991 Carnival Paradise Cruise Reviews

This was my first cruise and let me say we had a blast. The cruise director Adam was phenomenal. I loved that he would dress up and change looks depending on the theme. He had great energy. He did a great job making sure everyone was ... Read More
This was my first cruise and let me say we had a blast. The cruise director Adam was phenomenal. I loved that he would dress up and change looks depending on the theme. He had great energy. He did a great job making sure everyone was entertained. I loved that they had so many activities for all ages. The welcome shows were great. Food and drinks were great. The FUN SHIP drink is a MUST. So delicious. Guys Burgers were juicy and the fries were banging. Room service was always on point. Putu (bobby) was always so friendly. It was amazing that he memorized everyone's name. It made the stay that much more welcoming. Anything we needed he made sure we had. Super helpful and friendly. All the staff was great. Always with smiles and waiting to answer any questions we had. From boarding the boat to leaving it was such a smooth transition. When we got to Cozumel there were so many excursions to choose from. We decided on paradise island. Our tour guides angel and faisel did an amazing job explaining the tour. It was all inclusive. The beach was just beautiful. The photographers took great photos. We ended up meeting some new friends on the excursion. The nightlife was good. Music was on point and i feel it catered to all ages. DRINKS IN THE REX WERE BOMB. (DJs Fave) was my go to drink. My only complaint would be the photos on the cruise. They didnt have an option to purchase all photos taken even on a usb. Each photo was $17-22 per photo. We had about 50 photos to choose from and it sucked not being able to bring them all home. The photos were all beautiful and with all the different backgrounds they had every night made it hard to choose. They also wont let you take your own photos with their background so thats how they get you. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
It was a trip paid my my boss at great clips, I have to say the staff and Ship was truly amazing, the staff made my trip so wonderful, I will most defiantly do this ship again, the entertainment group really made all the days great , they ... Read More
It was a trip paid my my boss at great clips, I have to say the staff and Ship was truly amazing, the staff made my trip so wonderful, I will most defiantly do this ship again, the entertainment group really made all the days great , they kept the energy going director Leon and his group keep us all completely entertained, the restaurant crew made amazing food and the service was a five star service, thank you to all the staff at carnival for truly making y trip amazing , I will be back next time bringing my family, ps the staff at the fun shops were truly fun and helpful as well, and the shopping guide helped me to plan my day in Mexico , Charmaine was a huge help , best trip of all times thank you again for making it the best cruise I have ever been on, xoxo Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
My wife and I had a wonderful time on our first cruise, on carnival paradise. From embarkation to Disembarkation, very smooth. food was great. The Guys burgers and fries was very good, always had a line.We enjoyed the buffet, Ate there ... Read More
My wife and I had a wonderful time on our first cruise, on carnival paradise. From embarkation to Disembarkation, very smooth. food was great. The Guys burgers and fries was very good, always had a line.We enjoyed the buffet, Ate there most of the time, lots of food and desserts. Entertainment we enjoyed very much in the Normandie lounge, and the band near the casino was very good. Our room service was Excellent ,Resty Who took care of our room was great, very friendly. I requested to him to have ice in our room every day, and it was always there. We got towels by the pool and always had a nice smile and great service from Nerisa. And The cruise director Leon was very friendly and entertaining. We snorkeled in Grand Cayman, and went shopping in Cozumel, and had lunch there. Over all my wife and I enjoyed this cruise. Meg and Steve Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This was my second time on paradise!! last sailed in september of 2018!! This was just as awesome as the first time!! the entertainment was absolutely amazing!! the play list players were awesome!! epic rock was beyond entertaining!!! ... Read More
This was my second time on paradise!! last sailed in september of 2018!! This was just as awesome as the first time!! the entertainment was absolutely amazing!! the play list players were awesome!! epic rock was beyond entertaining!!! Carnival goes above and beyond to make their guests feel welcomed and appreciated!! every crew member always acknowledges each and every passenger. because parasites is a smaller ship, each guests gets extra special attention. i have done one ncl cruise. it was a very old -mature cruise. never will make that mistake ever again. carnival offers a well balanced cruise of relaxation to first class entertainment!! the staff at the tampa port are a great group!! as always the food was very delicious!! carnival let's their employees take of the guests without micro managing them. the entertainment throughout the ship was was first class as well!! now it's time to book my next carnival cruise!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We've been on several Carnival cruises and much bigger ships, but the Paradise (and by extension, the Fantasy-class) still is a lot of fun. It recently got upgraded with Guy's Burger Joint, the Red Frog Rum Bar, and the Blue ... Read More
We've been on several Carnival cruises and much bigger ships, but the Paradise (and by extension, the Fantasy-class) still is a lot of fun. It recently got upgraded with Guy's Burger Joint, the Red Frog Rum Bar, and the Blue Iguana Cantina, and some waterslides were added. That being said, you can tell it is an older boat by the interior design -- you have to up or down to get around the Elation (mid-ship) dining room and some the paths you have to take are not intuitive like some newer ships. Regardless, we had a lot of fun! We had an aft interior cabin. It was small, we knew that, but it wasn't nearly as small as an interior on the Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas. Very comfortable, and all 4 of us could see the flat-screen TV in the room. Our room steward was very nice and kept the room spotless. Dining was ok. Guy's has the best burgers at sea as far as I can tell. The tacos at Blue Iguana were delicious and the line moved quickly. Paradise has the new Sea Day Brunch menu and, for me, the jury is still out. I think I liked the old menu more. Dinner was a little bit of a let-down. Everything tasted good and as it should, but there was no "wow." No escargots. No Beef Wellington. No surf-n-turf (without a $20 upcharge). No Baked Alaska. No Grand Marnier Souffle. And Paradise has no steakhouse. Service is generally were Carnival excels, and Paradise did not disappoint. From the cabin steward to the waitstaff, service was onpoint. Our only disappointment was a solitary bartender at the Rotterdam bar outside the Queen Mary Lounge -- he had a sour attitude the entire week, and I don't know why. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
This was our first cruise and we came with a bunch of family. We were not disappointed, the entertainment was an absolute joy to watch- especially the Cuban Show and All Out 90’s. Our family would all come to see each one, their ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we came with a bunch of family. We were not disappointed, the entertainment was an absolute joy to watch- especially the Cuban Show and All Out 90’s. Our family would all come to see each one, their performances were terrific. The staff for our dinner at Destiny Dining was excellent. Our waiter, Aldreen served our group quickly and on the last day, we had some terrific adobo chicken and rice. The food was delicious. During dinner, the magician, Allan would show magic tricks. The kids absolutely loved him and would get off from their seats just to watch him even when he moved on to the next table. The adults loved him too and we were all bewildered by his magic treats. He joked around with us and became a friend. The whole family loved him and cheered when he came by our tables. Our cabin was comfortable and efficient- with the towel animals being a pleasant surprise. There was something to do for everyone- the adults were at the club, the teens would go around and play card games, the kids would eat ice cream in the buffet, swim, and much more. Embarkation and Departure were much quicker than we thought too. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Let’s start with embarkation, a super smooth process. The second we got to the port everyone was ready and willing to get our bags and help us on up. Security and check in were an absolute breeze, we were on the boat in less than 15 ... Read More
