Spent 4/12 hours in 3 days wauiting in line for food!

Carnival Paradise Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 28

Overall rating:

2 out of 5
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Carnival Paradise

4 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip)

Sail date: August 14, 2014

Ship: Carnival Paradise

Cabin type: Inside

Traveled as: Family (young children)

Reviewed: 7 years ago

Review summary

If you are not on the ship's schedule, and I'm talking about from 10:00am to 10:00pm and don't make your assigned seating at dinner, be prepared to wait at least 1/2 hour for food at the deli (sandwiches),

the grill (hot dogs or hamburgers) or the pizza place...the buffets were rarely open when we were hungry...we were asked to leave the dining room because we were not dressed properly (I was returning from the infirmary with my grandson who slipped and fell on the wet pool deck got 4 stitches and was hungry...last thing on my mind was to take him back to the cabin so I could put on a pair of long pants and remove my hat...price was right for my wife and I and 2 grandsons...we had a lot of fun on our Cozumel excursion...the crew was rude and the process painful and very unorganized as we attempted to disembark the ship...If your cruise was great to this point, the disembarkation process surely changed your mood and mind...went on an Alaska cruise earlier in the summer, different company...walked right on and got right off...very organized and the way a cruise should end

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
Food quality was average at best, but many other problems with food service


3 out of 5

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
Camp Carnival was outstanding!!! staff were as good as you could get...kids couldn't get enough!

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Percival (matre di) was great and a real asset to Carnival...he solved a seriuos problem for us

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Had 2 adults and 2 kids (8 and 12) in regular cabin...everything worked well!

Ship tip

If you don't want to wait in line for food, figure out ships food schedule right away...they will feed you when THEY want to not when YOU are hungry...always food around if you want to wait in line

Ports of call

Tampa, Florida Did not visit port

Park across the street for $15 a day

Cozumel, Mexico Did not visit port

You can't get off the dock other than an excursion...can't get off and go into town...they keep you fenced in a few square block straw market with a few bars and many reasonably priced shops
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