I am leaving for my second cruise in two weeks. Last time I did air and transfers through Carnival. This time I booked my own air. What is my best bet for getting from the airport to the ship (and back)? Is there a shuttle service? Taxi? Any advise is appreciated.
Are you flying in the day of the cruise? If yes, I think your best value would be to purchase the bus transfer from Carnival. I cruised out of Miami last year, and I think that would be the easiest and cheapest.
Booked: CARNIVAL DREAM!
Carnival Spirit '09, Liberty '07, Spirit '05, Valor '05, Glory '04, Pride '03, Destiny '02, Elation '01, Tropicale '91, RCCL Viking Serenade '93, Pacific Princess '78
We actually just get a cab, I think its cheaper, around $20 plus tip and it should only take about 20 - 30 minutes depending on traffic. If you do the cruiseline transfers, you'll be waiting for a bus to fill up and get loaded with all the luggage, just much easier with a cab. There should be plenty there to take you to the pier.
I believe if you go to the Carnival rep. at MIA they can get you on the shuttle bus for about $20. I got my transportation thru Carnival (it's a coupon in the doc. booklet for rnd trp transfers on their shuttle bus).