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rehr March 30th, 2004 01:34 PM

A Few Questions?
Hello, I will be going on my first cruise in
a few days on the Paradise and I have a
couple of questions:

1) What is included on the soda card?

2) Are there teen center areas/activities
for 13-17 year olds?

3) How small are the bunk bed rooms
(inside 1A)? Are they nice?

4) Can you bring a handheld clothes steamer?

5) Can people under 18 play bingo?

6) Favorite food onboard?

7) Favorite Dessert?

8) Food to stay away from?

9) Most needed item that you forgot to bring?

Any answers to these questions are greatly appreciated! Thank You!

Jim Bragg March 30th, 2004 02:07 PM

Re: A Few Questions?
Soda cards entitled you to soda at anytime of the day or night from the bar or from bar service. I do not think room service is included.
Yes there are planned activities for kids from 2 to 18 every night with the older teens usually getting the disco every night between 9 and 10:30 or 11PM.
Unless you are 6'6" and or grossly obese than you will fit in the bunk beds nicely. Carnival has the largest standard cabns of any cruise line with the rooms being 182 sq ft.
Handheld steamers are fine and very useful. Irons are not allowed due to fire hazard.
Kids under 18 can 'play' but they cannot buy the cards and cannot collect the winnings so you better be the one to yell BINGO! <G>
Seafood and soups. Best soups anywhere!
Desserts are many and varied and there is always something there that you will love.
Some of the chocolete stuff is VERY rich and some foods can be very spicey but they are noted.
Bring an extention cord or power strip. Very handy. The most important thing may very well be sunscreen not only for your body but for your face as well. The sun in the Caribbean is very hot and even those of us who live in Florida can and sometimes do get burned.

rehr March 30th, 2004 02:15 PM

Re: A Few Questions?
Thank you very much. I will make sure my daughter knows that she will have something to do on board.

rehr March 30th, 2004 02:17 PM

Re: A Few Questions?
I also would like to know the following questions:

Is pizza and ice cream/frozen yogurt free?

pnorth March 30th, 2004 02:34 PM

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Yes pizza and ice cream free 24hours a day. You will have so much fun! I regret trying the baked alaska. I always wanted to try it, but I was so full after lobster I went to my room and forgot all about the dessert. Gezz... Next time I will wait!

natalietexas March 30th, 2004 03:53 PM

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My daughter 14.5 was just on the Elation with us. There is an 12 to 15 year old group. She enjoyed the ice breaker the first day and some of the games, but didn't really join in the activities after that. She read in her bathing suit, or joined in the adult stuff, like the game shows, bingo and behind the scene tours. They do have free time up in camp carnival for the 12 to 15 year olds for psII and computer games. And, a teen disco every night until 11:00. They are extra but all fancy drinks could be made non-alcoholic

I ran and bought our 2 girls a soda card the minute we got on board. It was worth every penny. We started using it at lunch before the ship even sailed! In the dining room, after a rough start the "drink lady" would have 2 sodas for my older daughter and 1 for my younger daughter, waiting for us every night when we set down. It's good all over the ship and in the restaurants, just not for room service. You get soda in a glass or a shirley temple. One glass at a time, but you can go right back for more.

Fast food--the 24-hour pizza and ice cream were awesome. Other favorites: The Crepes on the Midnight buffet, lobster, prime rib and rack of lamb in the dining room and sushi on the promenade deck (don't know if they have sushi on the paradise).

Strange items I always used: highlighter pen, power strip, clothes pins, behind the door shoe holder, bug spray for Belize, sticky notes, zip locs, cooler to use as mini fridge. Also brought underwater cameras, suncreen, lots of toiletries, camera, video, books, etc. etc. And, way too many clothes!

