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Old 03-20-2012, 08:13 AM   #1
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Port of Miami sounds crazy - anyone help?

We've a 5-night booked for next year and I just thought i'd start taking a look at the port of miami.
I wish i hadn't!

Now, I realise, until the Wonder starts sailing from Miami, we're not going to have much info on how Disney's going to do it, but I keep coming across reviews and reports that the port is crazy busy with huge crowds, luggage on wrong ships (right room, wrong ship ), Hours in custom lines, hours to get into the port etc. - traffic at a standstill. People from LA and Chicago that can't believe the traffic!

Anyone have any experience with the port of Miami? Guess we've been spoilt with the relative calm of PC.

Thanks for any info. Hoping an Official Miami Thread might start soon like the Seattle one. Maybe any locals out there can share some insight?
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Old 03-20-2012, 09:41 AM   #2
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I sailed once from Miami and it was fine.

Stayed the night before at the Hyatt which was not more than a $20 cab ride from the airport. Took taxi to the port and that was less than $10.

Disembarking was painless (just did San Pedro and that was slow). Rented a car through one that had a shuttle to their airport location ( Alamo or Dollar?)and did not have any problems with that or driving in Miami.

I do remember the taxi drivers were crazy, but they are like that every where.
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Old 03-20-2012, 11:21 AM   #3
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I sailed once from Miami and it was fine.

Stayed the night before at the Hyatt which was not more than a $20 cab ride from the airport. Took taxi to the port and that was less than $10.

Disembarking was painless (just did San Pedro and that was slow). Rented a car through one that had a shuttle to their airport location ( Alamo or Dollar?)and did not have any problems with that or driving in Miami.

I do remember the taxi drivers were crazy, but they are like that every where.
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Old 03-20-2012, 11:54 AM   #4
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We were on Carnival out of Miami last March. We did fly into Ft. Lauderdale and were shuttled to the port. We had no issues coming or going.
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Old 03-20-2012, 12:05 PM   #5
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We are going on the 6 night new years even cruise. I have a few questions.

We are staying at South beach a few nights before the cruise, how far is it to the terminal. We are flying in and out of FLL and I hear its about 25 miles is that correct. We are wondering about transfer options for us, its just me and my wife.

Also does anyone have any recommendations for everglade tours?

We tried to sign up for the cruise meet but it doesn't look like its open?

thanks for any help you can give me.
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Old 03-20-2012, 12:14 PM   #6
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We are going on the 6 night new years even cruise. I have a few questions.

We are staying at South beach a few nights before the cruise, how far is it to the terminal. We are flying in and out of FLL and I hear its about 25 miles is that correct. We are wondering about transfer options for us, its just me and my wife.

Also does anyone have any recommendations for everglade tours?

We tried to sign up for the cruise meet but it doesn't look like its open?

thanks for any help you can give me.
Someone posted on another Miami transfer thread that DCL is taking names for those flying in/out of FLL and if there's enough interest they will offer transfers from there. You will need to contact DCL to get on a list for that.
Link to that thread: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2885839

If you don't see a cruise meets thread for your sailing on the Meets Boards feel free to start a thread for your sailing. Don't for get to post the link to the meets thread in the Find Your Wonder 2012 Meets Thread for the link to be added to the first post.


Have you looked on www.cruisecritic.com at their Miami port forum for an Everglades excursion?
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Old 03-20-2012, 01:17 PM   #7
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We are going on the 6 night new years even cruise. I have a few questions.

We are staying at South beach a few nights before the cruise, how far is it to the terminal. We are flying in and out of FLL and I hear its about 25 miles is that correct. We are wondering about transfer options for us, its just me and my wife.

Also does anyone have any recommendations for everglade tours?

We tried to sign up for the cruise meet but it doesn't look like its open?

thanks for any help you can give me.
South beach is not that far away at all, also I fly in and out of FLL all the time (I live in South Miami), you get on I-95 and go south and go right to the port of Miami from it. If you look at a map it is going to look crazy but it's not hard at all to get from FLL to South beach and the port.
We'll be on the May 2013 Disney cruise out of Miami I can not wait
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Old 03-21-2012, 01:37 AM   #8
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Thanks for any info. Hoping an Official Miami Thread might start soon like the Seattle one. Maybe any locals out there can share some insight?
Thank you. I started the Seattle one and everyone from the area is helping to add to it.

Ironically I am from Miami. My best advice to give you is make sure you go to one of the sandwich shops and get a Cuban Sandwich. They are simple and yet delicious. For me they embody so many good Miami memories.
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Old 03-21-2012, 01:38 AM   #9
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Parking at the port is $20 a day and almost all of Miami has parking fees. There is a hertz very close to port of miami.
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Old 03-21-2012, 02:08 AM   #10
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I just set up an official Miami thread modeled on the Seattle one.
I'll combine the info this weekend from them all.
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Old 03-21-2012, 08:27 AM   #11
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Hotel Ideas in Miami

For those looking for a hotel idea for Pre/Post Cruise in Miami. Given the satisfaction that we and others have had at the Hyatt MCO, I looked into Hyatt's in Miami. There is a Hyatt Regency, downtown, I believe an earlier poster in this thread mentioned. It is fairly close to the port, likely not more than 10-15 minute cab ride. Also right on the overhead tram line. As at the Hyatt MCO they accept the Hyatt Stay certificates, but, unlike the MCO location, they accept them all the way down to the Classic level, these certificates are only $109 plus shipping. Of course there still needs to be availability on the night in question for that type of certificate, but if there is availability, then this would be quite a deal as rooms in downtown Miami for a nicer hotel are pretty steep, high $200's and up.
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Old 03-21-2012, 12:27 PM   #12
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Used to live in Miami come the day before and enjoy it lots of fun. The Hyatt is very nice but don't get room by the drawbridge as that is what we heard all night long. The Hyatt is also very close to bayside you can walk it in day light. At Bayside lots of ships places to eat . Think downtown Disney type. They also have boats that tours of mansions they also have one that has Miami at night too. All the hotels are downtown are less than 10-15 ride to the pier.
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Old 03-21-2012, 05:07 PM   #13
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we to are booked next Feb for The wonder 5 day out of Maimi and was wondering why I couldnt find any info on this port glad this thread is here!
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Old 03-21-2012, 05:28 PM   #14
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we to are booked next Feb for The wonder 5 day out of Maimi and was wondering why I couldnt find any info on this port glad this thread is here!
This is where the official thread will be.
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2897908

Thanks NWMom.
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Old 03-31-2012, 08:55 PM   #15
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In a taxi from Miami to FLL was $80 there is a Hertz rental on downtown mIami.
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