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10 Miami Hotels With Shuttles/Transportation to the Cruise Port

Posted March 31st, 2017 in tips by Admin

Planning to stay in Miami the night before your cruise? That’s always a great idea.

Between traffic, airport delays, bad weather, and even computer shut-downs, there’s no good reason to risk coming into the city the day of your cruise. Doing so just increases the risk of missing your ship.

If you plan to drive in and stay in a hotel before your cruise, we’d recommend finding a hotel with cruise parking. This can save you a considerable amount of money over parking at the Port of Miami. If you are flying in, then finding a hotel with a shuttle to the cruise port is ideal. That way you don’t have to worry about how to get to your ship on the day to cruise.

To help you out, we’ve rounded up a list of 10 hotels that offer a shuttle or other transportation to the Miami cruise port. Some of these may charge for the service, but expect the cost to be minimal.

With so many hotels in the Miami area, don’t think this list is exhaustive. However, it’s a good starting point for those hotels with cruise shuttles.

Prices are based on a recent search for a Saturday night stay. They will vary based on your specific dates. Click on each hotel name to read reviews on TripAdvisor.

Miami Hotels With Cruise Shuttles

Leamington Hotel
Price: $89 per night
One of the absolute closest hotels to the Miami cruise port, the Leamington Hotel won’t make you just walk to the cruise ship! There is a complimentary shuttle to the port that departs at 10:45 a.m. Just let the front desk know at check-in and they will make sure you are squared away for your ride.

YVE Hotel
Price: $159 per night
This hotel is right on Biscayne Boulevard and just about five minutes from the port. With their “Cruise Hotel” package you’ll receive full breakfast for two each day you stay plus shuttle transportation to the port when you set off for your cruise.

Runway Inn
Price: $79 per night
Situated just north of the airport, this older hotel is quick to get to if you are flying in for your cruise. It also features a free shuttle to the cruise port for its guests.

Hampton Inn Miami Airport South/Blue Lagoon
Price: $189 per night
This hotel sits just off the airport property to the south. They offer a “Stay and Cruise” package featuring breakfast, Internet, and a shuttle for two to the cruise port. Additional riders are $10 each.

Comfort Suites Miami Airport
Price: $139 per night
Located just north of the airport and about 8 miles from the cruise terminals. This hotel offers a free shuttle to the cruise port for its guests. If you want a return ride, then it’s $10 per adult.

DoubleTree Biscayne Bay
Price: $289 per night
This high-end hotel is one of the closest to the cruise port. It offers a shuttle for $7.50 per person. That’s not bad, but keep in mind a taxi would cost about $10 from this spot.

Hampton Inn Coconut Grove
Price: $195 per night
For under $200 you can get a room just a few miles from the port at this Hampton Inn. They offer a parking package that includes free parking for your stay plus a shuttle to the cruise port. If you don’t have a car, you can just take advantage of using the shuttle to get to the cruise terminal.

Hyatt Place Miami Airport-West/Doral
Price: $179 per night
Located near the airport, this hotel not only offers a shuttle to the Miami cruise port for its hotel guests, but they will pick you up for your flight as well.

Quality Inn Miami Airport Hotel
Price: $139 per night
Near the intersection of Palmetto Expressway and NW 36th, this hotel sits in a small group of options that all cater to cruise passengers. They have a “Stay & Cruise” package that includes parking and a shuttle to the cruise port.

Hilton Garden Inn Miami Airport West
Price: $129 per night
With the Hilton’s “Park & Cruise” package you can park for the duration of your cruise. If you don’t have a car, then just use the complimentary shuttle to the cruise port to start your vacation.

15 Convenient Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) Park & Cruise Hotels

Posted January 23rd, 2017 in tips by Admin

When it comes to cruising, the cost of parking often catches people by surprise. For instance, the cost of parking at the Port Everglades cruise port runs $15 per day. On a 7-day trip, you’re spending over $100 on parking alone before you even step onto the ship.

But here’s a money-saving tip: If you are staying in the area the night before your cruise, many hotels have special park and cruise deals. You stay with them for one night and they will let you park your car for the length of your cruise.

This parking is much cheaper than parking at the port, plus many hotels will provide you with a shuttle to the cruise port. Often the cost runs just $5-10 per day, instead of the $15 charged at the port.

