I just read on the Carnival website how you can get discounted parking rates over at the Tampa airport. It will be about $70 to park at the port but $42 to park at the airport. We're not flying into Tampa, though (Obviously I guess lol). Anyone done this? Is it a hassle to go over into the airport area and take a shuttle to the port? Seems like a no brainer when you save almost $30. Oh and the rate we got was through Payless Parking. Anyone done this before in Tampa? What was the process like?
I've never done it, but always park at the port. It's so convenient, and frankly, the small savings is a "drop in the bucket" compared to all the other costs involved in a cruise. Parking at the port is so convenient, and easy, that it's just worth the extra few dollars, to me, to avoid the inconvenience of finding a shuttle, etc.,etc.,etc. I guess the $30 would buy you a couple of "drinks of the day" however.
My best experience was when my husband and I stayed at a Holiday Inn near the port the night before the cruise and they let us leave our car in their parking structure for the durationg of the cruise at no charge!
I would go out of my way to park at the airport to save $30 on parking. I disagree with those who say "What's another $30". I read that a lot about all types of things cruising, but to me the less you spend overall the better the value of the vacation over all!
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If they provided a FREE SHUTTLE to the port than the savings would be excellent, but I seriously doubt they provide that free shuttle. So the savings would be gone when factoring in the price of a r/t cab.
Hotel/Cruise parking packages are very common in the Florida market, but sometimes the cost of the hotel room will be significantly higher as they build in the parking fee's into the room cost.
Shop and compare what works best.... not only financially, but logistically too !
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