We are a married couple, who has sailed with several different cruise lines the last 17 years, also on many Transatlantic cruises. But, this was only our second cruise with HAL.
Pre-cruise: We stayed two nights before the cruise at the InterContinental Hotel, near Bayfront Park, in Miami. A really excellent hotel!
The hotel’s Concerige booked a private shuttle for us to a favourable price - which took us to the cruise port, Port Everglades, in about 50 minutes.