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Carnival Paradise Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 49

Overall rating:

4.7 out of 5
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Carnival Paradise

5 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip)

Sail date: August 26, 2019

Ship: Carnival Paradise

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: M132

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Fun time. Always something to do. Excellent excursions. Leon the cruise host was funny and entertaining. Only disappointment is the photo plan. They could make a fortune in photos, but choose to lose and waste money.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Easy peasy because I was with an elderly person with a walker. Service to a tea! But it looked like everyone else was getting easy on service.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
I have found that all ships have the same type of food. Just good. Nothing over the top. But this ship at dinner time (the restaurant not buffet) had different things you could try. OX, Rabbit... the girl next to me tried the Ox and said it was good. She ate the whole thing.

Paris Lido Restaurant

4 out of 5

Food was just okay. Ice machines not always working. No signs letting you know, yet on some out of order machines they did have signs. Only disappointment was coming back from Cayman around the same time this restaurant closes. they should remain open a little longer on port days.

Elation Dining Room

4 out of 5

Service was good. Food was interesting. Nothing was horrible but nothing was outstanding. Servers were fun. What I did like was they had something to try that you would never normally try. Example: OX and Rabbit.

Deli

4 out of 5

Food was very good but attitude of staff poor. Menu says they serve potato salad, but that is not true. They only serve it while the salad bar section is open. They should list the time if they are not going to have it available during the open hours of the Deli.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Played Bingo, played the Who done it game, and went down the big slide. They had miniature golf but never found the time to play.

Spa Carnival

4 out of 5

Michelle gave me an excellent bamboo massage. tiny woman but she has strong hands and great pressure. Everyday is some kind of special. Just make sure you verify price before going.

Jewelry Shop

5 out of 5

Effy staff was amazing. Prices great! Fun and entertaining place to shop.

Entertainment

4 out of 5
Only saw part of one comedy show. So much to do. Was with an elderly person so late shows were out.

Art Gallery

5 out of 5

Attending the auction was fun. Excellent artists and prices. I have several paintings from attending the auctions. Staff was wonderful! Loved working with them.

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
Did not have kids, but saw the Dr. Seuss characters and the kids looked like they were having fun.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
All staff members were very helpful and polite.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Ship was clean. The layout was crazy. One elevator all the way to the top. the other elevator only to a specific floor. the another elevator. You learn it by the time you are ready to leave. lol

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Bed comfortable. Enough room to unpack and a place to put luggage. I used the safe. I had free breakfast service every morning. I always give a small tip to those servers.

Ship tip

Get the HUB app or carry the daily schedule with you. Take a picture of the ship at the elevator so you can figure out where you need to go ahead of time.

Ports of call

Tampa, Florida

5 out of 5
Stayed at the new Hampton-very good. Ate at Maloneys Irish Pub-very good. Left my car at the Hampton- no problems. If you use the hotel make sure you pay for parking ahead of time using the 717 website. It costs half of what the Hampton charges. If you forget, your parking will be $15 through the Hampton.

George Town, Grand Cayman

5 out of 5
Went on the land and sea excursion. Saw Hell, turtle center and then went swimming with the stingrays. Bring food to snack on and don't forget to tip the driver and boat guys. They will take photos but five pictures cost way too much. Try and take your own. My phone would not work with the water cover so I ended up paying for the pictures. )-:

Cozumel, Mexico

5 out of 5
We did the Tabasco cooking class. What a blast. Bring your bathing suit. They take pictures while cooking and they email them to you. The cost very reasonable compared to the stingray photos and the ships photo program.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Attend the class. Read the info they give you. We got to get off earlier than expected. Easy peasy.
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