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Old 01-11-2013, 03:38 PM   #31
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I was on the NYE cruise out of Miami.

- Getting on was pretty much the same as Port Canaveral. there is a nice waiting area past the escalators that was not as crowded as the area where you are checking in.

- We used SAS transportation from FLL and were very happy. I think the trip to the airport is a little longer than 20 minutes.

-We stayed at the Marriott in Miami on 2nd street. We were able to walk to the bay district for dinner and they had a shuttle to the port the next day. It was about 2 miles to the port.

- Getting off I thought was very confusing. It was not very clear that you needed to hang in a lounge prior to your group bring called. They would not just let you walk off the ship even after the early passengers were all gone. You get off on the 4th floor so people are packed in the narrow halls with their luggage and bags and it gets tight. Once off the ship it was very quick and we were at the curb waiting for the shuttle in 5 minutes.
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Old 01-11-2013, 03:46 PM   #32
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I'd love to see navigators from the 4 night that goes to Key West, Nasau and CC if anyone has them(I think the first sailing of that was fairly recent if it has even happened). I really want to know if they have the tastings;-)
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Old 01-11-2013, 03:47 PM   #33
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thanks for the info...I'd love to see navigators from the 5 night
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Old 01-11-2013, 04:18 PM   #34
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I'd love to see navigators from the 4 night that goes to Key West, Nasau and CC if anyone has them(I think the first sailing of that was fairly recent if it has even happened). I really want to know if they have the tastings;-)
I think the first 4 night went out on the 10th, so yesterday.
We are on the 4 night on the 24th.
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:15 PM   #35
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Can anyone tell me the following:

* we have not yet booked transportation from port to Miami airport. I am thinking I may have to go through Disney and pay the $20/person for their shuttle. I will have 2 small kids with me (age 3&5) and no car seats so not sure of options I may have?

* Is there a semi-formal night on the 4 night cruise?

* I believe someone posted that dining rotation is 1, 2, 2, 3 (so you dine in the same restaurant on the second and third nights) for the 4 night cruise.

* Is there a pirate night on the 4 night cruise?

* Does anyone have any navigators to post? Of either 4 night or 5 night (we are doing a B2B)

* Can anyone tell me if the gym offers any regular yoga classes by chance? If so, are they an extra fee? And if they have them do you need to have your own mat?
We leave in a few weeks on the Wonder so I don't know the answers to your MIA specific questions yet. But regarding yoga, they do offer regular yoga free of charge and they have mats. On the cruises we have been on there was a yoga class at Serenity Bay on the CC day. The others were around 5:30 so I always missed them with early dinner. In the morning there was a stretch class before spin. I found the class schedule is different on port vs sea days so you need to check the Navigator each day. If the class is full go on the waiting list people intend to go and then never show up. I was on a waiting list once (i had registered but the CM registered me for the wrong day) and only two people showed up to the class

Regarding pirate night and semi formal night this is from the DCL website On 4-night cruises:
•First night: cruise casual—no shorts, swimwear or tank tops
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•One "dress-up night"—jacket for men, dress or pantsuit for women
•Final night: cruise casual—no shorts, swimwear or tank tops
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:44 PM   #36
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Can anyone tell me the following:

* we have not yet booked transportation from port to Miami airport. I am thinking I may have to go through Disney and pay the $20/person for their shuttle. I will have 2 small kids with me (age 3&5) and no car seats so not sure of options I may have?
A taxi from the port to MIA is only $25.
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Old 01-12-2013, 12:34 PM   #37
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A taxi from the port to MIA is only $25.
Hmm, I am not sure of the rules but I didn't think I could take the kids in a taxi without having car seats (and for general safety). Thinking that maybe shuttles would be a better option but I don't know of any other than what Disney is offering...
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Old 01-12-2013, 02:01 PM   #38
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What about late departure?

My DW and I are on a 5-day on the Wonder, departing Jan. 28. We're staying in Pompano Beach, north of Fort Lauderdale, and so will be driving our own car to the port. I've read differing posts about parking, so plan to park at the port.

