Great for Kids - Horrible, Money-Grubbing Cruise Line

Carnival Paradise Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 3

Overall Rating:

2 out of 5
Verified Review
5 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip)
Sail Date: June 11, 2016
Ship: Carnival Paradise
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Cabin Number: M70
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 1 year ago

Please rename to SCAM-SHIP. Here's why:


If you ran a cruise line, would you want to be remembered as the one to go on if you want to be hounded 24/7 to spend more and more, on EVERYTHING?


BINGO SCAM - Let's say the cruise line brought in $5,000 in bingo cards in one game (they did, I counted the entire room table by table, there were approximately $5,000 in bingo cards being played). What would be an appropriate amount to give away? $5,000? $4,500? maybe even $3,000? 


NO! Those scammers only gave away just under $1,000. What BS.


INSANELY, they touted it as a $3,000 grand prize. BULL! That was later revealed, after spending $80 on enough cards for our kids, that it was ONLY IF Bingo were called in 49 numbers or less. Hmmmm. What could the odds be of that. Maybe they pay it half the time, which might be legitimate. Let's go to a Bingo odds calculator page and find out..... 


BINGO ON OR BEFORE LAST BALL (in 49 numbers or less, as their rules stated):



ARE YOU FREEKING KIDDING ME!?!?!?!? Basically, they almost NEVER pay out $3,000 like is promoted to get people in there.


What a con job.


WATER SCAM - For the two adults, we spent $640 on a 5 night drink package. AND GOT CHARGED $4 EVERY TIME WE DRANK WATER IN THE ROOM a total of about $30) - without a note on the bottle that there would be such a charge. Suspiciously, the caps did not even crack when twisted off after the first time. Do they just refill with tap water?


I could go on and on, but don't want to waste my time.


The food was OK, the service was OK and we generally had a good time. But, the scam-nature of this company trying to weasel out every nickel they can from guests is repulsive. It's one thing to sell legitimate items and services that people fully understand, but this scam BS has got to be reported.




Food and Dining

3 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5


3 out of 5

Service and Staff

3 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship Tip

Don;t fall for the scams and it's Meh, kinda OK.

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