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Carnival Paradise Review

Carnival Cruise Lines
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  • Overall Rating: 3.5-stars 3.5
  • Expert Rating:3.0-stars 3.0
  • Traveler Rating:3.5-stars 3.6
    • Couples: 3.6
    • Families w/ young children: 3.4
    • Families w/ older children: 3.6
    • Singles/Friends: 3.7
    • Groups: 3.6
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Price: $$$$
  • Year Built: 1998
  • Refurbished: 2012
  • Ship Size: L
  • Total Cabins: 1,026
  • Restaurants: 4
  • Pools: 2

How it Ranks: Carnival Paradise ranks #19 out of 24 Carnival Cruise Lines Cruise Ships based on an analysis of expert and user ratings, as well as health ratings.

Launched in 1998 (and updated in 2008), Carnival Paradise carries up to 2,052 passengers and 920 crew members, and is outfitted with cruising staples like swimming pools, a waterslide, a casino and duty-free shops. Paradise is part of Carnival's smallest class of vessels, the Fantasy class, and therefore offers a less-crowded getaway and more customized service than larger Carnival ships. Onboard entertainment options on Carnival Paradise includes the Punchliner Comedy Club, stage shows, karaoke and deck parties. Deckside food is available, too, at the Lido Restaurant, which serves up pizza, deli sandwiches, various ethnic cuisines and custom-order stir-fry. Other dining on board can be found in the two main dining rooms or the Taste Bar, where guests can sample different small dishes every day. Paradise has yet to be updated with the latest Carnival Fun Ship 2.0 renovations and past cruisers were disappointed in the quality of food and lack of restaurant options. But what Carnival Paradise lacks in dining it makes up for with the variety of activities and amenities on board. The City Sports Park features mini-golf, pingpong, basketball and shuffleboard, and the children's clubs keep teens and tots entertained with games, contests, pool parties and more. Cruisers seeking peace and quiet will enjoy the spa, which offers treatments like full body wraps and hot stone massages, and the Serenity Adult Retreat that's populated with lounge chairs and large umbrellas. As for sleeping arrangements, Paradise offers Interior and Ocean View staterooms (185 square feet) and Suites (250 to 400 square feet). Only suites are equipped with balconies (along with extra perks like VIP check-in) but all cabins include flat-screen televisions, safes and 24-hour room service.

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Carnival Paradise Cabins

Carnival Paradise offers a wide range of accommodation options. Browse cabins to find the stateroom that suits your needs.

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Carnival Paradise Deck Plans

Carnival Paradise contains 10 decks. Find out which features are available on each Carnival Paradise deck.

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Disclaimers about ship ratings: A ship's Health Rating is based on vessel inspection scores published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If a ship did not receive a CDC score within 22 months prior to the calculation of its Overall Rating, its Health Rating appears as N/A; in such a case, the ship's Overall Rating is calculated using the average Health Rating of all CDC-rated ships within the cruise line. All ship Traveler Ratings are based on ratings provided under license by Cruiseline.com.