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ok ive been going back and fourth all day and still cant decide on a 5 nite cruise, checked airfare and all that . airfare prices almost the same so thats not an issue anymore. ive never traveled from any of these ports .. choice a carnival paradise choice b carnival valor choice c carnival dream .port of calls similar. if you were me what cruise would you choose. mostly we just like laying by the pool during the day and casino at night.

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I haven't been on Dream so can't comment on that. I am booked to go on Paradise, I like that it is a smaller ship. Went on Valor a few years ago, and I didn't care for it.

So if I had to pick between Dream and Paradise I would go for the smaller ship.

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My personal preference based on Ships would be 1-Dream, 2-Valor, and 3-Paradise.

Do you do Balconies?  If so definitely Dream or Valor.

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How long of a cruise?
Which port are you cruising from?
All things equal, I would sail the Dream.
Been on her before and she is a great ship.
 

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You didn't mention where any of the sailings are to. So just based on the ships, I'd go with the larger/newer ship first, to the oldest, smallest ship last. With the choices you gave, that would be 1. Dream 2. Valor then 3. Paradise. The Dream compared to the Paradise is a world of difference. 

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Here is the Magic beside of the Ecstasy, which the Ecstasy is a sister ship to the Paradise and the Magic is a sister ship to the Dream. It would look like the Dream beside of the Paradise. 

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the ports are all mexico . what is better to go out of gavelston or new orleans im going to spend a few nights before the cruise also

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For the convenience of the port you're sailing out of, I like Galveston.

 

For the ship I'd also vote for the Dream (I've sailed Magic & Breeze, her sister ships and loved them).

 

If visiting the port was important, I'd pick Nola for fun things to do, Galveston for laying on a beach and vegging.

 

So it sounds like none of us are really helping you decide, because we either disagree with each other or we're waffling, like me!!!

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1 hour ago, melsmom303 said:

ok ive been going back and fourth all day and still cant decide on a 5 nite cruise, checked airfare and all that . airfare prices almost the same so thats not an issue anymore. ive never traveled from any of these ports .. choice a carnival paradise choice b carnival valor choice c carnival dream .port of calls similar. if you were me what cruise would you choose. mostly we just like laying by the pool during the day and casino at night.

Dream--you would have fun loving and great Texans on board!

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If you are flying into the port, than New Orleans is a lot easier than flying into Houston and getting to Galveston.  You will find that most people on the cruises out of Galveston drive to the port.  That's what we have done every time.

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We are booked on the Paradise this month, our 7th cruise on this particular ship and our 50th cruise overall. Tampa has the best embarkation and debarkation with friendly and efficient ground crew. We live 45 minutes from the Port of Tampa, so we prefer to cruise out of there instead of having to drive to other FL ports whenever possible. We have also sailed on the Valor, but not the Dream. Loved the Valor. It's hard to compare the Paradise and the Valor because they are different classes of ships with the Valor being newer and more bells and whistles, if that is important to you. We like the Paradise because it is smaller and I love the casino - spend all my time there whenever it's open. Paradise has Guy's Burger Joint and the Blue Iguana Cantina and a great crew. Good luck on your choice and enjoy whichever one you select.

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i did it i booked the paradise. its perfect for our needs this trip. super excited. had a future cruise credit and i just paid the balance but it says i still owe the amount of the credit so i called and they said it takes  2 days for the credit to post i dont owe a balance so ill keep checking . then after i get off the phone  i go to print documents and see they have my husband as a mrs and i cant book shore excursions it says whlie under courtesy hold but its definatly  not . so now i have to call again wanted to see if fttf was available uggh

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