Makeover of Tampa-based cruise ship Carnival Paradise to bring giant water park
One of Carnival Cruise Line's oldest ships, Carnival Paradise, is getting a massive makeover that includes the addition of a giant water park on its top deck, the line revealed this week. Taking place over the coming month, the overhaul of the 2,056-passenger vessel also will bring 38 new cabins and the addition of 98 balconies to existing cabins that don't have balconies.
Sailing since 1998 and now based in Tampa, Fla., Paradise is one of Carnival's eight Fantasy Class ships, which as originally built featured almost no cabins with balconies. The new water park planned for Paradise will have an enclosed, 300-foot-long water slide called Twister and two 82-foot-long racing slides. It'll also have a splash zone for kids.
In another change to Paradise's deck-top areas, the ship's nine-hole miniature golf course will be relocated.
The makeover of Paradise also will bring a Guy’s Burger Joint — a poolside burger venue developed in partnership with the Food Network's Guy Fieri that is now on almost every ship in the Carnival fleet.
Other food-related additions will include BlueIguana Cantina, a poolside Mexican eatery that offers burritos and tacos on home-made tortillas and an extensive toppings and salsa bar. It's another venue that is now on almost every Carnival ship.
Paradise also will get a BlueIguana Tequila Bar, a Mexican-themed, pool-side bar serving frozen drinks and beer that has been rolling out across the Carnival fleet; a RedFrog Rum Bar, another poolside venue found on Carnival ships that specializes in rum-based frozen drinks; and Camp Ocean, a marine-inspired play area for kids ages two to 11.
Paradise sails year-round from Tampa to the Caribbean with a varied schedule of four- to eight-night voyages. The trips will be on hiatus over the coming month as the overhaul takes place but will resume on March 26.
By Gene Sloan, USA Today
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