Stuck in Florida at the end of your cruise? Royal Caribbean has a plan
Cruise ships returning to South Florida arrive early in the morning, which is great for passengers who have early flights home. It's not so great, though, for cruisers on later flights out of the region, as they often find themselves wasting a good chunk of a day sitting around one of the region's airports.
Enter Royal Caribbean, which is testing a new "extended stay" option for passengers finishing voyages at its Fort Lauderdale terminal that includes transport to the boardwalk in nearby Hollywood, Fla., for a day of shopping, exploring and sunbathing before a transfer to an airport in time for late-day flights.
For $35 to $40 per person, the "Extended Day -- Hollywood City Pass" package, unveiled Monday by Royal Caribbean CEO Adam Goldstein also includes bag storage. The line will store up to two bags per person while a passenger visits the Hollywood area and then deliver them straight to the airport, where passengers can pick them up later.
The package includes access to a hospitality center in Hollywood and a hop-on, hop-off trolley that gives access to the downtown. Discounts are available at many outlets in the area when using the City Pass discount card.
The package is designed for passengers with flights departing after 5:00 pm, and transportation to the airport departs at 2:00 pm.
For now, the option only is available for passengers on Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas and space is limited.
The package costs $35 per person for passengers flying out of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and $40 per person for those flying out of Miami International Airport.