The Tampa Port Authority is pleased to announce that Royal Caribbean International (RCI) will enhance its deployment season in Tampa beginning in November 2011, with the Jewel of the Seas.

Launched in 2004, the 90,000 ton Radiance Class Jewel of the Seas holds 2,500 passengers and more than 850 crew members.  At 962 feet in length, the ship will offer passengers an array of dining, entertainment and recreational opportunities.  RCI credits the ship as having the highest percentage of outside cabins in its fleet.  Jewel of the Seas will replace Radiance of the Seas, which is scheduled for 44 sailings from Tampa for the 2010-2011 season.  Vacationers will enjoy options including two, five-night and a four-night Western Caribbean itinerary from Tampa.

“We have experienced a very welcomed growth trend in Tampa as a cruise port in recent years, and Royal Caribbean’s decision to again enhance activity at the Port of Tampa is testimony to the strength of the Tampa cruise market,” Richard Wainio, Tampa’s port director and CEO, said.  “The Tampa Port Authority is extremely pleased to welcome the beautiful Jewel of the Seas to Tampa for the 2011-2012 season and we anticipate much success and growth in tourism in the years ahead,” he said.