Donna, sailing on 12/3 Grand also. We're staying at the Best Western Marina; however, never stayed there and someone in an earlier writing said it was a bit disappointing. However, the price was right and I booked it through a travel agent. There's a group meeting at the Wheelhouse Bar at 4 PM on Sunday. See you there.
I just made a reservation at the Amerisuites in Ft. Lauderdale. Call direct (#954 763 7670) and ask for the availability and then the Manager's Special rate. I got the same rate ($129) as qoted on expedia.com and did not have to put it onto my credit card now, just guarantee it for late arrival. I have heard a rate as low as $69 per room, but I was pleased with this rate for my time of travel in prime season on March. Rate incudes continental breakfast buffet and airport and port transportation, so this can save a little money too. We hope to cruise the Grand on 3/18, so please let us know how you like it.
I am also on that sailing! There is a group of us meeting at the Wheelhouse lounge at 4:00 the day of sailing. Please come! I will be very recognizable because I am traveling with my mom who uses a Seeing Eye dog named Erin. Erin will probably be the only dog on the ship - though she is hoping there will be another.
I am staying at Amerisuites for $69 but those rates may be gone. I am flying in on Saturday.
It will be a fun week - email me if you have any questions.