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Transportation to Ft Lauderdale
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Old 07-15-2013, 05:47 PM
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We are leaving on a 42 day cruise from Fort Lauderdale the end of October. We are looking for the most cost effective way to get there and back. Has anyone used the parknfly? How does it work?
Any other sugestions. Thanks.

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Old 07-15-2013, 06:40 PM
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I believe there is a train for the Orlando airport.
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Old 07-15-2013, 09:59 PM
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You may look into renting a car each way. Enterprise is here in LSL. I would think it would be a lot less expensive than parking your own vehicle for that length of time.

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Old 07-15-2013, 10:09 PM
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You can take the Amtrak bus to Lakeland and from there a connection to the train to Miami for I think 50 dollars a piece. Should be cheaper to get off in Ft Lauderdale.
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Doug's suggestion would work but it's a bit of a pain to get from the station to the port.

As a 45 yr resident of the Ft Lauderdale area, I'm thinking that the best balance of convenience, cost, and time is to follow Phanatic Luvr's suggestion. That's what i would do in your situation. The Enterprise pickup/drop off policy would fit your needs pretty well.

Another option is to use Park n Go, located right next to the port. They provide a complimentary shuttle service to/from port. Internet only rate is $5.99/day plus tax.
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:29 PM
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Take the Cruise Connection bus from Summerfield (by the McDonald's on Hwy 441.

Nice relaxing bus ride directly to and from your cruise line check-in. Round trip fare is $100 per person. I used it recently and recommend it.

No, it is not as cheap as renting a car but sure is a lot easier. I have driven from The Villages to Ft. Lauderdale for a cruise and it is a drive of about 4 hours. Figure in gasoline plus staying in a hotel overnight in Fort Lauderdale and the bus is reasonable and a lot more relaxing.

If you do not have friends to take you to and from the bus, The Villages Taxi will be a good option.
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:38 PM
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We are leaving on a 42 day cruise from Fort Lauderdale the end of October. We are looking for the most cost effective way to get there and back. Has anyone used the parknfly? How does it work?
Any other sugestions. Thanks.
We found that a one way Hertz rental works the best. You can drop the car off and have one waiting when you return.
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:48 PM
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Heres my suggestion.
Village transportation to Orlando airport $30 pp plus tip each way
Spirit airlines to Fort Lauderdale 1 hour flight leaves twice a day average $100/each
The port is very close to Fort Lauderdale airport.
42 day cruise!! how wonderful, enoy!
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Old 07-16-2013, 06:57 AM
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Another vote for Cruise Connection. They may not be in operation during the summer...few cruises in Fl... but the number is 941-256-8762.
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We are leaving on a 42 day cruise from Fort Lauderdale the end of October. We are looking for the most cost effective way to get there and back. Has anyone used the parknfly? How does it work?
Any other sugestions. Thanks.
The big red coach bus we saw one day while driving to Ft. Lauderdale. Check it out on this link. It leaves from several destinations including Ocala. Luxury. Bus Travel information
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