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  1. The free shuttles pass each terminal and will pick you up when you flag them down. They normally will ask to see your car rental reservation before they allow you to board the shuttle. They will pass each terminal, fill up the shuttle with passengers and then head back to their facility.
  2. If your renting from Hertz I would contact them directly to see if they provide free shuttle service from Port Everglades to their off site location. 901 East Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale is an off site Hertz Rent A Car facility. Just to add, there are no free shuttle service from the Port Everglades to the Hollywood/ Fort Lauderdale International Airport That free service was discontinued a few years ago. If Hertz doesn’t provide the shuttle service a cab should be less than twenty dollars plus tip. Uber and Lyft will be even cheaper. It’s less than a ten minute ride to their location.
  3. Normally you will receive a letter in your cabin on the first sailing telling you where you have to go and what time on turnaround day. In most cases you will meet other back to back cruisers in one of the lounges or bars. You will be escorted off the ship and taken to an area where you will receive your seapass for the second sailing. You will then have the option of reboarding the ship with the rest of the back to back cruisers or getting an In Transit pass which makes it easier for you to reboard later in the day. If you reboard with the group they normally have a special type luncheon for back to back cruisers. You should also have access to your new cabin once you reboard. You should also receive your statement for the first sailing before you are escorted off the ship. I have done a few back to backs and never had a problem. In my case my family stayed in the same cabin on both sailings.
  4. The free shuttles pass by all the terminals until they are full for transportation back to the Miami International Airport Rental Car Center. It’s not necessary to contact the individual company for transportation. Some drivers in some cases will ask to see you car reservation paperwork before they allow you on the shuttle. That’s done because many cruise passengers are looking for free transportation back to MIA. The five companies that provide free shuttle service are Alamo, National, Enterprise, Dollar and Thrifty. Avis, Budget and Hertz have downtown locations that are very close to the Port Of Miami.
  5. All free shuttle service from Port Everglades back to Hollywood/ Fort Lauderdale International Airport was discontinued a few years ago. If you are looking for the free service a few major car rental companies have off site locations just outside of Port Everglades. They include Hertz, Alamo, Dollar, Thrifty, Avis, and Budget. I think the Alamo location on Eller Drive is the closest to Port Everglades.
  6. Parking at the Port Of Miami is the safest way to go. Current pricing is twenty two dollars a day. Unfortunately there really aren’t any safe prices to leave your vehicle in the City Of Miami that will save you any money. I have been a member of Cruise Critic since 2002 and have read many posts regarding off site parking in Miami. Posters have complained of damaged vehicles, stolen items, and in one specific incident a homeless male broke into a parked vehicle and was found to be sleeping in it. There are hotels near Miami International Airport where you can leave your vehicle but you pay for it along with having to stay there at least one night. There are plenty of safe, secure off site parking locations in Fort Lauderdale, Cape Canaveral, Jacksonville, and Tampa but unfortunately none in the Miami area. Many Miami based Cruise Critic posters will give you the same advice.
  7. There will be plenty of cabs available at the conclusion of your cruise. The standard fare is twenty seven dollars plus tip for the usual twenty minute ride to Miami International Airport. They will be lined up right outside of the terminal.
  8. Carmel and Dial 7 Limo are two large companies that are highly recommended by many Cruise Critic posters for transportation service in the New York metropolitan area. There vehicles are clean, have knowledgeable drivers and reasonable rates. They are so much nicer than being transported to Newark Liberty International Airport in a Super Shuttle commercial van. A few dollars more but definitely worth it!
  9. Hop in a cab for the short ten minute ride back to Hollywood/ Fort Lauderdale International Airport. All rental car companies at that location are open twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. Also plenty of employees, plenty of inventory, and reasonable rental car rates. If you rent from either Alamo, Dollar, or Sixt they have off site rental car locations that provide free shuttle service. Those facilities are just outside of Port Everglades.
  10. Ace, Payless, EZ, and Fox are the lower tier rental car companies. Their base prices are usually cheaper but they either don’t have the vehicle you reserved, add up charges for items such as higher insurance rates, higher fuel prices, etc. Personally I rent from Alamo, Hertz, Dollar, Budget, Avis, Thifty, or Enterprise which are nationally rated companies. Also add Sixt or National to the list of higher end rental car companies.
  11. If the ship arrives on time which usually is 5:30AM to 6:00AM the first passengers who carry off their own luggage should be able to leave by 7:00AM to 7:30AM. If your looking at an early flight from MIA the earliest I would be comfortable taking is around 11:00AM. MIA is an extremely busy International Airport, especially on weekends.d
  12. There are a few rental car companies that are minutes away from Port Everglades that will shuttle you to their facilities. There are no companies that provide free shuttle service from Port Everglades to Hollywood/ Fort Lauderdale International Airport. That free service was discontinued a few years ago. As for free shuttle service from Port Everglades to Miami that’s not in the picture. Either pay approximately fifteen dollars plus tip for transportation to FLL to rent a vehicle there or pick a company that will shuttle you to there facility just outside of Port Everglades. I know personally that the Alamo location on Eller Drive is just outside of Port Everglades and they provide free shuttle service. Dollar and Thifty also has a location nearby. Sixt Rental Car has a location on Federal Highway which is just north of FLL. I’m fairly sure that they provide free shuttle service to their location.
  13. So much better and so much cheaper to purchase over the counter medicines from home. Bring a small bag with aspirin, cold tablets, suntan lotion, etc. Most items sold in the gift shop are over double the price and there is normally limited selection of items available.
  14. Currently most ships are either adding a sea day or overnighting in Nassau due to the closure of the Freeport, Bahamas port. Ninety percent of the homes and businesses either had extensive damage or were totally destroyed. The most extensive damage was in the eastern part of Grand Bahama Island. Abaco Island also had extensive damage. That Island doesn’t have port facilities available to accommodate a cruise ship.
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