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  1. AuntieBarb

    Transportation from port of Tampa to Airport

    [quote name='cruizer2d']Same thing happened to us in Tampa port Saturday. It was just my sister and me w/ 3 pieces of luggage. She was going to Southwest and I was flying from Jet Blue. We got in the cab, he started driving as we told him where we had to go--he freaked out saying it was more money because he had 2 stops at the airport and it had to be treated as such because " S.W. terminal was across the street from J.B. and further out. ". I was p..ssed!. My sister "negotiated" a price for $30, instead of the $25. (Left him no tip.) He had wanted more. I got out 1st---she said she was the next terminal! She said he just dumped her suitcase IN THE STREET in front of the terminal and took off. This has never happened before and sure left a bad impression of the Tampa cab system.[/quote] I am very sorry to hear you experienced the same. It is still a flat rate of $25. I am in the process of filing a complaint. There are two taxi services handling that taxi queue at port. We didn't have time to pull out our cells to get a picture, but we did record the taxi number and just confirmed it with Yellow Taxi. It may be too late to hope for a refund, but at least they should know which drivers are probably pocketing extra money! Taxi Companies [URL="http://www.yellowcaboftampa.com"]Yellow[/URL] (813) 253-0121 [URL="http://www.unitedcaboftampa.com/"]United Cab[/URL] (813) 777-7777
  2. OMG. Seriously? NO. We would have gotten out of the van before he even left the port! :rolleyes: But we did throw up our hands on the matter, simply because members of our party were on the verge of missing their flight as it was. Next time (if there is a next time) we'll know better and be less victim to aggravating circumstance.
  3. AuntieBarb

    Transportation from port of Tampa to Airport

    Just stopping by to provide feedback from our Tampa debarkation experience: First off, debarkation was probably unusual, in that Tampa Bay was closed due to fog and didn't reopen until 6AM the morning we were headed back from our cruise. Subsequently, we arrived 1-1/2 hours later than expected. Naturally that rolled downhill as far as travel arrangements for many passengers; not just NCL but other cruise lines as well. Albeit due to late arrival or the debarkation of choice in general, it appeared as if a very large percentage of passengers chose to walk-off with their luggage. Unfortunately we were affected too, because our flight was scheduled to depart at 11:25AM. Since Priority Debarkation didn't commence until 10:30AM and TSA requires luggage to be checked no later than 45 minutes before departure, we knew right off the bat we would have to alter our air travel. However such had to be deferred until 30 minutes prior to our scheduled departure. By the time all was said and done, we ended up with a direct flight at 6:09PM. Made for a long day at the airport! That said, we were the first passengers to debark with yellow tags. Despite following a vast amount of passengers, our debarkation went very smoothly, especially with a porter in tow for all 4 in our party. We located our luggage quickly. The porter line through customs was short. Then once we reached the taxi queue line, there were only 3 groups ahead of us and we were on our way to the airport by 10:45AM. So in summary, Tampa debarkation did indeed appear to be well organized. The key information I want to leave you with regards the taxi rate. Yes, the sign at the taxi queue line clearly stated $25 flat rate to the airport. However, once inside the taxi, we advised the driver we wanted to go to the US Airways terminal and the United Airlines terminal. He immediately said, "Then the fee is $10 per person". We shook our heads in dismay, but weren't about to jump out and seek alternate transportation. Then even though both airlines were side by side at the SAME TERMINAL and we all exited the taxi together, the driver still insisted upon $10 per person. RIPOFF! So since we usually tip the driver as well, we simply gave him $40 WITHOUT a tip.
  4. That's exactly what we did. All 4 of us got out of the taxi together. He still insisted on $40. :rolleyes:
  5. Just stopping by to provide feedback from our Tampa debarkation experience: First off, debarkation was probably unusual, in that Tampa Bay was closed due to fog and didn't reopen until 6AM the morning we were headed back from our cruise. Subsequently, we arrived 1-1/2 hours later than expected. Naturally that rolled downhill as far as travel arrangements for many passengers; not just NCL but other cruise lines as well. Albeit due to late arrival or the debarkation of choice in general, it appeared as if a very large percentage of passengers chose to walk-off with their luggage. Unfortunately we were affected too, because our flight was scheduled to depart at 11:25AM. Since Priority Debarkation didn't commence until 10:30AM and TSA requires luggage to be checked no later than 45 minutes before departure, we knew right off the bat we would have to alter our air travel. However such had to be deferred until 30 minutes prior to our scheduled departure. By the time all was said and done, we ended up with a direct flight at 6:09PM. Made for a long day at the airport! That said, we were the first passengers to debark with yellow tags. Despite following a vast amount of passengers, our debarkation went very smoothly, especially with a porter in tow for all 4 in our party. We located our luggage quickly. The porter line through customs was short. Then once we reached the taxi queue line, there were only 3 groups ahead of us and we were on our way to the airport by 10:45AM. So in summary, Tampa debarkation did indeed appear to be well organized. The key information I want to leave you with regards the taxi rate. Yes, the sign at the taxi queue line clearly stated $25 flat rate to the airport. However, once inside the taxi, we advised the driver we wanted to go to the US Airways terminal and the United Airlines terminal. He immediately said, "Then the fee is $10 per person". We shook our heads in dismay, but weren't about to jump out and seek alternate transportation. Then even though both airlines were side by side at the SAME TERMINAL, the driver still insisted upon $10 per person. RIPOFF! So since we usually tip the driver as well, we simply gave him $40 WITHOUT a tip.
  6. AuntieBarb

