By Amber Nolan
Cruise Critic Contributor
3.0 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating: Cabins

Finding your cabin is a breeze on Paradise because stateroom hallways are conveniently color-coded (pink, orange, blue), making it easy to navigate.

Cabin options are limited and staterooms are simple. You won't find designated "spa cabins" or multi-bedroom staterooms but if you do need something a little more elaborate, there are 28 Grand Suites and 26 Junior Suites. The remaining 972 cabins are interior or ocean view -- but that will soon change. When Paradise enters dry dock in February 2018, the cabins will receive an upgrade and 98 staterooms will be refitted with balconies. There are 24 accessible cabins, which are available in each cabin category.

When you first arrive, your cabin steward will stop by with a checklist and ask if you'd like the cabin serviced in the morning, evenings or both. You can also select amenities like bathrobes, a hair dryer and extra towels, pillows and blankets. We appreciated the option to choose how often to have the stateroom serviced, and took them up on the bathrobe offer.

Standard cabins have two outlets: one 120 volt and one 220 volt (European), plus a shaver outlet in the bathroom. We brought a small extension cord from home -- the kind that has three total outlets on it. If you bring an extension cord, make it small (no large power strips), and make sure it does not have a surge protector and is in excellent condition or it will be confiscated. Bringing a European converter is another way to add a second outlet for charging electronics.

Interior: These basic cabins have 185 square feet of space with small, flat-screen televisions that are awkwardly placed in the corners. Besides a small chair and beige-colored vanity dresser with a mirror and well-worn drawers, interior cabins are light on furnishings. Some can accommodate three or four passengers (great for families), but the pulldown beds overhang the standard beds, making it feel a little cramped. There are no mini-refrigerators, however the cabin steward is quick to fill the ice bin upon request. A fairly large armoire/closet has an ample number of hangers and shelves, as well as a safe for valuables.

A red, decorative trim around the walls and over the beds makes a handy shelf for small belongings like medicines, water bottles and other frequently used items. Designated wall slots for "Sail and Sign" cards (the keycard you use to get into your cabin, as well as for all onboard purchases) and the daily fun briefing (as well as other brochures that pile up) were a nice touch as well, as was the artwork of a classic cruise liner. Beds, which have reading lights on either side, were extremely comfortable and made for a good night's rest. Beds can be set up as two twins or one queen.

Bathrooms include a medicine cabinet, towel racks and a decent amount of space on the sink for storing items. A tiny trash can is built into the wall under the sink. Showers are surprisingly roomy and comfortable, with strong water pressure, handheld showerheads, curtains, small tiled floors and built-in shampoo and body wash dispensers (no conditioner). However, there are no shelves for bath products in the shower, and no clotheslines for wet bathing suits or other clothes.

Oceanview Cabins: These are identical to interior cabins with the exception of the large porthole window with curtains.

Junior Suites: Junior Suites, also called balcony suites, have 247 total square feet of space with a 27-square-foot balcony; all are located on Deck 11. Bathrooms are the same as interior and ocean-view cabins but the vanity/desk area in the balcony suites is larger and made with dark-finished wood. There's also a hideaway mini-refrigerator and mini-bar with wineglasses, and four electric outlets (one European). Beds have a glass mirror and leather headboard, and a lamp on the nightstand instead of small reading lights.

Furnishings in the sitting area include a leather sofa bed and a coffee table, with no wall separating it from the sleeping area. There's also a large window and heavy wooden balcony doors (in lieu of sliding-glass doors). The balcony has two deck chairs and a small table. The lifeboats are located on the deck below these cabins but you can still see the ocean.

Grand Suites: Ranging from 400 to 445 square feet of space (including a 70- to 115-square-foot balcony), these staterooms have more elaborate bathrooms with soaking tubs/shower combos and a large marble counter with plenty of space for beauty products. Like the Junior Suites, these rooms feature dark wood furnishings and a large mirrored vanity area with a mini-refrigerator, as well as seven electrical outlets. A living area consists of two leather couches fitted together into the corner (to make one long couch), a massive painting, two leather chairs and a glass coffee table. This area is separated from the sleeping area by a partial wall. Stylish reading lamps and a mirrored wall are fitted over the bed. Balconies directly overlook the ocean, and have three chairs and a small table.

Cruisers in all suite categories get priority boarding and debarkation, two complimentary bottles of water, one bag of laundry washed and priority dining requests.

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Deck:
Riviera Deck
Main Deck
Upper Deck
Empress Deck
Atlantic Deck
Promenade Deck
Lido Deck
Verandah Deck
Sports Deck
Sun Deck

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