We were traveling over the spring break week and expected a lot of kids and they were there. We were very late boarding the ship so embarkation was not an issue. We were booked as "cabins assigned upon arrival," so since we ran so late we assumed the worst. We were pleasantly suprised to find 3-large (by cruise standards), ajoining outside staterooms. Food was typical of Carnival, as good as most. Breakfast was better on the Lido Deck. (Eggs to order, breakfast meats, French toast and the rest.) Entertainment was above average. Funny comedian (R-rated). Casino was a suprisingly good time. Great varity of gaming including: slots, Craps, Roulette, Three card poker, Caribbean stud and Black Jack. But the highlight had to be the children's program. My 8-year-old daughter loved it and we rarely saw my 14-year-old son, except at dinner. We had traveled on NCL in November and we felt their kids' program was like a little prison. Joselido lead our dining room staff team. Wonderful service, no need went unsatisfied. They were also wonderful with the children. They are very serious about the no-smoking policy. Passengers must turn all smoking materials and lighters or matches over to security. They will have them at the ports for you and then you return them prior to boarding the ship. Look forward to traveling again on the Paradise within the next 6 months.
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