In essence, you get what you pay for. The Paradise is a good deal for the price, overall. The ship isn't perfect (i.e., malodorous smells in certain places around the ship, infrequent cleaning of public bathrooms, etc.) but, if you adjust your expectations accordingly, you will be happy.
We went on both the 3-day and 4-day cruises. One in the fall and the other in the summer. (Obviously, the fall cruise was nowhere as crowded as the summer one.)
Everything was okay for the most part. Our only uber-dissatisfaction had to do with the child care. (We have two kids who, after one evening at their facility, begged us not to leave them there again because they had such a bad time. (These are normally very happy and well-behaved kids who don't normally complain.) Apparently, the counselors yelled at the kids (not only ours) and didn't have any programs in effect to entertain/challenge them.)
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