Fort Lauderdale Cruise Trip Advice (hotel, shuttle, dining)
I just booked a 5 night Western Caribbean cruise on Royal Caribbean Independance of the Seas departing December 10. I will be arriving around 7:45pm on December 9th.
We will be travelling with our 3 year old son and 7 month old daughter but definitely do not want to bring our car seats. I understand the port and FLL are very close to each other and taking a cab to and from is recommended but most don't carry car seats. Can anyone recommend a hotel that is 3 star or more that has shuttle service preferably free and its not the van types, but more like the bus type shuttle. No set budget but I prefer something under $200.
I don't really want to rent a car just for our first day so I'd like a hotel where shops and dining will be within walking distance from the hotel.
I'm open to taking Uber or Lyft as well but not sure how many drivers will have an infant and a regular car seat.
Also, I see people suggesting buying your water/wine before boarding. On my other 2 cruises, plenty of water was available, not bottled but pitcher. Should we be avoiding that water?? I thought cruise ships have excellent filtering systems?
On disembarkation day, my flight is at 6pm so I believe thats plenty of time after. What can be recommended for us to do during that time? Should we go straight to the airport? Are there any short day excursions? Where can we go for the little ones to take a nap?
Looking forward to your advice.