Carnival Paradise cruises from Tampa are back!
Carnival Paradise has resumed its year-round cruise schedule from the west coast of Florida. The newly refurbished Carnival Paradise was in dry dock for a month and emerged with many of the same features and venues found on newer Carnival ships.
Among the additions are 38 new staterooms, 98 balconies added to existing staterooms, a sprawling waterpark and Carnival’s popular food and beverage options.
While the four-day cruises head to Cozumel, the five-day cruises visit Cozumel plus either Mahogany Bay (Roatan), Key West or Grand Cayman.
Carnival Paradise also offers four- to eight-day cruises to Cuba featuring full day and overnight calls in Havana, plus additional port calls en route.
“We can’t wait for our guests to check out the fantastic new features aboard Carnival Paradise, which returns to service better than ever offering an exciting combination of itineraries featuring top destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico and Cuba,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.
Here’s what was added to the Carnival Paradise
Complimentary poolside dining developed in partnership with Guy Fieri, features their famous Guy Fieri burgers and tons of toppings.
RedFrog Rum Bar
A poolside bar with a Caribbean theme serving Caribbean rum-based frozen drinks and beers, including Carnival’s own private label draught brew, ThirstyFrog Red.
A complimentary poolside Mexican eatery for authentic burritos and tacos on homemade tortillas, plus an extensive toppings and salsa bar.
Another poolside bar with a laid-back Mexican-themed atmosphere (think Cabo San Lucas) and tequila-based frozen drinks and beers.
Marine-themed play area for kids ages 2-11 offers more than 200 ocean-themed activities and science-oriented programming.
Designed for the 12- to 14-year-old set, in this space, kids can simply chill or make new friends, attend dance parties, play video games and more.
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New Staterooms and Enhancements
Thirty-eight staterooms have been added that includes two Grand Vista suites with floor-to-ceiling windows. Also added were 22 junior suites, two scenic oceanview and 12 interior staterooms. Verandahs have also been added to 98 existing staterooms.
WaterWorks Aqua Park
Located on Verandah Deck, this expansive all-ages water park sports an enclosed 300-foot-long Twister water slide, two 82-foot-long racing slides, and a kiddie splash zone.
Miniature Golf Course
Nine-hole miniature golf course has been relocated to Deck 14 (think sea air!)
Retail and Photo Enhancements
The retail shops have a new design and enhanced products at multiple branded boutiques, including Pandora and Guess. The photo gallery is now a digital Pixels-branded platform so you can identify and purchase images through your smartphone or at a nearby kiosk.
In addition to Carnival Paradise cruises from Tampa, Carnival Miracle also cruises year-round on six- and seven-day cruises to the western Caribbean. Plus, Carnival Miracle also heads out on eight-day cruises that include a partial transit of the Panama Canal.
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