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  1. joyce&bob

    Dining on the Paradise

    We are a grandma & grandpa taking 8 of our young adult grandchildren on a 4 day Paradise cruise. The only requirement is that they all have dinner with us. Hence the question... will the Paradise seat us at a table of 10??? If so, how do we go about making sure. As of know we are on the anytime dining but would be willing to change to the set time if that would better enable us to have a table for 10. Any suggestions................
  2. lovessa

    Paradise FunTimes?

    Looking for recent 5 day Funtimes from a Cuba sailing? Anybody have them? TIA!
  3. We are first time cruisers. We are in U109. It’s an interior room. I read on Carnival’s website that ALL staterooms on Paradise have a mini fridge now. Anyone know if this is correct? Also if anyone has pics of interior rooms I’d love to see them. Looking at the ship layout, our room faces perpendicular to the other rooms so I’m curious as to how it’s laid out versus the pics online. Thanks for any input.
  4. footballbabe3

    Paradise U103 Pics

    Does anyone have pictures of room u 103 since the ship has been refurbished.
  5. akmom1heck

    Glory vs Paradise

    Based on ship only, which ship is your favorite? I'll be cruising with my husband, 2 - 17 year olds and possibly 2 - 21 year olds. Thanks!
  6. I tried to search but I was unsuccessful. I miss the OLD website 😞 What are the options for lunch on embarkation day other than the Lido buffet?
  7. scpirate

    New paradise reviews

    I haven't seen any reviews on Carnival paradise in a while.we are sailing it to Cuba the end of next year.is it any good or just so so not worth talking about.im sure it's the typical carnival product.mostly concerned about the food and getting in to the shows and comedy club.we are mostly in it for the ports.any info is appreciated.we don't do MDR.after first cruise my wife will not go.something traumatised her but I don't care because I prefer lido dining my self.we did elation a couple years ago and didn't like it much.thanks.
  8. Can anyone give me earliest time for check in and latest time for Carnival Paradise from Tampa?
  9. Anyislandwilldo

    Recent Paradise cruisers

    Can someone who's recently been on the Paradise tell me what the embarkation time has been? Carnival's email says embarkation starts at 12:30 but I'm sure I can get on sooner. Thanks!
  10. Have seen few comments on the smaller ships so here are my impressions on my 5 day trip, I am platinum 71 and sail solo. Embarkation was the fastest I have ever experienced, I was amazed how quickly they got everybody thru and was on ship shortly after 11 am. Disembarkation was even faster and going thru customs was hold your passport out and walk on by, amazing. If they do this every cruise I would come to Tampa again and again. I was in E187 interior upper/lower and with one bed the cabin was huge, the new makeover was really nice and made the ship seem fresh. I noticed no noise from the dining room above me. I ate a few meals in MDR and wait staff were good but the food had no taste, stayed with buffet after and should have gone with them the whole time. Ship was not full and it was cool and breezy so the pools were empty and saw very few kids anywhere on the ship. I do not go to shows or comedy shows but I did enjoy listening to a guitar solo artist, Emma Jude, who was very talented and easy to listen to her music. All staff I met were very friendly and ship seemed very clean. Cuba stop was just little hassle getting off the ship but they do by zones to prevent backup for customs and money exchange. There is a souvenir market close to ship and they will take US$ as will the official cigar shops. Cruise Director was a woman and the only cruise director who did not bombard us with constant announcements, what a great change of pace. One thing I missed after the dry dock was the old walking track. The college championship game was shown on tv's around the ships bars but nothing special was done for the game. I will also mention the carnival TV selections available and what a poor, poor, choice. Really missed a local florida station to check on weather and a news outlet other or in addition to CNN. I did this cruise to get to Cuba so a cruise to me is transportation from a to b, my new found choice is smaller sailing ships that go to small islands and away from the usual cruise line stops and they do offer no single supplements which is a plus, but I know what to expect from Carnival and have fewer demands than most cruisers. I prefer the smaller Carnival ships and the Paradise was a good choice and no real negatives to report. If I can answer and questions I will try for sure.
  11. sbcatcher1

    Just off the Paradise

    Any questions? We had an aft balcony. That was incredible. Food was mediocre but ok. Smoking area is an issue. Midship on promenade deck. No way to avoid it. Nice ship.
  12. I haven’t seen many reviews on the Paradise, especially since the refurb this spring. Can anybody offer any info or mini-reviews, please? I would like to know what shows are offered (hoping my SO will be able to see Epic Rock), how difficult it might be to get into the Punchliner, anything at all would help. Thanks.
  13. I have all five days. Just email for it. It's too big to attach here. msfarol05 @ hotmail . com
  14. Booked and now on a nice itinerary and now looking to fill in some questions. Anyone have any info on craft or draft beers on Carnival Paradise?
  15. ShadowCat92

    Paradise movies?

