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

Price: $     Size: L     Refurbished: 4 yrs ago    

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"The captain gave an announcement apoligizing for the inconvienence in the dining room." in 143 reviews.

"...$ they ca n't afford their OWN $ $, I will never take a carnival cruise again..., unless paid!" in 63 reviews.

"I loved every minute of it, the places we stopped( Grand Cayman, and Cozumel)." in 49 reviews.

Carnival Paradise departs from:

Tampa, Florida

Carnival Paradise sails to:

Caribbean - Western

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Carnival at it's best !

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I have sailed on Carnival ships before but this was by far the best! The condition of the ship was very good (although the cabins could use some upgrading). My daughter and I stayed in an oceanview aft cabin. It was noisier than I had expected because of the engines but heard no people traffic in the halls at all. Food was decent in the main dining room. Loved the pizza and the grille (they were open later than the buffet too). Staff was very pleasant especially the cruise director who was always energetic and doing his best to ensure the passengers had a good time. The evening shows entertainers were not as good as I have seen on other ships but they did a good job on the production of the shows. We stopped in Cozumel and Cayman Islands. The time in Cozumel was too short (7am to 2:30pm). Overall we had a great time and I would recommend this cruise to others who want a short inexpensive getaway.

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Made friends

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We had one bartender named Eugena. She was wonderful and made our whole trip delightful. I just wanted you to know. we loved the Motown and wished for more. The food was alright but nothing to write home about. the places were beautifull and our trip to Passion Isla was the something I cant even describe. we loved our cabin in the back of the boat and where it was in ship itself. overall we would do it again one day.Big Smile

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Low cost ,shorter cruise.

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If you are a first time cruiser or looking for a quick getaway cruise then this might be a good way to go. Do not go in with lofty expectations. This is an older, smaller ship. It is clean with a friendly staff but everything from the entertainment to food and activities are done on a smaller scale than most of the larger ships. Remember most times you get what you pay for and if you keep that in mind you"ll have a nice time.

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Disappointed :(

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As we all know no one can control the weather, I get it.. totally understandable, however changing a 4 day cruise to Cozumel Mexico to a 3 day cruise to NO WHERE was not the best choice/idea to make, I would have much rather rescheduled my cruise for another date/month just to be able to enjoy the Water/Beaches/Sands in Mexico than to be stuck on a boat 129 miles from the Port of Tampa for 3 days. 

#notmyfirstcarnivalcruise ... will probably be my last :( #sadday

 

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Just OK

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weather was bad, port closed so left a day later. Became a 3 night cruise to nowhere instead of Cancun. The positive side was we were able to choose 50% off or go. we went bc already drove to Tampa. It was not a kid friendly cruise, although they did have some things for them to do. Cheesy type activities and they stayed in one room with barely any kids. Mine are ages 4 and 5. They didnt want to go mostly and they were closed from 3 or 4 til 6. So mine went from 10-230 and 7 to 10. Good news was its free til 10 and only like $7.50 hr after if you use. We bought alcohol package so that was better. But mixed drink with add automatic tip was 10. beers $5.50. Shows were ok but most good ones started after 10 and kids already wanted to come back. If you have children pay extra for Disney. Was really disappointed in the food. It has been better in the past, The pizza was good, and the place where you made subs. The salad bar and burger alright. The main dinner menu was just ok, more like buffet food and not so great. The Dr. Suess breakfast was extra the the eggs were HORRIBLE, no flavor in the bacon. I have gone on 5 Carnival cruises before and dont think the food was like this. Ship is average, nothing fancy or too old.

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Great Trip

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Went out a day late & went on a 3day cruise to nowhere instead of a 4 day cruise with a stop in Cozumel. The cruise company made up for it with rebates & discounts for future cruises. I felt this was very fair. We had a relaxing cruise, the staff was friendly & helpful. They greatly contributed to our cruise. The food was good & we enjoyed the trip very much.

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Carnival Paradise Cruise 23-28 Jan 16

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Unfortunately, our ship was delayed docking due to storms, so our 4pm sailing was not until around 10pm. We were lucky only living a short distance from the port and Carnival kept us updated with emails and texts, so it was not so bad. The cruise itself was all good, with excellent service and friendly staff. We did not go on any excursions but did go ashore. Cozumel dock was very clean and the enclosed compound was the usual bars and shops, all very nice. Outside was a little bit less appealing. Grand Cayman used tenders to get ashore and was a better experience with a whole different feel. Onboard, the entertainment is good with the musical shows very lively, but sound quality not great. However,the band in the casino bar,Shiplash, was one of the best we have heard anywhere. Having a lot of contacts in the music business we are not just your average listener and they were excellent. Our return to Tampa was another delay, due to fog, docking at 9.30pm instead of 8am. Again Carnival were good, allowing passengers to stay aboard for that night or disembark, which we did. I'm sure the next cruise passengers were not too pleased though. Overall, we were happy with our last minute cheap cruise and would do it again.......checking with Mother Nature first of course.