Let’s start with embarkation, a super smooth process. The second we got to the port everyone was ready and willing to get our bags and help us on up. Security and check in were an absolute breeze, we were on the boat in less than 15 minutes. By 1 or 2 ish the rooms were ready where we were greeted by our room steward Putu AKA Bobby. I have countless to say about Bobby but I will save that for a little later. Room was an inside cabin no windows on deck 5 for 5 of us. Accommodations were made quickly as they have a king bed, two beds that fold up (which you’ll need a ladder for. It is also provided) and a trundle bed. Small room but hey we just need it to sleep so it wasn’t perfectly fine. We aren’t the type to get bent over backwards about the little things. We then went to go eat at the buffet which would bring me to the food. GREAT GREAT GREAT! The food was GREAT the entire time. I spent countless hours reading reviews and reviews about this ship and it’s food and everyone said it was average. Like I said our family does NOT get bent over about the little things so the amount of food at all times with SO MUCH VARIETY was like a little piece of heaven for us! Endless pizza, Guys burgers was BOMB. I personally didn’t love the taco place just cuz I felt bad after eating there but other than that the buffet was BOMB! Now for my peeps who have never cruised and are scared of sea sickness like I was, TRUST I brought patches, Dramamine, sea bands EVERYTHING. I ended up just using the patches and the Dramamine. Not that I needed it because the only time we felt the ship move was on night 4 leaving Cozumel which they did say is VERY common when leaving that port. It rocked for about 3/4 hours then I fell asleep and can’t remember the rest but I persevered with my patches and Dramamine and just kept going with the party flow. Always distract yourself, walk around, go to a show and you’ll be fine! The shows!!!! We went to Amor Cubano and Love and Marriage, the shows are so so so cute! So Funny! Such a good time. If you come on this cruise, you have to go to them! The pool is tiny, kind of like sardines in a can so I never went in it. But like I said we make it work, so we went to the water park and found a little spot where we all just hung out underneath the slides. I know this review is all over the place but I’m trying to fit in all the important things that I would want to know. PORTS, Grand cayman is EVERYYYYTHING!!!!!! Beautiful beaches, beautiful people, everything about it was PERFECT! Everyone in our party was ready to stay and never come home! String ray city and swimming with turtles AMAZING! Cozumel.... cozumel... cozumel... cozumel.... we made the mistake of getting there and trusting one of the money hungry taxi drivers so we ended up in a beach that was like going to Ben T Davis beach with musty water that was expensive for no reason plus the super expensive taxi driver. So just do your research or get an excursion. Don’t trust just anyone there. They just want to sell sell sell! Last but not least I said I would mention Putu aka Bobby again our room steward. We cannot express the amount of love and thankfulness we have for this man! Attending to our every need, waking up each and every day with the biggest smile and knowing each and every single one of our names. And in total we are a party of 10!!!! This man needs a raise, an award idk what but he needs it! Exceptional service all around from the buffet crew, to house keeping, and bartenders! Everyone is ready and willing to help you. Okay and last last but certainly not the least our cruise director LEON. A man full of spunk, joy and comedy! You’ll see him around the ship doing shows, your welcome party, announcements. He does it all!!!’ He is literally the LIFE of the ship! Gets you ready to party with a good mood ALL the time! Carnival you did it RIGHT when you chose this man to direct your cruises! Overall, book it. Just do it. I was super nervous and hands down it has been one of the best vacations I have EVER had! Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Booked this last year with my older sister (69), her daughter and daughter's partner (mid-thirties) and her grand-daughter Chloe (aged 7). For us we needed something out of Tampa, and I had to be back before Saturday the 15th because ... Read More
Booked this last year with my older sister (69), her daughter and daughter's partner (mid-thirties) and her grand-daughter Chloe (aged 7). For us we needed something out of Tampa, and I had to be back before Saturday the 15th because of a time commitment. So we chose the Paradise, five days, stopping in Key West, Havana, and Cozumel. The ports of call were incidental to us, which turned out to be a good thing, as the week before we left the plug was pulled on Cuba. Our cruise was now Grand Cayman-Cozumel. The net result for us was a positive, as the ship seemed less crowded and we got a nice amount of on board credit between the five of us. I was afraid that the ship would be full of grumpy people, but not so. Overall folks seemed to be determined to make the best of it. The ship seemed to be in remarkably good shape for her age, and I found overall the decor to be less over the top than many ships. The painting of the edging between the floors on the ship had an effect of Bavarian village to me. Did not see any signs of wear or tear in our rooms or on the decks. Very clean. No foul smells. Both of our rooms were ocean view, deck six. Sister and I both a bit at a loss because we usually book balcony, and we missed that, but hardly Carnival's fault. The room itself had enough storage, except for the bathroom, where instead of the usual carnival long vanity with ample shelving, there was a single mirror with one shelf. Side note: somehow we were assigned an accessible room (partially accessible, as I could see it wouldn't work for someone fully disabled). Neither of us need or requested this. But there were extra rails around the toilet, an emergency pull cord, and an emergency call button by the headboards-which I accidentally hit trying to turn out the lights. Guest services called us within fifteen seconds, so I guess it works. Oops. We found the room temperature to be fine, but my niece reported hers to be too warm. Crew overall was one of the most friendly I have ever encountered. Our room steward made a point when we said we'd take morning service, that he was happy to do both morning and afternoon, and he brought us ice daily without question. If chocolates had started appearing on our pillows, I would have sworn we'd had a time warp. We did miss the robes, however. Spent a good chunk of time in waterworks with the great niece, which was awesome for her. Also noticed that Carnival had a worker stationed there to monitor the kids, which I have never seen before. However, placement of the waterworks meant the ship has only one pool. Still (perhaps because of not sailing at capacity) the crowding wasn't too terrible. In terms of chair hogs, one morning my sister and I were able to get three loungers near the pool at 9:30, so not the worst I have seen. Lines at the buffets and at Guy's were not bad at all. For dining, it was the usual Carnival food fare, so no surprises. Good, not great. Good bar service, however. Ports of call...we were bummed to miss Key West as Chloe had her heart set on butterflies, but we ended up having a blast in Cayman going to the turtle adventure park. Saw turtles, held a turtle, sat by the pool and spent a good time swimming. Cozumel we had been to 100 times before. Somehow, some way...we were the only ship in port, which I do not think I have ever seen before. We went to the Chakanab park and had a blast. Again, because of the smaller crowds, waiters were falling over themselves to serve us. I can see that with multiple ships in port the place could get overrun. The entertainment was better than expected, with a few quirks. We only went to the piano bar once, but Ventzi was really good. The Hasbro Game show (my first time doing this) was great fun only because I was with Chloe. Saw the'80's Show and the Welcome Aboard show; two of the singer/dancers were great, the other two I found myself asking why they were there. Well, the night my sister and I went to the piano bar the rest of the family went to the (still on the schedule) Cuba show. Turns out those two singers are Latin specialists for song and dance. Overall, one of the better cruises I've had, made so by the attitudes of the crew, lucky weather, and a ship in surprisingly good shape. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Port of Tampa was very easy port to get into and park. We had Priority Boarding went great on the ship and eating lunch in 10 min. Carnival Paradise is a smaller ship but has all the upgrades and easy to get around lines were very ... Read More
