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We are an engaged couple, 29 and 27 years old for reference. We got on the ship very easily, and were told that our room was already all set up and waiting for us, since we were 'guaranteed' sailors on the bottom deck (Riviera) we were pleasantly surprised. Went to our small interior room, the style is dated a bit, but nothing obnoxious. The room was very clean, and always felt that way the entire time. We got unpacked and of course headed to lunch, like everyone else, but didn't have to wait too long to get a burger and a drink. Overall the food was fine. We are big foodies and usually cruise Holland America even though we are younger just for the lack of children and higher quality food, but this was a last minute trip for us. The dinners and sea day brunches in the dining room were a 6.5ish/10, very slightly better than going out to something like longhorn steakhouse etc, but with much better service. The Paris (buffet) food was akin to private high school lunches, ranging from crappy pizza, to ok pressed sandwiches to pretty darn good stirfry. The first evening was chilly out of tampa, but I wanted to be on deck to watch us go under the Skyway bridge (for anyone wondering, that is why larger cruise ships don't service Tampa, they have to fit under it) and man, we *barely* made it, kind of cool. The hot tubs filled up fast with bros from UF and FSU, so get there early if you want space and it's cold out. The next day was a sea day and we got up early. I wanted to hit the casino, and check out our ship. We just enjoyed the day, and took a good liking to the serenity deck where it could be hard to find a spot, but it was great once you got settled in. Carnival says they have a policy about people leaving their stuff on a chair for 40+ minutes and just leaving it, but we didn't see that enforced, and 40 minutes is too long in my opinion. The double hot tubs on the Serenity deck were rarely super full. The brunch was very good, steak and eggs, and eggs Benedict, though I did find the menu to be a bit mocking in a weird way, like how it said under the eggs *Only Americans would name eggs after some guy named Benedict* or the section on the dinner menu that said *the food you always wanted to try but were too afraid to* and had sushi listed. That night was formal night. Many people dressed fine, but it tended to be more of a prom night with misfitting suit jackets on guys who were only wearing a button down to try to impress the girls. The dinner staff was great and did know our names each time, but even though we had a set dining time, we never really felt like they got to know us, or us them, since there were 3 people in charge of our table. The second full day was at Grand Cayman. If you want to go diving/snorkeling DO NOT do an excursion. We got off the boat and walked 10 mins down from Margaritaville to Eden Rock Dive Shop. It was Very easy and hands off, 15 bucks per person got you the snorkel gear and fins, with or without a float vest and a locker, and you just jump right into some of the best reef off the rocks. We saw a couple small sharks, a TON of colorful fish, and a sea turtle! Then as soon as we were done, we showered up at their place and headed back to the boat for a late lunch. The third day was at Cozumel, and since we had the beginnings of spring break on our ship, we opted out of Mr Sancho's and instead went to Occidental Resort. I found it on Resortforaday.com. They encourage you to book ahead of time but we didn't and figured they wouldn't turn our money away if it's what we wanted to do, they didn't. The taxi was 18 bucks (1 more than going to Mr. Sancho's) and we paid $60 per person for unlimited drinks/buffet food use of 2 pools and private uncrowded and quiet beach. Plus use of kayaks and sailboats for free. Unfortunately we didn't get to use them since it rained for 3/4 of our time there, we did use the bar enough to make up for it though! That night we played blackjack a bunch and made some friends, and after playfully asking the pitboss for a tshirt after getting blackjack 3 times in a row, she bought us each a drink even though we were far away from having enough 'points' to get them the usual way. That kind of service really stuck out to us. The last full day was at sea again, and we got up early did the brunch again, and just had a great day reading in the sun and sitting in hot tubs, trying to make up for our less than sunny beach day the day before. Super relaxing. We went to the spa, my fiancee got her nails done and I got a shave/facial and scalp/arm/neck massage, it was my first time getting skin stuff done and guys, do it. Really. I swear the ladies make it seem girly so we don't clog the place up, but it is NICE. We did a bit of trivia, and saw both 18+ comedy shows late into the evening. The comedy club is sponsored by George Lopez, and I get it, they exchanged money somewhere for the name, but it felt really shoehorned in. One of the comics was really much more low brow, lots of poop jokes and stories about his dad beating him, which I guess people liked? The other guy, Tim Young, was much funnier, and we really had a great time. The morning of disembarkation was easy too despite the crowds. We just grabbed food and sat in the library waiting our turn, reading our books, got off and walked right out. Our bill was correct, and everything went smoothly. Overall we had a great time! We noticed many little things that we missed from Holland America, but nothing was big or bad enough to ruin anything. Don't go looking to complain and you'll have a great time too!

