Hi, Steph! We Arizonans have to stick together! I have looked on Crowne Plaza's website, and they only list Miami Beach and the Airport, but I have read on another board that there is one in downtown Miami. I wonder why I can't find it on their website. Do you know the address of the one your TA recommends?
Jose and I like to stay at the Best Western Marina Park right on Biscayne Blvd It's right across from Bayside Marketplace, a delightful outdoor "mall" with fun shops and great restaurants, right on the water of Biscayne Bay. You can just walk across the street from the Marina Park to Bayside. Last time, post-cruise, we took a 2 or 3 hour boat tour of Miami harbor, and saw a lot of neat stuff, including the beautiful homes of the rich people who live right on the water. It was fun, and we got to see the beautiful Carnival Pride, which we had just disembarked, as we cut across through the turning basin, headed back to the Bayside Marina.
If you ask for a room on one of the top floors, you can see the ships at the pier from your room. They know which floors have the view. I call the hotel directly to book (305-371-4400) and I ask, "Is that the very best rate you can give me?" Sometimes I get another $10.00 or so off, but it's always a better rate than calling the 1-800 number.
When is your cruise? What ship? What itinerary? Let me know if I can answer any other questions.