Carnival Paradise

Carnival Paradise Review and Specifications

Specifications of Carnival Paradise

Year built1998  /  Age : 20
Flag state Panama
BuilderRauma Shipyard (Rauma, Finland)
ClassFantasy
Building costUSD 300 million
OwnerCarnival Corporation & PLC
OperatorCarnival Cruise Line
Speed21 kn / 39 kph / 24 mph
Length (LOA)262 m / 860 ft
Beam (width)31 m / 102 ft
Gross Tonnage70390 gt
Passengers2204 - 2668
Crew980
Passengers-to-space ratio29
Decks14
Cabins1064
Decks with cabins6
Last Refurbishment2018
Christened byPaula Ann Zahn

Current itinerary of Carnival Paradise

Carnival Paradise current cruise is 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean. The itinerary starts on 13 Oct, 2018 and ends on 18 Oct, 2018.

Date / TimePort
13 Oct      Departing from Tampa, Florida   
15 Oct 08:00 - 15:00     George Town, Grand Cayman Island   
16 Oct 10:00 - 20:00     Cozumel, Mexico   
18 Oct      Arriving in Tampa, Florida   

Review of Carnival Paradise

Launched in 1998, Carnival Paradise is the last of Carnival's eight Fantasy-class ships, together with Fantasy (the first one in 1990), ElationImagination, Inspiration and the “balcony ships” Fascination,  Sensation and Ecstasy.

History - construction and ownership

Carnival Cruise Lines (CCL) is an US company, trademarked brand and subsidiary of Carnival Corporation (shipowner). CCL was founded in 1972 as independent company by Ted Arison (1924-1999, co-founder of NCL Norwegian). Carnival Cruise Lines has Corporation's largest fleet as both number of vessels and GT tonnage (ship sizes and capacities). CCL has over 1/5 of cruise industry's worldwide market.

Carnival Paradise cruise ship

The 70,390-ton, 2,052-passenger cruise ship Carnival Paradise is one of the oldest Carnival ships. She cost US$300 million to build and was last refurbished in 2015. Carnival Paradise, that at one time was industry's only all-non-smoking cruise ship (the company left the philosophy at the end of 2003) is still a beautiful cruise liner, spiffy-clean, simple to navigate, and filled with the attributes - tons of activities, delicious food, Camp Carnival for children, lovely swimming pools and sun decks - which draw passengers to Carnival again and again.

Cruise itinerary program

Carnival Paradise itinerary program is based on 4- and 5-day short Western Caribbean roundtrip cruises from Tampa FL to Cozumel and Grand Cayman. Ship's Cuba cruise itineraries were inaugurated on June 29, 2017. The new itinerary program offers 4- and 5-days voyages leaving roundtrip from Tampa to Havana (4-day) and to Havana and Key West Florida (5-day). Both include overnight stays in Havana.

The ship also operates 4-day cruise Tampa to Cozumel Mexico, and 5-day cruise Tampa to Cozumel, Roatan Island (Mahogany Bay) and Key West FL (or Grand Cayman Island). Cuban ports are included in itineraries with length up to 8-days (with partial Panama Canal transition).

Cabins

Carnival Paradise has a total number of 1026 cabins (of which 54 Suites, no Balcony rooms) in 19 grades. Most Carnival Paradise staterooms are 185-sq.foot insides (408), oceanview (564) and suite (54). Ecstasy also has 25 wheelchair accessible cabins. The number of ship's cabin categories is 19. Paradise's Grand Suites are the largest cabins onboard (330 ft2) and can accommodate up to five passengers. They feature sitting areas and spacious bathrooms with whirlpool bathtubs and separate shower. Suite guests benefit from VIP check-in. However, most Paradise cabins definitely have an outdated look with wardrobes and baths vanities displaying some wear. The lack of balconies is another disadvantage. And the cabins with balconies do not even have floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding glass doors.

During drydock refurbishment 2018, a total of 38 new cabins were added, of which 2x Grand Vista Suites, 22x junior Suites, 2x Scenic Oceanview and 12x Interior. A total of 98 balconies were added to existing staterooms, which were upgraded to 230 ft2 / 21 m2 sized balcony cabins.

The number of passenger staterooms was increased from 1026 to 1064, which increased the boat's passenger capacity from 2052 to 2128 (max 2462 to 2554).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Carnival Paradise features two main dining rooms, Destiny and Elation. During dinner, both offer feature set seating, with early meals at 6 p.m. and late at 8:15 p.m. Carnival's open seating option, "Your Time" dining, is available between 5:45 - 9:30 p.m. Tables in Your Time dining section are "first-come, first-serve" - better arrive early if you are looking for a two-top. Paradise's menus feature starters (including soups, salads and appetizers), main courses and desserts. A vegetarian starter and main course are always available, but better ask about the vegetable soups, most of which use chicken stock bases. The sugar-free orange cake is among the low calorie items, designated with "Spa Carnival" symbol.

