My boyfriend and I narrowed our choices down to two ships, Triumph and Paradise? We just want to pick a ship that is going more fun for us? We are going to go for 7 days, so we want to stay on a boat that we are going to have fun on since it is going to be our home for a week. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Both are great ships, and you will have a great time. We've been on Paradise, not Triumph. The only real difference in attmosphere is that Paradise is very strict about NO SMOKING. Having more non smokers might translate into more families and less of the typical smoking/drinking party crowd, but that is purely subjective on my part.
I don't think you will go wrong either way, look at the itineraries, dates and prices for when you want to go, and pick the one that fit's best; that is my suggestion.
My boyfriend and I are trying to decide between the same two ships so I am curious to see what you decide. I am 26 and he is 28 and we also want to have a really good time. I like the idea of no smoke but I have heard that the Paradise is much more subdued with more families and stuff. Not as much of the party atmosphere, and we do like to let loose and have a good time. I am really leaning toward the Triumph myself but I would like to hear what everyone else thinks as well.
Thanks to all the great posts! I am having a great time reading everything!
My boyfriend and I (I'm 21 and he's 30) are leaving on 2/18/01 on the paradise. I had debated between the Triumph and the Paradise as well. They both looked like lovely ships, and the itineraries were almost identical. (Only one difference between their Eastern Caribbean itineraries, Paradise sails to Nassau while Triumph goes to ST. Croix instead). I must say the deciding facor for me was the non-smoking policy aboard the Paradise. We are both very allergic to cigarette smoke and I know that our vacation will be all the better not having to worry about it. I was concerned about how the non smoking aspect might increase the number of screaming little kids since that is a major selling point to families, but I am hoping that since we are not travelling during a school vactation week, it won't be a problem. Supposedly a slightly older (As in 20-30 somethings, fewer children) crowd sails the paradise during school times. I am not too concerned about there not being enough "fun" stuff to do with people our own ages. When enough fun loving individuals get together on a floating "paradise" I think they'll find a way to have a good time, regardless of how many 5-year-olds the Camp Carnival staff has on their hands on another deck. If I were you, I'd just consider the differences between the 2 ships themselves, as in #1, if either of you smoke, would you have a problem giving it up for a week, (trust me, you don't want to be the ones to get caught breaking that rule) or would you benefit from the non-smoking policy? #2, the Triumph is larger than the Paradise, and I have heard opinions from people who prefer both. The Paradise is still a very large ship, but I have heard several times it is much easier to find your way around than on the Triumph. I think some people do however see it as "the bigger the better." It's all personal preference. if you have a travel agent, they might be able to tell you any other factors you might want to consider. Good luck with your decision, and if you'd like I'll let you know how we like our week on the Paradise when we return. You can -mail me at Pandaber1@aol.com
As a former cruiser on the Paradise, and a non-smoker, I will tell anyone to try the Paradise. As far as the concern about kids running around, don't worry. We has the same reservations as our kids are grown. We had no problem at all. The kid camp that Carnival offers is fantastic. We actually only came across the "kid mob" 3 times and things were under control.
My wife and I were on Destiny (same class as Triumph) for Christmas 98 and were on Paradise in May 00. Naturally there were many more children (including ours) on the Xmas cruise, whereas there were almost no children on our May cruise.
We enjoyed both ships although we preferred the Paradise a bit more than Destiny, in part to the smaller size. We went to St Croix on Destiny and found it to be so-so, but then we aren't fans of San Juan (due to late arrival), but almost every ship seems to stop there.
There was probably a bit more entertainment on board the Destiny, but that may have been in part because it was a larger ship and it was full to capacity for a holiday cruise. That being said, there was plenty to do on board Paradise also.
I'm sure you'll enjoy either cruise. I wrote reviews for both if you are interested.
We went on the Triumph in December on the Eastern Carib. route. I was worried when I read some of the reviews and people had said the smoke had really bothered them, but when we were on the ship it was not as bad as I had imagined. There was some smoke in the casino, and in some of the bars, but I really didn't find it as bad as some land based casinos I have been in.
The stateroom didn't reek of smoke either. So unless you are VERY senstive to smoke, I would base your decision on destinations, ammeneties, etc.