Mar 18, 2017 — Just west of Fort DeSoto is the entrance to Tampa Bay's shipping channel, which cuts to the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Tonight, I was at the fishing pier next to the old fort before sunset to watch two cruise ships, Royal Caribbean's Rhapsody of the Seas and Carnival Paradise, head out to the Gulf. With the time change, the cruise ships went by before sunset, the golden hour for photographers. When enjoying Fort DeSoto, take the time to explore the area near Fort DeSoto's pier. This is rustic and different than North Beach, which is always voted one of the top beaches in the United States.
Pilot Boat racing out to the channel entrance to pick up a tug pushing a barge. Once on board, the pilot will guide the ship into port.