Carnival Paradise returns to Tampa with new onboard amenities

Carnival Paradise returns to Tampa with new onboard amenities
Left to right: Carnival Paradise's guests can now enjoy a new water park and miniature golf course (Image: Carnival Cruise Line)

Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Paradise has resumed her year-round service from Port Tampa Bay in Florida, US with 38 new staterooms, 98 balconies, additional dining venues and an aqua park.

Added during a multi-million dollar, month-long renovation, Carnival Paradise’s new Fun Ship 2.0 enhancements include Camp Ocean, a marine-inspired area for children aged 2-11 that offers more than 200 ocean-themed activities; Circle C, a space for 12- to 14-year-old guests to enjoy dance parties, video games and more; and the Waterworks Aqua Park, which has three water slides and a children’s splash zone. Other Fun Ship 2.0 upgrades include new poolside venues like Mexican eatery BlueIguana Cantina, the BlueIguana Tequila Bar, Caribbean-themed RedFrog Rum Bar, and Guy’s Burger Joint, which was developed in partnership with Food Network personality and American chef Guy Fieri.

In addition, the nine-hole miniature golf course has been relocated to Deck 14, while the retail area has been redesigned to offer multiple branded boutiques, such as Pandora and Guess. The printed photo gallery has been replaced with a digital Pixels-branded platform that allows guests to identify and purchase images via their smartphones or at a nearby kiosk.

Carnival Paradise was also fitted with 38 additional staterooms, including 12 interior cabins, two ocean view rooms, 22 junior suites and two Grand Vista suites with floor-to-ceiling windows. Private verandas have also been added to 98 existing accommodations to create new 230-square-foot balcony staterooms. All staterooms now offer island-inspired interiors with bright colours and pastels inspired by the ship’s tropical itineraries.

“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.

Carnival Paradise will continue to sail year-round from Tampa, offering four-day cruises to Cozumel, Mexico and five-day cruises to Cozumel and Mahogany Bay in Roatan, Honduras, Key West in Florida or Grand Cayman. The ship also sails four- to eight-day cruises to Cuba featuring day-long and overnight calls in Havana, as well as visits to popular ports throughout the Caribbean.

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Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson
Tuesday, March 27, 2018