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Old March 12th, 2009, 12:18 PM
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Default RATING FORT LAUDERDALE HOTELS (Pre-Post Cruise) ...

I started this post topic so you could all post your experiences with Fort Lauderdale Hotels (pre and post cruise) ... it is absolutely criminal that some of the hotels in the Fort Lauderdale area up their prices Friday and Saturday, and Sundays to prices far more than what they should be ... mid week the prices return to normal ... and believe me some of the hotels are dumps ... needing major facelifts ... and the shuttles ... forget it ... they have them ... but there are so many people going to the ships ... you have to wait half the day for your booked "free" ride ... trust me take a taxi ...

Here's hoping you all post your last hotel stay here ... pre or post cruise ... and include the price you paid ... how you booked it (web site) ... and your review (good, bad or ugly!) ...

This will help all of us future cruisers out ... THANKS!
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Old March 12th, 2009, 12:25 PM
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Default Fort Lauderdale Grande Hotel & Yacht Club ...

Feb 6/2009 We stayed pre-cruise at the Fort Lauderdale Grande Hotel and Yacht Club ... it was excellent for $149 per night ... booked on Priceline.com ... we had a room overlooking the pool, bar, and marina ... lovely room ... clean and spacious ... the hotel let us stay in the room till 12 noon ... and bonus we walked to the Ruby Princess ... yes walked! ... it's that close to the hotel ... under the 17th street bridge and through the side gate (showing our boarding pass and id to guard) and within minutes we were in line and boarding 20 mins later ... the only downside to this hotel is that there is one (pricey expensive restaurant) with so, so food and another bar poolside with an outdoor cafe (reasonable - sandwiches and such) ... so for food you will probably have to go outside of the hotel ... there is a drugstore not far for room snacks, pop (mix), oj, and it has a small grocery section for muffins and other things for a continental breakfast in your room which has a fridge ... check it out you will be pleased ... Bonus there is a water taxi right at the hotel for $13 for a hop on / off all day service to many areas of Fort Lauderdale and $35 to South Beach return ... oh and the Hyatt Pier 66 also has restaurants across the bridge ... Booked this hotel again for Sept for a cruise on the Carnival Freedom ... room was $109 on priceline.com ...
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