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Old 10-14-2012, 01:15 PM   #1
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Budget to Port Canaveral

Hi we are off on our first cruise on the Fantasy in a few weeks and have hired from Budget (also a first) to drop off in Cape Canaveral. I managed to get the 1100 port arrival time so what time would you recommend we get to Budget so we can be at the port for 1100? Do the shuttles run constantly or at set times?

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Old 10-14-2012, 02:02 PM   #2
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Hi we are off on our first cruise on the Fantasy in a few weeks and have hired from Budget (also a first) to drop off in Cape Canaveral. I managed to get the 1100 port arrival time so what time would you recommend we get to Budget so we can be at the port for 1100? Do the shuttles run constantly or at set times?

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We found it to work pretty good in terms of leaving the car and finish the paperworks. The shuttles ran constattly and it took abot 10 min to the port with a Carneval drop off before ours.
BUT!!! The line for the shuttle was insane. There were just too many people leaving cars that day ( a staffmember said that it was partly due to Disneys larger ships ( we were also on the Fantasy).
It took us an hour to get on a shuttle from our arrivaltime at Budget!
But on the plus side: when we got to port we could walk right on the Fantasy, since our number had been called.
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Old 10-14-2012, 02:35 PM   #3
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We have done budget it twice now but before the new ships.

What we did in the past was have DH drop myself, our son and our luggage off at Disney's terminal so I could check us in and he then dropped off the car with budget by himself. This made it easier for him to get on the shuttle back to port since it was just himself and no luggage. It typically took him around 45mins to catch back up with us.
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Old 10-14-2012, 07:53 PM   #4
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We have done budget it twice now but before the new ships.

What we did in the past was have DH drop myself, our son and our luggage off at Disney's terminal so I could check us in and he then dropped off the car with budget by himself. This made it easier for him to get on the shuttle back to port since it was just himself and no luggage. It typically took him around 45mins to catch back up with us.
Didn't use budget, but followed this exact plan with Dollar/Thrifty and it worked well. Agree also with the 45 minutes and that included topping off the gas tank before dropoff. When at the rental agency, stand outside where the shuttle picks up or others will and you'll get bumped by being inside.
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Old 10-15-2012, 02:08 PM   #5
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Thanks for the responses, much appreciated. If it was really mobbed does anyone know if it would be easy to get a taxi?
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Old 10-15-2012, 03:17 PM   #6
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We have done budget it twice now but before the new ships.

What we did in the past was have DH drop myself, our son and our luggage off at Disney's terminal so I could check us in and he then dropped off the car with budget by himself. This made it easier for him to get on the shuttle back to port since it was just himself and no luggage. It typically took him around 45mins to catch back up with us.
This is what we have done in the past also. Does anyone know if this is still possible with the new boarding for Fantasy?
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Old 10-15-2012, 06:18 PM   #7
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Thanks for the responses, much appreciated. If it was really mobbed does anyone know if it would be easy to get a taxi?
we did this in August...it was horrendous and i mean horrendous...the lines were huge to get a shuttle to the port, there were NO shuttles in sight and there was a storm coming...we shared a taxi (me, wife, DD) with someone else on our cruise...it cost us $20 and yes there were plenty of taxi's at Budget (i got the idea they were like vultures who could sniff out problems)...

the problem is if you get there to early all the shuttles may be at the port picking up disembarking passengers...we got there a wee bit late (12:15ish?) and it was a nightmare....then again our Fantasy WC cruise left on a Saturday so if you are not embarking on the weekend it should be a piece of cake...
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Old 10-15-2012, 06:32 PM   #8
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I'm gonna also say take a taxi! The shuttle lines are awful!

The first time we did this I dropped my hubby off at 10:45 to check us in at the port....got to the Budget return to find huge lines! The shuttle driver was kind of aggressive...he took my bags and put them on the shuttle. I returned the car and then had to wait 25 mins for him to leave....and then he stopped at another port first! By the time I got dropped off the security lines were much longer than when I dropped off my husband...I did not get to him until 12:15.....way past when our boarding #6 had been called. I was so upset.

This last time, I dropped him off at 10:45.....returned the car and told the shuttle driver I was all set. There were no cabs so I walked next door to a gas station, the woman called me a cab which arrived 2 minutes later (she also told me that she is used to helping ppl who get upset at the Budget return). $17 LATER I was back at the port and reunited with my husband by 11:20. DEF worth the taxi fare! Good luck!!!!
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Old 10-15-2012, 06:56 PM   #9
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We are doing Budget in a couple weeks also. If DH drops off myself & DD before he returns the car, what documents do I need to check him in and what documents does he need to get through security to meet up with us?
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the best way to see if you're going to have a problem find out what other cruise ships arrive the morning you are disembarking...the reason our situation was so horrendous was not only were they picking up Disney Fantasy passengers at the port, but also Carnival cruisers and i believe some other boat....
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I think I might return rental car the night before and have a taxi pick us up at the hotel and take us to the ship. . Will have to be a van for all the luggage and five people. I'm one of those that doesn't like to hurry and wait when I have a cruise with an early port arrival time. The sooner on board the better!
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Thanks for all the advice. I think we will aim to get to Budget by 10 a.m. and then see what the line for the shuttle is like. If it looks like it's going to be a nightmare we will take the taxi - even if it means walking to the gas station to get them to call one for us! Don't want to be starting this stressed!
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You need to have the cruise document book that DCL sends to you, all of your passports. Make sure DH holds onto his driver's license as ID to get back into the port and through security. My DH does this when I drop off the car and we have never had an issue with checkin....have fun!!
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You need to have the cruise document book that DCL sends to you, all of your passports. Make sure DH holds onto his driver's license as ID to get back into the port and through security. My DH does this when I drop off the car and we have never had an issue with checkin....have fun!!
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Old 12-03-2012, 04:19 AM   #15
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I was worried about what some had said earlier. There were three vehicles rented in our group. We booked budget, dropped of the families at the terminal, they checked in and waited in the departure area. We took the vehicles to the budget office where their was no lines, as soon as we were finished doing the paperwork there was two shuttles waiting to take passengers back to the DCL terminal. We were quickly on our way, the driver was friendly and very informative. If you want to call this a bottleneck which I wouldn't is we had to wait in line with all the other traffic to get to the numbered drop off location at the cruise terminal. This had absolutely nothing to do with Budget, it's just sitting in traffic. The time in line was not long at all. I would say it took us about 45 min from when we originally dropped off our families, topped up the gas, returned the vehicles and shuttled back to the terminal. Absolutely now complaints with the process, the cost difference for my family was well worth it compared to the DCL bus offerings from the airport or WDW. I highly recommend doing this, we will be doing the same on our next cruise in 2013.
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