First drink of the cruise – not the last by any means!
This is the view out the “windshield” of the pool deck. Those windows open to let the breeze come through.
Drink Of The Day can happen here! You get them in a glass shaped like a wine glass, which you get to keep. There were, I believe, four colors – blue, amber, green, and red. I did not collect them; would be just more stuff to squeeze into my luggage.
Looks maybe Mayan or Aztec to me.
I guess this is the ship’s official logo – it overlooks the pool deck (Deck 11)
Up on the pool deck, waiting for the cabins to be ready.
Trying to get a better shot
Several decks of inside cabins have windows that look down upon the Royal Processional down the center of the ship. There were some parades down this area, on Deck 5, throughout the course of the cruise.
I remember getting drinks at this bar on Deck 4 with Deb one night, and the guy singing was DREADFUL.
Walked in to Deck 4, where this centerpiece rises several decks in the air.
Was not allowed to take pics between the first security check in and the ship. Here’s one of the lifeboats taken from the gang plank (which is sort a like a skyway between customs and the ship).
Got to Port Everglades and parked in the garage. Made sure I took a photo so I would remember where the car was upon returning!
Mary and I sat out by the pool for our morning coffee. Now it’s time to shower and evacuate the hotel room – CUL8R !
It’s still weird to me to see palm trees and a snowflake in the same place!
I still have not gotten over traditional Christmas decorations (cold, snowy) juxtaposed against Florida’s tropical backdrop.
We had seen some Christmas lights on the way to the restaurant, and decided that we needed to circle back and take some photos before heading into the hotel for the night.
No flash on the little camera phone, so these are dark and shadowy. However, I think that is Mitzi, Ellen, and Mary. Not sure who is lurking on the right – I think maybe Jody.
After dinner, Mary and I headed out to a different hotel, where a lot of the Lodge Ladies are hanging their hats for the evening. We found them and THIS CARNAGE out by the tiki bar. Sat around swapping family war stories for a few hours.
The waiter was asking us trivia questions about Forrest Gump. The last question he asked was “Mama always said you can tell a lot about a person by ….”. I thought it might be shoes, but I wasn’t sure. Racking our brains, I finally said to Mary, “you know what, call VB, he probably knows”. So here’s me while Mary is on the phone with VB.
PS – I was right, the answer was “by their shoes”.
Creole style, with jasmine rice and a sauce that was made of BBQ butter and Worcestershire sauce.
If you need your waiter to stop by, just display this one instead.
What you see if you request outdoor seating to dine at Bubba Gump Shrimp.
If you display this sign on your table, that means the waiter doesn’t need to stop.
… life is like a box of chocolates
There was some sort of club above this water feature; stairs go up from the street to a patio all lit up with twinkling lights.
There are all these open air places with throbbing music emanating from them.
We were walking down A1A to dinner, and I made Mary pose with this crazy pirate we saw.
Many of the hotels are set up with a small, three story or so section out front, on top of which is the pool and a walkway across the highway to get to the beach. The hotel tower is behind this section.
Not a lot in the way of shells. Tide seemed to be coming in, and I didn’t feel like getting soaking wet. Also, I forgot to put my shell-net-on-a-stick in the back of the car before we left, so I was at a real disadvantage. Water surprisingly warm!
Stopped at the bar by the pool for a drink.
There’s an elevator that takes you up from the street to the skyway and back to the pool.
This is the skyway that goes over the road from the hotel to the beach.
I think if I wanted to come back to Fort Lauderdale someday, I could probably use Starwood points to stay at this new W Hotel.
I’m standing across the street at the beach. Had to snap quickly between two-way traffic!
Hmmm, I wonder how enforceable this is during Spring Break?
Up on the pool deck, looking across the road at the beach.
This one goes between two towers of the Sheraton Yankee Trader
Most hotels are like three stories in the front section/adjacent to the road, and then the tower is behind it. On top of the short front section is the hotel pool and bar.
There are skyways all over the place between sections of hotels, and between hotels and the beach. You have to cross A1A to get to the beach, so it’s better to have a skyway and then an elevator down to street level than it is to have tourists holding up traffic and possibly going splat in the road.
Lots of Sheraton hotels leave FREE bottles of water in the room for Starwood guests – lucky me!
Rt A1A runs right alongside the beach, two (sometimes one) lanes in each direction, with hotels, bars, and shops lining the other side of the street.
Saw some cruise ships in the port on the way over the bridge to Fort Lauderdale Beach.
We’re getting close to Fort Lauderdale here. Deb saw this pic on the blog and thought I was trying to tell her something about highway closures – LOL! I just thought it was a cool piece of signage, with the sun rays on top and all.
All along Alligator Alley, there are these highway lights that are apparently powered by solar panels.
Time to pee and stretch the hip.
Kelly came to drop Mary off at my house. After the grand tour and some standing around and bullshitting, Kelly left and Mary and I stopped at the DQ Grill for sustenance before heading out to Alligator Alley.
Well, all that’s left to do is take a shower and await the arrival of Mary, my traveling partner in crime for this adventure. Then, away we go!
There are technology challenges to blogging this thing live the way I did for Orlando and Tampa trips. Well, the technology is there, it’s just reported to be slow in one case (the ship’s wi-fi), and prohibitively expensive in another case (my cell carrier’s rates for out of country). Still, the ship does not leave until Monday 5:00 PM Eastern, so there should be some stuff posted between now and then.
See ya real soon!