Is there any good reason to fly into Ft. Lauderdale instead of Miami when sailing from Miami? Airfares seem to be a little cheaper into Ft. Lauderdale. Is it a fun place to spend the night? Thanks for your input.
Just returned from a 9 day cruise on the Spirit and we stayed in Lauderdale the night before and the night we got back. Airfare was a lot cheaper and we had a lot of fun in Lauderdale. Beautiful beaches and restaurants. Much easier airport also. We rented a car on both days and had one way rentals. About $40 a day. Left it off at a hotel about a mile from the Port and took a cab to the Port then a cab back to the hotel to pick up the car for a one way rental back to Lauderdale. Worked out real nice.
Amen to that. Security is a lot, lot faster and it's cheaper usually to fly to Lauderdale. There are some great restaurants there right on the ocean. The water taxis are fun to ride. We were fortunate last week when we got back because there was the boat show going on. A great area.
We flew in and out of Miami just last week for our cruise. We had a terrible time at the airport, particularly with the departure. I would recommend avoiding it if possible, I know we will try to do so in the future.
My wife and I have sailed out of Miami 8 times and we flew in and out of Miami airport only one time.The other times were out of Ft.Lauderdale and will continue to do so. Ft. Lauderdale is better all the way around.
I live in Florida, have flown into mia and fll from north for cruises. While I do like Ft. L, consider how high maintenance you want you arrival/embarkation and debarkation/departure to be. Do you want to risk traffic from Mia to FLL or vice versa? And it sounds a little complicated to arrive in FLL, rent a car, drive to MIA, drop off the car, pay cab to take you to port and then repeat the process after you've spent all that time maxin' and relaxin? It definitely sounds more expensive than just getting a cab from the airport. If money and time are not an issue, then go for it. Ft. L is LOTS and LOTS of fun. If you are going to spend a couple of days there, you will definitely want a rental car. B sure to go to Beach Place (they have Howl at the Moon..dueling pianos), Sloppy Joe's (key-west style bar), go to Las Olas Riverfront (fine dining, clubs, people watching)
Our airfare to Miami instead of FLL was $120 per person more so Lauderdale was a lot cheaper in the long run. Hotels in Lauderdale are cheaper than Miami if you want to head down the day before like we do and visit friends and just to make sure you're there. It cost $40 a day for the car and we were able to head to Lauderdale go eat and we went to Howl at the Moon which was great. Then go to the hotel and the airport the next day. I don't think you could do that if you stayed in Miamifor $40 without renting a car. It really was no problem at all to leave the car off and cab it to the ship and the same on debarkation day. I've been on 25 cruises and this was the most relaxed departure we have had. As far as traffic, the ship was leaving in the afternoon so we got there around noon and no problem.
In March Daughter & I flew into FLL Fri night for our Sun cruise from MIA. we rented a car from Alamo($35/day total for a mid size), stayed outside the airport/city for about $40/nite. Shopped, ate, toured, went to the beach and returned the car to the MIA aiport with an Alamo shuttle to the pier.