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  Carnival Paradise is shown here passing historic El Morro en route to Havana, Cuba, marking Carnival Cruise Line’s first-ever cruise to the picturesque island destination. The 2,052-passenger vessel – the largest cruise ship ever to call at Havana – departed Port Tampa Bay yesterday on the line’s inaugural voyage to Havana, the first of 12 four- and five-day sailings to the centuries-old Cuban capital. All cruises feature a daytime and overnight call in Havana to provide vacationers a rare and exciting opportunity to explore this fascinating destination.   Additional cruises in the series depart July 13, Aug. 14, 24 and 28, Sept. 7, 21 and 25, Oct. 5, 9 and 19, 2017, as well as May 3, 2018.  Four-day cruises…

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  Carnival Cruise Line hosted a bon voyage reception at Port Tampa Bay today to mark the line’s inaugural cruise to Havana, Cuba, aboard the Carnival Paradise. The event was a celebration of Cuban culture, music, cuisine and libations, featuring the “World’s Largest Cuban Sandwich at Sea” and a $25,000 charity donation to Tampa’s Ybor City Museum Society. Attendees included Carnival Cruise Line Executive Vice President of Guest Shipboard Operations Gus Antorcha, representatives of Port Tampa Bay, Ybor City Museum Society and invited guests. Today’s voyage marks the first of 12 four- and five-day cruises, each with a daytime and overnight call at Havana to provide vacationers a rare and exciting opportunity to explore the fascinating and historic destination. Additional…

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