this guy had to have ripped off jokes from at least 10 comedians during his set. No delivery, no effort..just typical fare of "what's the deal with.." and airline jokes that weren't even his! Dinner was great, im not much of a snob, and some of the reviews I've read seem to have unrealistic expectations. This cruise line doesn't seem to be a luxury line, more of a casual blue collar family line. And with that in mind, the food was great. And so was the waitstaff. By far, my sister in law had a small special needs toddler, and there were times she was inconsolable and stayed with her on her sling, the head waiter actually took the time to cut her food up for her because he saw she was struggling. He would also very slyly come behind you and put your napkin in your lap, had impeccable timing with drinks and orders. Would also entertain the kids, and made sure they had activities at the table ready for them. We also caught him doing his rounds I presume as the shift manager in the buffet, and he made an ice cream cone for my son, and made him laugh. That means a lot to me as a dad. Guy had a lot of work to do, but he took the time to make sure we were comfortable and appreciated. The buffet was decent, but the lines, didn't matter what time..there are just so many people on board. I read the chart, and there were 2700 guests aboard. They literally ADDED 700 guests worth of cabin space on an already crowded ship when they did the refurbishing. The official review here says the ship accommodates 2000, lots more now. The casino is spartan, and the machines are tighter than a snare drum. They have about 10 blackjack, or other silly card games, but one poker table, and it's all digital with a MASSIVE rake. Its absolutely unacceptable in my eyes to have that abomination of a poker table, and what's worse is they added silly rules on top of the known variables of holdem. What do I mean by tight? The coin pusher game has chips that spell out bonus, get all 5, win 100 dollars. The trouble is the "S" chips rarely, if ever show up, and the only other prize if any is a stack of 1's to make 20$ there is literally no hope of a return, you might as well just be giving that money away. To me gambling should at least reward the risk with some kind of return with some luck. None such. The slots and video poker seem to be calibrated to give nothing. There are amusingly claw machines with bundles of cash, but obviously the claw strength is set to anemic mode, and it might pay out once every 5 days of heavy play. They also stack all the money back up every night which is bad form, and most likely reset the counter. The pool is an absolute joke. It's about the size of a residential pool, only surrounded by literally a thousand folks on the main deck. At any given moment you can see people packed in there like sardines. There are 4 hot tubs, about the circumference of dinner table. Write those things off. Deck space on the adult only area is scarce, especially under shade. A lot of the space on the main deck in the walkways are occupied by photographers, and stalls hawking massively overpriced designer watches. The live band can't seem to comprehend that you're trying to get somewhere and will shove the microphone in your face as you walk by. If I'm dancing, and have a drink in my hand, sure. If I'm pulling along my 3 year old whose sobbing because he wants back in the splash pad..leave me alone, please. The elevators have a mind of their own, and it's not the ships fault, but people really don't seem to know elevator etiquette..they barrel in the moment the doors open, not even looking to see how many people are in there, and if they're leaving. And the layout seems very confusing, and lends itself to a lot of people mouth agape walking like zombies..which frustrates people like me to no end. There is a movie theater on board, and I did manage to see black panther, which was nice. But due to the DGAF attitude of the daycare (which costs money) me and my wife didn't get to enjoy much of our cruise, neither did my son. I mean we tried to entertain him the best we could, but there isn't much for someone his age to do other than just that..and I have to stress how apologetically lazy that club is. He likes playing with other kids, if they would just be involved with the little ones they would have a lot of fun. I picked him up the first and only time he spent more than a half hour there and they just had him in one of their lap. Make him laugh ,play with toys with him..do something! Jeez why did you volunteer to work with kids? I don't think it's unreasonable of an expectation seeing how far the rest of the staff goes to accommodate everyone else. He's well behaved, just has a little separation anxiety as most kids do his age. As far as entertainment is concerned, and aside from not having much alone time, there really wasin't much for me to do. A lot of the activities were hyper-social, nothing craft related that I knew of, tours are a paid (read: expensive) option. And while I sort of understand the logistics of not allowing only one person out of two in a cabin to have the cheers package, it's totally unreasonable for someone like me. Wife literally does not drink, and I wanted to drink, but the drink prices are nearly 10 dollars for something like a long island. The last time we went my wife was pregnant, and they still wouldin't grant an exception. They wanted my pregnant wife to buy the package. It really feels like they grab you by the ankles and just try and shake all the money out of your pockets. Which lead me to becoming incredibly defensive with my purchases (bright side, only left with a 22 dollar balance) I don't mean to be so negative, but I shelled out a lot of money for a cruise on a very crowded, old ship and it's left a bad taste in my mouth, especially when a bit of effort could have made a huge difference. Also, Cozumel is a joke..the shopping is literally nothing but vastly over priced trinkets and vendors hawking you non stop. The resort we went to was decent, but the snorkling tour was a joke, very short and basically went out to the end of the pier and back. Read Less
