As Carnival Corporation’s flagship brand, Carnival Cruise Lines, founded in 1972, sets the
pace as the world’s largest, most popular cruise line (based on carrying about 2.5 million
passengers annually). Carnival offers affordable cruise vacations with Fun Ship appeal.
Today’s Carnival, a far cry from modest beginnings, defines contemporary cruising with
expanded options in dining, children’s programming, spa pampering and shipboard weddings.
Carnival’s fleet, composed of six vessel classes, has grown to 20, with more Fun Ships
forthcoming, including five on order.
Eyebrows shot up when Carnival announced its Fantasy-class Paradise would be smoke-free,
and skeptics speculated the concept would be deep-sixed in short order or else loosely
enforced. Imagine the surprise of the scoflaws who found themselves booted off ship after
testing the line’s resolve. In fact, the first ever entirely smoke free cruise ship (not
even officers or crew smoke on deck or anywhere else) has met with widespread applause
and notable repeat bookings. Décor-wise, Paradise pays tribute to history’s most famous
passenger ships with the Café Il de France, the Normandie Lounge, the Queen Mary Lounge,
the Rex Dance Club and more.
Gratuities are automatically added to Sail & Sign accounts, or can be pre-paid.
The total is $9.75 per guest, per day ($5.50 for dining team, 75 cents for
bistro service, and $3.50 for cabin services.) Guests can adjust upward/downward
at the information desk.
If you're a non-smoker, or want to see what it’s like to have a week’s worth
of fun in a smoke-free environment - disco included - Paradise could well be
the ship for you.
A total of 1,026 staterooms include 28 Penthouse Suites, 26 Suites, 564 Ocean View Twins,
389 Interior Twins, 19 Interior Upper & Lowers.
All cabins are carpeted with ample drawer and closet space, private facilities
(shower, basin and toilet), telephone and color television showing first-run films.
110 A.C. current.
Kid & Teen Stuff
The trailblazing, extensive "Camp Carnival" children's line-up for fun now has a
children’s dining program that provides kids with supervised meals with fellow
young cruisers in casual poolside venues while parents enjoy a night to themselves.
Paradise has a wide range of formal and casual dining options, including elegant main
dining rooms, a poolside eatery with breakfast, lunch and dinner alternatives, 24-hour
pizza, ice cream and stateroom service. The 650-seat Elation Dining room is forward,
while the 658 Destiny Dining Room is aft. The 722-seat Paris Restaurant is in the Lido
area. A 24-hour Pizzeria offers oven-fresh pizzas, fresh Caesar salads and garlic rolls.
Menus include the Spa Carnival low-fat menu as well as irresistible desserts.
Sports / Health / Fitness
SpaCarnival, staffed with fitness experts, has complete line-up of facials, loofah treatments,
massage and more for both men and women. A comprehensive golf program offering professional
instruction both aboard ship and during golf excursions is available, as well.
The Normandie main show lounge seats 1,300 for elaborate production numbers, and the Majestic
Casino awaits with gaming activity. There is also the Rex Dance Club.
Paradise Bar in the lobby, the Queen Mary Lounge, and the United States Bar are popular.
The Blue Riband library is filled with memorabilia from classic liners. All Carnival vessels
offer "resort-style" amenities and facilities, including a health and fitness center, Internet
café, an on-board duty free shopping mall, and a video game room. Multiple swimming pools and
cascading water slides are also featured.