Going on a cruise was a great option for my friends and I for our last trip together. The boat was clean and there was plenty to do on board. Fairly easy to navigate as it is a smaller and older ship. Stateroom was always cleaned and turndown service was a nice touch each night.
The dinners in the main dining room were excellent. Never had a bad meal and the waitstaff really wanted to get to know us and made it fun. The lido deck buffet food could have been better but it's a buffet so what more can you expect. Bar service can be a little slow but when you are trying to assist a couple thousand guests it's understandable. The main shows were ok, nothing special.
We really enjoyed the activities and fun that went down at the atrium bar each night. Very nice vacation and would definitely cruise on Paradise again. Carnival never disappoints.
The room was a good size for 4 grown men. Plenty of space and storage. Beds were pretty comfortable. The only complaint was with the bathroom. The shower seemed to be too hot and water pressure was low. I'd rather have hot water then cold water though. And the toilet only held maybe a few tablespoons of water so it was often hard to get waste to go down. This was just a characteristic of our bathroom, our friend's bathroom was not like this.
We went to a public beach and rented jet skis to ride around the Bay Area. Much cheaper than booking it through Carnival.
Got off he ship and found a company and paid 60 dollars for all inclusive access to Playa Mia. Lots of food, drinks and water activities. Definitely a good bang for the buck!