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Florida Departures Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami & Port Canaveral & Tampa
no cars to rent at the port...we had to go to the airport. There was no shuttle. A taxi costs around $25.00. The building is actually a distance from the airport.
The signage for roads and hwys is scarce at best and it can get both complicated and confusing to get on the right road even with directions. You definately need a directional tool.Expect fast turns onto the roads with several different hwy signs...hard to explain..one of those things you have to go west to go south. Toll booths no longer accept cash and the rental cars have a sun pass so you zip along and that was good.
I must add it was stressful if you have no idea where you are.
We were surprised you are allowed to make u turns on busy multi laned roads.
Also expect heavy traffic.
It can be difficult but at least you will be more prepared than we were.
Car rental is easy at the Miami Airport. The car rental center is right next to the terminal buildings, it's brand spanking new.
Thrifty and Almo offer shuttle bus service to and from the pier to the airport. At the airport they will ask to see your paid receipt after turning in the car before taking you to the pier. If you don't have a receipt, they may or may not let you ride the shuttle to the pier. If they do, they might charge you $10 without the receipt. I'm not sure how they verify you are a customer when going from the pier to the airport when you don't have a rental contact yet.
Be aware though, the shuttle buses at the pier to the airport fill up fast. And several could pass you by.
Several rental companies have locations downtown. Might be easier to take a cab to one of those locations.
02-2013 NCL Gem Eastern Carribean
07-2011 NCL Star to Alaska
03-2010 Celebrity Century Southern Carrib
12-6-2008, NCL Dawn, Eastern Carribean
11-16-2006, Carnival Legend to Panama.
Hertz will shuttle you from their downtown (SE 1st Street) location to and from the ship. We used it last year and found it to be pretty efficient.
Jewel of the Seas (San Juan & S. Carib 1/3/15) - a happy return to cruising
Norwegian Star (W.Carib 11/6/11)
Carnival Destiny (W. Carib 1/7/10)
Celebrity Millennium (Alaska 5/29/09)
Crown Princess (E. Carib 10/26/08)
Carnival Fascination (W. Carib 4/14/08)
Maasdam (E. Canada 5/26/07)
Westerdam (W. Carib 10/22/06)
Carnival Liberty (SW Carib 1/21/06)
Enchantment of the Seas (QC-FL 10/2/05)
Zuiderdam (E. Carib 10/30/04)
Carnival Legend (SW Carib 1/16/04)
Carnival Victory (E. Carib 11/26/02)
DFDS Hamburg (Harwich-Hamburg 10/92)
P&O Pride of York (Hull-Oslo 5/86)