Carnival Paradise Review

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The eighth and final ship in Carnival’s eight-ship Fantasy-class, Carnival Paradise entered service in 1998 as the lines only all no-smoking vessel. While the smoking ban didn’t last, Carnival Paradise has received numerous upgrades since her launch and features a secluded adults-only Serenity Deck. The ship is scheduled for a major refurbishment in 2015, when it will receive Carnival’s "Fun Ship 2.0" upgrades with new casual dining options, poolside bars, and more. After leaving the Port of Tampa, Carnival Paradise sails four- and five-night cruises from Florida’s Gulf Coast to the Western Caribbean and Mexico.

Bathed in fiber-optic light, glitzy Fantasy-class interiors added expansive six-deck atriums and a new dimension to the original superliner concept. To keep the fun going, these ships offer an almost wearying assortment of places to have a good time. As times and tastes have changed, the ships have evolved as well, with new lobby bars, dedicated club spaces for teens and tweens, miniature golf, and Internet centers. Even newer are Carnival’s WaterWorks water park and the Serenity Adult-Only Retreat, which increase the appeal of the older Fantasy-class vessels.

Only one level below the Lido deck, the indoor promenade connects major public rooms on a single deck, with only formal dining rooms, shops, and other small spaces one deck below. Large in size and ideal for a short itinerary, these ships have sprawling outdoor pool and sunning areas, but they can feel cramped when sailing at maximum capacity. Cabins provide calm oases from sensory overload. With the exception of Carnival Sensation, Carnival Fascination, and Carnival Ecstasy, to which balconies were added to existing cabins, you'll have to book a suite if you want the solitude of a private balcony.

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