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Carnival Paradise Cruise Review
3.5 / 5.0
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Excellent Experience But Learning Curve too!

Carnival Paradise Cruise Review by Milbeach1

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jan 2019
  • Destination: Cuba
  • Cabin Type: Grand Suite

Cuba was one of the few places we had not visited in the Caribbean. That was rectified January 2019 on a five night cruise aboard the Paradise which proved to be an excellent overall experience. This ship was easy to navigate and not crowded like larger ships tend to be. Recently refurbished the public spaces and our suite were clean and bright. We had G3, one of two Grand Suites and the views and serenity was fabulous from Deck 14. Only complaint was the back cushion on sofa bed was easily toppled over and still would have loved a coffee maker like Carnival used to have in higher end suites. The food in the main dinning room was above average and offered wide choices. Staff throughout were friendly and helpful. Major drawback was lack of information regarding Cuban Visa procedure pre-cruise in a timely fashion, not detailed to week before and while the $75.00 fee per person was typical, it should have been clearly stated that the charge would be put on your room account. Both embarkation and debarkation were easy and painless.

TIPS: Exchange US dollars for Canadian dollars or Euros pre cruise and receive a much better exchange rate at Havana Terminal Exchange. Also much better and personalized old car tours of Havana can be arranged via the internet (highly recommend Old Cars Havana) prior to the ship and was literally 1/3 longer and 1/2 the cost of Carnival offered excursion.

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Cabin Review

Grand Suite
Cabin GS G3

Sunny and bright with plenty of room for two, including a mobility scooter. More 110v outlets would have been helpful as would a coffee maker given the level of accomodations. Did recieve a complimentary litre of water each day but a honor bar refrigerator would habe been nicer too.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Excellent from pre-cruise communication to a wonderful 1/2 day tour of Havana in a 1957 Ford Fairlane Convertible with driver and tour guide. Can't say enough positive things about the experience.

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