We did Universal Studios two years ago before our cruise and had a great time. We're a large family (2 adults and 4 kids) and we found it was cheaper to hire private transportation. We used Legacy Limo. We went down two days before the cruise and stayed at Sierra Suites. When booked on line with a two night stay they gave us two free tickets to Universal. They also had a bus service that provided free transportation to area attractions. I definitely recommend doing Universal before the cruise rather than after. You don't want to come back from a nice relaxing vacation to the craziness of Universal. Hope this helps and if you have any questions feel free to email me. Just put Universal Studios in the subject so I don't delete it.