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Rent car for 10 days or 2 One-ways?

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Rent car for 10 days or 2 One-ways?

We will rent a car in NC, pick up people in Alabama, go cruising from Port Canaveral for 7 days, and then drive home. Has anyone found a rental company that works well with this schedule? I understand the choice of renting for 10 days round trip, or renting two one way packages, but I wondered if there are other rental car options or packages.

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1. Re: Rent car for 10 days or 2 One-ways?

Your question really breaks down to two parts. First, do you keep the car during the entire rental, comparing the cost of parking and the rental fee for the days it sits unused to any one-way (drop-off) fees, which you understand.

The second question would be what the parking costs would be if you retain the original car. It costs $15 per day to park at the port, where you have a chioce of outdoor or indoor parking for certain terminals. However, there are offsite outdoor parking lots that charge $6-7 per day and shuttle you to your cruise terminal (however, the port is considering ways to tax those services because it is taking too much business from them).

You also can consider packages that include a hotel room before the cruise, shuttle to/from the port, and parking during the cruise. Many of the hotels in Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach have those. We used the Hampton Inn because we wanted to be near the beach, but the Radisson is only five minutes from the port and has a large fleet of shuttle buses and frequent trips.

If you decide to turn in your car during your cruise, Avis, Budget, Dollar/Thrifty, Enterprise/Alamo, and Hertz all have offices near the port and provide free shuttle services to the terminals.

Edited: 10:36 am, August 04, 2012
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