November 2018 - 5 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Paradise
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Sail Date: April 27, 2014
We had an inside stateroom, which was fine. We spent very little time in it and it served it's purpose. It felt slightly larger than others I've had in the past. The room was very quiet and clean.
The food was really good - I'd give it an 8 out of 10. The best meal I had was a chateaubriand steak. The best desert was the chocolatte melting cake, hands down... ordered it every night. The JiJi Restaurant was definitely worth it. We paid an extra $12 and had the best meal of the week.
Service was also good - I had heard complaints, but was very pleasantly surprised. We met some truly great staff members over the five days.
The entertainment was better than on the past couple cruises I've been on. They were much more passionate and looked to really be giving it their all. The comedian, Tony something was the funniest comedian I've ever seen.
The amenities were really nice. The Alchemy Bar serves amazing drinks and has a really nice atmosphere. The Piano Bar was a blast and we stopped by there for at least an hour every night. Guys Burgers and Iguana Cantina were so delicious. The buffet wasn't that great, but no need with the other venues. Also, it wasn't tough to find deck chairs in the Serenity area, which I was afraid of. Grab a hammock and a scotch while the sun is setting for a really great experience.
I'd definitely sail the Sunshine again... expecially if I lived in the area and could take advantage of some of the last minute deals.
One last thing... I noticed that people were extremely friendly on this ship. We made more friends in the five days than on any of my other sailings. I don't know if we just got lucky or if it comes with the friendly atmosphere the ship creates.
Sail Date: February 13, 2015
To celebrate my impending nuptials, eight of us set sail for a three night bachelor party on the Carnival Inspiration.
The interior cabin was small, but comfortable.
The food was good, but not excellent.
Service was as expected with a couple stand-out men & women that made it really fun.
During the day, we'd hang out by the pool area.
During the night, we'd do our 8:15 dinner, followed by the comedy show, then casino, then club, then casino.
Speaking of the casino, they seemed to be extra generous (maybe my fiance called and let them know about our wedding bills?). I'd constantly wake up (lopsided) with a bunch of chips in my pocket.
The venues were dated, but still fun. The piano bar was a great time.
Overall, the trip was great. It's a lower price-point ship and expectations should be set accordingly. It's much more of a bachelor party cruise than a honeymoon cruise.
Sail Date: November 23, 2013
Overall, the cruise was great. Our 7-day sailing was over Thanksgiving week and left from the Los Angeles (San Pedro) port. We had three days at sea and visited Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, and Ensenada on the other days.
I'll offer my opinion of each of the following aspects of the cruise.
CLEANLINESS: we were suprised at the cleanliness of the ship. Our stateroom (inside basic cabin) was very clean and comfortable. The common areas of the ship were also very clean and constantly receiving attention from the crew.
STAFF: our stateroom attendant, Noli, and our dining server, Sarafin, were amazing. They're great at their job, but also incredibly friendly and enjoyable to see every day. This was consistent with most of the ship staff. The Cruise Director and other even hosts were hilarious and did a grat job.
ENTERTAINMENT: overall, I give the shows a 6 out of 10. The comedy / magician was pretty good and the comedy / singer was fun. The dancers weren't overly impressive, but entertaining in small doses. We found the most fun event to be "Princess Popstar," where passengers compete in a singing contest and the audience votes.
FOOD: breakfast offered plenty of options, and I usually kept to my yogurt / banana / granola. Lunch was pretty good - nothing too spectacular, but always a few good options. Dinner was really good. The options were almost overwhelming and we'd consistently order multiple appetizers and even two entrees once. My personal favorite dish was the Tiger Prawn Dish on the first night. My favorite appetizer was the Snow Crab Salad. And, my favorite desert was the flourless cake!
AMENITIES: there was always plenty to do. We hit the gym, watched movies, played shuffleboard, hot-tubbed, watched shows, people watched in the atrium, gambled, and much more. As a couple in our early 30's, we found there was enough entertaining options, while also quiet areas to hide and get sun. Our favorite venue was the back of the ship because it was less windy and had less kids running around.
PORTS: we expected to have a great time in Cabo and be underwhelmed in Ensenada - in Puerto Vallarta, we weren't really sure what to expect. PV blew us away. They've completely renovated their boardwalk area and the retail / restaurant / entertainment options are amazing along this stretch. We rented paddleboards and enjoyed the beach area all day. Cabo was also beautiful, but a little bit crowded in the most popular areas. We rented a kayak and snorkel gear and hit "Pelican Cay" then "Lovers' Beach." Both were busy, but it was obvious why. The snorkeling was surprisingly good and the beach was one of the most beautiful we've ever been. Ensenada was as expected - we tried to go in with an open mind, but lasted less than an hour before getting back on the ship.
Overall it was a blast and I highly recommend it to anyone considering this ship and itinerary!
Sail Date: August 05, 2011
The Carnival Imagination was as expected - it's slightly older and lacks in some of the state-of-the-art amenities as other ships. But, it served our purpose well - we did a bachelor party cruise for three nights and had a blast.
The food was good, the staff was very pleasant and the value was adequate.
The itinerary included a trip to Nassau - it's not the nicest port, but it's close to get to on a short itinerary like this.
Here are some pics of the trip:
Quantum of the Seas
Sail Date: November 21, 2014
Just kidding. The robot bartender didn't hit on my wife... nor did he laugh at my jokes.
I had an amazing quick, 2-day teaser on the Quantum. It was the first cold-weather cruise I'd ever been on, but the Quantum offered PLENTY to do indoors.
The focus on technology was obvious and appreciated. Upon first boarding, we received a really cool watch to replace the normal room card. It had all the same functionality (buying stuff, opening doors) but felt a lot cooler.
The restaurants were outstanding and I'm sad I didn't get to try more. The sushi place had an amazing looking spread of fish, octopus, and other laid out, but I didn't have time to test it, unfortunately. I did try Chic and Silk - both were wonderful. Get the "Thai Peanut Cheesecake!"
While on board, I did take advantage of the iFly Skydiving. Total wait time was about an hour... totally worth it.
The robot bartending station was really amusing and didn't realize until I was drunk that I'd been watching these things for over an hour.
My cabin was on the 12th deck (12704) and was the nicest I've had. The balcony and shower were both surprisingly spacious. The bed was super comfortable.
Two70 is a really cool venue that I wished I'd had more time in. The show I attended was great.
One area I also wish I'd spent more time is the Solarium. It's like a tropical oasis back there and the bartenders make amazing drinks.
Overall, I had no complaints at all. It was one of the best cruises I've ever been on, tying Oasis of the Seas as my favorite. I'd 100% recommend this ship!
It was Mardi Gras and they had an awesome parade down the main strip!
Surprisingly beautiful view and downtown - much better than San Pedro.
The more noise you make at the Blackjack table, the more you win... fact.
In the ghetto, but parked and was on the ship in 10 minutes.
Quantum of the Seas
Head to the Solarium - it's beautiful, quiet, and feels like a tropical oasis. Also - sign up for iFly and other special amenities as soon as you get on the ship!
For only $12 extra, you can dine at Ji Ji - it was the best meal of the week and very quiet up there.
It's very industrial. Parking is easy, but $12 per day.
It's dirty and there's nothing to do there. We got back on the ship within an hour.
So beautiful and plenty to do. Try paddleboarding for an active look at the surroundings.
Very busy, but it's obvious why. Make sure to check out Lovers' Beach.
Head to the back of the ship to avoid the wind and windchill. It's also much quieter as kids generally go to the main pool.
The piano bar is a blast!