Port of Tampa was very easy port to get into and park. We had Priority Boarding went great on the ship and eating lunch in 10 min. Carnival Paradise is a smaller ship but has all the upgrades and easy to get around lines were very short every time. The food was the best that we have had on our last few cruises, it was good very good. The staff was very efficient and the ship was always clean and well maintained. Had an elevator go out but was fixed in one day. The only complaint we had was the same as all our resent cruises. Carnival need to be able to figure out the Dance Club. Either the club was not open or the music was for young people all the time. I would think that the cruise line could look at the age of the cruisers and play music that we can relate to. We understand playing music to all age group. We are smokers and this club is one of the three areas on the ship we can smoke but we either run into a locked door or the music is not something we like, and the DJ will not play music on request at all, if he does not like what you are asking for. Over all we had a great cruise and always recommend Carnival Cruise line to our friends Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
This was my 3rd cruise on the Paradise and 24th overall. I choose this cruise because I like the ship and Cozumel is my favorite port. Embarkation was great! Tampa is my favorite port to cruise out of. We arrived about 1130 and it took ... Read More
This was my 3rd cruise on the Paradise and 24th overall. I choose this cruise because I like the ship and Cozumel is my favorite port. Embarkation was great! Tampa is my favorite port to cruise out of. We arrived about 1130 and it took about 15 minutes to board. Went and got lunch and drinks and the cabins were ready before 1:30. The Paradise was refurbished last year so she is beautiful and in great shape. It is a smaller ship which allows you to get to know other guest and crews easier. We had a little over 2000 passengers and met quite a few people that we enjoyed running into each day. Booked an inside aft cabin on Empress Deck 7. I prefer insides for the price and I like the darkness for sleeping. Great location on same deck as lobby and one floor below the main dining room. Our cabin steward Purwanto was fantastic. We had early seating and great wait team which consisted of Wislan, St Juste and Baltazar. They were very friendly and efficient. We loved the singing and Baltazar is quite the dancer. Food and desserts were very good. Carnival has the best spring rolls and chocolate melting cake on the planet. The shows were good, those guys and girls are talented and the video screen is pretty cool. Both the Cowboy Comedian and Killer Beaz were funny and they have moved into a bigger room so no problem getting seats. We bought the drink package and rarely had to wait more than a minute or two. The Cruise Director Leon was very friendly and energetic. He was one of better ones I have had. Trivial Pursuit with Carlos was pretty funny also. Went to Mr Sancho's in Cozumel. Food, drinks and service were all excellent. The bartenders at the swim up bar are amazing. They also have a nice beach and plenty of seats in or out of the sun. Cozumel is the best place in the Caribbean to buy almost anything, but remember to haggle. Disembarking was pretty smooth. Went for a leisurely breakfast about 8 and got in line about 9:05. We were in our car by 9:30. I highly recommend porters and valet parking. Two of us have cruised alot while two were first time cruisers...a great time was had by all. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
My sister and I wanted to see Cuba and I am glad we went when we did since it seems now restrictions for travel there may be put back in place very soon. The ship is older and smaller but went through renovations last year. Rooms were ... Read More
My sister and I wanted to see Cuba and I am glad we went when we did since it seems now restrictions for travel there may be put back in place very soon. The ship is older and smaller but went through renovations last year. Rooms were adequate in size but no sofa or table and a very small desk area. We ended up rearranging the 2 beds from side by side set up, which gave almost no clearance between a bed and the desk, to putting the nightstands next to the desk and placing the twin beds at a 45 degree angle (head to head along the window side and the wall opening up the middle of the room. We had one of the recently added balcony rooms near the aft of the ship (U215). We great for popping out for photos and air drying my hair in the breeze! There are 2 drawers and some shelves when you first walk in and 2 closets. We didn't even use one of the closets! The shelf area had your safe (number code, not swipe a card) and a small "chiller"/cooler (not really a refrigerator) Our cruise director was Mel (Mellesa D) She was a great Tina Turner at the Motown party and also an energetic hostess at the 80 music trivia party. Our favorite Fun Squad member was Texas Ty (Tyler). He kept the games and trivia hopping & fun! Be on the look out for his red cowboy boots! We did not gamble, nor attend any big shows. Our shore excursions in Key West and Havana we done on our own. Embarkation was a breeze but we are platinum. On board by 11:15am. Debarkation was super fast as we took off our own luggage and were street side by 7:30AM. Key West: we were at the Naval base and had to take Conch Trains into town. No biggie but if you are not in a hurry, wait about 45 mins before getting off and you will get right on the train. We rode the Free air conditioned Duval Loop bus and got on & off where we wanted to. Havana: got up early to get a sticker for groups getting off the ship on their own. Carnival lets their excursions off first then they call groups by stickers letter. We had group A. They must have been waiting for stragglers for the Carnival excursions because they called A, B, & C to get off if you were ready. We planned on meeting our I Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We chose this cruise on the Carnival Paradise for one reason and one reason only - CUBA. The itinerary was exactly what we were looking for: only 5 days as we were leaving our 4 year old home w/ the grandparents and two ports Havana and ... Read More
We chose this cruise on the Carnival Paradise for one reason and one reason only - CUBA. The itinerary was exactly what we were looking for: only 5 days as we were leaving our 4 year old home w/ the grandparents and two ports Havana and Key West (which we also love). SHIP: We had not cruised on a Fantasy class ship in over 10 years, so I wasn't sure how we would like it compared to the larger ships we've sailed on (Breeze/Vista etc.). We actually really enjoyed the smaller ship. It had the Funship 2.0 upgrades (Guy's Burgers, Blue Iguana Cantina, Waterworks) that we loved on other ships but not nearly the crowds we've experienced in the past. We never waited more than a couple minutes for anything - drinks at the bars, lines for foods, elevators. We knew the ship was sold out, but it never felt that way. The ship itself was in good condition - I didn't notice any major areas of disrepair and we didn't get any of the bad odors that I've seen mentioned elsewhere. The only thing to note is that the water in our toilet and sink had a yellowish tint to it on occasion. I first noticed it in the toilet - I thought it hadn't been flushed so I flushed it again and when the bowl refilled it was still yellow. It took several more flushes for it to fill up with clear water. If we would fill the sink it would also sometimes be yellow. I didn't notice anything in the shower though. It didn't really impact us other than I would use bottled water to wash my face and brush my teeth. CABIN: We booked cabin M230, a balcony near the aft of the ship on Main deck (deck 5) on the port side. The cabin was great. We had adequate storage for the two of us which included two closets (one had a shelf in the middle so could not be used for long dresses) and four of five shelves for storage. The safe was huge - my sister could fit her laptop in her safe easily! The bathroom only had one shelf above the sink, but it was ok for the two of us. The vanity area had two small corner shelves for storage and one drawer which housed the hair dryer and had little extra room for other things. There was also an in-cabin refrigerator which we didn't use. We had our two twin beds converted into a king size bed which was very comfortable. Unlike balcony cabins on larger ships, this cabin did not have a sofa or table. The balcony itself seemed like it was the same size as other ships' standard balconies. We had two chairs and a table on the balcony. I did note that the doors to the balconies did not have the tendency to slam shut like on other ships. Our cabin steward was Giri and he was great. He kept our ice bucket full and our cabin cleaned and stocked each day. One day he wrote a Happy Anniversary message to us on our vanity mirror! It was super cute and sweet! FOOD: Overall, the food we had was very good quality. We had breakfast in the main dining room 2 or 3 times and our