Marriott brand hotels has a deal going on now that if you stay two separate times before August 31st 2012, you get a free night. We have taken advantage of this and received a FREE night's stay at the Residence Inn Jacksonville Airport - not just a free room; but a free 2-bedroom accommodation! My parents will be driving up (short drive for them) to stay overnight with us and go to SINGLETON'S SEAFOOD in Mayport for dinner, then head out as we check in. GREAT DEAL, RIGHT? Okay, the normal price is around $169 for the bigger room ($129, advance purchase no refund), $114 AP/Studio 1-king....$144 1-bedroom regular purchase with one or two beds. Now, there is no free shuttle with this. The advantage is there only if you are staying in a hotel anyway over the next two months and get the free night.
As for parking, we are going through JETWAY (NOT JET A WAY), just 2 minutes from the hotel, and 15 minutes to the port. I made reservations online and, after taxes it was just under $34 v. $75 at the port! The shuttle from there, and pack to them after the cruise is over is included.
This is not something I have experience with, because our cruise is in December; but I figure the information will help someone at least make a plan. I have stayed at Residence Inns a few times and have never had a complaint. They are AWESOME. Stayed at Baymeadows this month and purely LOVED IT!
Lovin' that FREE LAUNDRY & QUICK ENTRY/EXIT!
Carnival Inspiration - 1999!
Carnival Fascination (X4)
Carnival Breeze - coming December 2013