I'm also leaving out of fort lauderdale on november 21, to board the new carnival splendor ship. There are a couple of hotels that are very nice thats in that area by the port. One is the holiday inn express thats right around the corner from the port, then you have the comfort inn thats also right around the corner. Then across the street you have the very nice hilton hotel, thats a block away from the port. Thats where i'm booked to stay in the day before my cruise.