Port of Miami

What can everyone tell me about the Port of Miami. There is going to be a group of 8 of us traveling on the Carnival Glory on November 24th this year. There are a few first timers coming with us and this is a new port to all of us. We are also going to be flying in so any info on that would be helpful. We usually drive but from Spfld, IL that's a very long drive for us. Any info would be great, Thanks and happy cruising y'all!

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I am actually cruising on the Glory in less than a month. I can give you up to date info when I return.

That would be awesome! Thank you!

 

We will be on the Glory Nov. 3rd and we are staying someplace new (for us).  Because we live landlocked we like to stay on or near a beach when we sail as part of our cruise experience.  When we sail out of Miami, it is usually Miami Beach which is very nice.  This time we are staying at the Best Western On The Bay Inn and Marina.  You will have already chosen a place to stay by the time we go, but I will be able to let you know if it is worth a visit.  I am looking forward to KLBway's review as well, because it's been several years since we've been on the Glory.  I think the Conquest class of ship is a good way to introduce newbies to cruising.  What a fun adventure you are going to have!

Yes. We are all very excited. I've sailed out of NOLA and Jacksonville. I've been on the ship Conquest but that was awhile ago. When I sailed on her it was about a week or so before Katrina hit NOLA. But I am very excited to visit southern Florida.

We're not sailing until July; so I'll be checking for KLBway's review for any updates Big Smile. The POM terminal has been one of the nicer ports we've departed from. Large waiting area, comfortable seating, nice and bright. The assigned check-in times keeps it from getting too crowded and keeps the boarding process going smoothly. We haven't done any pre-cruise excursions, but last year we were running early. Our driver gave us an hour tour around the city and neighboring areas, which was nice. 

That's good to know. Do you know, if at that port, you get your s&s card when you check in or if it's at your room?

On our last sailing out Miami, the cards were in the mailbox of our cabin.  I am not sure what the Glory is doing, but I'm guessing Carnival is trying to be consistent fleet wide.

That's what I've heard. Oh well works for me. 

Get a Van and share. Faster! Cabs are OK also, not that far from MIA. You tell the driver which ship, he gets you through gate to Port and takes you up next to ship. You unload and if your luggage is tagged with deck and cabin you hand it to Porter and get in line. They handle millions of people so be there at your allotted time as your ship will have upwards of 2500 people. Make sure you have papers in order if you haven't cruised before, sounds like you have. Don't over pack. Saw one couple with 5 suitcases for a 5 day. Think she was smuggling kids aboard as heavy as they were. You get your cards before boarding, you have to use the machine at the top of the gangway to see if it works. Enjoy.

Thank you so much. This is going to be my 5th cruise but first time in Miami which I'm excited about. I think we're going to fly in the day before. I'm just not sure where to start to look for that. There is going to be 8 of us all together including a child which were trying to figure out what we need to do about a car seat and what not. Do you happen to know if he needs one on the airplane? 

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