Carnival Paradise Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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4 out of 5

5 night Carnival Paradise

Sail Date: April 02, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

This was a very relaxing cruise on an older, smaller ship. It does not have everything that the larger, newer ships have to offer, but our intent was to relax, and enjoy what was there. Our cabin was better than expected, as were the professional portraits that were taken on-board. Everything else met our expectations. The only thing that did not meet our expectations was that there was no self-serve pop machine. All soda had to be ordered at the bar. It was no big deal, and since that was the only thing that didn't meet our expectations, we had an absolutely wonderful time!

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Cabin / Stateroom
We did not expect much, but were pleasantly surprised. The cabin was about what we expected, but the bathroom was larger than expected, and the shower was much larger than expected, and with very good hot water and water pressure. This cabin was fantastic
Embarkation and Disembarkation
We also purchased the "Faster to the Fun" excursion. The sole reason for this was so that we could board our ship as early as possible, otherwise we would have been sitting in the cruise terminal for a couple of hours with nothing to do. By purchasing the "Faster to the Fun" we were able to board our ship, and people watch there. It did offer other perks, which we choose not to avail ourselves to. I was impressed at how easy it was to get on and off the ship each time...a very easy process
Ship Quality
Being a smaller, older ship, it's layout took a while getting used to. I was surprised at how few levels we were able to walk around the exterior of the ship. The jogging track requires 11 laps for one mile
Destinations and Excursions
We absolutely loved the "Sea Safari - Mangrove Kayak & Stingray City" excursion in Grand Cayman. It was very enjoyable. Couples were put into 2-person kayaks, Singles had their own. We paddled in very calm waters, and learned about iguanas, mangroves, and jellyfish. After that, we boarded a boat to a sand bar in the middle of the bay to visit with wild stingrays. This was awesome. We were able to pet, hold, feed, and kiss the stingrays. It truly was exceptional.
We also enjoyed the "Jaguar Safari Buss, Bike, Paddle Board & Beach BBQ" excursion in Cozumel. The bus is an open-air bus that carried the tandem bikes to Punta Sur. While their, we learned about lagoon, saw crocodiles, fish, conchs, birds, and other wildlife. We enjoyed a leisurely 3 mile tandem bike ride. (The bikes are a bit old, but added to the adventure). The paddle board was fun, the beach was wonderful, and the food was delicious. We enjoyed it immensely, and were disappointed when it came time to leave. We would have liked for it to last a little longer. We did get back in time to do a little shopping at the pier before we had to board our cruise ship.
Onboard Activities
We enjoyed the pool, whirlpool, and decks, not much else in the way of onboard activities interested us.
Children's Programs
No children with us
We did not attend the entertainment, as it was a smaller ship, and could only offer a few things at a time. What was offered did not interest us. We enjoyed relaxing instead.
Service and Staff
Our waiters and waitresses (especially George and Shirley) were awesome! Our cabin attendant was excellent as well, although I can't remember his name right now.
Food and Dining
The food was very good in the dinning rooms, and in the buffets. It did not quite reach the level of the newer, larger ships with their offerings, but delicious none the less.

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