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  • Jose Marti Park Ybor City Cuba
    July 13, 2017
    Have you booked your ticket yet on Southwest Airlines flight from Tampa International Airport to Havana? How about your Royal Caribbean cruise to Cuba aboard the Empress of the Seas, which will leave from Tampa Bay starting in June? OR a future Carnival cruise that to Cuba? While South Florida usually gets all the attention when the subject of Cuba comes up, Tampa Bay's relationship with Cuba goes back to the 1880s. Tampa Bay had ties to Cuba before Miami even had people! Tampa Bay's
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    July 13, 2017
    Packing your smart phone for your trip to Tampa Bay? (Who are we kidding -- of course you are!) Keep Florida's most diverse destination at your fingertips through these apps that will make the most of your stay. Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay Discovery Guide | Tampa Bay's hometown theme park makes it easy to keep up with wait times, show times, and even reminds you where you parked your car! The QuickPay feature lets you use your phone to pay for purchases and users receive alerts about...
  • Royal Caribbean Cruise Empress
    December 9, 2016
    Great news for those who cruise: Royal Caribbean International will begin offering trips to Cuba from Port Tampa Bay on April 30, 2017. The recently revitalized Empress of the Seas will home-port in Tampa Bay for the 2017 summer season – the cruise line’s first ever summer program from Tampa Bay. The Empress will run a series of four- and five-night sailings including port calls to destinations in Cuba. Details of the summer itineraries are TBA at the moment. Here's what RCI...
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    December 29, 2014
    Tampa Bay racks up yet another honor, this time from Porthole Cruise Magazine, the leading magazine of the cruise industry. Editor-in-chief Bill Panoff wrote the other day to let us know that his magazine has given Tampa Bay the 2015 Editor-in-Chief Award for Best-Kept Secret Port. The award will be announced in February's edition of the magazine, which hits newsstands Jan. 14. You can get an early peek at Porthole.com . " I take this chance to honor those in the cruise and travel...
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    December 18, 2014
    Schiff ahoi! The German cruise ship AIDA Vita (@aida_de) made its first call on Tampa Bay Wednesday, pulling into port at 8 a.m. after an overnight trip from Miami. The visit by the 1,200-passenger cruise ship was the first of six scheduled for Port Tampa Bay between now and April. Passengers spent the day discovering all the exciting things Tampa Bay has to offer. They visited Busch Gardens and The Florida Aquarium along with Clearwater Beach and the Dali Museum. Local dignitaries met the ship
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    December 5, 2014
    Sprechen Sie Deutsch? If you’re a fluent German speaker, Visit Tampa Bay needs your help. Starting Dec. 17, Tampa becomes a port of call for AIDAvita, a German cruise line. We’re looking for about a half-dozen volunteers who speak conversation-level German to greet 1,200 disembarking passengers at the port in Channelside and help them find their way during their 10 hours on shore. Can you explain how to use the TECO Historic Streetcar system auf Deutsch? Kannst du erklaren the...
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    December 4, 2014
    German cruise line AIDA (@aida_de) will make Tampa Bay a monthly port of call starting Dec. 17 and running through April. The ship's 1,200 passengers will have from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. during each visit to discover the gems Tampa Bay has to offer. We have a few suggestions: 1. The Florida Aquarium opens at 9:30 a.m. and sits just outside the gates of the Port Tampa Bay cruise ship terminal. You can spend a few hours roaming among the 20,000 sea creatures. Exhibits will introduce you to the...
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    November 22, 2013
    Wobble before you Gobble Not sure how you’re going to celebrate Thanksgiving? The Yacht StarShip is offering the perfect way to spend your day (or Thanksgiving Eve) on the water! Bring your out-of-town guests to Rock the Yacht on Thanksgiving Eve (11/27) for a live music party cruise featuring the Roberto DeBourg Band . Presented by Sweetwater 420, the cruises are 21 and up and begin with a complimentary Sweetwater beer! Start the holiday off right with a night cruise through the channel...
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    October 8, 2013
    Celebrate Oktoberfest on the water with Yacht Starship's Oktoberfest Beer Tasting Cruise ! Select Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays through October 27, board your dinner cruise early for a one-hour beer tasting of up to six premium beers on the top deck. Then enjoy a 2.5-hour dinner cruise with the Yacht Starship's new fall menu and spectacular views of Tampa Bay. Cruise times Thursdays and Fridays Sunday: Boards: 6:30 p.m. Boards: 5:30 p.m. Departs: 7:30 p.m. Departs: 6:30 p.m. Returns:...
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    July 3, 2013
    With July 4 th being tomorrow, Tampa Bay offers plenty of ways to relish the taste of freedom: Busch Gardens Tampa —Celebrate the red, white and blue all day, and even after dark, at Busch Gardens Summer Nights with an energetic acrobatics show, live entertainment and fireworks July 2-4. Military receive one complimentary admission per year and as many as three direct dependents through 2013. Park hours for Summer Nights are extended until 9:00 p.m., and event is included with daily...