Carnival Paradise sets sail from Tampa following major makeover

Carnival Paradise sets sail from Tampa following major makeover

MIAMI — Carnival Paradise is back on the seas following an extensive month-long dry dock that added a slew of new upgrades and amenities.

The newly renovated ship returned to year-round cruise service on March 26 from Port Tampa Bay, sporting a new water park, 38 new staterooms, 98 additional stateroom balconies and several new food and beverage concepts.

“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.

New features that were added during dry dock include Guy’s Burger Joint, a free-of-charge poolside venue developed in partnership with Food Network personality Guy Fieri, and the RedFrog Rum Bar, a poolside watering hole offering Carnival’s own private label draught brew, ThirstyFrog Red.

Other F&B options include BlueIguana Cantina, a complimentary poolside Mexican eatery, and BlueIguana Tequila Bar, a fun and festive outdoor bar offering tequila-based frozen drinks.

For kids, Camp Ocean is a colourful play area designed for 2- to 11-year-olds, while Circle C offers 12- to 14-year-olds a space to enjoy dance parties, video games and more. Moreover, WaterWorks Aqua Park on the Verandah Deck is an expansive all-ages waterpark featuring an enclosed 300-foot-long Twister water slide, and a new nine-hole miniature golf course has been relocated to Deck 14 so that families can tee up in the fresh sea air.

As for stateroom enhancements, 38 new rooms have been added – two Grand vista suites offering floor-to-ceiling windows, 22 junior suites, two scenic oceanview and 12 interior accommodations. Private verandahs have been added to 98 existing accommodations, creating spacious new 230square-foot balcony staterooms.

Carnival Paradise will sail year-round from Tampa on four-day cruises to Cozumel and dive-day cruises to Cozumel and mahogany Bay (Roatan), Key West or Grand Cayman. The ship also offers 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.

Reservations are currently open for all of Carnival’s departures from Tampa.