We've booked a CruiseMates cruise for Dec. 30, '06. We haven't been to Florida in years and never to Miami. Any suggestions for hotels? We'd like to come in two days early and tour around. We want to be close to the ship so it's not too expensive to get there. Anyone know of hotels that provide transportation to the ship?
My first thought is to do Priceline and bid on a 3* in the downtown zone. Most of them can be had for around $55 to $70. You will probably get the Radisson, Hyatt Regency, Maririott or Dobletree Grand. I don't think any of them have free shuttles to the port but a cab is less than $10.
The Radisson, Doubletree and Marriott are all on Biscayne Bay and have rooms with port views. The Hyatt Regency is not on the bay but is a nice location and a very nice hotel.
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I too would try Priceline but it might be a little higher than what Mike suggested because of the holiday season. Of course try the lower price first. We tried it in Fort Lauderdale for Thanksgiving weekend and had to up our price to $85 and finaly only got a 3* when other at different times of the year got the same hotel for under $70...oh well, it's only 1 night.
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Holiday Inn Port of Miami is always my choice. It is right across from Bayside Marketplace. Has rooms with views of the port. Always fun waching the ships arrive in the morning. No free shuttle from here but the taxi was about $7.00 to the ship.
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It sounds as though the taxi ride to the ship is a short one, am I correct? If flying in the day before isn't an option, how long should you allow for getting to the pier from the airport?
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