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Royal Caribbean commits 2nd ship to Tampa

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The Tampa Port Authority and Royal Caribbean International say the cruise line will be deploying a second ship at the Port of Tampa, starting in the fall of 2014.

Since 2002, Royal Caribbean has operated one ship at the Port of Tampa, during winter cruise seasons.  Brilliance of the Seas will now be joined by a second Royal Caribbean ship, Vision of the Seas.  Vision will offer seven-night Western Caribbean cruises, sailing from Tampa throughout winter 2014-15.

Beginning November 15, Vision of the Seas will sail every Saturday from Tampa to destinations in the Western Caribbean, including Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Costa Maya, Roatan, or Belize.

In a statement, Paul Anderson, the president and CEO of the Port of Tampa, said: "It is extremely exciting to see Royal Caribbean International's continued support of the Tampa cruise market by adding an additional vessel to our thriving home port. Royal Caribbean is a very important partner, offering a quality cruise experience to their guests and significant economic value to the port and our region." 

There will now be six cruise ships that homeport in Tampa. The projected passenger throughput with the sixth ship will be just over 1 million passengers.

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