Carnival Paradise

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Carnival Paradise, With lounging and entertainment options for all ages, she is a masterpiece of modern technology graced with a six-story glass-domed atrium and tiers of sun-soaked decks and pools. Book your Carnival Paradise Cruise Today For Less.

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5 Night Western Caribbean

Carnival Paradise
Carnival Cruise Lines
Departing Date: August 18, 2014
Departing From: Tampa, Fl Dock
Carnival Cruise Lines
Ports of Call: Tampa, Fl Dock | Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands Tender | Cozumel, Mexico Dock | Cozumel, Mexico Dock | Tampa, Fl Dock
Interior

$219

Oceanview

$279

Balcony

$N/A

Suite

$1119

  • Itinerary
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Itinerary: 5 Night Western Caribbean

Itinerary
Location
Arrival
Departure
Mon Aug 18, 2014 Tampa, Fl Dock -- 4:00 pm
Tue Aug 19, 2014 Fun Day At Sea Fun At Sea -- --
Wed Aug 20, 2014 Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands Tender 8:00 am 3:00 pm
Thu Aug 21, 2014 Cozumel, Mexico Dock 11:00 am --
Thu Aug 21, 2014 Carnival Live Concert Dock -- --
Fri Aug 22, 2014 Cozumel, Mexico Dock -- 1:00 am
Fri Aug 22, 2014 Fun Day At Sea Fun At Sea -- --
Sat Aug 23, 2014 Tampa, Fl Dock 8:00 am --

Note: Cruise itinerary is subject to change. Please verify ports and times with the cruiseline directly.

Carnival Paradise Facilities / On Board Activities

Dining / Dinner Entertainment / Recreation Gratuity Policies

Dining Rooms - 2
Grill
Ice Cream Bar
Pizzeria (Open 24 Hours)

No. of Dinner Sittings:
2

Usual Dinner Hours:
Flexible

Special Diet:
Available upon request

Dress Code:
Daytime: Casual / Evening: Resort wear to formal

Art Gallery
Bars/Lounges/ Night Clubs - 13
Casino
Library
Pay-Per-View Movies
Photo Shop and Photo Gallery
Pools - Outdoor - 3
Video Arcade
Dining Team
$5.50 per guest/ per day

Bistro Service
$1.00 per guest/ per day

Cabin Steward
$3.50 per guest/ per day
Services Shopping Health and Beauty
Beauty Salon
Shore Excursion Desk
Shopping Mall Health Spa (with whirlpools)
Athletic/Exercise Facilities Business Children
Aerobic and Exercise Room
Health Club
Jogging Track
Conference Center
Internet Connection
Baby Sitting Services
Child Counselors
Children's Playroom 
Kids Pool Area
Teen Center

Carnival Paradise Onboard Experience


Carnival CruisesIdentical in all but décor, Paradise is the eighth and last of the Fantasy-class sister ships (Fantasy, Fascination, Ecstasy, Inspiration, Imagination, Sensation & Elation). These ships always seem to have something of interest going on, and thus are ideal for the up-and-at-'em style cruiser. Carrying 2,052 passengers, the ships are big enough to provide a week's diverse entertainment, ample deck space for those whose idea of being entertained is basking in a warm sunshine glow, and separate facilities for passengers of all ages.

Having been launched in 1998, Paradise is not so full of neon, chrome and mirrors as her younger sister ships. But it's there if you know where to look. Like at the Leonardo's Dance Club with her brass barstools and neon-rimmed mirrors and ceiling panels.

In any case, this is still considered an older ship in today's fast-paced market, and as such one can expect to find bargain sailings on her, which is great because in many ways she feels like a brand new ship.

It should be noted that Paradise was built and launched as the first completely "smoke-free" ship, with a strict policy that demanded that anyone even carrying cigarettes (lit or unlit) in public would be put off in the next port. Carnival did actually disembark three teenagers mid-cruise, much to the surprise of their guardians. In the long run, however, the rule became not unenforceable, but unprofitable. It proved too hard to sell the ship to groups and families where there were no smokers. The "non-smoking" rule was revoked when the ship was repositioned to California.

Paradise now sails regular seven-day journeys to the Mexican Riviera, departing from the port of Long Beach. For west-coasters only familiar with the San Pedro port facilities, Long Beach port is highly recommended. You can fly in too the Long Beach airport, and spend a night before your cruise on the original Queen Mary 1, now one of the best maritime museums in the world.

