First Time Cuba Experience

Carnival Paradise Cruise Review to Cuba

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 6
Helpful Votes: 77

Overall rating:

4.3 out of 5
Carnival Paradise

5 Night Key West & Havana Overnight (Tampa Roundtrip)

Sail date: March 30, 2019

Ship: Carnival Paradise

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: M254

Traveled as: Large Group

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Cruise was a 5 day getaway from Tampa. Great older ship. Cuba was highlight of the cruise. Temperature in Cuba was great with average 75 degrees not too hot and humid


5 out of 5
One of the smoothest and fastest embarkation I have ever heard in 8 cruises

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Dinning was just ok. The chefs table was excellent. It was second time that I have done chef table on Carnival. It was highlight of the trip. Guys Burger Joint and Bluelguana Cantina always a hit.

Leonardo Lounge

4 out of 5

We had a conference on cruise and used this room during day at sea. It is not made room but dark

Elation Dining Room

4 out of 5

Food was ok. Staff was great

Destiny Dining Room

4 out of 5

Food was ok. Staff was good


5 out of 5

Had Ruben sandwich .. was great, should have eaten used it more.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Serenity area at AFT on deck 9 for adults was quiet and great place to relax.

Internet Cafe

3 out of 5

Internet was really slow and printer did not work so I could not print my airline boarding pass

Guest Services / Shore Excursions

4 out of 5

Need to have more than two guest service staff to keep lines shorter


5 out of 5
I attended as conference cruise so I did not get a chance to do everything but I did get comedy show. Comedy show was good.

Children's Programs

No kids

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Staff was great. They remember everyone’s name really worked hard at making it great experience at sea

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Old ship which has some upgrades but common areas were clean and well maintained

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
I traveled by myself this time so the balcony was great size. This cabin is at back of ship but does nit have wrap around balcony. It has no sofa and has pull down bed from the wall. When it is down be careful not to hit your head if you are on the bottom bed. Could not give it 5 stars because of bathroom and not enough electrical outlets.

Ship tip

Paradise has only three decks you can walk through which is 7, 9, 10 Lido deck so keep it in mind when using elevators in middle

Ports of call

Tampa, Florida

5 out of 5
Embark and disembark was best port I have ever been through.

Key West, Florida

4 out of 5
I was not impressed with Key West. Did not do an excursion just walked around


4 out of 5
I liked Cuba. The art and dance is magnificent. Make sure you do an excursion and it will be about 6-8 hours. Cuban people were great but they are agreessive and you will see a lot of begging. They use babies too. Just be prepared. Bring cash to exchange because no American credit cards or American banks available


5 out of 5
We got off the ship and on the bus in less than 10 minutes. Did not wait in line.
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