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#1
Palm City FL
343 Posts
Joined Jul 2000
We are FL residents who have taken the Cruise Connection bus for years - they are now out of business and I was wondering if anyone has either rented a car each way - dropping it off near the port and then getting another to drive home, or driven down to the port the day before, stayed in a hotel that lets you leave your vehicle for the duration of the cruise and provides shuttle service.

I would be interested in your experiences with both ports - Port Everglades and Port of Miami -

Thanks
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#3
Miami, FL
1,189 Posts
Joined Sep 2009
Are you driving from Palm City?

That's just two hours from POM. Drive to the Port and park there for $20/day. Its still going to be a lot cheaper than paying for two one way car rentals I bet. I would also guess that the Miami-Palm City car rental one way is going to be really expensive.
#4
137 Posts
Joined Mar 2006
Where in Florida are you coming from? I am going on the Freedom out of Port Everglades in June. We live in St. Petersburg. The drive down was never really a problem, cruise addrenaline. But we did a cruise out of Miami several years ago and I will tell you the drive back across Alligator Alley was a nightmare...I was so tired. So to not have that situation again, we are taking the train from Tampa to FLL the day before. It is about the same drive time, little longer. if you figure the cost of parking the car for the weeK and the price of gas and wear on the vehicle. It only cost $120.00 for 2 roundtrip tickets. Just have to pay for a few cab rides.
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#6
Palm City FL
343 Posts
Joined Jul 2000
Originally posted by miamiyogi
Are you driving from Palm City?

That's just two hours from POM. Drive to the Port and park there for $20/day. Its still going to be a lot cheaper than paying for two one way car rentals I bet. I would also guess that the Miami-Palm City car rental one way is going to be really expensive.
We are driving from Palm City - we found that we can rent a car one way for around $35 each way - WAY less expensive than the $20/day at the port and less that we were paying for the cruise connection bus - so I guess that's what we will do in the future!
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#7
42,856 Posts
Joined Jan 2001
I know of people who just do not want to drive......they depended on the bus (from Daytona to Port Everglades).........it's a shame there is no other option.
#9
Orlando, Florida
505 Posts
Joined Dec 2011
The only easy option now is driving, but in a couple of years there is a train being built that will go from Orlando to Miami along the coast stopping in Fort Lauderdale on the way. http://www.allaboardflorida.com/ this time it is going to be privately funded. (for those of you who live in Florida you know how our horrible governor killed high speed rail ...)
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#10
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Joined Nov 2006
Originally posted by Jman1118
The only easy option now is driving, but in a couple of years there is a train being built that will go from Orlando to Miami along the coast stopping in Fort Lauderdale on the way. http://www.allaboardflorida.com/ this time it is going to be privately funded. (for those of you who live in Florida you know how our horrible governor killed high speed rail ...)
Our great governor saved we common sense Floridian's a considerable amount of money in taxes.
#11
Miami, FL
1,189 Posts
Joined Sep 2009
Originally posted by mkazmer
We are driving from Palm City - we found that we can rent a car one way for around $35 each way
Can't beat that with a stick!
#13
FL
240 Posts
Joined Dec 2011
Originally posted by mkazmer
We are FL residents who have taken the Cruise Connection bus for years - they are now out of business and I was wondering if anyone has either rented a car each way - dropping it off near the port and then getting another to drive home, or driven down to the port the day before, stayed in a hotel that lets you leave your vehicle for the duration of the cruise and provides shuttle service.

I would be interested in your experiences with both ports - Port Everglades and Port of Miami -

Thanks

We drive to both ports from the western side of the state and have never had a problem. And we always use an off port parking facility.
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#14
Boston, MA, USA
72 Posts
Joined Jan 2000
We too have used
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connction from the West
coast to Ft. Lauderdale or Miamin cruise ports. I have been told that a company has bought this bus company and will begin operating in November 1912. It's called My
Cruise Bus. It's on line mycruise bus.com



















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#15
Largo, Fl. USA
3 Posts
Joined Mar 2004
We drive down day before and stay in hotel....then park at the "Park-n-go" right next to the port, and they shuttle to and from the port....it only costs about $7.95 a day way cheaper than at the port!!!!!!! The service is fast too!
#16
Orlando, Fl
40 Posts
Joined Aug 2001
I am also interested in the bus to the ports, but the My Cruise Bus looks phony to me. There is no reference to a company with that name listed in Florida, but hope it is legit.
#17
florida
85 Posts
Joined Nov 2008
Anyone who is cruising with Princess or Holland America can reserve bus transportation with your travel agent. I couldn't find any info on Princess website about this and then discovered that it is in their search engine as 'coach transportation' instead of 'bus'!!! I spoke to a Princess rep and she confirmed this. They have their own bus to Port.
#18
The Villages, Florida
1,801 Posts
Joined Feb 2005
Whether we rent a car down and back to the port depends on the number of days we are cruising and the port we are cruising from. Ft. Lauderdale, a week or less cruise, we drive our own car and use Park 'N Go. It’s usually cheaper than renting a car and actually easier than parking at the port as we don’t have to handle our own luggage. They take it out of our vehicle, load it on the shuttle, and hand it off to the porters at the port. (I always check for deals like $5.99- $7.99 per day)http://offairportparking.com/portevg/.
For longer cruises, it is usually more cost effective to just rent a car to and from Ft. Lauderdale.
However, for port of Miami, we just about always rent from Hertz down and back. They are less expensive to use than any port parking. Their office is about 5 blocks from port, and they have a very efficient shuttle process.
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#19
summerfield, fl
211 Posts
Joined Aug 2002
Just got off the phone with Princess. Representative, who check with her supervisor, said that they HAD a bus but got so many complaints that they cancelled the service. I hope they get new servers before the Fall. Any new info gladly accepted.
#20
Palm City FL
343 Posts
Joined Jul 2000
Appreciate all the input, have found that one way rental can be cost effective - just depends on the deal one gets.

We used to drive to the ports and park in the garages there, but my husband is very picky about where he parks the car and with the amount of traffic in and out, it just isn't a good option for us.

Looked at the mycruisebus.com and it isn't live yet - shows a Sarasota address - will check it out to see if there actually is a business with that name or a DBA for it.

Didn't know (and you would think I would having cruised with Princess a bunch) that I could reserve bus transpo with Princess.

Since we won't be cruising until Fall, there is time for the company to get up and running - or we will just do one way rentals - but it won't stop us from cruising - LOL
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