Updated October 10, 2019
Port Tampa Bay Address
1101 Channelside Drive
Tampa, FL 33602
Part of a cargo port right in downtown Tampa, the cruise ship port comprises three terminals that welcome four major cruise lines. Its relatively small size makes it a popular choice for travelers who prefer easy access and convenience. The terminals are part of the Channelside District development, which includes shopping, dining, nightlife and a number of Tampa's best attractions. Several fine hotels are nearby, and Tampa International Airport is about 9 miles (10 to 20 minutes) away by interstate.
Port Tampa Bay Directions
Street addresses for using a GPS to drive to the port are as follows (zip code 33602):
Terminal 2 (Carnival) 661 Channelside Dr.
Terminal 3 (Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and Holland America) 815 Channelside Dr.
Terminal 6 (Various lines) 1333 McKay St.
From Orlando/Interstate 4
Take I-4 West to Exit 1. Go south on 21st Street and turn right on Adamo Drive (Highway 60) then left onto Channelside Drive.
From the north/airport/Interstate 275
I-275 merges with I-4 East. Follow I-4 East to Exit 1. Go south on 21st Street and turn right on Adamo Drive (Highway 60), then left onto Channelside Drive.
From the south/Interstate 75
From I-75 North, take Exit 50 to the Crosstown Expressway (Highway 618). Take Exit 9 and turn right on Adamo Drive (Highway 60), then turn left on Channelside Drive.
Getting to Port Tampa Bay from the Airport
If you are arriving at Tampa International Airport the same day your cruise departs, you should check with your cruise line to see if there is a shuttle to the cruise port available. Taxi fare from the airport to Port Tampa Bay is a flat $28. If you are renting a car at the airport, refer to the directions above under "From the north/airport/Interstate 275."
Amtrak to Tampa
Amtrak's Union Station in Tampa is less than a mile away from Port Tampa Bay.
Getting There by Public Transit
There's a Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) bus stop located at the west end of the Red Baggage Claim curbside by Belt 15 at Tampa International Airport. However, bus service to Port Tampa Bay either requires transfers or walks of more than 15 minutes.
Port Tampa Bay Parking
Port Tampa Bay and Channelside offer extensive and secure covered and outdoor parking close to the terminals. Terminal parking is conveniently located across the street from Terminals 2 and 3 and adjacent to Terminal 6. The most convenient (but expensive) parking is by valet at your cruise line drop-off/pickup. Passengers can pre-pay online for valet and self-parking. For five-day cruises, self-parking is $75, valet is $95. For seven-day cruises, it's $105 and $125, and so on. (Cruises from Port Tampa Bay range from five to 21 days.) You also have the option of self-parking at Channelside's parking areas (810 Channelside Dr.). The average daily parking fee at Channelside's parking ramp is $13.99. Drivers can drop off passengers and luggage at the terminal before parking cars.
Taxis to Port Tampa Bay Terminals
Taxis to and from the airport and cruise ship terminals are readily available on days ships are departing and arriving. Taxi fare between the airport and Port Tampa Bay is a flat rate of $28. Upon arrival to the port, ask your driver to drop you at your specific terminal.
What Time to Arrive
One of the reasons cruise travelers pick Port Tampa Bay is for its easy access and close proximity of parking. This means a relatively short time between arrival and check-in. But to be on the safe side, try to arrive at least an hour before your ship is scheduled to depart to make it through check-in and security screening.
Carnival Cruise Line sails year-round from Terminal 2.
The seasonal cruises of Holland America Line and Royal Caribbean International typically dock at Terminal 3.
Norwegian Cruise Line's seasonal cruises might berth at Terminal 6.
All terminal entrances and exits are ADA compliant. Wheelchair services are provided by the cruise lines.
Where to Eat or Shop
Port Tampa Bay lies steps away from Channelside Bay Plaza, home to a few dining and entertainment venues, but currently undergoing a major renovation. You can find plenty of good restaurants, bars and museums a short ride away; Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel is less than a mile from port with nice dining, options including its Waterside Grill and sports bar.
The Hall on Franklin is a trendy food hall located less than 2 miles from the port, offering an assortment of sips and bites from a deluxe coffee bar and a bakery to poke bowls and staggering sandwiches.
Porters are on hand during cruise days to assist passengers with luggage.
Where to Sit at Port Tampa Bay Terminal
Ample seating is available for passengers after security check.
Restrooms are available in each terminal.
Wi-Fi at Port Tampa Bay Terminal
Free Wi-Fi is available once a passenger agrees to the terms set by Port Tampa Bay.
There is luggage storage on the first floor of each terminal for departing passengers.
More Tips About Port of Tampa
If you have time to kill before your departure, visit the adjacent Florida Aquarium or the Tampa Bay History Center and the SS American Victory Mariner Museum, all within walking distance. You can also stroll the very nearby Riverwalk and enjoy the parks and sights.