Carnival Paradise cruise ship

Don't miss the chance to visit The Paris Cafe on Lido Deck, as it is one of the prettiest cafeteria-style restaurants at sea. At night it transforms into Seaview Bistro, an upscale version of the cafeteria-style service, with menu items from ship's main restaurants, presented to the passengers who prefer to dine casually. 

Unlike other Carnival ships, there is no specialty restaurant or Supper Club onboard Carnival Paradise. However, as is also available on all of the Fun ships is Chef's Table - a dining experience that affords a dozen guests a multicourse dinner with a private cocktail reception, a tour of the galley and a master chef. This dining option takes place in a non-traditional venue, like the library or the galley, and can be booked onboard for US$75 per person.

Follows the complete list of Carnival Paradise restaurants and food bars.

  • Elation Dining Room (650-seat, forward Main Dining Room, with two fixed dinner seatings, or “Your Time Dining”; offers themed breakfasts - “Seuss At Sea”, for $5 cover charge)
  • Destiny Dining Room (658-seat, aft Main Dining Room, with two fixed dinner seatings).
  • Paris Lido Buffet Restaurant (722-seat, complimentary self-service restaurant with various food stations; operates as bistro in the evenings).
  • Sushi Bar (complimentary)
  • BlueIguana Cantina (poolside Mexican fast food bar / complimentary)
  • BlueIguana Tequila Bar
  • Guy’s Burger Joint (poolside burger bar / complimentary).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Though built in 1998, cruisers won't make the mistake that Carnival Paradise is an old ship. Carnival company did its best to spiff it up by adding a devoted teen and tween clubs, adult-only sun deck tucked away on the aft deck and further Evolutions of Fun upgrades, which include the addition of more waterslides and a refit pool place. Two production shows take place in the Normandie Lounge each night. The two-deck, 1,300-seat theater offers stadium seating and bar stools on the balcony. Besides the Las Vegas-style song and dance revues, it hosts illusionists, comedians, passenger talent show, and the Gender Showdown. Daytime activities include country line dance classes, trivia and bingo. Paradise's secondary venue for entertainment is the Queen Mary Lounge, featuring karaoke, "R-rated" comedy shows and art auctions.

Carnival Paradise cruise ship

Use of the Fitness Center is complimentary. Some yoga classes are organized for a modest fee. The top deck offers a jogging track. 8 times around the deck equals 1 mile. Every afternoon live musicians entertain the public at the main pool. But the best thing on Carnival ships is the Serenity. This special adults-only area features 120 comfortable lounges and two whirlpools.

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Follows the complete list of Carnival Paradise lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • Paradise Atrium Plaza (7-deck high midship open area served by Plaza Lobby Bar)
  • Internet Cafe (24-hour Internet computers room)
  • Normandie Theatre (1300-seat, 2-level main show lounge)
  • Paradise Boulevard Promenade and Bar (230-seat)
  • Cafe Il De France (58-seat specialty coffee bar)
  • Leonardo Lounge and Bar (109-seat, with karaoke and dance floor)
  • Rex Disco and Nightclub (230-seat Dance Club)
  • Rotterdam Bar (92-seat cigar bar with piano)
  • Cherry On Top (Carnival's signature candy shop)
  • Alchemy Bar (Carnival's “cocktail pharmacy” lounge served by professional mixologists)
  • RedFrog Rum Bar (frozens, beers, Carnival’s private label ThirstyFrog Red / draught beer)
  • Queen Mary Lounge and Bar (540-seat, hosts Punchliner Comedy Club/brunch)
  • Art Gallery; Photo Gallery and Shop (digital platform / Pixels-brand); Formalities Shop (tuxedo rentals, special occasion gifts); The Fun Shops (offer “Bon Voyage” store menu, souvenirs, watches, jewelry, logo merchandise, duty-free liquor, fashion boutiques / Guess Store, Pandora Store)
  • Circle C (kids' complimentary club lounge with movies, video games, parties, planned activities)
  • 24-hour Video Games Arcade; Club O2 teens' lounge for movies, karaoke, parties
  • Majestic Casino (450-seat, served by the 38-seat United States Bar)
  • Serenity (adults only relaxation area with padded lounges, hammocks and two Whirlpools).
  • Paradise Lido Pool area; Aft Pool area; Carnival WaterWorks Aqua Park (features the 4-deck high Twister Waterslide, two racing waterslides, fountains, jets, splash pool, kids area)
  • Camp Ocean (marine-inspired play area for children 2-11 with more than 200 ocean-themed activities)
  • Camp Ocean (kids' club lounge with complimentary supervised program, indoor and outdoor playground areas)
  • Carnival WaterWorks (aquapark with the 300-ft long waterslide Twister, 2x 82-ft long racing mini-slides, kids splash zone)
  • Spa Carnival (Spa and Fitness complex with Relaxation Room, Steam Rooms, Saunas, Massage Rooms, Beauty Salon, Gymnasium with Aerobics Studio)
  • Basketball/Volleyball Court, Jogging Track, Tennis Tables, 9-hole Mini Golf Course, Bocce Court, Shuffleboard.

