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Carnival Paradise

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Price: $     Size: L     Refurbished: 3 yrs ago    

What people said about this ship:

"Family was separated in different dining rooms." in 86 reviews.

"...was that but unfirtunately i will not take another carnival cruise on the paradise again and it may be years before i a..." in 40 reviews.

"The chocolate cake you can order from room service is good but I got two different kinds when I ordered a..." in 27 reviews.


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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

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Carnival Paradise???

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Paradise | Sail Date: Jun 05, 2014

This is a perfect cruise if all you want to do is get really drunk and gorge yourself on cafateria food. I was really dissapointed because I thought that there would be lots to do on the ship but that was not true, everything involved lots of drinking and gambleing. In your free time you could gamble, shop for things, or visit the bars. I would have loved a cooking class, a painting class or movie night but there was nothing like that. Everything on the ship was a very HARD sell and that was not relaxing to me at all. The pool on Paradise was super SMALL and constantally filled with drunks - I wasn't able to swim at all. The Serenty deck (no one under 21) was packed and with 2 littled hot tubs that were always full, it wasn't fun - I would have liked books on tape available.  The crew was very hard working and my room was clean and that was nice but the quality of the food was gross. The food tasted like it was micro waved, kinda tough. Mexico was scary, lots of shop owners trying to pull you in for a sale, now I know why they want to come to America.

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ctavel
Purser

Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
2-3 cruises

4 star
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Dining

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Paradise | Sail Date: Jun 09, 2014

The food was wonderful but the only downside was the food contained way too much salt. Unfortuneatly my body did not respond well to all the salt. My entire body blew up like a baloon. My feet were so swollen that I could not wear any shoes by the end of the cruise.

I hope that the cruise line will take a closer look at this in the future. I am afraid to board Carnival due to this issue.

Other than this the staff was so kind, helpful and all around wonderful.

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sjbrawer
Purser

Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
4-6 cruises

5 star
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My 4th cruise..my honeys first.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Paradise | Sail Date: Aug 14, 2014

Service was excellent...room steward...bar staff...dining room staff all very accommodating. Comedy shows and the dance show were very entertaining. The weather was perfect. We had a great time in Cozumel.

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
2-3 cruises

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July 4th Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Paradise | Sail Date: Jul 03, 2014

Every employee that we associated with was very polite and courtious, all services were prompt and timely! I cant compare it to any other ship because I have only been on three cruises and all were on Carnival!

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Sunchick1
Third Mate

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
2-3 cruises

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Amazing (And I am Picky)

Ship: Carnival Paradise | Sail Date: Aug 14, 2014

I am extremely well traveled and sometimes hard to please and I just wanted to say that this cruise was absolutely amazing.  We had sailed one other time in the past with Royal Caribbean on one of their newly refurbished boats and yes, that ship compared to the Paradise was a bit nicer, but we read online that was to be expected.  We are from Tampa, so we were happy for the easy in and out convince as well as the great price! 

Spectacular customer service!  Although this will not be the newest ship in the fleet to cruise on, it is seriously clean and well cared for and not to mention THE STAFF IS AMAZING!!!!  Every single person who waited on us even in passing new our names (they must train them on remembering names and drinks because everyone who even waited on me once, remembered my name and preferences- it was truly awesome!).  The customer service blew Royal Caribbean out of the water.  I am sold on this company now just because of their effort and literally, I could feel how hard everyone was trying to make it a truly memorable experience and to which I am grateful.

There were tons of things to do on the ship! The comedians (2 guys) were just hilarious.  We were there for 4 nights and I didn't get bored once.  We went to multiple shows a night, every night and came out laughing and happy!  There was ping pong, mini golf, a basketball hoop, big chess, bean bags and tons more.  During the day they have big bingo tourneys, activities in the casino, trivia, sales in the ships stores. They kept us busy to the very best of their ability and it worked!  We had a blast around the ship. 

I would also like to say the FOOD WAS AWESOME!  I feel like i gained 5 pounds from how good the food was on the ship.  I guess they have 100 people that work in the kitchen and every one of them has a culinary degree and 3 years at a high end restaurant and it showed in the food!  We did the Chef's table event for $75.00 per person and I highly recommend it!  It was worth every penny.  We were served Kobe beef, which the chef said alone cost them $75.00, so everything else was just icing on the cake.  7 courses of awesomeness.  The Chef was such a great man and he even used to work for the King of Dubai, which is really cool. 

We do not have kids, but the kids I saw were entertained and having a blast.  To lay out and hang out, we stayed on the Serenity deck for adults 21 and older and it was amazing!  

In short, this will not be the most luxurious cruise you will ever take, but it will be the most fun.  I would do the same cruise over and over if I had room in the budget.  I highly recommend!!! 

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Deck Ship view from port in Mexico Serenity Deck

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Popular Tips for Carnival Paradise


eat all you see try new things

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

DawgsCruiser
Third Mate

Go early before everyone wakes up for breakfast and avoid the wait. Book the early dinner. The pizza was very good along with the omelets and sandwiches.

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Sail Date: Nov 01, 2014
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Sail Date: Nov 29, 2014
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5 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Dec 08, 2014
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