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Carnival Paradise Cruise

mbarrera5 reviewed 15 hours ago

What people said about this ship:

"The dining room food was great, the Mexican buffet at night, seemed to lack some true Mexican foods." in 119 reviews.

"Our first time sailing with Carnival Cruise Lines." in 55 reviews.

"Ports of call were great, I shopped in Grand Cayman while my spouse Parasailed." in 36 reviews.



Carnival Paradise departs from:

Tampa, Florida

Carnival Paradise sails to:

Caribbean - Western

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Carnival Paradise Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Paradise | Sail Date: Mar 20, 2015

Literally one of the best experiences of my life. The cruise staff were some of the friendliest and most considerate people I have ever met. The stateroom met expectations, and the dining experiences were delicious. The food served at dinner was always served well and I actually ordered something that I ended up not liking (not because of quality but just the honey glaze that my chicken was cooked in was to sweet for my tooth) and they kindly changed my dish at no charge. Of course, you shouldn't take advantage of that for your own benefit but the fact that they are willing to help in any way they can makes being on this cruise so much more than just how much money it costed. There is after hours food buffet as well to satisfy the late night eaters which I frequently partook in. There are so many activities throughout the day that you do not want to miss out on and everything is organized so neatly in the daily FunTimes brochure delivered daily to your room or available at guest services. The comedy shows were hilarious and the Rex nightclub had excellent music selections and themes. The piano bar was delightful to listen to and sing along with the songs. All of the employees, whether it was a bartender, cook, performer, or stateroom attendant were always happy to help any way they could and kept comforting smiles on their faces while they did their work. The value of this trip surpasses the price hands down. The quality of the cruise line is not in question, on this trip, the experience is what you make it. I definitely plan on cruising again with Carnival in the future.

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couples getaway

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Paradise | Sail Date: Mar 16, 2015

We enjoyed this cruise. Food was very, very bland & the only good coffee cost extra. Our cabin steward, Martin, was fantastic. I felt like the debarkation process was chaotic and unorganized ( both in the Grand Cayman & back at port. I feel like the boat tender tickets could have been delivered to each stateroom and that would have been less chaos. After arriving back in Tampa, people had sent their luggage for zone debarkation and then got off with self assist and allowed to go pick up their luggage. Those several hundred people should have had to wait for the zone debarkation to start.

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It was Spring Break

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Paradise | Sail Date: Mar 16, 2015

I should have realized that every single college student would be on Spring Break.  But didnt know they would be all on our ship.  Lots of loud drunken college student.  Would have preferred a bit more quiet.  I am all about partying but when they are passed out in the hallway by the elevators to drunk to find their rooms.  Or we are woken up at 5:00 am because someone never came back to their room and passed out in some guys room instead its a bit much.  

I was also disappointed with the buffet at lunch and just the food in general.  The boat is pretty outdated the rooms were ok could be updated as well.  Don't buy the cheers beverage package unless you are a heavy drinker.  I thought it would be a good bargain but i had trouble keeping up and by the time the cruise ended i felt so sick from all the citrus and booze it made it not worth it.  

I don't think I would do another carnival cruise, I would spend the money and do a Disney or Celebrity.  

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Good food

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Paradise | Sail Date: Mar 12, 2015

The food was very good but since it was an older ship, we had a difficult time with the elevators.  My wife has a very tough time with stairs and the elevators were not available most of the time! 

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worst cruise ever

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Paradise | Sail Date: Mar 12, 2015

This cruise was so disappointing. I will Never again sail with carnival.  The food was almost uneatable  and usually cold as well. We had a casserole in the buffet that tasted just like dog food. There was nothing fun to do unless you wanted to drink or gamble in some way. 

The one good thing about it was the comedy acts.   This ship also needs work  done on it. It looks so old.

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Fun, but the boat seemed old

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Paradise | Sail Date: Mar 12, 2015

We enjoyed our cruise. It did seem that the boat was old. The lido buffet area had a flood once near the ice cream area. The boat made a lot of noise when we were sleeping. The pool area didn't have enough chairs for everyone. 

The spa was lovely, but the sauna and steam didn't work all the time. We enjoyed the shows but they didn't have a show each night with the dancers and singers.

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a memorable experience

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Paradise | Sail Date: Feb 12, 2015

This is my first cruise trip. I really enjoyed my carnival Paradise cruise trip! It is full of fun and will be a memorable experience.The shows and dinners left a deep impression on me. 

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Carnival Paradise review

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Paradise | Sail Date: Jan 29, 2015

I would have liked more of a variety of music on board.  Soft orchestral music for dancing or possibly a single solo harpist, pianist, violinist, etc. Also, karaoke sessions were too short and not much of an updated variety/newer songs.

Entertainment was great!  Dancers and singers especially the female lead singer were very talented and choreography well done.

Food was superior as always.

Wait staff was excellent and very friendly as was the cabin staff.  Love the towels!

 

 

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cabral61
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Paradise close but no cigar

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Paradise | Sail Date: Jan 29, 2015

Very good, though disappointed that HOT tubs were not hot, also had problem w/ room service.  Put door card out 20 minutes before pick=up (5am) wasn,t picked-up.  Put card out the night before (7pm) night before return to port.  It was not picked-up, niether card or other literature stated no room service on last morning.  Additionally if not available no one informed me even though my cabin was entered.

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Travelfuy
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A great budget cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Paradise | Sail Date: Jan 29, 2015

   First, know that the Paradise is the oldest ship in the Carnival fleet.  There are no balconies.  If you believe rooms are for sleeping and showering like I do, this cruise is for you.  Tampa is a great place to sail from.  Parking is close and cheap.  We also boarded and disembarked quickly.  There are great views of the city as you depart.  Try to be  ton the top deck when the ship goes under the Skyway bridge about 2 hours into the cruise.  The ship has larger cabins and showers than many newer ships.  It is well kept and has nice decorations.  The atrium Is wonderful.  The food was outstanding.  I recommend the anytime dining, which means you eat when you want.  You can get a table for 2, or meet new cruisers every night.  Try the Seaday brunch.  The buffet was better than on my recent RC, Norwegian, or MSC cruises, especially the deserts.  Pizza was hot and fast, anyway you want it.  I enjoyed the shows, but there are just 3 stage production.  2 comics were aboard offering both family and adult shows.  The pool is small, but there is a nice slide into it.  There is a nice stage on the pool deck, with a constant party. Be aware that the ship docks at the new Port Maya, and not at the city.  I found the port shops too artificial, not real Mexico.  It takes an $8 cab ride to get to the city and the authentic shopping found there.  If you are doing excursions, that make no difference.  Overall, it was a great getaway for a bargain price.

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

Travelfuy
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Take the "Behind the Fun" tour. You go behind the scenes and meet the captain on the bridge.

It is very casual. Do not feel that you need to dress up. Blue jeans are allowed everywhere.

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