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Old July 24th, 2004, 04:00 PM
Cruz Crazy Cruz Crazy is offline
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Default How about a new Topic....Tips and Tricks for Cruisers

Is this a possible idea for a new topic category "Tips and Tricks for Cruising".

I just came up with a great way to get myself to the airport so I could fly to my three-week cruise vacation when you can drive to the airport, but don't want to pay for parking and a taxi and limo from your home is too expensive.

Now maybe this idea has been on these threads before, but I just solved my problem.

I live in Miami Florida about 30 miles south of Miami International Airport. If I drive myself to the airport and leave my car for 21 days at the airport it will cost me $12 a day or $252 for parking. I've called several limo and taxi services and it will cost me about $100 each way to get two people with luggage to MIA.

I decided to call Budget Rental car and I can rent a compact car in my town and drive it to the airport, drop it off and take the shuttle bus they offer to the airport for only about $40 one way. They told me it may cost a little more to do my return trip from MIA because the airports charge more, but even if it's $50 it's worth it.

I've solved my problem of getting myself to the airport.

Let me know if anyone else does this.

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Old July 24th, 2004, 08:25 PM
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I like the poster that says he packs "throw a way" clothes when he goes on a cruise, so his bags will be empty when he returns and he has more room for stuff he buys

Cruz Crazy, I like how you think !!!! maybe you should write a book with the responses you receive and donate the proceeds to establish a clinic for cruise addiction (smile)
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Old July 26th, 2004, 07:50 AM
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Default Re: How about a new Topic....Tips and Tricks for Cruisers

Neither trick or tip...but, we have a neighbor who we trade favors with. He drives us to the airport, drops us off, drives the car home, parks in my driveway, and keeps an eye on our house for us. When we return he comes and picks us up. When I cut a tree down , he cleared the lot for the wood. Works well for us.
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Old July 26th, 2004, 09:17 AM
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Default Re: How about a new Topic....Tips and Tricks for Cruisers

When I fly to a cruise, or fly elsewhere for that matter, I park a few miles from the airport (in my case, an out-of-the-way Amtrak station, which doesn't charge for parking.) The round-trip taxi fare + tip for this short ride is equiv. to about a long weekend's worth of airport parking, so for any trip longer than that, the savings add up fast.
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Old July 26th, 2004, 03:23 PM
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I like your suggestion for a new topic on the message board. We live in S. CA and its about 70 miles to the airport. We have used the shuttle to get to the airport for our many tours and cruises. They come to the door to pick us up--they have called us the night before to tell us when they will be there. We have our luggage at the curb. The driver loads our luggage as we enter the van. Payment is by credit card. At the airport the driver unloads the luggage at the curbside check in. This costs us about $100/ea.and includes the return pickup at the airport and delivery home. At the airport they unload us and the luggage at the our airline and on return they pick us up just outside the place where we collect our luggage. We are elderly travellers, and it is important to us that we do a minimum amount of luggage handling. If you rented a car, you would have to take your luggage with you to get the car, or leave early and pick the car up and return home for the luggage. Either way, you would have to do the handling. Same thing on return. That is an important consideration.
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Old July 27th, 2004, 01:23 AM
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we love this type of service as well. we live in northern california and this has worked to our advantage (money saved) over using long term parking. when we have to fly out of san francisco (avoid at all costs) and have an early morning flight, we will book one of the airport area hotels (usualy embassy suites) where they have a package that includes leaving the car in their security lot w/round trip shuttle to the airport. we can wake up the kids later in the morning, have the comp. breakfast and leave the traffic (not to mention the sfo parking maze) behind.
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Old July 27th, 2004, 01:50 AM
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We like the "park & fly" options at airport hotels, as well.

Recently, when we had an afternoon flight, and didn't want to stay overnight, we found out that Marriott offers $50 parking for Rewards members. Joining is free, and since we were gone for 17 days, parking cost us less than $3 per day.
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