When we talk of pre or post-cruise hotels, thoughts often turn to an inexpensive place to stay, just to be sure we are in town the night before sailing or have a bit of a transition between our floating resort and real life after. But there are no rules that say we can’t enjoy a level of quality equal to or exceeding the cruise experience that awaits us or that we just left behind and Ritz-Carlton has some packages to prove it.
Two of their South Florida hotels have packages worthy of our consideration, regardless of which line we might sail.
The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami has a Sail Away Package that lets travelers try one of only three AAA Five Diamond hotels in the city for a pre- or post-cruise stay. An Italian palazzo-style villa hotel just 15 minutes from the Port of Miami, Miami International Airport and luxury shopping provides the perfect location before or after sailing. The package features deluxe accommodations with views of the Miami skyline, Biscayne Bay or Coconut Grove’s cafe-lined streets, daily American breakfast for two in Bizcaya and receive complimentary one-way transportation from the hotel to or from the Port of Miami.
Prices start at $429 through December 24, 2011
The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale also has a Bon Voyage Package that features Intracoastal View, king overnight accommodations, daily American breakfast for (2) two in Via Luna, a popular, oceanfront Italian-influenced restaurant, transportation from the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport to the hotel and then transportation from the hotel to Port Everglades. The luxury hotel, inspired by ocean liners of the 1940s, is located just minutes away from Port Everglades and every room has a balcony. A 29,000 square-foot tropical pool deck with zero-entry pool overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Fort Lauderdale’s only luxury spa and a 5,000 bottle Wine Room make the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale a very viable choice for a pre or post-cruise hotel stay.
Rates on this one start at $425 through December 24, 2011 and must be booked (7) seven days prior to the arrival date.
Consistently ranking high on list of top hotels worldwide, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has received all (not just some, but all) the major awards the hospitality industry and leading consumer organizations can bestow. Their organization is the only hotel company twice honored with the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award from the United States Department of Commerce and top the Conde Nast, AAA and Forbes Travel Guide awards.
Here’s one reason why.
Ritz-Carlton is known for going above and beyond expectations in pretty much all they do. Pre/Post Cruise stays at their hotels are no exception. A new program called Give Back Getaways, about to be launched at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale, allows guests to combine their travel plans with protecting Florida’s beautiful golden beaches. Guests of The Ritz-Carlton will have the opportunity to visit John U Lloyd State park for an interactive presentation by a park ranger on the importance of preserving the coastline to maintain a balanced ecosystem, followed by planting sea oats along the coast preserving it for many years to come and a boxed lunch on the beach before returning to the hotel.
Stay tuned for more information on this program that invites guests to join Ritz-Carlton employees in half-day voluntourism projects that contribute something meaningful to communities. Each Give Back Getaways project is as unique as each destination, but there is one constant- each experience makes a lasting and authentic difference.
What a great way to begin or end a vacation!