Pre-Cruise Events at Tampa

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 Local Tampa Events

Welcome to Tampa


We recommend you arrive at least a day early to make sure you don’t miss the ship, especially if you’re flying or taking another public transportation system. Be sure to check out Trip Tips and FAQs too.

If you’re arriving to the area early, you’ll have a wonderful chance to extend your vacation. The Gulf Coast City of Tampa in particular has so much to do as visitors from around the nation and world discover each year. Click here to learn more about the area and some of the attractions you can take advantage of before or after your Cruise.

CWSC with the help of local Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and Bahai communities, and local organizations, we’re planning an interfaith welcome & reception and an on the ground community outreach project to serve the needy. You’re invited! It’ll be a great way to do good and help remake the world! Here’s what’s happening…



Church of Scientology 1300 East 8th Avenue Tampa FL 33605-3601 (813) 872-0722

Organization Representatives Attending

Honorable Rick Kriseman, Mayor, St Petersburg, Florida

Rev. Martha Stilson, Church of Scientology, St. Petersburg, Florida

Rev. Russell Meyers, Executive Director, Florida Council of Churches

Rev. Dr. Doral Pulley, President, Interfaith Tampa Bay, Florida

Imam Abdul Karim Ali, Chair, Tampa Bay Area Muslim Association and Vice President Interfaith Tampa Bay, Florida

Hasan Shibly, Executive Director, Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), Florida.

Deandra Bolden, Metropolitan Ministries, Tampa, Florida

Principal Gwen and Chorus Students, Arqam’s Academy, Saint Petersburg, Florida

Basimah Shakir, Co-Chair, Anisa Womens Group, Clearwater, Florida

Ben Smet, Director, Open Partnership Education Network (OPEN), University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, Florida

Saad Rahmouni, Masjid Sunnah, St. Petersburg, Florida

Imam Dr. Talib M. Shareef, President Masjid Muhammad (The Nation’s Mosque), Washington, D.C.

Mukhtar Muhammad, Executive Director, Community Wide Shuraa Conference, Inc. (CWSC)



Metropolitan Ministries 2002 N. Florida Ave Tampa, FL 33602 813-209-1000

Coordinator: Deandra Bolden

CWSC volunteers will be joining volunteers at Metropolitan Ministries in helping to feed the poor, hungry and homeless in the Tampa Bay area. By advance registration only.

With gratitude to the Tampa-St. Petersburg Faith Communities and Governmental Leaders and special mention of Tampa-St. Pete organizers and hosts Rev. Martha Stilson (Church of Scientology), Deandra Bolden (Metropolitan Ministries) and M. Nailah Abdullah (Community Wide Shuraa Conference and Tampa Bay Area Muslim Association)…Together we can remake the world.


Thursday, March 5 – 9, 2020 Carnival Paradise

Departure port: Tampa, FL Port of call: Cozumel, Mexico. See also Pre-Cruise Tampa, Florida Events.

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We broke the mold after we made this one. The final Fantasy class cruise ship ever created, Carnival Paradise is proof that there’s plenty of fun to be found long before you reach your dream destination.

While we’ve never stopped adding the latest and greatest features to the ship, this ship remains classic Carnival — fun-packed from bow to stern. With so much of it indoors, outdoors and everywhere in between, Carnival Paradise features great times in and near the water courtesy of hot tubs, pools and a WaterWorks waterpark featuring a giant spiraling slide and dual racing slides. For those who appreciate a good story, there’s Seuss at Sea with an interactive storytime and parade!

On the food front, aboard this ship there’s two of our top casual spots: Guy’s Burger Joint, featuring the goods from Guy Fieri, and BlueIguana Cantina, with authentic south-of-the-border taco/burrito goodness. Refreshments — and good times — abound. And a little closer to home (well, your vacation home), Carnival Paradise now features even more staterooms with a balcony. Feel that breeze!

Spend a vacation aboard Carnival Paradise, and you’ll find a little slice of cruise ship paradise at sea.


Photo shoots of some of Paradise’s Amenities & More (click to enlarge photo)

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*All itineraries, times, ports, programming, performances, appearances and locations are subject to change without notice.