We often get asked what is the best way to get from the airport or hotel to the cruise port on embarkation day.
Depending on your needs, the answer may not always be the same. Here are a few cruise port transfer options you can choose from.
Cruise Line Shuttles
Each cruise line will offer a shuttle from the airport to the port. There will be a cruise line representative at the airport to greet you and direct you to your bus. The booking process is easy, the transportation is convenient, and you know you’ll be taken care of. However, the cost of these transfers can be more expensive than private transfer arranged on your own.
Private Car & Van Service
These services are more cost effective when you have four or more traveling in your party. Depending on the company, your driver will meet you in baggage claim at the airport and escort you to your vehicle. Upon disembarkation many cruise terminals have designated areas to meet your car service. There will be a representative to direct you to the proper area. Often times you can also schedule a stop along the way to pick up any last minute items.
Many hotels offer a shuttle service if you stay at the hotel the night before embarkation. If you have a vehicle, they will also offer a park and cruise package. The shuttle fee may or may not be included in the hotel rate. Keep in mind you need to schedule the shuttle and shuttles may only run at certain times during the day.
Uber & Lyft
Uber and Lyft can be less costly than a cab ride. Many clients have reported that surge pricing is in effect upon disembarkation and the ride becomes more expensive than other options.
There is no doubt that a taxi is convenient. They are located at every airport and port and often have no wait times.
If you are driving to the port, there are many parking options. All ports have private parking lots. There are also private lots around the ports that offer discounts and shuttle you to the ship.
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