I booked prenight at the Amerisuites Hotel in Ft Lauderdale for $59 per night. Called the hotel direct and asked for the Mgrs Special @59. Have also seen that price on their website sometimes. They provide shuttle from airport and to pier and a free breakfast. Sounds like a pretty good deal to me. Plan an early morning walk down to see the ships. I think about a half mile.
A couple of friends called acouple of months ago and for Labor Day wkend got $69.
Also a friend called at the same time for Jan and got the $69 rate too. Try again from time to time and check their website.