Carnival Paradise



Year built: 1998

Speed: 21 kn

Passengers: 2,052

Crew: 920

70k tons

14 decks


The Carnival Paradise currently sails 4 and 5 night cruises to the Western Caribbean and Cuba from Tampa, Florida.


On January 3, 2000, on a Millennium-themed cruise, propulsion problems caused a major itinerary change. The Eastern Caribbean was replaced by Western Caribbean. Some of the passengers held a protest while the ship was docked in Nassau, Bahamas.

On May 16, 2009, while the ship was en-route to Baltimore from Freeport, Bahamas, a fire broke out in the battery room. It was soon extinguished. The ship notified the Captain of the Port about the incident by email.

On October 1, 2012, the ship partially lost propulsion when maneuvering for docking in home port of Tampa, Florida. There was a malfunction in one of the Azipod units which excitation breaker failed. It caused power loss to the unit, and had to be reset. When leaving Tampa port several hours later, the starboard Azipod’s excitation breaker tripped again, and caused a second loss of propulsion. A faulty transceiver was replaced.

On March 4, 2014, while en-route from Tampa to Grand Cayman on a 5-day Mexico itinerary from Tampa Florida, the Carnival Paradise received a distress call and altered the itinerary course in order to help a boat with 24 Cuban refugees trying to get to the US by sea. The refugees’ boat was stranded at sea for 5 days. After boarding the ship, Cubans were provided with cabins, food, water and clothing. On the following day, they were all offloaded in the next port of call.

On October 15, 2005, a female passenger died on a “Xingolati Groove” themed cruise. Passenger disembarkation in Long Beach was delayed by 6 hours due to FBI investigation. The cause of death was methadone intoxication. Methadone is a synthetic pain medication.

On January 16, 2009, two elderly passengers were reported missing before docking in home port of Long Beach. The couple was presumed fallen overboard. The investigation suggested a suicide. Their cabin door was locked from the inside. Their personal belongings were in their room. The “do not disturb” sign was on the handle outside. The door to the cabin’s veranda was unlocked.

On November 8, 2009, the ship was on a 3-day Mexico cruise from home port of Long Beach, California. A medical emergency forced the vessel to alter course and dock unscheduled in San Clemente, California at 5:30 AM. A male passenger sustained a critical head injury after falling in his cabin’s bathroom. He was disembarked and transferred to a local hospital, where he died.

On April 20, 2007, a false bomb threat caused a full ship search at 2:20 PM, including re-inspection of all passenger luggage. Nothing was found, but the incident caused a late departure from home port of Long Beach, California.

On February 14, 2010, a 30-year-old male passenger broke into the ship’s infirmary and stole prescription drugs. While on the vessel, he was detained in the brig until docking in Long Beach CA, where he was arrested by the FBI. The man was charged with “burglary involving controlled substances” and also with “possession of controlled substances”.

On August 16, 2010, while the ship was in International waters, a female passenger jumped overboard from her cabin’s balcony on deck 11, falling down to deck 10’s main walkway . She sustained spine compression injury. The next day when the ship was docked in Long Beach, California, the passenger was disembarked and transported to a local hospital for advanced treatment. The investigation showed that the woman had a male passenger in her cabin when she jumped from the balcony. The man stated they had an argument resulting in her becoming upset and jumping from the veranda. The woman provided a written statement indicating she was threatened by the man.

On April 22, 2012, due to the ship’s movement, a senior female passenger fell and injured her right hip. She was treated in the ship’s hospital, then disembarked in Grand Cayman. The woman was walking on the Lido deck, holding on to the railing and approaching the elevator. The ship was in heavy seas and rocking.

On December 22, 2014, a young male passenger sustained a broken arm when using the on board jogging track. He went to a hospital in Nassau, Bahamas, then boarded again to continue the voyage.

On April 28, 2016, three cruise ship passengers sustained injuries in a buggy crash accident in Cozumel Mexico. In El Cedral at 12:15 PM, the buggy driver lost control and crashed into a tree hitting his head on the windshield. The other two passengers in the buggy sustained minor injuries.

Carnival ShipsPJ Morrissey