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Carnival Paradise Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
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5 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip)
Sail Date: September 17, 2012
Ship: Carnival Paradise
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Reviewed: 5 years ago
This was my first cruise. My partner has severe arthritis and had great difficulty getting in and out of the pool using the ladder. Since it was our first, we weren't always sure what to do and this was awkward. By day 2, we felt more comfortable. The ship was very clean. A bit disappointed fine dining did not include better china or centerpieces. All workers were friendly and helpful. At the buffet, tables waited to be bussed for a very long time. Food averaged from good to excellent. Would have liked to see a sightseeing excursion offered at each port. My partner had difficulty walking a long way and a tour bus/van trip would have been interesting for us. We enjoyed shopping.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Flameless candles might be a nice option. They last a long time and are not a fire hazard.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
I enjoyed two bands on the 5 day cruise. The rest were one man bands and were average to good performers.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Decor was lacking. I find Vegas Style decor gaudy. As I said\, centerpieces for fine dining would have been nice as well as better china. The ship was very clean with the exception of tables being bussed late.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Pros: The price was right. I especially enjoyed being out at sea\, the live bands and choices in fine dining. The buffet was great too. I ate a lot of chocolate yogurt! My oceanview cabin was a treat. Looking out the window was a something I will do again. The bedding was very comfortable. Nice cabin.

Cons: The Lido Deck was always very loud. The music seemed to be extra loud. I enjoy alcohol but\, felt there were way too many drunk people aboard. In fine dining\, I got stuck with a very boring couple which made dinner less fun. Would have preferred open seating.

Recommends Carnival Paradise? Yes!

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