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Old November 10th, 2008, 07:48 PM
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I am getting ready to book my hotel for Ft Lauderdale in April 09. I am a priceline crazy person. I have yet to have a bad experience. I alway book a 3 or 4 star and I start at 50.00. I only go up in increments of 10.00 if I get declined. I have always ended up in a great hotel, hilton, marriott for about half of the published fare.

I have stayed at peak times and got great prices. Just an option for you?

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Kathy,

Thanks for the info. I've done that before, too, and also had good results. I just decided that I wanted to stay at this particular property because of the proximity to the port and the marina.

I'm actually trying priceline now for a car. I can't do much good otherwise.
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Just found a great rate on the Quality Inn in Plantation for $109 plus tax for March 6 and March 14.

Definately the best rate that I could find for the four of us for that time of year.
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Hyatt has a stay two times before December and get one night free. We are staying at the Hyatt free for one night in February.
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We stayed at the Extended Stay America - under a $100. We did pay for the shuttle to the port. Hotel, shuttle, tips, etc about $120. It is right on 17th Street Causeway. Close to restaurants, liquor stores, port, beach, grocery...just about everything!
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HI,
We booked the Marriot Courtyard! They offer free shuttle from airport and to port and are very reasonable (109.00). We are staying there on the 15th of november to leave on the Island Pincess thru the panama canal to L.A.
Please advise what excursions to take in Guatemala and Nicaragua IF any?? thanks...MLS
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We just booked a one night pre-cruise stay at the Spring Hill Suites by Marriott. Free parking up to 14 days, and free shuttle to the port or hotel. Hot breakfast is free as well. Rates, with tax, for us came to $120. Hotel staff has been very pleasant to deal with on the phone.

SpringHill Suites Fort Lauderdale Airport 151 Southwest 18th Court,
Dania Beach, Florida 33004 USA Phone: 1-954-920-9696 Fax: 1-954-929-3577

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Rodeway Inn Airport/Cruiseport for Jan 7th with AAA 71.99, 79.99 without, before taxes. (Book directly on their website.)
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Spring Break they want $265 !!
Do you have any Marriott Rewards points? One night at this hotel is 20,000 points. Depending on your situation, another option is to open a Marriott Rewards Visa. Current promotion gives you a 1 night stay certificate for a category 1-4 - this hotel is a category 4. Then 6-8 weeks after first purchase you'll receive 20,000 additional points. Annual fee on the card is $65 so if you open the card and charge one item then close the account after the bonus points have posted, you'll in essence have 2 nights at this hotel for $65. I know that this does not work for many many people, but for those that know they have the financial restraint to use the card properly, its an option. This is what I am doing and staying at this hotel 2 weeks from now for one night prior to our Thanksgiving cruise.

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Today, Priceline accepted my $99 bid for a one-night stay on Feb 27, 2009 in FLL with Riverside Hotel.
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A lot of people are able to get the Renaissance Downtown for $75-100 on priceline. I don't know if you can get that price January though. January is a tough time to get hotels in FLL. But it is worth trying on priceline. You have nothing to lose.

The Renaissance is a 4* hotel, so you can't go wrong if you get it for a good price. Many people pay $200+ to stay there. You can't get closer to the port, and it is right next to the water taxi, which you can ride to the many restaurants and shops in downtown FLL.

PS. I see that somebody got a date in January for $110. That's a great deal in January for a Great hotel. See this post:http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showp...postcount=1404
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How about close to Ft Lauderdale Port a hotel? We are coming from North Florida. We want a good hotel with park and ride(a free shuttle to the port).
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sorry for asking but we're new at a pre cruise hotel.
When they ( a Fort lauderdale hote) say 'free shuttle' to the cruise port, do they mean the port at FL or Port of Miami?
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sorry for asking but we're new at a pre cruise hotel.
When they ( a Fort lauderdale hote) say 'free shuttle' to the cruise port, do they mean the port at FL or Port of Miami?
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A free shuttle from a Ft. Lauderdale hotel would be to the Ft. Lauderdale port (Port Everglades). As far as I know, no hotel in Ft. Lauderdale has shuttles to the Port of Miami and no hotel in Miami has shuttles to Port Everglades.

We prefer to stay in the city from which we're sailing. I've seen lots of people say they've saved $$ by flying into the other city, but we've never seen much of a savings (especially by the time you pay for a taxi or shuttle). It must depend on the airport (we go through DFW).
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We need the hotel for a night of Feb 13th 2009--Our ship leaves the 14th the Freedom from Port Everglades(Ft Lauderdale)
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If I were you I would read the beginning of this thread it lists many, many hotel choices
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I just stayed at the Hyatt Place a week ago and I thought it was really nice. I got it on Hotwire for $75 or so including fees. It used to be the Amerisuites and was remodeled a year or so ago. It was nice and clean. Free airport and cruiseport shuttles. Big screen TV, comfy big couch and comfortable beds. Refrigerator, no microwave. They have some food in the lobby. There's an Outback Steakhouse down the block. If you go out the side door and cross a parking lot, there's a mall with a grocery store, restaurants and more. I will likely try to stay there again. It's a good deal even if you paid more.
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Can you tell me the web site you booked the room at the Grande
for $150.00.
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uote=clayb;16923869]We booked this hotel for our cruise 1/4/09. It was recently remodeled, right close to the port.
$150 per night.[/quote]
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sorry for asking but we're new at a pre cruise hotel.
When they ( a Fort lauderdale hote) say 'free shuttle' to the cruise port, do they mean the port at FL or Port of Miami?
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The only FLL hotel I found that has a shuttle to POM is the Hampton on Stirling Rd. Just check the appropiate box on the rate sheet. They have shuttles to Port Everglades & POM. It's a little pricey if you have more than 4 people, it's $10 extra pp. Doesn't work for group of 7 with the extra $. Cheaper to get hotel and rental mini-van.
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Liquor question

You can only buy hard liquor in a Liquor store. We found beer and wine in the grocery store across the street from the Sleep Inn but not available in the Walgreens. Coming from California where you can buy alcohol in a gas station it was an eye opener
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