    My husbands favorite thing to do while onboard is to watch the dive-in movies regardless what is playing. He's a film major and a huge movie buff so it makes sense. But after booking the Paradise I noticed that there is no screen were they would be showing movies and our ship is not listed under the ships that carry dive-in movies. Has anyone recently been on the Paradise that can confirm if there are movies played on board? I just want to set his expectations now because the last 2 ships we have been on both had them. Thank you!
  16. cruzincat50

    Time for Paradise again?

    In 1998 when the Paradise came on line as a non-smoking ship, about 24% of Americans were smoking. 20 years later in 2018, the smoking rate is down to 14% of Americans. The Paradise experiment apparently failed because it was difficult to book groups of people because in any group of people you were likely to have a number of people who smoked. I think it is time to try it again. Maybe not as stringent as the rules were on the Paradise, but why can't they have at least one ship embarking from a busy port like Miami or Ft Lauderdale, out of the many that leave every week where smokers can have a place on the back of the ship where they can puff away without bothering people with asthma or just a dislike of the smell? We managed to take a cruise on the Paradise in its inaugural year, and probably would have had several more cruises on her, if they had kept it non smoking. And that would probably be in addition to all the cruises we have taken since, on ships where smoking was allowed, some of which were on other cruise lines. We might have been Platinum status a few years ago. Some of the money spent on those other cruise lines might have been on a Carnival ship that didn't have the smoke. What say you?
  17. Hi all - my friend and I are sailing on the Paradise Feb 7th - short trip for her birthday. We are in a jr. suite (obstructed view...oh well! At least we are cruising!). I have not been on a Carnival cruise since 1986(!) - "back in the day" we did Thanksgiving cruises on the Mardi Gras and the Tropicale... fun times! As I have not sailed Carnival in a while, I have some questions and appreciate your input/suggestions/thoughts! For this trip, we purchased the Cheers package and I also purchased the Happy Birthday celebration decorations and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot to arrive on embarkation day. Do you know if this will arrive already chilled? Be in the room in an ice bucket? I am planning on bringing some nice travel champagne glasses to use - or will they provide them with the bottle? I was also thinking of bringing along a koozy for beer and/or my corksickles to pour the beer or wine into to keep it cold.Thoughts on that? I really love craft beer and think I will be enjoying the draft beer from the Blue Iguana Cantina but want to be prepared 🙂 We have booked our spa appointments and are now trying to decide on dining options. I have us waitlisted for early dining (my friend's preference) but wanted to know more about the anytime dining option. We will be seated with others or will they wait to seat us at a 2 top when one is available? Are you able to make a reservation day of for dinner with the anytime option? With regards to embarkation - my flight arrives in Tampa at 11:45am. I will be coming over from the airport to the terminal. My friend will be driving into Tampa and we will meet either in the terminal or on the ship. Do you know how long it takes typically to get from TPA to the terminal? The check-in site is asking for an arrival time to schedule an appointment for check in but we both have to be there at the same time... I am thinking of skipping this and just roll with the flow on the day of... thoughts? I read a little about the Faster to the Fun option but not sure if we need this since we will be arriving around 1:30 pm (I figure it will take about an hour to get my suitcase and in transportation - trying to do carry-on as it is just 4 days but... ) Thanks so much for any input! Looking forward to the trip and some time at sea with a good friend!
  18. We want to take a 4 day cruise in early January while our in-laws watch the kids. Due to their schedule, and that we don't want to leave the kids for longer than 5 days, are are looking at 4 night cruises on the following ships. In reading reviews the ships sound very similar. Any compelling reason to pick one ship over the other? Sensation Pro: direct flights at good times Con: only goes to Bahamas and I'm worried it will be cold the second week of January. Triumph or Paradise Pro: cozumel, so better port with less chance of being cold Con: no workable direct flight options. The other choice is RCCL majesty of the seas, which goes to Cuba and is about $500 more, so while cuba would be interesting, I'm leaning towards carnival.
  19. bobnlisa64

