Margaritaville at Sea, the Riviera Beach-based cruise line, is expanding its operations to Tampa Bay by introducing a new 2,650-passenger ship set to launch in June of 2024. This expansion will offer passengers four- and five-night cruises with stops in popular destinations such as Key West, Cozumel, and Progreso.
The Margaritaville at Sea cruise line initially debuted in the summer of 2022, offering two-night cruises to the Bahamas from the Port of Palm Beach. The upcoming Margaritaville at Sea Islander will serve as the cruise line’s second ship, aiming to satisfy the growing demand for longer itineraries, new ports of call, and breathtaking views, according to Christopher Ivy, CEO of Margaritaville at Sea.
The Paradise, the first ship in the Margaritaville at Sea fleet, commenced its operations in 1991 under the Costa brand of Carnival Cruise Line. In October, the cruise line acquired the former Costa Atlantica from China’s Adora Cruises. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ship has not sailed since then.
The Margaritaville at Sea Islander will feature various amenities and attractions, including the first-ever three-story poolside Landshark Bar, an adult outdoor lounge and pool named The Tiki Bar, a 14-story tropical atrium, and a Caribbean Amphibian Splash and Slide. Additionally, all 1,100 staterooms will undergo a complete redesign, furnished with Margaritaville’s signature bedding, pillows, and linens.
Amanda Travaglini, Chief Marketing Officer at Margaritaville at Sea, expressed excitement about the new ship, emphasizing that it combines the concepts of fun and escapism. The Islander will introduce several elements not found on the Paradise, such as a water slide and a live music venue adjacent to the pool. Travaglini stated that the Margaritaville brand is well-established and has a strong identity, which is expected to generate significant enthusiasm among prospective passengers.
John Cohlan, CEO of Margaritaville Holdings, declared that the launch of the Margaritaville at Sea Islander as the flagship vessel represents an exciting milestone for the cruise line. Cohlan believes that the addition of this ship will enable guests to explore more island destinations and enjoy an enhanced range of fun-filled experiences and signature Margaritaville offerings while at sea.
Port Tampa Bay’s president and CEO, Paul Anderson, anticipates that the new cruise line will have a positive impact on the local economy. Research conducted by Visit Tampa Bay indicates that cruise visitors often extend their vacations to explore other attractions in the area, such as The Florida Aquarium, Clearwater Beach, Busch Gardens, and major theme parks in Orlando. Anderson expressed his enthusiasm for the project, emphasizing the well-established brand and the excitement it will generate.
The Margaritaville at Sea Islander is expected to bring approximately 350,000 passengers to Port Tampa Bay annually, contributing significantly to the local economy. The ship is set to arrive at Port Tampa Bay in mid-June, with its inaugural cruise scheduled for June 14, 2024. Guests can already reserve sailings for 2024 through the cruise line’s online platform.
For more information on Margaritaville at Sea Islander and its offerings, interested individuals can visit the official website for details.