service was always very quick even on ordering drinks. I had just eggs and bacon both days for breakfast. The other days we had breakfast on the Lido deck (either breakfast burritos or food from the buffet). Lunches were almost always from Guys or Blue Iguana. I don't think we ever got lunch from the buffet. Several in our group got sandwiches from the Deli and raved about the BLT, but lines here could be a little longer. I also got Sushi from the small Bonsai Sushi stand one day and it was great. You really get a lot of sushi for $7.50! It more than filled me up! We had dinner in the main dining room three of the five nights. Since we had a larger group, most of us elected to have our bookings linked so we could be seated together at the late seating in the aft dining room. The first night our service was pretty slow, but things seemed to improve as the week went on. We did get drink service at our table at least once each night. The food in the main dining was very good. I usually ordered a couple appetizers and one main dish. One evening I upgraded my dinner to the Filet Mignon on the Steakhouse Selections menu ($20 cost). On the last night of the cruise, 5 members of our group participated in the Chef's Table. We had a little bit of a snafu with our Chef's Table reservation. I had reserved for our group back in June, 2018 and had a confirmation email from the Paradise Maitre D. I had read that you would get a note in your cabin once onboard letting you know what night your Chef's Table experience would be. By day three we hadn't received anything, so I went down to the Guest Services to inquire. The girl working the desk said she did not show up signed up for the Chef's Table. I showed her the email confirmation and she said that she would have to reach out to the Maitre D who was currently off duty. My sister and I went back to Guest Services in the morning and talked to someone else. They had the Asst. Maitre D and another dining room staff member come out and talk to us. They told us that both that night and the following night's Chef Tables were already at capacity but they would see what they could do for us and let us know that evening at dinner. Ultimately they were able to accommodate us on the last night of the cruise. The Chef's Table is $75 but it was so worth it. It started with our group meeting in the lobby area where we were given glasses of champagne. Then we took a short tour of the galley where we had four different small appetizers served to us and were shown how Carnival's famous Chocolate Melting Cake is made. We then were seated at tables in the Library for a 7 course feast - dishes included gourmet breads, a beet/panacotta appetizer, crab stack appetizer, duck, a tomato bisque soup, sea bass, beef wagyu and a dessert plate with four mini dessert options. During the entire dinner, both red and white wines are free-flowing. We did have someone in our group with some dietary restrictions which were accommodated for her. SERVICE: As is the norm in our experience with Carnival, the entire staff was friendly, hard-working and courteous with the exception of the first Guest Services person I spoke to about our Chef's Table reservation. Not sure why, but I find Guest Services to usually be the least helpful people on the ship. Everyone else from our dining room staff, maitre d, bar servers, cabin staff, spa staff, etc. SHIP ACTIVITIES: My sister and I had a "couples massage" on one of our sea days (her treat as a birthday present for me). The massage itself was very good and the two girls working on us were great! The room itself was a little on the cool side and they didn't have heated tables so I was a bit chilly during most of my massage. They did give us the product sell afterwards, but I'm pretty good at saying no to that stuff! LOL We went to one of the comedy shows and I did not find that guy funny. We did not catch any of the production shows this time around. The band playing outside of the casino bar was awesome! They usually played 80's music and always had a big crowd! Even when the nightclub had an "80's Party", this band drew a bigger crowd. They were so much fun to watch! Karaoke seemed to be a big draw as well. I really never felt that any of the bars or lounges were over crowded. I also spent some time in the casino. I did fairly well on blackjack but gave it all back playing three card poker and texas hold 'em. The casino itself did not seem very smokey, but the smoke was noticeable at the one side of the casino bar that allows smoking. PORTS: Tampa - This was our first time cruising from the Port of Tampa and I would do it again in a heartbeat! We flew down the day before and stayed at the Hampton Inn & Suites Ybor City. The hotel was just okay - standard Hampton Inn. The pool area was tiny and only had a few lounge chairs and was not fully in the sun. The rooms were pretty standard. Our only real complaint about the hotel room was the volume of the a/c unit. It was very loud which made it hard to sleep. The hotel provides a free shuttle anywhere within a three mile radius of the hotel. We used Lyft to get to the port as we didn't want to wait for the shuttle and go with a crowd of other people. Embarkation and disembarkation at the Port of Tampa were the fastest and easiest of any of my 18 cruises. We arrived at the Port around 10:50 and were able to walk right through the priority line and were through security in a matter of minutes. When we got to the check-in desk, there was no line whatsoever. The agents checked our paperwork, gave us our Visa's and sent us to the Priority waiting area. We only waited there about 5-10 minutes before boarding began. Since we are Platinum, we were among the first to board and were on the ship by 11:15. Disembarkation was the same way. We were heading to the meeting area for those carrying off their luggage by 7:25. My husband stopped at the little cafe area on deck 9 and ordered a coffee and by 7:34 they were calling for Self-Assist passengers to head to the Lobby to disembark. Getting off the ship was easy, customs was a breeze and we were outside the building waiting for our Lyft by 7:50. In fact, we were at the airport, checked-in, through security and at our gate by 8:45! So easy! Key West - We have been to Key West several times on cruises and also honeymooned there. Most of our group elected to book the Key West Pub Crawl tour through Carnival. This was my third time doing the tour. It's always alot of fun. For the cost of the tour, you visit 5 different Key West bars and are given a ticket for a free drink (either their specialty drink, well cocktail or domestic beer). It's a walking tour, but you aren't going that far between stops. We visited Tree Bar, Flying Monkey (where you can get any of their frozen concoctions), Hard Rock Cafe, Sandbar and Rick's. Along the way the guide talks about Key West and engages with the group. There is also a conch blowing contest for those inclined to give it a try (NOTE - I won this last time we did this tour!). After the tour, we walked around the Mallory Square area a bit and then headed back to the ship. We did not dock at the main pier on this trip. We were docked at the military base. They had conch trains set up to shuttle people between the ship and the Mallory Square area. The trains ran about every 15 minutes or so. Havana, Cuba - This was the real draw of this cruise. Our ship was scheduled to be in Havana from 7AM until 6AM the following morning. 15 of the 18 in our group booked a private tour through I Love Cuba Photo Tours. We were to meet our guide, Yosel, at 9AM. One member of our group got up early and got in line to get stickers to get off of the ship. We were in group C. We had planned to meet at 8AM at the Blue Iguana and exit the ship together. By 8AM, Carnival was well past group C so we were able to pretty much just walk off the ship. When we got to the customs area, there were several lines formed. Of course, I picked the slow line! But it still only took us about 7-10 minutes to get through the customs line. The customs agent takes your Visa and Passport and they supposedly do a infrared temperature scan. If your temp is over 98.6 you are sent for further screening before being allowed to enter the country. No one in our group had this issue. Once through customs, we headed to the currency exchange line. This also went very quickly. We exchanged $300 US dollars for 261 CUCs. There are restrooms near the currency exchange so everyone decided to take care of business before heading out of the terminal. Once we got outside, we took a right and walked about 5 minutes to a bus stop. This is where we were to meet Yosel. We were initially supposed to meet him at the rum factory to the left once you exit the terminal. But Yosel contacted me the day prior while we were docked in Key West and said they were no longer allowing tour pick ups there. He had also contacted a friend who works on the Paradise and asked her to relay the message in case he wasn't able to reach me. We were able to find him easily