Carnival Paradise Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Cruises: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 19

Overall rating:

5 out of 5
Carnival Paradise

5 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip)

Sail date: July 08, 2017

Ship: Carnival Paradise

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: M130

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

This was our first of many cruises we will take in our lifetime and we could not be happier with all that we did and how it went. We are 100% pleased!!!!! Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!!!


5 out of 5
Did not do the FTTF and the Embarkation process was very smooth. The line for FTTF was just as long and went just as fast.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
My husband and I did the Cheers package and it was well worth it for us. If we hadn't, we would have spent close to $900.00 on drinks. The food was fantastic in the main dining room. There was two different occasions where I didn't like what I had ordered so our amazing waiter told me to send it back and he wanted to make sure my dinner was exactly what I wanted. It was truly fantastic! The Lido deck has all of your "fast food" type of meals but still equally as good. Me and my husband both loved the hashbrowns and he loved the Mongolian Grill as well. 24 hours ice cream....amazing to have if you are an ice cream lover.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
The main pool on the Lido deck is where we primarily spent our pool time. The Paradise doesn't have a pool on the Serenity deck but there are two hot tubs that felt good along with a refreshing shower. It is warm on the Serenity deck so we stayed on the Lido deck because of the nice breeze.


5 out of 5
We enjoyed two shows while on board along with Group 6 and the comedians. All were fantastic. Group 6 we made sure to go see each time they played because they were so good and full of energy. It was a hot spot for most of the people we met.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
If we could, we would give 10 stars for the waiters, room stewards, staff and etc. Everyone was fantastic and they made us feel like they have known us for years. They knew our names and just treated us like family! It was a great experience and we enjoyed every bit of it. One of the nicest things is that there are so many different nationalities on board the ship but they were all just amazing peopled!!!

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The Paradise is a small and older ship but it was perfect for us and our first cruise. Everything was clean all of the time. Prior to our cruise I did here people complain about a sewage smell and we did smell it every so often but it was not over bearing. There must have been times in which they were cleaning. It was very clean and presentable.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
It was just my husband and I so the size of the oceanview room was perfect. It was clean and the water pressure in the shower was fantastic but please be careful the water is very hot so be sure to test the waters.

Ship tip

Please do not listen to bad reviews of the Paradise. If you do not have a great time it is truly your fault because there is so much to do and so many great people there to assist you in doing so!!!!

Ports of call

Tampa, Florida Did not visit port

Key West, Florida

5 out of 5
We did the Pub Craw Excursion ad it was fantastic. Beau was fantastic and very knowledgeable. Each bar had fantastic drinks and so friendly!!! Be prepared though it is very hot but tons fun.

Cozumel, Mexico

5 out of 5
One word "Beautiful"...... We shopped in the morning and did some sign husband re-proposed after 17 years of marriage!!! It was beautiful. We did the All-Inclusive Dolphin VIP Swim at the Aquarius and it was a bucket list item done. Man oh man, I cried and it was FANTASTIC!! As a VIP guest you have your own pool, personal chef and unlimited drinks.


5 out of 5
We did the personal assist to get off of the ship and it was smooth. The lines went quickly.
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