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Carnival Paradise

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Price: $     Size: L     Refurbished: 3 yrs ago    

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Great anniversary cruise

laurlinlu reviewed 2 days ago

What people said about this ship:

"...On on crowding the pool, and it got pretty noisy in the dining room ." in 88 reviews.

"...working hard and decided we needed a little r & r and carnival cruise gave us exactly what we needed." in 41 reviews.

"...super so much so we never went back and just ordered room service for the duration of the trip." in 29 reviews.



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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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Aliki
Purser

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
4-6 cruises

5 star
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5 star

Can't wait to sail again!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Paradise | Sail Date: Sep 29, 2014

Our great cruise getaway started with our agent Chris who was very knowledgeable and efficient. He also gave us some good tips to make our trip even better. The ship itself was excellent, very clean and the cabin and bedding very comfortable. All the staff was friendly and fun The pool servers were so efficient. The food delicious . Our dining room servers Dennis and Lala were excetional. The entertainment was great and I especially liked the innovative and colorful costumes. The Comedy club was hilarious. This is a young fun cruise with a laid back tropical atmosphere. Thanks again Carnival!

PS there were some very trashy girls who were provocative and inappropriate. They must have thought they were on the girls gone wild! Kudos to all the staff and security for dealing with them appropriately.

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Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
7+ cruises

4 star
4 star
4 star
4 star
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short and sweet

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Paradise | Sail Date: Jul 31, 2014

I  needed a short getaway. It did the job. Food was good, entertainment good, but I was surprised there was no show on one night and the lobby entertainment was the same every evening, which was a little mundane. All in all we had a good time! 

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Sunchick1
Third Mate

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
2-3 cruises

5 star
5 star
5 star
5 star
5 star

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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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
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worst cruise ever

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Paradise | Sail Date: Sep 11, 2014

We did this cruise 2 years ago and loved it so we booked it again. Big mistake, food choice was half on what the first trip was. Entertainment was almost non existent. Ship is going in for a total remodel in feb,I guess they are just going through the motions for now

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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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Carnival Paradise
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Members on Cruise

5 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Nov 29, 2014
Ship Name: Carnival Paradise
18 Ship Mate app members

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Carnival Paradise
18
Members on Cruise

5 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Dec 08, 2014
Ship Name: Carnival Paradise
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+ 17 Ship Mate app members

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Carnival Paradise
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Members on Cruise

5 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Nov 01, 2014
Ship Name: Carnival Paradise
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