nice last-minute cruise

Carnival Paradise Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Vote: 1

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
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5 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip)
Sail Date: December 08, 2014
Ship: Carnival Paradise
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 3 years ago

After a fall semester filled with challenges, my husband and I saw the low price for this cruise and decided to go, even though we have been trying to catch up on expenses after living in New Zealand for 8 months.

The boat is an older one (the new ones can't fit under the bridge in St. Pete), but it was fine for a quick getaway. We were bothered by the smoke in places that were hard to avoid. The pool was chilly and the hot tub was not hot, so we could not enjoy them. Meals were ok - nothing to write home about.

Staff were helpful and friendly. I always love to dive in Grand Cayman, so that did not disappoint. 

We took this cruise a year ago the week of Halloween and had a better time. This group of people didn't seem very engaged. Overall, the experience was ok. Fine for the low price, but we have definitely had better cruises.


Food and Dining

3 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


1 out of 5
Lots of CW (we are not fans). Would have so liked some music for Latin/ballroom dance.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
described in earlier comments

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
3 out of 5
5 out of 5
Best diving in the Caribbean
3 out of 5
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