Carnival began year round sailings in Tampa in October 1994, and has been a staple in offering cruise vacations to the Tampa market ever since. With the recent announcement of Carnival’s plans to deploy Carnival Miracle to Tampa, Carnival will operate two year-round cruise ships from Tampa, offering various cruise itineraries to the Western Caribbean, including popular destinations in Mexico, and other locations such as Mahogony Bay, in Isla Roatan; Belize and even Costa Rica and Panama.
Carnival’s commitment to serving the tourism sector in Tampa Bay is evident with their renewed commitment to Port Tampa Bay through 2021, and is unmistakable, given the large share of cruise passengers they carry. When Carnival Miracle begins her 7-day, year-round sailings in January 2018, Carnival Cruise Line will account for roughly 300,000 passengers per year crossing Port Tampa Bay’s cruise docks.
“I would like to express our gratitude to the Carnival organization for their continued support at Port Tampa Bay, and we deeply appreciate their ongoing commitment to the strong cruise market that our region offers to this important cruise partner,” Paul Anderson, port president and CEO, said.