at our new meeting spot. Our tour was a full day tour with four hard top Classic Cars with A/C. Each car fit four of us plus the driver and our guide who is also a professional photographer. You provide them an SD card and they take all of the photos for you. It was great cause I was able to just enjoy the tour and not worry about capturing moments on camera. After the tour, you get to take your SD card (and photos) with you! They did a great job of capturing candid moments as well as staging us for group pics. We visited the following places: Fusterlandia - artistic area of Havana Forrest area located in central Havana - this is where a lot of religious sacrifices and rituals like baptisms take place. Revolution Plaza - where Castro used to hold his marathon speeches Lunch at El Cocinero - we researched and picked the place we wanted to eat lunch at Hotel Nacional - landmark hotel El Morro fort Cigar factory/store Malecon Also drove through other various parts of Havana including the "ghetto" and central business district After the tour, we were taken back to the port area. Some of our group explored near the port area for a while before taking a taxing to the Vedado area of Havana for dinner. We had dinner at a Paladar (private in-home restaurant) called La Narajos. The menu here constantly changes based on what they can get at market. Our waitress set up a chalkboard and easel next to our table and ran through the options with us. My lobster dinner was huge and was only $25. After a great meal, we took a taxi back to the port area where we spend the next couple hours just hitting up a few bars sipping on mojitos and listening to the local musicians. We headed back to the ship around 10:30PM. A few things to note about Havana: * We never felt unsafe at all even walking around at night. The people there are very friendly and not aggressive at all. * Buildings and streets are often in disrepair. You do have to be aware when walking at night because areas of the sidewalks have holes or other hazards which are hard to see because the streets are not well lit. * Overall we found things to be very reasonably priced. Our lunch was about $50-60 total for my husband and I and that includes a couple shared appetizers, two entrees and a couple drinks. Our dinner was a bit pricier, but still not bad for a nice dinner out. Taxi prices seemed to depend on whether you flagged down a classic car or regular yellow taxi (classic car was $20 for four of us from the port to dinner, yellow taxi was $10 for four us from dinner back to the port). Supposedly you can negotiate, but we didn't attempt to. These people make so little, that it didn't feel right to try to talk them down. * English speaking in Cuba is hit or miss. Our tour guides spoke flawless English. But in the stores and bars, most people seemed to know just enough to take care of our drink orders. At both restaurants we went to, our services spoke great English. * We had heard prior to getting to Cuba that you had to pay to use restroom facilities and that most do not provide toilet paper. We took a handful of tissues off the ship with us just in case. But we really did not encounter this. At the last bar we went to, a lady tried to get my husband to give her money after he came out of the bathroom, but he just said he didn't speak Spanish and walked past her. *It is VERY hot in Havana and also humid. I wouldn't book a Convertible for a full day tour. You would get pretty beat up by that hot sun! Our tour did include about an hour in a convertible and that was enough for us! The rest of the time we were in hard top cars with AC. And the drivers are VERY particular about their cars - do not slam the doors shut too hard and watch the curbs when you open the door so as to not scrape them on the pavement. Overall, it was a great trip and I wouldn't hesitate to visit Cuba again. There is so much to see and do there! We do regret not taking in the Buena Vista Social Club show and would love to do that next time. I hope our government keeps the options for visiting Cuba open long term! Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Embarkation process was wonderful, our arrival time was between 12:30 and 1:00. We arrived around 12:00 and we walked right on the ship. We had lunch on Deck 10 the lido buffet. I found the food to be limited, they have a themed ... Read More
Embarkation process was wonderful, our arrival time was between 12:30 and 1:00. We arrived around 12:00 and we walked right on the ship. We had lunch on Deck 10 the lido buffet. I found the food to be limited, they have a themed lunch/dinner every day. French, Italian, All American, Good Eats. I didn't really care for it. The deli also in the buffet was good I had the turkey wrap it was excellent, hot dogs were also good.Guys burgers were great. We forgot to eat at Blue Iguana Cantina but I heard it was good. I thought the pizza was terrible, it was paper thin and had no taste so it didn't matter that it was open 24 hrs. The ice cream was wonderful also 24 hours. The dining room was closed for lunch, I was not really used to that on the other ships I have been on. We did eat in the dining room for dinner I found the food to be very good but thought the portions were small. I had the chicken breast it was seasoned well and moist but only came with 2 pieces of broccoli or a handful of peas and carrots. My husband had the pork chop and he felt the same and usually had 2. We chose this ship because of the itinerary, Key west, Havana, and Cozumel. In Havana bring toilet paper, towels and hand sanitizer. Go to the lecture about Havana you will learn about pee-pee coins, because you need to pay to use the restroom. We did the easy havana and fusterlandia tour and it was excellent. Raciel with havanaturs was our tour guide we had an air conditioned coach with a bathroom. All ports were amazing we did the ship sponsored tours. Our room was very nice we had a outside view it was perfect for us as we were not in the room much but we wanted a view and I could sit on the ledge and look out the window and look at the water. Our steward was Jay, he introduced himself on the fist day and brought us our bathrobes, and my complimentary water as I was a repeat Carnival cruiser he cleaned our room early when we went to breakfast, our room and the ship were always very clean. Everywhere that you went that somebody was always cleaning something. The shower was small but we did fit. The shower curtain was a joke and when we showered there was a large puddle outside the shower. Found the activities to be limited but that was fine because we were off the ship or eating most of the time. We did the trivia and trivial pursuit we had a great group of people. I was very impressed with the debarkation it was extremely well organized, we were off the ship and in our car on the way home in half and hour. The elevators were inadequate, so ended up taking the stairs most of the time, so we felt less guilty about the food we ate, because we burned it off going to the next level of the ship. Overall we had the best time and we would go again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We did this cruise via a casino coupon and we upgraded to a Junior suite from an inside room . Mistake but I will talk about this in my cabin review. We were two couples in our early 40's and my single friend in her early ... Read More
We did this cruise via a casino coupon and we upgraded to a Junior suite from an inside room . Mistake but I will talk about this in my cabin review. We were two couples in our early 40's and my single friend in her early 40's. The single friend was a first time cruiser and she loved it! The rest of us have been on 5 or 6 other cruises and thought it was up there in our favorite 2. We didn't go in with huge expectations and maybe that is why we had a blast. Embarkation was a breeze. Because I upgraded to a Suite we had priority boarding which meant a really short line compared to the huge line for everyone else. They will let your non suite friends get in the short line with you. We were there at noon and on the ship by 12:20. We all bought the drink package and thank god! We like to drink and some of them got cut off by midnight because they reached their 15 drink max. But hey, drinks get warm, you set them down, you may not like one, they still count so we were glad we bought it. Lunch on the Lido deck we all chose guys burgers and fries and they were all great. We hung out all day by the pool, in the casino, walking around etc. We missed going under the sky bridge in Tampa as we were in the casino (woopsy) . Anyway this boat rocked alot more than other cruise ships I have been on. Sometimes you noticed it, but I just tried to not look out the windows as we moved and I was generally fine. I am also very sensative to sea sickness and I never heard anyone else complain about it. We met for early 6pm dinner in the main dining room Destiny. We sat the 5 of us and 3 lovely ladies from Virginia. Our two waiters were great and our drinks and apps