by L & M
October 13, 2002
This was our second Carnival cruise. We chose the Paradise because of the no smoking policy. First, we want to comment on the decor of the ship. The ship is very pretty, but dark colors have been choosen, which gives a closed in feeling. The cabin service was just okay. We were always asking for extra towels and the cabin was not cleaned throughly before we arrived.
The dinning room service was slow. Breakfast and lunch took approx 1-1 1/2 hours with dinner service taking approx 2 hours. This is just too long for meals. Our team waiter served plates by reaching over already served passengers. One evening he mannaged to dip his sleeve cuff in my water glass because he was trying to reach instead of going around the table. The entertainment was very good and we enjoyed every minute of it. However, one of the shows was really not for children (in our opinion), but Camp Carnival reserved numerous seats for their children. We enjoyed the shore tours, but wished we had research the tours a little more. We were placed into two different taxi/vans (Nassau & St. Thomas) that were very unsafe situations.
Carnival needs to rethink some of the shore tours with safey in mind. The food on the ship was good, but could use improvment. We enjoyed the Cruise Director, Josh and one special waitress named Gabriela. We cruised on the Fascination in January 2002 and believe that the Fascination is a better ship with regard to service and food. In closing, we had a great time and will probably cruise again. Maybe on Carnival, maybe not.