Never wowed but never dissapointed

Carnival Paradise Cruise Review by Ayrity

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We are an engaged couple, 29 and 27 years old for reference.

We got on the ship very easily, and were told that our room was already all set up and waiting for us, since we were 'guaranteed' sailors on the bottom deck (Riviera) we were pleasantly surprised. Went to our small interior room, the style is dated a bit, but nothing obnoxious. The room was very clean, and always felt that way the entire time. We got unpacked and of course headed to lunch, like everyone else, but didn't have to wait too long to get a burger and a drink. Overall the food was fine. We are big foodies and usually cruise Holland America even though we are younger just for the lack of children and higher quality food, but this was a last minute trip for us. The dinners and sea day brunches in the dining room were a 6.5ish/10, very slightly better than going out to something like longhorn steakhouse etc, but with much better service. The Paris (buffet) food was akin to private high school lunches, ranging from crappy pizza, to ok pressed sandwiches to pretty darn good stirfry.

The first evening was chilly out of tampa, but I wanted to be on deck to watch us go under the Skyway bridge (for anyone wondering, that is why larger cruise ships don't service Tampa, they have to fit under it) and man, we *barely* made it, kind of cool. The hot tubs filled up fast with bros from UF and FSU, so get there early if you want space and it's cold out.

The next day was a sea day and we got up early. I wanted to hit the casino, and check out our ship. We just enjoyed the day, and took a good liking to the serenity deck where it could be hard to find a spot, but it was great once you got settled in. Carnival says they have a policy about people leaving their stuff on a chair for 40+ minutes and just leaving it, but we didn't see that enforced, and 40 minutes is too long in my opinion. The double hot tubs on the Serenity deck were rarely super full. The brunch was very good, steak and eggs, and eggs Benedict, though I did find the menu to be a bit mocking in a weird way, like how it said under the eggs *Only Americans would name eggs after some guy named Benedict* or the section on the dinner menu that said *the food you always wanted to try but were too afraid to* and had sushi listed.

That night was formal night. Many people dressed fine, but it tended to be more of a prom night with misfitting suit jackets on guys who were only wearing a button down to try to impress the girls. The dinner staff was great and did know our names each time, but even though we had a set dining time, we never really felt like they got to know us, or us them, since there were 3 people in charge of our table.

The second full day was at Grand Cayman. If you want to go diving/snorkeling DO NOT do an excursion. We got off the boat and walked 10 mins down from Margaritaville to Eden Rock Dive Shop. It was Very easy and hands off, 15 bucks per person got you the snorkel gear and fins, with or without a float vest and a locker, and you just jump right into some of the best reef off the rocks. We saw a couple small sharks, a TON of colorful fish, and a sea turtle! Then as soon as we were done, we showered up at their place and headed back to the boat for a late lunch.

The third day was at Cozumel, and since we had the beginnings of spring break on our ship, we opted out of Mr Sancho's and instead went to Occidental Resort. I found it on Resortforaday.com. They encourage you to book ahead of time but we didn't and figured they wouldn't turn our money away if it's what we wanted to do, they didn't. The taxi was 18 bucks (1 more than going to Mr. Sancho's) and we paid $60 per person for unlimited drinks/buffet food use of 2 pools and private uncrowded and quiet beach. Plus use of kayaks and sailboats for free. Unfortunately we didn't get to use them since it rained for 3/4 of our time there, we did use the bar enough to make up for it though!

That night we played blackjack a bunch and made some friends, and after playfully asking the pitboss for a tshirt after getting blackjack 3 times in a row, she bought us each a drink even though we were far away from having enough 'points' to get them the usual way. That kind of service really stuck out to us.

The last full day was at sea again, and we got up early did the brunch again, and just had a great day reading in the sun and sitting in hot tubs, trying to make up for our less than sunny beach day the day before. Super relaxing. We went to the spa, my fiancee got her nails done and I got a shave/facial and scalp/arm/neck massage, it was my first time getting skin stuff done and guys, do it. Really. I swear the ladies make it seem girly so we don't clog the place up, but it is NICE. We did a bit of trivia, and saw both 18+ comedy shows late into the evening. The comedy club is sponsored by George Lopez, and I get it, they exchanged money somewhere for the name, but it felt really shoehorned in. One of the comics was really much more low brow, lots of poop jokes and stories about his dad beating him, which I guess people liked? The other guy, Tim Young, was much funnier, and we really had a great time.

The morning of disembarkation was easy too despite the crowds. We just grabbed food and sat in the library waiting our turn, reading our books, got off and walked right out. Our bill was correct, and everything went smoothly.

Overall we had a great time! We noticed many little things that we missed from Holland America, but nothing was big or bad enough to ruin anything. Don't go looking to complain and you'll have a great time too!
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