I forgot film and it was $8.95 a roll on board. Also, could have used the sweater I forgot. Only had one jacket that I had to make go with everything, as it is chilly on the ship!

cruisingbear March 30th, 2004 05:09 PM

Re: A Few Questions?
Been on Carnival twice (Fascination and Paradise)!!
The bunk beds are the size of a twin bed and should be comfortable.
Soda Cards are good for sodas all over the ship including room service.
I have brought an iron on every cruise, so a clothing steamer should be okay.
Just remember to unplug it before leaving your cabin.
Favorite foods: Roasted pumpkin soup (sounds wierd, but soooo good), beef wellington,
shrimp, lobster, prime rib, salmon. Don't turn down something because the name is
All most all the desserts will melt in your mouth. Don't miss at least one grand midnight
buffet.!!!!!!! Yum!!!!
Carnival Pizza is sooo good, the best I have ever eaten.
Paradise is a beautiful ship. Have a wonderful trip.
Happy Sailing...!!!

diverdiver March 30th, 2004 05:26 PM

Re: A Few Questions?
Pizza and frozen yogurt - not "free". You paid for it when you paid for your cruise. It's "included", and I swear...I don't know if I'm ever allowed in the Pizzeria again, as it seemed like I was there all day! Yum!

jedgar March 30th, 2004 05:29 PM

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Are there any age restrictions on board?

Drinking Alcoholic Beverages:
Guest must be 21 years of age or older to be served alcohol on board. Proper I.D. with birth date is required.

Guest must be 18 years of age or older to play the tables and the slot machines. Guests under 18 years of age are not permitted in the casino.

Spa Carnival and Gym:
Guests under 16 years of age are not permitted in these facilities. Guests between the ages of 16 and 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Lounges, Shows, and Disco:
Guests under the age of 18 should be accompanied by an adult in all public areas of the ship. Guests under the age of 16 must vacate the disco by 10:45pm.

Use of the Waterslide:
Guests must be at least 42" inches in height to use the waterslide.
Guests under 13 must have their parents permission.

Use of the Pools:
Due to United States Public Health (USPH) Regulations, we do not allow children in diapers or those not toilet-trained in the pools.
Lifeguards are not on duty.
Use of the pools by guests under 13 without adult supervision is prohibited.

©Carnival Cruise Lines 2004. All rights reserved.

jedgar March 30th, 2004 05:32 PM

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What is the Fountain Fun Card?

We will offer to all guests the option to purchase a "Fountain Fun Card" which will allow them unlimited soft drinks for the duration of the cruise at a one time purchase price (including gratuities). The "Fountain Fun Card" can be purchased at any bar on board the ship. In all locations where beverage service is offered, guests may receive a glass of the soft drink of their choice - one glass will be served at a time and only to the guest whose name appears on the card. The card cannot be used through room service.

Guest Under 21 Years of Age
2-day cruise: $7.99
3-day cruise: $10.29
4-day cruise: $13.74
5-day cruise: $19.49
6-day cruise: $21.79
7-day cruise: $22.95
8-day cruise: $26.39
10-day cruise: $34.44
11-day cruise: $34.44
12-day cruise: $39.04
13-day or longer cruises: $42.49

Guests 21 Years of Age and Older
2-day cruise: $14.89
3-day cruise: $17.19
4-day cruise: $21.79
5-day cruise: $28.69
6-day cruise: $32.14
7-day cruise: $34.44
8-day cruise: $39.04
10-day cruise: $44.79
11-day cruise: $44.79
12-day cruise: $49.40
13-day and longer cruises: $56.29

Free soft drinks in the dining room for children under the age of 12 is still in effect whether they have purchased a "Fountain Fun Card" or not.

©Carnival Cruise Lines 2004. All rights reserved.

Tuscani March 30th, 2004 06:33 PM

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I wanted to add something to the questions about the foods.
All the food is all you can eat. In the dining room you can order the wierd named stuff to try it and you can order the steak that will fill you up. Don't be shy. After a couple of days our entire table was ordering 2 dinners to try the different entrees.

This rule also applies to dessert. Remember, everything tastes better with a scoop of ice cream. So, you can order cheese cake or chocolate torte and a scoop of vanilla to go with it.

Elation 020104
Holiday 103102

rehr March 31st, 2004 11:59 AM

Re: A Few Questions?
Thank you very much for helping me out! : )

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