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candacewi5 December 23rd, 2008 08:04 PM

Flying into FLL departing next day from miami help!
 
Hello everyone! Our first cruise is coming up in February. We are flying in to Ft. Lauderdale on Thursday and our cruise leaves on Friday from Miami. What is our most cost effective option regarding hotel, transport from airport, and transport to port? On the return trip home, our ship docks @ 7am in Miami and we fly out of Miami late that evening. Any advice, tips, etc are welcome. We are unfamiliar with Florida and aren't sure where to start. Thanks in advance for all of your wonderful information.
Sincerely
Candace

Eskie398 December 28th, 2008 01:21 AM

Re: Flying into FLL departing next day from miami help!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by candacewi5
Hello everyone! Our first cruise is coming up in February. We are flying in to Ft. Lauderdale on Thursday and our cruise leaves on Friday from Miami. What is our most cost effective option regarding hotel, transport from airport, and transport to port? On the return trip home, our ship docks @ 7am in Miami and we fly out of Miami late that evening. Any advice, tips, etc are welcome. We are unfamiliar with Florida and aren't sure where to start. Thanks in advance for all of your wonderful information.
Sincerely
Candace

Candace,

We're having a similar dilemma as we are also flying in to FLL a day early and then our cruise leaves from Port of Miami. We're trying to figure out if we book a hotel close to FLL airport how we handle the shuttle/s ultimately to the Port. Hopefully someone out there will give us some suggestions. We've looked at both staying by the airport and by downtown Miami. Hotels in February are not as reasonable as I would have liked, but we're getting in to high season.

Any advice from an experienced traveler or FL resident would be much appreciated.

Ramona

Love Cruises December 28th, 2008 01:18 PM

Ft Lauderdale and Miami
 
HI Candace and Ramona,

I live in the area and will try to answer your questions. The most cost effective way between the 2 cities is the train, depending on how much luggage you have and how adventurous you are. The train is about a few dollars for each person, plus a $10 cab ride from train to port of Miami.

If you need something easier, call 800-244-8252 for a shuttle service that is not too expensive and has great service. Not sure of the exact price for your route, but whenever I need a shuttle, I use them, and it's been the cheapest way to go.

Hotels: I suggest going on line and search hotels.com and cheaphotels.com. for the best prices. You can get a free shuttle bus provided by tri-rail at the FLL airport that will take you to the local tri rail station. You can stay right there at the tri rail station at the Courtyard Marriott. There are other Marriotts, so if you make a reservation, be sure and ask if they are the one at the tri rail station. In the morning take the train or the shuttle mentioned above (800-244-8252) to Miami.

Of course there's many other options for hotels if you want to stay at the beach, or in Miami, etc - depends on what your interests are. If you stay at the Marriott, you can also get a cab to the beach, or Las Olas (a shopping, restaurant and entertainment area) or a $1.50 bus to Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (which also has a shopping, restaurant and entertainment area)

If you take the train to Miami, this is the process:
free shuttle from airport to tri rail.
tri rail to Metro Rail Station in Miami
Metro Rail train to Government Center in downtown Miami
cab to the port (about $10 + tip for cab)

On return trip after cruise, when you are looking for something to do before flight. Depends if your cruise line will handle your luggage straight through to your airline, so you don't have to haul it around. There's plenty to do in Miami: for instance, cab to South Beach area for shopping, restaurants, entertainment, or just the beach, or go to Miami seaquarium, or the Vizcaya Muaeum (go online to check these things out, and other attractions, if you like).

If you have any questions about all this, you can PM me for my phone number and I'll be happy to help you out - Happy Cruising!!

