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First cruise in a long time coming up this summer.  Travel party is my wife and two children, and also my parents.

We are arriving the night before departure and staying at the Hyatt in the Orlando airport.  As for transportation to the Port, I am basically down to two options.  Car service or car rental?  Looking for some feedback on your experiences.

I’d think a car service would be the one with the least hassle, but likely the more expensive route.  

If renting a car, is it easy enough to drop them at port and then have me return the car solo and meet back up?  Would I be able to do the opposite upon returning, go get the car and come back to pick them up?

 

thanks!

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Car service might be the way to go with 6 people, just Google ground transportation to Port Canaveral.

But yes, you can rent a car and do one way drop off. Drop your family at the port and then go drop the car off and take a shuttle back, I've done this in years past and it can be tedious for the family waiting to check in until you get back, especially if there are any delays with the shuttle.

I'm going in October on Harmony, staying close to the port in a Residents Inn, taking a rental car from MCO to the hotel, the hotel has a Hertz lot attached that I can drop the car off when we are done and either a shuttle or taxi/uber to the port (As per recommendation from @WAAAYTOOO ).

Going from port to MCO I have hired a car service.

These arrangements are only for my wife and I.

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Each time we have stayed at the Hyatt Regency to cruise out of Port Canaveral, we have purchased the cruise line transfer. So the morning of the cruise, we simply make our way down to the baggage and ground transportation area to meet the shuttle. It is pricey but we purchase both ways so it makes it very easy and painless.

However, our next cruise on HM out of PC, involves 14 of us. Now looking into alternatives because the cost of transfers for 14 people is a bit higher.  Uber/Lyft also out for 14. Cortrans has really good reviews on trip advisor. Maybe check them out. I will be looking at them.

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We used smart-two.com last time going from PC to MCO and really liked it.  I think we would use it again going from MCO to PC if we didn't rent a car.  Usually we rent a car in MCO and return it at PC.  We used National since the return is really close to Terminal 1.  smart-two was great though.  It is a Nissan NV van, and it was just the 3 of us in the van.  They have wifi in the van as well.  We liked it much better than goportcanaveral.  

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We use 5th ave transportation services they were there waiting for us and escorted us from Orlando airport to port Canaveral cruise ship and again with the return give them a call they have the best rates .321-449-8887

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On ‎3‎/‎26‎/‎2019 at 6:56 PM, betatke1480 said:

We used smart-two.com last time going from PC to MCO and really liked it.  I think we would use it again going from MCO to PC if we didn't rent a car.  Usually we rent a car in MCO and return it at PC.  We used National since the return is really close to Terminal 1.  smart-two was great though.  It is a Nissan NV van, and it was just the 3 of us in the van.  They have wifi in the van as well.  We liked it much better than goportcanaveral.  

Looking at using goportcanaveral....wondering what you didn't like about it or why this one better...love to hear your feedback.

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2 hours ago, monctonguy said:

Looking at using goportcanaveral....wondering what you didn't like about it or why this one better...love to hear your feedback.

GPC was fine.  We had booked it with a hotel package in Orlando.  Our problem was that it didn't pick us up from the hotel until 11:30 am, so we wouldn't have gotten to the port until almost 1.  We like to arrive earlier than that, so now out of PC we either rent a car or go with smart-two.  

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We did cocoa Beach shuttle a few years back.  They were very reliable and the price was good.  My daughter left her brand new sweater on the van and they drove it back to us the next morning.  No charge (though I tipped big!). Jane

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