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Here's the contact info for the sales manager.
Sales Manager-Tour&Travel/E-commerce Sales
Embassy Suites Hotel-Fort Lauderdale
Direct line: 954-315-1324
Main Number: 954-527-2700
We got a group rate for the Tahitian Inn in Tampa. It was a little cheaper. I didn't have alot of luck calling around for rates. I did find that travelocity and cheaphotels.com are a great resource for researching hotels. I used them to find hotels and see pictures then I would take there price and call the hotel directly for pricing, The hotel was ALWAYS cheaper. I don't know why this is. I do recommend that you also call the hotel directly before you make any reservations.The Tahitian Inn is not really convenient to the cruise port. Hopefully, they made you aware of this when you booked.
Our river cruising history:
Avalon Luminary B2B- Christmas Markets, 2009
Avalon Affinity - Christmas Markets 2010
Avalon Panorama - Danube New Years Cruise, 2011
AmaDante -Vineyards of the Rhine and Moselle 2012
AmaCerto - Budapest to Nuremburg, 2013
AmaBella - Tulip Time, 2014
AmaDagio - Provence, 2014
AmaReina - Holiday on the Rhine 2014
SS Catherine - Provence 2015
AmaSerena Christmas on the Rhine, 2015
Scenic Diamond, Bordeaux, April 2016
AmaVida, Douro, August. 2016
AmaSonata, Romantic Danube - Oct. 2016
Looking forward to:
Joie de Vivre, Paris and Normany - April 2017
Le Lyral, The Adriatic, September 2017
Amadeus Silver II - Magic of Advent, December 2017
Oceania Marina, South Pacific, March 2018
AmaKristina, Christmas Markets, December 2018
We're taking Jewel of the Seas from Ft. Lauderdale. We booked Comfort Inn (very basic hotel, free shuttle from airport to hotel, free breakfast, free shuttle from hotel to boat). A few blocks away is Embassy Suites, a nicer hotel, but $75 more per night. I'm sure they offer similar perks. Across from Embassy Suites is a strip mall with stores, restaurants, etc. Both hotels are walking distance to the stores/restaurants and many people do that. You'd be surprised how crowded the hotels are with cruise vacationers. We found casual restaurants, something like Walgreens/QVC for our last minute supplies, and lots of liquor stores(big business down there) -- if you choose to smuggle some "party" supplies on the boat due to high cost of party beverages on the cruises, may i suggest if you buy clear liquid items and transfer them to water bottles so they go un-noticed.
Back to the hotels:
Comfort Inn: 1800 S. Fedderal Hwy, Ft. Lauderdale
Embassy Suites: 1100 se 17TH St Causeway, Ft. Lauderdale
Staying on 17th Street if far nicer (more local road) than staying on Federal Hwy (busy + no businesses).
These hotels are only 1.5 mile from the boat, so a taxi to the boat would be cheap.
BTW, I previously stayed at Comfort Inn and its a pretty basic hotel with basic, but clean rooms. the lobby is nice, but small, so it gets really crowded when people are boarding shuttle to the ships. One thing I was told is to immediately signup for the shuttle when you arrive at the hotel. They book quickly.
If looking for a hotel, my suggestion is :
* goto http://yp.yahoo.com and click "Change Location" (upper right of screen).
* Enter the address of where the ship departs (for Jewel of Seas departur, it is: 1850 Eller Drive, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 -- got that info by calling RCI - 1 866 562-7625)
* now search for: hotels
* in the results, go past the Sponsored Businesses (yellow background). Under the 'All Businesses' results, you'll see the distance (in miles) each hotel is from the actual ship departure location.
for the address I provided, this link provides me hotels in the area: