Carnival Paradise Cruise Ship Profile

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Carnival Paradise News

New Ocean-Themed Children's Program for Carnival Cruise Lines

posted April 20, 2014

Carnival Cruise Lines today unveiled Camp Ocean – an exciting, new marine-themed children’s program coming to its fleet of 24 “Fun Ships.” Set to debut on Carnival Freedom on May 24, the expansive new program will immerse children ages 2-11 in the wonders of the sea through fun, engaging and educational experiences. Read more...

Carnival Paradise Rescues Cubans Adrift At Sea

posted March 7, 2014

The Carnival Paradise was on the first day of a five-day Caribbean cruise out of Tampa when it stopped to aid a stranded boat of Cuban refugees. They reportedly had been adrift for five days when the Paradise came alongside threw lifejackets and ropes. Read more...

Carnival Offers Shore Excursion Guarantee

posted January 15, 2014

Carnival is guaranteeing the lowest prices on over 1,100 shore excursions. In the event passengers find a shore excursion from another tour operator booked before or during their cruise can fill out a claim form for a 110 percent shipboard credit. Read more...


Homeport is Tampa, Florida

Year-round 4 and 5-day Western Caribbean cruises

4-day cruise: Cozumel, Mexico

5-day cruise: Cozumel, Mexico; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

CDC Ratings

Sanitation Report

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2009 Rating 96 (Feb)
2009 Rating 99 (Sept)
2010 Rating 100 (Mar)
2010 Rating 95 (July)
2010 Rating 98 (Dec)
2011 Rating 100 (Jun)
2011 Rating 91 (Oct)
2012 Rating 96 (May)
2013 Rating 96 (Feb)
2013 Rating 95 (Jun)
2013 Rating 100 (Nov)
2016 Rating 94 (Feb)
2016 Rating 96 (Dec)

Deck Plan

Sun Deck

Jogging track, sports park, mini-golf

Sports Deck

Fitness Center, Spa Carnival, Camp Carnival


Aft pool, Sun deck, Passenger staterooms,


Resort-style pool and bar, Waterslide, Lido Grand Buffet, Pool stage


Serenity adults lounge, Queen Mary Aft Lounge, Normandie Main show lounge, Rex Dance Clubs, Rotterdam Bar, United States Bar, Cafe Iles des France, Majestic Casino


Fun Shops, Destiny and Elation Main dining rooms, Blue Riband Library, Normandie Main show lounge, Circle "C," America Piano Bar


Art Gallery, Internet Cafe, Passenger staterooms


Passenger staterooms


Passenger staterooms


Passenger staterooms

Adults-Only Retreat

Located aft on Promenade Deck and offering magnificent ocean views is Serenity, an exclusive new adults-only retreat.

Intended as an oasis for relaxation and comfort, Serenity offers plush chaise lounges and chairs, colorful oversized umbrellas, and two large whirlpools. Located on Promenade deck aft.

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Carnival Paradise

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The Carnival Paradise, is the eighth and last vessel in Carnival Cruise Lines' Fantasy class of cruise ships. She was built in 1998 as MS Paradise.

The Paradise was built to be the world's first completely non-smoking cruise ship. Every step of her construction was done by non-smoking personnel and she was entered into service supported by several anti-smoking and cancer-prevention groups. "No smoking" signs were placed prominently on both sides of the ship and on the stern under the name.

Non-smoking rules were strictly enforced. No smoking materials of any kind were permitted aboard. If anything was seen or found, the passenger was fined $250 and put off at the next port (transportation home to be provided at passenger's own expense). Due to poor revenue, Carnival decided to discontinue the smoke-free ship in December 2003 because non-smokers tend to not drink or gamble as much as those accustomed to smoke. 

Specs Accommodations
News Notable Rooms
Itinerary Outdoor Areas
CDC Ratings Adults Only
Deck Plan Kid's Camps
Dining Venues Smoking Policy
  Carnival Ships Smoking Areas (PDF)


Watch our video of the Carnival Paradise in Cozumel for a good look at this ship.


Ship Class: Fantasy

Launched: 1998

Refurbished: 2008;  Fun Ship 2.0 enhancements scheduled for 2015 (dates TBA)

GRT: 71,000

Length: 855 ft.

