Cruise & Tour Center -- Cruise Terminal 2 - 1st Floor Lobby (651 Channelside Drive)
Take a cruise -- Ask about cruise specials!! Select from 4, 5, 7 and 14 day cruises from Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, and Royal Caribbean Cruises International sailing locally, or all cruise lines sailing worldwide.
Our ONE STOP Cruise & Tour Center is conveniently located near the Times Forum, Tampa Convention Center, Ybor City and downtown hotels.
Discount tickets are available for the Florida Aquarium, Busch Gardens, The Tampa Bay History Museum, and American Victory Ship. We have tickets for the StarShip lunch and dinner cruises and Tampa City Tour.....and much more.
Our Cruise & Tour Center is open daily from 10:00AM to 4:00PM providing tours and tour information to visitors and local residents.
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Take an awe-inspiring trip into the heart of Florida’s entire water system at the Florida Aquarium. The exhibit traces Florida’s water from its wetlands (saw grass marsh area with alligator hatchling, otter den and cypress swamp), through tangled roots of coastal mangrove thickets into the near-shore shallow and sea grass communities of the bay and beach. The exhibit finally reaches a multi-level full-scale replica of a coral reef. This state of the art aquarium houses over 10,000 animals and plants which represent over 550 species native to Florida.
Busch Gardens -- Tampa Bay
Enjoy a day filled with adventure at Busch Gardens, where wild animals. wild sounds. and wild rides are all part of the excitement. More than 2,800 animals call the untamed wilderness at Busch Gardens home. Be on the "Edge of Africa", by following the herds across the majestic Serengeti Plain where wild sights and sounds abound. Then stroll through authentic African Villages. Explore an encampment or a fishing village and see hippopotamus or crocodile through underground and ground level viewing.
Climb aboard electrifying roller coaster rides such as the Scorpion, the Python, and the Kumba. Ride, if you dare, the tallest and longest inverted roller coaster in the Southeast, the great Montu or the newest addition, the dueling wooden coaster, Gwazi. Depart on the Congo River Rapids, a thrilling white water raft trip. Other water rides include the Stanley Falls Log Flume and the Tanganyika Tidal Wave. For a more sedate view of the park, try the Trans-Veldt Railroad.
Rhino Rally is the Park's newest adventure, featuring an off-road 16 acre safari river adventure through the wilds of Africa's Serengeti presenting a blend of up-close animal encounters in a Land Rover. The ride shifts from splashing through a riverbed to facing a flash flood and while clinging to the edges of a washed-out pontoon bridge, the vehicle spirals down a turbulent river.
Travel through time and discover the mystery and intrigue of Egypt. Explore the meticulous re-creation of King Tut's tomb.
The spotlight is on entertainment at Busch Gardens!! Be entertained by the World Rhythms on Ice show, World of Birds and other song and dance productions. Let your taste buds explore the wonderful variety of foods throughout the park.
Distinctive shopping areas abound: Safari Central, offers a large selection of Busch Gardens souvenirs, tee shirts and finer apparel; Label Stable displays Anheuser-Busch beer label gifts and apparel; and at Continental Curios find a selection of leather and brass made by African craftsmen, as well as African gifts of wood and clothing.
Lunch and Dinner Cruises - StarShip Yacht
There's no better place to take in Tampa's beauty and charm than aboard StarShip Dining Yacht. Vast windows line StarShip's 180-foot vessel, providing spectacular views from every seat in the house. With bay views by day and starlight by night, out-of-this-world sights await you aboard Tampa's only dining yacht. Aboard StarShip, you'll enjoy exceptional cuisine brilliantly prepared by StarShip's Executive Chef and galley staff. StarShip's menus feature a magnificent selection of specialty cuisine and traditional favorites, including award-winning appetizers, four-star cuisine and incredible desserts. StarShip promises stunning service - the kind you'd expect aboard a luxury super yacht. From the moment you step aboard StarShip's beautifully appointed vessel, you'll experience hospitality at its very finest. Whether you cruise for lunch, dinner or a special occasion, StarShip's Captain and crew will make you feel like a star.
Tampa City Tour
Return to the Victorian era as a stop is made at the University of Tampa Campus, once the former Tampa Bay Hotel built in 1891 as a palatial resort. This elegant structure stands on 150 acres of lush tropical grounds overlooking the Hillsborough River. The Hotel was built and furnished by railroad tycoon Henry Bradley Plant recapturing an aura for an opulent Victorian winter resort. This magnificent structure, with its eye catching silver minarets, was modeled after the Alhambra Palace in Granada Spain, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Great photo opportunity.
In 1886, Vicente Martinez Ybor bought forty acres of land from local Tampa citizens and began building Ybor City. Thus began this community of factories and small workers homes. At the Ybor City State Museum complex, you will pass by an authentically renovated cigar worker’s shotgun house dating from the turn of the century that was the home of early cigar factory workers. A stop will be made at the Ybor City Visitors Center Museum and you will learn about the unique society that created the cigar industry, the primary manufacturing industry responsible for the early development of Tampa.
Other highlights include a drive along Bayshore Boulevard. where lovely upscale homes overlook the Bay, and the waterfront area -- home to the Tampa Convention Center, Forum, Cruise Terminals, Shoppes at Channelside, the Florida Aquarium and Harbour Island, plus the Sports Complexes that are home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the spring training home of the New York Yankees.