Carnival Cruise Line has accomplished 25 years of cruising out of Tampa, Florida. A celebration was held on the Carnival Legend.
Carnival Cruise Ships Sailing from Tampa for 25 Years!
Carnival Cruise Line has celebrated 25 years of cruising from the Port of Tampa, Florida. To celebrate the huge accomplishment an event was held onboard the Carnival Legend where a plaque presentation also took place with cruise line and port officials.
Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, said:
“Tampa is a convenient, centrally located homeport – not to mention a popular vacation destination – and the growth that we’ve experienced at this port is a testament to the wonderful partnership with the Port we’ve enjoyed for the past 25 years.”
Carnival Cruise Line first began cruises out of Tampa when it launched year-round cruises of seven-day itineraries with the former Tropicale cruise ship in 1994. The vessel was carrying around 28,000 guests a year from the Florida port.
The Miami-based cruise line now operates two vessels from the Tampa carrying around 240,000 passengers a year. That’s a huge increase compared to 25 years ago and no doubt the same goes for many other U.S. homeports as the cruise industry continues to grow.
Carnival Legend which held the celebration operates seasonal six-day, seven-day and eight-day cruises from Tampa. The Spirit-class vessel sails to the western Caribbean including calls at Cozumel, Costa Maya, Belize, Mahogany Bay, Costa Rica, the Panama Canal and Grand Cayman.
She will also sail a 13-day Carnival Journeys voyage from Tampa to New York departing on May 3, 2020. The cruise will include a partial transit of the Panama Canal, calls to Aruba, Cozumel, Limon (Costa Rica), Cartagena (Colombia) and Grand Turk.
Carnival Paradise offers year-round cruises from the Port of Tampa too with four-day and five-day itineraries including calls to Cozumel and Grand Cayman or Mahogany Bay.
Let’s hope the largest cruise line in the world will continue to offer cruises from Tampa for the next 25 years!