View of the Tampa Bay Skyline, Tampa, Florida
JEWEL OF THE GULF COAST

Cruise from Tampa, Florida

When it comes to seaside cities in Florida, Miami and Fort Lauderdale often steal the spotlight. But nestled along Florida’s beautiful western coast sits Tampa, a metropolitan oasis that’s been on the up and up for years now. Lapped by the calm, jade waters of the Gulf of Mexico, this sunny Florida city offers plenty of wonders to fill a few days ahead of your cruise from Tampa. Mornings here are best spent savouring a steaming mug of café con leche in the historic Cuban-Spanish neighbourhood of Ybor City. After you’ve had your pick-me-up, hop on the TECO Line Streetcar and ride into the Channel District, where you can explore the SS American Victory, a World War II ship that’s been transformed into a museum. Among the best of Tampa’s attractions are its many art and culture exhibits – head to the Tampa Riverwalk for some educational fun at the Tampa Bay History Centre, or try the Tampa Museum of Art, home to both ancient and modern masterpieces.
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Unlock a treasure trove of adventures on Florida’s west coast, plus cruises to the Western Caribbean.

Brilliance of the Seas sailing from Tampa, Florida

SAIL ON BRILLIANCE OF THE SEAS

Brilliance of the Seas® is the ultimate way to visit off-the-beaten-track wonders. Go from sun-soaked beaches and colourful colonial towns ashore, to unforgettable experiences onboard – like world-class shows and entertainment and foodie-approved flavours from around the world.

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Serenade of the Seas Aerial View

SAIL ON SERENADE OF THE SEAS

If you’re looking for laid-back holiday vibes, Serenade of the Seas® is the perfect home base for adventure. While you’re onboard, kick back poolside at the adults-only Solarium, go vertical for views on the guest-favourite rock climbing wall and treat yourself to dining that’s as epic as the destinations you visit.

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A BOLDER WAY TO GET AWAY
WEEKEND CRUISES

Break up with your weekly routine and set sail on a memory filled getaway that’ll take you so much further than a standard staycation. Royal Caribbean® offers plenty of bolder-than-ever weekend sailings to some of the Caribbean’s most stunning shores onboard the world’s most incredible cruise ships – no days off required. Which means you can fill your year with even more bucket list adventures.

EXPLORE WEEKEND CRUISES

A BOLDER WAY TO GET AWAY
WEEKEND CRUISES

Break up with your weekly routine and set sail on a memory filled getaway that’ll take you so much further than a standard staycation. Royal Caribbean® offers plenty of bolder-than-ever weekend sailings to some of the Caribbean’s most stunning shores onboard the world’s most incredible cruise ships – no days off required. Which means you can fill your year with even more bucket list adventures.

EXPLORE WEEKEND CRUISES
 
 

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Things To Do in Tampa

tampa florida downtown skyline

CULTURE FIX

tampa florida downtown skyline

tampa florida downtown skyline

CULTURE FIX

Stroll along the Tampa Riverwalk and see where it leads you. You might explore interactive exhibits at the Tampa Bay History Centre, or try stand-up paddleboarding from the Sail Pavilion. Tampa Museum of Art’s collections range from ancient to modern – and the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park is home to splash fountains, a playground and skyline views.

Girl Running to the Beach, Tampa, Florida

HIT THE SAND

Girl Running to the Beach, Tampa, Florida

Girl Running to the Beach, Tampa, Florida

HIT THE SAND

A short 30-minute drive west of the city centre lands you along the Gulf of Mexico coast, which is fringed by a string of sugary beaches. Clearwater Beach and St Pete Beach both offer an upbeat seaside atmosphere, while Caladesi Island State Park and Fort DeSoto Park provide serene shoreline settings.

Coral Underwater, Tampa, Florida
Coral Underwater, Tampa, Florida

SEA WATCH

Enter the Florida Aquarium to encounter over 20,000 species of aquatic plants and animals. Cruise to Tampa and see river otters on the Florida Wetlands Trail and ring-tailed lemurs on the Journey to Madagascar. Then say hello to goliath grouper, stingrays, reef fishes, sea turtles and sharks in the Bays & Beaches habitat.

Local Cuisine Cuban Sandwich, Tampa, Florida
Local Cuisine Cuban Sandwich, Tampa, Florida

LOCAL CUISINE

Tampa’s food scene stems from a fusion of Cuban, Spanish, Italian and Floribbean influences. Local raw bars serve up fresh shrimp, oysters, scallops and grouper from the Gulf of Mexico. The Cuban sandwich— piled with Genoa salami— is a city signature. For a taste of authentic Florida Cracker cuisine, try sofkee porridge, pilau (rice cakes) or fried alligator tail during your next Tampa cruise.

Shopping Purses, Tampa, Florida
Shopping Purses, Tampa, Florida

SHOPPING

Pick up tropical clothing and Florida-inspired souvenirs at the outdoor Channelside Bay Plaza, right at the port. Head to Hyde Park Village for upmarket boutique shops, and pop into local sportswear outfitter Salt Pines. Nothing beats Ybor City when it comes to quirky vintage shops and hand-rolled cigars.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 The vintage, air-conditioned TECO Line Tram can transport you between central Tampa, Channelside and Ybor City, with 11 stations along a 2.7-mile line. Tickets can be purchased at the stations.
2 CityPASS gives you entrance to top city attractions like Busch Gardens, the Florida Aquarium, Lowry Park Zoo and more, all for one package price of USD 106 for adults and USD 96 for kids – and it’s valid for nine consecutive days.

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