Carnival Paradise Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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7+ cruises


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2 out of 5

Worst Cruise Ever

Sail Date: January 23, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

As Platinum Carnival cruisers and having crossed the Atlantic a few times cruising as wells as more than 25 cruises with almost every cruise line, this was by far the worst cruise we have ever taken. When cruising from Tampa, always check the Fog forecast for before and after your cruise as a starting comment. We arrived at 11:30am as usual, and waited until 9:30pm to board because of the Tampa port being closed. We did not receive a timely notice from Carnival that this was the situation. Coming back to Tampa, we had the same issue and the whole cruise was in a bit of a disarray and we had to spend the night on the ship again as a result of the fog delay on arrival. If that weren't enough, we have for more than 20 years now been able to use our Magic Jack internet telephone on board the ship. Carnival in an effort to make more profit has now restricted the use of internet phones and Magic Jack no longer works. I don't know about most passengers, but we have personal business and other consulting businesses we have to stay in touch by phone. The internet worked very poorly. The food in the buffet was as usual marginal at best made by cooks that don't know how to cook American fare.This would be fine if 95% of the passengers were not American. The comedians were very good; the entertainment is typical and passes the time. It does not an experience make. The on board stores sell the same old stuff and the jewelry and watch sales are identical from cruise to cruise. Our best cruise experience was a Norwegian and Holland American cruise with a great variety of entertainment and things to do that were interesting. I could go on but I am getting tired of complaining about this trip. Better luck with yours! Write a letter to Carnival board of Directors about the phone service.

Cabin / Stateroom
Smaller than expected, no fridge, no night tables, Windows were not cleaned the whole cruise. The temp was cold, no heat, had to ask for two blankets. We usually book a suite or a balcony but early cruises always had much more space. This was an old ship 1996.
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Old ship, not big enough for much. Needs a huge makeover on all areas mentioned above.

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