Carnival Cruise Lines uses the Port of Miami as one of its homes on the east coast of the US. Called the “Gateway to the Americas,” the Port of Miami allows Carnival to operate weekly cruises in the Caribbean, Bermuda, Central America and South America. For those staying overnight or for an extended period before a cruise, the areas around the port – specifically Biscayne Bay -- offer diverse accommodation options for all budgets.
The Intercontinental Miami is located less than a mile from the cruise terminal and rises 34 stories above Key Biscayne. Guests with a view of the bay will be able to watch cruise ships enter and leave the Port of Miami. The Intercontinental is for travelers who want to indulge before they hit the high seas. The Intercontinental features two restaurants with dishes like applewood grilled ribeye steak and hickory smoked shortribs, along with a bar. Those seeking a spa day can indulge in 10 different treatment rooms, get a manicure or pedicure, or take a dip in a whirlpool. When its time to head to the port, the concierge can hail a cab or call for a shuttle.
Just Like Home
Extended Stay Hotels is a little more than a mile from the Port of Miami and provides amenities for those who plan to spend some time in Miami. The property is located close to the Miami Convention Center and the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts. For those who don’t want to venture out for dinner, each room has a kitchen area with a refrigerator, microwave, cooking utensils, stovetop and a coffee maker. The hotel provides transportation to the Port of Miami for a fee, and if you drive, parking is free at the hotel. Plus, pets can also stay free.
For those just staying in Miami for one night and don’t plan to venture out, the River Park Hotel and Suites may be a good option. It’s possible to get rooms at the River Suites for less than $100 per night. The hotel offers a shuttle service to the Port of Miami, which is less than two miles away. The shuttle does charge a fee. It’s a great location if you have business at the Miami Convention Center, which is across the street. The River Suites also boasts a fitness center, a sundeck and pool, views of the Miami River and Biscayne Bay, along with complimentary newspapers and Internet use.
The South Beach Hostel offers a communal environment and no-frills accommodations about two miles from the Miami cruise terminal. Most rooms feature either two twin beds or bunk beds, and chances are guests will have roommates. All rooms have security cards and locks. But there are plenty of free amenities, including transportation to and from both Miami International Airport and the Port of Miami, free breakfast, a full bar, recreation area and Internet café. Its location in the Deco District puts it close to some of Miami Beach’s top nightspots.
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