December 2014 - Carnival Paradise to Caribbean - Western
After a fall semester filled with challenges, my husband and I saw the low price for this cruise and decided to go, even though we have been trying to catch up on expenses after living in New Zealand for 8 months.
The boat is an older one (the new ones can't fit under the bridge in St. Pete), but it was fine for a quick getaway. We were bothered by the smoke in places that were hard to avoid. The pool was chilly and the hot tub was not hot, so we could not enjoy them. Meals were ok - nothing to write home about.
Staff were helpful and friendly. I always love to dive in Grand Cayman, so that did not disappoint.
We took this cruise a year ago the week of Halloween and had a better time. This group of people didn't seem very engaged. Overall, the experience was ok. Fine for the low price, but we have definitely had better cruises.