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Carnival Paradise Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 3

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
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5 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip)
Sail Date: October 12, 2015
Ship: Carnival Paradise
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Cabin Number: E130
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 2 years ago

I had heard ship was outdated and small. We found it to be the perfect size as we had a room in the middle of the ship. The crew was great, The cabin steward and animal towels were perfect. I had a little hiccup with dining but didn't realize you have to book way in advance, months, to have anytime dining. I didn't like the bar area next to guest services, you couldn't hear. Other than that everything was great except for the Airline. I would not book air with this company. We booked two months out and thought they were handling everything. It was our anniversary and on four different flights did not get to sit with spouse. Airline said it was the cruiselines fault, the cruiseline said it was the travel company and they said it was airline. Also the departing flight didn't leave enough time to catch the flight. We were scheduled to get off of the boat with zone 4, I explained we had an early flight, booked through them, and they moved us to zone 1, 1st off of the boat, saved 45 minutes. Went immediately to our transfer, Carnival, and straight to the airport, about 20 minutes. We explained to the driver what time our flight was and got us first off of the bus otherwise would of easily been another 20 minutes. Had to run through the airport to make the last call for the flight. All times and complete trip and transfers were through their travel agent. Took submarine dive in Cozemel, was perfect!
 

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5

Children's Programs

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Absolutely perfect, the medicine cabinet wouldn't close but that was minor. Every time we left the room it was immaculate with the bed made and the animals were great. The room steward was fantastic.

Ship Tip

When booking cruise do well in advance if you want anytime dining otherwise you have to keep your assigned time. Don't use Delta airlines, would not let us sit together and the $240 baggage charge was ridiculous. Fly Southwest and go a day early and stay in a hotel for that money.

3 out of 5
3 out of 5
The tour to Hell and back was nonsense and was only allowed 10 minutes per stop. Didn't even have time to mail postcards.
5 out of 5
The people associated with the submarine dive were awesome. Everything spotless, dive was great. If you ever wanted to see a different world this was it. Crew was fantastic.
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