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Old 06-15-2009, 12:50 PM
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Hi sailor john, welcome to Cruise-Chat. During the heighth of the season, a really good hotel in Ft. Lauderdale is going to run between $190-300/night. We've stayed at quite a few that are near the port. Anything on 17th street causeway will be near the port. We've stayed at the Hyatt Pier 66 and the Renaissance, both are nice properties, but not inexpensive (think $189/night). There is an Embassy Suites that has received very high recommendations. Anything located on A1A will be by Ft. Lauderdale beach, which is between 2-5 miles from the port. We've stayed at the Sea Club and the TropiRock, which you will need transportation to the port, but the charge for a night was under $100. They are both old motels, but clean. The Sea Club has larger rooms and is right across from the ocean. The Sheraton Yankee Clipper is also a nice property. The Sleep Inn in Dania has received some great reviews. If you stay at the Renaissance or the Hyatt Pier 66, be sure to get a water taxi ticket. It was $10/pp and you can get on/off as many times as you wish. It's the best way to see Ft. Lauderdale. Take the water taxi all the way to the end for some great drinks/foods. Charlie's Crab and Shooters are fantastic. The Pier 66 Bar and Grill is also great, you can get a table right on the intracoastal. You can also order one entree and split it with at least one other person, if not two. The Sea Watch is a great place to eat dinner, too. It's right on the ocean, but you would need transportation to get there. In Dania, Jackson's Ice Cream Parlor is a great spot to get a sundae. It's in a store front on US1, and it's been there for years and years. They also have pretty good burgers. But make sure you save room for a sundae. Hope you have a marvelous cruise!