Draft: 25.7 ft.

Speed: 21 Knots

Passengers: 2,052

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Carnival Comfort Beds in all staterooms with two twin beds that convert to a queen or king, sitting area, desk, bathroom with shower, phone, and TV with first-run movies and amenity basket displayed in the bathroom. The amenities are subject to change and are only sample sizes. The basket may include such things as: his/her razors; shampoo and conditioner; body wash; Tylenol; deodorant; hard candies. Supplies will be replenished by the room steward, if quantities allow.

Stateroom sizes

Inside 185 sq. ft.
Outside 185 sq. ft.
Suite 360-415 sq. ft. w/veranda



Interior staterooms use Carnival Collection Linens, a private bathroom, three closets, and 24-hour room service. Upper/lower rooms maximize space using an upper pullman or sofa bed. Twin beds can be converted to a King bed. Some interior rooms include a porthole for viewing.

Ocean View

Ocean view staterooms provide you with views of the sea right from your stateroom from a picture window. Included in the space is a private bathrooms, three closets, and 24-hour room service. Two twin beds covert to a king bed.


All suites come with VIP check-in and balcony views. The suites have ample space to stretch out and move around. The junior suite features a standard-sized balcony and a whirlpool tub. The Grand Suite has expansive space and a dressing vanity.

Dining Venues

($) = Specialty restaurant, surcharges apply

Main Dining Rooms

Located on Atlantic deck, the Elation and Destiny dining rooms offer fixed seating and anytime dining.

Main Buffet

The Paris Restaurant grand buffet also features a sushi bar, a pizzeria and grill. Located on Lido deck.

The Taste Bar

Complimentary bite-size offerings inspired by popular Carnival dining venues.

Chef's Table ($)

A VIP, private tour of the kitchen starts this experience. After signature cocktails, the chefs cook a private, multi-course meal of items not found on regular menus. A $75 per person surcharge applies.

Cafe Ile de France

Coffee and pastry located on Promenade deck.

Room Service

24-hour room service menu. Room service orders are delivered to guests’ staterooms any time of the day or night at no charge.

Notable Rooms

Normandie Show Lounge

Sit back and enjoy musical and stage productions in this main show lounge. During the day, this lounge is also used for things like bingo, trivia and other games and well as feature-length 3D movies!

Mirage Piano Bar

Live music with sing-alongs located on Atlantic deck.

Queen Mary Aft Lounge

Cabaret style lounge offering activities during the day and music and comedy in the evenings featuring the Punchliner Comedy Club. Five 35-minute shows on multiple nights during each voyage, with at least two comedians performing each night. The two early-evening shows offer fun for the whole family while the later performances will feature adult-oriented comedy. Located on Promenade deck.

Rotterdam Bar

Intimate lounge outside the Queen Mary lounge. Meet up with friends before dinner or catch an after dinner cocktail.

Rex Disco

Party late-night at this main dance lounge. Located on Promenade deck.

Majestic Casino

Full gaming casino located on Promenade deck midship with blackjack, craps, roullette, slots, and more.

Leonardo Lounge

An Intimate bar for early evening music and dancing.

Outdoor Venues

Spiral Waterslide

Race down the three-deck high twisting waterslide into the resort-style pool.

City Sports Park

Play 9-hole mini-golf course, or go for a mornnig run on the padded jogging track. Join a game of volleyball, shuffle board, basketball, or ping pong.

Kids Areas

Camp Carnival (ages 2-11)

Camp Carnival features games, finger painting, story time, movies and more all in a supervised environment, while their parents can be off having fun of their own. The fun doesn't end at bed time, either; Carnival's babysitting program offers, for a fee, a fun late-night option for kids while their parents stay out until as late as 3 A.M. 

Circle C (ages 12-14)

Video games, scavenger hunts, dance parties, sports, pool parties and special shore excursions.

Club O2 (ages 15-17)

Teens can enjoy the latest music with exclusive dance parties, video gaming and movies from the club's comfy seating, with video monitors all over the place. Outside of the club, activities include pool parties, team sports and special teen-only shore excursions.