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Old December 20th, 2008, 08:26 PM
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Default Port of Tampa hotels and shuttles

Is there any hotels near the port of Tampa that offer free cruise parking and a shuttle service to and from the port when you use their hotel?
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I am seeking this answer also.
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Guess no one has the answer for us.
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Try these:

Hyatt Regnecy - downtown
Sheraton Riverwalk
Howard Johnson - downtown
Hampton Inn - Ybor City
Holiday Inn Express

I've researched these online several months ago. I think all of these have parking with a hotel reservation. I don't have prices. If you find a good one let me know.
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parking is a premium in downtown Tampa; the port parking fee is lower than most of the hotel parking fees; I couldn't find any hotels that have RECENTLY posted a park & stay package other than the hotel at the airport.

I just stayed at the Tampa Mariott Waterside and what a great place to stay; the rooms were very clean; great sports bar on site, parking was $20.00 per day, which was valet adn they parked in a covered parking garage.
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Parking at the Port of Tampa is also covered parking, and is right across the street from embarkation/debarkation, and the last time we used it (November '08) it was still $12 per day. It may well have gone up, as all the others have. (Port Everglades and Miami are both $20 per day the last time).
It's a mystery why more hotels don't offer parking/limo service to the port. It'd be a GREAT draw for a lot of people IMO.

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Sky, I was thinking that if I ever sail from Tampa it might be cheaper to hire a shuttle to take me rght from home and pick me up after the cruise. Have you done that? Or do you have any idea of the cost?

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Sky, I was thinking that if I ever sail from Tampa it might be cheaper to hire a shuttle to take me rght from home and pick me up after the cruise. Have you done that? Or do you have any idea of the cost?

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Nope, we've never done that, but I have considered it several times but never gotten a quote on it. I'd guess that the cost would probably be less. If you find anything interesting, let me know......

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Thanks Ken. I will check around and I will be sure to let you know what I find.

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Cruznut, I did get a quote recently from The Shuttle that goes to the Tampa airport. I live in Tarpon Springs about 45 minutes away from Tampa they quoted $30 each way per the 5 of us going. The owner even lives in our subdivison so it was not a good deal except all of us would be in one van with all the suitcases. The parking at the port so far looked cheaper.
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The wife and I will be sailing out of Tampa, in May 2009. It won't be long, and I'll start researching for us a hotel also.. I've about decided to park @ the pier, unless we come across a great deal, or package.

Thanks for asking and posting this question .
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David please keep us updated we are still looking and deciding where to park also.
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David please keep us updated we are still looking and deciding where to park also.
Will do Ro .

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Florida has a no drop off fee rule here for car rentals. When we sail out of Miami we rent a car and drive it to the airport to drop it off. From there we take the free rental car shuttle to the port. They also pick us up from the port at no charge. Just something to consider.
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We recently (12/4/08) stayed at the Hampton Inn Ybor City. It was very nice, within walking distance to several nice areas to eat. We took a taxi for 25.00 to the pier the next morning. We were on the ship within 30 minutes of exiting the taxi! Same thing when we got back to port on Sunday! Off ship, got luggage, in a cab, and at the airport within 30 minutes!
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