Now, if you weren’t already planning to stay near the port the night before your trip, then what you save on parking is not worth the extra expense of the hotel room. However, we actually recommend most people come early and stay in the port area the night before.

If you are flying into Fort Lauderdale, you definitely want to book your flight for the night before the cruise. These days, there are simply too many things that can delay your flight, from bad weather to airline computer systems failing. With so many delays, having the extra time will give you peace of mind.

If you are driving into Fort Lauderdale, then it’s not as important to stay in the area the night before. Still, doing so can make cruise day much more relaxing instead of rushing to get to the Port Everglades terminal.

In either case, there’s no doubt that staying in a Fort Lauderdale hotel with a park and cruise package can save you some serious cash.

That’s why we called dozens of hotels located near the port to ask about their parking packages. We have all the details below. Click the hotel name to read reviews from other travelers on TripAdvisor.com.

Rates are for a recent search for a Saturday night stay and subject to change.

Fort Lauderdale Park & Cruise Hotels

Days Inn Fort Lauderdale Hollywood/Airport South
Distance to port: 7.7 miles
Price: $229 per night | Parking costs $10 per day

Cambria Hotel & Suites
Distance to port: 7.1 miles
Price: $303 per night | Parking included with rate. $10 shuttle to Port Everglades

Comfort Suites Fort Lauderdale Airport South
Distance to port: 7.1 miles
Price: $265 per night | Parking costs $7 per day. $10 shuttle to Port Everglades

Best Western Plus Fort Lauderdale Airport South Inn & Suites
Distance to port: 7.0 miles
Price: $252 per night | Parking costs $5 per day. $12 shuttle to Port Everglades

SpringHill Suites Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port
Distance to port: 6.7 miles
Price: $399 per night | Parking costs $5 per day. Free shuttle to Port Everglades ($12 return)

Quality Inn & Suites Airport/Cruise Port South
Distance to port: 5.1 miles
Price: $259 per night | Parking costs $10 per day. Free shuttle to Port Everglades

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Fort Lauderdale Airport South
Distance to port: 3.6 miles
Price: $287 per night | Parking costs $10 per day. $8 shuttle to the cruise port

Courtyard Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port
Distance to port: 5.3 miles
Price: $427 per night | Parking costs $35 for first 7 night. Free shuttle to the cruise port

Homewood Suites by Hilton Ft. Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port
Distance to port: 5.2 miles
Price: $364 per night | Parking and shuttle included when booking parking package

Hampton Inn Ft. Lauderdale Airport North Cruise Port
Distance to port: 2.5 miles
Price: $331 per night | Parking and shuttle included when booking parking package

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airport/Cruise
Distance to port: 2.1 miles
Price: $317 per night | Parking and shuttle included when booking parking package

Candlewood Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airport/Cruise
Distance to port: 2.0 miles
Price: $386 per night | Parking and shuttle included when booking park and cruise package

Crowne Plaza Fort Lauderdale Airport/Cruise
Distance to port: 1.0 miles
Price: $333 per night | Parking costs $10 per day. Shuttle costs $8 per person each way

Extended Stay America – Fort Lauderdale – Convention Center – Cruise Port
Distance to port: 0.8 miles
Price: $275 per night | Parking costs $7 per day. Shuttle costs $4 per person, with no pick-up after cruise

Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel
Distance to port: 0.7 miles
Price: $417 per night | Parking and transfer to cruise port included in package rate. No return provided

Note: This isn’t an exhaustive list of every hotel offering cruise parking. If you are looking at other hotels in the area, simply give them a call and see what they offer.

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Using Uber & Lyft to get to the Tampa Cruise Port

Posted May 17th, 2016 in tips by Admin

Headed for a cruise from the Port of Tampa Bay? Then you might be wondering just exactly how to get to the port.

For years the only convenient option you had (other than driving yourself) was to take a taxi. Depending on your location within the city, this could take awhile to be picked up and be somewhat expensive. If you were being picked up from the airport then you could expect to pay between $15-$25 to get to the port just nine miles away. Longer distances could see the prices increase dramatically.

