Posted April 13th, 2004, 11:14 PM
Good idea to go a day ahead, that's the smart way to do it.
In Fort Lauderdale if you want a nice hotel that's close, the Wyndham at the airport is a nice hotel which offers free shuttle service from the airport to the hotel and then around the area. This is nice if you need to pick up some last minute things; they'll take you shopping.
If its the beach you're after I'd suggest the Sheraton Yankee Clipper or her sister hotel down the street the Sheraton Yankee Trader. They Hyatt Pier 66 is also a winner.
All these can be bought through Priceline.com with a little planning and study of BiddingforTravel.com or the help of Amber (cc member)on Biddingfun.com
A cab ride to any of the beach hotels can be had for $8 per person using Castro's Limo Service who caters exclusively to higher end cruise passengers in their custom Ford Excursions
Like noted above, we entered the terminal at Noon and were onboard by 12:15. Very easy
Caribbean Princess 06/26/04
Star Princess 10/24/04
Carnival Victory 12/19/04
Carnival Miracle 03/13/05