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German ships will add Tampa as port of call

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German Cruise line AIDA will add Tampa as Port of Call for 2015/2016 German Cruise line AIDA will add Tampa as Port of Call for 2015/2016
The Tampa Port Authority Friday announced changes to an agreement with a foreign tourism company that will bring a pair of cruise ships to the area on Tuesday.
 

AIDA Cruises , based in Germany, will now add Tampa as a port of call for the 2015/1016 seasons with two ships, AIDAvita and AIDAmar.

In reports last week, The Tampa Port Authority had announced that the ships would home port the ships in Tampa. They corrected this in a press release to the media Tuesday announcing that the ships would be adding Tampa as a port of call NOT a home port.

The AIDA Cruises port calls will still put the Port of Tampa on track to have over one million passengers ain 2015, and will highlight the entire Tampa Bay region through shore excursions from the AIDA ships to bay area attractions including the Florida Aquarium, Busch Gardens, and Tampa Bay's world famous beaches, according to the statement.

“The announcement to come to Tampa is a milestone for us, not only at the port, but for all of our tourism and economic development partners in the region,” said Paul Anderson, TPA president and CEO. “We are thrilled to welcome AIDA to Tampa Bay and we know this will be the beginning of a long and rewarding relationship with this fine cruise line that has recognized our strong and distinct market and has decided to be a part of the growth we are experiencing in the region.”

AIDA Cruises is one of the fastest growing and most successful tourism-related businesses in Europe. The line owns, operates and markets a fleet of 10 of the most modern cruise ships in the world.

Within the next three years AIDA officials say their fleet will grown to 12 ships offering family friendly voyages in the Mediterranean, the North Sea, the Baltic Sea, the Caribbean and the Persian Gulf.
 
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