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Old November 25th, 2007, 04:02 PM
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I was aghast at the price increase of the parking fees at the Port of Miami. We just returned from the Carnival Victory today. Last Sunday we were required to park in the new parking garage at the port (all other lots were full). Apparently in October (according to the parking attendant), they began charging 20.00 per day - that's 140.00 per week folks! I recall parking in April of this same year it was 12.00 per day or 84.00 per week. This is getting out of hand. I'm letting you all know so you can explore other options unless of course this does not seem like a big deal to you. Of course I will never stop cruising, but I will likely explore other options for my next cruise out of Miami.
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Yep,,me too. I doubt that I'll do any more Miami cruises, unless they reduce the price of the cruise. (Fat Chance) I just cruised out of Ft. Lauderdale, and they have raised the price to $15 per day there, and I thought that was out of control. (8 day cruise cost me $120 to bail my car out of the garage) I may start taking the bus to Lauderdale, Miami, or Port Canaveral, and getting a neighbor to drop me off in Tampa. I could pay them half ($70) and it'd be good money for them, and a bargain for me.

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If you're going to drive from somewhere in Florida I suppose it would make way more sense to rent a vehicle and drop it off at the port in Miami, FLL or wherever.
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Kuki's post makes sense. I have done that between ports in Fla for a lot less than what the parking fee would have been.
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I stayed overnight at a hotel in Port Canaveral three years ago that offered free parking and free shuttle service to the pier. Recently I saw the same deal at some Fort Lauderdale hotels, but I'm flying down next month. Miami may have the same, or at least you might find a parking garage away from the port, and rent a taxi.
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I'm cruising in a few days. When I booked the cruise, we wanted to stay in Florida a day before and a day after the cruise. About six weeks ago, I sat down and made a list (I did it on the computer, but paper and pencil will do okay) of my WHOLE ITINERARY including exactly how I was going to get from point A to point B, then from B to C, etc.

Be sure to include the costs, too. Sometimes you find that a taxi is cheaper than a transfer, or a rental car is cheaper than a taxi, etc. You may also wish to sightsee if the time between connections allows.

This method sure took away some stress. Now that my plan is complete, let's see if it works.

PS I also worked out some contingency plans for a delay here or there. Plus I have been PHYSICALLY PICKING UP THE PHONE and confirming ALL reservations made via the internet. I get names of actual people in case of a problem.
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We live in Weeki Wachee, FL. When we sail out of Miami we rent a car and drop it off at the airport in Miami. There are no drop off fees in Florida. Most of the rental companies have a shuttle that will take you from the airport to the port at no charge.
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We have our cruise on the Carnival Triumph in Mar and I saw the same price for parking. I called AAA and talked to their cruise specialist and she got us book at a hotel for $219 for the night, free shuttle to and from the port, and we cal leave our car at the hotel.

Since we are driving from Augusta, GA, we would have to spend the night somewhere and this seems to be the best deal for us.
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Yep, I tend to agree that it might be just as cost effective, and more relaxing to just spend the night in a hotel that has a shuttle service, and will allow us to leave the car while cruising. Even though we are only 4.5 to 5 hours from Miami, why not just drive down a day early, and spend the money at a hotel, instead of giving it to the parking garage? I'll look into that if I cruise out of Miami again. (I'll probably just avoid Miami)

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$20 a day for parking is a rip off, I'll never sail out of Miami again. I'm 35 minutes away from the port of Tampa, guess where I sail from? Booked our next cruise, third in a row on the Legend. Allways a downer on debarcation day, so its nice to be home by lunch time.
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You could do what I did in NY and have a friend drop you off at the peir if you are close. You could slip him/her extra $$ + Expenses.
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SkyMaster, I was talking to a couple from Lakeland on the Liberty in Sept. They took the train from Lakeland/Winter Haven. It was $122 for both RT. I might investigate that on my next Miami sailing. When I add up what I spent for gas and parking on my recent trip from Ft Lauderdale. 8 night cruise @ $12 a night was $96 and another $12 at the hotel. Then there was gas on top of that. Also I recently "googled" shuttles from Lakeland. I was thinking of doing that if I sail on the Legend next year. I did find a company here in Lakeland but have not yet called to inquire rates. Now all I have to do is remember where I put that website!!

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SkyMaster, I was talking to a couple from Lakeland on the Liberty in Sept. They took the train from Lakeland/Winter Haven. It was $122 for both RT. I might investigate that on my next Miami sailing. When I add up what I spent for gas and parking on my recent trip from Ft Lauderdale. 8 night cruise @ $12 a night was $96 and another $12 at the hotel. Then there was gas on top of that. Also I recently "googled" shuttles from Lakeland. I was thinking of doing that if I sail on the Legend next year. I did find a company here in Lakeland but have not yet called to inquire rates. Now all I have to do is remember where I put that website!!

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Good deal Laura! Let me know what you find. When we did the "Miracle" 8 day out of Ft Lauderdale, the parking was $15 per day,,,or $120 for the cruise. THAT'S TOO MUCH! $20 per day is really over the top. Anyway, let us know what you find out!

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Chris M....I too was shocked upon arrival to find out they raised the parking fee at the Port of Miami. Come on, an outrageous $20 per day!!! I will never park at the Port of Miami or any other Florida Port again. I would suggest cruisers investigate complimentary shuttles from local hotels, taxis, buses, trains, friends, relatives, neighbors...whatever. I live in Florida and will definitely ask my family to transport me to the Ports from now on.

