Go Back   Cruise Critic Message Board Forums > North American Homeports > East Coast Departures > Florida Departures
 
Register here!
Forgot Your Password?


Notices

Florida Departures
Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami & Port Canaveral & Tampa

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old January 12th, 2013, 01:48 PM
bsbcgirl's Avatar
bsbcgirl bsbcgirl is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 647
Default Earliest flight from tampa and hotel recommendations

Hi,
Have never been to Tampa port. What is the earliest flight to book home? Considering 10:00 am. Also what suggestions for convenient/clean hotel just to sleep night before departure?

Thanks
__________________



Celebrity Constellation 2014
Explorer of the Seas 2012
Allure of the Seas 2011
Navigator of the Seas 2011
Freedom of the Seas 2010
Adventure of the Seas 2006
Carnival Imagination 2006
Navigator of the Seas 2004
Enchantment of the Seas 2001
Reply With Quote

Ad Sponsored By
  #2  
Old January 12th, 2013, 03:05 PM
FlaGrl4Evr's Avatar
FlaGrl4Evr FlaGrl4Evr is online now
5,000+ Club
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Florida Suncoast
Posts: 7,074
Default

Personally, I would not book a flt out of TIA before noon at the very earliest. We have cruised out of Tampa twice. The first time we did the traditional debark and did not arrive to TIA until 10:45, but we had a 2pm flt so all was good there. Our last cruise, we got a good deal on and 11:35 am flight and made it doing self-assist debark, but anything earlier than that is really going to be a dice roll.


As far as hotels, we use the ones on Rocky Point near the airport because thay have a great cruise pkg: free airport shuttle, free breakfast, and a round trip shuttle to the port and then back to either TIA or the hotel for those that booked the park and cruise.

Here are the names of the three and I would go with any one of them depending on the best rate. We ended up at the Holiday Inn both times but it just happend that that was the best rate at the time.

Holdiay Inn Rocky Point, Hampton Inn Rocky Point and Chase Suites Rocky Point. All three hotels are right next to each other. They all overlook the Bay and have a Bahama Breeze restaurant in the adjoining parking lot areas.


The Westshore area and Tampa Airport area are some other areas to check as well. Downtown Tampa hotels will put you closer to the port but very few, if any, have airport shttles and their rates are much higher.






good luck
__________________
Cari

Carnival Legend
Carnival Inspiration
Carnival Liberty
Reply With Quote

  #3  
Old January 12th, 2013, 03:07 PM
bsbcgirl's Avatar
bsbcgirl bsbcgirl is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 647
Default

Thank you for suggestions/help.
__________________



Celebrity Constellation 2014
Explorer of the Seas 2012
Allure of the Seas 2011
Navigator of the Seas 2011
Freedom of the Seas 2010
Adventure of the Seas 2006
Carnival Imagination 2006
Navigator of the Seas 2004
Enchantment of the Seas 2001
Reply With Quote

  #4  
Old January 12th, 2013, 03:56 PM
JohninDC JohninDC is offline
10,000+ Club
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Northern VA & DC
Posts: 10,514
Default

Listen to Hoosier! Don't try to book a flight out of the TPA airport prior to about 11:30 or noon -- do you want to spend your cruise worried about making your return flight?
__________________
Golf! A game invented by people who think good music comes from bagpipes.
Reply With Quote

  #5  
Old January 14th, 2013, 05:45 PM
sometimes sailor's Avatar
sometimes sailor sometimes sailor is online now
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: New England & Virginia
Posts: 187
Default Just booked this for Feb cruise

Quote:
Originally Posted by bsbcgirl View Post
Hi,
Have never been to Tampa port. What is the earliest flight to book home? Considering 10:00 am. Also what suggestions for convenient/clean hotel just to sleep night before departure?

Thanks

and the rate includes airport and port of tampa shuttles.
Tahitian Inn and Resort www.tahitianinn.com. They start the shuttles to the pier at 9:00 am and it is six miles away.
Reply With Quote

  #6  
Old January 15th, 2013, 04:43 PM
aria48 aria48 is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: FL
Posts: 370
Default

Easiest hotel for early flight is the Marriott at the airport. No shuttles or anything to mess with.
Like others said though, a later flight is better and pick one of the hotels with shuttle service (Rocky Point area hotels are good like mentioned before.) There's a map of all of them here.
__________________
Carnival Fascination 2009
Disney Magic 2014
Royal Caribbean--Allure of the Seas 2014
Reply With Quote

Reply

Bookmarks


Ad Sponsored By
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:34 PM.


© 1995 - 2014, The Independent Traveler, Inc. All rights reserved.
"A Community of People Who Love To Cruise"
All of the information contained within Cruise Critic is protected by copyright. You may, however, download a single copy only for your personal use.