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Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
We drove around 5 hrs to Fly to Fort Lauderdale. We stayed the night before at the BestWestern Plus Inn in Dania. It was a dump, but it was only one night.
We took a taxi early to the ship. We had to wait a long time, but we were in a good possition to get on the ship by going early. It took a long time because of sanitation of the ship from the Norwalk on the previous cruise. So we didn't mind. We did not get sick either.
The ship was nice. We had anytime dinning & got some good waiters, Joy & Cicilio. Our Room was upgraded from inside to upstructed ocean view, which was nice. Our room stewart Mana was very nice. We were also traveling with friends so it was just down the hall from them. The public areas were nice, the only thing was they had a casino & a cigar bar next to it which the smoke wafted out into the Piaza area.
We ate in Michealagello & it was nice. Food was ok. Not great. One thing we did like was that there is a international cafe that has breakfast , lunch More
& deserts at no extra charge & it was good. There was also 3 days at sea where they served fish & chips in the Wheelers, it was very good. So some variety.
Lots of ports.
Entertainment was just ok, except for the Pianist that was really good, but they only gave him a half hr slot 2x.
Disembarkation was a bit late, but went smooth.
All in all it was a good cruise. Less
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Port and Shore Excursions
What a beautiful day. About 84 deg.F! The ride I booked to go to the beach , did not turn up,it was with Sean Beazer, scenic tours Antigua. so after almost a 1/2 hr. We went with another guy. He was a retired police officer. He does this to not be bored! We went to Long Bay. It was beautiful, the water is so blue/turquoise.We got very tired snorkeling, there was a lot of waves, not big, but a currant. We stayed about an hr & 1/2 & the driver came back & picked us up. He asked if we would like a tour, so we did. It was very cheap. We saw some of the rain forest. Went to another beach were we thought we would eat, he wanted a burger, so we ordered & waited & waited & waited, finally we got our order to go. It wasn't very good. We tasted black pineapple( it wasn't black) it was very good, he stopped on the side of the road for that. I wouldn't do the tour again as there isn't much to see, but the beach was definitely good. So was our driver from Sun City tours?
We went to meet for our snorkel with Turtles tour. When we got there we had to wait for a long time to get bused to the catamaran. Then we got on the catamaran & we waited & waited again, because they had to put alot of credit cards through. They really should say cash only. So we didn't have as long as we should have because of the wait. If you want a tour that goes out further & to see lots of turtles.This one is not the one for you. We could still see the cruise ship. We went to Carlyle beach. Our Driver was Sheldon, he was quite rude.However the young guy who went in the water with us was really nice.There were only 2 turtles & they were shy, so it wasn't as good as last year as they didn't take us out of the first bay. The second place was 2 ship wrecks.Close to the first place. That was better. Colorful fish! We then got to sail. We saw flying fish & we went fast & people got wet, it was fun that part. It rained a little, but not bad, it was still warm. So disappointed in Stiletto Catamaran Tour. It was New Years Day & I don't think they wanted to work.
We were tendered to the island. Food wasn't good. Beautiful beach, but cold water.
The taxi that was promised didn't turn up. They 2 guys in our group took another taxi. They liked it, it was nice.
Otherwise we went shopping & really enjoyed that. It is right there when you get off the ship & lots of it!
We got off the ship found Cosol tours right away. We were taken to a van & we actually got Cosol himself as our guide & driver! He was so good & gave us lots of info on the island. Gas costs $7 a gal. here . Housing is very cheap , you can get an Ocean view for $150,000. We went to a banana plantation on the side of the road & learned about banana growing. It was very interesting & we ate bananas which are much better than at home.We had lots of stops for pictures & pit stops. We went to a place were they set up all kinds of samples of food. The roads were mostly good, but windy. We went to the Volcano, there was lots of steam & very stinky, I had to pinch my nose real hard & breath through my mouth! Sulphur! We saw the Piton twin mountains. We then were taken by boat to Joulose beach. The beach wasn't much, but the snorkeling was really good. We saw Sargent majors(yellow black fish) a trumpet fish, a parrot fish. they gave some banana's to feed them & they all came around. We then went back to the van & drove to a waterfall. We stopped at a bakery on the way back we got hot fresh bread & cheese! It was sooooooooo good! We got off & did a bit of shopping. We highly recommend Cosol Tours!!
We took a safari taxi to town & had fun shopping. We came back & shopped at the port.