We just returned from a two week cruise on Holland America out of Ft. Lauderdale. This was our first time leaving from this port and we were unsure where to stay. We like to get our Marriott points, so we settled on the Fairfield. We made our reservations late, about 6 weeks prior to the cruise and were happy with our rate. We checked around closer to the date we were sailing and the rates were much higher at that time.
We arrived late on the night before our cruise and had no problem getting the free shuttle to the hotel. There is a convenient area in the baggage claim area with a phone station for all the hotels. They did ask us to wait until we got our luggage before coming to pick us up, which seemed reasonable. It is a pretty large shuttle, so they were able to accommodate lots of folks. They pull a trailer in back for all the luggage.
The hotel was newer, very clean. The front desk staff was very patient with everyone while he was checking in many guests. The next morning we had the breakfast, which was the usual fare at these hotels. We opted to take a taxi to the cruise port instead of the shuttle which was $8 one way. The taxi was $20, but we were able to split it with our friends, so it was a better deal for us. The hotel staff called the taxi for us.
Our friends arrived earlier than us and took advantage of a free shuttle to shopping and dining. They were able to buy wine that we then took on board. I read other reviews that felt there was nothing close to this facility, but our friends stated the shuttle worked well for them.
I would recommend this hotel for a pre or post cruise stay. We were pleased to have a nice, clean place to stay before embarking on our vacation.
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