Carnival Paradise Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Contributor Level: Third Mate

7+ cruises


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2 out of 5

Dated ship, limited activities, average staff but plenty of drinking

Sail Date: May 21, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Large Group

Room Type: Suite

We took 6 children on this cruise, as we are avid cruisers and wanted something reasonable to kick-off summer.  Unfortunately, the activities for kids were lackluster, and even as adults we found the offerings to be very limited.  The ship itself is very outdated....even our suite was reminder of something from the 80's.  There was no sliding door to get out onto the balcony.  Rather, there was a huge, heavy wooden door that wouay open for us to enjoy the ocean breeze.  


There were plenty of drunk people and aboard this ship - most likely because there wasn't much else to do.  The food offerings never changed and were extremely poor.  Nothing healthy to be found, and the salad bar was oftentimes empty of both lettuce and dressings.  

Ship Quality
Ship was dated but mostly clean. Smoke filled the floor where most of the activities were due to the open casino on this area.
Food and Dining
Very limited choices, and the menus for breakfast and lunch never changed. Absolutely no healthy options, and salad bar frequently was empty.
Service and Staff
Nothing great to acknowledge with the exception of our server who had the patience of a saint with all of our children!
Entertainment was limited at best, although the comedy club was great. It was also very small and frequently filled by 8pm.
Children's Programs
We had 6 children with us, and they were all bored stiff. They ended up wandering the ship; the staff in kids programming were not engaging at all. The kids club was very small with nothing but a few video games and a tiny "dance floor"
Onboard Activities
Unless you were drinking, the activities were limited and predictable.
Destinations and Excursions
Cozumel was the highlight of the trip, and the scuba adventure was great. We also took a taxi to Chakanaab State Park (not through the Cruise Line - it was much cheaper!) which was spectacular.
Cabin / Stateroom
Very dated, the door to the balcony was huge and heavy, but it didn't slide open so that it could stay open. Bathroom was old, towels were rough. Not exactly a luxury suite, but it was spacious.
Tampa, Florida
Very efficient port - got you in and out very quickly.
Cozumel, Mexico

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