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We picked the Paradise for the convenient port and length of the cruise. And the value. 4 of us traveled together in 2 state rooms over Thanksgiving. It's the most crowded ship I've sailed on (out of 12 cruises). Over 900 children and 2600 passengers. The layout was confusing for my 86 year old mother - which meant that she could not venture out alone. In the Lido deck cafeteria dining option the tile floors were slick for the first 4 days. So a fall hazard was a real possibility. The cabin temperature was basically cold air blowing or not blowing and the control was in the ceiling. So, several times a day, I climbed onto a chair to adjust the temp. There was an after dinner show for early seating on 2 of the 5 nights. Those were the negatives. On the positive side, the food was tasty and the menu varied. The room steward and the dining staff were exceptional. While Rogerio had too many tables to place napkins on each of our laps - he did so without fail for my Mother. And, he delighted in bringing us extras dishes to taste at dinner. The travel agent had warned us that the décor was a little dated and that is probably true - but that didn't bother us. The ship was very clean. I would not hesitate to recommend the ship for a value conscious cruiser with kids.

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Carnival Paradise Cruise Review by Vandycruiser

Trip Details
We picked the Paradise for the convenient port and length of the cruise. And the value. 4 of us traveled together in 2 state rooms over Thanksgiving. It's the most crowded ship I've sailed on (out of 12 cruises). Over 900 children and 2600 passengers. The layout was confusing for my 86 year old mother - which meant that she could not venture out alone. In the Lido deck cafeteria dining option the tile floors were slick for the first 4 days. So a fall hazard was a real possibility. The cabin temperature was basically cold air blowing or not blowing and the control was in the ceiling. So, several times a day, I climbed onto a chair to adjust the temp. There was an after dinner show for early seating on 2 of the 5 nights.
Those were the negatives. On the positive side, the food was tasty and the menu varied. The room steward and the dining staff were exceptional. While Rogerio had too many tables to place napkins on each of our laps - he did so without fail for my Mother. And, he delighted in bringing us extras dishes to taste at dinner. The travel agent had warned us that the décor was a little dated and that is probably true - but that didn't bother us. The ship was very clean.
I would not hesitate to recommend the ship for a value conscious cruiser with kids.
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Cabin Review

Cabin
The cabin had ample space for two people. The temperature is controlled by a cold air vent in the ceiling. My husband could reach it but I had to stand on a chair to turn the air off or on. With the beds together, one person had to crawl out the end if needing to go to the bathroom at night. So, we had the beds separated and then it was pretty spacious for a cabin. The furniture is coral colored formica. Very clean.
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