November 2015 - 4 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Paradise
Tardy to the party
We enjoyed our cruise because a cruise is what you make it in my opinion. We enjoy the fact that we can do whatever we choose and not be forced to partake in activities that don't interest us. We enjoyed the ship, the staff not so much. We came across 2-3 friendly staff members but the rest appeared to be very tired and unfriendly. My wife even witnessed one staff member picking the food spilled on the counter and tossing it back into the original container,and we wonder how we have problems with the norovirus. Overall, we enjoyed ourselves because we choose to, Carnival needs to make many improvements to keep on the level of Royal Carribean, the cost cutting is very noticeable. I named this review tardy to the party because every activity we took part in with this cruise was late. The gym gym opened 10-15 minutes late everyday of our cruise, breakfast was served later than start time everyday of the cruise, lunch was served later than start time everyday, dinner/buffet was served later than start time everyday. The safety meeting lasted over 30 minutes which was a first in our 9 cruises so far, we stood around with our feet a nd backs hurting because we were standing in place for so long without anyone giving us any information, and it even started to rain. Debarkation was the worst ever, we left at 12:30pm which has never happened before, so we sat around in the hallways listening to everyone complaining about how terrible the debarkation was. We couldn't go back in and get anything to eat or drink even though we had to sit around for hours past our original arrival time of 9AM. This review actually deserved a lower score as I recount all of the mishaps we encountered. The 3/5 is generous in my opinion.