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Old July 30th, 2014, 03:41 PM
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So I just booked my first cruise. It's a 7-Night Western Caribbean from Port Canaveral on the Carnival Sunshine. Jan 31- Feb 7

I've got my flight booked. I will arrive the day before. Didn't want to take the chance of the plane being late. I was almost late to a dinner cruise i took last month, this is soooo much more expensive then a dinner cruise, so i figure the panic if i start running late would be so much worse.

Got my hotel booked. BEST WESTERN Ocean Beach Hotel & Suites in Cocoa Beach.

I am also looking through books about my ports and cruising in general.

So Now what?

I know i need to find a way to get from my airport to my hotel and from my hotel to the port. I can't drive, so that's out.

Is there anything you guys can think of that maybe i've forgotten? Also does anyone know of like a site or something that has a check list of things to do before your trip/ what you might want to bring?

Thanks for any help/ tips you can give me.

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Old July 30th, 2014, 05:28 PM
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Hopefully, you booked this through an agent who is also a Cruise Specialist who's been there done that so they can answer all your questions and be of service to you.

As for getting from the airport to the hotel and to the pier, you will not be able to take advantage of the transfers offered by the cruise line, so you might want to seriously consider renting a car. We've done it on a few occasions and the price is very reasonable; about $35. Several rental companies are within a couple of miles from the pier and offer free transfers to the pier.

You can do the same thing in reverse after the cruise. Plus, if you have enough time either before or after the cruise, I suggest making a stop at the Kennedy Space Center - absolutely amazing!

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Old July 30th, 2014, 06:07 PM
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I think you said you can't or don't want to drive, so it sounds like the car rental is not an option.

You did not say where you are flying into, Orlando or Cocoa Beach. If Orlando, There are several shuttle services which run between the Orlando airport and Orlando hotels, and Hotels in Cocoa Beach as well as Port Canaveral. And from the port back to Orlando.

Is it the Best Western Oceanfront that you are staying at in Cocoa Beach? If so, it is only 5 min from the port according to their website. A taxi to the port may be very easy and reasonable to do. Or, if you click their "Cruise Passenger" tab, they indicate you can arrange for a shuttle pick up from the hotel to the cruise port for a nominal fee. When I googled "shuttle from Cocoa Beach hotel to Port Canaveral", I came up with Cocoa Beach Shuttle at 321-631-4141. They list the Best Western Oceanfront Cocoa Beach in their list of hotels, so this MAY be the service the hotel mentions on their website. I would call the hotel and ask about the shuttle first to find out if this is the one they use. They may also offer airport to hotel transportation.

If you don't have trip insurance to cover the cost of your trip should you have to cancel after the no cancellation period starts, I would definitely buy it. And especially to cover any medical expenses that may come up and can be very costly out of the country. It is well worth the money.
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Congrats on your first cruise, you must be so excited. You may find the info. here on "first cruises" very informative:
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