It is a great ship, When I was on it, it was completely non smoking, I believe now the ship is a "smoking" ship. Besides that the ship is wonderful a lot of space to hang around in as well as a great varity of food to eat. You will have more then enough choices of what to eat. There are more bars than you can count on one hand. Casnio is a pretty good size and I had fairly good luck in there ! Cabins are a pretty good size and ship has a lot to offer. When I was on it the bartenders were easy to bribe by slipping them a tip here and there. They would usualy hook you up with a shot or two after a few tips or so. If you need anything else let me know.
Sorry to here that you will be sailing on the Carnival Hell.... I mean "paradise".... I went on 4/11/04 while it was still a smoke free ship and found it to be extremly boring especially for a carnival ship.... There were kids my age but basically nothing to do, you had to struggle to even get a basketball from the pursers desk to go and shoot some hoops on the dinky area they have set up for it....the only plus I can really think of was the food... That I admit was pretty good and late at night go to the windjammer cafe' plenty of kids stay up all night hanging out there talkin the nite away .......P.S. - the casino is not very big