OK here is what I have discovered.
The problems with hotwire.com is that we do not get to choose our hotel.
This presents a problem because on the 11th we only need 1 room and on the 12th we need 2 rooms. There is not a way to book this all as 1 order.
So we could book 1 room for 2 nights making sure that Mom and Dad stay in the same room. But we cannot guarantee that the second room will be in the same hotel.
Or we could book 1 room for 1 night and then rebook 2 rooms for next night. The problem with this is that we will not have anywhere to store out luggage between 11am and 3pm, or a place for a nap during that time (for Rachel and Sarah of course)
Here are our options.
1. Choose one of the above options and take a chance that they will be in the same hotel.
2. For the night of the 12th we could just use one room and cram everyone in.
3. We could look to book through another method making sure it is the same hotel, but it may be more expensive.
And getting a room near the airport is about $100 including the fees (Or we can use Weston, which is $65 a room, I know nothing about this area, this is where Ashton might share his wisdom)
OK part number 2.
For after the cruise we can get rooms north of Fl Laud near the ocean for about $100 a room after fees. This will be a long drive from Miami but will give us the best location. Basically the farther away from Miami the cheaper the rooms are. This can guarantee less than 4 blocks from water (based off of looking at the map.
And finally Yay this will be awesome.