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Port Tampa Bay

Port Tampa Bay

Free admission
Ybor Channel, Tampa, FL, USA, 33605

Practical Info

This is a major cruise ship terminal, with five lines (Carnival Cruise, Royal Caribbean International, Holland America, and Norwegian Cruise) leaving from the warm-water port. Tampa's official language is English, but Spanish is widely spoken. The currency is the US dollar, available at ATMs close to the terminal.

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How to Get to Tampa

Two of the most popular attractions are right across from the Port of Tampa's Terminal 2 (Carnival Cruise Terminal), The Florida Aquarium and Channelside Bay Plaza, a popular shopping and entertainment complex. Taxis can take you downtown or to the surrounding beaches and attractions, though more adventurous souls could use the [TECO Line Streetcar][], which connects the cruise terminals to Ybor City and downtown, connecting to [HARTline buses][] around the city and bay.

Inexpensive private shuttles run between the cruise ship terminal and Tampa International Airport (TPA). Make reservations in advance.

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One Day in Tampa

Perhaps Tampa's most famous attraction is right on the waterfront, easy walking distance from the cruise ship terminals: The Florida Aquarium. While it's well worth a wander, those eager to see the bay's undersea wildlife up close can Swim with the Fishes, a safe, controlled introduction to scuba diving in a small "coral reef" populated by more than 2,300 fish. More adventurous travelers could even dive with the sharks.

Other world-class area attractions include beautiful white-sand beaches, many of them protected; Busch Gardens, a popular amusement park with a great zoo and other family-friendly attractions; and Ybor City, the historic Latino quarter, famed for its hand-rolled "Cuban" cigars. Foodies already know about Tampa's tasty crab croquettes, but may not realize that the Cuban sandwich was introduced to the United States right here!

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