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, Finland as
The ship was renamed with a
"Carnival" prefix in 2007.
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.
to arrive in the Port of Long Beach, California, on September 20,
2004, her arrival was delayed due to several
major hurricanes (see 2004 Atlantic hurricane
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 Angeles in the early morning, docking at the Long Beach
terminal of Carnival Cruise Lines, which was the building that had
housed the Spruce
Later that day, the nonsmoking signs
were painted over. She still boasts one of the strictest smoking
policies in the fleet.
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
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
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