We stayed at the Mariott Marina after our cruise last Thanksgiving. Staying an extra night saved us $200 in airfare, which more than made up for the hotel and meals--plus we got to extend our vacation an extra day. And we second Doug's recommendation for the water taxi. It was a great way to see the mansions along the canals. One of our tablemates on the cruise had talked about their nephew having sold his house in Ft. Lauderdale for $12 million. After seeing some of these houses, it's easy to see that price.