Sail Date: January 01, 2010 Ship: Carnival Paradise Cabin Type: Oceanview Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 8 years ago
As a first time cruiser we had nothing to compare our trip to. Generally, we had a great time. Embarkation was a slow process and next time we are going to arrive even earlier. After you get on the ship, everything goes smoothly. I enjoyed the fact that the tip was included in your bill...that reliived a lot of guessing about how much to tip.
Food and Dining
5 out of 5
The food was far better than expected. We ate a couple of times in the dining room where one sits and gets waited upon. My wife and I actually enjoyed the buffet area better. There was a wider choice of entrees and we found it more fun. In the dining room one sits with other passengers...this is OK if you like to talk...however, sometimes with fellow passengers it becomes "work" to keep conversation going. The waiters in the dining room can also become annoying. Our waiter kept talking to us and making jokes...we wanted to be left alone. I think he was just after a bigger tip. There was a place to get pizza 24 hours a day. The desserts were varied and great and the apparent hit of the buffet area was the 24-hour ice cream machine.
1 out of 5
The activities were pitiful. Playing scattergories with the staff is NOT entertainment. Other things they had was a "hairy-chest contest" (a little bit disgusting), and ice sculpture demo (a little slow!), a towel folding lesson (I don't need to fold towels in shapes of animals), a library hour (they let you borrow books), and an art auction (what they were actioning was NOT art!) The most entertaining show was the karoake contest, but, of course, that is not too original.
Service and Staff
3 out of 5
The staff took superb care of our room. We never even saw them. They would always notice when we went out and then took care of our room. We never had to call for any problems. The cruise director was a little annoying. Whenever there was a an introductory show, he would talk way too long and really drag things out. What really got me mad about him was that on our last day, when we all attended a fairwell meeting, we practically told us to give the ship high ratings on the comment card. He said that even if you think the ship was average, please mark "excellent". No wonder this ship gets a high rating!
5 out of 5
The ship is extremely well kept up. Everything was clean. The decor is that of one of the beautiful liners that used to cross the Atlantic.
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
We had a room with a window (very important---don't save a few bucks by getting an interior room). The bed was real comfy and we slept real well. The bathroom was larger than we expected and had a great shower.
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