Looking for a way to save to save some serious cash on your Tampa cruise? If you’re driving to the port, then we have just the solution.
Parking at the Port of Tampa can cost a pretty penny. The official port lots are extremely convenient, but cost $15 per day. That means when you get home from a week-long cruise, you have a $105 bill waiting for your parking.
Independent lots near the port help take out some of the sticker shock. We’ve found rates as low as $4-5 per day with some lots. However, there is a way to save even more on your Tampa cruise parking.
There are a number of hotels near the port that cater to cruise passengers. In order to attract your business, they offer up perks such as free parking with a one-night stay or “Park & Cruise” packages that offer discounted parking rates.
To be sure, if you don’t plan to stay in Tampa anyway, then you won’t be saving money by selecting one of these hotels; it’s cheaper just to pay for regular parking. However, Tampa has a lot to explore, especially near the downtown/port area and Ybor City. If you plan to book a hotel for before or after your cruise, then you’ll likely save a chunk of money using one of the hotels below. Click the links to read reviews from TripAdvisor.com.
Note: The hotels below are all in the downtown/Port of Tampa area. Prices were based on a recent search for a Saturday night stay, but will vary.
Port of Tampa Hotels with Park & Cruise Packages
Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Ybor Historic District
The Hilton Garden Inn in Ybor City (located just a few minutes from the port) offers a “Snooze & Cruise” package that offers the following:
- Overnight accommodations at the hotel
- Roundtrip cruise port shuttle for each registered guest
- 1 free night of parking
After your one free night of parking, additional nights are $12 each day for the length of your trip.
Rate: $125 per night
Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
This hotel is just a 1/2 mile from the cruise port. Using promotional code “PCJ” you are eligible for their Park and Cruise package. This package includes room, breakfast for two, and parking for up to 7 nights.
Rate: $249 per night
Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa Downtown Convention Center
With Embassy Suites in downtown Tampa, you can enjoy up to 7 nights of parking with just one night’s stay if you book the “Park, Stay, and Go” package. Another nice perk is a shuttle back and forth from the port and breakfast in the morning. The hotel also offers covered parking if you are worried about leaving your car out in the elements.
Rate: $224 per night
Barrymore Hotel bends over backwards to cater to cruisers. The hotel is in downtown Tampa and offers a “Ship and Shore” package. The special includes complimentary transportation to the cruise port and up to free parking for up to 10 days. Given the $15 per day rate at the official port parking lots, that’s a $150 value.
Rate: $139 per night
Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel
The Sheraton Riverwalk Hotel offers a “Stay and Sail” package, but you will still have to pay for parking. The offer includes transportation to and from the port and breakfast, but parking is still $6 a day during your trip. That’s a pretty big discount over the $15 per day offered at the official parking lots for the Port of Tampa.
Rate: $179 per night
Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa/Ybor City/Downtown
This deal at the Hampton Inn is great for travelers looking for a mid-priced room with parking in a cool area. Ybor City is just a mile or two from the cruise port and has an active night life. With this deal you’ll get parking for up to one week and transportation roundtrip between the hotel and the cruise port. Rates are typically $10 above the regular rack rate.
If the package isn’t available, parking is still offered at $8 per night during your cruise. That’s about half the rate of the port.
Rate: $179 per night
Keep in mind that these are just hotels within close proximity to the cruise port. If you plan to stay elsewhere in Tampa, call your hotel and ask if they offer cruise parking.
More on Cruising From Tampa
Getting to the Port of Tampa — Transportation options from airports and the area to the cruise port. Everything you need to know to get to the port and start your vacation.
Tampa Cruise Parking — Parking at the port? We’ve got you covered with all your parking options, including costs and discounts.
Tampa Park and Cruise Hotels — If you plan to stay in the area the night before your cruise, look at this list of hotels that offer cruise parking with a one-night stay.