Carnival Cruise Line has celebrated its 25th anniversary sailing from the Port of Tampa this week with celebratory event aboard Carnival Legend.
Carnival Cruise Line was the first cruise operator to recognise the potential of Tampa as a year-round cruise homeport when it launched a schedule of seven-day voyages aboard the since-retired Tropicale in 1994 carrying about 28,000 guests a year.
Fast forward to today and Carnival Cruise Line deploys two ships from Tampa that will carry approximately 240,000 passengers a year from Tampa – nearly a nine-fold increase compared to 25 years ago. Tampa is an important part of Carnival’s close-to-home ship deployment strategy in which the line positions ships near large U.S. population centers along the East and West Coasts and the Gulf of Mexico.
Including Tampa, Carnival sails from 19 North American homeports providing a convenient and cost-effective means for guests to get to and from their cruise.
Commenting, Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, said: “Tampa is a convenient, centrally located homeport – not to mention a popular vacation destination – and the growth that we’ve experienced at this port is a testament to the wonderful partnership with the Port we’ve enjoyed for the past 25 years.”
The 25th anniversary celebration was held aboard Carnival Legend, which arrived in Tampa last month, providing an exciting new choice from this market.