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Old April 24th, 2009, 10:27 PM
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the couple that is going with us lives about an hour and a half south of us, they are coming over the night before we leave for the port of tampa which is almost a direct shot across the state from us in fl. about 2 hours. is the best way to travel to the port to drive our car and park it there for the week or to rent a car or...? i dunno, suggestions please.
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How much is parking in Tampa? Are you staying in a hotel the day before? Some hotel are park and ride hotels. If you rent a car you have to do it twice. Once down there and once back home. I think parking would be cheaper.
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I'd highly suggest that especially since you're only a couple of hours from Tampa, you drive to the port and park the car in the garage there. Last cruise, the parking was $12 per day, and the indoor garage is secured as soon as the ship sails, so it's secure. The garage is right across the street from where you embark the ship, so it's very convenient. The price might go up, as all the others have recently, but since there are two couples sharing the car, that cuts the price in half. Tampa is a GREAT place to sail from, and I know you'll have a wonderful time.

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If you are all traveling in one car, will that car hold all your luggage? Just a thought....
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I think the least expensive way would be to all take one vehicle and split the parking fees. A rental car would be possible if they allow you to pick up at one location and drop off at another. Another option would be a bus, but it is probably cheapest to park a car and split it four ways.
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I don't know of any rental car drop offs near the port in Tampa. Ken, have you (or anyone) ever seen one?
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Or - you schmooze some friend with a nice big van to take the four of you to/from the port. It might cost you dinner so parking still might be cheaper
but it could address luggage issues. Doubt there are any buses in Central FL that will do what you are looking for.
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i have a pretty big trunk that will fit the luggage
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Greyhound does go everywhere so it is a matter of a short trip from point A to point B, and the luggage fee for 2 bags is $5 for the second bag. A split cost of a taxi from the bus station would handle the rest. I would only recommend this for shorter trips or if you can sleep without any problem. But it is whatever you are comfortable with, but definitely shop around for your best option.
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The problem with Greyhound is that they take forever to get anywhere because they make so many stops. Also, here in Florida, there aren't a lot of options on times. So, if you go this way, make sure that it will arrive in time. Plus, you will probably end up in the middle of Tampa and have to hire a cab to get to the port. Not necessarily an easy or even cheap way to go.
I wish they did have more service here, as I would use them for day trips if they did.
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$84 to park & a tank of gas / 4 people it will be hard for Greyhound & 4 taxis to beat that round trip (taxi to bus station - bus - taxi port - cruise - taxi to greyhound - bus - tax home). That's a lot of moving the luggage.
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$84 to park & a tank of gas / 4 people it will be hard for Greyhound & 4 taxis to beat that round trip (taxi to bus station - bus - taxi port - cruise - taxi to greyhound - bus - tax home). That's a lot of moving the luggage.
we are definately driving, if the luggage doesnt fit we are sitting on suitcases. hehe
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I only said it was an option. Not the best. I did indicate it was best to check around.
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I don't know of any rental car drop offs near the port in Tampa. Ken, have you (or anyone) ever seen one?
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Nope, I don't know of any rental drop offs near the port, however I've not really looked into it, so there if fact, may be some. I'll ask around the next time I'm over there, and post the results.

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Yeah, it's funny. Living here, I know less about things like rental cars and hotels than people who live elsewhere and vacation here!
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