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Carnival Paradise Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western


Contributor Level: Second Mate
Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 8
Helpful Votes: 56

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
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5 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip)
Sail Date: December 09, 2013
Ship: Carnival Paradise
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Cabin Number: GUAR
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 3 years ago

POSITIVES: A good value; easy to get a table for two in the dining room; a HUGE variety of shore excursions were offered because our ship's passengers were combined with those from other Carnival ships in port at the same time; reasonably priced shore excursions; casual atmosphere and dress code; friendly and personal service from the staff; easy to get a chair on the Serenity deck; excellent programs for children--they seemed happy and entertained and were not in the way of adults like us who were traveling as a couple; the passenger list included a wide range of ages and everyone seemed to find something to interest them on board.

NEGATIVES: Not enough information was offered on ports (history, points of interest, etc) other than shopping and paid shore excursions; ocean-view rooms almost always had condensation on the window exteriors so you couldn't see out clearly.  And we were directed to keep our curtains drawn all day to block the sun to keep the A/C working effectively.  So why pay extra for an ocean view?  Next time we will save money by taking an interior cabin;

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Most were dumbed down.

Entertainment

5 out of 5

Children's Programs

5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
I needed to climb over my husband to get out of the bed.

Ship Tip

On "Elegant Night" most guys wore slacks and a sport shirt (no tie) in the dining room. Only a minority wore tie and jacket. Another minority wore shorts, even though long pants were requested. Apparently anything goes, so do what makes you happy.

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