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Price: $     Size: L     Refurbished: 3 yrs ago    

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"Food was great both at buffet and dining room but felt rushed to eat sometimes when in the" in 97 reviews.

"I expected to be equally pleased with this Carnival cruise." in 46 reviews.

"...i 've returned from my first cruise vacation to the grand cayman and cozumel, mexico aboard the carnival paradise." in 34 reviews.



Carnival Paradise departs from:

Tampa, Florida

Carnival Paradise sails to:

Caribbean - Western

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a memorable experience

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Paradise | Sail Date: Feb 12, 2015

This is my first cruise trip. I really enjoyed my carnival Paradise cruise trip! It is full of fun and will be a memorable experience.The shows and dinners left a deep impression on me. 

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A great budget cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Paradise | Sail Date: Jan 29, 2015

   First, know that the Paradise is the oldest ship in the Carnival fleet.  There are no balconies.  If you believe rooms are for sleeping and showering like I do, this cruise is for you.  Tampa is a great place to sail from.  Parking is close and cheap.  We also boarded and disembarked quickly.  There are great views of the city as you depart.  Try to be  ton the top deck when the ship goes under the Skyway bridge about 2 hours into the cruise.  The ship has larger cabins and showers than many newer ships.  It is well kept and has nice decorations.  The atrium Is wonderful.  The food was outstanding.  I recommend the anytime dining, which means you eat when you want.  You can get a table for 2, or meet new cruisers every night.  Try the Seaday brunch.  The buffet was better than on my recent RC, Norwegian, or MSC cruises, especially the deserts.  Pizza was hot and fast, anyway you want it.  I enjoyed the shows, but there are just 3 stage production.  2 comics were aboard offering both family and adult shows.  The pool is small, but there is a nice slide into it.  There is a nice stage on the pool deck, with a constant party. Be aware that the ship docks at the new Port Maya, and not at the city.  I found the port shops too artificial, not real Mexico.  It takes an $8 cab ride to get to the city and the authentic shopping found there.  If you are doing excursions, that make no difference.  Overall, it was a great getaway for a bargain price.

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Good Deal

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Paradise | Sail Date: Jan 29, 2015

If you are cruising on a budget I highly recommend this cruise. PROS. The service and food we're excellent Cons The boat especially the state rooms are in major need of upgrades Great cruise if you love spending all day at the pool. Not much to do at nighttime

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small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Paradise | Sail Date: Jan 29, 2015

I would have liked more of a variety of music on board.  Soft orchestral music for dancing or possibly a single solo harpist, pianist, violinist, etc. Also, karaoke sessions were too short and not much of an updated variety/newer songs.

Entertainment was great!  Dancers and singers especially the female lead singer were very talented and choreography well done.

Food was superior as always.

Wait staff was excellent and very friendly as was the cabin staff.  Love the towels!

 

 

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cabral61
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Paradise close but no cigar

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Paradise | Sail Date: Jan 29, 2015

Very good, though disappointed that HOT tubs were not hot, also had problem w/ room service.  Put door card out 20 minutes before pick=up (5am) wasn,t picked-up.  Put card out the night before (7pm) night before return to port.  It was not picked-up, niether card or other literature stated no room service on last morning.  Additionally if not available no one informed me even though my cabin was entered.

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First Time Cruise Experience

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Paradise | Sail Date: Jan 24, 2015

The Carnival Cruise to the Western Caribbean was better than I could imagine.  The ship was clean and decor outstanding.  The staff and crew were excellent along with the food, service and entertainment.  It was so relaxing waking up in the morning and seeing the ocean view not having to plan or drive to another location to get food or entertainment.

The only disappointment was cruise.com who I booked the cruise with promised shipboard credits and it was never applied to my Onboard account.  When I called them from the ship I was put on hold and nothing ever was resolved.   Gary

 

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Calling Mr. Entertainment

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Paradise | Sail Date: Jan 15, 2015

The staff is excellent, food is very good, however for me the entertainment was lacking.  I realize that the entertainment has to appeal to the various age groups but there needed to be more options, especially when 3 of the four days are at sea.    Not everyone who cruise wants to go to the casino and night clubs.

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price was right but felt discriminated because of my handicap [walking]

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Paradise | Sail Date: Jan 15, 2015

i was told on three different times on the phone,not to worry about my need of a wheelchair that Carnaval was aware of it,never a mention of any cost to me,luckily i had brought my wheeled walker,when i complained aboard at the service desk,she put the blame back on me.

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DISAPPOIINTED CRUISE

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Paradise | Sail Date: Jan 10, 2015

"would not reccommend Carnival Paridise to anyone . Not enough activities to do , not enough shows , buffet closed down to early , rude  waiyer in the morning dinin room for breakfast, not near enough restrooms on each deck  especially for women , there was always a line and some were out of order.The Food in the main dining was so plain and ordinary every night,was not anything special at all. even on captains night We were expecting somthing exceptional and we were very disappointed. The waiter" Lucy" was exceptional we couldnt have had a better time with .He made our whole dining experience GREAT and alot of fun and laughs Thankyou LUCY. We have been on other cruises from carnival and had a gret tim with plenty of things to keep us  all day and night and even had to plan to go to certain events at later times because we couldnt make them all. We wre with family that we havent been with or together in years for this special event and we were all disappointed. We love crusing and wont stop but never on the Paradise again.

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Good time.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Paradise | Sail Date: Jan 10, 2015

Had a great time.  Food, service, stateroom, decks, pools, etc.  were great.  Would definitely cruise again on this ship.  Staff went out of their way to be friendly and helpful. 

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

It is very casual. Do not feel that you need to dress up. Blue jeans are allowed everywhere.

eat all you see try new things

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5 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Apr 13, 2015

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Sail Date: Mar 21, 2015

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