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Carnival Paradise Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Sail Date: January 23, 2016
Ship: Carnival Paradise
Cabin Type: Inside
Cabin Number: E120
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 1 year ago
Embarkation: Port of Tampa was closed due to high winds and we were delayed in the terminal for over 8 hours waiting for the ship to be allowed in. They fed us chips and water all day (ugh). And it was very uncomfortable. Finally boarded the ship about 6:30pm. We were so worn out, we went to the buffett, ate and went to bed.
Stateroom: Was a bit disappointed in the stateroom as it was missing the customary hair dryer and mini=frig we are used to on cruises. There was plenty of space to store things and the bed was comfortable.
Ship: the ship itself is an older one and smaller than the later ones, but seems to have most bases covered. The Serenity area is small but we could usually find a spot.
Dining Room: We were assigned to the Destiny D.R. late seating. Enjoyed our dinners there and especially our waiter, I. Wayan, who ordered escargot for me since I missed it on the first night out!
Entertainment: We did not see any of the production shows. They just did not coordinate with our dinner time. We enjoyed the many Trivia games and Bingo and movies on the last day. Drake who led some of the Trivia and Bingo was terrific and would make an excellent cruise directior. We especially liked him in the Music Trivia game.
Ports: We had been to these ports many times before and we chose not to go ashore in Cozumel because the pier is a very long walk and we have difficulty walking very far. We tendered ashore in Grand Cayman and did a bit of shopping.
Debarkation: Alas, on our return to Tampa, the port was again closed due to heavy fog/rain which went on all day. We watched movies in the theater most of the day and spent extra night on board and debarked without incident the following morning.
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Take your own hair dryer. Older smaller ship but still has most all you will want.