Monday, September 24, 2007

Cruise Lines: Sitting on the Dock of Tampa Bay

Rumor has it that Disney Cruise Line may move some of its ships out of Port Canaveral when the line adds two new vessels to its fleet by 2012, and, according to the St. Petersburg Times, executives have looked over Tampa as a possible second homeport.

Port Canaveral is a natural home port fit for Disney since it's the closest to Walt Disney World, where many passengers combine stays at the theme parks with 3-and 4-night cruises. However, the newspaper also reports that a spokeswoman for Disney has said the cruise line needs to consider other home ports and itineraries for their expanding fleet.

Also reported was that Disney officials have already inspected Tampa to confirm the port could handle their ships. It's not a done deal, though--Tom Wolber, the cruise line's operations chief, has also told the Orlando Sentinel that Miami and Fort Lauderdale, the nation's No. 1 and No. 3 cruise ports, are "obviously other alternatives."

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