The ship was great, the dining room staff was friendly and worked hard to please us, the cabins were large and a no smoking atmosphere was great, but...This was the first cruise that we chose late dining. Paradise has 2 dining rooms, each with an early and late seating. We were in the second late dining. As a result, we saw all the shows from the the back of the balcony. If you want to take advantage of the entertainment (the shows were about average for a cruise) make sure you're not in the last late dining seating. The shore excursions were not as good as what we had experienced on other cruises. In addition, the descriptions were deceptive. One of our favorite things on previous Caribbean cruises was the day spent at a private island, laying on the beach, swimming, and especially snorkeling. When we booked this cruise we knew it did not include a day at a private island, but we thought we could do snorkeling at the beach at one of the islands. One of the Grand Cayman excursions was a 7-mile beach, including a beach chair and snokeling and we could remain there all day. Other excursions for snorkeling were limited to a couple of hours, so we signed up for the 7- mile beach. The description of the beach and the snorkeling made it sound great. However, when we got there, we were jammed onto a small section of beach with wall-to-wall people (the hotel that the Paradise arranged this with owned about 50 feet of beach front). The snorkeling was almost non-existent. What we had anticipated as one of the highlights of the cruise turned out to be our worst day.Overall, while we had a good vacation, it was not up what we had experienced with other cruise lines.
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