Posted January 5th, 2011, 12:23 AM
"Parking is $15 per day per passenger vehicle ($60 for a 4-day cruise and $75 for a 5-day cruise), and $25 per day for oversized recreational vehicles ($100 for a 4-day cruise and $125 for a 5-day cruise). An oversized recreational vehicle is any vehicle that takes up more than one regular sized parking space. Cash or major credit cards are accepted. The parking lot is well lighted, fenced and patrolled by JAXPORT security 24 hours per day. The lot is located adjacent to the terminal building, requiring only a short walk. No reservations are required for parking."
Jacksonville Plaza Hotel offers a cruise and park package which includes parking (for up to 14 days) and roundtrip shuttle service (for two - additional port shuttle $10+tax each additional guest) between the hotel and the cruiseport. It also offers free shuttle service to/from the airport.
The rate for the date we need is $69.99 + tax for a total of $77.47.
We are taking a 7 day cruise - parking at the port would cost $15 x 7 for a total of $105. So staying at this hotel is less than parking at the port would cost us. That sounds like a reasonable deal to me.
Reviews on tripadvisor and similar websites are mostly favorable and I first learned of this hotel from reading a cruise review/report here on cc from a cruiser who regularly stays at this hotel and leaves her car there when she flies from Jacksonville to another port city (such as Fort Lauderdale or Baltimore) for a cruise.
There are (or at least there were when I researched a month or so ago) several other hotels near the airport that offer cruise specials (including shuttle service and parking). If you have a preferred hotel chain, I would suggest checking to see if they have a property near the airport and then call to see what they will offer you for a pre-cruise stay with shuttle service and parking included.
Hotels that I found that have such packages include the Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn, Best Western, TraveLodge, the Clarion, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express, Quality Inn, Comfort Inn, and Fairfield Inn.