Sailor John - - "reasonable priced" is relative in the Ft Lauderdale / Miami area; so do be aware that prices may seem high. It is very definitely a good idea to plan on coming in a day early - especially flying in the winter. There are too many things that can delay or postpone your flight in January. I am staying at the Sleep Inn in Dania - not close to the port, but they offer transfers from the airport and to the port - with free breakfast thrown in. When looking for a hotel, I go to one of the travel websites (think Travelocity or Hotels.com), see what's there, then check the hotel websites. I learned from the Choice Hotels website that they offer a senior ++ rate - but only by calling to make the reservation... Note that the closer to the port, the higher the rates. Good luck.