Blogs from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States, North America


We drive four hours from St Augustine to Fort Lauderdale. We stopped for a quick bite on the way to Fort Lauderdale. Our hotel is a Marriott AC hotel. I had low expectations since AC is a cheaper Marriott but I was pleasantly surprised. The hotel has a pool with a bar on the third floor. Our room is large with a huge wrap around balcony and two sliding glass doors. Christopher and Brad return our rental car and meet Christie and Laura at the airport. They Uber back to hotel because we do not need a rental car in Fort Lauderdale. Dinner is at a Mexican restaurant a short walk from our hotel. After dinner the kids play in the ocean while we relax on our balcony. Christie is taking four classes and has a ... read more
Brad enjoying food.
Brad’s fiancé Christie
Christopher’s girlfriend Laura

North America » United States » Florida » Fort Lauderdale February 14th 2022

Today dawned rainy. A front is moving through. No worries for me though. I repack, brew coffee and proceed to iron my blouse. It has literally been years since I held an iron and I had forgotten the great satisfaction of watching the wrinkles disappear. I ordered a car to the port and while waiting I met a couple who had just returned from The Nieuw Statendam. They gave me good information and were over the moon by the service on board. 11:30 my car arrived, 11:50 checked in, 12:05in my suite, unpack my carryon and head to the Lido for a pasta lunch. Sail away was lovely all the ship’s horns sounded as we pulled away from our sister ships The Rotterdam and The Zuiderdam as well a a Royal Caribbean and another two I ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Fort Lauderdale February 14th 2022

2KZLago Mar. Not to be confused with that other place with the name backwards. Arrived and called home and settled in for a twelve hour nap. Breakfast was outside and between people watching and bird watching I really enjoyed it. No one here is masked except staff, and me. The guests are either young with kids or older with many families with teens. The resort is full. The prices are resort rates. Not opting for the buffet $18 and not very hungry I ordered off the menu; apple juice $3.25, coffee $3.50 and pancakes $15.75. I asked for just one pancake and when the check came, the waitress has just charged me $6 for the pancake. Kind lady. Next was heading to the airport for my Covid test. I asked the concierge for a taxi and ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Fort Lauderdale February 13th 2022

I am so out of it. Packing, that used to be routine now isn’t. Nearly forgot my make up and bathing suit bottoms. Forgot to take my IPad and phone from my carryon going through security and found out there is no First Class lounge at LGA. Drat. So here I sit at the gate for the next two hours. Still it’s a beautiful day, my driver was very nice and we made good time (too good) and I am getting used to wearing a mask. The airport is empty. Wondering if the plane will be but not hopeful since there are lots of people at the gate with me. I thought I’d kill some time at the bar but a cosmo was $30. Bagged that idea. People seem to be behaving well so far, wearing ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Fort Lauderdale February 24th 2020

Hello everyone. This morning we slept in at the hotel (Red Carpet Inn) until about 8:00. We had a pretty good night’s sleep and we were all ready to start our cruise day. We went with the Sieberts to breakfast in the hotel restaurant at 8:30 but found there was a line of people waiting out the door to get a table. This is the only restaurant nearby, so without a car everyone had to eat at the same place. But we got seated in about 30 minutes and had a good big breakfast. By 10:00 we were back in our room and packing all the suitcases. We lounged around until the checkout time at 11:30 and went to the front of the hotel with our luggage to wait further for our free shuttle to the ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Fort Lauderdale January 27th 2020

Well, here we are sailing the mighty seas on the Caribbean Princess cruise ship. And here you are, right along with us! Surprise, Surprise, Surprise ....”in the words of Gomer Pyle.” And a surprise to us also. We forgot we got free WiFi for the entire cruise in our sailing package deal. We also received free gratuities and $250 each in room credit. We are mighty happy sailors. Now, those of you who decided to stay landlocked, you don’t have to hold your breath and wait for all these juicy tidbits. We can share it all with you while we are enjoying everything on this magnificent cruise. You don’t have to wait until we return. Can it get any better than that? Nope! Oh, lucky you. This is the way to live. I love it! No ... read more
Waiting at the pier to get on our ship
Our medallions
Our room...our wonderful bed

North America » United States » Florida » Fort Lauderdale February 27th 2018

We arose early, as usual. We headed out about 7:30am. Today would be a longer day. About 35-40 miles to the anchorage at Lake Sylvia in Ft Lauderdale. Today would bring many bascule bridges (some on a schedule and some "on-demand"). Unfortunately, more were on a schedule that we had difficulty meeting with a slower boat, heavy tides/current and odd schedules. We ended up waiting anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes for a couple of the 21 bridges. Our departure from the anchorage in Lake Worth, took us past Palm Beach inlet. We encountered our first container ship coming into port (many Tropical containers aboard). This area has a LOT of money. I took just a couple shots of the yachts that hung along the waterway! All in all, it was a nice day. We arrived ... read more
Container ship at Palm Beach inlet
We're past the container ship
One big yacht

North America » United States » Florida » Fort Lauderdale December 28th 2017

Before we begin, we want to apologize for the formatting of the previous entry. Someone changed how the BLOG tool works since our last usage and we had all the paragraphs run together. Hopefully that "improvement" has been overcome now and it will look better the rest of the time. Hopefully they haven't improved the photo feature too. Now, for today's events: When we got up this morning the temperature here was 68 (going to a high of 78) and sunny but it was only 11 in St Louis (going to 22). Sorry, but we just had to mention the nice weather one more time. We got up and had the free breakfast in the hotel lobby. This certainly was not the best meal we are going to have during the vacation, but it also wasn’t ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Fort Lauderdale March 21st 2017

Today is the last day of our vacation and this is the last update to the blog. In summary, we had an uneventful day which was just what we wanted. The Crown Princess arrived in Ft Lauderdale’s Everglade’s Cruise Terminal about 5:00 this morning. By 5:30 they were making announcements to have people report to the terminal and begin processing through US Immigration. Except this was a “crew only” announcement. The ship has been away from the US for a long time and the rules (maybe new ones – who knows?) say that all the crew needs to clear US Immigration. Since they were also needed to help passengers with our needs, they had to get ashore early so they could get back to work before we the passengers tried to leave the ship. We got ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Fort Lauderdale February 15th 2016

Technically, the shoes are gray (or so I’m told). And my mother calls them “Water Sneakers”. But Sharon likes the way “Blue Water Shoes Cruise” (or maybe non-blue water shoes cruise) sounds. So I guess we must forgive her poetic license. Today’s the day we board the ship with my mother. We slept some after a long day getting to Florida. And we chose to have breakfast in the Rickenbacker which was set up for breakfast. You could order ala carte off of the menu or chose either the American or Continental buffet (which was basically everything that was on the menu). We chose the buffet, which was nowhere near as good as the Lido, and with the hefty price of $20 per person. There was a chef making waffles so you weren’t left toasting an ... read more

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