Had a great time, will go again in 3 month...only thing that i saw you need to chance is the picture taking thing... you guys THROW out so so so so many pictures at the in of each cruise....if you wound charge $1 or $2 for each picture you wound sell most of them....im SURE you would make more money then you do now... Try it on one cruise to see if it would work.....thanks for the Great time... will be back
The cruise was fun overall. The crew on the ship was very kind, our room and dining room staff remembered our names the entire trip and always addressed us by name. They made an effort to make sure that everyone was happy and comfortable.
The down side is that the food was TERRIBLE. The first night my mom sent her dinner back twice. My ham during the breakfast the second day was rancid. Not good. The lunches provided while the dining room was closed were not appealing, they had a Wok station that was decent but it took a few minutes to cook each entree so the line was always long. The deli had a reuben that was ok, but again had very long lines as there were not many options and lots of hungry people.
Room service was a better bet, but the waits were around 40 minutes to an hour each time I called.
Our cruise director Calvyn was also wonderful. He was funny and upbeat and made the entertainment really special.
This was a girls cruise for a special birthday celebration. Had a great time because of the group sailing together But a few of us have been on Many cruises and the food on this cruise was TERRIBLE. Cruises must have great food and friendly service. This cruise had neither. We will NOT be cruising Carnival again.
This cruise, although being short (5 nights) is ideal not only for regular cruisers, can only be highly recommended for people who never cruised before. The ocean view cabin was quite big, stateroom very clean and equipped with everything needed. Stateroom staff very helpful and available for whatever needs. Food in the different restaurants and at whatever time was excellent, well prepared, a lot of diversity - something thus for everybody. Dining was a very good experience, presentation of the plates was a highlight. Entertainment on board provided something for everybody, starting from the casino to live shows. Excursions suggested provided something for everybody and for every budget.
Small ship which is convenient and easy to navigate. Older style but very clean and for small ship, had 3 pool areas. BUT the food was bar far the worst of any cruise I have ever taken. If you like burgers and hot dogs everyday, then you will be fine, otherwise, bring your own food. The lunch and buffet items are very, very limited and almost always the same. The fine dining is somewhat better in terms of appetizers and desserts but don't plan on gourmet dinner options.
We were very disappointed in cruising. We expected to have super meals in the dining room. They were not anywhere near expection. Seemed like there was nothing going on mornings. Not everyone stays up late some of us like mornings. 3 highlites were the Atlantis excursion in Cozumel. Listening to the kareoke people on ships. Then getting off the ship back in Tampa. I can't think of anything good to say.
Our cruise was ok , very basic, easy boarding and leaving, the overall is this the Paradise is an old ship and needs to be either scraped or severely renovated, my state room was fine although fairly noisy , the crew was really good , there was only one port Cozumel and that was just ok, most of our time was on the ship.While the staff did their best to keep us occupied and having fun the bare fact that the ship is old and does not have all the amenities of Carnivals other ships was apparent in many areas except for one the entertainment, it was just plain over the top some of the best i have ever seen either on a cruise ship or off broadway. Clearly this was the shining star of this trip from the Band "Ship Lash" to the "Epic Rock" dance review just awesome !!!!!. Unfortunately that was where the good ended.Food on the entire cruise was fair at very best ,the Spa was very expensive as usual and the hard sell ups were getting annoying , actually there was so much selling and Hawking being done on the ship that you were never free from it including during dinner . Bottom Line this was a budget cruise basically used for most of the Tampa locals to have a quick get away weekend . I have been on other Carnival ships as well as many other cruise lines this definitely below par , not the worst i have ever been on just not the awesome experience the Cruise director keeps telling you your having .
Many little items on this cruise made this cruise feel poor. The main item that we did not like: this is a SMOKING cruise. Smoking is allowed inside in multiple areas to include the Casino and main hallway on one of the main walk-through decks. There are no doors to keep this smell from traveling, so you can smell the smoke in the stair wells next to this area for several floors. One of the main dining rooms front opens to this area, so you need to walk through the smoking are to get to the dining room.
The food for the main dining was never served hot. It was usually warm or cool (and tasted like it had been sitting for hours). After the first few days, we were afraid to order seafood since the first few times it was cool and rubbery (like it had been sitting for too long). It took a full 2 hours to eat (we waited for each coarse longer than one would expect).
Alternate dining options have very limited hours, including during the day many would close for a few hours as they changed menus or simply close for the day.
Only have of the elevators worked. This became very noticeable during diner, leaving the ship or returning to the ship since you would commonly have to wait for several elevators since many were full. (carrying scuba gear up or down 6 flights of stairs is tough or 7 flights to go to diner in dress heels).
main stage entertainment was fair at best. The single musicians in the smaller clubs or side stages (in the smoking area of course) were better than the main stage. Piano bar was great.
Our specific cabin also had issue (see below).
The hot tubs were warm at best. even the hot tub in the "adult" area was lukewarm.
With a cruise, many times it is the little details that make them good or great. This cruise had the opposite, many more poor details than positive details, especially compared to other cruises.
The food was good. The service was great in the room and in the dining area. Worth the monies. Would of like to have more things to do on the ship during the day instead of everything at night especially when you have to get up early for the excursions the next morning.
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.
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