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Carnival Pride to Return to Tampa in 2017

In this photo released by Carnival Cruise Lines, the historic sailing vessel Pride of Baltimore fires a cannon salute to the Carnival Pride after it emerged from under the Francis Scott Key bridge en route to the Port of Baltimore Monday, April 27, 2009, in Baltimore. Owned by Carnival Cruise Lines, the Carnival Pride is the first ever cruise ship to be based year-round in Baltimore. Port officials anticipate the 960-foot-long liner will carry some 115,000 passengers a year and provide an annual economic impact of $152 million, generating some 1,550 jobs within Maryland. Carnival Pride's  itineraries include voyages to the Bahamas, eastern Caribbean and Florida. (AP Photo/Carnival Cruise Lines, Andy Newman) **NO SALES**

Carnival Cruise Line’s 2,124-passenger Carnival Pride will return to the Port of Tampa to operate a series of five- to 14-day voyages in January and February 2017.

Pride has undergone a multi-million-dollar renovation that added consumer favourites like Guy’s Burger Joint, developed in tandem with Food Network Star Guy Fieri, the full-service Bonsai Sushi, and BlueIguana Cantina serving authentic Mexican fare, along with innovative beverage concepts like the cocktail pharmacy-themed Alchemy Bar, the Caribbean-inspired RedFrog Pub, and the poolside BlueIguana Tequila Bar and RedFrog Rum Bar. A massive WaterWorks aqua park highlighted by Green Thunder, the fastest and steepest water slide at sea, was also added.

“Tampa is a popular port for ‘Fun Ship’ cruising and we’re thrilled that the Carnival Pride is returning to the port to operate this series of five- to 14-day cruises which feature visits to top destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico and Central and South America,” said Carnival president Christine Duffy. “These cruises also provide our valued travel agent partners with exciting new vacation choices to market to their clients.”

Carnival Pride will operate a series of seven-day cruises from Tampa departing Jan. 15, 22 and 29, and Feb. 19, 2017, visiting such destinations as Cozumel, Mexico; Belize City, Belize; Mahogany Bay, Isla Roatan; and George Town, Grand Cayman. Pride will also offer a five-day cruise round-trip from Tampa Feb. 14-19, 2017, calling at Grand Cayman and Cozumel.

Prior to its deployment to Tampa, Carnival Pride will operate a 13-day Carnival Journeys cruise departing Baltimore Jan. 2 and arriving in Tampa Jan. 15, 2017. Ports of call include Grand Turk, B.W.I.; Cartagena, Colombia; Colon, Panama (including optional excursions to the Panama Canal); Limon, Costa Rica; Mahogany Bay; Cozumel and the Caribbean’s newest destination, Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic.

A 14-day Carnival Journeys voyage will depart Tampa Feb. 26, visiting Cozumel, Limon, Colon, Aruba, Bonaire, and St. Maarten before arriving in Baltimore March 12, 2017. Following this voyage, Carnival Pride will resume its year-round schedule of seven-day cruises from Baltimore beginning March 12, 2017.

(http://www.carnival.com)

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