I'm considering booking a cruise out of Fort Lauderdale, we will fly into Orlando, either Orlando International or Sanford, what is my best bet ofr transportation to the port? A cruise out of Cape Canaveral is also a possibility so any info on transportation to that port would also be welcome. Thanks in advance
If you are crusing out of Ft. Lauderdale why are you not considering flying into Ft. Lauderdale? You can grab a cab or a shuttle to the port terminal very easily. If you are staying over, a lot of the hotels include shuttle transportation in the cost of your room.
Re: Re: Re: travel from airport to cruise terminal
No kidding? Well, you've got to say this about Florida--it doesn't lack for commercial airports. I always remembered Sanford as a pretty sleepy place, but hey, if they can sell tickets. . .
As somebody who once upon a time used to fly PanAm to destinations all over the world, it sort of hurts to see the name recycled and used by a carrier with, shall we say, a much more modest route network.
It was very sad to lose the PanAm, and later the TWA brands. They were true pioneering companies with proud histories. Cuts no ice these days, of course.
Thanks for the responses, the thing is we live about 2 hours from O'Hare airport (chicago) or we can fly out of Rockford which is minutes away. However the airline in Rockford services Sanford airport. There are several advantages to leaving out of Rockford, but I need to figure out if there are significant disadvatages to arriving at Sanford. Any thoughts or ideas are welcome. Thanks again.
I agree with Mike. The drive to Chicago will be much shorter than the drive from Sanford to Fort Lauderdale.
I suggest you compare prices and time.
In one column, you have:
1) cost of airport parking at Rockford (may be none if you can get a ride or if parking is free)
2) round-trip flight from Rockford to Sanford
3) a rental car and gas (around $1.53 in Florida) to get from Sanford to FLL
4) tolls from Orlando to Fort Lauderdale on the Florida Turnpike, if you go that way (approx. $12)
5) a taxi from the rental car dropoff to a hotel
6) a hotel room in FLL
7) meals: lunch and dinner on travel day, breakfast on embarkation day
8) a taxi from the hotel to the ship
then, upon debarkation:
9) a taxi from the ship to the rental car pickup place
10) rental car and gas to get from FLL to Sanford
11) meals on return travel day: lunch and dinner
* driving time to Rockford: negligable; flying time; driving time from Sanford to FLL is roughly 4 hours; detour to drop off rental car and get a taxi; overnight in hotel; taxi to port. Then taxi to rental car pickup; time spent getting rental car; 4-hour drive from FLL to Sanford; flying time; short drive home from airport.
1) drive time and gas for drive to Chicago
2) airport parking at O'Hare for the amount of time you are gone
3) round-trip flight from O'Hare to FLL
(From here you have two choices depending on travel date)
If traveling the day before embarkation:
4a) taxi from FLL to hotel
4b) a hotel room in FLL
4c) meals: lunch and dinner on travel day, breakfast on embarkation day
4d) a taxi from the hotel to the ship
or if traveling on embarkation day:
4a) a taxi or transfer service from FLL to the ship
4b) meals: lunch or snack on travel day
then upon debarkation:
5) taxi or transfer service from the ship to FLL
6) lunch on return travel day
7) drive time and gas from Chicago to home
* driving time to Chicago: 2 hours; flying time; either taxi to hotel, overnight in hotel, and taxi to port or taxi/transport time from airport to port (port is less than 10 minutes from airport). Then taxi/transport time to airport; flying time; drive home from Chicago (2 hours).
Weigh the costs and the pros and cons, and let us know what you decide.
Post Edited (08-05-03 11:58)
Now posting as MichelleP.
Check with the cruise line also. Here in Fl most of the cruise lines use a bus service that picks up at airports and other spots. beats driving to Fort Lauderdale. Just a FYI 95 is under consruction and so is 4 in Orlando. You really don't want to use Sanford if you can avoid it. If you have to, and the cruise line can't help you out, call Cruise Connection. They are who run the bus service to the ports. I can't find their 800 # at the moment but your travel agent can get it or AAA if you belong. Good luck