Best deal for the price, if only disembark can be fixed

Carnival Paradise Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western


Contributor Level: Second Mate
Experience: 2-3 cruises
Reviews: 4
Helpful Votes: 3

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
5 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip)
Sail Date: November 28, 2015
Ship: Carnival Paradise
Cabin Type: Inside
Cabin Number: V28
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 1 year ago

    Phenomenal deal for the money. Carnival staff makes you feel like a member of their family. Comedy was the best ever with two fantastic comedians. Dinner offered many great choices and service staff treats you like a king.

     The down sides of this cruise include a very short length of stay at Grand Cayman, only about four hours. Being one of the smaller ships meant no large screen for evening movies on deck. The two revue shows were sub par, at best. The two sea days did not offer enough activities for all ages to enjoy. Sea day brunch menus in the dining hall were not much better than what was offered on deck. Steve, the Cruise Director was all about himself and lacked the ability to make the activities feel as if they were meant for the guests.

     The worst part of the cruise is Carnival's inability to control the disembark process. Although well planned (on paper) by assigning time slots for certain groups to disembark, about 2,000 guests crammed the gangway at the same time regardless of the planned time slots. Carnival should be ashamed of this massive exodus of guests who don't care about the rules and their crew's inability to control this. 

     Personal note: Many guests are unaware that the photo team has a Wall of Fame. This is where your photo can be displayed to all guests when your picture is deemed worthy. Making the Wall of Fame not only offers that feeling of being special, but offers you the photo for free. In our case, we had two pictures on the Wall of Fame at the same time! We stopped by in the morning and were told we could pick up our photos later in the day. Unfortunately, Ana, the photo manager found out that we had two photos on the wall and removed one before we returned. She stated that she didn't know what she did with the other photo and that Carnival only offers one free photo, not two. This was the first time we ever met a Carnival crew member who was almost rude and unapproachable.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Great selection and varieties of food, including 24 hour options

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5
Not well rounded for ALL ages. Bingo changed from fair pricing to a complete rip-off based on previous cruises

Entertainment

3 out of 5
Comedy, shows, and music - great! Revue shows poor.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Cannot downgrade the staff because of one individual. They are the best!

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Ship layout easy to navigate and extremely clean

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
How can an interior cabin be so comfortable and clean? The room was always clean and tidy, thanks to the unbelievable staff

Ship Tip

Have bottled waters sent to your room before your cruise date through the Gift Services, this is inexpensive and will be delivered to your room. Ask your room staff to provide ice each morning.

5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Try a one day all-inclusive resort instead of a shore excursion. We did and absolutely loved it!
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