We enjoyed our stay at the Best Western Bayside on Ash Street. We kept our car there, they have a free airport/port shuttle and they have a complimentary breakfast included. We watched the ship come into port at 6 am from our 9th floor balcony window. They even let our friends, who met us on cruise day, park their car there for the 8 days.
Another hotel would be the Holiday Inn on the Bay, located directly across from the port. Depending on luggage, you could walk to the port. We have also stayed at the Embassy Suites but they charged $20/day parking. We rented a car from Avis that time. Their return is down the street and they had a shuttle to the hotel. Embassy also has a free port shuttle.
Teresa and Larry
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