Planning on taking a Carnival cruise from Tampa in the next year? Keep an eye out for some famous faces. The cruise line this week unveiled the "Carnival Live Concert Series," a run of musical performances by big names on dozens of cruises throughout 2014 and four of them depart from Tampa. Tickets to each show are a la carte, costing between $20-$40 apiece or $100-$150 for VIP. So far, four cruises departing from Tampa — all five-day cruises of the Western Caribbean aboard the Carnival Paradise — will be part of Carnival Live: REO Speedwagon (departing April 19), Martina McBride (May 12), Chicago (May 31) and Gavin DeGraw (Aug. 18). If you were on the fence about booking a cruise from Tampa, maybe this will be the excuse you've been looking for. — Jay Cridlin
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