However, the Tampa Bay area now has the services of Uber and Lyft available. These services allow people to use their own personal automobiles to provide rides in the area. The level of service is consistently better than a taxi (you usually only have to wait a few minutes for a ride) and at a much cheaper price. As a result, Uber and Lyft are gaining in popularity among people headed to the cruise port, especially since they can be called upon everywhere from St. Pete to Clearwater and surrounding areas.

(First time rider with Lyft? Sign-up here and receive FREE ride credit for your first rides.)

Here’s a look at exactly where you can get service in the Tampa area:

Tampa Uber and Lyft availability

If you are unfamiliar with companies like Uber and Lyft, here’s how they work. First, you download the app to your smartphone, setting up and account and payment information. When you are ready for a ride, you simply open the app and select where you want to go. A nearby driver will confirm your pick up and arrive shortly. After the ride, you’ll rate the driver through the app and also confirm payment through your credit card. No money changes hands, it’s all through the phone app.

Passengers like Uber and Lyft because they offer an overall better experience than traditional taxis at a lower price. How much lower? Well, as we’ve said, from the airport you can expect to pay about $25 to get from the downtown Tampa area where the cruise port is. Uber and Lyft estimated prices are much lower:

Tampa Uber and Lyft rates

If you are a new user, then you can often save even more money. For instance, new users can use our sign-up offer here to register with Lyft, and receive FREE credit for their first rides.

Uber/Lyft Now Available to Cruisers Everywhere in South Florida

Posted May 11th, 2016 in news by Admin

It’s great news for anyone looking to get from the airport (or really any location) to cruise ports in south Florida.

As of May 2016, the Miami-Dade County Commission voted to legalize ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft.

If you had already been using Uber and Lyft to get from the Miami airport to the cruise port, you’re not alone. It’s a popular and cheap way to get back and forth. But what you may not have realized is that the services were actually operating illegally in the county. According to the South Florida Business Journal, the companies saw roughly $4 million in fines.

Now the companies have the peace of mind to operate legally in Miami-Dade.

That’s only the first part of the story, however.

In late 2015, Broward County (where Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is located) saw Uber and Lyft return to the area. The companies had left due to rules and regulations it felt were too tight. However, strong public demand hounded county commissioners, according to Sun-Sentinel.com. After loosening the rules, the ride-share companies returned.

As a result, cruise passengers anywhere in southern Florida can use the services to get back and forth between home, hotel, airport, or anywhere else and the cruise ports. We have updated service maps below.

Uber and Lyft service map

So why should you care? As a cruise passenger, using services like Uber and Lyft can save you significant money. The rides are generally cheaper than traditional cabs, and most people report better service and quicker pick-up times. In short, it’s a much easier way to get to the port.

Note: If you are a first-time rider with Lyft, you can register at this link to receive a FREE ride credit for your first rides.

To give you an idea, here are some recent fares for rides in selected areas of Miami and Fort Lauderdale to the cruise ports:

Uber and Lyft fares in Miami to cruise port

Uber and Lyft fares for Fort Lauderdale cruise

If you are new to Lyft, we have an offer for FREE credit for your first ride. Simply visit this link to sign up and get your credit.

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The 11 Most Luxurious Miami Cruise Hotels

Posted May 2nd, 2016 in Uncategorized by Admin

There’s no doubt about it. Miami is one of America’s hottest cities, literally and figuratively. That doesn’t mean the city doesn’t cater to all kinds of cruisers, but when you’re in Miami, it’s normal to be a little flashier… a little showier… and expect a little more luxury.

That’s why we’ve taken the time to hunt down the city’s hottest luxury hotels for your cruise. The hotels are all relatively close to the cruise port, but more importantly, they are close to the heart of Miami’s nightlife and glamour. Meanwhile, they all have one thing in common — they offer the most luxurious accommodations for your cruise in one of America’s most luxurious cities.

Prices are for a recent search for a Saturday night stay. Expect prices to vary based on demand and time of year. Hotels are listed from most expensive to least.

The Setai 
The Setai in MiamiCost: $489
Distance from port: 6.4 miles
Details: Located right in the heart of Miami Beach, The Setai offers its guests some of the nicest suites in the entire area. From stunning oceanfront accommodations that provide sweeping views of the Atlantic to Art-deco inspired suites with romantic vibes, the hotel offers a stay that you won’t forget. We like that guests in oceanfront suites receive a complimentary 45- minute spa treatment with their room.

