TAMPA — Royal Caribbean International will deploy a second ship at the Port of Tampa in the fall of 2014, the sixth cruise ship that will call Tampa a home port among four cruise lines here.
The 915-foot Vision of the Seas carries 2,000 guests with a crew of 742 and is scheduled to be renovated in September.
It will sail every Saturday from Tampa to destinations in the Western Caribbean, including Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico, Roatan, Honduras or Belize throughout the winter 2014-2015 season.
Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas also will sail from Tampa in winter 2013-14 and 2014-15 on four-night cruises to Cozumel, and five-night Cozumel itineraries, which also call at Grand Cayman or Key West.
“We look forward to having two our most recently revitalized ships...sailing from Tampa in 2014,” said Adam Goldstein, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International. “The Port of Tampa has been a great partner for more than a decade and we look forward to continued growth.”
Paul Anderson, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Tampa, said the ship will add a significant cruise experience and economic value to the port and region.
The additional ship will increase the port’s passenger numbers to more than 1 million annually. The cruise industry counts each passenger when they board and disembark at a port.