Our Western Caribbean cruise aboard Carnival Miracle salied from Tampa. We drove to Tampa from Northern Virginia, spent one night on the road in South Carolina, and then stayed in Tampa on Saturday night before departure. We arrived at Channelside around on Sunday, drove through the cruise ship terminal to leave our checked luggage with a porter, and then parked in the long-term garage. (The parking fee for the week was $85.)Travel documents and tickets need to be presented to enter the terminal itself.After clearing the security check, we waited in line for cruise check-in. We were on the ship by Our cabins were not quite ready to occupy, but we were able to leave our carry-on bags there. Lunch at Horatio’s on the Lido Deck was the next order of business followed by exploration of the ship. Muster Drill was called at Alternative muster stations were used and our meeting place was the Phantom Lounge, the ship's theatre. Sail Away occurred at The ship passed under the SunshineSkywayBridge at , smoothly heading out to sea.