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Setting sail from Tampa
The Tampa Bay area of Florida is home to some of the finest beaches in the USA, as well as a host of cultural attractions. The city of Tampa itself may not be the main draw, but it still has some interesting sights, including historic Ybor City, Tampa's atmospheric Latin Quarter. The neighbouring city of St. Petersburg is home to the excellent waterfront Salvador Dalí Museum, and Sarasota's Ringling Museum of Art also hosts some interesting exhibitions. Other attractions in the area include Busch Gardens, a world class zoo and adventure park that provides great family entertainment.
Henry B. Plant was the father of Tampa. His 1891 built Tampa Bay Hotel now houses the Henry B. Plant museum, with the original furnishings, architecture and artifacts still adorning the walls.
United States: Key West
Colourful and eccentric, the island city of Key West stands apart from the rest of Florida. A strong Caribbean influence reflects the city’s proximity to Cuba and the Bahamas, and it has long been known as a bohemian hangout, a welcoming and open-minded place that Ernest Hemingway once called home.
Roatán is the largest and busiest of the Bay Islands, which sit off the coast of Honduras in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. It’s a fantastic destination for divers and snorkellers, with a stunning reef just offshore, and also boasts some lovely beaches.
Guatemala: Santo Tomas de Castilla
Mexico: Costa Maya
The port at Costa Maya is a purpose-built facility for cruise passengers, with amenities including swimming pools, restaurants and bars. The neighbouring village of Mahahual will give you a slightly more authentic taste of the Yucatán, and the ruined Mayan city of Chacchoben is an hour’s drive away.
Arriving in Tampa
This is a great destination for families, but otherwise the Mundy advice is to give it a miss – Sarasota is perhaps a better option.
Your home from home
With just over 1,400 guests, this inviting mid-size ship is the perfect combination: small enough to maintain a friendly atmosphere and high levels of service, and large enough to offer plenty of choice and variety in dining and activity.
What we love
A Holland America ship is very distinctive, with an outstanding collection of art and sculpture on board that takes you back to the heritage of the company's maritime roots, and forward to its contemporary and innovative style.
|Crew||600 International Staff|
A relaxed, warm and welcoming atmosphere makes Rotterdam an excellent choice for stylish travellers enjoying space and elegance as they explore.
|Cruising Speed||25 knots|
Tailor-make your trip
Tampa Bay accommodation
Stay in St Petersburg rather than Tampa itself – try the Pink Palace, as the Don CeSar is known.
See more of Florida
Go out to the state parks for wildlife exploration, but watch out for the alligators.