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What people said about this ship:

"Some of the staff such as the hostesses in the dining room and guest services tended to run a bit on the rude..." in 122 reviews.

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Carnival Paradise departs from:

Tampa, Florida

Carnival Paradise sails to:

Caribbean - Western

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Poor Cabin Location Ruined Honeymoon

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Paradise | Sail Date: Jun 27, 2015

Our cabin was directly below the galley and was horrendously noisy. We were not able to sleep since the noise continued day and night. That cabin should not be sold to anyone. Otherwise, Carnival definitely has the most fun ships. Onboard activities and our shore excursion in Cozumel were great. The excursion we planned in Grand Cayman was cancelled, so again we were disappointed. This is my second time on this particular itinerary with Carnival. The first time was better.

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small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Paradise | Sail Date: Jun 27, 2015

on board customer service (supervisor) awful, rest of the staff was great .  Issue with the room, supervisor was very unpleasant to deal with and arguementative. 

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Enjoyed Ourselves, But...

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Paradise | Sail Date: Jun 22, 2015

The service overall was good, and we have a good appreciation of Wijaia, our cabin steward.

I accept the necessity for the initial safety meeting, however the extended duration of the process coupled with the lack of seating or shade for your guests while they wait for the routine to complete was a lackluster beginning.

This was a first cruise for my wife and I, and after the experience, we are both questioning if there will be another one.  The Faster To The Fun package was easily our best purchase on the whole excursion.  We also purchased the drink package while on board which was a good investment, but the process of ordering drinks was a harassment.  Having to sign each and every time we ordered a drink is absurd.  Not only do you have our picture, you also have our room card.  This is a waste of paper, your employee time, your company resources, and your guests time.  As well, with the lack  of waitstaff attending the upper sundecks of the ship, it was constantly necessary for us to have to walk to the bars to refresh our drinks.  This wouldn't be something overall to complain about as we aren't helpless, but my wife or I should be able to go to the bar independently and pick up drinks (yes plural, one for myself and one for my wife or vice versa) without being interrogated or refused by one of your bar tenders.  If we are within our individual drink limit, and the package has been purchased for both cruisers, then the line of questioning should be eliminated.  It is insulting.  The point of buying the package is to make the cruise experience an all inclusive experience.  

We also had a negative experience in Cozumel when we took our lives in our own hands by taking a cab to the Aquarium beach resort, and overpaid and had a borderline terrifying experience with the staff.  That is not the fault of Carnival, and we don't hold you responsible.  I would ask that Carnival prep some type of guide for guests who are going to take their port days in their own hands.  We legitimately questioned whether we would make it back to the ship at all that day, and there were no red flags whatsoever when we were making our decision.

The food throughout was okay.  There was at least a lot of it, but none of it was outstanding.  The drink quality was quite good.  I was also regularly impressed by the consistent effort of your crew to clean the ship.  The saving grace of our whole trip was your crew and the beautiful views on the open ocean.  Everyone seemed to be invested in making us happy, and they did a great job.  The comedy club was always fun.

 

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Summer Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Paradise | Sail Date: Jun 22, 2015

We did not do much in the way of excursions other than shop but it was extremely hot this time of year...the ship and employees were extremely nice we enjoyed ourselves

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overall good time but beware of the seminars and what they try to sell you and book excursion through cruiseline!!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Paradise | Sail Date: Jun 22, 2015

All staff for our room and meals were wonderful!!! Depending on your taste entertainment was good. I would not buy an excursion from anyone outside of the cruise line. Buy through Carnival. We bought our excursion from Orbitz we missed our excursion due to partly trying to get off the boat and the other part due to very poor directions to where we were to go to get to our meetup area. Carnival excursions have some one to meet you right as you get off the ship so no getting lost in a foreign land. The directions we received were basically over the river and through the woods kind of directions so they could easily be misinterpreted.It would have been so much more helpful if there was a map showing you so the written directions would have made more sense. We did buy the insurance just in case for some reason we couldn't make it.However, I have emailed them a week ago and so far I have not heard back from the company to file to get our money back on the excursion...again I would strongly suggest to go through cruiseline they wait for you and they meet you off the boat so no bad directions and the prices were not that different either. Also bought a product online through a seminar sounded really good but we did not get internet while we were on the cruise so when we got back and I had internet through my phone and was still on the ship I looked up that product and more than 50% bad reviews on it and several stated their doctors said it was hazardous to your health.(Detox capsules) so I went to the spa area no one was there so then I went to guest services and told them my concern and wanted a refund. Their response at customer service was the cruise was closed and to contact the company via their website and again I have not heard from that company as well. Be careful of what you buy and who you go through to buy.

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Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Paradise | Sail Date: Jun 18, 2015

We went in cruise from Tampa to Cozumel and back. Staff were so friendly.. in diningroom staff would come by, make sure you liked your meal. They did not treat u as though "u are stuck with the food so eat it".. Staff all over the ship were very engaging with the children. Helped alot throughout cruise. This is my 3rd time with Carnival and I am ready to go again!!

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Cruise Experience June 2015

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Paradise | Sail Date: Jun 18, 2015

Plusses: Very enjoyable cruise overall. The food, entertainment and staff were outstanding.

Drawbacks: The ship (Paradise) only had one pool: it could've used two because with 2400 guests it was crowded. The worst was going to the Mayan ruins at Cozumel about a week after Tropical Storm Bill. The mosquitoes were voracious! Even with repellant the mosquitoes were swarming and merciless. The park staff should spray bomb for them, esp. after a rain. 

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First time cruise traveler

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Paradise | Sail Date: Jun 18, 2015

Everything about the cruise was excellent. From the meals to the entertainment to the wait staff, I loved everything about it. The only con was that my girlfriend and I developed a rash from what we think is the detergent used on the sheets and when we told carnival about it, they said its not there problem. We just asked for maybe an onboard credit for our next cruise which we wanted to book within the next few months but after that remark we probably will go with another cruise line. However, will definitely book using cheapcruises.com again.

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Traveling with Kids

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Paradise | Sail Date: Jun 13, 2015

We had a great time and our son truly enjoyed Circle C.  The comedians were outstanding.  The ship is old but we had a great time.

The cabin was small but clean at all times.  The food was good but it needed to be more sophisticated.   The ship needs more updating.  The decoration is old and there's only one pool.

The spa and salon were great and the gym was a good size.  I attended different talks and even volunteer for a hairdo.  The gift personnel was really nice as well.

At the dining room, we liked the great service and our waiter attention to detail.

 

 

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Don't miss out on the brunches in the dining room; ask for a window seat.

do early evening diner, so you can see evening shows. Pool was small, but enjoyed the hot tub. Take time to get to know the ship when you first get on board. For the first time, it was nice and would go again.

Pizza and ice cream is great at midnight.

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