This weekend, Carnival Cruise Line marks another milestone since the pandemic began 20 months ago: its first cruise from Tampa. Carnival Pride will depart Sunday, November 14, from the Tampa Bay Cruise Terminal for its seven-day Western Caribbean cruise, including a stop in Belize City on November 18. Carnival says the week-long voyage, with an estimated 2,124 persons onboard, will visit the Mexican ports of Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico, in addition to Belize and Mahogany Bay in Roatan, Honduras. Carnival Pride is Carnival’s first cruise ship to depart from Tampa since the industry resumed operations in July.
Carnival Pride is on schedule to tether offshore Belize City before the 45-minute boat ride into the Fort Street Tourism Village (FSTV). The village is open only when the cruise ships are in, it’s a good place to stop, as it has around 30 gift shops including MOHO Chocolate with free samples of organic, Belize-made chocolates, plus the usual duty-free and jewelry stores you’ll find all over the Caribbean. Plus, Belize City is a great base to venture out from, whether onto the islands or inland for adrenaline-pumping adventure.
In October, Port Tampa Bay saw its first cruise set sail since the pandemic began in Mar. 2020. The Serenade of the Seas required all passengers and crew to be vaccinated or show a negative COVID-19 test. A federal judge let Royal Caribbean keep that requirement, despite Governor Ron DeSantis’ ban on companies in Florida requiring proof of vaccination.