Pre-Cruise

What, you didn’t know we went on another cruise? It is becoming a distant memory for me too, which is why I like to blog about it. Then I can look back and re-live the whole experience. I will tell you upfront that I did not take as many photos as I did last time. Just like last time though, I plan to blog our vacation day by day as it occurred.

A month ago, on February 8th we flew to Miami. With all the crazy weather and flight delays we were glad that we were flying in on Wednesday even though embarkation wasn’t until Friday. Our cruise was departing from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale so we took a taxi from Miami to our hotel ($100), the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach.

The hotel was nice, nothing terribly special, but it was in a good location fairly close to the cruise port and right on the beach front. And it was free since we were able to use Richard’s Starwood membership points. You could walk to the vantage point at the entrance of the cruise port to watch the ships come and go (we didn’t do this as the weather was mostly rainy), or walk north from the hotel to a small shopping area. CVS Pharmacy was a popular donation, a 1 mile walk.

Our room was on the top floor of the tower, in the front corner. This put us further from the beach, but also afforded us a view all the way down to the cruise port and also northward along the beach. Would you believe it that our hotel room was smaller than our stateroom on the ship? We had a good laugh over that.

Pre-Cruise, Jan 9 2013

Pre-Cruise, Jan 9 2013

Pre-Cruise, Jan 9 2013

Pre-Cruise, Jan 9 2013

As a side note, there was an earthquake in Cuba on this day before we left for the cruise. It was at 4pm eastern time. We did not feel it, but it was widely reported on the news as it was felt in southern Florida.

On this last evening in Florida we had dinner at Bimini Boatyard and were able to meet some fellow Cruise Critic roll call members. It was a good meet up spot and a fun time.

Tomorrow we board Celebrity Equinox for a 10 day Ultimate Caribbean cruise!

The itinerary:

Cruise Itinerary

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