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Cruises from Tampa

Updated on September 27, 2011

Cruise Lines Operating in Tampa FL

The unique charms of the city of Tampa have prompted the world's top cruise ship operators to include Tampa as one of their top departure ports and destination ports.

The cruise lines operating in Tampa are the following:

  • Royal Caribbean Cruises
  • Carnival Cruises
  • Princess Cruises
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Holland America Cruises


Cruise Ship Ryndam Docked in Tampa

Holland America Line's cruise ship Ryndam, Port of Tampa, photo by roger4336, CC BY-SA 2.0, via flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/24736216@N07/5243089640/
Holland America Line's cruise ship Ryndam, Port of Tampa, photo by roger4336, CC BY-SA 2.0, via flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/24736216@N07/5243089640/

How Much Are Cruises from Tampa?

Cruises in the Western Caribbean start from $229 per person for a 4-day cruise, but if you take advantage of promos from cruise lines and travel partners or affiliates, you can book a cruise for less.

A 14-day cruise on Carnival Inspiration that takes vacationers to the Cayman Islands, Colombia, Panama Canal, Costa Rica, and Mexico costs $969 per person.



Cruise Ship: Jewel of the Seas

The cruise ship Jewel of the Seas is owned by Royal Caribbean International. These are its cruises from Tampa:

Western Caribbean Cruise (5 Nights)

Choose from 3 itineraries:

Itinerary 1: Tampa -> Cozumel -> Costa Maya -> Tampa
Itinerary 2: Tampa -> Key West -> Cozumel -> Tampa
Itinerary 3: Tampa -> Cozumel -> Costa Maya -> Tampa

Western Caribbean Cruise (4 Nights)

Tampa -> Cozumel -> Tampa

Some Great Things About Jewel of the Seas:

  • Verandahs in standard cabins
  • Airy nine-deck-high atrium
  • Vortex Disco revolving nightclub
  • Rock-climbing wall
  • Adventure Ocean for kids
  • Consistently good cuisine
  • Alternative restaurants
  • Grand-production shows for entertainment

Carnival Inspiration, photo by mbarrison, CC BY-SA 2.0, via flickr, http://www.flickr.com/photos/barrison/6060394410/sizes/m/in/photostream/
Carnival Inspiration, photo by mbarrison, CC BY-SA 2.0, via flickr, http://www.flickr.com/photos/barrison/6060394410/sizes/m/in/photostream/

Cruise Ship: Carnival Inspiration

The cruise ship Carnival Inspiration is owned by Carnival, considered the most popular and largest cruise line in the world.

One of its cruises departing from Tampa is the following:

Western Caribbean (5 Nights)

Itinerary: Tampa -> Grand Cayman -> Cozumel -> Tampa

What's Great About Carnival Inspiration?

  • Good for first timers
  • Great for families with children as two-year olds are accepted
  • Activities and facilities for kids, including Aquapark, waterslides, and Camp Carnival
  • Casual-dining restaurants
  • 12 bars and lounges that offer music and comedy shows


Port of Tampa and Downtown Tampa, Seen from a Cruise Ship

Port of Tampa, downtown Tampa, photo by mbarrison, CC BY-SA 2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/barrison/6059859414/sizes/m/in/photostream/
Port of Tampa, downtown Tampa, photo by mbarrison, CC BY-SA 2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/barrison/6059859414/sizes/m/in/photostream/

Historic American Victory Ship, Seen from Cruise Ship

American Victory Ship (World War II, Korea, Vietnam), docked in Tampa, photo by GregM35, CC BY-ND 2.0, flickr.com/photos/35696215@N04/5554233435/in/set-72157626128488687
American Victory Ship (World War II, Korea, Vietnam), docked in Tampa, photo by GregM35, CC BY-ND 2.0, flickr.com/photos/35696215@N04/5554233435/in/set-72157626128488687

Cruise Ships: Carnival Legend and Carnival Paradise

Cruise Ship: Carnival Legend

Exotic Western Caribbean (7 Nights)

Itinerary 1: Tampa -> Cozumel -> Belize City -> Roatan -> Grand Cayman -> Tampa
Itinerary 2: Tampa -> Grand Cayman -> Cozumel -> Belize Dock -> Roatan -> Tampa

This cruise ship offers flexible dining. Most of its cabins also offer views and many cabins have balconies.

Panama Canal Cruise (14 Days)

Tampa -> Grand Cayman -> Cartagena, Colombia Dock -> Panama Canal Transit Dock -> Puntarenas, Costa Rica Dock -> Acapulco, Mexico Dock -> Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Tender -> Los Angeles

Cruise Ship: Carnival Paradise

Western Caribbean (5 Nights)

Itinerary: Tampa -> Grand Cayman -> Cozumel -> Tampa

This cruise:

  • is great for multi-generational families and groups
  • offers short cruises
  • offers programs and facilities for kids


Departing Port of Tampa

Port of Tampa, by Marc Barrison, CC BY-SA 2.0, flickr.com/photos/barrison/6059319885
Port of Tampa, by Marc Barrison, CC BY-SA 2.0, flickr.com/photos/barrison/6059319885

From Tampa to the Caribbean and Back to Tampa

Caribbean, photo by CubanRefugee, CC BY 2.0, via flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/cubanrefugee/5213834038/sizes/z/in/photostream/
Caribbean, photo by CubanRefugee, CC BY 2.0, via flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/cubanrefugee/5213834038/sizes/z/in/photostream/

Cruise Ship: Norwegian Star

The cruise ship Norwegian Star is owned by Norwegian Cruise Line.

Western Caribbean From Tampa (7 Nights)

Itinerary: Tampa -> Roatan -> Belize City -> Costa Maya -> Cozumel -> Tampa

Caribbean Escape From Tampa (12 Nights)

Itinerary: Tampa -> Ocho Rios -> Curacao -> Aruba -> St. Maarten -> St. Thomas -> New York

Great offers:

  • Large ship with plenty of attractive nooks
  • Huge variety of dining options
  • Expanded facilities are great for kids, teens and families

Cruise Ship: Ryndam

The cruise ship Ryndam is owned by Holland America Line.

Western Caribbean Collectors (14 Nights)

Itinerary: Tampa -> Key West -> Ocho Rios -> Grand Cayman -> Cozumel -> Belize City -> Roatan -> Costa Maya -> Tampa

Western Caribbean (7 Nights)

Itinerary: Tampa -> Key West -> Ocho Rios -> Grand Cayman -> Cozumel -> Tampa

  • Moderately sized ship, feels homey and cozy
  • Cooking demos at the Culinary Arts Center
  • Great Pacific Northwest treats at Pinnacle Grill


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      Nora Tamba 6 years ago

      Thanks a lot, jacqui, Gnelson, klaceyjsmith, amynichter, for your inspiring comments.

      So kind.

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      amynichter 6 years ago from Canton, Ohio

      We're getting ready to move to the Clearwater/Tampa/St Pete area .... you've already given me wonderful ideas for vacations! Nice hub!

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      klaceyjsmith 6 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Great article. I have family in Florida and on my wish list, at some point in time in the near future, is a cruise to the Bahamas or anywhere else tropical for that matter.

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      GNelson 6 years ago from Florida

      Haven't been on a cruise for a while. Sounds like a great idea!

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      jacqui2011 6 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      Reading your hub has really put me in the mood for a holiday. Great cruise review. I've never been on a cruise, but I would love to one day. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful.

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