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Food Review from the Paradise

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First, I was pleasantly surprised by the decor of the Paradise. To put it simply, it's a very nice ship!

 

Now to the food. To put it simply, the quality and preparation has drastically declined.

 

Grilled Flat Iron Steak - I ordered this the first night when nothing on the regular menu looked that interesting. It was a mistake, a major mistake. You could tell this was a very poor quality cut of beef. It was tough and fatty. To be avoided at all costs!

 

Jerked Pork Loin - While the flavor was fine, the pork itself was overcooked and dry. Avoid.

 

Meatloaf - It was advertised as "comfort food." I don't believe I have ever sent a dish back to the kitchen before, but this one was horrible. The taste was bland and the texture of the meat was chewy. I never knew a chef could mess up meatloaf, but he did. This dish was far from "comforting."

 

Escargot - Definitely not the same as before. Something has been lost here.

 

Stuffed Mushrooms - I love mushrooms, but this was a major disappontment. The tomato style sauce did not work at all with the unseasoned mushrooms.

 

Hamburger from the Grill. I'm a hockey fan and this burger compared to a typical hockey puck. Severely overcooked and hard as a rock.

 

To be fair, there were, however, some highlights...

 

Trout served at lunch in the MDR. Very nice fish, perfectly cooked!

 

Lobster - Small but wonderfully tasty and cooked to perfection

 

Mongolian Wok - A favorite, but wonder why they didn't have pork.

 

Warm Chocolate Melting Cake - Can't beat it!

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I've always found the food on any ship to be hit or miss. When traveling with a group we've even encountered the same entree to be either extrememly good or extremely bad.

 

Flat Iron steaks have to cut against the grain. When cut with the grain they are horribly chewy and tough. Cut against the grain is a totally different (very good) steak.

 

I like the turquoise eggs on the Paradise.

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I like the turquoise eggs on the Paradise.

 

Yes, I agree. The decor on Paradise is nicely reserved and not as gaudy as some of the other Carnival ships. Mrs. Yogimax also loved the turquoise eggs!

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Also cruised the Paradise lately and agree the food was hit or miss, mostly miss. But I didnt go hungry and had a great cruise.

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Also cruised the Paradise lately and agree the food was hit or miss, mostly miss. But I didnt go hungry and had a great cruise.

 

The Head Chef was from India and the vegetarian Indian dish was very nice.

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Hats off to the OP. If you are going to review food that is the way to do it. Gave us a complete picture of why he/she disliked it and helps me make informed choices as to whether I'd order it. I saw a picture of the "meat loaf" from someone else and I don't think it looked all that appetizing.

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We did the Paridise 5 weeks ago and agree the food was hit or miss, mostly miss. Lido buffet almost the same food choices everynight.

Leave in 12 days for our Milestone cruise on the Freedom hoping it's a lot better.:D

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Hats off to the OP. If you are going to review food that is the way to do it. Gave us a complete picture of why he/she disliked it and helps me make informed choices as to whether I'd order it. I saw a picture of the "meat loaf" from someone else and I don't think it looked all that appetizing.

 

Thanks for the compliment. As I mentioned, I can't believe how you mess up meatloaf. My guess is that thry used some sort of inexpensive fillers to bring down the cost. That was the evening I finally settled for the vegetarian Indian, which is a full meal indeed. They bring it on two plates, three vegetarian choices on one and rice and condiment type stuff on the other.

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Thanks for the compliment. As I mentioned, I can't believe how you mess up meatloaf. My guess is that thry used some sort of inexpensive fillers to bring down the cost. That was the evening I finally settled for the vegetarian Indian, which is a full meal indeed. They bring it on two plates, three vegetarian choices on one and rice and condiment type stuff on the other.

 

 

The Indian Vegetarian is my go to dish. Never been disappointed.

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We were very disappointed in the food. The temp was luke warm at best. In some cases, we did send it back. Crab cakes were bland and needed a little bit of kick to them. We did not care for the sea food. To us, it was tough. Prime rib was cut very thin and over cooked. Chicken dishes were tender and enjoyed them. Love the pizza and ruebens in the Paris. Mongolian Wok was real good.

