Last minute cruises out of Tampa are a good way to get a real bargain. Cruise lines discount the rates on remaining cabins as the departure date of a cruise approaches. If you book a last minute cruise you need to be prepared to depart within about 30 days.
What is the downside to trying to get a last minute cruise deal? The ship you want may fill and never offer last minute deals. And even if there are bargains to be had, your choices will be limited. You may not get the type of stateroom that you prefer.