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Chose for price and proximity to home. Fun but average at best. Check-in line in Tampa took maybe 40 minutes (too long); more annoyingly, so did pickup of duty-free liquor at 630 am on arrival. Previously had been left at cabin last night of cruise, but they figured out they could make $9x of gheir own drinks by withholding it overnight. Tough luck if you had to change, clean up and pack before debarking. Food in restaurant was good, in Lido buffet generally cold. Mongolian Wok was excellent, Pizza Place mediocre at best. Not enough pool space. Left the Comedy Show after 5 minutes, did not return. Serenity Deck (no kids) was a refuge. Enjoyed sauna, though a fireman told me the STEAM bath was hotter than any scene he had worked! The Irish and Scottish spa ladies were lovely, the Indonesian clueless. Purser's Desk was subpar with notifications. Park West "Champagne" Auction was a joke. Think they poured 4 bottles of champagne at best. 100 or so were in attendance. Lucky you if you sat along the corridor wall. Artwork overpriced and largely shlock. Won the Free Art Work auction and wouldn't dream of paying $35 SHIPPING for ANY of the 5 prints to choose from. Weather was good! Worth the price but no steal.

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Carnival Paradise Cruise Review by waterwatereverywhere101

Trip Details
Chose for price and proximity to home. Fun but average at best. Check-in line in Tampa took maybe 40 minutes (too long); more annoyingly, so did pickup of duty-free liquor at 630 am on arrival. Previously had been left at cabin last night of cruise, but they figured out they could make $9x of gheir own drinks by withholding it overnight. Tough luck if you had to change, clean up and pack before debarking. Food in restaurant was good, in Lido buffet generally cold. Mongolian Wok was excellent, Pizza Place mediocre at best. Not enough pool space. Left the Comedy Show after 5 minutes, did not return. Serenity Deck (no kids) was a refuge. Enjoyed sauna, though a fireman told me the STEAM bath was hotter than any scene he had worked! The Irish and Scottish spa ladies were lovely, the Indonesian clueless. Purser's Desk was subpar with notifications. Park West "Champagne" Auction was a joke. Think they poured 4 bottles of champagne at best. 100 or so were in attendance. Lucky you if you sat along the corridor wall. Artwork overpriced and largely shlock. Won the Free Art Work auction and wouldn't dream of paying $35 SHIPPING for ANY of the 5 prints to choose from.

Weather was good!

Worth the price but no steal.
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Cabin 6D Forget
Nice enough. Cheap on changing sheets, which summarizes this cruise. Worst of the 4 Carnival ships I've sailed. In general, stick to new shi9s.
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