The Port of Tampa set a single-day record last Sunday, when an estimated 12,623 passengers embarked and disembarked on three cruise ships, the port reported.
Three cruise ships came into Tampa that day -- Carnival Legend, Norwegian Star and Holland America Line's Ryndam.
The port estimates this will be a record year for number of passengers at about 940,000 and expects to reach one million annually in the next few years.
Tampa ranked fourth among Florida's five home ports for cruise ships and ninth nationwide in cruise passengers from 2006 to 2009, figures by the Cruise Lines International Association show.
In October, Norwegian Cruise Line began home port operations in Tampa with Norwegian Star. Carnival Cruise Line home ports two ships year-round in Tampa, Carnival Legend and Carnival Inspiration. Next month the Carnival Inspiration will be replaced by Carnival Paradise. Recently, Royal Caribbean replaced its Radiance of the Seas ship from Tampa with Jewel of the Seas.