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This is my 3rd and last time on Carnival Paradise. While the group we sailed with was a lot of fun and the ports provided a great day each time, there is much less to be desired onboard the Paradise. This ship needs a serious upgrade and some actual adult supervision from the crew. IT's definitely a throwback to the 90's and it needs some serious upgrades. They say no shorts or bathing suits or tank tops in the main restaurants in the evening, but all of these are present every night, I don't really care about shorts and -shirts, but if you have a dress code, enforce it or just can it. There is a very casual dress code in the Lido, as it should be. But it is a restaurant and as such, requires clothing of some sort including shirts and footwear - flip flops completely acceptable. However, every day there were men in there with no shirts, no shoes, wet bathing suits - and not the kind of men who need to be shirtless - not judging as I am one of these. But really? Is it that hard to put a t-shirt and flip flops on? Seriously, you can't even go into Subway looking like this - but no Carnival person ever said a word, even when they were asked, they just said yes, there is a dress code. It's kind of disgusting actually, but the staff is too afraid to say anything, the white shirts need to step in as this ship is getting to be the lowest class of any. And then there are the falling down drunks who grab at other guests, spew nothing but F words at the crowded bar, scream at their companions who are a mere foot away from them, and are just flat out stumbling face planting drunk - and these are not 20 somethings, these are people over 40!! I had to intervene when one of these idiots started holding onto my girlfriend as he tried to introduce himself, nicely of course so as not to start a bar fight, but where the hell is security? Oh, no, they want you to drink more!!! I saw a white shirt actually buying another drink for this one moron who was at his limit on the Cheers package - 15 for the day. That's responsible management, give a drunken idiot more to drink. Seriously, it's all about having fun, but there is a limit anywhere. But it seems to be par for the course on Carnival Paradise to see how stinking drunk and obnoxious you can be!! I've had my last Paradise cruise, this has deteriorated further each time - kids in the late night comedy show, drunks in the serenity deck shouting obscenities ever other word (yes shouting), fall down drunks in the bars anytime after around 6, no dress code enforcement in either the Lido or the dining rooms, no security ever present, hallways that are constantly filled with carts, blowers (to clean up after the drunks), trays, vacuums. Not to say it's all bad - but the behavior of some of the guests really impacts others who have paid just as much to be on there, and there is no control whatsoever. So why have rules if you just ignore them? Why have a limit when the goal is to see how fast you can get to 15 and then just buy more? Not surprising why there are fights on board. But the shows are great, the production very cool, the singers and dancers very talented. Shiplash was the best bad they had - Grovalicious, well, not so much. But at least they moved the band into the night club this time - last time the club sat empty while the band played on the Casino Bar stage making it impossible for people to walk down the Promenade and no room for dancing. So good call on moving them to the night club! The senior staff was very visible and very friendly - always nice to see the guys who run the ship out mingling with the guests. Our room steward Arthur was AWESOME!! Friendly, polite, always smiling, room was perfect. Darunee at the Casino Bar is simply THE BEST ever - she should be a trainer and show others how to enjoy their job and do it perfectly, and Karla also there and the coffee bar is just excellent. Antoniu at the Casnio bar was just not good - never smiling, seemed to actually hate his job, no customer service, maybe he just didn't want to work in a smoking bar (I don't smoke, but the Casino and Casino Bar are smoking areas) I'd agree that they really need a better smoking area for those that do smoke - the one small space at the end of the Casino Bar was right in the main line on the Promenade deck and the drama of people walking by with their hands covering their nose and mouths, t-shirts pulled up over their nose and mouth, and fanning the air frantically while walking through - they are just annoying. Smoking is legal, so there needs to be a better place to put it that the middle of the main deck perhaps? Anyway, Paradise has definitely become the Greyhound on the seas and if they continue to look the other way with some of these guest behaviors, they are going to lose a lot more business or gain the kind that perhaps they don't want - oh what am I saying, they just want the money and people will continue to cruise Paradise because where else can you cruise for $299??? Cheap is the word and with that comes behavior you either tolerate or don't go again. If you go to Cozumel, try one of the private beach clubs like Mr. Sancho's rather than the carnival excursion - they are awesome and not expensive - $55 pp all inclusive with multiple pools with swim up bars, private beach with lounge chairs, great buffet and menu to order off of - and all inclusive - just an awesome way to spend the day in Cozumel!! And just short $7.50/each cab ride. On Grand Cayman, why take an expensive excursion to the 7 mile beach? And don't take a bus either for $8! Walk a block away and get a cab for $2.50 each and it drops you right at Calico Jacks where you can grab an umbrella covered picknick table right on the beautiful beach for $0!! Order some cold beers and great food there and just enjoy the beautiful water and super friendly staff. Then walk across the street and pick up a cab going back for another $2.50 pp - so a party of 2 can go to and from 7 mile beach for $10 while others pay $32 for a bus or ever $55 or more for an excursion that takes you to the same beach!! Get out of the routine and save money, meet nice locals that jump in the cab on the way and enjoy more on GC for less!!! I'll stay with Carnival but on nicer ships and longer trips. Paradise has had it's day, time to retrofit and upgrade, and maybe, just maybe, enforce some of the basic rules?

