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Hi everybody, could someone please tell me the name of the bridge you go under leaving the port in Tampa? Been under it several times, and I still can't remember the name of it. Also, are there any motel/hotels close, where you can see the ships come in? Can you see it from Rocky Point?Thanks in advance.:)

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The Skyway is one of the reasons we love cruising from Tampa. It takes about 2 to 2 1/2 hours to get to it once you leave the port, but we make sure we are in a great location to view it.

 

Upon return to port, we have usually been kicked out of the casino at last deal, go back to cabin to begin packing, then about 3:30 AM, you go under the bridge - an amazing sight with all the lights - and watching as we come upon it is something we look forward to.

 

After the time change, you will go under it during daylight, but nothing beats seeing it all lit up in the dark.

 

As far as hotels close to watch - the Marriott Waterside can't be beat! Ask for a high floor facing the port. We always book a concierge level room facing the port and have great views! Only 3 days until we leave Orlando for Tampa to stay at the Marriott, then leave on Sunday on the Legend!

 

 

Jodi

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No, you can't see the Sunshine Skyway Bridge from Rocky Point. It's at the very S. tip of the Pinellas County (St Petersburg) Peninsula, long ways off from Rocky Point. I work in a building on Rocky Point, and I've never been able to see it. As for hotels in Tampa where you can see ships come in - probably the Marriott Waterside Hotel would be the best. There's a chance you could see them from the Westin Harbour Island Hotel too.

 

The are in the process, or may have just finished, refurbishing the cable stay sleeves on the bridge - bright yellow. They look gold in the lights at night.

 

Many people are doing their first night in the dining room thing when they pass under the Skyway, and miss a real treat.

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Hi everybody, could someone please tell me the name of the bridge you go under leaving the port in Tampa? Been under it several times, and I still can't remember the name of it. Also, are there any motel/hotels close, where you can see the ships come in? Can you see it from Rocky Point?Thanks in advance.:)

 

It is the Sunshine Skyway bridge or just the Skyway as the locals call it.

 

There is a Sunspree resort not to far from the ramp. It is on US19 South or 34 Street South in St. Petersburg. There are more motels on St Pete Beach. You can see the cruise ships go out to the gulf on Pasagrille, fort Desoto, St. Pete beach or Treasure Island about 2 hours after they leave the Port of Tampa. On the return trip you will need to be there very early in the morning!

 

Sorry, you can not see the Skyway from Rocky Point.

 

Enjoy your cruise.

Susan

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Thanks everybody for all the information. I found it on another board and looked it up. WOW! I didn't realize the history behind that beautiful bridge. I will look at it quite differently, with an eye on the beauty and a heart on the history of the bridge. Thanks for the hotel info also. You guys and gals are the best.:)

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Going under the Skyway is my favorite part of sailing out of Tampa. Even though I've done it 3 times now, I always think its gonna hit!

 

Luke Skyway, I am your Father....

 

Sorry, had to do it, tried to fight it, but couldn't

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