First timer: Carnival Paradise Cruise Review by SteveinTN

Carnival Paradise 4
Member Since 2012
1 Forum Post

Overall Member Rating

First timer

Sail Date: March 2012
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Tampa
Okay, Let me just start off by saying although it was my first cruise, it was by no means my first vacation.

I did a lot of research before our cruise, from the Internet and by asking a lot of questions to friends that I knew had been on cruises recently. I felt like I had a pretty good idea what to expect. Hopefully other people reading this can gain some insight as as they prepare for their cruise.

1. No, they don't feed you lobster (or crab, or ribeyes) every meal or every night. On our 5 night cruise I was offered lobster tail one night (it was good) and shrimp maybe two nights. Same with cheesecake. They had it--for sale.

Now I'm not saying the food was bad, because it was pretty good, but honestly, the buffets did serve the same thing every single day.

2. The entertainment was weak. Maybe I expected too much, I don't know. I was kind of thinking each night at 8pm they would have a Broadway type show that repeated itself around 930pm. More Could be we missed them in spite of scouring our nightly program for something to do. Were there things to see? Sure. We saw a couple of comics that were good, and there was a singing/dancing show the last night that was really nice, and a few other short mildly entertaining acts, but nothing like I expected. Most nights it was a choice between playing bingo or watching children sing bad karaoke over and over again. No, I'm not kidding.

3. Also, unless you're an absolute Coke/Pepsi fiend - don't bring them. They're heavy and there's plenty of other stuff to drink. We brought three twelve packs with us and brought two back.

4. Drinks are high. Miller lite cans were about 6 dollars a piece and mixed drinks between $7.50 and $10 dollars (plus 15% tip). Think about slipping a half pint in your pocket before you board. We spent about $350 dollars on drinks in just 5 nights!!

Over all, it was a fun time (my 8 year old loved it) and we will definitely be going back, next time a little wiser and my pockets a little fuller. Less

Published 04/01/12

Cabin review: 6A Ocean View

There were four of us in one cabin with a window. We didn't expect a lot of room and we weren't disappointed. The room was clean, the bathroom was sufficient, and our steward cleaned the room like twice a day. Honestly, in a room that small, you only go there to sleep or change.

Read All Ocean View (6A) Reviews >>
Read more Carnival Paradise cruise reviews >>
Read Cruise Critic’s Carnival Paradise Review >>

Compare Prices on Carnival Paradise Eastern Caribbean Cruises

Member Since 2012
1 Forum Post
Enrichment Activities
Family & Children
Fitness & Recreation
Onboard Experience
Public Rooms
Shore Excursions
Value for Money
Skip X

See Carnival Paradise deals up to 82% off:

October Deals
Carnival Paradise 65% Loved It

5 Day Western Caribbean
See all Carnival Paradise Deals >>