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Old September 25th, 2009, 12:38 AM
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We are taking our first cruise in March 2010 on the Legend out of Tampa.

We have heard that it is safer to fly in the day prior to leaving on our cruise so we are definitely doing that, however, we are unsure when to book our return flight for. Our ship returns to Tampa at 8:00 a.m.

*How long does it usually take to disembark?
*Would a flight around 1:00 p.m. be ok??
*Not sure how long it takes to get a shuttle/taxi to the airport and in looking at the airport website for Tampa they require you to be there an hour and a half prior to your flight.
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Old September 25th, 2009, 08:38 AM
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We are doing the Legend On Jan. 24th. A group of 85 on this one. A flight at 1 pm should be just fine. Getting from the ship to the airport has never been a problem. You can just get off the ship, and out the door where there will be taxis waiting if you want to use them. Most of our group will be flying home between 2 & 6 pm as that is the only flights back to Ohio they could get.
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Old September 25th, 2009, 12:55 PM
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Last month on Inspiration we done self disembarkation and were off the ship at 8:30.

We had booked a later flight and was able to move up to an earlier one by doing standby.

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The port and airport are not as far apart as they are in some cities, so 1:00 p.m. should be fine. There are a ton of shuttle companies that work that route and might be cheaper than a taxi, depending on how many people are going together. You have to reserve it on advance, but then, when you get off the ship, walk across the street to your left and there is someone organizing loading up the shuttle vans. Google it and maybe save a few bucks. Have a blast.
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We are taking our first cruise in March 2010 on the Legend out of Tampa.

We have heard that it is safer to fly in the day prior to leaving on our cruise so we are definitely doing that, however, we are unsure when to book our return flight for. Our ship returns to Tampa at 8:00 a.m.

*How long does it usually take to disembark? If you use self-assist disembarkment you "can" be off the ship around 9:00 Am (or sooner).

*Would a flight around 1:00 p.m. be ok?? Should Be.

*Not sure how long it takes to get a shuttle/taxi to the airport and in looking at the airport website for Tampa they require you to be there an hour and a half prior to your flight. Takes about 15-20 Minutes.
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Did the Inspiration last year and we had a 1pm flight. That is more than enough time. Have a great cruise.
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A 1:00 p.m. departure is more than adequate...the port is only 15 minutes from the airport and the airport is extremely easy to get around. If you have any questions about Tampa, feel free to email me... I'll be more than happy to assist you.
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I will be though tampa next fri. Insperation 10 10 09 I went thought there last oct.( same week/cruise) and we had a late flight 4pm so we went across the street from the port, to the tampa aquariam and they will hold your bags for you. We spent about 3 hrs there and still had plenty of time. The shutttle we took was 10 dollars a person each way.
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I'd say 1 P.M. is perfect. That takes into account any problems that might occur with immigrations, or delays in clearing the ship. As the others have noted, Tampa is very, very easy for both getting aboard, and leaving the ship, and the airport is EXCELLENT, and relatively close.
We just sailed "Legend" last week, and as Platinum members, were off the ship at 8:30. Those who carried their own luggage, or had very early flights were off before we were, and I'd guess the last off were clear of the building by 10 A.M.

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We are going on the Legend later this year. So, how as it? We were on her last year and the service was great but the food not as good as we are used to on Carnival. Chomping at the bit for any info or, dare I ask, photo's.
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We are going on the Legend later this year. So, how as it? We were on her last year and the service was great but the food not as good as we are used to on Carnival. Chomping at the bit for any info or, dare I ask, photo's.
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Legend was really good! I found the food to be excellent myself, but I'm pretty much a "steak & potatoes" kind of guy. Actually the beef was much better than it's been lately, except for our recent Glory cruise. Beef on that ship was REALLY tender, and good. Whatever you do, don't miss the newest show being offered ONLY on Legend. The "Big Easy". It's a really, really good, high energy show, with lots of music that you'll enjoy. Legend has four production singers also, as opposed to the normal two. Photos? Nope, I can't help you there. We rarely take the camera anymore, so unless there's something really important going on, I don't bother with pictures anymore. Bottom line is,,,,you're going to have a GREAT cruise aboard "Legend".

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