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


North America » United States » Florida » Fort Lauderdale January 9th 2024

For some reason I couldn’t sleep the night before leaving. Ride to airport uneventful and the flight to FLL smooth. Check in routine and then took a little nap. Marylou arrived shortly after Seven and we shared a salad and we’re in bed by nine. She had been traveling since 3am. Beautiful day, we had coffee then went down to breakfast. I tried grits and followed the lead of a fellow guest. Added brown sugar and honey. Very good. Then I took MaryLou on a walk. We exited the bar area to the dining terrace and found that all the gates to the pool area were chained. When we tried to get back in we found that all the doors were locked. Thought about climbing the fence …..not. I had my phone so I called the ... read more

Today was a built-in day of rest. Yesterday we actually got here early enough to rest up from the air travel, but we didn’t know for sure that would be the case. So this was an insurance day. We didn’t want to take any chances of missing the ship tomorrow. Also, the airline fares were cheaper by flying on Wednesday and more than offset the cost of an extra night at the hotel – so it was a small cost savings to come early. And the TV News this evening described today as the start of the “busy Memorial Day weekend” travel. Anyway, that gave us some peace of mind that we would have everything here when the ship sails tomorrow. It is an example of how we are going to try to keep to a ... read more

Let the adventure begin! But first we must thank the Brink family for giving our cat (Nala) a home to enjoy while we are on vacation. This was her first visit to our daughter's house and she was a little nervous at first - guess 2 dogs will do that to a cat. But she has been there for 3 days now and seems to be settling in better each day. Anyway - THANK YOU. We started this morning at 4:30 when our son-in-law, Mike Miller, met us in our apartment's parking lot and we were off to the airport for a 7:00 AM flight. Here we also need to say THANK YOU to Mike for getting up so very early to help get us on our way. Everything went pretty smoothly all morning. We checked ... read more

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

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