5 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip) Sail Date: September 03, 2012 Ship: Carnival Paradise Cabin Type: Oceanview Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 4 years ago
The overall ship is nice especially for a smaller, older ship. The ship is kept in good shape and the staff is always cleaning and keeping up with the maintenance. For a 5-day cruise, there really needs to be more to do on the boat. There were not enough activities for two+ whole days on the boat. You can only play mini-gold and ping pong so many times. The pools are very small and cannot accomodate the number of people on the ship. The pools were packed and there was no adult pool, only hot tubs.
Food and Dining
5 out of 5
The food was awesome. I ate way too much\, however\, the buffet lines were always long and the wait staff at the buffets seemed unprepared for the large crowds at popular times like 9am and noon. The dining rooms were great for dinner and wait staff in the dining rooms waited on us hand and foot and treated us like royalty. Our server was Andrew and was amazing.
5 out of 5
I was a little lost some of the time being a first time cruiser but if I had questions\, the staff told me exactly what we needed to be doing. Quality and variety of food was great. There wasn't a whole lot to do on the ship especially on \"at sea\" days unless you want to lay out all day or gamble. I think they could add a number of activities on the ship to give people lots of options. They only had 1-2 activities per hour and many required additional fees.
1 out of 5
We did not use the clubs for kids because we do not have kids\, however\, the family friendly shows were not very family friendly. The broadway inspired shows were very sexual in nature and all the dancers had very revealing clothing. There was also no monitoring of the kids in the pool and the kids were everywhere. There needs to be an adult only pool. Also during some of the other onboard activities such as bingo\, inappropriate sexual comments were made and a few swear words slipped out of the mouths of the entertainment staff. I would not recommend this cruise for families.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
The service staff at the Destiny restaurant was great as were the maid staff on the Riviera deck. I felt that the entertainers weren't always \"family friendly\". There were a lot of sexual jokes made and if I had kids\, I would not recommend this cruise to families. In fact\, I have already told a number of people at my office choosing cruises to not go on this particular cruise. The cruise director was great. He had many talents and a great personality. The girl singer in the main show is way to loud on the microphones and was not as good as the male singer. The dancers were great and very talented as well. I didn't care for the bar staff in the casino. They were not very accomodating and our drinks purchased in the Normandy theatre were not good (not sure which bar they were made at). The captain of the boat seemed very approachable and took pictures with travelers.
5 out of 5
Everything was easily accessible\, it takes a day or two to get the layout down but overal not too bad. The ship was clean and well maintained.
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
We were completely satisfied with our stateroom. It was comfortable and the maid service was amazing. They also treated us like royalty. Bring your own hair dryer though and extra power strip if you plan on charging more than one item at a time.
Pros: Quality of Food\, Service Staff\, Mini Golf\, Excursions\, Stateroom\, Comedy Club
Cons: Alcohol prices\, Trashy Crowd\, Long Food Lines\, Entertainment\, On-Board Activities\, Small Gift Shop\, Small Pools\,
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