Type your answer here...We have not been on a cruise and stay BUT we have been to Florida many times and we HAVE booked our own week long cruise with Royal Caribbean from Port Everglades to the caribbean and it is much cheaper doing it that way.
You can get to the Port and find out which cruise lines have empty cabins and make your choice as they hate to leave with cabins empt.
We stayed with friends in Jacksonville a few years ago and one evening saw a Carnival Cruise for 4 days advertised in the daily newspaper. We phoned up & made a spur of the moment decison to book it as the cost was over half the price of what it would have cost us had we booked it in the UK. Due to the short timescale (3 days later) we made our arrangements and travelled to Port Canaveral, where we parked our car (free) and went aboard. I think we were about the only UK passengers, as most were American or Canadian, but we had a great time travelling to & from the Bahamas. This was a fantastic trip and we never planned it prior to our holiday.
Yes, me and 8 others stayed in Orlando for one week and then cruised on the Liberty of the Seas (Royal Caribbesn)for a week. We went to Labadee, Montego Bay, Cayman Island, Cozumel starting in Miami. I would say to stay around Miami area unless you want to do the theme parks in Orlando. Do Florida before the cruise - it is nice to have a rest after all of the sight seeing. Depending on where you are going in the caribbean island it is your decision whether you go on a trip or not. We didn't and saw what we wanted to without trips. We are seasoned cruisers and prefer to do our own thing. Certain places may need to go on an excursion but it depends on where you go. Have a great time - enjoy!
We did some years ago and it was fantastic. We went with Celebrity cruise, the ship was great, the ports were great and easy and the excursions were good and different, We went on a glass bottom boat and snorkling it was beautiful under the sea. They also did deep sea diving as well as the usual sightseeing tours. Just one warning,If you go ashore independantly, beware of those who say they are guides, they do show you sights but tend to then take you to a remote place and demand alot more money than you first agreed. Taking a registered taxi is safe.
We have done cruise and stay in florida twice now, we sailed with royal carribean on the navigator, a real value for money .
If you intend doing stay/cruise do the stay first then the cruise otherwise we found you feel on a bit of a low going to a hotel for 3/4 days or more. A number of cruise companies pull out of the caribbean in May/June before the hurricane season starts usually in July but was later this year, but you will find still plenty to choose from like Princes; Royal Caribbean. There are many lovel islands too see including some of our favourites Aruba; St.Martins; St.Thomas and Jamica to name but a few. Depening on your age Carnival is a more 20/40 age group than the other two but Disney also have cruise ships so a week in Disney World and a week on one of their ships is a another but more expensive option.
We are going to Florida Jan 09 for a week then driving down to Fort Lauderdale to join the Enchantment of the seas (Royal Caribbean) for a 4 night 'mini' criuse around the Bahamas, taking in Coco Cay (RCI's own island) and also Key West.
Roya Caribbean seem to do several mini cruises but they don't really appear in the brochure, so it would be helpful for you to either see your travel agent or speak to Royal Caribbean direct who will be able to tell you all the available cruises whether long or short.
This was booked as two seperate holidays by our travel agents that fit in with one another.
We haven't done this type of holiday before and despite a few apprehensions about the drive down to Fort Lauderdale (which we have been told is relitavely easy) we are very excited. There will be 4 adults and two children and we are sharing one car.
Our travel agent is Going Places.
Hope this helps.
We have done this type of cruise many times and we love the fact that you can have a few days in Florida and then a cruise.
We often do this with Princess, you can have three days in Orlando at the Walt Disney Hilton, you can do some of the attractions and then a 7 night cruise on Caribbean Princess. With Princess you can fly out and they pick you up at Orlano airport and take you to the hotel. On the morning of the cruise they take you by coach to Fort Lauderdale to get on the hip. Everything is done for you.
Regards the Caribbean Islands ours did St. Maartin and St. Thomas and then Princess Cays with 3 seas days in between.
On the Islands you can do your own thing, fat cheaper than Princess excursions. Just take a taxi to a beach or go shopping. St. Thomas is a shppers paradise.
Hope this helps.
I took a four night cruise from the port of miami to the caribbean with Royal Caribbean. It visited Nassau, Cococay (the companies private island) and Key West. It was a good way to test out if I liked cruising and to get a feel for caribbean destinations. I wasn't really impressed with Nassau. It was set up entirely for tourists. Very commercialised. The private island was fab. A day of snorkelling, sunbathing and the cruise company have full cooking and catering facilities on the island. They set up a huge barbecue, with tons of salads and cold drinks for lunch. It was the best day. It also turned out to be a great way to sample Key West without the mindnumbing drive down there from Miami. Oe last thing - June is the official beginning of the hurricane season. I always travel to Florida in spring (March - May) and have always had fab weather without the humidity. The weather in South Florida generally mirrors that in the caribbean. Hope this helps.
Just back from Florida, went on Disney cruise around western carribean. Cruise great and good for kids also. didnt do many shore excursions booked direct on shore it was cheaper by fa.