Yep, we hate to lose the "Inspiration" as she's a GREAT ship, and I've enjoyed many relaxing cruises aboard this wonderful vessel. On the other hand, "Paradise" is a couple of years younger than "Inspiration", and will no doubt get a refit soon, so it may work out in Tampas favor. Only time will tell, but I must say that you West Coast Cruisers are getting a wonderful ship.
I too will miss INSPIRATION as she was my first CCL ship experience; I'm sailing on her again for the third time this November. That being said though, I welcome the opportunity to sail on the PARADISE once she settles into her new home port of TAMPA.
Perhaps Tampa's other ship, the LEGEND, will swap out with another ship sooner than later too??
Other than offering 2 Panama canal cruises whats the point of switching homeports especially if the ships are of the same class?
2008-Valor and Glory
2009-Spirit and Splendor
2010-Freedom of the Seas and Mariner of the Seas
2012-Allure of the Seas and Navigator of the Seas
It is probably so the Paradise can get in for her refurbishment and get all the new amenities added. Every ship in that class is supposed to get the refurb by 2012 I believe.
Majesty of the Seas - 10/03 & 02/07 & 11/08
Enchantment of the Seas - 10/04 & 10/11
Mariner of the Seas - 10/05
Vision of the Seas - 10/06 & 09/07
Carnival Liberty - 10/07
Adventure of the Seas - 9/08
Ruby Princess - 12/09
Voyager of the Seas - 9/10
Carnival Spirit - 11/10
Oasis of the Seas - 9/13
I am excited to see the Paradise go to Flordia. Was our first family cruise. Once she is in Tampa I can visit my sister and cruise on the same vacation.
2003-NCL Norway-Never got the pleasure. We all know what hapened to her.
Nov. 2003-Carnival Paradise-Family Cruise-Awesome
Aug 2004-Disney Wonder-Had a great time between 2 hurricanes
Oct 2007-Carnival Liberty-First "Kids Free" Cruise
April 2009-Carnival Splendor-Swine Flu Cruise-Enjoyed San Fran
April 2010-Carnival Dream-Loved the cruise
Jan 2012-Family Cruise on the Mariner of the Seas
Just off the Carnival Paradise and really enjoyed the ship. The decor was great, the food and staff were great. I liked it better than the Splendor.
I am considering the canal cruise.
Ray McDonald / Snoozeman
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I was on Inspiration for her last Tampa cruise. We had a wonderful time and really enjoyed the cruise a lot. Loved the Serenity deck. Very relaxing to lie on a lounge and watch the wake slip away. Music playing softly.
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