were on the table in 5 min. All our meals in the main dining room were very good! we did all pay $20 extra one night and got the filet and lobster and it did not disappoint. Day 2- arrive in Key west at noon, I really wished we got here sooner as it is very close to Tampa???? I was confused why the itinerary didnt allow more time at this port. Anyway we had a few cocktails on board and waited for the masses to fight their way off. We walked off at 12:50 ish and no lines. It rained all day in Key West but we did a little bar hopping and had fun anyway. Irish Kevins was for sure our favorite spot with the live singer/comedian guy. Got back on the little trolly thing around 3pm and went back to the ship. I will definately be back in Key West as it wasnt nearly enough time here. Got back went to casino (after we were like 12 miles out of course) and made it to the main dining room again for dinner. I say made it because it was a long day of drinking and some people wanted to nap! Food great again! Day 3- woke up around 8am, some ate breakfast (my husband and I don't really eat breakfast) Waited for most to get off the ship in CUBA, we got off around 11 am with absolutely no one in line. Customs took 30 seconds as did money exchange. Just to give an idea of how much you will need in Cuba, most of us took our $80 US and it was too much (for what we did). First of all DO NOT get suckered into buying an excursion if you want to just walk on your own!!!! Carnival will try and tell you that you have to check off "people to people" and book an excursion. We being in Cuba last year knew to check off "support the cuban people" option and you can totally just walk off. We walked to the main square accross from the ship and you will get a few locals asking if you want to pay $1 each and they will walk you around. We said no, but one guy seemed to never leave so what the heck we let him walk us around. He took us to a local John Lennon bar (dive bar but very cool!!) we all go cubra libras (rum and cokes) and were surprised it was $10 a drink!! We had one, felt very buzzed and moved on to the next stop. We walked through beautiful streets, saw the market, other squares, local people living life. It was great. Ernest Hemingway bar right near the port was our fave as it had live cuban music and here a round of drinks for 5 people was $7.50 US. Or $7.50 CUC. Totally cheap and fun here. We danced and walked around some more. We all tipped our guy $25 US and he was more than happy I am sure. Got back on the boat and only 2 made it to dinner.... Day 4 - Cozumel- We arrived at 12:45pm to port and we chose again to wait an hour before getting off to avoid the crowd. We had booked El Cid's for the twilight day pass as our ship was here 1pm to 9pm. No other day pass resorts were offering this late day pass. It was $65 each I think?? MAKE SURE you bring the printed piece of paper with your reservation or they will make you print it at the hotel. We had drinks, food (good food) towels, pool, snokeling, all included. It was a fun day! The shopping area right a the ship is awesome, I thought it was beautiful clean and lots to do. We were back on the ship around 6 as we are wimps of the sun and apparently cannot drink too much in the sun. Day 5- day at sea, usual activities, silly games by the pool, lots of food.... I dont really know as I was burnt from Mexico and did not hang around outside. We were mostly hanging around the casino area/American bar. Now 3 of us were smokers and even as a smoker I will say that this small one side of the bar and in the casino were always VERY smoky.. The air suckers in this area seemed to not work. This was also the area that they had the trivia games which we LOVED!! So much fun. But dang do something with the smoking vents! CASINO!!!!- Ok we hung out here ALOT!!! Like every day for a long time especially at night. We usually go to Greektown Casino in our hometown near Detroit. We usually hit at greektown pretty much every time we are there so we think it is the loosest best slots in the world lol . This casino was pretty close. It is small but it pays good!!! Every single time you sat down people were hitting like crazy! My husband probably won $1000 a day on slots easily. I couldnt believe it . I loved playing roulette with our group. I won one of the pong games in the casino where they called my name and I had to throw one out of ten ping pong balls into a gift bag with money on it. I won $75 it was fun. Overall the wait staff was fantastic, you always had a drink in your hand, we never waited once at any of the bars nor in the casino. Dinner service was fast, we never waited more than 10 min for dinner. I couldn't believe we were on the same cruise that people were ripping on the slow service and crappy food. We did not think this at all. Look , don't expect Ruth's Chris style meals, expect more like outback or Texas Road House lol. Then you will not be disappointed. This boat is small and therefore you won't get lost and everything is easy to get to. Having said that it is small and can sometimes feel like there is not much to do. There is not much craziness going on near the pool, which I like sometimes. We NEVER had a problem getting a chair, there were never any big drunks partying like it was springbreak. There was no more than 20 kids on the whole ship. It was just a great cool crowd of people. Cabin review is next.... Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
This trip was the time of my life. I had a great time. I went for Spring Break and I am in my early twenties. Before the cruise, I had grown skeptical due to the size and age of the ship. I noticed that there weren't as many ... Read More
This trip was the time of my life. I had a great time. I went for Spring Break and I am in my early twenties. Before the cruise, I had grown skeptical due to the size and age of the ship. I noticed that there weren't as many activities as the big ships had. Well, let me tell you, I was wrong. Even though there weren't as many things to do on a bigger ship I found myself occupied at all times. For one, if you drink at all, GET THE DRINKING PACKAGE. If you think you'll spend less money just purchasing the drinks on your own, then you're probably right, BUT it takes the motivation away of even drinking. I purchased the package and drank more than my money's worth and as freely as I wanted due to the fact of me knowing that it was already paid for. I 100% recommend the drinking package. IT IS WORTH IT. GET IT. The ship was nice and I had fun. The library had plenty of games and playing Jenga on a boat was so much fun. The cabin was good for what we paid for. I shared a room with 3 other people (4 in total) so we had two twin beds and two bunks. The beds were absolutely comfortable. Like amazing. The room service that cleaned was great as well, as they clean throughout whatever mess we had. Guy's Burger joint was SO GOOD. Cruise burgers are never great in my experience, however these burgers took the cake. They were great each time. There was also a 24 hour pizza place which was okay at night and great in the day time. The dining room was good. It isn't the best of quality food that you can get but this is a cruise ship. The Seaday brunch is better than the lunch buffet in my opinion even if some of the options are similar. When we got to Cozumel, we booked the trill & chill through carnival. This excursion was fun and tiring. The ropes are high but not as high as if you were to go zip lining in a forest. The snorkeling was fun as well. I also visited Fat Tuesdays and there was a party there. The club at night was very much fun as well. Great vibes and good music. This was a great cruise and I would go again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This was a cruise to a place I always dreamed of visiting - CUBA. That was the highlight of the cruise. Embarkation went very smoothly. We had a 12 show time and we were on board eating and playing cards by 12:30. Due to an serious ... Read More
This was a cruise to a place I always dreamed of visiting - CUBA. That was the highlight of the cruise. Embarkation went very smoothly. We had a 12 show time and we were on board eating and playing cards by 12:30. Due to an serious fall, my niece broke her leg and rented a knee scooter which met the size requirements of Carnival. It was to be in the room by 2pm. At 2:15 we entered the room and there it was. Perfect. 4pm we set off from Tampa. We arrived at Key West the next day at noon. We hung out on the ship while in dock, lazing around and enjoying each other's company. We took off from Key West, spent the night in the casino and in the morning arrived in Cuba. Disembarking was also made easy via customs, even though explaining an e-cigarette met with odd looks. Off we went to meet up with Jorge from Blexie who proudly drove us around Cuba explaining various areas, customs and culture. It was a long awaited experience and not a moment of regret. Back on the ship we dressed and got ready for a night at the Tropicana. An incredible show that made the trip even more memorable. We were sailing by the time we woke for two sea days and just remembering what we experienced. The trip back home was a little rocky, but not sickening. The temperature was too cool to be outside, so it was back to the casino. We arrived in Tampa, disembarkation went well and now I spend my time remembering the sites and sounds of Cuba and the wonderful crew of Carnival. It was perfect!!!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We are a couple in our mid 60's and we had a wonderful time on the Fun Ship Paradise Our Cabin Steward Ketut was awesome during our B2B cruises. We had him for both cabins & his friendly greeting calling us by name was a ... Read More
