Originally Posted by TheReverend
Okay, we're flying in a day early and grabbing a hotel for the night. Then after the cruise, we're staying 2 nights in South Beach.
Anyone have good hotel recommendations? I'm looking for something that's affordable so I can blow a few more grand on the cruise itself.
Also, logistically speaking, won't have a car. So any hotels with a shuttle service that first night we land from Airport and to Port the next day would be awesome.
And is cab fare standard?
It doesn't look like the airport, the port, and south beach are far away at all from yahoo maps, but I might be doing it wrong.
Worm and AK, you both sound like you've been there multiple times. Advise please, along with anyone else who has some input on this subject.
Did you use a travel agent by chance? The cruise lines should give you free transportation to and from you hotel pre and post trip. We flew into miami and they (carnival) have booths set up near baggage claim to check you into town per se.
We got into town a day early also. Then the day of departure on your cruise they will/should send a bus to your hotel and pick you up and take you right to the front gate of your ship. Same thing when you get back.
Staying after the cruise is a good idea...we didnt and you will be happy to not have to rush around when you get into port and run off to the airport.
I rented a deep sea fishing deal at the hotel the extra day we were there. I recommend it if your into that kind of thing.
Remember the cruise and its staff are going to treat you like a ****ing king. Just sit back and relax they will take care of everything. And dont hesistate to ask for something. They will bend over backwards to make you happy.