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Carnival Paradise Cruise Review
3.5 / 5.0
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Carnival Paradise - Eastern Caribbean

Carnival Paradise Cruise Review by PGereffi

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jul 2003
  • Destination: the Eastern Caribbean

Just returned this am on the paradise. i'd rate an 8 out of 10. in belize, cave-tubing was cancelled after our bus was delayed for an hour by a downed power wire. they also said the water was too high for caving so they took us to the zoo instead. walked in pouring rain for an hour; not very enjoyable even if you're into nature. later, was credited on ship for the cave-tubing excursion but, later that day, charged for a "zoo and city tour." at $45 (six of us) many passengers complained that they were not given the choice to go to the zoo or return to ship. we were all credited and essentially got a free trip to zoo and lunch at cheers. (i would have gladly paid for lunch. it was good.) many were disappointed by the cave-tubing cancellation but we made the best of it. others said the river raft and ruins tour was great. roatan was fantastic. beautiful mountain scenery and we rented a van and female driver at $20 each and she took us everywhere, including the east side of the island, west end village (which was great) and to the beach near cabana where we snorkeled, then back to the ship on a smooth unpaved road that went thru rustic villages. she answered all our questions in great detail in perfect english (her native language). i will e-mail her and ask if she minds if i post her name and e-mail for others. roatan has lots of potential and is still unspoiled. cayman islands was good except the tender drops us and passengers from two other ships in the same cramped spot where we jostled aimlessly in a mob for a half-hour. the stingray city 10am tour had left (?), even tho we were only just dropped off at 10:30. we had to beg a ride on another tour's bus (old school bus, no ac) to the dock and then boarded the boat. stingray city was crowded but very enjoyable. we had a great time. on the school bus back to the tender, the driver sang songs for us and made everyone forget how hot it was. times like that really contribute to everyone's well being. he loved his job. in retrospect, i'd skip the ship tour and just book from some of the many vendors selling stingray tours on the dock. you'll probably be on the boat while everyone else is wandering the dock trying to hook up with the tour. cozumel was, well, cozumel. great snorkeling at chankanab but beware they now charge $10 per person for use of the beach. (you only live once, go for it!) if you like, shop 'till you drop! (not for me!) all-in-all, a good time to some exotic ports. the food was very good (not quite fantastic) and the service was excellent. only complaints is the first day was b-o-r-i-n-g with little planned activities and, as usual, carnival is always peddling you something at every turn and in every nook and cranny in the boat. further, port talks center around shopping, shopping, shopping, with no history or local culture info offered. enjoy this unique itinerary. please don't miss the chance to see all of roatan, not just the beach. this was the hi-lite of our trip.

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