We are a couple in our mid 60's and we had a wonderful time on the Fun Ship Paradise Our Cabin Steward Ketut was awesome during our B2B cruises. We had him for both cabins & his friendly greeting calling us by name was a pleasant surprise. We chose late cabin service, but the ice for the day was always there when we got back from breakfast. The cabin U198 was smaller than anticipated for a balcony, no night tables or chairs and the 2 overhead bunks still worked out OK for the 2 of us. The Aft balcony U226 was great. The Dining Room staff in the Destiny were terrific. Ronnie our waiter called everyone by name, remembered who had coffee the night before, has a smile that is genuinely a pleasure to see. The Food is subjective. I thought it was OK. The salad bar, the pizza & the Ceasar salads from the Pizza Bar were all excellent. Guys Burger bar is Guys. You like it or you don't. The deli sandwiches were good. The chocolate buffet was just that! Lots of chocolate.The Elation dining room seaday brunch Eggs Benny were fine. The Enterainment was beyond our expectations. The 70's show, the 80's show, Fat Tuesday fun, 80's rock triva on the Lido. The CD's Leon & Melessia added so much to the experience. The PG comdedy show was so so. The R rated not very funny in my opinion, and I love comedy shows. A lounger could always be found in the sun or the shade.The Serenity deck was pleasant and even on the last part of the cruise with the Full ship (spring break started & lots of families) we never felt over crowded. The Waterworks was a good place to watch the kids having a blast & there were lots of loungers there as well. We also tried the mini golf which was a very good course. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
this was our first time crusing ever, we chose this cruise line because it had the dates we wanted. we couldnt be more pleased. From the time we boarded the ship through the time we left the ship everything was perfect. The food, whether ... Read More
this was our first time crusing ever, we chose this cruise line because it had the dates we wanted. we couldnt be more pleased. From the time we boarded the ship through the time we left the ship everything was perfect. The food, whether it was fine dining or all you can eat food, was the best. The bars were more than equipped with any drink you could ever want and some def worth trying. Our room attendant, (Andy in room V-4) was the best, he made sure all our needs were met and to the best perfection. There were so many activities on this cruise whether you had kids or not there is always something to do. i dont have any complaints of this cruise and there isnt anything i could say bad about the ship. we felt very safe from start to finish and the captain made sure to keep us informed if there was any delays or any weather issues. we have already booked another cruise for this same year on the same ship. we highly reccommend this ship and all their associates. Thanks for having us and making our first cruise expierience the very best, memorable week. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We wanted to experience a short cruise with a relaxing itinerary on a typical carnival fun /party ship.We were not disappointed and had a superb time overall. Our cabin was a basic inside no window but perfectly adequate although did not ... Read More
We wanted to experience a short cruise with a relaxing itinerary on a typical carnival fun /party ship.We were not disappointed and had a superb time overall. Our cabin was a basic inside no window but perfectly adequate although did not have any chairs. This was quickly rectified by the steward who provided superb service in a friendly manner and this was echoed by all of the staff we encountered on board The food in the buffet restaurant was typical cruise fayre but we ate most nights in the Elation restaurant, one of two formal dining rooms that provided excellent food and service. They also were open for breakfast/brunch on most days. Superb coffee and cakes were available at the café de france. For anyone hungry out of hours there was a 24 hour pizza service and room service available We love being entertained and there was a host of activities , games and shows on offer on board. The cruise director Leon and his team were superb involving everyone in the fun, the show team were excellent with 2 productions on most nights in the Normandie theatre produced to a high standard. Various bands and singers performed throughout the day adding to the experience. We are not big gamblers but were put off by the fact that smoking was allowed in the casino which spilled into other public areas The adult only serenity deck was a welcome addition but did fill up early in the day . More shade on the main sun decks would. be helpful We made our own arrangements in port and found 2 quiet, relaxing beaches Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
I chose this to see Cuba and was not disappointed. Carnival Paradise is an older ship but well maintained. Food was good everywhere, shows may not been comparable to some other lines but were entertaining, especially the comedians. Staff ... Read More
I chose this to see Cuba and was not disappointed. Carnival Paradise is an older ship but well maintained. Food was good everywhere, shows may not been comparable to some other lines but were entertaining, especially the comedians. Staff and service was top notch. We live near the port of embarkation and that went very smoothly. Our cabin and cabin steward were as expected and/or exceeded expectation even as past guest of Carnival. We love the larger size of staterooms offered over some of the other cruise lines. There is a nice observation area forward on a deck where very few people know about it and we get up early and watch the ship come into port. Something most cruisers never see. Glad we got to see Cuba before cruises stopped going there. We go for the ship more than the ports and just to kick back and relax. Loved cruising before they offered internet and phone, as it was forced relaxation and more personable than watching people watch their phones all day. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
I've been on a few other Carnival cruises and a couple of other cruises with different lines, but my experience on the Carnival Paradise was the best by far. From our room steward to the food and activities on board, it was a great ... Read More
I've been on a few other Carnival cruises and a couple of other cruises with different lines, but my experience on the Carnival Paradise was the best by far. From our room steward to the food and activities on board, it was a great experience! The Carnival Paradise is in the Fantasy class, so it is an older and smaller ship, but it does not lack in amenities or activities! I actually love this ship size, because it's easier to get around and doesn't feel overcrowded. Our room steward was Robi, who was very friendly and helpful. We didn't need much extras besides a couple of towels and pillows, but he brought them very quickly. The room was also super clean. I've been on other ships where things like the fixtures are dusty/dirty, but that wasn't the case in my room. The cruise director Leon made this the funnest cruise ship to be on. There were SO many fun activities planned! Try to check out everything that Leon is a part of especially, because he is hilarious. We were seated with Oscar in the dining room, and he was also great and provided excellent service. The Punchliner Comedy Club was fun. Kirk Smith, one of the comedians on board, was hilarious. The only con we experienced was in the port itself. We purchased Faster to the Fun, but they didn't have anything marked in the Tampa port, and when we tried to get off, we weren't allowed to bypass the line, so it ended up being a waste. Other than that minor thing, everything else was perfect. Even though it was rainy and overcast most of the trip (which is to be expected this time of year), we had the time of our lives. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We are a 50's couple. My BF has never cruised before, and this was my 7th cruise, having cruised on Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, and Carnival. We chose this ship due to time constraints and job issues. We embarked on our ... Read More
