Cruise ships returning to South Florida arrive early in the morning, which is great for passengers who have early flights home. It’s not so great, though, for cruisers on later flights out of the region, as they often find themselves wasting a good chunk of a day sitting around one of the region’s airports.
Enter ROYAL CARIBBEAN, which is testing a new “extended stay” option for passengers finishing voyages at its Fort Lauderdale terminal that includes transport to the boardwalk in nearby Hollywood, Fla., for a day of shopping, exploring and sunbathing before a transfer to an airport in time for late-day flights. For $35 to $40 per person, the “Extended Day – Hollywood City Pass” package could be the answer. The package includes access to a hospitality center in Hollywood and a hop-on, hop-off trolley that gives access to the downtown. Discounts are available at many outlets in the area when using the City Pass discount card. The package is designed for passengers with flights departing after 5:00 pm, and transportation to the airport departs at 2:00 pm. For now, the option only is available for passengers on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas and space is limited. The package costs $35 per person for passengers flying out of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and $40 per person for those flying out of Miami International Airport.
So if you are thinking of sailing on the Oasis of the Seas any time soon consider this as an option to waiting in the airport.