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Worst Cruise Ever

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As Platinum Carnival cruisers and having crossed the Atlantic a few times cruising as wells as more than 25 cruises with almost every cruise line, this was by far the worst cruise we have ever taken. When cruising from Tampa, always check the Fog forecast for before and after your cruise as a starting comment. We arrived at 11:30am as usual, and waited until 9:30pm to board because of the Tampa port being closed. We did not receive a timely notice from Carnival that this was the situation. Coming back to Tampa, we had the same issue and the whole cruise was in a bit of a disarray and we had to spend the night on the ship again as a result of the fog delay on arrival. If that weren't enough, we have for more than 20 years now been able to use our Magic Jack internet telephone on board the ship. Carnival in an effort to make more profit has now restricted the use of internet phones and Magic Jack no longer works. I don't know about most passengers, but we have personal business and other consulting businesses we have to stay in touch by phone. The internet worked very poorly. The food in the buffet was as usual marginal at best made by cooks that don't know how to cook American fare.This would be fine if 95% of the passengers were not American. The comedians were very good; the entertainment is typical and passes the time. It does not an experience make. The on board stores sell the same old stuff and the jewelry and watch sales are identical from cruise to cruise. Our best cruise experience was a Norwegian and Holland American cruise with a great variety of entertainment and things to do that were interesting. I could go on but I am getting tired of complaining about this trip. Better luck with yours! Write a letter to Carnival board of Directors about the phone service.

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What an adventure!

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Embarkation:  Port of Tampa was closed due to high winds and we were delayed in the terminal for over 8 hours waiting for the ship to be allowed in.  They fed us chips and water all day (ugh).  And it was very uncomfortable.  Finally boarded the ship about 6:30pm.  We were so worn out, we went to the buffett, ate and went to bed.

Stateroom:  Was a bit disappointed in the stateroom as it was missing the customary hair dryer and mini=frig we are used to on cruises.  There was plenty of space to store things and the bed was comfortable.

Ship:  the ship itself is an older one and smaller than the later ones, but seems to have most bases covered.  The Serenity area is small but we could usually find a spot.

Dining Room:  We were assigned to the Destiny D.R. late seating.   Enjoyed our dinners there and especially  our waiter, I. Wayan, who ordered escargot for me since I missed it on the first night out!

Entertainment:  We did not see any of the production shows.  They just did not coordinate with our dinner time. We enjoyed the many Trivia games and Bingo and movies on the last day.  Drake who led some of the Trivia and Bingo was terrific and would make an excellent cruise directior.  We especially liked him in the Music Trivia game.

Ports:  We had been to these ports many times before and we chose not to go ashore in Cozumel because the pier is a very long walk and we have difficulty walking very far.  We tendered ashore in Grand Cayman and did a bit of shopping.

Debarkation:  Alas, on our return to Tampa, the port was again closed due to heavy fog/rain which went on all day.  We watched movies in the theater most of the day and spent extra night on board and debarked without incident the following morning. Big Smile

 

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4 out of 5

To "Hell" and back

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This was not a usual cruise, and for us even more unusual.  Carnival knows already that this trip was, due to the vagaries of Mother Nature, pretty much of a disaster at the start and at the end, but for us it was in between, as well.

 

But putting aside the fact that my husband suffered a blockage of his esophagus late on the 2nd day out, and afterwards could not eat any solid food for 3-1/2 days, which was not helped by the confusion at the end of the trip, I just have to add that we were lucky to debark on the night of the arrival, as he had an appointment at Sarasota Memorial Hospital the following morning at 8:00 a.m. to deal with his illness.  Lucky, because it seems not all passengers who wanted to debark could, due to the working hours of the Port employees.  I should end comment on this complication by saying that everything for us turned out fine.  He had his medical problem attended to, and all is well.  (We had seen the nurse on the ship and were offered the opportunity to debark at Grand Cayman, that the hospital there is good.   But in a call to my husband's physician from the ship it was determined that he should stick with the cruise for the remaining 2 days and an appointment was set up for the day after arrival.)

 

Well, I know that is not anything you wanted to hear because it had nothing to do with the trip itself and Carnival's part in it.  Just couldn't help throwing it in.  Anyway, I would like to give kudos to Carnival for the way everything was handled.  Conditions had to be continually monitored, and it would have been difficult or rather impossible to deal in an orderly way with everything that was going wrong, but Carnival did come close. 

 

We appreciated the continual updates, and especially the invitation to return to our rooms when it was apparent that the cruise following us could not possibly go on as scheduled.  And also the invitation to remain for another day on the cruise, treating it as just another day on board.  We couldn't, of course, because of our unusual circumstances, but would have otherwise.

 

We are not Carnival's target customers; we're much older.  But I was impressed with the work of everyone who tried to make all of the passengers as comfortable as possible.  I watched with a little envy the crowd of younger adults having a ball with the activities that had been dreamed up or kept in reserve to occupy their minds.  They seemed to be totally immersed in the games and fun, and it certainly passed the time in a worthwhile manner.  Those responsible for the entertainment on the ship deserve praise.  They never let up.

 

We also want to give a thumbs up to all those of the crew who were always helpful, always smiling, and especially our stateroom steward, Agut, who kept everything there in good order.

 

I also thought the food was quite good.  And that comment refers to the Paris Restaurant, as we never did get to our late night seating; even without the esophagus problem we just do not and cannot eat that late.

 

And here I might mention the one negative we had:  that perhaps you could try to accommodate more people who don't want to eat that late but have had to accept the late seating, because it was all that was left when we reserved.  We tried to get into the "dine anytime" program, but were somehow too late for that; it was full to capacity.  And we thought we had applied as soon as we could.

 

Well, that is about all I can think of to say about the cruise.  Basically, we think this cruise was about as good as it could get, given the circumstances.

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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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