    paradise nov. 24 2018

    Hey all looking for everyone sailing on this cruise..Doesn't have a roll call yet.
  20. I would appreciate current spa prices for a manicure. I had an incident in the spa last week on the Paradise. You can only see the prices if you are booked on a cruise. Once you have sailed you can't view prices anymore. I am going to contact the Spa company but I need to be able to say what I was charges & what I SHOULD have been charged. I prepaid & when I got there they said what I booked didn't exist. Thanks.
  21. DH and I have sailed on the Paradise a number of times because we live close to the Port of Tampa and it's so convenient. This was a casino Premier Getaway cruise and I received $500 casino cash (not Fun Play) and both I and DH received free drinks throughout the cruise while in the casino. We like the Paradise and I have submitted a positive CC review previously. We do have a complaint though. There were way too many Getaway Casino cruise people for a small casino like the one on Paradise! We have never experienced this on other Premier cruises - the casino was constantly packed and it was difficult if not almost impossible to find an empty slot machine or table game table to play. The only times I could move from slot to slot was from 7am-10am on the at sea days. Forget later than that or in the evenings after dinner. I could tell all the Getaway cruise passengers by the special lanyards we wore. We are going to mention this in our cruise survey comments and suggest they severely limit the number of Getaway passengers on the Paradise because the casino is just way too small to accommodate that many people. We were far from being the only ones who were unhappy with the situation. I suspect that Carnival won't care since they probably liked that the casino was always packed and more money for them.
  22. 1st choice would be in one of the bars, I'm guessing only the casino bar would have this. 2nd choice would be if I can at least check on the games once in awhile inside my cabin. Does anyone know?
  23. Hi, The drink package is 52.00 per day and I am a 3-4 drink person per day. Is it worth it? I drink mostly martini's in the evening. But there could be some days I may not drink that much, so I am having a hard time deciding if its worth it. What do Martini's and other cocktails averagely cost? Thanks! Deb
  24. This was our 45th cruise and many of them have been on Carnival over the years dating back to the 80’s. So, we are no new to cruising and not easily impressed. In fact, I’d say we are pretty critical, especially of some of the older ships. I sailed on the Paradise when it was one week old and a non-smoking ship back then. We booked this 4-day Cuba itinerary on the Paradise because it was easier for us to get to Tampa and also because of the price. (Less than 1k for both of us in an inside cabin) We’ve always wanted to visit Cuba and this was a great opportunity to do so. EMBARKATION: We arrived at the ship at about 12:30 for our 1PM boarding appointment window. There was a bit of a a line up, but I’d say we waited no more than about 20 mins. Check in was a breeze and within a few minutes, we were on board. As the rooms weren’t ready until 130, we had lunch on the Lido deck. It was a bit crowded, but we had no problem finding a table outside. I had a salad and my wife had a Guy’s Burger. Both were good! STATEROOM: We booked an inside guarantee and ended up with R18 on the Riviera Deck. We usually sail in a balcony cabin, but this was a short cruise and the stateroom wasn’t important to us. That said, I was really impressed with the size of the room as well as the amenities. The Samsung flat panel TV on the wall was HUGE for a cruise ship. Probably 42” maybe? The room was spacious as was the bathroom and the bed very comfortable. Much more room than some balcony cabins we’ve had on other ships. I was really impressed by how well the hallways were lit and how wide they were on Deck 4. Best of all the AC was incredible. We could get it very cold in the room which is how we like to sleep. The water pressure also was very good in the shower. Another plus! FOOD: We chose late dining and was assigned to a large table in the Destiny Dining. After reading the reviews, I was a little concerned about how the food would be. I am please to report, the food has been as good or better than any prior cruise we’ve ever been on, bar none. The options are endless and the quality good. I have how they have increased and stepped on the quality of the “healthy” offerings as I have been practicing a carb smart diet lately. I had no problem choosing carb smart options. We ate in just about all venues at one time or another over the four days. Service was phenomenal as you’d expect from a much higher priced cruise. CUBA Debarkation in