We have cruised Carnival twice before but not on spring break or on this ship. I don't know if it is just the paradise or if carnival is cutting back on all their ships but the quality is just not there anymore. Our room was in definate need of a vacume and there was a storage area at the foot of our bed for life jackets that made getting to the window or going around to the other side of the bed very difficult. The only way was to step on the storage cabinette or the bed. It would have been very difficult for an elderly person. (carnival, just take the darn thing out!) the quality of the food was definately not good. Gone are the days of beef wellington, filet mignon, or escargo. Now on the menu is chicken, fish, pork chops, and flat iron steak. If you wanted someting better you were charged an extra $18 for the food. I wouldn't have minded if it was in another private dining room but that was the charge in the regular dining room. I wonder how long it would have taken them to cook that special and if the rest of the table would have been finished with their meal by the time it was served. We didn't try it. The staff seemed very tired and it seemed there was less of them. During dinner when they were supposed to do their little dances and songs most were frantically trying to get their service done instead. I think this will be the last carnival for me, it should be renamed the circus.
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