Carnival Paradise Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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3 out of 5

Suite V1 on Carnival Paradise

Sail Date: December 01, 2011

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

Traveled on the Carnival Paradise December 19th, 2011 in Suite V1, and parents in Suite V3. The suites on this ship are not your typical suite size, they are smaller than the balcony room we had on the Dream. Also, the balcony is very small, you cannot walk around the chair on the deck, you have to step over it. This is an older ship for carnival and sails from Tampa, it cant be much larger and fit under the skyway bridge leaving Tampa Bay into the Gulf of Mexico. As I mentioned, its an older smaller ship, but the staff are what make the cruise special. We had great service from our room stewards. We used the anytime dining and were able to get the same server almost every evening. Anytime dining are the only ones who will get a window seat, scheduled diners are placed in the middle of the dining room. The serenity deck area was occupied by "young adults" mostly recovering from the events of the prior evening, since this is the most stable section of the boat, aft. Meals on Lido deck for breakfast and lunch were easily navigated, without long lines and this cruise was completely booked.

Pros: Smaller ship so not as many people on board to a ship the size of the Dream.

Cons: Carnival's deck chair policy does not work and is not enforced by deck staff.

Recommends Carnival Paradise? Yes!

Ship Quality
The ship was always kept clean, nothing left untidy or sloppy. One of the two grand atrium elevators did not work the entire cruise, which slowed down travel during the peak times (shows and dining).
Food and Dining
As mentioned previously, anytime dining is the way to go. No waiting in lines, which the scheduled diners always seemed to be in line waiting for their table, while we just walked in a got a table right away.
Cabin / Stateroom
Nice, clean and efficient stateroom, just small in size compared to the more modern ships.
Entertainment
All of the shows were repeats of shows I have seen on my prior Carnival cruises, nothing new.
Service and Staff
All of the staff was helpful, courteous and professional.


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