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Carnival Paradise Cruise Review
3.5 / 5.0
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Birthday Celebration for 20

Carnival Paradise Cruise Review by funtaday

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Oct 2015
  • Destination: the Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View

We have been on 15+ cruises, several on Carnival so there were no surprises. We hosted 20 cruisers in a group to celebrate a birthday.

The Ship – Old, but well maintained. Elevators were frequently out of service. Occasionally for crew use but often it looked like they were trying to save electricity. Atrium elevators were the worst. Trivia games and musical entertainment were held near the bar that had a smoking wall and was next to the Casino (which had a lot of smoke overflow from the gamblers). Bad choice, the smell of smoke was unpleasant and made it very difficult to enjoy the experience. Most of Deck 8 smelled of smoke so the public rooms get a poor rating.

The Buffet – Food selection was good. The Wok was popular and had a long wait. On a sea day with rain it was difficult to find a seat.

The Cabin – plenty of room and closet/storage space. The Air Condition control was fair and the lighting was good. Bathroom was large and the shower was excellent, lots of water. Separate controls for hot and cold made for easy temperature adjustment. Floor tiles need cleaning. Neighbor cabin complained of sewer smell on 2 occasions. Iwaxan was our steward for 3 cabins and did an excellent job.

The Dining Room – We ate most of our meals in the MDR. Grace and her team were our servers. She did an outstanding job for all 20 of us. Based on reports from our group, it is possible to be served a meal that you feel is cold, over cooked, under cooked of otherwise not to your liking. My suggestion is to ask for a different meal. The wait staff is very accommodating.

The Children's Programming – Our granddaughter was under 2 and had limited access to the children's programming. She did get to play with the toys at select times at no charge. She was also able to watch the Dr. Seuss parade and story time which was excellent.

The Entertainment – There were 2 singing/dance shows. Only got to see the first one. It was great. The Cruise Director played the fiddle and he was amazing.

The Ports – It rained at both ports. Grand Cayman: We booked a trip to the Turtle Farm. Since it was raining so hard, we were given a chance to return our tickets for a refund. Since we had a toddler with us this was much appreciated. We took a cab ($5 per person) to 7 Fathoms, the rum distillery. A tour and lots of rum an spirits to sample for $5. Cozumel: Took a cab to the Mayan Ruins. The rain didn't stop the mosquitoes. We had repellent.


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Cabin Review

Ocean View
Cabin 6A U201

Our party also occupied U205 and U203. Plenty of room and closet/storage space. The Air Condition control was fair and the lighting was good. Bathroom was large and the shower was excellent, lots of water. Separate controls for hot and cold made for easy temperature adjustment. Floor tiles need cleaning. Neighbor cabin complained of sewer smell on 2 occasions. Iwaxan was our steward for 3 cabins and did an excellent job.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Tampa

Close parking. Fast and efficient boarding and return

Turtle Farm

We booked a trip to the Turtle Farm. Since it was raining so hard, we were given a chance to return our tickets for a refund. Since we had a toddler with us this was much appreciated.

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We took a cab ($5 per person) to 7 Fathoms, the rum distillery. A tour and lots of rum an spirits to sample for $5.

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Took a cab to the Mayan Ruins. The rain didn't stop the mosquitoes. We had repellent.

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