shipHey everyone.  Travis back with some really cool Tampa tourism information...especially for all you cruisers out there.  Norwegian Cruise Line said that it will deploy Norwegian Dawn to home port at the Port of Tampa for the 2012-2013 cruise season!

Pretty cool, right????!!!!!

The 2,224-passenger Norwegian Dawn will replace her older sister ship Norwegian Star, and follows NCL’s announcement just last year that it would begin home porting operations in Tampa in the Fall of 2011.

Norwegian Dawn will sail 23 seven-day Western Caribbean cruises, departing Sundays, from November 11, 2012, through April 14, 2013.  The ship will call on Roatán, Bay Islands, Honduras; Belize City, Belize; Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico. 

As part of other deployment plans for the 2012-2013 season, NCL also announced it also offer for the first time a 16-day Colonial America cruise on Norwegian Dawn sailing from Quebec City, Quebec to Tampa, Florida on October 26, 2012 calling on Portland, Maine; Boston, Massachusetts; New York, New York; Baltimore, Maryland; Norfolk, Virginia; Charleston, South Carolina; Miami and Key West, Florida.

Here's some quick info about the Port, in case you didn't already know - one of the nation’s largest and most diversified seaports, the Port of Tampa is the largest economic engine in west-central Florida and one of the largest cruise ports in the U.S.  The port is responsible for nearly 100,000 jobs and $8 billion in annual economic impact.  For more information about cruising from the Port of Tampa, visit

And there you have it.  We'll see you back here for more updates and info about other great things to do in Tampa Bay and great Tampa Bay Entertainment options.