High cruise demand at Port Tampa Bay brings renovated cruise ship for year-long service to Cuba, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

High Cruise Demand at Port Tampa Bay Brings Renovated Cruise Ship For Year-Long Service to Cuba, Mexico and the Caribbean
Caption: The refurbished Carnival Paradise returned to Port Tampa Bay last week, contributing to a record-breaking weekend for passenger traffic. Photo courtesy Port Tampa Bay

As cruise business hits all-time records at Port Tampa Bay, the recently renovated Carnival Paradise (see also CruiseMapper) returns to year-round cruise service Monday last week.

After a month-long dry dock, extensive upgrades to the Carnival Paradise include a new water park, restaurants, bars, and staterooms. The multi-million dollar makeover features the "WaterWorks Aqua Park", an all-ages water park with a 300 foot-long twister water slide and two 82 foot-long racing slides. Carnival Paradise's additions also include four new themed bars and restaurants including "Guy's Burger Joint", and 38 new staterooms.

On Monday, March 26th - Carnival Paradise departs on a five-day Caribbean cruise to Cozumel and Grand Cayman – part of the ship's year-round sailings from Port Tampa Bay that also include four-day cruises to Cozumel and five-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 ports throughout the Caribbean.

Last month, Port Tampa Bay twice shattered cruise passenger records with nearly 23,000 passengers in and out of the Port in one weekend.

Aerial shots of renovated Carnival Paradise:

Video of Carnival Cruise Line's "Waterworks Aqua Park":

Video of "Guy's Burger Joint":

Source: Port Tampa Bay