Carnival Paradise

3.5 out of 5
Price: $ $ $ $     Size: L     Refurbished: 5 yrs ago    

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

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Lots of fun

My daughter and grand daughter traveled with me to Grand Caymen and Cozumel.  In Grand... Read more
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Contributor Level: Purser
2 out of 5

Carnival Paradise Review

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Restaurant Hostess staff not helpful and unfriendly-would not make reservation for all 22 family members to seat close together for dinner on my time seating. Bingo took at least 1 hour for ticket sales. One staff member goes to each person in the room to sell tickets instead of having several booths set up for folks to come to them to buy tickets. Very time consuming and frustrating. Food mediocre. I would not consider this ship again and maybe not any Carnival ship again for future sailings.

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3 out of 5

Lots of fun

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

My daughter and grand daughter traveled with me to Grand Caymen and Cozumel. 

In Grand Caymen we met a wonderful man named Henri, who was offering an excursion to Hell, a dolphin park, and the rum factory for $20.00 a person. We took him up on his offer, and along with about 30 others boarded Henri's bus. It was the most entertaining day we had. Henri gave us the history of Georgetown as we traveled along. Pointing out many things we would have missed without his help. He had lived in the area his whole life and the daily excursions were his livelihood. He even offered to drop us at Seven Mile Beach on our return trip, and explained how the taxis ran to town from the beach every few minutes. Had we known that you could not access a beach so easily in Cozumel we would have gotten off the bus and enjoyed the beach. This is one day I will remember for a long time. In Cozumel you could walk off the boat into the town. Which we did, and we spent our time there shopping. It too was fun and interesting, but not as much fun as our time with Henri. In Cozumel you could see the beautiful water but there was no convenient access. So, we returned to the boat after shopping for a relaxing time in one of the hot tubs. This was my fourth Carnival cruise and I was disappointed with the food choices in our main dining room. There wasn't enough variety for my taste or what I recall from the previous cruises. However, the Lido deck offered a good assortment of various foods. So we found ourselves retuning there time after time. The entertainment on this cruise was also lacking per my previous cruise experiences. I actually stumbled upon a movie in the Queen Anne Lounge one evening by accident. There was nothing about it in the daily agenda that was left in our room. So I would like to recommend an area on the daily agenda be labeled "Movies" with the time and location posted boldly. Then those passengers who are not club hoppers or gamblers will have more options than the nightly entertainment on the stage. Where you only had a pitiful comic or a dance musical.

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4 out of 5

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My favorite part The Cruise was the entertainment. The shows were funny and comedians we're great as well. Some of the things that needs Improvement are  the quality of the Food on the Lido deck.. As far as recommending carnival cruise to my friends and family I would definitely recommend.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

20 year Anniversary Cruise

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

This cruise was amazing!  The Paradise met our expectations and was the perfect boat for my husband and I...not too big and not too small.  The staff was very attentive, the food was good and our room was perfect.  We loved coming back every evening to see what towel animal our porter had left for us.  Thank you Carnival for a wonderful anniversary trip!

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4 out of 5

Thanksgiving Cruise Style!

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

We departed on a pretty day from Tampa where a bountiful buffet awaited. Our room was ready by 1:30 and our luggage was already to our room so we quickly settled in. We enjoyed our day at sea - a good day to relax! Our day in Cozumel was very enjoyable - we went to do one of the dolphin encounters which we found to be a great experience...highly recommend. Thanksgiving - no cooking! While a turkey dinner was offered, I will have to say I missed some of my home cooked favorites, but it was still pretty neat just showing up to eat and then not having to clean up the mess! Our one disappointment on this cruise was that our Grand Cayman excursion was canceled somewhat last minute, but no one contacted us to help us pick out something else to do. We chose this cruise to go to somewhere we hadn't been before which was GRAND CAYMAN and we ended up not even getting off the ship that day. It wasn't a total loss because the pool and other areas were not crowded and most enjoyable. Final day at sea was relaxing. All in all a good time was had by all. Was a little disappointed in the evening musical entertainment - that lead female singer canNOT sing. She must have connections! The best entertainment were the three violinists in the main atrium each evening. AWESOME. Would love to have been able to purchase a cd. The best. For was pretty good....but don't get the lobster bisque - looked like muddy water and tasted about the same. All personnel very friendly.

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3 out of 5

Carnival Paradise

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We chose the  V16  state room because of the king bed and outside deck. The staff was friendly and helpful. The water in Cozumel was beautiful all the colors. The ship was a little dated, and the food was good but not great. The trip from Tampa to Cozumel was a little rough because of the weather not Carnivals fault but still rough! Overall I would go again with Carnival bot would like to try another ship maybe Carnival Oasis! Thanks for a nice trip

 

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3 out of 5

Cozumel is beautiful

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The cruise itself had some rough waters but the island itself was completely worth it! I did not like the wait to board and disembark. The ataff was always smiling and friendly. 

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5 out of 5

Having Fun

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

The best part was the dining at supper. We meet new friends and enjoyed our conversations. The shows were excellent. The Spa was relaxing, especially after a massage.We had a lot of fun in Cozumel.

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3 out of 5

First time cruising without kids

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Our upgraded state room was extremely dated, used and less than accommodating (poor visual acuity, broken wardrobe cabinet hinges)

The Staff and Entertainment were exceptional as always.

Tampa is the perfect port to leave and arrive from....

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karymary
Contributor Level: Third Mate

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

vpnjoneill
Contributor Level: Purser

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.

chuckbolick
Contributor Level: Purser

Pizza and ice cream is great at midnight.

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Price

L

Size

Nov 1998

Built

5 yrs ago

Refurbished

2697

Total Passengers

2.91

Crew to Passenger Ratio

10

Number of Decks

1026

Total Cabins

19

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