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Cruise Critic Editor Rating

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Cruise Critic Staff

Port of Tampa

Tucked inside Tampa Bay on Florida's west coast, it's really no surprise that Tampa has evolved as a year-round bustling cruise port for mostly Western Caribbean and Panama Canal itineraries. Its red-hot waterfront is jam-packed with sights, sounds and surf, and is just a hop, skip and a jump away from century-old St. Petersburg and from Clearwater, one of Florida's best beaches.

About Tampa


Pro

Ybor City, one of only two National Historic Landmark Districts in Florida, is a streetcar ride away

Con

There's a ton to do nearby, but the humidity can zap energy; stay hydrated

Bottom Line

Tampa, and its surrounding cities, offer sports, sun, museums and attractions for everyone in your party


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Cuban-influenced Ybor City -- a short streetcar ride from the cruise terminals -- is one of only two National Historic Landmark Districts in Florida. Its narrow brick streets, red-brick buildings and wrought-iron balconies offer old-world charm. You'll also spot flamenco dancers galore and old factories selling Florida's best hand-rolled cigars, not to mention plenty of Major League teams batting up for spring training. Finally, Tampa offers up award-winning beaches to perfect your glamour tan and more than 2,000 restaurants to soothe your hunger.

Where You're Docked

Tampa Cruise Port Address:
Terminal 2: 651 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL 33602
Terminal 3: 815 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL 33602
Terminal 6: 1333 McKay Street, Tampa, FL 33602

Ships dock at the Port of Tampa Cruise Terminal, six to eight minutes from downtown.

Good to Know

Don't waste time straightening your hair as Tampa tends to be extremely humid, especially in the morning hours. Additionally, the summer months see more rainfall than average. Tampa has enjoyed a substantial dip in crime rates during the past several years, and now averages about that of any major U.S. city. Take safety precautions you'd take in any city.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money

The currency is the U.S. dollar, and ATM's are readily available.

Language

English is spoken.

Shopping

Salvador Dali tarot cards, from the store at Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg. Use them to tell your fellow cruisers' fortunes.