Some of the best cruises in the world begin and end right here in Miami. Firmly aware of travelers’ need (and desire) to add extra days on to either end of a cruise vacation, Winter Haven Hotel is an exceptional pre or post stay hotel option for Miami cruisers. With VIP treatment and special amenities, you may find yourself opting to extend your stay in Miami Beach just to partake in the Miami beach experience. In addition to on-property services (full daily breakfast, welcome cocktails, and transportation to and from the Port of Miami), this unique package will smooth the transition from land to sea.

Pre-Cruise

Not only is it very stressful to fly into Miami International Airport and to board your cruise ship immediately after, but travel experts strongly advise against it. Instead, arrive a day or two early and stay at the Winter Haven Hotel, to avoid travel delays or lost luggage nightmare that could make you miss your cruise altogether.

Miami Beach has everything you need to finish preparing for your cruise. Get your pool-deck bathingsuit at one of the premier SoBe swimwear shops, like local favorites Eberjey and Ondademar. Men would be wise to check out the tropic-inspired Venissac store, and women can peruse an array of high-end outlets at the Lincoln Road Mall. Of course, make sure to save room in your suitcase for high-end cruise ship shopping and port-of-call souvenirs.

Post-Cruise

For those finishing their cruise journeys here in Miami Beach, there are plenty of reasons to hang out for an extra couple of days and wind down. Towel down on the white sands of South Beach to put the finishing touches on your tan, or continue the late-night disco at any one of the city’s famous nightclubs (Miami Vice at The Wall; Liv’s 18,000-square-foot dance floor).

Ready to calm things down? Book a massage at one of the city’s best spas, like Exhale Bal Harbour, with its therapy rooms’ ocean views.