Sail Date June 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
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
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 have sailed Carnival many times, and the PARADISE several times. We prefer the Fantasy class of ships, and this was no exception. Weather was not great, so outside activities were a bit on the "cool" side. This was probably ... Read More
We have sailed Carnival many times, and the PARADISE several times. We prefer the Fantasy class of ships, and this was no exception. Weather was not great, so outside activities were a bit on the "cool" side. This was probably the best in terms of boarding and debarking. Never before has it been so seamless, and quick. There is a big difference in the decor....the atrium and public areas keep the outdated "disco" gaudy decor, but the cabins go with a bland theme, ie, no room "character". We had a PT category, and select this when available. It's only drawback is, when seas are rough, you will get the full effect, from the "slamming" of the waves to the side to side motion. I am NOT a fan of the new American menu. Several evenings it was difficult to find something to entice my appetite. The lack of tablecloths just enhances the downgrading of service, (especially on "cruise elegant" night), but the waiter service has remained very good. The shows in the theater were definitely not for us, and after the very first sampling (sailaway night) we skipped them altogether. The Comedy Club entertainers were fairly good, especially the R rated shows. (all comedy does not need trash talk every few words, and these comics did not use trash talk). One area of concern was the lack of discussing, or enforcing, normal food safety and handling issues. We observed numerous passengers avoiding the hand sanitation stations, even after coming out of the Lido restrooms. One passenger was observed putting their bare hands into a platter of cut fruit. When the food manager was notified, all that was done was give us a "thumbs up", walk over to the platter and remove some of the fruit, mix the remaining around, and walk away. (food safety guidelines dictate that the entire platter be removed.) There is a definite downgrading of cruise experience, but a relatively new cruiser would not be aware of it. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
So service was good on this cruise..on and off very quick..food wasnt too bad either. Probably could use a few more options.. the boat is old. The common restrooms and lack of them around important areas (bars,restaurants, etc) is not ... Read More
So service was good on this cruise..on and off very quick..food wasnt too bad either. Probably could use a few more options.. the boat is old. The common restrooms and lack of them around important areas (bars,restaurants, etc) is not good at all.Heard it will drydock soon and it needs it..wasted space on top for putt putt that no on uses. Wished there were more places to hang out on the side decks over the ocen...very little..above lido you have to look at lifeboats..Casino chances are terrible except roulette and craps and a few card games..maybe. hot tubs are 50% bad with temperatures..we had the hottest hot-tub ive ever felt in my life (maybe 106+) you couldnt leave a foot in it, while opposite hot-tub was barely warm? pools and slide were nice and many enjoyed.No one at night club? Comedy shows were good.Cruise director atrium music trivia's were probably some of the best times for entertainment...For an outdated boat , the Crew tries to work with it and are Carnivals best asset.. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Good food not enough variety same breakfasts and lunches. Pleasant crew and well designed cabin. Ship is to be re-outfitted next month, they have started working on floors bad smells and closed elevators. Elevators skipped floors and ... Read More
Good food not enough variety same breakfasts and lunches. Pleasant crew and well designed cabin. Ship is to be re-outfitted next month, they have started working on floors bad smells and closed elevators. Elevators skipped floors and some were closed completely for entire cruise. Only two ports too cheap to add Key West so we floated outside Tampa a full night. Entertainment was highlight three great show. Ports were good but had tender to Grand Cayman and tenders really cut into travel. I would not go again or recommend. Port in Tampa still has tedious boarding process. Cabins were ready early. Safety drill was too long and poorly instructed. Debarking corridors were closed, elevators did not work well and were closed. No crew to guide us through maze of closed corridors. Food was good and abundant. Too few changes especially on buffet. Lines were good not too many people on ship. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
My oldest sister has all of her cruise points with Carnival, and when she asked me and my other sister to join her and her hubby for a Thanksgiving cruise aboard Carnival Paradise out of Tampa, we decided to give Carnival a second try. ... Read More
