Worst Cruise Ever

Carnival Paradise Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 0
Helpful Votes: 4

Overall Rating:

2 out of 5
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5 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip)
Sail Date: January 23, 2016
Ship: Carnival Paradise
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Cabin Number: E240
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 2 years ago

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.

Food and Dining

1 out of 5

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5


3 out of 5

Children's Programs

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

1 out of 5
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.

Ship Tip

Old ship, not big enough for much. Needs a huge makeover on all areas mentioned above.

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