    NCL Sun Personal Hair Dryers & Outlets

    Thick, "fat hair" here too! I must sit at a vanity and style my hair. So no way would I make friends with that box dryer! LOL
  7. AuntieBarb

    NCL Sun Personal Hair Dryers & Outlets

    Thank you! I have the entire kit thanks to sailing the Spirit and as well the Jade on the Med. I will pass this along to my friends. Much appreciated! Thanks everyone!
  8. I am getting confused by the archives here. So please pardon a redundant question. I understand that balconies and below have one of those box/hose hair dryers in the bathroom. Okay...despise those...bringing my own. But I've read to bring a dual voltage or dual wattage. Is the situation on the Sun the same as the Spirit? Do I need a plug converter too (international) or is it just that a high wattage hair dryer will blow the circuit breaker? Confused. I am in good shape either way because I bought one special for cruising on the Spirit. But our travel companions need to know.
  9. That was our experience as well. We only had our "carry-on" in tow. I will reflect on one such debarkation though, which didn't go very smoothly. Despite being VIPs, navigating to our meeting place was greatly obstructed on the elevators and walking areas, because color coded passengers were already waiting in the atrium (and on their way) rather than waiting in their staterooms. What a madhouse that was! Okay, so I gather from everyone's feedback that Priority Debarkation is the first color-coded group to be called and that I might possibly acquire additional tags to share with our travel companions (if the general consensus is NOT to carry off our own luggage). Thanks everyone!
  10. AuntieBarb

    Transportation from port of Tampa to Airport

    [quote name='SeaPA1']Barb, there is a que line but it is very, very efficient. You'll gather your bags inside, and exit the terminal building (either handling the bags yourself or grabbing a porter if they're too heavy for you to handle). Right outside the terminal building there is a drive-thru area; cabs will be lined up immediately outside the drive-thru & are waived in as needed. It is very smooth and simple; highly organized & very efficient, time-wise.[/quote] Thanks for easing my mind! :)
  11. AuntieBarb

    Transportation from port of Tampa to Airport

    Forgive my wording, but the vans are used by shuttle services too. Thanks for the info on the van-taxi flat rate of $25 + tip, because I believe the shuttle services are about $17.50 per person. We've only been in this predicament once before (directly from port), because we usually had a private driver picking us up or we stayed in a hotel post cruise. In Miami, we were transported to Ft Lauderdale airport by shuttle reserved in advance. They were literally standing there waiting for us. It went like clockwork. So how does this work at the port terminal? Is there a queue line outside the terminal for everyone waiting for a taxi? Does it take forever? Timing is an issue.
  12. Thanks for the replies. Walk-off would do the trick, but I'm not so sure how easily that will go. I am familiar with being escorted off the ship with the VIPs, but we aren't in a suite this time either. So where does Priority Debarkation fall into the order of announcements? Do we actually get any priority over anyone?
  13. We will be cruising in the near future with friends who never have before. Trying to coordinate debarkation, so we can share a shuttle to the airport. We are Platinum with Priority Debarkation. Who do they announce after VIP's? And then?
  14. AuntieBarb

    Confused

    Years ago it seemed the best fares were obtained by booking way ahead; like 1 year or more in advance. Not seeing much of that anymore. I think they're on to us! :eek: Seriously though, there are many methods to this madness with fares; to entice bookings to certain ships over others, to fill ships last minute, to keep that revenue coming in during slow seasons. It's a gamble sometimes. One simply needs to be content with the fare they get and be thankful for any type of credit they receive thereafter....if any.
  15. AuntieBarb

    Transportation from port of Tampa to Airport

    I too have the same question/concerns. We have an upcoming cruise R/T through Tampa. It'll be our first cruise from this port. Not knowing how smooth of an operation they have going at the Tampa terminals, and traveling with friends who may not be able to disembark as quickly as we can, has me concerned about the availability of van shuttles at the time we want to be picked up. (10AM) CC mentions "Super Shuttle" and their website states they have reps and vans stationed at the port when ships are in. But I am trying to imagine a swarm of passengers disembarking (possibly from multiple ships) at the same time and having the same transportation needs. Can anyone recommend a shuttle service that can be reserved for a specific time/location? I sent an inquiry to Tampa Shuttle, but have yet to hear back from them.
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