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Carnival Paradise Cruise Reviews for First-Time Cruisers Cruises from Tampa

Carnival
Carnival Paradise
Destination
Tampa

Traveler rating

Excellent

18

Very Good

11

Average

4

Poor

4

Terrible

3

Cruise type

Family Cruises

258

Romantic Cruises

92

Entertainment Cruises

57

Senior Cruises

46

First-Time Cruisers

41

41 Carnival Paradise Cruise Reviews for First-Time Cruisers Cruises from Tampa


yppik71 avatar

yppik71

1 Review Written

26 Helpful Votes

Dissappointed

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This was our first trip and if we didn't have friends with us that had gone on numerous cruises that advised us this was their worst trip and the others were much better.We probably wouldn't ever cruise again. ...
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Sail Date June 2016


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SeaNStars4Me

2 Reviews Written

27 Helpful Votes

Gross and unsanitary conditions left me disappointed.

This was my first cruise and it was a "so-so" experience. I'll start with the GOOD: Embarkation process was easy. I got to the port a couple of hours before the posted "Embarkation Time" and it was easy to get ...
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Sail Date June 2016


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kathyw22

1 Review Written

10 Helpful Votes

First cruise: will cruise again, probably just not on Paradise.

This was my very first cruise and I really wasn't sure what to expect. I went with my 2 teenage children, my sister and my teenage niece. My sister and niece have cruised on Carnival before (on a larger ship and ...
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Sail Date May 2016


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goldmanww

2 Reviews Written

24 Helpful Votes

Terrible Food on a Lousy Cruise

On Saturday, January 30th 2016 my wife and I and our three children, ages three, seven, and eleven drove to Tampa Florida to board the Carnival Cruise ship Paradise and set sail the next day on February 1st 2016. ...
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Sail Date February 2016


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lovethesun70

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

My First

I booked a cruise on Carnival Paradise to celebrate my upcoming birthday (45). Some friends joined me, which was a couple and another single friend, and we had a pretty great time. We weren't travelling with kids ...
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Sail Date December 2015


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GAmom06

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

First Cruise

My family and I just returned from our first cruise. The kids are 7 and 9. I was both impressed and under impressed. First, the service by the staff is excellent. This we the first time in my life that I haven't had ...
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Sail Date November 2015


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daveandkaren

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Major Disappointment

Our first ever cruise left lots to be desired. Not much to offer in shipboard activities, unless you want to buy buy buy jewelry or constantly pose for way overpriced photos. Unorganized schedule when there was ...
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Sail Date November 2015


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Erika Begosh-Mayne

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Food is terrible.

First, I will start off by saying the crew absolutely make this experience wonderful! They went above and beyond to make our stay pleasant. The environment was relaxed and casual. I really can not complain about the ...
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Sail Date November 2015


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CashIsKing500

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

First Cruise Experience

We sailed on the Carnival Paradise out of Tampa on 11/14 to Grand Cayman and Cozumel. As a first time cruiser, I wasn't sure what to expect. In no particular order, here are my thoughts... - Overall, had a good ...
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Sail Date November 2015


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Sunking11

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Good Ship, Great Staff, Awesome Shows

Girlfriend and I booked this as our first ever cruise. We normally stay at a resort when we travel to the Carinbean but decided to try a cruise at the urging of friends. We loved it. Although the Paradise is an ...
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Sail Date October 2015


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Jamaica joe

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Vacation is what you make it

although this was my 5th cruise on carnival it was my children's first. I also took my girlfriend and her 2 sons which was their first cruise as well. after reading reviews about the carnival paradise I was really ...
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Sail Date October 2015


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DerrekandDerek

1 Review Written

Best Vacation to Date!

This is by far the best vacation that my boyfriend and I have EVER been on. The worst experience was the amount of botox it required to remove the wrinkles from laughing so much over the last week. The service is ...
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Sail Date September 2015


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Tomlee6853

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

First Cruise, Great Experience

It was my mine and my wife's birthdays and we decided, along with our adult daughter, to celebrate by taking our first cruise onboard the Carnival Paradise to Cozumel. From the moment we boarded in Tampa, until we ...
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Sail Date September 2015


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Crusin vol

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Batman Adventure; Bombed by Security

We, as a family, were looking forward to this cruise for months. it was my and my husband's first cruise. embarkation was easy. Our kids and grandkids have been on several cruises so they know the drill. we ...
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Sail Date August 2015


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adnrn2bsn

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

First cruise

First and foremost this is my first cruise so this review is all personal opinion and preference. My family and I did the cruise because it was close and we did not have to drive very far to get to the port. The ...
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Sail Date July 2015


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milerca3

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

vacation cruise

this was my first cruise vacation and last one.this carnival paradise was too far from being a paradise place to be.we purchase an excursion to Cozumel mexico to passion island for $160 for my wife and me,they told ...
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Sail Date June 2015


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Quincynicole

1 Review Written

The Smith's cruise review

This was our first cruise so we really didn't know what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised! The food was great, the service was remarkable, and our stateroom steward- Oswald was simply amazingly! He was the ...
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Sail Date June 2015


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tmjoly

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Weekend Warriors

Seeing that this was our first cruise, our family of four decided to go a shorter cruise out of Florida. Our cruise departed on a Thursday with one stop in Cozumel and arriving in Tampa on Monday morning. We ...
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Sail Date March 2015


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Ashleybeslagic

1 Review Written

AMAZING

My husband and I came on this cruise for our honeymoon. Initial thought was they are very affordable. I booked a hotel with a customer service representative through carnival. We stayed at Doubletree Hilton hotel ...
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Sail Date May 2015


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tramsey48

1 Review Written

First Timer

This was my first cruise and I was afraid of sea sick as I do get motion sickness. Starting takings meds for it on Friday and again for the next three days and was fine. I did find that at the back of the boat was ...
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Sail Date May 2015


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Kathyeskridge

1 Review Written

First Cruise

This was our first cruise ever! I guess you learn as you go! We found the food to be plentiful and very good! We were told by other cruisers that it did not compare to other ships but we found it very enjoyable! We ...
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Sail Date March 2015


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DarthGrady

34 Reviews Written

26 Helpful Votes

A Great Open Bar Cruise on Carnival Paradise!

Background: My friends and I do a guys cruise each year, and for the last five years it has been on Carnival. This year the group decided to do the Carnival Paradise out of Tampa. We’re part of a larger group ...
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Sail Date September 2014


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Anjjmum0294

3 Reviews Written

Carnival of errors! Lengthly review!

We stayed the night before at the Quality inn Airport on S. Dale Mabry in Tampa. Very nice for one night. Stores galore around including drug stores if you forgot anything. Free breakfast, transportation from ...
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Sail Date August 2014


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C0K3R

2 Reviews Written

1 Helpful Vote

Definitely Hooked!

So this was my very first cruise and I was told by several people that Carnival isn't that great and to not get my hopes up. On the reverse of that I had several people tell me all the great things about cruising ...
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Sail Date August 2014


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WorldTravlerx2

1 Review Written

FUN Cruise - don't listen to the other reviews!

We booked a 5 night on the Carnival Paradise, leaving June 23rd out of Tampa. We also bought a Faster to the Fun....and it was TOTALLY WORTH IT! The night before we stayed at Hampton Inn in Rocky Point and did their ...
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Sail Date June 2014


Carnival Paradise Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins3.03.7
Dining4.03.7
Entertainment4.53.7
Public Rooms3.53.9
Fitness Recreation4.03.6
Family4.03.8
Enrichment4.03.3
Service4.54.1
Value For Money4.03.8
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