the Night Before We used to
fly in on the day of our cruise, but ever since 9/11, we fly out the night before
so we have a little margin of error. We always stay in the MCO area, and we get
a hotel via www.priceline.com or www.hotwire.com. They have a free shuttle from
the airport to the hotel, and we take Happy Limo to the port in the morning. On
Priceline, I have bid from $25 to $28 and have gotten hotels ranging from the
LaQuinta to the Marriott to the Renaissance. There are two LaQuintas...one is
very nice, and the other is kind of icky. If you want to avoid that one, specify
a three-star property (but that also lessens the chances of your bid being accepted).
I have bid as little as one week before our cruise and as much as two to three
months ahead of time, and I've always gotten something. The alternative is the
Amerisuites via www.hotwire.com. They don't tell you the name of the hotel in
advance, but you can tell which one is the Amerisuites because of the list of
amenities and the price range, which is around $33.