Port of Miami sounds crazy - anyone help?

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  1. fredgirls

    fredgirls DIS Veteran

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    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! :goodvibes

    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 :scared1: ), 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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  3. mkmommy

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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.
     
  4. fredgirls

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    Thanks. :goodvibes
     
  5. mjfisherdc

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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.
     
  6. toontoy

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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.
     
  7. jilljill

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    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?
     
  8. dawne98

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    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:)
     
  9. gatorfreud

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    I have sailed twice out of the port of miami twice and drove and parked there. No trouble at all either time. We do go early though... so maybe people who say it's crazy are arriving late? Just like WDW... sure it is packed when you show up at noon.

    I wouldn't worry. :)

    Kim
     
  10. fredgirls

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    Thanks everyone. :grouphug:
    We're probably flying into FLL too so I'll call and get on the wait list for transfers. If enough people ask maybe they'll offer it. :goodvibes
     
  11. PizzieDuster

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    Miami is a beautiful place to sail away from. We loved it. We stayed at the Inter-Continnental and asked for a port view. Nice hotel, nice rooms, awesome views. Walked 15 minutes to the pier area where all the restaurants are.

    Watch the sailaway from the star side (not port side) of the ship. (I think that's what it's called.) The mansions are beautiful and the views of South Beach are cool! :thumbsup2
     
  12. fredgirls

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    Thanks. :goodvibes I'll take a look at that hotel.
     
  13. breakingd_awn

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    Hi fredgirls :) We've never done the DCL transfers before. Is it just from the airport to the port?
     
  14. fredgirls

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    Hi There! :wave:
    Are you missing the :beach: as much as we are?

    I have a feeling we'll be passing each other often in our 'mission to plan' over the next 11 months!:)

    We've never used dcl transfers. I'm assuming the $20 is each way as you specify airport to port. And there's another option for port to airport. So you can choose either or both. That's it for transfers though I think.

    See you around:goodvibes
     
  15. fredgirls

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    Best rate is $429. :scared1: Looks really nice but we'll need to find a deal to stay here. :)
     
  16. PizzieDuster

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    OMG! I know way back I did not pay that much...we went through RCCL, airfare, hotel, transfers and all.

    Good idea...don't pay that much! :thumbsup2

    The only traffic we hit was the first cruise out of Miami, we were taking their transfer (bus) and ran into Miami Heat, or whatever pro basketball team) pre game time. Next time, I did not purchase transfers we took a cab much earlier then the transfer time and did not have to wait for the bus to go to other hotels and/or other late passengers. That worked our better.
     
  17. NWmom

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    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.
     
  18. CruznLexi

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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.
     
  19. NWmom

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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.
    NW
     
  20. cwdefouw

    cwdefouw DVC Member since 1999

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    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.
     
  21. AnotherPrincess

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    I sailed out of Miami once. I did everything wrong, and it turned out fine. Sometimes ignorance truly is bliss. I flew in the same day, arriving at port just a few hours prior to sail away. I took a shuttle from the airport in Miami, and did not notice bad traffic. Porters were right there to whisk my luggage away, just like PC. I will say they were much pushier to get tips than PC, and they looked a bit "iffy" to me, compared to the nice, clean-cut porters at PC. I remember thinking I hope that was a porter I just gave my luggage to, but, like clock-work, it was in my room when it was supposed to be.
     

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