Carnival Paradise Overview

By Cruiseline.com - Updated Aug. 27, 2019

Carnival Paradise might have debuted in 1998, but one of Carnival’s oldest ships has undergone some enhancements over the years with the latest being a month-long dry dock in 2018. Carnival Paradise is now equipped with the latest Funship 2.0 enhancements, including new cabins and venue upgrades. This large ship now offers even more activities to choose from, like the Twister waterslide, mini golf, Hasbro: The Game Show, and Playlist Production theater shows.

Younger kids (ages 2-11) have their own space, Camp Ocean, where they’ll participate in organized activities from contests to arts-and-crafts. Thanks to Carnival’s partnership with Dr. Seuss, you’ll find Cat in the Hat meet and greets, parades, themed crafts, and even a Green Eggs & Ham breakfast. Adults can unwind in Serenity Retreat, a space just for grown-ups complete with loungers, hammocks, hot tubs, and a full bar. The Majestic Casino, Spa Carnival and Alchemy Bar are also worth a visit.

For mealtime, head to Carnival Paradise's main dining room for the classic cruise dining experience, or the lido buffet if you want something a bit more casual. On sea days, there’s a special sea day brunch where you can enjoy both breakfast and lunchtime favorites, including a few quirky and fun offerings. Other choices include the Pizza Pirate for a quick slice or the Mongolian Wok when you’re craving some stir fry. If you’re looking for a classy evening meal or want to celebrate a special occasion, consider booking the Chef’s Table, where a small number of guests are treated to an elegant multi-course meal presented by one of the ship’s head chefs.

Sailing year-round from the Tampa, Florida cruise port, Carnival Paradise itineraries include short, 4-5 night Caribbean Cruises, along with special sailings to Havana, Cuba.

Carnival Paradise Ship Stats

  • Price:
    $$$$
  • Size: L
  • Total Passengers: 2,697
  • Total Crew: 926
  • Passenger to Crew Ratio: 2.91
  • Built: Jan 1998
  • Refurbished: Jan 2012
  • Number of Decks: 10
  • Total Cabins: 1,064
  • Cabin Categories: 29
  • Gross Tonnage: 70,367
  • Length: 855
  • Beam: 103

Ratings:

  • Cabin / Stateroom 4.1
  • Children's Programs 3.9
  • Destinations and Excursions 4.1
  • Embarkation and Disembarkation 4.1
  • Entertainment 3.9
  • Food and Dining 3.9
  • Onboard Activities 3.8
  • Service and Staff 4.4
  • Ship Quality 4.0

Cabins

1064 cabins and 29 cabin categories.

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Inside Cabin Inside
4.0
(295 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 185 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $80/night
Oceanview Cabin Oceanview
3.9
(393 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 185 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $94/night
Balcony Balcony
(25 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $151/night
Suite Cabin Suite
2.7
(60 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 257 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $172/night

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Dining

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Taste Bar Taste Bar
5.0
(2 Reviews)
Mongolian Wok Mongolian Wok
5.0
(2 Reviews)
Cafe Ile De France Cafe Ile De France
4.8
(4 Reviews)
Elation Dining Room Elation Dining Room
4.6
(22 Reviews)

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Onboard Activities

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Rex Dance Club Rex Dance Club
5.0
(3 Reviews)
Beauty Salon Beauty Salon
5.0
(2 Reviews)
Paradise Atrium and Bar Paradise Atrium and Bar
5.0
(3 Reviews)
Special Occasions Special Occasions
5.0
(1 Review)

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Love it !!!!! by sandrasoto1023

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me and my husband had so much fun we are planning are second cruise with the kids this, time !!!

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Nickle and Dime by patrickdunlap

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Nickle and Dime you to death. You pay for the cruise and then have to pay for water, soda, drinks and then ADD tip onto that AFTER paying the gratuity BEFORE your trip. If you want a basic, poor expectation, rude staff and very poor food, Carnival is for you.

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Cruise with friends by Jahoolie

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We purchased Faster to the fun, so getting on and off the ship was even easier than it could have been. Crew was very nice, and made the effort to always remember us. The food at the chefs dinner was a definite highlight.

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841 Carnival Paradise Tips

karymary
Aug 01, 2014

Don't miss out on the brunches in the dining room; ask for a window seat.

DawgsCruiser
Sep 22, 2013

Go early before everyone wakes up for breakfast and avoid the wait. Book the early dinner. The pizza was very good along with the omelets and sandwiches.

PatrickAtkinson
Sep 08, 2014

eat all you see try new things

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