Tampa Cruise Port

by Patrick O'Halloran

Tampa Cruise Port Guide

There are many advantages to choosing a cruise from Tampa Cruise Port. Quieter and easy to reach, the port serves fewer cruise ships than other cruise ports in Florida. Tampa Cruise Port is close to Orlando, making it ideal for a cruise and stay combination incorporating a cruise with a visit to the Theme Parks. It is also a short drive from some of the best beaches in Florida around Clearwater and St Pete Beach.

Tampa currently homeports three cruise lines: Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean International, and Norwegian Cruise Line. Celebrity Cruises & Holland America will resume using Port Tampa Bay in 2020 and will be joined by MSC Armonia for its winter 2020 schedules. 

Thanks to superb interstate highway access, quick, easy and affordable parking, modern convenient cruise terminals and the proximity of one of the most efficient airports in the U.S. just 9 miles from the cruise terminals – Port Tampa Bay makes cruising easy.

Quick Information

Where is Tampa Cruise Port?

The port’s official address is 1101 Channelside Drive, Tampa, Florida, 33602

Tampa Cruise Port has 3 cruise terminals:

Cruise Terminal #2

Cruise terminal #2 is a state-of-the-art passenger terminal home to Carnival Cruise Line. Parking is located directly across the street with valet services also available. Before or after your cruise you may want to visit Sparkman Wharf or The Florida Aquarium which is directly on either side of the terminal.

Cruise Terminal #3

Cruise Terminal #3 is a state-of-the-art passenger terminal home to Norwegian Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. It is directly across the street from the parking garage and valet parking is also available. Within walking distance The Florida Aquarium and Sparkman Wharf.

Cruise Terminal #6 

This is the most northerly of the cruise terminals at Port of Tampa. This full-service passenger terminal has plenty of parking, a drop of point for taxis and cars and also valet parking.

 

Tampa Cruise Port - Parking

Cruise Parking offers the most convenient, safe, and secure parking while you are away on your cruise. Affordable, on-site valet parking and self-parking serving Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Legend and Carnival Paradise, Royal Caribbean International’s Rhapsody of the Seas, Brilliance of the Seas and Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Dawn are available. Valet Parking allows for easy drop-off of your vehicle at the terminal entrance with fast and easy exiting when you return. Our experienced, well-trained valets are courteous and handle your vehicle with care. All vehicles are stored in a safe and secure parking facility that is fully insured, providing protection and peace of mind while you are away. For those who prefer to self-park, our well-maintained and fully insured self-parking facility provides easy access to all terminals.

Tampa Cruise Port - Transportation

Airport

Tampa Internation Airport

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If you are arriving by air, Tampa International Airport (TPA) is 9 miles northwest of Tampa cruise port. Transfers by taxi take about 20 minutes, depending on traffic conditions along the I-275. The flat rate is currently $28.

There may be a shuttle bus provided by your cruise line, so check with them first.

Taxis

Yellow Cab & United Cab offer a flat rate of $25 from Tampa Aiport to the cruise terminals

Hotel Shuttles

The following is a selection of  hotels that offer a complimentary shuttle service from the hotel to the port. Please check with your respective hotels for timings.

Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk
Hampton Inn Rocky Point
Crowne Plaza Tampa Westshore
Residence Inn Tampa Downtown
Courtyard Tampa Downtown
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Tampa/Brandon, FL
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa East – Ybor City
Quality Inn & Suites Near the Fairground

Train

Is there a more romantic way to travel to your cruise destination than by train? You don't see that much at 35,000ft so come down to earth and see world class scenery from an Amtrak train across the USA

The Silver Star is a 1,522-mile (2,449 km) passenger train route in the Silver Service brand operated by Amtrak, running from New York City south to Miami, Florida via the Northeast Corridor to Washington, D.C., then via Richmond, Raleigh, Columbia, Savannah, Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa, Florida.

The nearest mainline station to the Cruise Terminal is Union Station which is located at 601 North Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33602-3555. Tampa Union Station was restored and reopened to the public in 1998. Its about a mile from the cruise terminal so it is walkable and would take you about 15 to 20 minutes.

Tampa Cruise Port - Hotels

The following are a selections of hotels where you can spend a pre or post cruise stay and all are only short distance from the Cruise Terminal and the other attractions in and around Tampa.

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Westin Tampa Bay

The Westshore Grand

Tampa Marriott Water Street

Grand Hyatt Tampa

Epicurean

Le Meridien Tampa

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