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This was a great cruise for the price and cruising out of Tampa was a great experience. The ship itself was nice. Nothing fancy but nice. Excursions - since this was just a last minute getaway we didn't book anything but we did enjoy 7 mile beach in Grand Cayman and walked around the port in Cozumel (weather wasn't great!). Room/Room steward - We had an ocean view on deck 5; it was quiet; small and well serviced. Food - the main buffet was a disappointment during every meal. There seemed to be fair less selection than prior Carnival cruises. Guy's burgers and the sandwich shop were amazing and always fit the bill. The mexican cantina was ok. The chicken was full of bones which is odd for a burrito chicken. The service in the dining room was amazing and the food was well above average. This was our first ship with a dedicated anytime dining restaurant and we loved it!!! Activities/shows - The comedy shows were amazing but the lack of activities and shows was very apparent on this ship. There were probably 100 people standing for the comedy shows at times because there was nothing else going on with the ship. Boarding and disembarkment (and at ports) - this was all very efficient and faster than expected. No input there. We did self embarkment. Tampa port was easy to get to and leave from. We did not leave our car at the port but it was very reasonable at $40 or $50 for 5 nights.

Great excursion but a small ship with limited amenities

Carnival Paradise Cruise Review by RLTravels

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This was a great cruise for the price and cruising out of Tampa was a great experience. The ship itself was nice. Nothing fancy but nice.

Excursions - since this was just a last minute getaway we didn't book anything but we did enjoy 7 mile beach in Grand Cayman and walked around the port in Cozumel (weather wasn't great!).

Room/Room steward - We had an ocean view on deck 5; it was quiet; small and well serviced.

Food - the main buffet was a disappointment during every meal. There seemed to be fair less selection than prior Carnival cruises. Guy's burgers and the sandwich shop were amazing and always fit the bill. The mexican cantina was ok. The chicken was full of bones which is odd for a burrito chicken. The service in the dining room was amazing and the food was well above average. This was our first ship with a dedicated anytime dining restaurant and we loved it!!!

Activities/shows - The comedy shows were amazing but the lack of activities and shows was very apparent on this ship. There were probably 100 people standing for the comedy shows at times because there was nothing else going on with the ship.

Boarding and disembarkment (and at ports) - this was all very efficient and faster than expected. No input there. We did self embarkment.

Tampa port was easy to get to and leave from. We did not leave our car at the port but it was very reasonable at $40 or $50 for 5 nights.
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