Transportation to/from Port
Air – Many people fly to cruise ports and it makes sense to purchase airfare in advance when the prices. You can buy airfare from the cruise line directly, the airline directly, or at fare aggregators like Kayak or Expedia.
Train – Trains run up and down the east coast and many people find it less stressful than flying or driving. While train fare pre-purchase is not required, if you want a specific class of travel, such as a private room, it makes sense to buy it ahead.
Rental Cars – Ports like Fort Lauderdale and Miami can get tens of thousands of cruise travelers in and out on weekends, so rental cars are not always available. You can book a rental car ahead, but most don’t charge you until you pick up the vehicle.
Transfers – While there’s no need to pre-book taxis, some travelers enjoy using private transportation companies with a van to transfer from the airport to the port. They run about $25-$30 per person, and it’s best to book ahead of time to ensure availability.
Port Parking – Although you don’t need to book your own car ahead of time, you may find parking difficult. Many Park and Cruise lots require reservations and prepayment, but offer door-to-door shuttle service.
Shuttle – Some hotels offer Park and Stay packages for cruisers. For an extra fee, they allow you to park your car on their property and provide a shuttle to and from the Port. Of course, you must plan to stay the night before or after the cruise.