Carnival Paradise is a large ship, carrying 2697 passengers and 926 crew, and sails from Tampa, Florida.

Price: $     Size: L     Refurbished: 5 yrs ago    

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What people said about this ship:

"The captain gave an announcement apoligizing for the inconvienence in the dining room." in 152 reviews.

"...$ they ca n't afford their OWN $ $, I will never take a carnival cruise again..., unless paid!" in 67 reviews.

"I loved every minute of it, the places we stopped( Grand Cayman, and Cozumel)." in 53 reviews.


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Worst Cruise Ever

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We have taken many Carnival cruises and this was by far one of the most disappointing. We paid for the grand suite and what Was promised a garden tub amongst other things which none was provided. We ended up in a handicap room that had a door that would open with the push of a button. Having two small children this kept me up all night for fear they would push the button, walk out, when the door automatically closes to be stuck in the hallway. We asked if they could disable the door but no one ever informed us whether or not it could be done. We paid almost $4000 for this cruise and I am very disappointed in the service the food the room and all the promises that were made that were not fulfilled. We ordered strawberries in the room that were completely soggy and was told there was nothing they could do very disappointed in this cruise waiting to hear back from the cruise line will keep you posted. Before the cruise left we went to customer service requesting to get off the cruise and they said there was nothing that they can do for us if we left the cruise because you were dissatisfied. According to carnivals guarantee if the customer is not happy they will happily refund their money this was not an option for us.

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Great cruise

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I thought the cruise was excellent. The only thing that I think should change involves the casino. We had the cheers program and that was excellent to have. However the casino gives free alcohol beverages after 1000 points are earned. They do not give anything if you are a cheers member. I think cheers members should be reimbursed for one day for the daily cost the program charges in the amount of $54.00. The island visited was awesome and will definitely recommend this cruise in the futureHappy

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family getaway

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our excursion was probably the highlight of our trip. As we had a large group.. party of 10 it was hard at times to get everyone together but everyone had a good time and we will continue to cruise with Carnival. Our dinner staff were so accommodating. There were plenty of onboard activities to keep us busy or just relax by the pool.  

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Worst Cruise I've Ever Experienced

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First of all, let me begin by saying that the Cheers program is a complete joke. We had to pay for each day of our cruise, even though we were at port for one full day. That's one full day that we didn't really drink on the ship, yet we paid nearly $100 for each day on this cruise. Not only that, but the Cheers program will NOT allow you to have buckets of beer, so your drinks just get warm in the hot sun. 

Second, the food on this ship is PATHETIC. Everything tasted like styrofoam. Plus, the buffet times are all a lie. The Paris restaurant breakfast buffet is "supposed" to be open until noon, but when we got there at 11:10 in the morning, they were already closing everything down. All of the food was put away. It's as if this ship doesn't want to feed its guests. 

The only good thing about this cruise was a server named "Preja" on the pool deck. He was the best. The ship itself is terrible. Awful food and warm drinks at high prices.

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Great family vacation

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Dad was in a wheelchair and accommodated us especially at dinner.  Everyone was so helpful.  I loved it!  If u drink soda, you can bring a closed 12 pack.  They served lemonade, water and ice tea free

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Wonderful Family Vacation with Activites for everyone

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We haven't been on a cruise in 10 years and we thought we would give it a try with Carnival again.  We prepaid the cruise and got discounts on our room and the excursions which was nice.  The Junior suite is certainly the way to go with priority boarding and disembarking. 

We loved the Circle K club for the 12-14 year olds with scavenger hunts, games, video game contests, snacks and lots of other activities.  It gave the kids some independence in a safe zone.

We also loved the punchline comedy entertainment and the family game show with contestants called from the audience. 

Formal dinner was nice.  Everyone loved that they remembered our names and greeted us daily.  We did miss the formal lunch in a dining room.  It is now more of a grab from the grill, fast food kind of experience.  We tried the hamburgers, hotdogs, limited Asian and the cold buffet but just got bored and hated the limited menu, eating on the go feeling.

We had fun and staff was always taking pictures so we got some nice family shots everywhere we went.  Calvyn the cruise director also kept tabs on us to make sure we were having fun.  He intermingled throughout the cruise with guests regularly.  Love

Our only real disappointment was that our VIP excursion that we prepaid at half price in advance was cancelled at last minute and we had to choose another excursion at full price.  It was a real letdown, with a mayan ruins tour that took over 2 hours with guests carrying a guest who fainted back to the bus and a tour guide who didn't really speak English. That whole thing was a fiasco.

But we think that Carnival overall gave us a good vacation and we would go again!

 

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Great Value!

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5th time on Paradise and still a great small ship for a short, reasonably priced trip. 30 years old and showing ware, but being renevated in January. Excellent entertainment, food, and service. Cruise director and assistant are excellent.And Tampa is an easy port to use. Also, the older ships have more shower room and closet space than the newer, larger ships.

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Cruise did not go where they said?!!!!

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Best parts of cruise were food and shows were awesome. Worst part was we were supposed to go to Cozumel and a lady got sick so they turned the boat around. Small print Carnival can change the itinerary any time and you still pay!

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Tampa Cruise

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We could only give 3 stars for this cruise, because of cancelling one of two ports.

We understand the reasoning, but our purpose of this cruise was to visit Cozumel,

Mexico.

Carnival handled the medical emergency professionally.

We would recommend Carnival cruises.  

 

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Honeymoon cruise

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Overall, we had a fun experience. The food was great, the restaurant staff was amazing, and the art gallery staff were top notch. We purchased two paintings totaling $1800 while on the cruise and attended both auctions. The few things that could use some work would be the casino, the spa, and the bar. The casino had two cash machine that were 100% rigged and need to be taken off the boat. I watched so many people try to win and every single one of them failed. The spa was a little too expensive for a couple to enjoy some relaxion time. Lastly, the bottom bubbles card was terrific and is terrific for families with children and all but as a couple of two it would have been better if we could have purchased only one of the alcohol cards. The cruise demanded that we buy two because their were two people staying in my cabin. 

 

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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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