I sailed on the Thanksgiving Freedom cruise and parked in the lot directly across from the Freedom (still in shock from shelling out $140 for parking). When we returned from the cruise, the Imagination was docked where the Freedom was when we left and the Freedom was docked further down the pier towards the RCCL parking lot. Everyone walked out of the luggage area looking for their parking lot which was directly across the street from the terminal they walked into upon arrival and it wasn't there. Our Porter was kind enough to walk all the way back to our parking lot with all our luggage. He stated that they have a shuttle but we might be waiting for some time for it so we walked, not a pleasant experience with an 89 year old companion. The Porter said they should never have parked the Imagination where the Freedom was docked upon our departure, everyone who parked their car in this lot was lost (we met people walking aimlessly looking for the lot and their car. Fortunately, our Porter was able to point them in the right direction. What a mess.
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this topic kills me! I'm laughing over it. There's a few parking lots in NYC down in the Wall Street area that to park your car is $25 PER HOUR!

And you are crying over $20 per day?

You should look into other ideas to getting to the port.
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Cassandra, you're missing the point. Cruise prices continue to escalate and it has become harder to obtain discounts, upgrades, etc. Now, Carnival has added an extra fuel charge to all future cruises. We will soon be paying extra fees for room service, beverages, ice cream, etc. Cruise lines, just like every other large corporate structure in America, are always looking at charging fees for value added services. If they continue to add fees for these services, cruising will not be the bargain vacation (vs. land) that it once was.

As far as New York is concerned, you're not comparing apples to apples but price gouging is price gouging in whatever form it is applied.
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this topic kills me! I'm laughing over it. There's a few parking lots in NYC down in the Wall Street area that to park your car is $25 PER HOUR!

And you are crying over $20 per day?

You should look into other ideas to getting to the port.
Yep, you're right Cassandra. That's exactly why as a former employee of NYPD, I don't miss the city AT ALL! In fact, I go out of my way to avoid even driving through NYC! The others are correct however,,,you are indeed comparing apples with oranges. Either way, both places are charging WAY too much for parking. (especially the Florida ports)

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Just got back from a carnival cruise out of Long Beach, Ca. We flew into Long Beach and took a taxi to the port, $27.00 for about 5 miles one way. Rented a one way car for after the cruise to drive 4 people to LAX for $39.08 which included taxes and fees, and put in $5.00 in gas, $44.08 was a lot cheaper then Carnival wanted for there shuttle to LAX, $16.00 per person and much more efficient. When we cruise out of Seattle we do have someone drop us off and pick us up to avoid the parking fee of $12.00 per day (last time we cruised from there), we give them money for there time and gas, better than giving it to the outdoor, not covered parking space offered at the port.
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I'm sure I'm going to take heat for this but I agree with Cassandra to a large extent. Twenty a day in an area like Miami is not THAT expensive...Don't get me wrong, plenty pricy but not outragous. I'd pay it to park my vehicle in a well lighted, patrolled area and I'm sure it's a good deal safer than parking your vehicle in some hotel parking lot or on the street for a number of days.

Cassandra laughed at one aspect of this and I laugh at another...The fact that alot of the people complaining, I'm guessing, are probably driving late model, overpriced SUV's and other vehicles that they are in over their heads financially for to begin with...People will shell out hundreds of dollars a month for a payment on a vehicle that depreciates in value every month but that 140 for a week of parking is really a huge issue?...Could these also be the same folks who will shell out almost a hundred bucks for 20 minutes of parasailing or two hundred dollars to get into a dolphin tank? Bottom line is if 20 bucks a day for parking once a year for a cruise is a big deal to you then you are probably not real financially healthy to begin with.
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Here comes the Heat! I don't have a car payment on my late model vehicle, so does this mean I am financially healthy or cheap because I would rather spend my hard earned money on entertainment then on parking my car during a cruise? The way I figure it the more money I save on things like parking and transportation to and from the cruise the more money I have to spend on things I enjoy, like tipping the hard workers on the cruise who are making my cruise experience better!
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Here comes the Heat! I don't have a car payment on my late model vehicle, so does this mean I am financially healthy or cheap because I would rather spend my hard earned money on entertainment then on parking my car during a cruise? The way I figure it the more money I save on things like parking and transportation to and from the cruise the more money I have to spend on things I enjoy, like tipping the hard workers on the cruise who are making my cruise experience better!
Yamaha...Sounds like you're pretty smart, actually and I know not EVERYONE complaining about the parking price falls in the catagory I mentioned...I just feels the ones who do fall in that catagory don't have any reason to complain about the fee when they tend to be the types who live a bit beyond their means anyway.
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Yes ready2board, you're right. We're living beyond our means and yes we're not financially healthy. Geez, I guess I need to meet with my Fidelity broker to determine what I should do with my million.

Yamaha, shame on you for your way off-base comments.
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Hey Chris, What can I say, if I save a few bucks on parking maybe I can afford another cruise someday and still have a couple bucks left to retire in 30 years!
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Well, my car is free and clear, I paid cash for it, Just because I do not have a huge car payment does not mean that I want to pay outrageous rates to park. Recently in FT Lauderdale I paid $12 a day, fairly reasonable compared to some. That was $12 a day at the port and another $12 at the hotel. That is $108 I could have spent on something more fun. I for one am looking at alternatives to get to the ports from my home in Lakeland.

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