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  • On Aug 25, 2022
    Joe from PA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I am hoping to take a cruise out of Miami this December. My family would like to stay in Miami the day before and day after. Where is the best place to stay with convenient transfers, both to the port and also the airport?

    Ahoy there, Joe! Thanks for sailing my way with your question! 

    I see you're looking to sail in December - well that's "just around the river bend," as it were, so let's get to it - especially since you're probably looking to capitalize on some of the current Special Offers available on cruises from Miami! 

    When it comes to Miami, there are so many choices when it comes to a pre or post-cruise stay. Something to remember is that while many of these options are close to the airport, the cruise port is roughly eight miles away - which turns into 30 minutes give or take with cruise port traffic. So, your choices fall into one of two camps: close to the airport (with a free shuttle to get there) or close to the cruise port with a low-cost shuttle to Port Miami! Staying close to the airport will be notably cheaper, but adds just a slight bit of complexity to get to the port. 

    If you haven't considered booking your hotel stay through Disney Cruise Line, I definitely suggest contacting a crew member to reserve your stay at the current preferred hotel as it's one of the options that will allow you to get transfers from both the airport to the hotel AND the hotel to the cruise terminal. This comes at an additional cost per person but is super convenient. 

    You really can't go wrong either way, but if you are looking to sightsee at all, I suggest you splurge a little and reserve a pre-cruise stay downtown near Bayfront Park. This will give you more areas to explore the area on foot, and puts you about as close as you can be to the action of the port! It is also located near the "Metromover," a free public transport option that can help you make the most of your time! Some options are the YVE Hotel Miami, the InterContinental Miami, and a few others.

    I hope that helps draw you a map of the options in Miami for your and your crew, Joe! Thank you so much for your question, and if you have any others as you look to chart this course, I'll be in the crow's nest looking for your next carrier pigeon to arrive. 

    Fair winds, following seas, and happy planning! 

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Anchors aweigh! I’m Andrew - but you can call me PLANdrew! I’m a Disney husband and dad who’s been sailing with Disney Cruise Line since I was 15 years old. My family and I have embarked on incredible itineraries around the world, making magical memories on each exciting adventure. So, if “the line where the sky meets the sea calls you," I’m here to be your guide! As Maui would say, “You’re Welcome!” Learn More About Andrew

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