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  • Fun Ship 2.0 upgrade in 2015
  • Carnival Paradise was the world's ever first (until 2003 the only one) completely non-smoking passenger ship. Curiously enough, she was even constructed and built by non-smoking personnel. She had the "No smoking" sign under her name, and also on both sides. Paradise was supported by groups for anti-smoking and cancer-prevention. The poor revenue of the non-smokers, who were not drinking neither gambling as much as the smokers, forced Carnival Lines to paint over the "No smoking" signs and to change the "non-smoking cruise ship" into a regular one in December 2003. Paradise is very attractive to younger cruisers due to her affordable, more casual and shorter voyages.
  • The ms Paradise cruise ship was (still is) a very very "green" vessel. She features a revolutionary new dry-cleaning system (significantly reducing the hazardous chemical runoff) along with the line's new "enviro-engine" (diesel-electric propulsion).
  • The Paradise ship is of the line's oldest of the Fantasy-class vessels. Her sisters are the Carnival ships EcstasyElationFantasyFascinationImaginationInspirationSensation.
  • The vessel was christened by Paula Ann Zahn (US journalist, newscaster, anchor at ABC, CBS, Fox, CNN).
  • The ship used to sail to Baja-California out of LA (visiting Catalina Island, and Ensenada, Mexico), but in the end of 2011 she was repositioned through Panama Canal to Florida (replacing there the Inspiration ship). Paradise is scheduled to receive the new "Fun Ship 2.0" upgrades in 2015 adding several revolutionary new venues, bars, lounges, dining options and entertainment specials making her one of the best most cheap Fun Ships in the Carnival fleet.

Cuba cruise itineraries 2017

In 2017, Paradise became Carnival Cruise Line's first ever ship to visit Cuba. All itineraries are with round-trip departures from Florida (Tampa).

  • Itineraries (4- and 5-night in length) started in June 2017, and all include overnight stays in Havana.
  • The first Carnival cruise to Cuba was scheduled for departure on June 29.
  • The 4-night itinerary's departure dates in 2017 were scheduled for June 29, July 13, August 24, September 7 and 21, October 5 and 19, and in 2018 - May 3.
  • The 5-night itinerary's departure dates in 2017 were scheduled for August 14 and 28, September 25, October 9.
  • 4-night cruises are to Havana exclusively, while 5-day cruises additionally visit either Key West FL or Cozumel Mexico.
  • Carnival's Cuba cruise deals require a valid passport.
  • Prices started from USD 450 pp (4-day itinerary Tampa to Havana) and USD 550 (5-day itineraries).

In the end of August 2017 were added new Cuban itineraries for season 2018:

  • 5-day Tampa to Havana and Cozumel / Key West (departures February 17, July 2, September 5)
  • 6-day Tampa to Havana and Grand Cayman (departure August 26)
  • 8-day Tampa to Havana, Grand Cayman and Cozumel (departure August 18)
  • All new itineraries again included Havana overnight stays.

(IMPORTANT) tinerary change 2017

As the ship was experiencing a technical issue affecting its maximum cruising speed, the itinerary was changed for the following Tampa Florida cruise dates in 2017: March 13 and 27, April 10 and 24, May 8 nad 22, June 5.

In the new itinerary, Grand Cayman Island was substituted with Mexico (Costa Maya and Cozumel). The Cozumel port stay was extended with 5 hours. Passengers were compensated with USD 25 per person shipboard credit.

Follows the revised itinerary with port times:

  • Day 1 (Monday) Tampa FL (departure 4 PM)
  • Day 2 (Tuesday) Day at Sea
  • Day 3 (Wednesday) Cozumel (arrival 8 AM / departure 8 PM)
  • Day 4 (Thursday) Costa Maya (arrival 7 AM / departure 3 PM)
  • Day 5 (Friday) Day at Sea
  • Day 6 (Saturday) Tampa (arrival 8 AM)

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Carnival Paradise Itineraries

