1,400 German Cruise Passengers Land in Tampa
German cruise ship M/V Artania made a stop in Tampa, carrying 1,400 mostly German passengers and crew. It’s mid-voyage, sailing around the world.
Captain Robert Fronenbroek said that it is 116 days basically North and South America, a world cruise as they call it.
Just after sunrise, the more tourists were greeted by dolphins alongside the Artania as they headed for the port. The ship docked around 9 a.m. and is expected to depart this evening.
The Artania travelled around the world all year, making stops in Guatemala, Chile, Scotland, Norway, and Russia. The last few stops included Key West, Miami, Turks and Caicos, and finally, Tampa.
From the beaches to the brand-new hangout at Sparkman Wharf, passengers were treated to a taste of the Bay Area. Several took in a history lesson in Ybor City.
There are 868 passengers and 518 crew members. Most are of German descent, while others are from Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, and Italy.
The Artania leaves Tampa at 8 p.m. Friday night. The next stop is New Orleans, Louisiana.