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The MS Carnival Paradise is the eighth and last vessel in Carnival Cruise Lines' Fantasy class of cruise ships. She was built in 1998 by Kvaerner Masa-Yards Helsinki New Shipyard, Finlandmarker as MS Paradise. The ship was renamed with a "Carnival" prefix in 2007.


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.

Scheduled to arrive in the Port of Long Beachmarker, Californiamarker, on September 20, 2004, her arrival was delayed due to several major hurricanes (see 2004 Atlantic hurricane season). Her cruise through the Caribbean and Panama Canal, and up the Mexican coast was further hindered by more hurricanes. After having skirted the bad weather with minimal inconvenience, Paradise arrived in Los Angelesmarker in the early morning, docking at the Long Beach terminal of Carnival Cruise Lines, which was the building that had housed the Spruce Goosemarker. Later that day, the nonsmoking signs were painted over. She still boasts one of the strictest smoking policies in the fleet.

Since her arrival in Long Beach, she has become popular among younger cruisers looking for a more casual and affordable alternative to the longer more structured lines, with her 3 day and 4 day cruises to Ensenada, Mexicomarker.

Carnival Cruise Lines retrofitted the Paradise with the first “earth-friendly” dry-cleaning system, which uses environmentally safe detergents and reduces hazardous chemical runoff. In addition, Carnival has also been at the forefront of engine design, and their new class of ships features a “highly efficient” diesel-electric propulsion system known as the “enviro-engine”, which nearly eliminates visible smokestack emissions.

MS Paradise images

Image:Ms-paradise-sm.jpg|MS ParadiseImage:Ms-paradise-catalina-sm.JPG|MS Paradise anchored off the Catalina Island coastImage:Ms-paradise-ensenada-sm.jpg|MS Paradise. Night at the Ensenada, Mexico portImage:Ms-paradise-atrium-galleria-sm.jpg|The Atrium & GalleriaImage:Ms-paradise-rex-sm.jpg|The 18 and older REX Dance ClubImage:Pool-area-lido-deck-sm.jpg|The pool area on the Lido DeckImage:Ms-paradise-america-bar-sm.jpg|The America Bar, set for tea service



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