However, we're not at all in a hurry get disembark, and want to hang around the ship as much as we can. If the disembarkation takes that long towards the end, can we hang out at the Cove Café until the crowds have cleared and then disembark? Anyone have any insights on this?

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Old 01-12-2013, 02:50 PM   #39
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Hmm, I am not sure of the rules but I didn't think I could take the kids in a taxi without having car seats (and for general safety). Thinking that maybe shuttles would be a better option but I don't know of any other than what Disney is offering...
Sorry.. read your post wrong. When you said "no car seats," I read it as you didn't need car seats. Should have paid closer attention to the ages.

Agreed... a taxi wouldn't be a good option in your case.
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Old 01-14-2013, 09:10 AM   #40
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I did see in the Navigators that the people with an early flight were supposed to let Guest Services know, presumably so they could disembark earlier than the rest of us?

For anyone flying out of FLL, it took us only about 20 minutes by cab from the port to the airport for about $80 including tip but there was no traffic to speak of.
Good information. The latest flight we could get was 11:45 am out of FLL, so we'll be doing early disembark, and taking our luggage with us. But, I'll be a little less stressed knowing it's not as far as I thought on a Sunday morning
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:30 PM   #41
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OK Should I panic or not. We have an 11 am flight out of Miami, Will we make it? I'm really panicking. I've taken a 10:30 out of Orlando on previous cruises, but I'm very concerned about Miami.

How far is the airport and is it crazy chaotic to get off at 7:15?

Is it insane to try to roll your own luggage off, meaning is there room in the hallway?

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Old 01-14-2013, 06:45 PM   #42
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OK Should I panic or not. We have an 11 am flight out of Miami, Will we make it? I'm really panicking. I've taken a 10:30 out of Orlando on previous cruises, but I'm very concerned about Miami.

How far is the airport and is it crazy chaotic to get off at 7:15?

Is it insane to try to roll your own luggage off, meaning is there room in the hallway?

HELLLLPPPPP, please!
I can't help you with the flight question, as we have never had reason to hurry off the ship, but from what I can tell online, the airport is @30 minutes away with traffic.
And we kept our luggage with us last cruise no problem at all. We had 4 large suitcases and 4 large suitcase carry on bags, plus purse and large camera/laptop bag. It wasn't fun, but it sure was convenient!
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:19 PM   #43
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I haven't traveled out of Miami

on a Disney cruise but have with other cruiselines. I can agree that there are plenty of cabs waiting and there is a set charge (seems like we paid 30.00 including tip a week ago). There were plenty of folks hawking shuttle trips at 10.00 per person, still chose the cab because we could leave right away.

Once we got to the airport however it was a complete disaster. Left the ship at 8:30 and got in line to check in at 9:15 (line up for cars up to the curb were wild) Then, inside to the first class check in line and waited about 35 minutes to get bags checked in - wanted to stand by for an earlier flight but were told they were oversold (our bags went early we didn't as they were at the airport when we made it home). Next security. My husband and I are both signed up for TSA Pre-check. I was able to walk right through, he on the other hand spent another 30 minutes getting through TSA - and this is what have traditionally seen in Miami when that many cruise ships come in ...on January 6th there were 6 I think.

We had taken our own bags off (we were on NCL and had the option) we would have been to the airport a bit earlier (since we had gone through customs in St Thomas the agents in Miami basically said how was your trip and collected our forms) but I think the chaos would have been the same.

I do know others have said it wasn't that bad but this has been my experience every single time and I am a frequent cruiser.
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:39 PM   #44
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My only hope is that we get back on a Thursday. So hopefully not that many ships coming in, but you have the business travelers. Ugh, what was I thinking lol
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:23 PM   #45
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Can anyone who has sailed from Miami tell me how the seas were? Rough or smooth? Never cruised in January but we have in November (rough) and summer (only rough time there was a storm brewing). Just curious how it is this time of year. We cruise in 27 days on our first DCL!!! Thanks!
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