Suzy

candacewi5 December 30th, 2008 02:33 PM

Suzy,

Thank you so much for all of the information. I will definitely look into the train and the shuttle service. Great ideas! When looking into a hotel, are there areas that should be avoided? I live in Chicago and around here, going 2 blocks in the wrong direction can be a rude awakening. Any advice regarding that would be appreciated! Again, I thank you for sharing this information with me.
Candace

CA Cruiser December 30th, 2008 03:05 PM

Other options: stay overnight in Ft Lauderdale the take a shuttle to the port. Many cruisers use GO because they offer hotel pick up. Their website is http://www.floridalimo.com/

We have stayed at the Embassy Suites and Hyatt. Next week we are staying at the Hilton Grande Resort. You can also get a hotel thru Priceline bidding 4* only. That's how we got the Hyatt a couple years ago.

If you choose to stay in Miami, the Holiday Inn Bayside (http://www.hiportofmiami.com/) is popular with the Bayside Market Place within walking distance.

Do you already have your flights booked? Why 2 different airports? I think that would be more expensive. I would rather fly out of FLL but depending on how late you flight is out of Miami, you might check out the hotel in the airport for a day use package. Their website is http://miahotel.miami-airport.com/

We tried to do this a few years ago but because we were booked the same dates as the Miami International Boat Show, everything was booked so we changed cruises. If you google the boat show for next year it says the dates are 2/12-16/2009. Hope this info helps. Enjoy!

Eskie398 January 11th, 2009 06:00 PM

Re: Ft Lauderdale and Miami
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Love Cruises
HI Candace and Ramona,

I live in the area and will try to answer your questions. The most cost effective way between the 2 cities is the train, depending on how much luggage you have and how adventurous you are. The train is about a few dollars for each person, plus a $10 cab ride from train to port of Miami.

If you need something easier, call 800-244-8252 for a shuttle service that is not too expensive and has great service. Not sure of the exact price for your route, but whenever I need a shuttle, I use them, and it's been the cheapest way to go.

Hotels: I suggest going on line and search hotels.com and cheaphotels.com. for the best prices. You can get a free shuttle bus provided by tri-rail at the FLL airport that will take you to the local tri rail station. You can stay right there at the tri rail station at the Courtyard Marriott. There are other Marriotts, so if you make a reservation, be sure and ask if they are the one at the tri rail station. In the morning take the train or the shuttle mentioned above (800-244-8252) to Miami.

Of course there's many other options for hotels if you want to stay at the beach, or in Miami, etc - depends on what your interests are. If you stay at the Marriott, you can also get a cab to the beach, or Las Olas (a shopping, restaurant and entertainment area) or a $1.50 bus to Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (which also has a shopping, restaurant and entertainment area)

If you take the train to Miami, this is the process:
free shuttle from airport to tri rail.
tri rail to Metro Rail Station in Miami
Metro Rail train to Government Center in downtown Miami
cab to the port (about $10 + tip for cab)

On return trip after cruise, when you are looking for something to do before flight. Depends if your cruise line will handle your luggage straight through to your airline, so you don't have to haul it around. There's plenty to do in Miami: for instance, cab to South Beach area for shopping, restaurants, entertainment, or just the beach, or go to Miami seaquarium, or the Vizcaya Muaeum (go online to check these things out, and other attractions, if you like).

If you have any questions about all this, you can PM me for my phone number and I'll be happy to help you out - Happy Cruising!!

Suzy

Suzy,

I want to thank you for the detail you provided. We are going to try the train to Miami and then cab to the port. We're staying one night after the cruise in Miami and found a reasonable hotel on the beach.

Thanks again very much.

Ramona

jsterrito March 3rd, 2009 06:37 AM

We flew into Ft. Lauderdale, rented a car for $40, returned it the next day close to the port. The car rental company then gave us a ride to the port. It was nice because we had a car in Miami and could drive around and check things out. It was also cheaper than the shuttles we were looking at.

LindaK March 31st, 2009 08:53 PM

Your cruise
 
Did you enjoy your cruise in February? What transportation did you take from FLL to Miami? We have a cruise in May and also have to get from FLL to the port in Miami. We're traveling with 2 grandchildren - 12 & !3. We are considering the tri-rail and train to save money.


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