I've planned a trip to Fort Lauderdale plus 2 night cruise on the Bahamas Celebration for my parents who will be visiting from Malaysia next month, and would greatly appreciate your thoughts on whether this would work. They will be on their own, and I planned this as a no-drive trip as I didn't want them stressed out driving on the 'wrong' side of the road ;) - Malaysia, as with much of the rest of the world has left side driving. I am also planning this as a low-budget trip, and any advice on the costs would be great too.
I myself have visited FLL twice previously but my experience in Florida is limited to my three months primitive camping in the Big Cypress National Preserve.
(I am aware of the complaints regarding the Bahamas Celebration Cruise, so I am booking direct with their website to avoid the timeshares. My parents have a limited time in FLL and the other cruise line sailing dates did not work with my parents' dates, so I decided to take the risk with this cruise and will forewarn my parents to have low expectations.)
21 May (Tue): JFK - FLL 11.30a-2.48p ($100 pp). Free shuttle to Bridge at Cordova Hotel ($80/nt). Explore the Intracoastal Waterways via Water Taxi ($20 pp) with dinner at one of the stops.
22 May (Wed): Checkout from hotel at 10 am.
$15 Cab to Fort Lauderdale Amtrak train station 4.6 miles, 15 minutes
$10 Train to Mangonia Park 11.00a-12.20p
$10 Cab to Port of Palm Beach 3 miles, 10 minutes
$200 pp 1 pm embarkation on the Bahamas Celebration cruise ship.
23 May (Thu): 8a-5p Grand Bahama Island. Snorkeling, shopping, glass bottom boat or cave tour with Buffet lunch ($70 pp).
24 May (Fri): 9 am Back at Port of Palm Beach. Disembark cruise ship. Return to hotel via cab-train-cab (same way, $35). 1 night at hotel ($80/nt). Visit the beach, use Sun Trolley
25 May (Sat): Checkout 10 am. 11a-3p Everglades Tour and Airboat Ride ($65 pp). Pick up at hotel, drop off at airport. FLL - PITT 6.30p-9.05p ($200 pp)