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About tigger296

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  1. A few years ago we gave our children a cruise for Christmas and like you we didn't want to spend a lot of money for additional gifts but wanted to make the gifting fun for the kids. We gave them gifts that were to be opened in a certain order and they had to guess what their gift was. In order, we gave them sunglasses, two pieces of paper with the date on one and state room number on the other, disposable cameras, carry on bags with wheels, small plastic ship and last was t-shirts from the cruise company that we were sailing with. I bought the shirts on ebay so didn't cost a lot. Cost was minimum and my children had a lot of fun.
  2. My husband and I stayed at Doubletree Westshore last Feb. and was booked into a king executive room for $118 using government rate. My husband works for our local government but Doubletree didn't ask to see his ID or proof of employment. The executive rooms are on the top two floors and have a separate elevator to get to them. There is also an exceutive lounge where coffee, bottled water and cookies are available at no additional charge. Appetizers are served on weekday evenings and continental breakfast is also served in the lounge, n/c. Doubletree is close to the airport and we saw a lot of pilots and flight attendants at Doubletree. The room was very nice. There was Internet hook up, bathrobe and slippers provided, pillow top mattress, Bath & Body Works toiletries, and lots of pillows on the bed. Also included in room rate was free shuttle to and from the port and parking for our car while on the cruise. I noticed there was a bar, restaurant, gift shop, swimming pool and hot tub. Hope this helps. Ginger
  3. We'll be checking into Doubletree Westshore on Feb. 19. I was able to get the government rate of $104 for the king executive room and in exchange we get a nice room, continental breakfast, leave our car in their lot while on the cruise and shuttle to the port.
  4. I spoke with Doubletree today and was told that the government rate did not include the parking nor shuttle service to the port. Any tricks I can use to get it? Ginger Splendour 1/05 Grandeur 2/06
  5. Holiday in has a Park & Fly package. The reservation Holiday Inn specialist I spoke with said for $5 pp they will shuttle you to the port and and pick you up when you return. This includes leaving you car in their lot and breakfast.
  6. Thanks again Ken. Having never visited Tampa, other than to drive through on the way to St. Pete Beach, I feel a bit lost trying to find safe, clean lodging for my family.Have you ever considered writing a visitor's guide for the Tampa area?LOL
  7. Thank you, thank you Ken. I feel much better getting info from someone who knows the area. I'm guessing the Holiday Inn Express on N. Dale Mabry is in the same area as the HoJo and the area isn't suitable. Just when I thought I had found a good deal. One night's lodging and shuttle for 4 to the port and back, breakfast and my car parked in their lot for a week for $114. Somehow I knew it was too good to be true. Thanks again.
  8. I'm interested in that info myself. I don't want to spend $100+. Just want somewhere clean and in a safe area and found a rate of $55.20 for this HJ.
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