My oldest sister has all of her cruise points with Carnival, and when she asked me and my other sister to join her and her hubby for a Thanksgiving cruise aboard Carnival Paradise out of Tampa, we decided to give Carnival a second try. Our 1st experience cruising on Carnival Sensation in 2014 was very unpleasant, and we almost didn't return to cruising as a result of that trip. However, we hoped for the best this go round, and while there were some highlights -- and it was a better experience than we initially had on Sensation -- it was mediocre at best compared to other cruises we have been on. PROS: Excellent food, especially in the Elation dining room. We had anytime seating and went at 6:30pm on most nights. Our head waitress, Elena from Macedonia, was AMAZING! If you go on this ship, ask for her table. She is fast, friendly, and truly knows how to take care of her guests. Back patio (dining area) of Paris Restaurant was lovely for dining. It overlooks the Serenity area, and was great for water gazing. If your table is in the sun however, it can be brutally hot. Friendly staff. CONS: - Older ship, dated looking. - Horrible pools. They were small and felt like holding tanks for sea animals. You couldn't see over the edge of the pool. - Shows were just okay. - Not enough activities on port days; and redundant activities throughout the cruise. - Embarkation/Disembarkation/Muster was slow and unorganized. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Two little known "secrets" that were awesome: Sea Day Brunch serves Fillet Mignon with eggs with no up charge and the Sea Day Afternoon Tea has awesome specialty deserts at no up charge. Overall, it was an average cruise that ... Read More
Two little known "secrets" that were awesome: Sea Day Brunch serves Fillet Mignon with eggs with no up charge and the Sea Day Afternoon Tea has awesome specialty deserts at no up charge. Overall, it was an average cruise that was ok for the money spent. It is the people you are traveling with that make the cruise. Our cabin was somewhat impacted by the closeness to the atrium (noise wise) and they were also doing some maintenance work with shellac and the odors seeped into our room. It would have been better if they had left those rooms empty when they knew that maintenance work with strong odors were planned. The anytime dining was able to accommodate our group of twelve adequately. The food was average and I was surprised that tablecloths are no longer used on the tables. This was my first experience with anytime dining and I'd rather have schl'd times where I get to know the wait staff. Entertainment and activities were all ok, but trivia needs to be played away from the smoking area. We did no excursions. Access to the ports and disembark were average. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
My wife and I picked this carnival cruise because it was one of the few that spent overnight in Havana. Overall we give the cruise three stars but I must say that Havana is a prime destination. Here’s why. Initial boarding at the ... Read More
My wife and I picked this carnival cruise because it was one of the few that spent overnight in Havana. Overall we give the cruise three stars but I must say that Havana is a prime destination. Here’s why. Initial boarding at the Tampa cruise terminal was no problem. Because of a back up in Tampa Bay the cruise left two hours late. Apparently this boat has some mechanical problems and rumor was that it had only one engine operating. Just a rumor though. Room Portering was a problem for us because the first night our steward forgot to clean a room. He did manage to get the last three nights though. We had several orders from room service which was prompt but they struggle to get the order right. We arrived in Havana an hour late as they were only able to make up one hour cruising faster. That pushed back all the tours. We found the tourist to be interesting but very overpriced. The buses are top notch but some of the places that you go to our questionable. The guy was knowledgeable but they do follow a government script. We saw the streets of all the Vanna and we’re taking to to cultural events which included a women’s drum group and a modern dance. Not for all taste but because of the state department rules requirement. Going through customs was rather expensive because of a 10% penalty against American currency to convert into Cuban currency. American dollars are not useful and the actual Cuban peso is not useful. Cuban convertible currency is needed and his pegged at a dollar for dollar. There is a 3% exchange fee and the 10% American penalty. Does represented the so-called people to people tours. We did sign up for a very expensive show at the Tropicana nightclub that evening starting at 10 o’clock. And excellent show. Las Vegas style showgirls, actually the forerunners of the Las Vegas showgirls, and cuban music. Very entertaining. All attendees get either a cigar for the man or a flower for the woman. A bottle of rum for two people is on the table along with mixer. This is a must see. The ship was scheduled to leave at 11 AM on Saturday and they cut one of our tours short so we could be on board to leave. Not sure whether hurry. Then proceeded to crawl back to Tampa to make sure we had a full day at sea on Sunday. The ships food was not up to the standards that we are used to. Variety was much more limited in the quality wasn’t quite there. The waitstaff was inattentive at times. The ship, of course, had photographers wondering about ready to document your cruise for a price. There was also of course the casino with the standard slats and table games. Onboard shopping was somewhat limited and we didn’t think the deals were particularly good. There were several shows and they didn’t seem up to the usual standards that were used to. We walked out on one because of the amateur nature of it. The comedy club is excellent. If you’re on carnival go see it as it’s going to be one of the highlights. There was a speaker who gave three lectures on Cuban culture, Dr. Dave. This was excellent and extremely informative. If you’re on this cruise and he’s presenting go see it. The ship is older and needs a good cleaning. It’s showing it’s age. Havana is a excellent destination but this cruise should have been better. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
