Thursday, February 10, 2011

Fort Lauderdale Airport to Port Everglades Cruise Terminal Transfer

We departed January 24th on the Coral Princess for a Panama Canal cruise. We flew in a few days previously to Fort Myers to visit with some friends in Bonita Springs. We rented a car for the drive across the Everglades to Ft Lauderdale.

Upon returning our car, which had been rented from Alamo, I asked where to catch the shuttle to the cruise terminal. I was directed to go the third level, bus stop #1.

Upon entering the building by the car return, we discovered we were on level 2. Up to level 3 where we could see the counters for the major car rental agencies. We exited the building and walked right to the #1 bus stop.

The bus was there and the sign scrolling above the front window said “Alamo National” and “Port Everglades.” I had previously read that only Alamo and National had permission from the FLL airport to run a shuttle so this didn’t surprise me. We boarded the bus, with the assistance of a helpful bus driver. At no time were we asked to show that we had used Alamo or National or that we had a future reservation with either agency.

At the pier, the driver showed us where to go for the return shuttle, if we needed it. As we would exit the terminal, we would have to turn left and cross the roadway. There is a sign that clearly states the shuttle is for Alamo and National and if you have a rental with another agency to contact that agency. However, based upon the experience we just had, I’m not so sure the driver would ask for Alamo or National documentation and, since it appeared that the counters for all the agencies were in the same building, the free shuttle could work for anyone.


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