I was a few months pregnant when we sailed, and did a back to back cruise, as we figured that when the baby came, we wouldn't be going anywhere for awhile. Specifically picked the Paradise because smoking normally bothers me anyway, but while pregnant, it REALLY bothered me. I can't tell you how great it was to not be around smoke for 14 days, especially in places like the casino, which can normally be so smokey.I am always amazed at people who say everything from top to bottom was terrible. I think a cruise is what you make it. If you want to be miserable and not find anything to do, then you can - but there are lots of things to do for fun if you avail yourself of them. We had a wonderful room that was clean with a lovely basket of goodies that was great. Our room steward was very attentive. I was still having morning sickness a little and had some meds with me that needed refrigeration. As there was no refrigerator, I had to keep it on ice all the time. Our room steward knew this and changed out the ice in the bucket at least 2 times a day to make sure it wouldn't melt. That to me was very special service indeed.I think the food was great. When you are paying the price that you are, and there are over 2,000 people there, what do some of these people expect for food? All individual menus?? Of course they have to streamline and serve certain things that make the service process go quicker instead of 2,00 people getting all different things. If you like the upscale food and total extravagence, then go on the more upscale lines and pay 3-4 times the price to get that special attention. But if you want good food, good times, and a great price, I am sorry, you just can't beat Carnival for what they do, and the price they charge.I give it 4 out of 5 stars because there is always room for small improvements, such as they were bad about not enforcing the no-saving policy for chairs at the shows and especially at the pool. Of course you people know who you are; you put a hat and a book on the chair and then you disappear for hours and still consider it your chair - for shame!The spa: here's my tip, if you are not into excursions, then go on port days you won't believe the savings!Excursions: What they will not tell you, is that on a lot of these, you can take a taxi from the port, go to the excursion site, and pay for it yourself and save up to 60-70%. The markup for excursions is kind of gouging.The smoke-free Paradise really spoiled me, have been on other cruises since and just isn't the same.Lynne N. from Dallas
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