The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort
Cost: $472
Distance from port: 15.2 miles
Details: The St. Regis isn’t all that close to the cruise terminal (taking between 20-30 minutes, depending on traffic), but we doubt that you’ll care all that much since you won’t want to leave anyway. The hotel is rated five diamonds by AAA. It’s easy to see why. Wonderfully appointed in modern touches, the hotel has a great feel, along with an extreme focus on service. Guests who don’t like cramped hotel rooms will love that the smallest room we found was still a massive 650 square feet.

Acqualina Resort & Spa
Cost: $426
Distance from port: 21.1 miles
Details: This hotel is far from the cruise terminals, but worth the extra distance considering it is rated as “Five-Star Hotel” by Forbes — one of only 154 places in the world to earn that designation. As with most luxury hotels in the area, expect to be able to walk directly onto the beach, and to be pampered at every turn. We like the multiple pools offered, including the adults-only Tranquility Pool designed to be a quiet oasis.

Faena Hotel Miami Beach
Cost: $417
Distance from port: 7.3 miles
Details: Located in a hot spot just a few miles from the cruise port and right on Miami Beach, the Faena Hotel has a vibe that harkens back to old Miami, without any stuffiness you might find with other luxury hotels. If you want bright, sunny, airy, and tropical (think linen shirt instead of tuxedo), then this is your place.

The Ritz-Carlton South Beach
The Ritz Carlton hotelCost: $349
Distance from port: 6.2 miles
Details: The Ritz-Carlton is synonymous with luxury, and this hotel in South Beach doesn’t disappoint. Of course, it’s right on the beach, and walking distance to the South Beach nightlife. We want to personally check out the oceanfront infinity pool.

Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Cost: $328
Distance from port: 8.3 miles
Details: Perhaps no hotel is as well known in Miami than the FontaineBleau, which Travel + Leisure names as the #1 hotel in Miami Beach. Of course it sits in the middle of all the action and offers everything you’d expect of a famous Miami hotel. Those wanting to be pampered will love the spa, while those looking to let loose will want to check out BleauLive. No matter what you are looking for in a luxury hotel, Fontainebleau can deliver.

Royal Palm South Beach
Cost: $309
Distance from port: 6.3 miles
Details: A slice of paradise in Miami, the Royal Palm reminds us of a mid-century modern style — comfortable, yet unpretentious. Steps to the beach, and with all the amenities you’d expect, including spas, pools, and oceanfront views, the Royal Palm is a great option for those looking to be on the southern end of Miami Beach, yet close to the cruise port.

The Miami Beach EDITION
Cost: $308
Distance from port: 7.1 miles
Details: An ultra-modern beach hotel with fewer than 300 rooms, the EDITION offers luxury with a minimalist flair that fits well with the ocean and sand. We want to see the pool area, which they say is inspired by the 1950’s Cuban nightclub, Tropicana.

The Tides South Beach
Cost: $297
Distance from port: 6.3 miles
Details: The Tides building was originally built in 1936, harkening to the Art Deco style that’s famous in Miami. Today it has a great location near the cruise port and near the famous South Beach. Expect all the features of a luxury hotel, but wrapped in a historic twist, that helps you recall the glory days of the area in the early part of the 20th century. Great for those who appreciate Miami history.

Four Seasons Miami
The Four Seasons Miami PoolCost: $289
Distance from port: 2.8 miles
Details: It shouldn’t be a surprise that the Four Seasons is rated Five Diamond by AAA, but what’s unique about the hotel is that it isn’t located on the beach. Instead, it’s located south of the cruise terminal, on Biscayne Bay. You can’t miss the soaring, glittering tower right on the bay. Of course, the Four Season Miami offers all the modern luxury you’d expect from a brand that’s famous for its service.

Mandarin Oriental Miami
Cost: $259
Distance from port: 2.8 miles
Details: The Mandarin Oriental is known around the world as a luxury hotel brand, and this one is located less than three miles from the cruise port on Brickell Key. We love the fusion between Asian and urban styles, all situated in one of the hottest beach cities in America. And since it’s located on a small island, you can actually have a little peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of Miami.

Photos: Katherine Lynch | Infrogmation | Josh Friedman