So, you have booked your cruise and now you need to know if you should stay in a hotel the night before your cruise. Well that really depends. As a rule of thumb, we suggest if you have to fly into your cruise port or you are driving more than 2-3 hours to board the ship, we highly suggest you stay in a hotel near the port. Why? Well life happens! Emergencies can come up with your car (we had a client have a blow out on a tire and had to wait 3 hours for help!), traffic can stop you from arriving on time, or your flight may get delayed; and guess what…..the boat does not wait! So, if you are more than 2-3 hours away from the cruise port or you are flying to your port, we suggest you stay the night in a local hotel near the cruise port before you set sail. You might even want to stay a few days before or stay a few days after your cruise if you have never visited the area your port is in and have 2 vacations in one! We did this in New York when we cruised from NYC to Canada aboard the Disney Magic. It allowed us to see New York for a few days before we set sail being, we had never traveled to NYC before. Whether you stay a few days, or one night before your cruise begins, we have just the place for you to spend the night. As avid cruisers we know where to have you stay and we work closely with you when you allow us to help plan your fabulous vacation, however, today we want to give you some hotels to rest up in before sailing away out of the cruise capital of the world; PortMiami in Miami, Florida.
First on our list is for those who want a budget friendly hotel. If you are not looking to stretch your wallet any more the Comfort Suites Miami Airport North is a good choice. This all-suite hotel is just 5 minutes from Miami International Airport and offers free transportation to both the airport and PortMiami. Hotel guests can enjoy complimentary features including:
Hot breakfast buffet
Wireless high-speed Internet access
42" Flat screen televisions with HD Premium Cable
Wall Street Journal Monday-Friday
Lobby Bar Open Daily at 4PM
It also has an outside pool and a fitness center.
Just 1 mile south from the PortMiami, is Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay which serves as a great option for pre or post cruise stays, and they offer serval different packages on their website. You can stay at the center of it all in the heart of the Art and Design districts. You can also enjoy Waterfront dining at Catch Bar & Grill. Shopping, dining and entertainment at nearby at Bayside Marketplace and easy access to the trendy nightlife in South Beach all while staying at this Marriott Hotel. Some key amenities are the fitness center and outdoor pool.
Within steps to the Marriott Hotel is the Doubletree by Hilton Grand Hotel Biscayne Bay. This hotel provides an array of dining options, including fresh seafood at Casablanca On The Bay, Chinese cuisine at Tony Chan's Zagat awarded Waterclub, authentic Italian dishes at Primo's and the flavorful menu at Los Gauchitos Argentinean Steak House. Plus, you'll get parking and shuttle service to and from select airports and select cruise ports. (check with the hotel for restrictions which may apply.)
Embassy Suites by Hilton Miami Airport is an option just 10 miles from the cruise port of Miami offering guests a complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast and a complimentary evening reception with drinks and snacks. You can also dine at the casual Miami Dining Grill 305 Bar & Restaurant. They offer complimentary shuttle to/from the airport and a shuttle to the cruise port for a per person fee. A unique feature of this hotel is every room is a two-room suite with private bedroom and separate living room. Some amenities include a TV in each room, and a living area with a sofa bed, armchair, work table, wet bar, refrigerator, microwave, and coffeemaker.
Want something completely unique? Life House Little Havana in Miami is the way to go. Located in the heart of Little Havana, the house takes the form of a high-born expeditionist's tropical mansion. The gem offers
At the time of this writing this boutique hotel is up and coming with a restaurant, bar, pool and café coming soon. If you want a unique place to have a group of 8 stay, then this just may be the place for you. Of course you can also enjoy this hotel if there is just one or two of you as well. Located about a 15-minute drive to both the PortMiami and Miami Airport.
Want a 5-star hotel near the Miami CruisePort then JW Marriott Marquis is a great choice. Approximately 2.5 miles to CruisePort with 3 restaurants, spa, fitness center, valet parking, gift shop, dry cleaning and more. This hotel infuses sophistication, design, art, fashion and technology whether you are traveling for business or pleasure.
These are a list of a few of our favorites when sailing out of PortMiami. One fun feature of sailing into the sunset from this cruise port, is the locals who come down to watch the cruise ships go out to sea. Make sure and go up to the top deck to wave bon voyage to the on lookers who are waving and wishing you a great trip.
Want to book a cruise out of Miami or out of anywhere for that matter? Then contact us to help you plan the perfect trip.
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