Port Tampa Bay is a popular homeport with cruise lines due to its close proximity to the Caribbean and Mexico (Image: Port Tampa Bay)
Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Constellation is to homeport at Port Tampa Bay for the first time in winter 2020, marking the first time that the cruise line has deployed a ship in the Florida city since 2007.
Celebrity Constellation, which will undergo a modernisation in May 2020 as part of The Celebrity Revolution project, will offer three alternating roundtrips throughout the winter season.
Itineraries will include a 10-night Eastern Caribbean cruise, which will call at San Juan, Puerto Rico; Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; and Samana, Dominican Republic. Guests will also be able to opt for an 11-night Southern Caribbean voyage, which will head to Key West, Florida; Kralendijk, Bonaire; Oranjestad, Aruba; Willemstad, Curacao; and George Town, Grand Cayman. The final 11-night ‘Touch Canal’ itinerary will take guests to Cozumel, Mexico; Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; the Panama Canal; Colon, Panama; Cartagena, Colombia; and George Town, Grand Cayman.
“Our guests and travel advisors have been asking us to return to Tampa since our last call there in 2007,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises. "While Celebrity Cruises' fleet is undergoing a massive modernisation with The Celebrity Revolution, the beautiful city of Tampa is also experiencing quite a renaissance. How fitting for our evolving brand to return to an evolving city with a completely revolutionised ship?”
Celebrity’s guests will be able to visit Tampa’s new downtown waterfront area, which is currently being transformed through the US$3 billion Water Street project. The 50-acre district will feature retail, offices, homes, hotels and sites for culture and education. Other attractions are also located near to the cruise port.
"We are very excited to welcome Celebrity Cruises to the Tampa Bay market,” said Paul Anderson, president and CEO of Port Tampa Bay. “In 2020, Celebrity Cruises will offer a variety of itineraries from Tampa that will include stops at exotic locations in southern and eastern Caribbean. The addition of this premium brand to the explosive growth that Tampa Bay is experiencing will add an extraordinary adventure to the many choices vacationers have in Tampa Bay.”
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