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  1. You may need to make you're way back to MCO (Uber, taxi, hotel shuttle, etc.) and then catch Cortrans , Cocoa Beach Shuttle, or a one way rental. I would also look for car rental locations near Universal.
  2. Nice review. Thanks for the feedback.
  3. www.parksleepfly.com and www.stay123.com are two other sources to check for hotels offering cruise parking deals. I would also look at staying cheap outside of South Florida, and then parking near the port. West Palm area on I-95 is just over an hour away, and even Orlando, with lots of inexpensive hotels, is just about a 3 hour drive; get on the road early and you can still be on the ship before noon.
  4. Blue Lagoon area is out near the airport - you will not be close to any local dining or nightlife unless you spend $15+ each way for an Uber. If you want to see and experience some of Miami you are better off choosing a downtown hotel, IMHO. February is peak tourist, so prices will be high. Book something ASAP and then keep shopping!
  5. I think the fare for 5-6 passengers will be closer to $25+. Check the fare board near the taxi line for current rates, and it never hurts to confirm the fare with the driver before you get into the taxi. Cabs on Cozumel are fairly well regulated and friendly, unlike the crooks in Philly!
  6. There is a hotel inside the MIA airport that will store your bags while you have breakfast and maybe a mimosa or two. Or take the hotel shuttle to the Hilton Blue Lagoon for breakfast. After eating cab or Uber to the port - you should be on the ship by noon.
  7. Dates and budget and who is travel will help the suggestions to be closer to your target. Flying into MIA or FLL? I cannot think of many Miami or Miami Beach hotels that do not have a pool. The pool at the Doubletree near the port is fabulous! I would not suggest any hotel near the MIA airport unless you are arriving late and just want a room.
  8. Playa Mia also offers inflatables and several package options. I suspect you will be happier with teens at Paradise Beach.
  9. Or Uber from PE to MIA, pay to store your bags there, and then ride the Airport Flyer bus to South Beach for about $3 each. Same bus will get you back to MIA.
  10. Should not be an issue for all of you to ride the car rental shuttles. National, Alamo, Thrifty and Enterprise offer free shuttles between their MIA airport location and the port.
  11. Look at Miami Beach or there's a Margaritaville resort in Hollywood, just north of Miami
  12. Yes, although all of the rental agencies offer free shuttles to and from the port.
  13. Garages clearly marked and only about 50-100 yards from where you will start check-in.
  14. Do you want to worry about making your flight home while you criuse? I would be safe and find a flight closer to noon
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