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Port Tampa Bay moves forward with plans to build a new cruise terminal

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Aerial Rhapsody of the Seas Rhapsody of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Port Tampa Bay is set to expand with the addition of a fourth terminal, following the unanimous approval of the design contract by the Tampa Bay Port’s board. The new facility’s design will be undertaken by HDR Engineering, a firm based in Tampa.

According to FOX 13 News, three other Tampa-based engineering firms—Moffatt & Nichol, Burns & McDonnell, and Kimley-Horn and Associates—also submitted proposals for the project. The estimated $80 million terminal will be funded through a combination of grants and private investors.

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This expansion marks a significant development for Port Tampa Bay, positioning it for increased capacity and future growth.

Major expansion in the works for Port Tampa Bay

Officials recently welcomed the new Margaritaville at Sea vessel The Islander. Sailing from Port Tampa Bay to Key West and Mexico on 4- and 5-night itineraries, Margaritaville at Sea’s Islander features innovative dining options, themed bars and lounges, the first-ever three-story poolside LandShark Bar, an adult Tiki Bar, a 14-story tropical atrium, and the Caribbean Amphibian Splash and Slide.

Tampa’s cruise scene is also getting a boost next year with two of Royal Caribbean’s classic ships making it their home for the winter season. Rhapsody of the Seas and Grandeur of the Seas will embark on exciting voyages from the Port of Tampa, offering six to eight-night trips until 2026.

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During the winter months, Rhapsody of the Seas will whisk passengers from Tampa to Belize City, Costa Maya, Cozumel, George Town, and Roatan, according to a release.

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