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Carnival Paradise is OK but it seriously needs some updating. Rust is visible from the balcony doors to hull of the boat. Pipes are bursting and causing leaks which makes you uneasy and keeps you wondering what may go wrong. The plumbing is loud, without ear plugs hard to sleep. The plastic around the windows is peeling off. The balconies have a huge opening which could be life threatening for a toddler. When we asked for a safety net, no one returned our call. The room service menu is simply made of sandwiches. When you are waiting in the coffee bar, employees will mind their own business unless you interrupt them - contrary to what you expect to hear "how can I help you?" The main dining room is incredibly loud with obnoxious entertainment. Worst, everyone is waving their napkins in the air basically spreading their germs all over.... I will not be surprised if the next norovirus outbreak will be on this boat.... And the Half of the Upper Deck smells really badly of cigarette smoke so if your room in on U deck you may want to move forward where the air quality gets better. And the banging. There were constant repairs each morning starting at 8AM. Metal being hammered - yes, we understand there needs to be maintenance but can it not wait till the afternoon? But, even though we had a child on G-tube (yes, we made it possibly by bringing our own blender and a doctors letter of medical necessity) we actually overlooked all these inconvenience. We never let our little guy unsupervised out, we did not worry about staff minding their business, the tobacco smoke was not an issue inside our cabins, used ear plugs, ignored the undercooked fish and overly salty food, did not eat more than once in the main dining room..... And we actually enjoyed the cruise because... We like cruising. There were enough option to eat. If one option was not palatable there was usually another option. Also the sweet treats were great. It was nice to get off the boat in Cozumel and Grand Cayman and even enjoy the beaches for a short while. Cabins were old, dated, and actually not spotless - contrary to what I had seen before in Holland America Noordam. But, our room and my parents room had connecting door. So, we had lots of space that made it a great accommodation considering that we had an extra suitcase of just in case medical supplies. Getting off the boat - passport check for non US citizens was poor. They know there will be X amount of people. Why cant they gather them in groups before letting everyone wait for 1 hour? Getting off the boat on tenders - it is OK. I thought however paying for a Suite Entitled for a few more perks - except priority boarding. Muster Drilll - was complicated. Not easy for infants, toddlers and elderly. It could be all done in less than 20 minutes - rather than 45 min. Camp Carnival - great job. What a luxury for both parents and kids to keep the little ones occupied and seemingly safe hands. This sounds overly negative and yes, for paying suites, we were expecting a little more. However, we love being on the water, except the last night the weather was great and we enjoyed a break in the scenery and living in Tampa made it easy to embark/disemabark. Would we do it again? No. Carnival Paradise needs major upgrades and once the upgrades are done, and the boat caters slightly more to be a "relaxing experience" rather than only fun (i.e. ammouncements from speakers for Bingo at 9:30PM is not ideal) it will not be our priority boat. However, until our little guy grows up chances are we will try other Carnival boats with Camp Carnival. How many stars - 2.5 out of 5. You can expect to get everything that you want from the cruise just in the lower standards, less selection etc. Finally port of Tampa, as it appears is struggling to handle larger boats. 2,000 + passangers out and only 1 (ONE) elevator....  

OK Cruise but be aware of old ship, mediocre food and service

Carnival Paradise Cruise Review by adropintheocean

Trip Details
Carnival Paradise is OK but it seriously needs some updating. Rust is visible from the balcony doors to hull of the boat. Pipes are bursting and causing leaks which makes you uneasy and keeps you wondering what may go wrong. The plumbing is loud, without ear plugs hard to sleep. The plastic around the windows is peeling off.
The balconies have a huge opening which could be life threatening for a toddler. When we asked for a safety net, no one returned our call.
The room service menu is simply made of sandwiches.
When you are waiting in the coffee bar, employees will mind their own business unless you interrupt them - contrary to what you expect to hear "how can I help you?"
The main dining room is incredibly loud with obnoxious entertainment. Worst, everyone is waving their napkins in the air basically spreading their germs all over.... I will not be surprised if the next norovirus outbreak will be on this boat....
And the Half of the Upper Deck smells really badly of cigarette smoke so if your room in on U deck you may want to move forward where the air quality gets better.
And the banging. There were constant repairs each morning starting at 8AM. Metal being hammered - yes, we understand there needs to be maintenance but can it not wait till the afternoon?
But, even though we had a child on G-tube (yes, we made it possibly by bringing our own blender and a doctors letter of medical necessity) we actually overlooked all these inconvenience. We never let our little guy unsupervised out, we did not worry about staff minding their business, the tobacco smoke was not an issue inside our cabins, used ear plugs, ignored the undercooked fish and overly salty food, did not eat more than once in the main dining room..... And we actually enjoyed the cruise because...
We like cruising. There were enough option to eat. If one option was not palatable there was usually another option. Also the sweet treats were great. It was nice to get off the boat in Cozumel and Grand Cayman and even enjoy the beaches for a short while.
Cabins were old, dated, and actually not spotless - contrary to what I had seen before in Holland America Noordam. But, our room and my parents room had connecting door. So, we had lots of space that made it a great accommodation considering that we had an extra suitcase of just in case medical supplies.
Getting off the boat - passport check for non US citizens was poor. They know there will be X amount of people. Why cant they gather them in groups before letting everyone wait for 1 hour?
Getting off the boat on tenders - it is OK. I thought however paying for a Suite Entitled for a few more perks - except priority boarding.
Muster Drilll - was complicated. Not easy for infants, toddlers and elderly. It could be all done in less than 20 minutes - rather than 45 min.
Camp Carnival - great job. What a luxury for both parents and kids to keep the little ones occupied and seemingly safe hands.
This sounds overly negative and yes, for paying suites, we were expecting a little more. However, we love being on the water, except the last night the weather was great and we enjoyed a break in the scenery and living in Tampa made it easy to embark/disemabark.
Would we do it again? No. Carnival Paradise needs major upgrades and once the upgrades are done, and the boat caters slightly more to be a "relaxing experience" rather than only fun (i.e. ammouncements from speakers for Bingo at 9:30PM is not ideal) it will not be our priority boat.
However, until our little guy grows up chances are we will try other Carnival boats with Camp Carnival.
How many stars - 2.5 out of 5. You can expect to get everything that you want from the cruise just in the lower standards, less selection etc.
Finally port of Tampa, as it appears is struggling to handle larger boats. 2,000 + passangers out and only 1 (ONE) elevator....
 
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Cabin U79
Cabins were old, dated, and actually not spotless - contrary to what I had seen before in Holland America Noordam. But, our room and my parents room had connecting door. So, we had lots of space that made it a great accommodation considering that we had an extra suitcase of just in case medical supplies. Cabin was noisy. Plumbing and a constant rattling sound. Also peeling off the plastic in windows. No child safety locks on doors. No glass panel in the balcony - a gap is large enough for a toddler to easily fall off. Water extremely hot. It could cause burns. Be careful. Not very child friendly rooms. Many sharp edges.Beds, OK. Nothing extremely comfortable.Average - nothing that wows you. But practical, spacious.
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