When it comes to cruising, the cost of parking often catches people by surprise. For instance, the cost of parking at the Port Everglades cruise port runs $15 per day. On a 7-day trip, you’re spending over $100 on parking alone before you even step onto the ship.
But here’s a money-saving tip: If you are staying in the area the night before your cruise, many hotels have special park and cruise deals. You stay with them for one night and they will let you park your car for the length of your cruise.
This parking is much cheaper than parking at the port, plus many hotels will provide you with a shuttle to the cruise port. Often the cost of parking runs just $5-10 per day, instead of the $15 charged at the port.
Now, if you weren’t already planning to stay near the port the night before your trip, then what you save on parking is not worth the extra expense of the hotel room. However, we actually recommend most people come early and stay in the port area the night before.
If you are flying into Fort Lauderdale, you definitely want to book your flight for the night before the cruise. These days, there are simply too many things that can delay your flight, from bad weather to airline computer systems failing. With so many delays, having the extra time will give you peace of mind.
If you are driving into Fort Lauderdale, then it’s not as important to stay in the area the night before. Still, doing so can make cruise day much more relaxing instead of rushing to get to the Port Everglades terminal.
In either case, there’s no doubt that staying in a Fort Lauderdale hotel with a park and cruise package can save you some serious cash.
That’s why we called dozens of hotels located near the port to ask about their parking packages. We have all the details below. Click the hotel name to read reviews from other travelers on TripAdvisor.com. Rates are for a recent search for a Saturday night stay and subject to change. For parking packages you may have to book through the hotel website, which is linked on TripAdvisor.
(Looking for Fort Lauderdale hotels with shuttles to the cruise port? Here’s a list of hotels with cruise shuttles.)
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Fort Lauderdale Park & Cruise Hotels
Days Inn Fort Lauderdale Hollywood/Airport South
Distance to port: 7.7 miles
Price: $229 per night
Located near the main artery through South Florida — I-95 — the Days Inn offers easy access to roads around the area. It’s also near the large and lush Topeekeegee Yugnee Park, which is a great place to take kids. Parking costs $10 per day.
Cambria Hotel & Suites
Distance to port: 7.1 miles
Price: $303 per night
Cambria sit in a cluster of several mid-priced hotels just off of I-95, but still secluded from the freeway. There are a number of chain stores and hotels nearby and you are only a few minutes from the airport. Parking included with rate. $10 shuttle to Port Everglades.
Comfort Suites Fort Lauderdale Airport South
Distance to port: 7.1 miles
Price: $265 per night
Another mid-range hotel, this is a good option for those who want to stay near the airport without breaking the budget. Parking costs $7 per day, with a $10 shuttle to Port Everglades.
Best Western Plus Fort Lauderdale Airport South Inn & Suites
Distance to port: 7.0 miles
Price: $252 per night
Staying here offers some of the cheapest parking, at just $5 per day while you are on your cruise. It’s a $12 shuttle to Port Everglades. The location is convenient and the hotel is priced affordably for Fort Lauderdale. You won’t be at the beach, but still in a nice area.
SpringHill Suites Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port
Distance to port: 6.7 miles
Price: $399 per night
Located in a cluster of similar-level hotels, SpringHill offers suites for those needing a little more space. The best news is that parking costs $5 per day, along with a free shuttle to Port Everglades (but $12 return). Considering that you save $10 a day off of cruise port parking, you can keep more of your hard-earned cash.
Quality Inn & Suites Airport/Cruise Port South
Distance to port: 5.1 miles
Price: $259 per night
If sailing on a shorter cruise, you might like that Quality Inn offers a free shuttle to the port, despite parking costing more than similar hotels at $10 per day.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Fort Lauderdale Airport South
Distance to port: 3.6 miles
Price: $287 per night
Perhaps the easiest hotel to get to if you are coming from the airport, the Holiday Inn Express is a straight shot south on Highway 1. The area is busy, and parking is in a garage. Parking costs $10 per day with an $8 shuttle to the cruise port.
Courtyard Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port
Distance to port: 5.3 miles
Price: $427 per night
One of the best deals in Fort Lauderdale hotels with cruise parking, this hotel offers parking that costs just $35 for first 7 nights, along with a free shuttle to the cruise port. You are also extremely close to backside of the airport.
Homewood Suites by Hilton Ft. Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port
Distance to port: 5.2 miles
Price: $364 per night
Easy access to I-95, yet not right on the freeway, Homewood Suites offers a nice place to stay with easy access to get around the city and to the port. Parking and shuttle are included when booking parking package.
Hampton Inn Ft. Lauderdale Airport North Cruise Port
Distance to port: 2.5 miles
Price: $331 per night
You’ll find the Hampton Inn just off the “Marina Mile” in Fort Lauderdale. It’s tucked away off the road, but with easy access to a main thoroughfare through the city and to the port. It also is right next to a grocery store in case you need to pick up some last-minute cruise items. Parking and shuttle included when booking parking package.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airport/Cruise
Distance to port: 2.1 miles
Price: $317 per night
The Holiday Inn Express and Candlewood Suites (below) share a parking lot, so if one is booked up or more expensive, then you should definitely try the other. They are in a prime location convenient to both the airport and the cruise port. Parking and shuttle included when booking parking package.
Candlewood Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airport/Cruise
Distance to port: 2.0 miles
Price: $386 per night
Parking and shuttle included when booking park and cruise package.
Crowne Plaza Fort Lauderdale Airport/Cruise
Distance to port: 1.0 miles
Price: $333 per night
For the hotels with parking packages, the Crowne Plaza offers a location that’s tough to beat. It’s a straight shot to the port, and near a number of shopping areas. Parking costs $10 per day. Shuttle costs $8 per person each way.
Extended Stay America – Fort Lauderdale – Convention Center – Cruise Port
Distance to port: 0.8 miles
Price: $275 per night
A nice mix of convenience and budget, the Extended Stay is within a decent walk of the cruise port. However, if you park (parking costs $7 per day), the hotel offers a shuttle for just $4 per person. That’s a good deal, but know that there is no pick-up after cruise.
Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel
Distance to port: 0.7 miles
Price: $417 per night
Are you the sort of person who wants the best, no matter the cost? The Renaissance offers a location that can’t be beat — literally walking distance to the port. As well, it’s a nice high-end hotel in the heart of Fort Lauderdale. Parking and transfer to cruise port included in package rate. No return provided.
Note: This isn’t an exhaustive list of every hotel offering cruise parking. If you are looking at other hotels in the area, simply give them a call and see what they offer.
More on Cruising From Port Everglades
Getting to Port Everglades — Transportation options from airports and the area to the cruise port. Everything you need to know to get to the port and start your vacation.
Port Everglades Cruise Parking — Parking at the port? We’ve got you covered with all your parking options, including costs and discounts.
Port Everglades Hotels with Cruise Shuttles — A number of hotels will give you a ride to the port. Look at this list of hotels that offer cruise shuttles to the port with a one-night stay.