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Old 09-11-2013, 09:30 AM   #166
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Any suggestions for hotels for the night before the cruise? I'm thinking of staying at Hampton Inn & Suites, Miami Airport South/ Blue Lagoon.
We stayed last Feb when sailing on the Wonder. Nice hotel and listed number two last I checked. The number one was the Hampton Inn downtown. The Blue Lagoon had free parking, and good breakfast fare. The parking garage is secure (you need your keycard to get in) and has two levels - first level is covered, second is not and obviously first level fills up.

The area is ok - didn't feel insecure but not sure I would be walking late at night as in any major city.

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Hi all -

If that doesn't work does anyone know about the disability parking. I read somewhere that there is free parking for the disabled. My worry is how far it is with the bags.

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Regarding disability parking, I honestly don't know. However, when you drive in, you can drop off all your check in bags (and maybe the rest of your passengers) and then proceed to the parking garage that is across the street from the pier.
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Old 09-16-2013, 11:09 AM   #167
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Disabled parking at PortMiami

http://www.miamidade.gov/portmiami/p...sportation.asp

For Disabled Persons

Disabled parking at PortMiami is free. However, in order to waive parking fees, appropriate documentation must be provided to the Toll Attendant upon exiting the parking facility.

Required documentation
  • State Issued Driver's License/I.D. Card or U.S. Passport
  • Original Parking Sales Receipt/Parking Ticket Stub (No Copies)
  • Authentic Disability Placard/Permanent Disability License Plate
  • Proof of Sailing (Sailing Card or Original Purchased Ticket Issued from the Cruise Line)
  • Letter/Card from Department of Motor Vehicles signifying to whom the Disability Placard is assigned (Applies to states that do not have a driver's license number on placard)


- honestly, it's not that hard to Google it.
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Old 09-16-2013, 12:45 PM   #168
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We are having Disney to pick us up at the airport. How long of a ride is it to port?
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Old 09-16-2013, 12:59 PM   #169
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We are having Disney to pick us up at the airport. How long of a ride is it to port?
I have read and heard that it is only about a 20-30 minute ride to POM from MIA.

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Old 09-26-2013, 06:13 PM   #170
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For those if you who have cruised out of the Port of Miami, what time do they start boarding at the Miami port?
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Old 09-27-2013, 09:12 AM   #171
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Any information on Miami Intercontinental? We are staying there for an upcoming cruise. Is this a good choice? How far from the port? Do they have a shuttle to the port?

Any info would be helpful.
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Old 09-27-2013, 12:25 PM   #172
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Old 09-27-2013, 12:28 PM   #173
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For those if you who have cruised out of the Port of Miami, what time do they start boarding at the Miami port?
This was last February - they started boarding around 11:30. But it went very fast...
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Old 09-27-2013, 06:31 PM   #174
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Miami Intercontinental Hotel

Perfect choice . Looks directly on ship . Starbucks in lobby ..nice pool ..walking distance to food / stores. Short cab ride ..12 dollars . Lovely walkway around water . Staying there again for Magic cruise very soon .
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Old 09-27-2013, 11:04 PM   #175
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We are flying into Miami airport and I think grabbing a taxi to the port. Is there anywhere to stop on the way to purchase our alcohol to take on board?
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Does DCL provide transport from the ship to both the Miami airport and the Fort Lauderdale Airport? What about from a hotel to port - is there a specific DCL hotel (like the MCO Hyatt)? TIA.
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Old 09-28-2013, 01:16 PM   #177
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Perfect choice . Looks directly on ship . Starbucks in lobby ..nice pool ..walking distance to food / stores. Short cab ride ..12 dollars . Lovely walkway around water . Staying there again for Magic cruise very soon .
Thanks!!! This is what I was hoping for.
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Old 10-07-2013, 11:46 AM   #178
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This is a long shot of a question, but does anyone know how much the total is for tolls starting at the beginning of the turnpike in Wildwood to the Miami port? TIA!
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Can anyone confirm for me what time the Port of Miami opens and will let you in for your check in?
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Can anyone confirm for me what time the Port of Miami opens and will let you in for your check in?

We were on the 10/27/13 Magic (2nd sailing after drydock).

Here is our experience. Probably more info than you asked for but thought it may help others doing a similar plan.

We picked up a car in MCO and spent a few days at WDW. We arrived at MIA the morning of the cruise at 9:30 to drop off our rental car. We dropped off the car with no problem and were directed upstairs to the Alamo shuttle pick up area. If you book with Alamo/Enterprise you can ride their shuttle to the port of Miami for free. There was absolutely no one around at 9:40 while we were waiting for the shuttle. We waiting about 15 minutes and a shuttle arrived and dropped some DCL passengers off who just got off the 2 night cruise. The driver asked us for our Alamo paperwork and checked it before he let us on the bus. The ride to the port was about 20 minutes with no traffic (on a Sunday). Porters were waiting for us and we handed over our luggage right away. The shuttle drops you at the other end of the port area so we had a bit of a walk along the port building to get to where DCL was. We got to the port about 10:20 and there about 50 people already milling around the outside the doors waiting to be let in. There were 2 doors for entry with no difference on which you waited at. People started forming lines on their own so we lined up in front of the left door. Port staff said they were still debarking passengers so it would a bit before we were let in the terminal. I can't remember exactly but we were let in shortly after about 10:40 or so. We entered and had to go up an escalator where they had the x-ray machines for carry on luggage. After we got through that we continued through the terminal to the check in area. There are some DCL signage around and they did break the line down into the different CC levels. Silver/Gold together and Platinum/Concierge. We checked in fairly quickly and waited to board. There did look like a Concierge lounge area. The entrance to board was at the opposite end of the terminal from the Concierge lounge but they may have had their own entrance to the upper level of the terminal. At about 11:35 they finally called the family of the day and then boarding group 1 (after I was told 5 minutes before by a port worker that boarding would be at 1:00). We went up another escalator and walked on the upper level of the terminal a ways to the gangway. We entered the ship on Deck 4 and our names were announced.

Here are some pics of the car rental center Alamo shuttle pick up drop off area and outside the airport area waiting to be let in. If you are driving your own car there is a parking garage right there at the terminal. Can't vouch for its safety factor but many cars were parked there.

Waiting area for Alamo shuttle at the Miami Car Rental Center...we were the only ones there!!





View from the shuttle as we were getting close to the port.



After drop off and walking toward the entrance for DCL part of the terminal. I believe it was terminal F. At the end of this sidewalk we made a left under the blue roof.



People waiting outside for terminal to open



Door to the left. there was one to the right as well



Some signage



Inside terminal before it got crowded. It did get very crowded before boarding started.



Check in station in the back of pic. Front of pic is where boarding starts and then you make a left and go up the escalator.



they had a separate room for character meet and greet in the terminal and her is a pic of Goofy arriving. He is on the upper walkway of the terminal at this point but came down to check level



Hope this helps someone. Once onboard we were directed to either Carioca's or Cabanas for lunch. We went up to Cabanas.

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