Originally posted by: BDRebel
I just sailed from there last month -- it was wonderful. Plenty of hotels nearby, no lack of "stay and cruise" deals, plenty to do in the immediate area.
The port facility itself was large, well maintained and well organized.
Also, there are some reasonably priced restaurants at the port and more restaurants are planned. A hotel on the property is in the works and I hope more shops. There are even plans for an aquarium. The Exploration Tower is a fun place to visit with great views of the cruise ships in port. It cost about $6 & you can sometimes find a discount coupon. Allow about two to three hours to see everything. Inside is a good video on the port, great exhibits - some interactive and a small cafe for a quick snack or drink.
Many passenger just stay overnight in the area so they can leave their car at a hotel during the entire cruise and pick it up on their return. If staying in the area, visit the beaches and of course, pay a visit to Ron Jon's. Kids would love the Dinosaur Shop on 520. By the way, hotels have vans to take you to and from the terminal. It's a good deal for both the hotels and the passengers. A new hotel is just now going up quite near the port. Jetty Park is the closest beach to the port.
We now have a car rental company at the port, too. Recently a Subway fast food place opened. More big changes are coming to this port. The port authority is very visionary. Some residents think that they are too visionary. They seem recently to want to increase their cargo business. I would prefer them concentrate more on the cruise industry. Up to now the port has been a good neighbor. They don't use any tax dollars and are completely self supporting.