Bruce, I can call you Bruce? Thank you. Bruce, I would highly suggest Priceline. I own a travel agency, and, even with my discounts, Priceline lets you name your price. I just booked the Crowne Plaza Ft. Lauderdale for myself this Feb. 13th 09. I got it for $120. Last month Crowne Plaza Los Angeles cruise port for $65.
Trip is right on about the Sheraton and the Windham, but there are also a lot of hotels within a 5 minute cab ride from the airport,we like to stay on or around 17th St. Holiday Inn Express, Embassy Suites, AmeriSuites, Hyatt Marina, all of these hotels are maybe 5-10 minutes from the airport and about the same from the pier not to mention a grocery store, strip mall within a reasonable walking distance
I'm confused. You state your cruise doesn't board until 1600. That seems awfully late for boarding. I found a Carnival cruise that leaves at 1600. Is this your cruise? If so, you need to board much earlier.