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Eastern Caribbean Cruise 2011 – Day 7

Saturday, November 19, 2011
Disembarkation – Miami, FL

We had breakfast at Sun & Sea.  It took a while for the ship to get cleared for disembarkation so we stayed in our cabin until we could get off the ship.  We walked off with our luggage instead of having Carnival take our luggage the night before and bring it to the terminal.  The disembarkation process was a mess.  My review of the disembarkation process at the bottom.

We rented a minivan for the day from Dollar since our flight wasn’t until 7:20pm today.  We got it for a base rate of $44.99, and ended up costing us $90+ including taxes, fees, insurance and tolls.  Pick up location was a cruise ship pick up and drop off was at MIA airport.  We were picked up by the Dollar shuttle across the cruise terminal entrance.  The shuttle then brought us to the airport to get our rental.

From the airport, we took the Dolphin Expy, continued on to MacArthur Causeway, then turned left on Ocean Dr to get to Miami Beach.  We were able to find metered street parking right on Ocean Dr, just steps from the beach at Lummus Park.  It cost us $1.75/hour.  After hanging out at the beaches of the Caribbean, Miami Beach was a disappointment.

We then headed west to go shopping.  We always try to go to a Ross store since there’s none in NYC.  Unfortunately, the Ross stores at Mall of the Americas and Dolphin Mall didn’t have great items unlike the other Ross stores we’ve visited (e.g. Orlando, Charlotte, NJ).

Reviews after the jump…

Cruise: Carnival Destiny Continued…

Disembarkation Process

I was disappointed that disembarkation procedures weren’t included in the Fun Times.  They said it would be on TV (channel 14 if I’m right), but our channel 14 wasn’t working.  Our luggage tags were left by our room steward the night before, but we didn’t use it as we decided to just walk off with our luggage.

We went to the Palladium Main Lounge to fall in line, but there was no line.  There were tons of luggage by the doors.  People were everywhere blocking the aisles.  We couldn’t stay outside of the Palladium Lounge because of the luggages and we had to fight our way in.  There was no staff to direct people.  I then noticed that the so-called line on the aisle on the port side of the ship was moving faster than the starboard side, so we walked our way between rows of seats to the other side.

Car Rental: Dollar $44.99 minivan for the day ($91.26 including taxes, fees, supplemental liability insurance, and tolls)

We didn’t have to wait long for the Dollar/Thrifty shuttle.  We probably just got lucky.  The line at the Dollar counter at the airport wasn’t long either.  The man who helped us was very friendly and helpful.  The rental rate was good.  The van was in good condition.  We had no complaints.

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