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And to think, years ago the food on cruise ships (to include Carnival was really nice)

 

I guess it's more like airline food now ... for the few airlines that actually serve food anymore.

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I agree. We just got off Paradise and while the food was plentiful, we were disappointed in the taste. Salmon and trout in mdr were good; burger on grill was not.

 

We had an interesting incident at the buffet for dinner one night. A guest was complaining that the carved turkey, already half gone, was undercooked due to visible red juices on the cutting board. He made a big enough deal that the cook got out a new turkey from the warmer-- and proceeded to set it in the pink juices from the other turkey without getting a clean cutting board. The guest asked for the head chef to come up and there was quite a conversation going on. I do not know the outcome.

 

I did enjoy the chocolate sushi next to the ice cream on the chocolate buffet day, and the grill and eggs made to order.

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We were on the Paradise 1/26/13 and had 12 lobsters and 36 shrimps on the lido aft outside . It was great for us 4 guys .

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More miss then any other sailing, but my burger was actually good, hot and juicy right off the grill.

 

Miss: The fish was cooked well, but lacked in flavor in the dining room and fatty (i never had fatty fish before?) at the buffet, melting cake not melting, bitter and blanc undercooked, totally wet, Mongolian wok dish watered down too much, no flavor, pizza salty, DH end cut prime rib like shoe leather, Reuben served too quickly, cheese not melted and corn beef still cold, crab cakes cold, bland. Tried the Indian dish, I don't see the draw, I did enjoy the peas though, the escargot did taste different, couldn't finish them, that's a first. Dh is not very picky, but did say he noticed a big decline in the quality of the food this sailing.

 

Hit: lobster tails, small but tasty, my prime rib, medium rare, black forest gâteau, apple pie, ceasar salad, steak sliders at the superbowl buffet (I liked what they did for superbowl), cheeseburger and chicken nuggets at the grill, eggs Benedict, raspberry and apple Danish, bacon was cooked good, also enjoyed the sushi a couple of nights. O, and I had the steak, not a good cut of beef, but ordered medium rare, with the sauce they serve it with and a little salt, it was tasty.

 

We didn't go hungry, but noticed a difference from prior sailings and I did read this post prior to going and went with an open mind.

Edited by beach410

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Well thanks all, I love the Paradise decor and nautical feel as well, library artifacts..and the big ship painting in the main bar along the entertainment causeway...the lobster was great when was on her in 09..all was good except one dessert and undercooked crab cakes...Spirit..2012..same song second verse of these comments plus bad lobster..but the prime was terrific..so that was consistent for me...Sarah

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Thank you for posting a review of the food you had on the Paradise.

I thought that the Escargots were only being served in the steakhouses on Carnival ships. I guess you got lucky. How did you want the flat iron cooked? I was going to try it and order med rare. Love the warm chocolate melting cake, too!

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We were on the 1/26 Paradise sailing and found the food not quite as good as on the Imagination in Oct. Prime rib adequate cut, just not as tender. DH found the crab cake to be flavorless, escargot back on menu in MDR was okay, portions seemed a little skimpy. Pizza was good. Baked potatoes very good as was the WCMC!

 

We, too liked the Paradise decor. Loved sailing out of Tampa.

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Like people were saying it is hit or miss with the flat iron steak. My dh has good steak and not so good steak. I don't know because I very seldom eat beef.

 

We were on a B2B on the Paradise and I didn't have a problem with any of the food. Had to eat lunch two days in the lido and loved, loved, loved the fish on the French day. Usually in the lido the fish is dried out.

 

On one night in the dinning room there were three people that ordered the flat iron steak and they all loved it. Good night for it I guess.

 

If you don't like something they will gladly bring you something else. Some time I won't be very hungry and won't eat a lot of the entree and the waiter will ask if something was wrong with it and I say no, not hungry and they will try to get me to try something else. Guess they don't believe me. So don't be afraid to ask for somthing different if you don't like what they give you. They do want to make you happy.

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