After our cruise on the Sea Princess in 3 weeks are flights home are not until 6.00pm from Miami, although we have looked at the shore excursion options they do seem a bit expensive for what looks like we could easily do ourselves can anyone recommend any of these excursions are they worth it, or would we be better going it alone. Princess take us to a hotel in Ft Lauderdale to use the hotel facilities untill we are transfered to the airport this is included in our price (we booked it in England, i'm not sure if they have this option in the U.S.A). So we could get a taxis or boat and have a look round. Can anyone help me with this one as we don't want to spend the last day just sitting round the hotel we would like to be doing something, how reliable are the taxis? how expensive? are there any good places to visit in Ft. Lauderdale? any help would be great thank you.
Sometime during the cruise, you should be offered a few post-cruise excersions, just for people who have late flights and don't want to sit around the airport all day. We did one after cruising on Ocean in San Juan and it was a nice few hours and sure beat hanging out at the airport. The nice thing about these tours is they end at the airport, so you can check in your luggage at the pier and then go on the tour and get to the airport in time for your flight. Hope this will work out for you and then you also don't have to worry about getting a taxi, etc. Have a wonderful cruise.
Debbie, I highly recommend the excursion to the hotel. We did the one in San Juan and it was quite restful and refreshing. Nice buffet lunch. Had full use of a room for showering and getting ready for the trip home. Bring one of the small tubes of hair shampoo from the ship as that stuff went fast. Will do the same excursion again. If you still want to sight see, at least your carry on bags will be secure at the hotel. Have fun Bob
If you want to take a tour at in Ft. Lauderdale, I definitely recommend one of the tours that Princess offers over trying to arrange something on your own. Princess has worked out all of the logistical details of getting you and your luggage to the airport at the proper time, so you won't have to drag your luggage with you while visiting the various attractions -- which would be a rather royal inconvenience at best. Princess also is pretty selective in choosing tour operators who provide fair quality for the price.
Princess offers several outstanding tours in Fort Lauderdale from which you can choose. The "Adventures Ashore" booklet in your cruise package, which generally is very reliable, contains descriptions of the tours. Princess routinely dispatches the cruise staff or other officers from the ship on shore excursions to ensure the quality of the excursions, the cleanliness of the vehicles or vessels, the competence of the guides, and the accuracy of the descriptions, so you can be sure that the descriptions in the "Adventures Ashore" booklet are trustworthy.
There is an Everglades tour that would be interesting and very unique. My suggestion is to stick with ship tours. It is at least a 45 minute drive from Ft. Lauderdale to Miami depending on traffic. An accident on the highway -- which is common -- can lead to 30 minute delays. Make it easier on yourself and let the ship line take care of you for the day.