Ideal as it is for the sort of person who likes to have loads of activities planned, Paradise also offers lots of out-of-the-way places to read or just contemplate the sea. During summer cruises, however, when there are hundreds of kiddies aboard, quiet contemplation might become a luxury reserved for another ship.


Carnival Paradise Things to Do

Entertainment:
Carnival CruisesThe prime entertainment venue is the 1,300 seat Normandie Theater, but karaoke draws big crowds to the Rex Dance Club, while the Queen Mary Lounge offers a variety of dance-music combos from pop standards to even folk and country musicians. A variety of dance music is spinning nightly in the Leonardo Disco. Regardless of what sort of music you like most, you're pretty much assured of hearing it.

By day, there are bingo and Trivial Pursuit contests, not to mention such highbrow events poolside as the men's hairy chest contest.
 
Fitness:
With no fewer than 12,000 sq. ft. devoted to fitness and spa facilities, these ships are a dream come true for those who like to keep in shape during their cruise, and don't mind doing so in either uninspiring (the spa) or aggressively pink (the gym) surroundings. The gyms have a private trainer and 35 state-of-the-art exercise machines. There's a day-long schedule of aerobics, and stretching yoga, and Pilates classes (usually around $10 each), as well as body composition analysis and personal training sessions, $75 for 60 minutes. There's a fully jogging track and a volleyball court. Women who want to sunbathe topless will find secluded areas in which to do so.

Those who prefer to skip shore excursions and snorkel on their own can rent equipment for $26 for three days. The inescapable Steiner's of London operates the ship's spa, which offers lots of different kinds of massage – and pushes its beauty products rather more zealously than most passengers would prefer.
 
For Kids:
Carnival's celebrated Camp Carnival program offers a full schedule of supervised activities, from finger painting and singalongs for younger children to photography workshops, late-night movies, and pool parties for their older siblings. The ships' 2,400-square foot "Children's World" play areas are stocked with a computer lab, a climbing maze, an activity wall, and an assortment of toys, games and puzzles.


Carnival Paradise Dining / Dinner

Cuisine:
From the best pizza afloat (available 24 hours per day) to haute cuisine in the main dining room, Carnival really delivers on the food front.
 
Restaurants:
Total Choice Dining provides for four dinner seatings in the main dining rooms, alternative Bistro dining every evening, and an increased number of service staff. Passengers are assigned a table for dinner in one of the two main dining rooms -- The Elation Dining Room on Atlantic Deck, mid-ship, or the Destiny Dining Room on Atlantic Deck, aft -- at one of four seatings; 5:45 p.m. or 6:15 p.m. and 8 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. There are very few tables for two in either of the two main dining rooms; expect to dine with four, six, or eight fellow voyagers. Both dining rooms are named after future Carnival ships that at the time were only a part of the founder's "imagination."

You typically have a choice of six starters, a couple of salads, and six or seven main courses (pan-fried fillet of red snapper, sweet and sour shrimp, rack of New Zealand lamb and Beef Wellington). The menu also includes Spa Carnival selections for those trying to reduce their intake of calories, sodium, cholesterol, fat, or meat.

Additionally, the poolside Lido eateries are converted into Seaview Bistros between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. each evening, offering buffet dinner with no reservations or advance notice required. The informal Paris (T-shirts and shorts are OK) Restaurant on the Lido Deck offers both inside and poolside seating. All meals here are served buffet style, with open seating for all three meals.

Other alternative eating options include a 24-hour pizzeria, a complimentary sushi bar and 24 hour room service. Themed midnight buffets ensure that no passenger will be rendered sleepless by the rumblings of his empty belly.
 
Service:
Don't expect formality. Indeed, expect wacky dances after dessert – and then to come back to your cabin to find that your cabin steward, cutup that he or she is, has left a towel folded to resemble a dog on your bed. The hi-jinx never stop!

Tipping:
Carnival automatically adds $10.00 per person per day in gratuities to your Sail & Sign card unless you're under two years old, and if you're reading this, you're probably not. This includes $3.60 for the stateroom steward; $5.50 for the Dining Room team, and $.90 for service in the alternative dining rooms. Visit the purser's desk during the cruise to raise or lower this amount.

You may also prepay gratuities for all service personnel at a rate of $10.00 per person per day. On Cruises-to-Nowhere, gratuities of $10 per person per day must be prepaid.

