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We love to cruise, and thought we would take this little getaway close to home, since we live in Southwest Florida. This was probably the least successful of the 7 Carnival cruises we have gone on. But first let me mention the positives... Our waitstaff and the service crew in general were very friendly and accommodating. The ship is very well kept and clean, even though she will be heading into drydock in 2 weeks. The pool staff is on top of "lounge hogs" and promptly removed towels that were left unattended for more than half an hour. The food was not as good as other Carnival ships we have been on, but it wasn't horrible, just ok, with the noticeable exception of my favorite dessert, warm melting chocolate cake, which is always a winner. Perhaps if the Paradise had had an alternate dining venue, we would have sprung for some extra $$ and taken advantage of it. We knew going in that this ship did not have balcony cabins except in suites, but we did miss going out on the balcony in the morning with our coffee. If that feature is important to you, realize this ship does not have regular balcony cabins. I cannot comment on the ports, because we have seen both of them a jillion times, and opted to stay on the ship and relax by the pool while the ship was docked. The big negative for us was the lack of activities on the ship during sea time. There was the occasional trivia and bingo, one night no show was scheduled, and the main thing they scheduled was karaoke a couple of times a day. The shows they did have were pretty awful. Every afternoon we took a 3 hour nap as there was little else going on. All in all, it was nice to spend some time with my husband and have someone else cooking our meals, but that was the extent of our enjoyment. We had much better time on our one week Carnival cruises, and would probably not do this again.

Not much going on with this 5 day cruise

Carnival Paradise Cruise Review by terigo

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We love to cruise, and thought we would take this little getaway close to home, since we live in Southwest Florida.
This was probably the least successful of the 7 Carnival cruises we have gone on.

But first let me mention the positives...

Our waitstaff and the service crew in general were very friendly and accommodating.
The ship is very well kept and clean, even though she will be heading into drydock in 2 weeks.
The pool staff is on top of "lounge hogs" and promptly removed towels that were left unattended for more than half an hour.

The food was not as good as other Carnival ships we have been on, but it wasn't horrible, just ok, with the noticeable exception of my favorite dessert, warm melting chocolate cake, which is always a winner.
Perhaps if the Paradise had had an alternate dining venue, we would have sprung for some extra $$ and taken advantage of it.

We knew going in that this ship did not have balcony cabins except in suites, but we did miss going out on the balcony in the morning with our coffee. If that feature is important to you, realize this ship does not have regular balcony cabins.

I cannot comment on the ports, because we have seen both of them a jillion times, and opted to stay on the ship and relax by the pool while the ship was docked.

The big negative for us was the lack of activities on the ship during sea time. There was the occasional trivia and bingo, one night no show was scheduled, and the main thing they scheduled was karaoke a couple of times a day. The shows they did have were pretty awful.
Every afternoon we took a 3 hour nap as there was little else going on.

All in all, it was nice to spend some time with my husband and have someone else cooking our meals, but that was the extent of our enjoyment. We had much better time on our one week Carnival cruises, and would probably not do this again.
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Ocean View
Cabin 6A R202
We were on the lowest passenger deck, but I have to say the location, to the aft, was quiet and convenient to the elevators. We literally left the cabin, went a few steps and took the elevator straight up to either the entertainment of the Queen Mary lounge or up to the outdoor dining area.
Even when the ship was rocking, we did not feel much movement where we were.
Riviera Deck Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins