Very enjoyable first cruise

Carnival Paradise Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Cruises: 1 cruise (first)
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 27

Overall rating:

4 out of 5
Carnival Paradise

5 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip)

Sail date: January 14, 2019

Ship: Carnival Paradise

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: M256

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

We had a wonderful time and look forward to our next Carnival Cruise.


5 out of 5
Everything ran very smoothly

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Clean, great service, good food with plenty of options

Pool Bar

2 out of 5

Twice we ordered a house specialty drink from the poolside Tequila bar and the drink is supposed to be made with Herradura (sp?) but the bartenders used El Jimador instead. We pointed the mistake (?) out to the bartender and got a response along the lines of “grabbing what is close by.” From that point forward I would not order a drink from that bar unless I was standing there to see what was going on.

Paris Lido Restaurant

4 out of 5

It is laid out well to keep people circulating, very few bottlenecks and always very very clean

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
This is a smaller ship so there were fewer options but we were okay with that as I did not want my first cruise to be on a huge ship. The pool is very small so we relaxed up near the waterslide area. We could stand under the sprayers to cool off without fighting a crowd. The fitness room was beautiful and well equipped !

Serenity Adult-Only Retreat

2 out of 5

We never got to use it as this time of year it is an older crowd cruising so the chairs and hot tub stayed packed

Gymnasium / Aerobics

4 out of 5

Beautiful, clean and very well equipped


4 out of 5
Pleased with diversity, execution and quality

Normandie Main Lounge

5 out of 5

Very pretty space

Children's Programs

No children

Children's Pool Area

4 out of 5

Our children are grown and we spent most of our deck time on this area as we could see the ocean, enjoy the breeze and had easy access to food/drink/bathroom. With very few children on the ship it was perfect for us 😁

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Our dining team (Wayan/Alexandru/Petru) were so attentive and professional. They also gave us excellent recommendations. Giri and his team did an amazing job of keeping our room clean and well stocked without any inconvenience to our use of the room. John/Leon/Lulu are a great entertainment team! Salvatore and Trina were a lot of help with navigating port shopping. High marks all the way around

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
I was amazed!! at how clean the ship was all day long every day. Very very impressed with cleanliness!

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Very comfortable, loved the USB ports by the bed and we were surprised by how much storage we had.

Ship tip

Download the Carnival app and use it. It was a huge help to keep track of event times, get reminders and check menus.

Ports of call

Tampa, Florida

2 out of 5
When we were leaving the ship the Port of Tampa had TWO security screeners handling 2,000 plus people for an hour or more. Around 10 am they got aggressive 🤦🏼‍♀️and added two more. Pathetic service from Tampa for a business that provides a lot of $$ for the city.

George Town, Grand Cayman

4 out of 5
Our stop here was short. We took a taxi to the Turtle Farm and enjoyed that.

Cozumel, Mexico

3 out of 5
No excursion, just quick shopping and back on the ship.


2 out of 5
Carnival did everything they could to have a well organized process. The Port Of Tampa only had two screeners for several hours to handle 2,000 plus people
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