A 15 percent gratuity is automatically added to all beverage tabs. Tip the maitre d', room service, spa, casino and other staff as you deem fitting.
 
Attire:
On the two "formal" nights per week, most men wear a dark suit instead of tux. By day, nearly everyone wears shorts, T-shirt, sneakers/sandals, bathing suit, and a hat.


Carnival Paradise Ambience

Decor:
Carnival CruisesEvery Carnival ship, designed by fanciful designer Joe Farcus, has a unifying theme for the decor. The unifying idea behind Paradise's interior decor is ships of the world - from the famous and infamous to the mythical and mysterious. You'll find the the Rex Dance Club with its rotating mirror balls and ceiling mounted lava lamps, , the Rotterdam Bar, the Normandie Theater and the Cafe Ile de France.
 
Public Areas:
The ship consist of 10 decks with most of the public rooms concentrated on Atlantic, Promenade and Lido decks (decks 5,6 and 7). The cabins are mostly concentrated on decks one through four; Riviera, Main, Upper (which is actually a lower deck 3) and Empress decks.

The ships centerpiece is their seven-deck high Grand Atrium, bathed bronze and woods for a nautical touch, with jade green eggs sitting atop redwood pillars. You can stroll on the "Carnival Boulevard", or plop down into a soft banquette to ogle passers-by. The two-level, 1300-seat Normandie Theater at the front of the promenade presents live production shows, comedians, magicians, and passenger talent shows, with exemplary sight lines and good seating throughout.

The ship's most fanciful decor is in such entertainment venues as the popular America Piano bar featuring an enormous circular piano which doubles as a bar for those who like to sing along. You'll also find a vibrant disco and cabaret lounge along the boulevard.

Other public areas include the Galleria shopping mall, the Virtual World arcade, and the ship's photo gallery. Cafe Ile de France Internet offers access for 75 cents per minute; for those who plan to spend more time on the computer, there are 100 minute packages available for $50 (50 cents per minute) and 250 minute packages for $100 (40 cents per minute).
 
Cabins:
Because they were built just before the shift toward lots of verandahs, just the 26 demi-suites (250 square feet) and 28 full suites (400 square feet) have them.

Carnival's cabins are fairly spartan in decor and skimpy on amenities (a color TV with CNN, telephone, radio, no hair dryer, and a basket of "free-sample" toiletries), but among the largest in the cruise industry: inside measure 185 sq. ft, outside 190 sq. feet. Even in the minimum category inside or outside stateroom you'll still enjoy ample space. Cabins for four and five are understandably popular with families, and go fast.

Oceanview staterooms and suites offer a mini bar, bathrobes, and fairly large bathrooms with a hand-held shower and medicine cabinet. There are also 26 mini-suites (226 sq. feet plus 36 square foot private veranda) and 28 suites measuring 350 sq. feet with 71 sq. foot balconies.

Deck Plans: Carnival Paradise

Deck Plans
Room Category Legend

12  Penthouse Suite
1A  Interior Upper/Lower
4A  Interior
4B  Interior
4C  Interior
4D  Interior
4E  Interior
4F  Inside Stateroom Twin/King
4I  Interior
5A  Oceanview Stateroom with Portholes
6A  Oceanview Stateroom
6B  Oceanview Stateroom
6C  Oceanview Stateroom
6D  Oceanview Stateroom
6E  Oceanview Stateroom
BL  Balcony Guarantee
GS  Grand Suite
IS  Inside Guarantee
JS  Junior Suite
OB  Suite with Obstructed View
OS  Oceanview Suite
OV  Ocean View Guarantee
PT  Porthole Stateroom
ST  Suite Guarantee


