Fun on the Paradise

Carnival Paradise Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western


Contributor Level: Cruise Director
Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 5
Helpful Votes: 19

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
5 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip)
Sail Date: September 28, 2015
Ship: Carnival Paradise
Cabin Type: Inside
Cabin Number: E208
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 2 years ago

We just came off the Paradise on the 3rd. We boarded quickly & smoothly. disembarkation was also very smooth. On our last day we went for breakfast about 8:30. We were on Empress level. When we came into the corridor we laughed at all the people sitting there waiting to get off. I asked why everyone was sitting as notes were sent to all rooms & announcements were made that even though we would be in port at 8 we would not be allowed off the the ship until Port Authority cleared us. At least 9:00 a.m. They also gave the exact times for each zones. People do not understand those that REFUSE to follow directions are what holds up the problem. Our zone was called at 10:15 as stated and we were off & thru customs in 30 minutes.  Now on to the ship itself. We were a bit disappointed in the Paradise the 1st hour or so as we usually cruise their  newer ships. This ship worked for our time frame though. Yes it was missing a few things that were use to doing like the Dive in movies & water park but we had a great time. We could have sulked & pouted but that would be spiting ourselves. We joined in on the games & activities, loved the shows & comedians. Some days food was better than others but overall pretty good. The bathrooms are a little dated but bigger than the ones on the newer ships. There is no full vanity in them but the mirrored cabinet had 3 shelves which actually gives more room than the vanities. The rooms were very clean and Jose our steward was fantastic(Empress deck) Overall the staff was fantastic & very friendly. I do smoke and the only drawback I saw was the smoke from the casino filled the bar area where they did most of the trivia games so that is a pain to those that don't smoke. Ports were fantastic as usual. As this is only a 5 night cruise you see a lot of Floridians on board. It was generally pretty quiet at night. Your cruise is going to be what you make of it. Happy sailing everyone. It's the Breeze for me in February
 

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Some foods were better than others but that is what usually happens with buffets & trying to serve so many people continuously

Entertainment

5 out of 5
great shows, activities & comedians

Children's Programs

3 out of 5
didn't need them this time but saw younger ones having a great time

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
amazing staff all the way around. Jose on Empress was our cabin steward & fantastic. We ran into our old hostess (from the Sunshine) Martyna in the formal dining room. Always fun when you run into them

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
roomy, larger bathroom than norm

Ship Tip

Go with the mindset to have fun & you will

5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Had a great time. We did the $20 2 hour tour then on to the beach
5 out of 5
We did Playmia and the free tequila tour that"s about a mile to the left when you come out of Port. This was our 2nd time for the tour & our guide from last time remembered us. His name is Manny & it's called Mi Mexico Lindo is the name. You will love it & they give you lots of free Tequila!
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