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Carnival Paradise Cruise Review by cruisinfromTPA

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This is my 3rd and last time on Carnival Paradise. While the group we sailed with was a lot of fun and the ports provided a great day each time, there is much less to be desired onboard the Paradise. This ship needs a serious upgrade and some actual adult supervision from the crew. IT's definitely a throwback to the 90's and it needs some serious upgrades. They say no shorts or bathing suits or tank tops in the main restaurants in the evening, but all of these are present every night, I don't really care about shorts and -shirts, but if you have a dress code, enforce it or just can it. There is a very casual dress code in the Lido, as it should be. But it is a restaurant and as such, requires clothing of some sort including shirts and footwear - flip flops completely acceptable. However, every day there were men in there with no shirts, no shoes, wet bathing suits - and not the kind of men who need to be shirtless - not judging as I am one of these. But really? Is it that hard to put a t-shirt and flip flops on? Seriously, you can't even go into Subway looking like this - but no Carnival person ever said a word, even when they were asked, they just said yes, there is a dress code. It's kind of disgusting actually, but the staff is too afraid to say anything, the white shirts need to step in as this ship is getting to be the lowest class of any. And then there are the falling down drunks who grab at other guests, spew nothing but F words at the crowded bar, scream at their companions who are a mere foot away from them, and are just flat out stumbling face planting drunk - and these are not 20 somethings, these are people over 40!! I had to intervene when one of these idiots started holding onto my girlfriend as he tried to introduce himself, nicely of course so as not to start a bar fight, but where the hell is security? Oh, no, they want you to drink more!!! I saw a white shirt actually buying another drink for this one moron who was at his limit on the Cheers package - 15 for the day. That's responsible management, give a drunken idiot more to drink. Seriously, it's all about having fun, but there is a limit anywhere. But it seems to be par for the course on Carnival Paradise to see how stinking drunk and obnoxious you can be!! I've had my last Paradise cruise, this has deteriorated further each time - kids in the late night comedy show, drunks in the serenity deck shouting obscenities ever other word (yes shouting), fall down drunks in the bars anytime after around 6, no dress code enforcement in either the Lido or the dining rooms, no security ever present, hallways that are constantly filled with carts, blowers (to clean up after the drunks), trays, vacuums.

Not to say it's all bad - but the behavior of some of the guests really impacts others who have paid just as much to be on there, and there is no control whatsoever. So why have rules if you just ignore them? Why have a limit when the goal is to see how fast you can get to 15 and then just buy more? Not surprising why there are fights on board.

But the shows are great, the production very cool, the singers and dancers very talented. Shiplash was the best bad they had - Grovalicious, well, not so much. But at least they moved the band into the night club this time - last time the club sat empty while the band played on the Casino Bar stage making it impossible for people to walk down the Promenade and no room for dancing. So good call on moving them to the night club! The senior staff was very visible and very friendly - always nice to see the guys who run the ship out mingling with the guests. Our room steward Arthur was AWESOME!! Friendly, polite, always smiling, room was perfect. Darunee at the Casino Bar is simply THE BEST ever - she should be a trainer and show others how to enjoy their job and do it perfectly, and Karla also there and the coffee bar is just excellent. Antoniu at the Casnio bar was just not good - never smiling, seemed to actually hate his job, no customer service, maybe he just didn't want to work in a smoking bar (I don't smoke, but the Casino and Casino Bar are smoking areas)

I'd agree that they really need a better smoking area for those that do smoke - the one small space at the end of the Casino Bar was right in the main line on the Promenade deck and the drama of people walking by with their hands covering their nose and mouths, t-shirts pulled up over their nose and mouth, and fanning the air frantically while walking through - they are just annoying. Smoking is legal, so there needs to be a better place to put it that the middle of the main deck perhaps?

Anyway, Paradise has definitely become the Greyhound on the seas and if they continue to look the other way with some of these guest behaviors, they are going to lose a lot more business or gain the kind that perhaps they don't want - oh what am I saying, they just want the money and people will continue to cruise Paradise because where else can you cruise for $299??? Cheap is the word and with that comes behavior you either tolerate or don't go again.

If you go to Cozumel, try one of the private beach clubs like Mr. Sancho's rather than the carnival excursion - they are awesome and not expensive - $55 pp all inclusive with multiple pools with swim up bars, private beach with lounge chairs, great buffet and menu to order off of - and all inclusive - just an awesome way to spend the day in Cozumel!! And just short $7.50/each cab ride.

On Grand Cayman, why take an expensive excursion to the 7 mile beach? And don't take a bus either for $8! Walk a block away and get a cab for $2.50 each and it drops you right at Calico Jacks where you can grab an umbrella covered picknick table right on the beautiful beach for $0!! Order some cold beers and great food there and just enjoy the beautiful water and super friendly staff. Then walk across the street and pick up a cab going back for another $2.50 pp - so a party of 2 can go to and from 7 mile beach for $10 while others pay $32 for a bus or ever $55 or more for an excursion that takes you to the same beach!! Get out of the routine and save money, meet nice locals that jump in the cab on the way and enjoy more on GC for less!!!

I'll stay with Carnival but on nicer ships and longer trips. Paradise has had it's day, time to retrofit and upgrade, and maybe, just maybe, enforce some of the basic rules?
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