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Carnival Paradise Cruise Review
3.5 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating
991 Reviews

Older Ship, Great Staff, Easy Access to Amenities, Great Excursions

Carnival Paradise Cruise Review by damesny

9 people found this helpful
Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jul 2017
  • Destination: the Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Junior Suite

I have only been on two cruises both on the Paradise. The ship itself seems dated but the staff is very friendly and helpful. The thing that I valued about the Paradise compared to what I heard about other cruises is that it never felt overly crowded. There were 2700 people on our cruise and the lines were manageable and moved quickly. I stood in a notable line only once for the Mongolian BBQ but had a great view of the Lido deck and music. Rooms: We had a balcony so when you wanted quiet time we had that option (although there is a very limited number of balcony rooms. Food was plentiful and decent with a good variety. Fitness options were average... typical gym equipment but very limited on other options (yoga, etc.). For example on my cruise, Yoga was offered once at 08:00. there was a single Pilates class also at 08:00. Staff: was very pleasant and willing to help. The entertainment, I felt was a bit lacking, they offer a couple of shows which were nice but the costumes and themes were very sultry for younger cruisers. The quality of the show was pretty good. Gary, our cruise director, was super fun and was the catalyst to keep things moving. My highlight was the 80's music trivia located in the "Lobby" that is located at the bottom of a massive hall that extends to the top of the ship with balconies that encircle this hall on every level... image 200ish strangers (of all ages!!) extending from the lobby to the top of the ship all singing epic 80s tunes... we are strangers no more. Crazy fun. Excursions: Seemingly typical excursions but one of particular note was the "Give Back with Purpose - Community Tour" is highly noteworthy. The excursion is not your typical tourist trip but you have a small glimpse into the people and community of the wonderful Cozumel resident. You visit a community church and learn about its role in the community followed by a visit to an orphanage to learn about an unique approach to care for the children (best part... a proceed of your excursion cost is donated) you end the tour with a family style meal at a home converted to a restaurant. "Flor" is an amazing tour guide and shared an intimate view of a day in the life of a Cozumel resident. Amazing. In summary, I feel your experience is what you make of it. If you look for flaws you will find them. However; if you are looking for a ship with smaller crowds, extremely noteworthy excursion, and wonderful staff... Paradise is a solid choice. Enjoy.

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Junior Suite
Cabin JS U102

Very spacious with a very nice balcony. You could easily fit 5 people in this room very comfortably.

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