The below listed Carnival Paradise cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Carnival Cruise Line fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2018 Oct 08 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa
2018 Oct 13 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa
2018 Oct 18 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa
2018 Oct 22 5 days, round-trip Cuba Tampa
2018 Oct 27 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$274
2018 Nov 01 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$299
2018 Nov 05 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$279
2018 Nov 10 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$279
2018 Nov 15 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$279
2018 Nov 19 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$489
2018 Nov 24 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$274
2018 Nov 29 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$264
2018 Dec 03 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$284
2018 Dec 08 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$289
2018 Dec 13 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$269
2018 Dec 17 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$359
2018 Dec 22 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$639
2018 Dec 27 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$524
2018 Dec 31 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$629
2019 Jan 05 5 days, round-trip Cuba Tampa$552
2019 Jan 10 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$259
2019 Jan 14 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$299
2019 Jan 19 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$359
2019 Jan 24 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$254
2019 Jan 28 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$284
2019 Feb 02 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$304
2019 Feb 07 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$279
2019 Feb 11 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$324
2019 Feb 16 5 days, round-trip Cuba Tampa
2019 Feb 21 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$284
2019 Feb 25 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$329
2019 Mar 02 5 days, round-trip Cuba Tampa$624
2019 Mar 07 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$334
2019 Mar 11 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$459
2019 Mar 16 5 days, round-trip Cuba Tampa$564
2019 Mar 21 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$334
2019 Mar 25 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$439
2019 Mar 30 5 days, round-trip Cuba Tampa$564
2019 Apr 04 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$334
2019 Apr 08 5 days, round-trip Cuba Tampa$514
2019 Apr 13 5 days, round-trip Cuba Tampa$549
2019 Apr 18 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$344
2019 Apr 22 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$414
2019 Apr 27 5 days, round-trip Cuba Tampa$434
2019 May 02 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$289
2019 May 06 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$404
2019 May 11 5 days, round-trip Cuba Tampa$429
2019 May 16 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$319
2019 May 20 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$429
2019 May 25 5 days, round-trip Cuba Tampa$554
2019 May 30 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$384
2019 Jun 03 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$579
2019 Jun 08 5 days, round-trip Cuba Tampa$664
2019 Jun 13 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$434
2019 Jun 17 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$584
2019 Jun 22 5 days, round-trip Cuba Tampa$644
2019 Jun 27 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$434
2019 Jul 01 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$584
2019 Jul 06 5 days, round-trip Cuba Tampa$639
2019 Jul 11 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$434
2019 Jul 15 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$574
2019 Jul 20 5 days, round-trip Cuba Tampa$644
2019 Jul 25 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$424
2019 Jul 29 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$564
2019 Aug 03 5 days, round-trip Cuba Tampa$504
2019 Aug 08 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$364
2019 Aug 12 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$454
2019 Aug 17 5 days, round-trip Cuba Tampa$444
2019 Aug 22 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$329
2019 Aug 26 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$409
2019 Aug 31 5 days, round-trip Cuba Tampa$349
2019 Sep 05 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$294
2019 Sep 09 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$314
2019 Sep 14 5 days, round-trip Cuba Tampa$374
2019 Sep 19 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$284
2019 Sep 23 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$309
2019 Sep 28 5 days, round-trip Cuba Tampa$344
2019 Oct 03 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$274
2019 Oct 07 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$304
2019 Oct 12 5 days, round-trip Cuba Tampa$354
2019 Oct 17 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$284
2019 Oct 21 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$289
2019 Oct 26 5 days, round-trip Cuba Tampa$389
2019 Oct 31 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$264
2019 Nov 04 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$284
2019 Nov 09 5 days, round-trip Cuba Tampa$334
2019 Nov 14 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$264
2019 Nov 18 5 days, round-trip Cuba Tampa$439
2019 Nov 23 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$294
2019 Nov 28 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$344
2019 Dec 02 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$274
2019 Dec 07 5 days, round-trip Cuba Tampa$344
2019 Dec 12 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$254
2019 Dec 16 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$364
2019 Dec 21 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$584
2019 Dec 26 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$534
2019 Dec 30 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$614
2020 Jan 04 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$289
2020 Jan 09 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$249
2020 Jan 13 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$289
2020 Jan 18 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$289
2020 Jan 23 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$249
2020 Jan 27 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$289
2020 Feb 01 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$319
2020 Feb 06 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$289
2020 Feb 10 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$319
2020 Feb 15 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$349
2020 Feb 20 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$299
2020 Feb 24 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$329
2020 Feb 29 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$359
2020 Mar 05 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$319
2020 Mar 09 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$419
2020 Mar 14 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$419
2020 Mar 19 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$339
2020 Mar 23 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$399
2020 Mar 28 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$399
2020 Apr 02 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$339
2020 Apr 06 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$439
2020 Apr 11 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$389
2020 Apr 16 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$329
2020 Apr 20 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$339
2020 Apr 25 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$339
2020 Apr 30 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$329