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About Corby114

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    Carnival, Royal Caribbean
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Western Caribbean

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  1. Their prices are always reasonable and their facility is located on Federal Highway, US 1, just north of Hollywood/ Fort Lauderdale International Airport. They provide shuttle service to Port Everglades and the ride is less than ten minutes. Have used them only once and was completely satisfied.
  2. Large twelve passenger rental vans are usually hard to find due to low inventory. If you do reserve one make sure you have some type of proof that you actually reserved that type of vehicle. Second scenario is to rent two mini vans or SUV’s for the short one hour ride over to Port Canaveral.
  3. Holland America ships normally dock at the terminals that are very close to the Midport Garage. The garage is large and centrally located in Port Everglades. You won’t have a problem finding a space. If you get there anytime after 10:00AM cruisers from the previous weeks sailings should have all ready left the facility and there will be plenty of spaces available.
  4. If the ships docks between 5:00AM and 6:00AM the first passengers to leave the vessel carrying their own luggage should disembark by 6:30AM. On a weekday you shouldn’t have any problems making a 10:00AM departure from FLL.
  5. You should have absolutely no problem as long as the bottle isn’t bigger than 750 ml. The maximum amount allowed is two bottles per stateroom.
  6. The drink cards normally show up mid cruise if sales are low for that sailing. It’s normally a corporate decision made by someone sitting behind a desk at Royal Caribbean’s Headquarters in Miami, Florida. On some sailings they pop up and on some sailings they don’t. As for buckets of beer on most sailings bar staff are happy to sell it to you.
  7. Hertz, Avis, and Budget have downtown Miami locations that are very close to the Port Of Miami. If you rent from either of the three companies they will shuttle you over to the port. If you decide to rent from either Alamo, National, Enterprise, Dollar, or Thrifty you have to drop off the rental vehicle at the Miami International Airport Rental Car Center which is directly across from the Miami International Airport. The above mentioned companies will shuttle you for free to the Port Of Miami. The ride from that facility takes approximately fifteen minutes.
  8. Alamo, National, Enterprise, Dollar, and Thrifty provide free shuttle service from the Port Of Miami to the Miami International Airport Rental Car Center which is located directly across from the Miami International Airport. The shuttles pass the terminals and will pick you up when you flag them down. Some drivers will ask to see your rental car reservation before they allow you to board the shuttle. That is done because some cruise passengers are looking for free transportation back to Miami International Airport. If you rent from Hertz, Avis, or Budget they have downtown Miami locations that are relatively close to the Port Of Miami. Those downtown locations get very busy on turnaround days because they are smaller than the larger facility across from MIA. Personally I choose to rent from the Rental Car Center because they are open twenty four hours a day, seven days a week and always have plenty of rental vehicles available and the rates are usually more reasonable. The ride to the Rental Car Center is approximately fifteen minutes.
  9. All damage to the Carnival Glory is way above the waterline. Most of the cleanup to the Dining Rooms will take place while the ship is still in service. Structural steel work repairs will most likely take place at a shipyard when there is an opening in the shipyards schedule. It appears that a drydock for the actual repairs shouldn’t be necessary since the damage is above the waterline. A wet dock reservation will be required to repair the damage. Once a shipyard spot becomes available I’m guessing structural steel repairs should take less than two weeks. Freeport would the cheapest option for all the required repairs providing there is availability there.
  10. You can easily rent a vehicle at PBI and return it to FLL prior to your cruise. There is no shuttle service available from FLL so a cab usually is around fifteen dollars plus tip for the short ten ride over to Port Everglades. Some rental car companies have off site locations that are very close to Port Everglades. The Alamo location on Eller Drive is just outside of one of the entrances to Port Everglades. Sixt Rental Car is located on Federal Highway just north of FLL too. The off site locations provide shuttle service to Port Everglades.
  11. Bookings for January 2021 won’t open up until early 2020. Reservations should start to open up in either February or March 2021. January won’t be cheap but I’m sure you are all ready aware of that.
  12. Plenty of upsells since I got hooked in 1983 on Royal Caribbean’s Song Of America. On forty plus cruises I have had only one free upgrade on the Carnival Paradise in October 2001. Went from an ocean view on the Empress Deck to a suite on the Upper Deck for my family of three. Very tough to receive a free upgrade these days. You have to be very lucky! Enjoy your cruise.
  13. Pay for one night at a hotel and checkout early. Last January my family of three cruised out of Singapore on Holland America’s fifteen night Westerdam sailing to Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. At the conclusion of our cruise we had a car service transport us to the Destination Beach Road Hotel where we were able to checkin to our room around 11:00AM. We had lunch and dinner locally and checked out around 8:00PM for our Singapore Airlines flight home to JFK at midnight. We also stayed in the same hotel three days pre cruise and are doing another eight day sailing on the Norwegian Jade in early 2020.
  14. Give the football tickets away and just concentrate on your cruise. Too much aggravation and if you attend the game you need to leave before halftime to make absolutely sure that you will make your sailing.
  15. Alamo, National, Enterprise, Dollar, and Thrifty continue to offer free shuttle service from the Miami International Airport Rental Car Center to the Port Of Miami. Shuttles are parked on the top floor of the Rental Car Center and leave when they have a full load of passengers. The short ride takes approximately fifteen minutes. They also provide the free service in the opposite direction if you are renting a vehicle post cruise. In most instances the shuttle drivers will ask to see your rental car reservation because some cruise passengers are looking for free transportation back to MIA.
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