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: Purser
2 out of 5

Frustration

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We were on a cruise to Georgetown, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico. We couldn't leave the ship in Georgetown because of the weather (it was windy), because of safety reasons. The only compensation was a letter from the captain with their apologies, and nothing else. I would at least expect on-board credit since we had to spend one more day at the sea (we already had 2 days). We booked a shore excursion through Carnival for Mexico, to Chichen Itza. This was a big disaster! 1. The tour was supposed to start at 10 am, it started at 11 am. 2. It was supposed to take 7 hours, it took 9 hours (which didn't leave us any time in Cozumel). 3. They do give lunchbox, but noone asks about if there are any vegeterians, vegans etc. (I know that tours outside Carnival do ask), they only have a sandwich with ham and cheese. I would give 5 stars to crew members on the ship who do their best to make people happy (this is the only reason for my 2 stars in general). I did travel with Carnival before, I booked this trip with Carnival again just because I liked it previously, but I don't think I will ever choose or recommend them.

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2 out of 5

Cold and dirty!

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This cruise was the worst! There is no heat on this ship and in January it can still be a bit chilly in the Caribbean. Didn't go into Grand Cayman because of weather and all the did was refund us $17! Would not recommend to friends and won't take this cruise again! Stateroom was dirty looked as if it had not been dusted in a while.

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5 out of 5

A really great time!

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First cruise so I was easily impressed I think. We had a great time and met some fun people. Band at the US bar on the ship was great. Cheers package was too much to drink but we tried. Best excursion was Grand Cayman - swimming with the sting rays. We lucked out as the weather was perfect. 

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Best New Years

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So organized and relaxing.

other than - I wouldn't recommend any time dining - too impersonal and it was hard to get a table "any time". Had to wait.

Great music all the time at different venues. Always something going on.

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5 out of 5

Excellent recommendation for 1st cruise

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Room [Junior Suite] : not huge but comfortable, well maintained even shop was quite old.

Room cleaning was at least twice a day, they do as needed. Every night we found cute towel animals on the bed, it was nice.

Meal : Elation provided various menu every night and staff are super friendly and quick response (enjoyed their "show time as well!)

Fun shop : Not much to see but pharmacy area price was reasonable 

Show : good entertainment and not too long so even my husband enjoyed!

BINGO : unfortunately not enough staffs to selling bingo tickets so kind of disappointed 

Pool : KIDS KIDS KIDS 

Seretion(only adult deck) : very tiny space

New Years Eve Count Down : huge baroon drops good entertainment 

check in and out : smooth and friendly (no frustration)

 

 

 

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4 out of 5

Paradise Ship

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Everything was great. My only complaint is about the cost of the photos. The cost of the pictures was outrageous. So sad that greed dominates this feature of this service. Carnival is big on recycling. Why then would they not sell all photos taken at a pan affordable cost?  My suggestion is $100.00 for ALL the pictures. They end up in the GARBAGE. To me, if it were my business, I would rather the photos be on the shelves of happy passengers, who ever time they look at these lovely photos, they remember the awesome memories from their Carnival Cruise. 

Disgusting to think they would rather have them in the trash. Not to mention the time it took to put security stickers on the backs of each photo-disgustingly greedy!!! The people taking the pictures were kind and professional and did a great job. The criticism is directed at the OUTRAGEOUS cost of the pictures. It would have cost my family 800 to buy our photos. This is after 2800 for the cruise, 250 for the insurance, 270 in gratuity, 900 in shore excursions, 150 in Bingo, 100 in additional tips and we are MIDDLE class people. So sad.....

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4 out of 5

Nice Vacation

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

Overall this cruise was very nice. The staff was very attentive and helpful. They made us feel like VIP guests. No need to book excursions in advance.Very affordable excursions are available at the port. Usually children under 5 are free.

 

However, going forward as a previous Carnival customer, better deals are available through Carnival.

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3 out of 5

Review of Carnival Paradise-Western Caribbean

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Overall the cruise was good.  Stops in Grand Cayman and Cozumel were wonderful.  Our Barrier reef snorkel was cancelled and had to do another snorkel trip-wasn't as good.  Lost air conditioning for a few hours in our room.  Had to contact guest services for information.  Announcements made on ship are impossible to hear if you are in your room or any other room of the ship.  Food is sub par.  The $64.75 per person gratuity at the end of the trip was a surprise.

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3 out of 5

Overall ok

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Ship was good. Dinning staff was excellent. Sitting brunch, photo booth, guest services people needs to be improved.

overall trip was good. 

Cozumel was very good.

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5 out of 5

A wonderful vacation!

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This was my husband's first vacation in 5 years and his first cruise.  Carnival Paradise and her staff have made a cruise fan out of him!  The food was delicious, the staff was warm, friendly and helpful, and our cabin was very spacious.  Grand Cayman is beautiful, and Cozumel is a shopper's paradise!  We definitely recommend this cruise to anyone who wants to relax and enjoy themselves!

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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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