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#1
New Jersey
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I have from when I disembark the ship until 5 pm in Tampa until I need to be at the airport. What can someone do for that time while carrying luggage around?
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Originally posted by kitkaatt
I have from when I disembark the ship until 5 pm in Tampa until I need to be at the airport. What can someone do for that time while carrying luggage around?
Usually the ship offers an Excursion that ends at the airport. Luggage goes in cargo hold of tour bus.
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#3
New Jersey
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I saw that as an excursion option, but wasn't sure if there were other things. I will probably end up booking it even though I still think we will end up at the airport early. Maybe they will adjust the tour if everyone has a flight as late as ours. Thanks
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Hudson Valley New York
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At the pier there is shopping, restaurants, Tampa Aquarium and trolley to Ybor City. Luggage storage at aquarium. https://www.813area.com/tampa/channelside/
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#5
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The Aquarium sounds like fun! Maybe drop off the luggage there, do Ybor city as well, then Trolley back and maybe Uber airport. Thanks caribsun!
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Louisville, KY
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We disembarked at the Tampa terminal on 12/1417 and as we were leaving I noticed a baggage holding window at the terminal. I'm sorry we didn't notice the cost. We had planned on flying the home the day of disembarkation, but it was a later flight that day. We decided to stay over that night and fly home the next day, making for a much easier disembarkation.
#10
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Originally posted by kitkaatt
The Aquarium sounds like fun! Maybe drop off the luggage there, do Ybor city as well, then Trolley back and maybe Uber airport. Thanks caribsun!
Aquarium is fun. I particularly enjoyed the seahorse exhibit. Lots to see.

They offer an optional 75 minute boat excursion to view wild dolphins.
#11
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Originally posted by caribsun
At the pier there is shopping, restaurants, Tampa Aquarium and trolley to Ybor City. Luggage storage at aquarium. https://www.813area.com/tampa/channelside/
Channelside is virtually dead. Has been 80% or more empty store fronts for years. Parts have been approved for demolition ....

Hooters and the bowling alley were about all that was left when I was there a couple of months ago, down more from a year ago.

The aquarium is OK and last I heard they will hold luggage.
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#13
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Originally posted by cb at sea
I would try my best to get an earlier flight. Killing time isn't fun. It's a pain in the backside!
Not good advice !!
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#14
Tampa, Florida area
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If you do spend some time in Ybor City, a great place for lunch is the Columbia restaurant. Great ambiance, great Cuban/Spanish food, wonderful sangria!
I live in the Tampa Bay area, and the Columbia restaurant is my favorite place to go when I want a really special lunch.
They tend to be very busy at lunchtime .... tourists seem to also love it there ... so it's best to get there before noon.
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If you are into older ships, there is the American Victory right at the pier. EM
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#16
New Jersey
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I had tried to get an earlier flight, but there were none that were nonstop. While I don't mind flying, I really don't like getting stuck on a plane. It gets stuffy, claustrophobic and uncomfortably warm. I'm okay with the late departure, it's the luggage that throws me off. Everyone has given me some great information and direction. I really appreciate it. With being able to store our luggage, the Aquarium and Ybor city should be great. Then we can Uber to the airport when we are done. Very excited! Thank you all!
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#17
Melbourne, FL
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There's a Columbia Cafe just a short walk from the aquarium if you don't want to trek out to YBOR which is more of a night venue ... not much during the day.

Cafe has a limited menu (as compared to the main Columbia in YBOR) but for lunch they probably have what you want and rather than being locked in a big windowless dining room, it is open and waterside ... right on 'riverwalk'

http://www.columbiarestaurant.com/Me...History-Center
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#18
New Jersey
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Originally posted by Capt_BJ
There's a Columbia Cafe just a short walk from the aquarium if you don't want to trek out to YBOR which is more of a night venue ... not much during the day.

Cafe has a limited menu (as compared to the main Columbia in YBOR) but for lunch they probably have what you want and rather than being locked in a big windowless dining room, it is open and waterside ... right on 'riverwalk'

http://www.columbiarestaurant.com/Me...History-Center

Thanks!
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Tampa, Florida area
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Originally posted by Capt_BJ
There's a Columbia Cafe just a short walk from the aquarium if you don't want to trek out to YBOR which is more of a night venue ... not much during the day.

Cafe has a limited menu (as compared to the main Columbia in YBOR) but for lunch they probably have what you want and rather than being locked in a big windowless dining room, it is open and waterside ... right on 'riverwalk'

http://www.columbiarestaurant.com/Me...History-Center
In the main Columbia restaurant there are multiple dining rooms in the building that houses the restaurant. I was just there a few days ago with visiting friends from out of state, and while not all dining rooms have windows, all the dining rooms have great ambiance because of the Spanish-style décor. The service there is outstanding, the menu large, the food great, and IMO, worth the effort to get there. It has great "class", but at the same time is casual.
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#20
Kentucky
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Originally posted by Capt_BJ
Channelside is virtually dead. Has been 80% or more empty store fronts for years. Parts have been approved for demolition ....

Hooters and the bowling alley were about all that was left when I was there a couple of months ago, down more from a year ago.

The aquarium is OK and last I heard they will hold luggage.
Hmmm. Interesting. I am looking at taking a little trip down to Tampa in a couple of weeks and was thinking of staying in the area. Any more comments? Safe?