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: Feb 2018
  • Number of Decks: 10
  • Total Cabins: 1,064
  • Cabin Categories: 29
  • Gross Tonnage: 70,367
  • Length: 855
  • Beam: 103

Carnival Paradise Cabins

1064 cabins and 29 cabin categories.

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Inside Cabin Inside
4.0
(278 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 185 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $79/night
Oceanview Cabin Oceanview
3.9
(377 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 185 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $93/night
Balcony Balcony
(18 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $152/night
Suite Cabin Suite
2.7
(55 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 257 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $172/night

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Carnival Paradise Dining

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

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Carnival Paradise 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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2813 Carnival Paradise Reviews

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Great value for your money! by tinaosborne

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This is a good cruise for the price you pay. It is a smaller ship with smaller bathrooms, smaller rooms and only 1 pool. But it is still relaxing and very enjoyable.

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FUN, FUN, FUN by Zkaren

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Fun time. Always something to do. Excellent excursions. Leon the cruise host was funny and entertaining. Only disappointment is the photo plan. They could make a fortune in photos, but choose to lose and waste money.

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Awesome Cruise Experience by beserock

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Overall if I had the chance I would take this cruise again and would definitely recommend it to anyone.

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770 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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