We live only 2 hours from the port but are debating to drive in the night before and stay in a hotel. Is there a really clean and comfortable hotel that offers free parking while we cruise near the port?
Also, if not, have you used the less expensive parking lots near the port that Carnival does not own?
La Quinta Cocoa Beach offers a Park and Cruise package as well, although I haven't personally stayed there yet (we will for the first time in June however) ... but Trip Advisor has pretty good reviews of it and the pictures look nice. It's right on the beach and the rate was reasonable!
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First Time Cruiser... Summer 2013... Carnival Dream to the Eastern Caribbean.