thanks more great ideas ...have you stayed at Holiday Inn Port of Miami? If so is it nice.Yes, we have stayed here and yes, the rooms are very nice. Not huge, but clean and modern. I would try and get a room above 4th floor so you don't hear any traffic. If you get a room facing out towards Bayside you can see your ship docked in the morning! A nice way to start your cruise. They have a restaurant with a buffet breakfast or you can order a la carte. There is also a little Cuban coffee shop/restaurant called The Latin American Café which is right on the marina and a nice place to have breakfast.
Funny (or sad) story - the last time we stayed there we were having breakfast the morning of our embarkation and the news on the restaurant TV was the sinking of the Costa Concordia. Not a good way to start a cruise!
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