My family has sailed on the Paradise and Valor, so I can comment on the differences of those two ships. The Paradise just went through a major dry dock last year, and looked great when we sailed it last March. Since you are looking to enjoy the empty ship on port days, I would recommend the Valor as it is a newer and bigger ship with more features. The Valor also has a Red Frog Pub which is a nice area. If you are a fan of movies, the Valor has the seaside theater where they show movies at night. Attached is a picture of the Valor from last month in Cozumel. New Years cruises are always a ton of fun!