Review of Carnival Paradise deck 9 (Promenade-Shops-Casino-Serenity)
Normandie Theater (level 2)
Video Arcade is open 24 hours for both kids and adults. The Arcade is supervised by dedicated staff and has foosball (air hockey) tables, photo kiosk, a total of 13 machines (popular arcade and merchandising games /incl skeeball). All machines are coinless (payable via S&S cards only). Playing costs between $0,75 – $2 (most are $1 per game). The daily arcade play limit ($75 pp) can be adjusted by parents/guardians upon request. Among the available for playing games are Redemption Games (E-ticket rewards are loaded to the S&S card and at any time can be redeemed for prizes /self-serve prize hub in the arcade), Self-Merchandisers (games of skill /electronic prizes at the machine), latest arcades (car-racing, dance, bike simulators, first-person shooters).
Photo Gallery & Shop (photo-video services, equipment, accessories)
Sushi Bar (complimentary, open open 5-8:15pm)
Club O2 (teens only venue, movies, video games, karaoke, parties, booking teens only cruise shore excursion)
Majestic Casino (capacity 450 seats, slots, gaming tables, gambling tournaments, classes), served by the United States Bar (38 seats)
Alchemy Bar is a vintage-themed cocktail bar (“pharmacy”) where professional mixologists (dressed in lab coats) serve handcrafted cocktails and made-to-order drinks from unique ingredients.
During the ship's drydock refurbishment in 2018, the "Special Occasions" shop (gifts, tuxedo rental) was replaced by Cherry on Top. Special Occasions Shop sells Bon Voyage wines/champagnes/liquor, Carnival cruise packages, specialty items and gifts. The list of packages includes “Bottomless Bubbles” (unlimited soda package), CHEERS (unlimited drinks package/alcohol included), “Cruise the Vineyard” (3-bottle and 5-bottle wine packages /saving up to 25%), “Cruise Cash” cards (bar/photo credit accounts similar to the old paper coupons), beer (4-pack), juices (6-pack), soda (6-pack), bottled water (12-pack). The list of specialty items and gifts includes plush toys, bulk candies (by the once) and candy assortments, fresh-baked cookies, occasion cakes, packed chocolates/snacks, fresh flowers, gift sets, fruit baskets, Stateroom Decorations (themed cabin decoration sets – Birthday, Anniversary, Honeymoon, Congrats, Bon Voyage), canapes/party trays (assorted pastries, sushi, fruit, cheese, vegetable, finger sandwiches, desserts-petit fours), “Towel Creations Book”. Dr Seuss brand merchandise is also available for purchasing – “The Cat in the Hat Book”, themed cabin decorations, toys, Seuss At Sea gifts and packages (waterbottle, lunchbox, backpack, splash pack, towel).
Cherry on Top (open between 4 – 10:30 pm) is a Carnival signature shop selling bulk candies by the oz (mix and match, sugar-free, assortments), confections (lollipops, sweet apples, truffles, chocolate deep cheesecakes and pretzels, cupcakes, fudge, cookies /and sugar-free). Cherry on Top also sells ladies' and kids' apparel (bathrobes, hoodies, lounge pants, tank tops), balloons, flowers, Carnival Greeting Cards, shower/spa items. The shop also provides formalwear rentals available only for pre-cruise ordering (not on board).
Taste Bar is a complimentary food bar for snacks sampling. Here passengers can sample dishes served at onboard dining venues accross Carnival Cruise Line's fleet. Taste Bar is open for dinner (between 5 – 8 pm) on seadays and also on select portdays. The Taste Bar menu is a rotating nightly sampling menu with bite-sized appetizers from all “Fun Ship 2.0” dining venues (BlueIguana Cantina, RedFrog Pub, Cucina del Capitano, Comfort Kitchen) plus from the steakhouse and lido buffet restaurants. Plates are small and fee-free, but the rotating specialty cocktails cost extra ($5). The menu has items made of various meats (chicken, lamb, pork, beef), soups, stews, fish / seafood, Mexican and Mediterranean cuisine specialties.
Carnival Boulevard Promenade (bar lounge, capacity 230 seats, live music)
Cafe Il De France (58 seats patisserie and specialty coffee bar)
Leonardo Lounge & Bar (109 seats, with dance floor, karaoke)
Rex Disco & Nightclub (capacity 230 seats Dance Club with own bar, DJ program)
Rotterdam Bar (92 seats cigar bar/smoking lounge with piano)
Queen Mary Lounge & Bar (aft location, capacity 540 seats, with dance floor, stage for live performances; hosts art auctions, Punchliner Comedy Club/brunch shows, Karaoke, seminars)
Serenity is the ship’s adults-only retreat for passengers 21+ yo. This is an aft-location outdoor area with 2 whirlpools (large-size outdoor hot tubs), an exclusive sundeck for relaxation and sunbathing (furnished with padded wicker chaise lounges, umbrellas), a separate shaded seating area (with plush wicker sofas, chairs and tables). The adult deck is complimentary (free entry) and accessible at any time. Access is through the Queen Mary Lounge or via stairs from the lido buffet’s outdoor areas. The whirlpools are available between 8 am – 10 pm only. Hours may vary depending on cruise itinerary, portdays/seadays, weather. Serenity Deck is served with drinks and food by the Paris buffet restaurant on Lido Deck above.