We are a 50's couple. My BF has never cruised before, and this was my 7th cruise, having cruised on Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, and Carnival. We chose this ship due to time constraints and job issues. We embarked on our adventure a little late. I originally purchased FTTF, but changed my mind. Sure glad I did, because we were on board only about 1/2 hour later than those folks. Embarkation was smooth. We boarded about 1ish....at the back end of our time slot. We headed straight to Guy's for burgers, and they didn't disappoint! We think that those fries were probably the best we ever had! We got to our cabin about 2ish. We had an aft balcony on the empress deck. Our first impression of the cabin was that it was spacious. The only thing that I missed was a sitting/sofa area. Our room steward, Marvin, was the best that I ever had. He was friendly, knew us by name from day one, and always made sure he kept ice in our room. Thanks Marvin! Hope you are enjoying your time off with your family! Dinner that evening was in the buffet, as we wanted to be on deck when we sailed under the bridge in Tampa. It was really cool, and I'm glad that we got to have that experience. Day 1 was a day at sea. We lounged on the deck above the pool. There were plenty of chairs, but I'm guessing it would have been more difficult to obtain a chair closer to the pool. We had room service deliver coffee/pastries that morning, and every other. Delivery was prompt and timely. We ate a late lunch in the buffet, and a little lunch later. Planned for formal night in the dining room. Formal night was very nice. If I remember correctly, we both ate prime rib. We enjoyed our table mates, and even made friends with one of the couples....we hope to get together again. Service was good. The best desserts of the entire cruise were the chocolate lava cake (or whatever it was called) and the creme brulee. Hard to choose which one was better. Day 2 - Honduras. I booked a charter with Roatan Ocean Adventures. It was awesome. Herbert was a wonderful host. We got to experience zip line and snorkeling. Herbert's snorkel guides were the best. They swam with us and pointed out all of the interesting and beautiful wildlife. This adventure took the entire day, and we didn't have any time to shop when we returned to the ship. Dinner in the dining room. Day 3 - Cozumel. I booked a private tour with Tours Plaza. Sergio was our guide. We had a great day. Visited the ruins (small ones on cozumel) did some shopping, and visited the tequila factory. In addition Sergio took us to the other end of the island to see the beautiful coastline and have a snack and cerveza at Coconuts. I would highly recommend this tour! Dinner in the dining room. Day 4 - Sea Day. Another day by the pool and relaxing. Enjoyed dinner again in the dining room. Food and service were good. Unfortunately, we had to pack to go home. We chose to keep our luggage for faster debarkation on Thursday. General comments: Entertainment was good. We loved the rock and roll and the 70's and 80's show. The comedians were good, and we really enjoyed the cruise director....HEY LEON!!! I was a little concerned with the reviews that seemed to be all over the place, but we really enjoyed this cruise. The seas were a little rocky at times, but that is something that is beyond the control of the cruise line. Thanks Carnival! We'll be back! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
This was our 16th cruise overall, and our 4th New Year's Eve cruise aboard Paradise. Embarkation and debarkation in Tampa were a breeze -- we were on the ship by 11:15 am and upon leaving, were off the ship and in our car headed ... Read More
This was our 16th cruise overall, and our 4th New Year's Eve cruise aboard Paradise. Embarkation and debarkation in Tampa were a breeze -- we were on the ship by 11:15 am and upon leaving, were off the ship and in our car headed home by 8:15 am. Paradise is one of the smaller, Fantasy Class ships, but they are our favorites: who wants to cruise with 6000+ plus others? Not us!! This was our first trip on Paradise since the dry dock upgrades so we were pleased to have a balcony on Empress deck. I'm not going to lie -- the cabin was tiny, not even an extra chair, but just the stool at the dresser; so if you wanted to sit, you had to sit on the bed. We dined on YTD in the Elation Dining Room -- we never had to wait at all for a table, and the service was excellent. The food variety was a little disappointing, but each selection we tried was prepared well. We did breakfast in the MDR each morning as well. We lunched at various offering throughout Lido deck. My favorite was the Blue Iguana Cantina and spouses' was Guy's. The shows in the theater were OK, although we didn't feel that the two main singers/dancers were really that good. We did enjoy the Amor Cubano show with the live band. The ports were well-known to us. We elected to stay on the ship in Grand Cayman. We had a good time in Cozumel, even though it was our tenth visit there! The crew and staff on Paradise are the friendliest, most helpful we have encountered in our 16 cruises! All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! We love this ship, and have another cruise planned on her for next new year's Eve. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Celebrating my parents 60 th Anniversary. The ship staff was superb. We had a vow renewal planned for my parents and all was well until the weather turned. Jasmina the wedding planner was terrific. My parents and some of our guests ... Read More
Celebrating my parents 60 th Anniversary. The ship staff was superb. We had a vow renewal planned for my parents and all was well until the weather turned. Jasmina the wedding planner was terrific. My parents and some of our guests were too ill from the ship listing to leave their rooms. Jasmina called and stated the Captain would not be able to perform the ceremony. Given all the sick family members we decided to cancel the ceremony. Jasmina took me to guest services to get their support to cancel. An email was sent to Carnival on land and they are going to refund me the money. Later that evening everyone was able to get dressed for dinner. We all suited up In the outfits we planned on and took lovely photos on deck 9. We had a steak house selection for dinner with a bottle of wine. The food on the ship was good and great variety. The junior suite (V6) was a nice cabin. These balconies are a bit smaller than a standard balcony, although still enjoyable. Location wa convenient to all. The shows and music were great. Had some fun in the piano bar as well. Never had a problem getting a deck chair. We did the deluxe stingray city and starfish snorkel in Grand Cayman. Stingray City was awesome. My second time doing this. Water was quite rough but still enjoyable. The Starfish stop, I think was staged. We didn’t even get in the water as we were all a little pooped from previous snorkel. Cozumel we took the water ferry to Playa Del Carmen. Wow, lots of pushy salesmen. We politely said no thank you and moved on. We had a delicious lunch and delectable Gelato. Ohhhh so good! As I said in the start of this review, the last day and night was the worst I ever encountered on a cruise. I have 22 under my belt and never had such rough seas.. Carnival did their best to accommodate all the sick passengers. They gave out patches and Dramamine to any guest who needed it. The poor cleaning staff had definitely deserved their tips and more. All in all a great cruise and I would sail her again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
This was my first cruise ever. Did not know what to expect at all. We were on the lower deck all the way in the back. In spite of this, the sailing was rather smooth. Kudos to our cabin Steward, Wayan, who surprised us each night with ... Read More
This was my first cruise ever. Did not know what to expect at all. We were on the lower deck all the way in the back. In spite of this, the sailing was rather smooth. Kudos to our cabin Steward, Wayan, who surprised us each night with a different "towel animal" (like Organami with towels) sitting in the middle of the bed. It was really cute and made us look forward to getting back to our cabin in the evening, to see what sort of creature Wayan had left for us. Also, our hats off to our fantastic dining crew, Sudika, Authur and Ketut who kept our stomachs full and our pallets satiated. The food was wonderful, but the service was better. Thanks to our bartender, Rajesh, who kept our glasses full and always strived to deliver drinks the way we wanted. We chose not to go with the Carnival Shore excursions, instead, we googled a Snorkeling beach in the Cayman and a Scuba place, Blue Magic, in Cozumel. Experiencing the local taxis and local cuisine was quite exciting and the instructors at Blue Magic Scuba were amazing! Read Less
Sail Date November 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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