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Eastern Caribbean Cruise 2011 – Day 1

Sunday, November 13, 2011

We decided to get to Miami a day before cruise embarkation to anticipate any delays.  We flew Delta from JFK and flight was uneventful.  There was no delay flying out and we arrived 20 minutes early in Miami.

We booked the Hyatt Summerfield Suites near the airport.  It was a nice hotel and I highly recommend it.  However, their shuttle is not very reliable.  The shuttle took 40 minutes from my first phone call  to the arrival of the shuttle at the airport.  Check-in was a breeze and the unit was nice.

I called front desk to get us a cab that will fit 5 people and the cab was waiting for us as soon as we got to the lobby.  The cab ride cost $23+tip to Dolphin Mall.  The mall was huge.  Going back to the hotel however cost us $25+tip.  The cabbie was surprised we gave him a tip.  I guess they don’t tip cabbies in Miami huh?

The hotel was one block away from a shopping center with Publix.  So my husband and I went around 9pm and bought some midnight snacks and breakfast for the next day.  Our unit had a full kitchen.

Reviews after the jump…

Air: Delta Airlines $189.40 per person round-trip

The Delta terminal at JFK is the worst terminal I’ve ever been.  It was tired and layout was terrible.  We took off on time and arrived in MIA 20 minutes early.  We were given complimentary snacks (choice of pretzels, cookies, or peanuts) and beverage.  Flight overall was uneventful.

Pre-cruise Accommodation: Hyatt Summerfield Suites $222.98 2-bedroom trio unit per night

Full review can be found here.

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