Pre cruise hotel

How far ahead do you book your hotel pre cruise? We don't cruise for 328 days, and I'm already looking at the rates for hotels in Fort Lauderdale.

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Some hotels won't let you book too early, but I figure if needs be, one can usually cancel 24 hours before check-in. We book as early as possible. At least start dong your research now. Where do you usually stay?

I have a favorite place that I stay in Ft. Lauderdale right on the boardwalk that I book way in advance because it's usually booked months out. I also use AARP-Expedia which allows you to reserve but not pre-pay.

I hate recommending hotels because everyone has a different level of expectation and what may be great one time is bad the next but the Dolphin Hollywood is a small older place with kitchenettes that I pay between $75 and $90 a night for ... Again, it's older but extremely clean, and the owners let you use their beach chairs / umbrellas to take to the beach which is right outside your door. I think they only have around 16 rooms, within walking distance of Margaritaville which is about $200/ night.

We usually stay at either Choice Hotels (Qality Inn, Comfort Inn etc) or LaQuinta hotels. For next March, they are bothe advertising about $170/night in FLL if we book using the AAA rate directly on their website. The price includes airport transportation, and we can book transportation to the cruise port.

Where do you stay Debbie?

Like I said, the Dolphin Hollywood is one of my favorite due to the proximity to the beach / boardwalk and the added benefit of having a kitchenette! The owners are super super nice and have even left the room unlocked for me when I fly in late and just pay in the morning.

It's an easy location to anchor in with parking right by the room.

We normally reserve a rental car through Alamo that we pick up at FLL and then drop off at Port Everglade Alamo where the free shuttle runs us to the pier. Typical car cost is between $18 - $22 per day and I get a free upgrade as an Alamo Insider (just sign up on their website)

We've stayed several other places too ... I'll check my notes and see where else we've been.

Looking at your itinerary and the time of year, I would say it is definitely not too soon to book because of the multiple spring breaks that occur during that entire time period. I am really familiar with that entire area having lived in Coral Gables (south of Miami) and cruised out of Ft. Lauderdale numerous times! Happy to help any way that I can ....

Thanks for the info. I hit "send" on my earlier reply before completely reading through your post. I'm definitely going to check out the Dolphin - age of hotel doesn't matter but cleanliness is important. I trust your experiences because you travel so much. We've stayed in Orlando, Miami and Ft. Myers before, but never Fort Lauderdale.

Cleanliness is my BIG issue especially in Florida because you already are contending with the palmetto bugs and lizards to start with no matter where you stay. It's nice to stay on the boardwalk because there are so many great restaurants, shops, etc within walking distance.

The Diane Motel is another one of those older small hotels right on the boardwalk in Hollywood Beach that is not fancy but clean! When you are searching, use Hollywood Beach and /or the Margaritaville as a point of reference for places in the area. My Uber from Margaritaville was $6.00 for two to the port!

Thanks! I don't mind lizards at all, but I HATE bugs, especially the cockroach/palmetto bugs. I'll have nightmares just thinking of them tonight.


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