Travel nut here… (and we go to Florida at least once a year)
A car is sadly a necessity for getting around Southern Florida including Fort Lauderdale & Miami
Both cities have TONS of hotels. As always some are higher rated / more convenient to the Port Everglades than others (TripAdvisor is a great source of info for Hotels both in their Ratings and on their Forums where you can ask Questions of those that know the cities best)
You’ll see that some Hotels offer Transfers (Airport & Port)… BUT as a cruiser I should warn you that these same Hotels are not always the best rated… offering transfers is one way that poorer rated Hotels attract clientelle (out-of-towners looking for what they see as a “convenient deal” on the internet). So do your research first (that isn’t to say that there aren’t good hotels that also offer transfers)
Taxis to and from the Airport or Cruise Terminal is relatively inexpensive… and infact waiting around for a Transfer Shuttle can be a HUGE pain, as they are notoriously running late, overbooked, crowded or mean that you’ll do a complete tour of every Hotel in town before getting to the Port on Embarkation / Cruise Day
Using a taxi is a much better option
TIP plan to arrive at the Port early… most cruise ships will allow the first passengers to board somewhere between 11 and Noon (even tho your cruise docs might say Boarding as of 1 or 2 PM).
Getting there early is great… easy check in (both for your Checked Bags and at the “I’M HERE” desk. And little or NO crowds. You get to enjoy / photograph the ship while it looks amazing without a lot of “extra people” in every photo. And the Buffet is top notch for Lunch… not picked over etc. And you can spend the afternoon enjoying the ship’s amenities (like the pool if you pack your Bathing Suit into your Carry On)
You’ll have to carry your valuables / carry on bags with you until your Cabin becomes available (usually between 1 and 2 PM)… but it really isn’t a big deal… just pack them with care and plan accordingly (I typically end up with a day bag, and Mr TTR with a knapsack when we walk on… between them they carry our Bathing Suits, Passports, ID, US Money for the Islands, Credit Cards, Medications, Jewellery, Cell Phones, Computers etc). So for that first afternoon, if one of us in the pool, the other is minding “our stuff”
Also, if you haven’t already… be sure and check out Cruise Critic (a sister website to TripAdvisor) that specializes in cruise info
You can learn TONS about cruising on that website… be it in their Reviews Section, Ports of Call Section, or also on their Boards thru chatting with others (asking Questions or reading topics… Boards are also searchable).
TripAdvisor is also a good resource for learning about Ports of Call… as is the relative Official Tourism Websites (ie St Thomas USVI = http://www.visitusvi.com )
And lastly… be sure and check out the Roll Call for your ship on Cruise Critic… it is a great way to meet others who will be onboard, and get tips on saving money etc (maybe share a taxi or do a group land shore excursion)
Hope this helps… enjoy your Honeymoon Cruise… it really is the BEST vacation IMO for Newlyweds (with fabulous food & wine, entertainment, pampering, sightseeing, adventures, etc… great value for the money). Lol, I myself just have returned from my own Honeymoon and a week long Caribbean Cruise (and we are now planning our next cruise for 2014)
EDIT TO ADD – and oh ya… do tell EVERYONE that you are on your Honeymoon… there are most definitely perks and upgrades available for Newlyweds with Hotels, Cruise Lines etc. Be it better rooms or FREE Drinks, Appys, Desserts, or souvenirs. Mr TTR and I got to enjoy many of them on our Honeymoon.