As a family, we have been on 32 cruises, with 8 of those on Carnival. We have sailed on Holland America, Costa, Royal Caribbean, Princess and MSC. This cruise was a 5-day Western Caribbean Cruise departing from Tampa. We stayed at the ... Read More
As a family, we have been on 32 cruises, with 8 of those on Carnival. We have sailed on Holland America, Costa, Royal Caribbean, Princess and MSC. This cruise was a 5-day Western Caribbean Cruise departing from Tampa. We stayed at the Fairfield Inn Westshore. It was a very nice hotel with friendly staff. It is within walking distance from the International Mall and Total Wine and More. They offer a free shuttle to the malls in the area if you don’t want to walk to them. They have a shuttle that takes you to the cruise terminal for $10 each. Embarkation: Boarding the ship was very quick and stress-free. We were onboard the ship eating lunch by 12:30. We had the best spot on the whole ship to see the ship pass under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. We were on the deck where the Carnival Tail is. It was amazing. Ship: I had low expectations for this ship because of its age and all the negative reviews. The ship is getting run-down in some areas. The dining rooms, the main show lounge and the fitness centre/spa were in the best shape. I thought the atrium was pretty all lit up at night with all the colours and orange lights. The one atrium elevator was broken though. After reading previous reviews, I learned it has been broken since March. LOL. The pools on the lido deck were not big enough to accommodate all the passengers. The slide went directly into the main pool and everyone squished into the one side of the pool so they wouldn’t get run over by a kid flying down the slide. The pool at the back was less crowded but the Carnival Tail sprayed soot onto the deck. I used the gym frequently during the cruise. They had fairly new Life Fitness machines with built-in TV’s. I thought the Carnival Hub App was neat. Someone kept changing the weather temperature to -1 and snow which I thought was funny being from Canada. Cabin: We had a window ocean view cabin on the Main Deck (Deck 5). Our cabin was spacious because we asked for the beds to be separated and they put them in an L shape. The only complaint I have about the cabin was the amount of dust everywhere. Our room steward was efficient but wasn’t very friendly. Food: Areas of the buffet such as the deli, pizza, hamburgers, and omelette stations were very good. I didn’t eat much of the buffet food because people were not using the tongs and were just digging in and putting food back that they didn't want. I thought dinner food was hit or miss. Some of it was good, while other dishes looked like the chef got lazy and just microwaved left-overs from the previous cruise. I love the desserts and the chocolate melting cake is a favourite of mine. The waiters were attentive but would always make a comment if you didn’t like something. I always enjoy the singing and dancing waiters. Carnival would not be the same without singing and dancing waiters. LOL. We ordered room service once and the warm chocolate chip cookies were amazing. We also went to the “Tea Time” on both sea days. The first one was very good and the chocolate cake was delicious. The second sea day was stale left-overs from the first one but the cheese cake was still good though. Entertainment: Carnival always has good entertainment. The production shows on this ship were very good. The singers and dancers are very talented. My favorite was Epic Rock out of the three shows we saw. We went to see both comedians. James Johann was funny. The other comedian, which I don’t remember what his name was, just picked random people from the audience and had them sing songs on stage. Group 6 sounded amazing and they sang a mixture of songs. We went to both the Havana Nights Deck Party and The Mega Deck Party. Both deck parties were fun and high-energy. Watching fellow passengers attempt to do the “Wobble” is always a highlight. There was lots of different activities happening throughout the ship during the sea days Ports: Our original itinerary was Roatan and Cozumel. They announced they were switching the stop in Roatan to Grand Cayman because of Hurricane Harvey and they didn’t want to risk getting stuck in it. I liked Grand Cayman in the past and we hadn’t been there in years so I was excited to go back. It was cloudy and rained all day in Grand Cayman but very humid. We took the $2 public bus to 7-mile beach. It was nice, even in the rain. In Cozumel, we went to Paradise Beach. It has a large pool and a beach with water sports and large floats. If you spend $10 at the bar or on food they don’t charge you for the use of the beach, pool, chairs, or WIFI. I think it was $18 for the Fun Pass for the Water Sports and floats. Disembarkation: We did the walk-off with your luggage debarkation. We always find the staff during disembarkation are mean and are always yelling at everyone. You don’t dare stop for two seconds to tie your shoe. This time was one of the best disembarkations we have done in 32 cruises. The staff were friendly and were welcoming everyone back with a smile. Ended the cruise on a high note for sure. If you are planning to rent- -a-car after the cruise there is an Avis Car Rental that is within walking distance from the port. It is across from the Amelia Arena. We had our car and were on the road within half an hour. Just a useful tip. I would sail this ship again after the refurbishment. I would rate my overall experience a 3.5. I had a good time and would sail Carnival again just not this particular ship until it is cleaned up. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
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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