We are a group/family of 55 leaving out of Miami. A lot of us are flying in the night before...I believe we get there at 12 am on the day of the cruise. Can anybody recommend any inexpensive hotels/motels in the area? I would also appreciate if anybody had any information on getting from these hotels to the port.
Along those lines, we were wondering how to get to the port. I've ruled out using Carnival's transfer service - from reading this board a bit, I'm assuming other services are better - like The Transfer Answer and Supershuttle. Any other recommendations/suggestions?
We were also considering renting a couple of large vans at Miami International and parking them at the port? Does anybody know how much parking would be for four days - Friday through Monday?
Assuming we don't all get to the airport at the same time, can anyone recommend any points at the Port of Miami where our group could gather before boarding? Or is that just a dumb idea - should we just all board the ship as we arrive to the port?
There are some picky eaters, people with special diets, certain food preferences. Again from reading, most people say to tell the maitre'd as soon as you board the ship. However, since I'm in charge of this whole thing, I want to make sure that people get what they want. Is there any way I can make food requests earlier?
Is it better to book excursions beforehand or is it fine to do it once you board the ship?
I don't think I understand what a Sail & Sign account is. Is this a mandatory purchase for everybody?
Thanks for putting up with this. I still have more questions but will pace myself.