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Old 09-17-2009, 06:31 PM
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We are planning on driving to Fort Lauderdale and staying in a hotel the night before our cruise. Are there any hotels that offer free parking while on our cruise and shuttle you back and forth from the hotel to port Lauderdale.
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Old 09-18-2009, 07:19 AM
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Try the Comfort Suites on Federal Highway, the Hilton Airport on Griffin Rd, or the Hyatt Place on 10th Ave, all in Ft. Lauderdale. I have no personal knowledge of these hotels, but have a list, which could be outdated, of hotels that do/did that.
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Old 09-18-2009, 07:41 AM
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Hi rllong, welcome to Cruise-Chat. I can tell you the hotels/motels that don't I can also tell you not to use the off-site parking lots. The parking at the port is $19/day, the airport terminal parking is $15/day or $7.50/day for long term. You might try the Sleep Inn in Dania, too. I think someone posted that they left their vehicle there. The last few cruises we've taken, we've parked at the port. It's so convenient. I take my hubby up to the terminal, drop him and the luggage off, then go park. When we return, I leave him at the curb with the luggage, get the car, we load up the car and we're on the road in no time.
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Old 09-22-2009, 07:40 PM
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I've gone on 4 cruises out of Ft Lauderdale and parked at an off-site lot. Found it 3 years ago here The price was about $8 or $9 a day, cheaper, decent service and came with the shuttle both ways.

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Old 09-23-2009, 06:56 PM
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At the end of a cruise is it difficult getting picked up to go to the United airport parking lot. Do you make prior arrangements?

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Old 09-24-2009, 09:01 AM
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Yes, you make prior arrangements. I had booked with these people about 3 years ago. I got there and was going to drop off the car until I saw the conditions. There were cars parked within inches of each other, out on the street, people had been waiting in lines for hours to get their cars back. I decided that I wasn't going to risk parking my car there. I just bit the bullet and parked at the port. At least I knew it was going to be in a semi-secure area, as secure as it's going to get anywhere. It wasn't out on a street and it wasn't parked so I had to climb out of the window. In their defense, there had been a bad snow storm up north and there were a lot of cars that had been stranded just like the owners were. Therefore, the lot was way over-booked and over-flowing. Also, they did give me my money back since I had prepaid for my parking. I doubt they were usually that bad, but I won't take a chance again. They did offer shuttle service too/from the port and the airport. That particular weekend, the shuttle service was very slow. It probably wasn't a good week to judge their performance. The snow storm, Christmas, 8 ships in port, so there were definitely things against them. However, I didn't want to end a wonderful week in the Caribbean by having my car stolen or wrecked.

It was really expensive parking at the port. But it was very nice to come back from a fantastic week, walk out to my car, and be on the road in less than 30 minutes.
 
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