UGAGirl

UGAGirl
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Hometown: Tampa, FL
Joined: 05/17/2014
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Carnival Paradise

April 2017 - Carnival Paradise to Caribbean - Western

Gets a little worse each time....

My friends/family and I take this cruise a couple of times a year because it's quick, convenient and inexpensive. This was probably my 6th or 7th time. Sometimes we take the RC Brilliance of the Seas if the dates match up. The Brilliance is a nicer ship with better food but usually the Paradise is more "fun". 

First let me say the Paradise is always clean and the beds are comfy. We had a problem in our room (shower leaked a little onto the carpet) but it was fixed and we were given a small bill credit and a fruit/dessert plate in our room without us even having to mention it. A+ for service.

However, the boat continues to decline. It's tired. It's always been tacky, but now it's just plain old. You can only clean something so many times before it's just worn out. All over you see evidence of repairs/band-aids to fix old equipment and facilities. My shower had been caulked so many times that there was black mildew IN the caulk. I heard Paradise was going into dry dock in Feb of 2018 and frankly it desperately needs it. I hope they make some real improvements and changes instead of just replacing old stuff. Sadly, there are some areas this boat will never be able to compare to RCCL Brilliance- like the balcony staterooms, which are practically non-existent on Paradise. 

What will really make me think twice before booking on Carnival again is the food, the bar service and the casino.

1) The dining room food is horrendous. Inedible. And served to you by waiters who look like they'd rather be anywhere than on that boat. And enough with the cheesy pirate photos and dancing. Concentrate on what you're serving before you get into table side entertainment. Not even the best Macarena rendition will compensate for smelly seafood and stringy steak. There is only so much pizza and grilled sandwiches one can eat in a weekend. 

2) Since the pre-pay beverage package became popular, the liquor and wine choices have steadily declined. No more Kettle One or Prosecco. The bars are under staffed with unfriendly bar tenders and dwindling choices. 

3) I would cruise Disney all of the time IF they had a casino. This is one of the major draws of cruising for me. And while I expect to ultimately loose my money, I hate doing it to rude, unsmiling, condescending dealers. You (dealer) can at least return a smile when you take the whole pot. Gambling should at least be fun. 

I'll be going on the Paradise again in 25 days. We booked it a long time ago. If I could, I would cancel and spend the extra time and money to try something else out of Miami. I feel like given the age of the boat, the price and the duration of the cruise, my expectations were pretty low. Sadly, Carnival didn't even meet those.

What Tampa needs is a cruise line willing to send in a new/nice small boat for these long weekend cruises. Large boats can't come into Tampa, but the cruises are always fully booked. We LOVE to cruise here and I think we're willing to pay a little more for the luxuries offered on the new mega-ships but in a smaller size on a shorter trip. Listen up Carnival- first cruise line to give Tampa a better option is going to get mine and probably many others' business. 

 

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Carnival Sensation

May 2014 - Carnival Sensation to Caribbean - Bahamas

Getting worse every year..

We've taken this boat on this weekend for 4 years now as an inexpensive Mother's Day trip. We know it's an old boat and you get what you pay for. The decor has always been old and tacky, almost comical. But what's gone down hill is the service and the food. We felt rushed from the moment we got on the boat to when we left. The staff seem to just want to get through it. We could never find our stateroom attendant to ask for ice. When we asked anyone in the halls, they always said that they weren't our attendant and that we'd have to wait for ours to come on duty. Used to be the attendant always came by and introduced himself as soon as you got to your room. Dinner is nothing short of a cattle call. The servers are in such a hurry to get you watered, fed and out of there that it's impossible to catch anyone's eye to get a condiment or a drink (other than the bar drinks of course- because they're extra). The food was mostly inedible. It's never been fantastic- but this year even the pizza was gross. I lost 2 pounds if that tells you anything! The casino dealers all seem bored, harrased or indifferent. If I'm going to loose money, at least make it fun. Not to mention there are never enough tables. The bar servers act as if your drink requests are an inconvenience. I will say the ONLY staff we had a good experience with were the servers on the Serenity deck. They were fun & attentive. And the boat is still pretty clean. And and the asian rock band that's been there forever is still really good. But we will not go on this boat again. In stead we're going to pony up for the  4-night with Royal Carribean next year. 

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UGAGirl's Tips

Carnival Paradise Carnival Paradise - The Serenity deck is the best part of the ship. But get there early because they only have 4 umbrellas even though there's room for 8-10.
Carnival Live Concert - This was the one highlight- Foreigner was awesome! Didn't expect much, but was blown away.
Carnival Sensation Carnival Sensation - Stay on the Serenity deck and eats lots of bread at dinner- it's the only good thing you're going to get.

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