We are sailing out of Miami on Jan 9th, 2006. We are also looking for a room on the beach the day before, and we are also fromm he Midwest!!(St Louis) We don't get much snow here, but its better to be safe, and fly in a day early. Let me know how you come out. American airlines has some excellent fares to Miami right now. Not sure about Ft.Lauderdale. We are on the Fascination.