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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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
4 out of 5

Vacation Cruise

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

I enjoyed the Cruise, the entertainment was to spaced out and seemed more for children than on the previous cruises I have been on. The waiter I had was awesome and French was as well. I enjoyed the location.I wasn't expecting that many children to be on the  cruise, some were allowed to go in places they shouldn't.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Great trip

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

excellent trip with fun activities and excursion. The dinning room was a great place each night to enjoy stories and family time. There were lots of great things for everybody to do. I think having a smokefree ship would be great too. There was too much smoke to enjoy the casino floor. 

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
4 out of 5

Friendly Cruise, Disappointing Destinations

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

The ship was nice - clean rooms, good food, super friendly staff and personnel. The destinations (Cozumel and Costa Maya) had nothing very enticing about them. ...there was nothing cultural or visually stimulating about either place. Neither is a place to go to if you are looking for learning about local traditions or getting a dose of a new culture. Fortunately, we signed up for a resort day and an adventure park - I had felt guilty about booking such an "American" excursion but knew I made the right decision the moment I stepped off the boat. Also, surprisingly, was the fact that even the taxi drivers weren't welcoming. In other travels, I've always found taxi drivers to be great resources and ambassadors of their locations, quick to recommend places to go and sites to see. Our rides were silently awkward drives to our destinations.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Very Friendly Staff

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

I loved my time on the Carnival Paradise, we had great activities, entertainment and saw some beautiful staff. The best part of the cruise was the friendly and attentive staff. Our cabin attendant Raul made sure that our room was well taken care what seems like every time we left the room Happy. We loved the towel animals. We also loved our waiter Watson, who was very attentive and made sure that we were completely satisfied with our dinner every night. Thank you for making my first cruise experience a blast.

 

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

Had Fun - Great for small kids

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

We had a great time, the ship was adequate, rather outdated but with small children is was ok. Cozumel was a great port to visit, the dolphin excursion was a blast but Costa Maya was a waste of time. Its a run down dump. I was not impressed. I did however really enjoy the spa and my kids loved the kidscamp. They had a lot of great activities throughout the day. My kids are 3 and 5 and I felt safe leaving them. They provided us with a cell phone in case they needed to reach us all free of charge. They had a lot of safety measures in place. Not once did I have to worry.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
2 out of 5

Never again on spring break

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Went on this cruise on April 1 with just my husband. Teenagers broke all the elevator buttons in the elevators. Food was ok, nothing great. They changed the ports about a month before the cruise to go to Costa Maya instead of Cayman Islands which is why I picked this in the first place.) I thought a month out would give them enough time to fix the problem with the ship to make it go slow, but I was wrong. Crew was nice but not like they have been on previous Carnival cruises. They had to ration out the bacon in the mornings since the kids were all unsupervised. Next time I will splurge and go on the bigger ships so we have more fun stuff to do. 

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Paradise cruise

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

Excellent cruise for our family. We were disappointed the land stops were altered and not able to see Grand Cayman. Wonderful service on the ship in all areas; tours were better than expected; will travel with Carnival again.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Carnival Paradise cruise

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

Food, entertainment, staff and service was amazing.Custom food ordered was enjoyed by all our toor members stayed in M214, M218 and M226 state rooms.

"Suhendri" Stateroom steward provided amazing service to M214, M218 and M226.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
2 out of 5

Lively cruise

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

The sea was rough, and there were unsupervised teenagers on board, who were destructive. Because I don't gamble (can't stand the smoke) there were limited activities for me to enjoy with my daughter. The shore excursions were fun - but on board entertainment was lack luster, and neither one of us were comfortable with the rowdy high school kids.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
1 out of 5

How bad the service is at the Tampa port .

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Did not have a favorite part on the cruise , we were not allowed to board the ship . Arrived ar 3:45pm , while I was parking the vehicle my Wife was processed through, but would not allow me the individual in charge said She was closing out Her box and would not allow me to be processed through. Everyone else did not have a problem with us going through but this one individual would not allow it. So we did not get to go on any cruise. As it stands now we will not b booking any more cruises with Carnival Cruise Lines, we also told we oiled not be getting a refund for missed cruise. 

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Promenade

Get your dancing shoes on and boogie on down to the Promenade Deck and the Rex Dance Club or, you can head over to the smoke-free Normandie Showroom or...

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Lido

On the Lido Deck you can take a dip in the pool and enjoy a delicious breakfast or lunch in the indoor/outdoor Paris Restaurant, a nice alternative to...

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Atlantic

While the kids are at play, check out the Galleria Shopping Mall where you're sure to find some great duty-free bargains. The Atlantic Deck is also home...

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Sports

Pamper yourself on the Sports Deck at the 12,000 square-foot, high-tech Spa Carnival, one of the largest health and fitness facilities at sea while the...

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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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