Cruise Terminals Port of
The cruise terminals in the Port of Tampa are some of the busiest in
the nation with close to 1 million passengers in
One of the fastest growing ports in the country, the cruises from Tampa consist of 3
cruise lines with 4 vessels that sail out of the port.
These cruise lines are
America – ms Veendam vessel
– Inspiration and Carnival Legend vessels
Caribbean – Grandeur of the Seas vessels
The Holland America
cruise line provides premium
cruises that cater to usually older, more experienced
On the other hand, Royal
Caribbean and Carnival
usually attract more first time cruisers and families.
The cruise terminals in the
Port of Tampa are located on Channelside
Drive near downtown Tampa in the Channelside district.
There are 3 terminals from
which each of the cruise lines depart.
2 – Carnival Cruise Lines
- Terminal 3 - Royal
- Terminal 6 – Holland
each of the terminals is $12 / day.
Parking for Terminals
2 and 3 is located at the
parking garage across the street from the Florida aquarium at 810
Channelside Dr., while parking for Terminal 6
is adjacent to the terminal.
Things to Do
Located near the cruise terminals in the Port of Tampa, there are a
variety of spots that you want to be sure to check out.
I would suggest that you make
plans to stay an extra day
or at least a few extra hours.
of the most popular of these attractions is the Tampa aquarium. The aquarium has over 1,340 species of plants and
animals all over the world.
In addition to the exhibits,
they have shows and a new water play area
for children with water jets and a pirate ship.
You can expect to spend about
2 – 3 hours here depending on how much
you like to read the information at the exhibits. If you are an
information junkie like me then it will be closer to 3 hours.
Also while you are there be
sure to visit Channelside Tampa.
This is an entertainment
with various restaurants, shops, and
entertainment just next to the cruise terminals in the Port of Tampa.
You will find a movie theater
with an IMAX screen
here. There is also a very nice upscale bowling alley,
Splitsville in the Channelside complex.
There are a variety of
restaurants with different cuisines in the area.
I recommend Bennigan’s,
one of my favorite Casual
dining restaurants if you are looking for a casual dining place.
They are usually quick, have
good food with a variety of things in
which to choose.
The reason that I especially
like this Bennigan’s in Channelside is
because the view is awesome!
It has a waterfront view and
you can watch the ships pull out to sea
until they fade over the horizon. Hopefully it is not your ship!
There is also shopping in the
area at the specialty retail shops
throughout the complex.
These are just some of the
things to do in and around the cruise
terminals in the Port of Tampa.
You should also check out Ybor
City which is just
down the street from the terminals.
At Centro Ybor you will also
find more shops, restaurants and
entertainment. Along 7th avenue in Ybor City there are many popular
Tampa Bay restaurants.
You can get there by taking
the Streetcar or by driving along
Channelside drive, since it is a little too far to walk.
Of course if you want to
experience all that Tampa has to offer then
you want to get here a few days earlier to see the Tampa
Park zoo, and the tons of other things to do in the city.
The cruise terminals in the
Port of Tampa are in a perfect location and
should allow you to combine your vacation into two wonderful
First experience what the
great city of Tampa has to offer and then set
sail and enjoy your cruise.
Cruise Terminals Port of Tampa to