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The Tampa area features great attractions and theme parks, from Busch Gardens with it's African themed village and legendary roller coasters, to the calm serene waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Hand rolled cigars are made the old-fashioned way in the Latin Quarter. The atmosphere in Tampa is laid-back and slightly reserved, unlike the hustle bustle of Florida's east coast cities.

Tampa, Florida is ranked

  • #5 in Smoothest Embarkation Port

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Speedboat and Dolphin Surfing Adventure

Speedboat and Dolphin Surfing Adventure


Speedboat and Dolphin Surfing AdventureHave you ever imagined racing through the water alongside a w...

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Tropical Tampa Party Dinner Cruise

Tropical Tampa Party Dinner Cruise


Tropical Tampa Party Dinner CruiseClimb aboard a luxury yacht for an adventure off Clearwater Beach....

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Tropical Tampa Lunch Sightseeing Cruise

Tropical Tampa Lunch Sightseeing Cruise


Tropical Tampa Lunch Sightseeing CruiseEmbark on a dining and touring adventure near Clearwater Beac...

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Private Tampa Speedboat Adventure

Private Tampa Speedboat Adventure


Private Tampa Speedboat Adventure Want to be the captain on your own speedboat? This guided tour ta...

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Tampa, Florida expert cruise advice

10 Best Things to Do in Tampa, Florida

Thanks to its beaches and amusement parks, and nightlife, Tampa is a great spot for everyone. Here's our list of the best things to do in Tampa, FL.

6 Great Waterproof Cameras

A waterproof camera is the best way to document your under-the-sea adventures.

5 Ways to Beat the Post-Cruise Blues

After a vacation, it’s back to the grind, which (shock!) may not include frozen drinks with tiny umbrellas. Here, our favorite tricks for banishing the blues.

How to Spend a Beach Day on Your Caribbean Cruise

Heading to the Caribbean and want to check out all the beaches have to offer? Here's our list of the best resorts with day passes for cruisers to ensure you get the relaxing, sunbathing, sand-filled beach days of your dreams in port.

The 10 Best Cruise Ship Bars

From chilly “ice bars,” to bars that move between decks and more, these are the best places to drink at sea.

Map of Tampa, Florida

Hotels near Tampa, Florida cruise port

Tampa Marriott Water Street
700 S Florida Ave
Tampa, FL 33602

Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Ybor Historic District
1700 E 9th Ave
Tampa, FL 33605

Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa/Ybor City/Downtown
1301 E 7th Ave
Tampa, FL 33605

Quality Inn Airport - Cruise Port
1020 S Dale Mabry Hwy
Tampa, FL 33629

Quality Inn & Suites Near Fairgrounds Ybor City
4955 E 18th Ave
Tampa, FL 33605

1221 Tampa, Florida Port Reviews


by Rob2018

Realized after turning in my luggage that I left my passport in a suitcase, and of course, the bags were already on the boat. The HAL staff was amazing in helping me find my bags and get my document so I could board. Very easy and quick boarding process. Huge thumbs up for Tampa!


by Bruschii

Port was a pleasure to go out of. This was our first cruise and we were pleasantly surprised how easy the process was. The access to get to the port was easy, parking was easy, and the whole process was easy, even for newbies like us. Only downfall was that we had a bag to check and the person we checked in with never said anything about checking the bag so we just kept it and it was everything (non essential) for my wife and I for the week so lugging that bag around the ship for the day while we waited for the rooms to open was a pain. Overall was very happy with departing from Tampa and just booked another cruise (a total of 4 years after the first) from the same port.


by MrsPope14

We had a little bit of difficulty boarding the ship at this port. This was our 11th cruise and probably the hardest time we have experienced while boarding. I’m not sure what had happened but everyone was late debarking and maximum capacity was actually reached in the terminal so guests who were loading the ship had to wait outside (never seen that happen before). We ended up being 2 hours behind schedule boarding the ship, but the Carnival crew members did an excellent job of keeping everyone somewhat happy, they even passed out bottled water and snacks. Now, I don’t usually post things like this, but here goes. The day we returned to Tampa and debarked the ship (August 19th, belated review) we got behind the most obnoxious man I have ever seen!!! This man and his family were so unorganized! He had no documentation out to give to customs, a small child who needed help carrying her luggage (poor girl), and no concern for anyone else debarking! He was carrying an infant so the lady at the escalator told him he would need to take the elevator for safety. Well he didn’t want to wait so he decided to cuss the poor little lady out in the terminal and hold everyone else up. Then he proceeded to cuss another employee at the next escalator who told him to take the elevator for the safety of his child as well. THEN he went about cussing the man who told him to have his paperwork out and ready to go for customs and proceeded to say how awful Carnival was for causing him all this trouble. Really?? When all was said and done security ended up being called but I’m not sure what happened from there. If your the man in the orange fox shirt and your reading this SHAME ON YOU! No one wants to hear your vulgar, loud, disrespectful mouth to everyone who was just trying to make sure your child was safe. WHAT A JERK! I feel sorry for your family and the embarrassment you must have caused them that day!

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