We were on the Paradise, a couple of new years ago. We did a quick 3 night over the holiday. We were with a couple who had never cruised before. We stayed in the Queen Mary the night before the cruise. We were able to do the boarding process in the Queen Mary, before they opened boarding in the terminal. We loved staying on the Queen Mary, is was very nostalgic, and historical. We took a ghost tour of her, and you get to go in areas not seen by the public, like the HUGE cargo hulls. It was awesome.