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About JohninDC

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    Northern VA & DC
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    Celebrity, RCI, Carnival
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Does it have a beach?

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  1. JohninDC

    Top 10 of Miami with MIA Transportation - Carnival

    Thanks for the feedback.
  2. JohninDC

    Port of Miami to FLL

    Taxi will be closer to $75+ -- Uber and Lyft are the way to go
  3. JohninDC

    Walk from ship to ship at POM?

    Thanks for the detailed feedback. Hope that both of your cruises were enjoyable.
  4. JohninDC

    Port of Miami to FLL

    UberX should be about $35+ for the car from POM to FLL -- that's what I would choose. Your call!
  5. JohninDC

    Orlando/Cocoa Beach Hotels

    You can check goportcanaveral.com for package deals (hotel and transport) Several shared shuttle providers, with one-way fares starting at about $20+ per person - Cortrans and Cocoa Beach Shuttle are the two most often suggested. We prefer to stay in Orlando (1000's of hotels in every price range) - others prefer to stay closer to the port. Lots of hotels near MCO airport with airport shuttles - Super 8 and La Quinta are usually good, budget options. I suggest that you join your roll call to see if there are others arriving on your flight - you might be able to share transport or a one-way car rental. Good luck! 😎
  6. JohninDC

    Shore snorkeling?

    Admission to the Boatyard and some of the other beach clubs on Carlilse Bay includes a boat trip out to snorkel over a ship wreck (lots of fish), and swim with the turtles.
  7. JohninDC

    Beach day & snorkeling recommendations?

    No sandy beach will have good snorkeling from the shore. Taxis are easy and well regulated (especially compared to the crooks in Philly ), with fares to most of the popular tourist spots posted on a board near the cab line. All will accept US dollars - no need to change money into Pesos (bring some small denomination bills - cab drivers all over the world never have change when you pull out a $20!). The Money Bar offers good snorkeling, but no beach. Free admission, lockers, good facilities, chairs and tables and shade, plus good food/drinks and great service. Rental gear if you need it. Taxi for 4 from the piers will be about $12 Paradise Beach offers a nice beach, HUGE pool, good food/drink/service plus water toys. $3 admission/chair rental and an extra fee (about $15) for those who want to use the water toys. Taxi from the piers for 4 will be about $17 You could taxi to the Money Bar, snorkel for an hour or two, enjoy some drinks & snacks, and then head to Paradise Beach for the rest of your day. Mitsugirly is a frequent poster who has a photo intensive review of her family doing both spots in one day linked in her signature - check it out! Good luck! 😎
  8. Sometimes turning your phone off and then powering it back up helps - that's about the extent of my technical advice, anything more complicated I ask one of my kids.
  9. JohninDC

    POM to MIA

    Where all of the other cars are picking up friends and family.
  10. Have not seen any other reports of service issues at POM. I always open up both Uber and Lyft to compare prices and pickup times.
  11. Only Hotels out near the MIA airport offer shuttles. La Quinta East and the MIA Embassy Suites offer both airport and port shuttles, but you are a line distance from downtown dining and nightlife; okay if you are flying in late. To stay downtown, near the port, you'll need to spend about $27+ for a cab or $15-18 for an Uber. To get to the port from your downtown hotel you can use a cab for about $12+ or under $10 in an Uber. If you choose to fly into FLL a taxi to POM will run about $75+, Uber X about $35+, or use a shared shuttle for about $15 per person.
  12. JohninDC

    Transportation in Miami - help please

    From FLL area Hotels to POM three of you can squeeze into an Uber X and the fare will be about $35-40. With lots of bags you will need an UberXL or van-taxi for about $75+. Or use one of the popular shuttles (SAS, QLS, MJS, Go Airport, etc.) For about $15 per person.I www.sunny.org has lots of FLL area hotel info. I agree, book your hotels ASAP. You can prebook a taxi or Uber to get you to the airport for your early flight, or spend your last night in a hotel close to the airport after visiting you family. Have a great cruise! 😎
  13. JohninDC

    Venice transfers?

    We used Trevisio car service. Marta was very responsive, the driver was waiting for us with a almost new Mercedes van. Price for 4 from Port to airport was 60 EUR.
  14. JohninDC

    Paradise Beach now offering an All Inclusive option.

    We were there in early February. They offered the AI option but did not push it. Six ships in port that day and no issues or crowds - lots of empty chairs by the pool and beach.
  15. JohninDC

    Is there any town after you get off the tender?

    Take a tour to see the Mayan ruins.