It's as jleq said.
Port Everglades is so close to the airport (FLL) that you can actually see the cruiseships from the airport terminals. They are THAT close to each other. To answer your question, yes you can book both flights and hotels in the same area of FLL. Also, it is within easy driving distance to Miami, maybe 25-30 miles or so. We've cruised both out of Port Everglades and Miami and many times we fly to FLL because flights from Los Angeles to FLL are dirt cheap, last moth we flew cross-country for $98 (each way and taxes included on AA) whereas flights to Miami are usually $175 each way!
Renting a car is cheap in both FLL & Miami, last month it only cost us like $30 for a day's rental, taxes and fees included and no drop-off charges between FLL & MIA.
If ya need any more help, fire away.
Gail F... I will let Captain answer for his rental, but in Sept, my wife and I flew to FLL and rented a car, cruising out of Miami also. It was $30, in fact the day before when i was trying to decide, the price was $26, but i waited 1 day! We used Thrifty because they offered a free shuttle to the Port of Miami, So we rented, took a nice drive down A1A along the coast and returned to the Miami airport site (it is slightly off-site), they pointed us directly to the shuttle bus and we were off 10 minutes later, very smooth. Some of the car rental places do not have a shuttle, so i would call them before to make sure. It was free with the rental.
I used Thrifty also. The system between Port of Miami, Miami airport, FLL, and Port Everglades is a snap. They have it all figured out.
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I also fly from Los Angeles....and I use the site below to look for flights. It won't sell you a flight. However, Kayak points you to dozens of places that will sell the tickets. For my forthcoming Transatlantic, it told me of one site selling tickets [on a major airline] at a fraction of other places selling the exact same ticket.
Port everglades and Fort Lauderdale are like maybe two miles apart. Yes FLL is Fort Lauderdale.
We always fly in to Fort Lauderdale the day before we cruise.
We always stay at a hotel that will pick us up at the airport and take
us to the hotel and then to the ship the next day..
We always have such a nice time when there..
Lots of nice places to stay.
At the port of Miami, we rented with Dollar, they will pick you up at the cruisehip terminal and take you to their Miami airport facility, we dropped off the car at Fort Lauderdale airport the same evening for our flight to LAX. From FLL airport there is a complimentary shuttle which will take you to the cruisehip terminals at Port Everglades. Here is a link to a post I where I had listed all the car rental companies and their pickup policies at the port of Miami:
For the last 4-5 years or so, we always book our cruises last-minute. If you are flexible with travel dates, book last, last-minute and save yourself a ton of dough! As regards flights, most times last-minute air deals are real hard to find but not impossible. But when a last-minute cruise and air deal comes together, boy, I tell, ya, the money you can save. Our San Diego to Miami thru the Panama Canal on the NCL SUN last month cost us a whopping $849 (port charges & taxes included) each for the cruise + plus $98 (taxes included) each for a one-way flight from FLL to LAX, also booked last minute on AA.com, and that was an 18-day cruise! Dec 06 we took an 11-day Hawaii and Fanning Island cruise out of Honolulu for $618 each, that inlcuded all taxes, fees and port charges PLUS return flights from LAX.
As for the airfares, I find that most times I find the best deals on the airlines' own websites although I must say that I have also booked flights thru www.vayama.com at less than the cheapest published rates. Another site I like to use is www.farecompare.com and also www.sidestep.com
When the Paradise was homeported in Miami, we would fly into FLL the day before, stay overnight at the Airport Comfort Inn (free shuttle), then shuttle back to the airport the next morning to pick up the Carnival shuttle to the port.
This past January, we took a cruise on the Carnival Liberty and basically did the same thing - except that we planned to took the shuttle directly from the hotel to the Port. We eventually paid for a taxi because the hotel shuttle was overwhelmed, but it was simplicity nonetheless.
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Before you book your room in Fort Lauderdale, be carefull about the cab fare. We had booked a room that had airport hotel in the caracteristics. Finding the rate too good to be true, the next day I called the FLL cab company, only to find out that the cab fare to this ''airport'' hotel would be,,,, 50$ EACH WAY!! This was confirmed by a nice man at the hotel. I called the local company that booked me, only to find out that they were Travelocity! I called to cancel because I wanted a hotel closer to the port,,, At least get a nice room for the 100$ MORE!!,, Even if they quoted the hotel being at 8 miles from the airport instead of the actual 25, they refused to cancel my reservation without the 25$ cancellation charge. But, IF I booked another room through them,, So be careful,, Finally, we chose the Econolodge fly/cruise for 129$ a night. We get free shuttle from airport and to cruise. Let me know if you have any other questions