Tampa port and tourism officials were happy to recently welcome the cruise ship Norwegian Dawn to her new home port. Lionheart had the opportunity yesterday to add her own welcome. We met the huge ship as she made the turn from Sparkman Channel headed out to Tampa Bay. It’s exciting to be so close on the water – but not too close – to such a massive vessel. She’s a mere 921 feet longer than Lionheart, but graciously shared the channel with us. Enthusiastic waves goodbye were exchanged with Dawn’s passengers on the rail – hopefully some of them will look us up when they return and join us for a different type of cruise!
This was only the Norwegian Dawn‘s second departure from the Port of Tampa. The 2,224-passenger ship sails for seven days to the western Caribbean, stopping in Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras; Belize City, Belize; Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico. Officials estimate that her presence in Tampa will have a positive economic impact of more than $8 million on the local economy. On the day of her inaugural Tampa sailing, the cruise port set an all-time record for the number of passengers embarking and disembarking in one day. Tampa is growing as a strong base for cruise ships as well as being Florida’s largest cargo tonnage port. Learn more at the Tampa Port Authority.
Welcome to our waters, Norwegian Dawn!