A little background info- this is the 2nd cruise we have taken our 3 children on (Last year was Key West and Cozumel). Last year we shared a room with all 5 of us squishing in- using 2 bunks and the beds put together. We will never make that mistake again! This time we booked 2 connecting rooms (M130 and M134). We booked back in August and paid about $1500 for the 2 rooms total after one lonely price drop of $40 per cabin.
This was our first time sailing out of Tampa, we used birth certificates for all 5 of us, and also brought state ID's for the kids. (They already had them from previous traveling with Grandma).
We had absolutely no problem with any of the documents and I will say I have 3 originals, 1 that was an ordered copy, and my 2, one original unofficial looking, and my second after adoption that is held together with tape. I opted to try the unofficial one first, and then would provide adoption papers and taped together birth certificate if needed. My unofficial looking one worked and that was it! (I am getting a passport before my next cruise!)
A couple notes:
The area around the port in Tampa is a dump. I love Tampa, particularly the beaches and I was unimpressed to say the least when we got off our exit!
We paid $70 for parking for the 5 day. The garage is right across the street from the terminal. We missed the sign saying drop off your luggage first, and decided we were already pulling in and would go with it. The parking garage attendants were the most miserable people I have ever met.
When you pull in you pull a ticket from a machine, then pull ahead 3 more feet and give the ticket to the attendant. Then you pay, she gives you a little wooden chip. You need that to get out of the garage or you have to pay $20 more. (So make sure with all the other crap you are situating don't lose the little chip.)
Once we were parked, we walked over to the terminal with all of our luggage. At the front door before you even enter, someone checks all of your documentation. Then you go in, it is checked a 2nd time. Then you get your zone card, and proceed to the counter where your documents are checked a 3rd time. At this point you get your cards, and you are finally done with documentation! Yay! We are assigned zone 5. Oh and by the way it is about 11:15 at this time. We waited for a bit, one wedding party loaded and by noon we were headed on board!
(And I swear there will be photos!)
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