Carnival Paradise Review

3.5 / 5.0
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Worst Cruise in 31 Years of Cruising

Review for the Western Caribbean Cruise on Carnival Paradise
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Sail Date: Feb 2024

We are Platinum status with Carnival, so we've sailed with them frequently. This cruise was the worst of any -- Carnival or other cruiselines -- that we've ever been on. The ship was SO CROWDED!! The two hot tubs on Lido deck were always completely full; I counted 17 people in one hot tub!! And the music on the Lido deck was so loud you could feel the vibrations. WHY do they think people want the music so loud that you can't even talk to each other?!! Food -- the lines at the buffets were ridiculously long: 20+ people on each side at all times. We tried going early, then we tried going late. Didn't seem to matter; there were ALWAYS long lines. The lines for Guy's Burgers extended halfway down the deck to the pool. Forget trying to get pizza; wait time too long. We were on a 6-night cruise and were not able to get to the breakfast buffet on any morning due to the long lines. We settled for the shorter line for continental breakfast, but even that was inferior: bread hard and dry; fruit bowls empty and not refilled. For dinner, we opted for the "dine on your own time" and used the Carnival Hub app to schedule dinner. We got a notice "Wait time less than 10 minutes" and went down to the dining room. We waited 40 MINUTES after our confirmed time. Once we were seated, we waited ANOTHER 40 minutes to be served. It was very obvious there just were not enough wait staff to handle the amount of people. I felt sorry for them, because they were all running around like crazy, trying to be polite and helpful, but there just weren't enough staff. The "entertainment" (singer) in the dining room was HORRIBLE! He was so bad that I really thought, at first, it was a joke. THAT was our first and last time trying to go to dinner in the restaurant! We ended up hitting the buffet about 20 minutes before closing, which meant we got whatever was left over, but at least we were able to get something. Elevators -- don't even get me started! The glass elevators in the atrium were non-functioning for the entire cruise; the other two sets of elevators were SO SLOW with, again, ridiculous wait times. Before this cruise, we'd already booked another cruise with Carnival in June. If this upcoming cruise isn't a lot better than this last cruise, it WILL be our last cruise with Carnival.

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