Located along the west coast of Florida, Tampa is a great city to take a cruise from, particularly because it is a convenient departure port for those that live within driving distance. It is also a great choice if you would like to take a cruise leaving from a beautiful city that has lots of things to do. While in Tampa, you can visit fun theme parks, go to the beach, visit a zoo or museum, go shopping, and enjoy a great meal at one of the city's fabulous restaurants.
Cruises from Tampa are available year-round, and are usually anywhere from 4- to over 14-nights in length. Among the cruise lines that offer cruises from Tampa are Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, and Carnival Cruise Line.
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The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise from Tampa, FL. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:
The following cruise lines feature cruises leaving from Tampa, FL. Select a cruise line to view upcoming cruises that they're offering from Tampa, FL:
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
These cruise lines enhance what mainstream cruise lines typically offer, by providing their guests with higher quality service and cuisine, along with more spacious public spaces and accommodations.
Depending on the cruise line, the ships in this class range in size from small to very large.
These cruise lines appeal to a more discerning traveler, and are typically more expensive than mainstream cruise lines, but more affordable than the luxury lines.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Tampa, along with a brief description:
♦ Busch Gardens
Without a doubt, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Tampa is Busch Gardens. It is a great theme park that features a bunch of exciting rides (like record-breaking roller coasters), as well as a zoo (with over 2,500 exotic and endangered animals). If you are looking to do something exciting before or after your cruise, consider paying a visit to here!
♦ Tampa Museum of Art
Located in downtown Tampa, this large museum is a great place to spend some time admiring fine works of art from many eras. The museum features a world-class collection of artworks, including Greek and Roman antiques, beautiful sculptures, photography, paintings, as well as contemporary art.
♦ Lowry Park Zoo
Wildlife lovers should definitely consider visiting Lowry Park Zoo before or after their cruise. The zoo is open daily, from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm (subject to change). There is a great educational program given at the zoo, as well as a really large selection of animals (over 2,000) and attractions. Among the animals you can see at this zoo are elephants, leopards, tigers, bears, kangaroos, tropical birds, giraffes, zebras, cheetahs, manatees, monkeys and raptors.
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