In TAMPA, the Port of departure is a DESTINATION IN ITSELF
Tampa has become a favorite port of departure for a growing number of cruise passengers who want to enhance the cruise experience with a day or two at either the front end or on the back end of any of a variety of Caribbean itineraries.
In close proximity to the top-rated airport in the United States, cruise passengers can take a little more time sightseeing, shopping and taking in the cultural faire of the city of Tampa. World-class shopping, a unique assortment of museums and top zoos, Busch Gardens , and the allure of Ybor City (the historic Latin Quarter pronounced “EE-BOR”), are just a few of the colorful characteristics that make Tampa one of the premier cruise port destinations in the South. Well-appointed luxury hotels and upscale dining are also very close by. And of course who can think of sunny Florida without also considering the world’s best beaches or Orlando’s world-famous parks? Tampa is approximately one hour from the ‘fun’ capital of the world.
Together with the city, Port Tampa Bay continues to develop Channelside, a lively complex offering an enticing combination of dining, shopping and IMAX cinema, literally steps from the Port’s modern cruise terminals. Channelside’s outdoor plaza is often a venue for live music and provides a perfect setting for socializing and enjoying clear, balmy nights. Adjacent to Channelside, a stop at the Florida Aquarium is essential to those who crave the fascination of the underwater world.
Tampa now homeports six vessels from three cruise lines: Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America, Royal Caribbean International and Norwegian Cruise Line, offering the variety of 4, 5, 7, and 14-day cruise itineraries. We also are welcoming in Fiscal Year 2015, the Aida Cruises 'AIDAvita' for six ports of call.
Port Tampa Bay’s cruise terminals deliver passengers the type of service that meets and exceeds expectations. State-of-the-art in design, the terminals incorporate the far-reaching and diverse needs of all security agencies, while providing a comfortable, expedient cruise experience to customers.
Other characteristics of the Port’s cruise terminals include customer-friendly information areas, superior security, full passenger amenities and on-terminal parking. Close proximity to the interstate highway system adds to the overall convenience of cruising from Tampa.
For the complete cruise vacation, give Tampa a try and see what the area has for you!
Check out our new cruise brochure, Tampa Homeport and Beyond, jointly created by Port Tampa Bay and Tampa Bay and Company.