Tampa has become one of the best value for cruisers with ships sailing from the Port of Tampa to stops in the Western Caribbean year round at prices lower than many of the older more recognizable ports. Carnival cruise lines is the most active with three ships calling on Tampa at different times throughout the year. The other lines are Royal Caribbean and Holland America who each have one ship that sails from Tampa for part of the year.
Carnivals three ships sailing from Tampa are the Paradise, the Inspiration and the Legend. The 2,124 passenger Legend is by far the most popular of the three and is the only Carnival ship sailing 7 day itineraries. The Paradise and Inspiration are both Fantasy class ships that have gone through recent upgrades that sail 4 and 5 day trips mostly to Cozumel. For those looking for adult only cruises, all three ships feature Carnivals new adult only area, Serenity. Cruises on the Paradise and Inspiration can be found for under $300 and make perfect getaways for the budget minded.
The Jewel of the Seas has 4 and 5 day trips to Cozumel and either Grand Cayman, Costa Maya or Key West from November through April. The Jewel is probably one of the nicer ships not named Disney sailing these smaller cruises and as such these Caribbean cruises from Tampa on the Jewel make a great opportunity for those looking to test out cruising.
While the Ryndam may be the smallest and oldest ship sailing out of Tampa, she by no means is the worst option. In fact for older cruisers she may be the top choice. Holland American is consistently rated at the top of cruise lines and according to the numerous positive reviews, the Ryndam is no exception. Like Royal Caribbean the Ryndam only sails from November through April before she heads overseas. The Ryndam also has the longest cruise options out of Tampa with 14 and 15 day trips which visit places such as Grand Cayman, Jamaica, Costa Maya, Belize, Cozumel and Honduras.