Cuba was a bit of a challenge. However, this is not the fault of Carnival. There are limited customs/immigration officials, security checkpoints and money changes, so Carnival issues tickets with letters and calls up about 80 people at a time. If you arrive at the coffee bar early, you can get a lower letter and get off early. We were about an hour late docking, so some people didn’t get off the ship until 230 pm. We ignored the push for booking a ships excursion and booked a 7 hour tour with Cuba Outings. What a wonderful day we had. Our private guide for the two of us was Ernesto and we spent about 2-3 hours in a 1954 Plymouth convertible driving around the city with a stop at Fusterlandia, and Revolution Square. They we had lunch at a local restaurant recommended by Ernesto. He was quite surprised when we asked him to eat with us and offered to buy his lunch. I take it this is not the norm. It was so nice getting to know him and his English was better than mine! After lunch, we visited an “official” cigar and rum outlet and walked through Old Havana. There are options that may be less expensive, however, I highly recommend spending a little extra on Cuba Outings. Owner Gloria will take good care of you. On Saturday morning we left the ship early at around 8am which was a mistake. NOTHING was open. Cubans obviously sleep in. Around 915, we hired a horse and buggy for an hour or so for about 40.00 The driver took us to the flea market where he dropped us off and patiently waited for us for about an hour while we shopped. They we continued the tour of the old town where he returned us to the ship. All in all, I wish we had more time in Cuba. I am not sure what the rush to leave at 1200 was. It is such a short trip back to Tampa, I wish we could have stayed in Havana until 5-6 pm that evening. ENTERTAINMENT: We attended the Ships shows including the headliners as well as the two comedians on board. The shows were very well done in my opinion and provided a quality entertainment experience. You didn’t get the feeling that they save the best entertainers for the longer, more expensive cruises. We also attended a few of the comedy sessions. The late show was a bit raunchy, even for my taste, but all in all, good quality comedy. INTERNET: If I have any complaint, this is it. We booked the mid range internet package PRE-Cruise and I even upgraded to the premium package during the cruise. The Internet is SOOOO slow and intermittent. Surely Carnival can do a better job with this. Royal Caribbean must have better technology on their ships, because their connections are lightning fast compared to Carnival. We did maintain connection during most of the trip, including being in Havana while on the ship only. The connection, even at the premium rate was poor at best. DISEMBARKATION To be on the safe side, I booked two flights leaving Tampa with the option to cancel one without penalty. One was at 945am and the other at 130pm. We really hoped we could get off early enough to make the early flight. I stopped by the desk and got assigned to the “Early Flights” room. As fate would have it, we were off the ship and clear of customs by 8am. Even with a little traffic, we made it to the airport (via taxi) by 835 am with plenty of time to make our flight. SUMMARY: Without hesitation, we would sail on the Paradise again. And, we’d love to go back to Cuba. The food and service were some of the best every and we really appreciate the effort the crew puts into making it a great vacation. It’s funny because as we were leaving, there was a lady in front of us saying it was her worst cruise ever. Not sure why, but we didn’t have that experience.
  25. This review is mainly from our last cruise on the Paradise that departed on November 1, 2018, but will include information from past experiences also. This is going to be the longest review I have written and cover a vast array of topics. I have lots of pictures including all the cabin types and upgrades made. Much of the information I am providing applies to all the fantasy class ships which include the Fantasy. Ecstacy, Fascination, Sensation, Elation, Inspiration, Imagination, and Paradise. I have sailed on all but the Ecstacy, Inspiration & Imagination. Almost 3 years ago, my children & I sailed on the Dream and decided we liked this smaller class of ships much better. Here is a link that shows the different ships and which class they belong to: https://help.carnival.com/ci/fattach/get/3407365/1533049892/redirect/1/session/L2F2LzEvdGltZS8xNTQxNTk3NzI3L3NpZC9mVXBZbVVuNmExZjBNaDFDUDd3Vng4czJkR0hNcnp5a200QzZkb2lKcWw1b1J5cTAlN0VXeHZHNkZSWmxpdTN6c2R6d0FmakVOZXYlN0UyRVFucUslN0VDVlZFa1dXdVhsanpXTmhTQzVXb04lN 0VlWCU3RU9xT3Q5RmpaN3pVaDFBJTIxJTIx/filename/Ship%20Class%20Guide%200718.pdf
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