Riviera Deck
Carnival Carnival Paradise Deck Plans

Staterooms: Carnival Paradise

Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Paradise : Balcony Guarantee
Balcony Guarantee
Any oceanview stateroom with private balcony, or better, depending on availability. Twin beds do not convert to king when two uppers in use.
Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Paradise : Grand Suite
Grand Suite
Two twin beds (convert to king) and double sofa bed. Sofa, armchairs and coffee table. Full bathroom with shower/whirlpool tub. Walk-in closet. Private large balcony with patio chairs and table.
Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Paradise : Inside Guarantee
Inside Guarantee
Any inside stateroom, or better, dependng on availability.
Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Paradise : Inside Stateroom Twin/King
Inside Stateroom Twin/King
Inside stateroom with twin beds that convert to a king.
Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Paradise : Interior
Interior
Two twin beds (convert to king). Chair. Full bathroom with shower. 3 closets.
Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Paradise : Interior Upper/Lower
Interior Upper/Lower
Twin bed and one upper. Chair. Full bathroom with shower. 3 closets.
Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Paradise : Junior Suite
Junior Suite
2 Twin Beds (convert to King) and Single Sofa Bed
Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Paradise : Ocean View Guarantee
Ocean View Guarantee
Two twin beds (convert to king). Chair. Full bathroom with shower. 3 closets. Picture window.
Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Paradise : Oceanview Stateroom
Oceanview Stateroom
Two twin beds (convert to king). Chair. Full bathroom with shower. 3 closets. Picture window.
Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Paradise : Oceanview Stateroom with Portholes
Oceanview Stateroom with Portholes
Oceanview stateroom with a porthole and twin beds that convert to a king.
Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Paradise : Oceanview Suite
Oceanview Suite
Two twin beds (convert to king) and single sofa bed. Sofa and coffee table. Full bathroom with shower. 3 closets. Private balcony with patio chairs and table.
Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Paradise : Penthouse Suite
Penthouse Suite
Suite with large balcony and twin beds that convert to a king.
Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Paradise : Porthole Stateroom
Porthole Stateroom
Two twin beds (convert to king). Chair. Full bathroom with shower. 3 closets. Two porthole windows.
Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Paradise : Suite Guarantee
Suite Guarantee
Two twin beds (convert to king) and single sofa bed. Sofa and coffee table. Full bathroom with shower. 3 closets. Private balcony with patio chairs and table. Balcony with obstructed views.
Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Paradise : Suite with Obstructed View
Suite with Obstructed View
Two twin beds (convert to king) and single sofa bed. Sofa and coffee table. Full bathroom with shower. 3 closets. Private balcony with patio chairs and table. Balcony with obstructed views.

Other Dates: Carnival Paradise

Date
Bonus
Itinerary Name
Inside From
Outside From
Select
July 31, 2014 --- 4 Night Western Caribbean $439 $469
August 4, 2014 --- 5 Night Western Caribbean $N/A $N/A
August 9, 2014 --- 5 Night Western Caribbean $339 $399
August 14, 2014 --- 4 Night Western Caribbean $269 $279
August 23, 2014 --- 5 Night Western Caribbean $279 $319
August 28, 2014 --- 4 Night Western Caribbean $399 $419
September 1, 2014 --- 5 Night Western Caribbean $249 $279
September 6, 2014 --- 5 Night Western Caribbean $289 $349
October 9, 2014 --- 4 Night Western Caribbean $259 $309
November 24, 2014 --- 5 Night Western Caribbean $449 $489
December 4, 2014 --- 4 Night Western Caribbean $239 $289
December 18, 2014 --- 4 Night Western Caribbean $299 $349
December 22, 2014 --- 5 Night Bahamas Itinerary $509 $629
December 27, 2014 --- 5 Night Western Caribbean $609 $629
January 1, 2015 --- 4 Night Western Caribbean $329 $379
February 7, 2015 --- 5 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $309 $369
February 12, 2015 --- 4 Night Western Caribbean $299 $294
March 12, 2015 --- 4 Night Western Caribbean $319 $369
March 16, 2015 --- 5 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $379 $439
March 30, 2015 --- 5 Night Western Caribbean $489 $559
April 13, 2015 --- 5 Night Western Caribbean $349 $409
May 2, 2015 --- 5 Night Western Caribbean $369 $429
May 11, 2015 --- 5 Night Western Caribbean $389 $449
May 25, 2015 --- 5 Night Western Caribbean $479 $539
June 8, 2015 --- 5 Night Western Caribbean $559 $629
June 18, 2015 --- 4 Night Western Caribbean $409 $469
July 2, 2015 --- 4 Night Western Caribbean $429 $489
July 11, 2015 --- 5 Night Western Caribbean $549 $619
August 3, 2015 --- 5 Night Western Caribbean $529 $599
December 21, 2015 --- 5 Night Western Caribbean $519 $609
December 26, 2015 --- 5 Night Western Caribbean $629 $719
December 31, 2015 --- 4 Night Western Caribbean $599 $659

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