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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

North America » United States » Florida » Fort Lauderdale January 17th 2016

It's 72 degrees, and Stasa keeps apologizing for how cold it is. Ha! Stasa made us an amazing breakfast spread of fresh fruit and coffee. We visited with her boyfriend, Esteban, and then we headed to the beach. When we arrived, a breeze was coming off the ocean and really did make it feel kind of chilly. We decided it might not be a good day for a swim after all, and so we went to some of the shops to get beach toys for Grace. We played in the sand. Grace was scared of the water at first, but eventually she ran into the ocean up to her ankles. Ft Lauderdale Beach has a few photo ops for people, including a giant sand snowman and a cute picture frame. So, we might not have been ... read more
We Made it to the Beach!
Ft Lauderdale Beach

North America » United States » Florida » Fort Lauderdale December 21st 2015

21stDec Fort Lauderdale – and the end of our cruise. After a day at sea yesterday, we arrived at Fort Lauderdale at 0400. You feel the motion of the stern thrusters as the ship is docking and that kind of gives it away. So I got up to watch for a while. Then it was all go. Breakfast at 0630 and down to the departure lounge at 0700. We’d packed our bags the day before and left them out for collection last night. And, I left my costa card (id card) in my jeans pocket and packed in my bag that was now off the ship. Turns out, no probs, just went down to customer services and they quickly printed me off another one. Then the mayhem started. Firstly, we weren’t’ waiting in the correct area ... read more
Christmas on ship
looking down 8 levels
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Schmoozing, bluesing & cruising with those Darn Dangerous Binkleys Part 1: Dave was not "Dangerous" then. It started about three years ago...getting emails we've got to meet...suggesting we meet at a music long as it's sometime. Was from those darn American couple that like to travel to Morocco for breakfast...Iceland for brunch...Vienna for lunch...and Napa Valley for wines with salads for crunch. Yet we live in the land of Oz which is NOT another state of USA. There was M.J. a.k.a. Merry Jo...definitely one of the friendliest folk on TB. She contacted me in my first year on TB encouraging me to write stories to go with my photos. And so I checked her out. Yeh...heaps of blogs...heaps of Followers And in all the pics of her...she was hanging off this guy called Dave. ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Fort Lauderdale April 26th 2015

Any of you who have cruised will understand what I'm about to say: embarkation day for a cruise is frustrating! We first checked out of the hotel (hurry) to discover that our transportation to the ship was nearly an hour late (wait). So we loaded up everything quickly (hurry) and headed off to Port Everglades where there was terrible traffic because of road construction (wait). When we finally got to our terminal, we quickly unloaded our luggage (hurry) and got in a VERY long line (wait). By the time you actually get through checkin (wait), you can't wait to see your cabin and head to the pool deck for a refreshing adult beverage (hurry)! We expect it every time, so I shouldn't be surprised, but we sure were glad to have that part of the process ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Fort Lauderdale April 25th 2015

When we woke up in the middle of the night to severe storms with lots of lighting, thunder and hard rain (and a very scared 6 month old puppy!), we didn't think the first day of our trip was starting off so well. However, at day break the sun was peaking through the clouds and we felt sure that today would be a good one - which, indeed, it was. When I actually woke up, I was filled with an incredible sense of gratitude for many things: 1) that we have the resources to make this trip possible; 2) that Bowen and I are both healthy enough to make this trip together; 3) that my mother (aka Gaga) has recovered so well; and 4) that our kids, grandkids, and extended familes are doing well. The, as ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Fort Lauderdale February 21st 2015

Terrible beginning to the trip, in that I had set the alarm for 5:30 am but somehow managed not to switch it on properly. We awake in a panic at 6:34 for a pickup by my son at 6:45. No time even to eat. The wife and I are not on speaking terms by the time we leave the house at 7:20. The previous evening I had done the online check-in for our West Jet flight. For reasons that were mysterious at the time, the system would only allow me to complete the check-in for myself, not for Vi. When we arrive at the airport, we find that Vi has apparently been chosen at random for a comprehensive security check throughout the entire process. Bad news? No, because once we hit the very long security screening ... read more

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