Celebrity charts Tampa in winter 2020, with longer cruises

After completing a modernization in May 2020, Celebrity Constellation will spend the winter season on varied longer sailings from Tampa

Celebrity Cruises is returning to Port Tampa Bay for the first time since 2007 with a winter 2020 season of longer sailings on Celebrity Constellation.

The newly ‘revolutionized’ ship will operate three different alternating 10- and 11-night round-trip sailings to the southern and eastern Caribbean, one touching the Panama Canal.

Requests for Tampa

Celebrity President and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo said passengers and travel advisors have been asking for Tampa.

‘While Celebrity Cruises’ fleet is undergoing a massive modernization with The Celebrity Revolution, the beautiful city of Tampa is also experiencing quite a renaissance,’ she added. ‘How fitting for our evolving brand to return to an evolving city with a completely “revolutionized” ship.’

Waterfront revitalization

Recent construction and development in Tampa Bay aims to create a dynamic, urban lifestyle for workers, residents and visitors. The city’s downtown waterfront is being transformed through the $3bn Water Street project. The 50-acre district will feature retail, offices, homes, hotels, culture and education.

Transformation of Tampa’s urban core was enhanced by the completion of the Tampa Riverwalk, an area now seeing hundreds of millions of dollars in private investments. In addition, historic Ybor’s City’s revitalization adds to Tampa’s appeal.

More cruise choices

‘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,’ Port Tampa Bay President and CEO Paul Anderson said.

Following a 14-night trans-Atlantic crossing from Barcelona, Celebrity Constellation will begin the new service.

A 10-night eastern Caribbean escape will call at San Juan, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Samaná (Dominican Republic). An 11-night southern Caribbean trek visits Key West, Bonaire, Aruba, Curaçao and Grand Cayman.

‘Touch Canal’ itinerary to Panama

An 11-night ‘Touch Canal’ itinerary includes Cozumel, Puerto Limón (Costa Rica), the Panama Canal, Colón, Cartagena and Grand Cayman.

Celebrity Constellation is currently scheduled to undergo its modernization in May 2020 as part the line’s $500m fleet upgrade.

Posted 12 August 2019

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