Good Family Value: Carnival Paradise Cruise Review by cmrflcruiser
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Good Family Value
Destination: Western Caribbean
Club oxygen had a lot of activities for the 14-17 year old group, but the 18-20 year olds were in a dead zone (too old for the youth activities and too young for the 21 and older functions). Our kids found enough to do anyway.
Nothing fancy, but ship is clean, with rooms better than expected. The dining room food & wait staff were excellent. Alternate dining options had longer wait times, and limited hours- but a good variety when we found them open. We never got through the Mongolian Wok line-which looked great, but always had a long line. Healthy food options were available and clearly marked.
There was a good variety of things to do on the ship. Casual to elegant are seen side by side. You will see hard core partiers, to families, honeymooners and elderly.
Deck chairs were hard to come by on the first day at sea, but not a problem on the second sea day.
Everything is More smaller than ships we have been on in the past, but enjoyable, and you can be as busy or as relaxed as you like.
We found longer than expected wait times in the Tampa Port at embarkation (recommend arriving at earliest boarding time), as well as for getting off the ship in the ports. Weather did impact our Grand Cayman tender time, but there was no announcement, and we did not know standing in line in the bowels of the ship that it was storming until we got to the door to board. We were promptly refunded when the second half of our excursion was cancelled due to the weather.
Disembarkation was a smooth process, and ran pretty true to the planned schedule.
We would cruise on Paradise again as a convenient local option for a weekend get-away, but will seek out a ship with more amenities for our next cruising vacation. Less
Cabin review: U185
Cabin better than expected. Adequate size for a ship, great stewards and no extra charge for room service. This was a great location, feeling "mid-ship" even though "aft", and was a calmer area when seas were rough and being felt elsewhere in the ship. The room was cool at all times. No irritating noises or smells. Close enough to stairs for convenience, but no excessive traffic. Water pressure in shower was excellent, and the hot water was scalding (caution!).Bring a multi-cord adapter as there is only one electric plug in the room.
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