You picked one of the best ships for you first cruise. The Paradise is Carnival's
most beautiful "Fantasy Class" ship IMHO. There are volumes of advice for first timers at a dozen sights (this being one of the best), so I'll just say..."go with the flow". Ocassionally something on a cruise may not quite live up to your pre-conception (especially if you are basing it on "The Love Boat"" TV show)...but don't worry about it...because on balance you are about to have one of the most exciting (FUN!) weeks of your life. And believe me...you'll want to book again as soon as economically possible (sometimes I can't even wait THAT long..as a few C.C. bills can attest).