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  1. Sorry, it was supposed to be "KW" but the auto correct feature "fixed it" for me.
  2. From the MIA airport it is a 3.5-4.0+ hour drive to Key West. Spend a day driving down, with stops, and stay in ME if possible. Try El Siboney, a casual family run Cuban restaurant I have been enjoying since the early 1980s - I hope they survive the virus shutdown.
  3. Often suggested on this board - many prefer the option of a package including hotel/transport, etc.. What hotel depends upon what time your flight arrives and where you want to stay. In general, the later your flight into Orlando arrives, the easier it is to stay near the airport and head to the port the next morning. See what rates you can get on your own at hotels near MCO, and then check with CorTrans or Cocoa Beach shuttle for transport cost (usually starts at about $20+ each way) or a one way rental, to see if it is a good deal.
  4. Yes - better. Although when cruising starts again the health screening that is likely to occur may add some time to the process of getting on and off the ship.
  5. Several - we like the Homewood Suites, but there are others in the area to choose from.
  6. JohninDC

    beach charges

    If you lay you towel out away from any bar/restaurant and do not use their facilites you should be okay. If you want to use their facilites and order drinks from the bar, then you should rent a chair from the beach club.
  7. Easier to see ruins from other ports - Cozumel is better for a beach day.
  8. The ruins on Cozumel are very small and not impressive, but they are much easier to visit than the bigger ruins on the mainland. I would only visit them using a cruise line excursion. Travelling with a 10 month old I would save the ruins for later and enjoy Cozumel. Lots of family friendly beach clubs - check out Playa Mia (great kiddie splash area) and Paradise Beach. 😎
  9. Pretty sure I suggested Goportcanveral.com package deals in my post, but that's a company putting together hotels and transport - not a hotel shuttle, which is what the OP was asking for.
  10. You are not going to find an Orlando hotel that offers a shuttle to the port - it is a 50+ minute drive. You are not going to find a PC area hotel that offers a shuttle from MCO - it is a 50+ minute drive. Best bet is to find your own hotel - as mentioned above, when you arrive may affect your decision - and transport. We prefer to stay in Orlando and use a one-way rental car to get to PC. There are shuttles (Cocoa Beach and Cortrans are popular) or you can even use Uber/Lyft. goportcanaveral.com has some hotel and transport package deals -worth a look.
  11. Best case, it is a short walk and maybe you use a porter to help with bags, Worst case, it is a short taxi ride and you should be generous with your tip to make up for the low fare and the driver's long wait. One day (soon!) I will be able to take enough time off to contemplate back to back, or side to side cruises. 😎
  12. We went with friends to Paradise Beach last year - first time there in a long time - and the beach entry was very easy. Plus the pool is HUGE, the facilities are good, and the food was way above average IMHO. A great pay as you go option, or they also offer an AI package.
  13. Cases per day can be a misleading statistic. Some places are doing more testing, so the number of cases is going up, compared to other states with poor testing (like my state of VA). Better metrics include hospitalization rates.
  14. Crown Plaza is out near the MIA airport. General advice on this board, unless you are flying in late and just want a room, is to stay downtown where you will find lots of dining options, nightlife, etc. That hotel is not often suggested on this board. A taxi from MIA area hotels to POM will run about $30+
  15. Depending slightly on where your hotel is located, UberX or standard Lyft should be about $35-40 from MIA. Another $10 or so ride will get you to the port in the morning. Bruce and Hawkfan are right, unless your flight gets in late I would choose to stay near your port. www.sunny.org has lots of FLL area hotel info.
  16. No. Their primary business is transportation between FLL and some nearby hotels to POM, and from POM back to FLL. If you need to get from a Miami hotel to FLL you best bet is UberX or standard Lyft for about $35+
  17. Homewood Suites is our choice when we stay in PC - close to dining options and they have a nice pool area/tiki bar.
  18. With kids under 10 and money not a limiting factor a Disney Cruise is the answer. Lots of other options suggested above will give you more value for the dollar, but your kids will not have quite as much fun.
  19. JohninDC

    Cozumel Taxis

    Should be about $16-17 each way. Fare is good for up to 4 passengers in the taxi - pair up with others on your roll call if you can to save $$. Current fares will be posted on a board near the taxi line. Fares will be posted in US Dollars - no need to change money into Pesos. Nachi, Paradise Beach and every tourist spot on the island will usually post prices in US Dollars. Bring lots of small bills - shop owners and cab drivers all over the world never seem to have change if you pull out a stack of $20s or $50s
  20. JohninDC

    Cozumel Taxis

    Nachi is a great way to spend the day of you are looking forward to an all-inclusive beach club with great food, drinks and service. Quiet, uncrowded (limited to 130 customers per day) and relaxing. When it was just the wife and i, with no kids, it was our favorite pre-virus place on the island. If you don't want AI then check out Paradise Beach - $3 admission fee/chair rental, a HUGE pool, and good food and service (love the new taxi truck!).
  21. JohninDC

    Cozumel Taxis

    Nope! 5-6 ships is about average for Cozumel, or at least it was pre-virus. If there are no cabs waiting the staff at Nachi will call one for you. We have never had to wait more than 5 minutes.
  22. If you are flying into MIA and want a sandy beach, then focus on Miami Beach. The famous South Beach area is closer to the port than farther north. You can even ride the Airport Flyer bus from MIA to South Beach for about $3 - more money for a nicer hotel and drinks! 😎
  23. You need to look in Miami Beach, not Miami if you want a hotel on the beach. Flying into MIA or FLL? Lots of nice beach front hotels in the FLL and Hollywood areas, to the north of Miami. www.sunny.org has lots of FLL area tourist and hotel info.
  24. Taxi to Nachi, Sanchos, Paradise Beach or Playa Mia will run about $15-17 each way. As mentioned above, current fares will go posted on a board near the taxi line. Fares are good for up to 4 passengers in the cab. If you have a larger group there are van taxis available - fares will also be posted. Cabs are easy and fairly well regulated on Cozumel, unlike the crooks in Philly! 😖 No need for a ship's excursion when it is easy to enjoy the island on your own.
  25. The cruise line will post more excursions when you get closer to your sailing date.
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