We chose this cruise because of the 2 nights in New Orleans for Mardi Gras, which coincided with my birthday. We booked it two years in advance.
We stayed at the Marriott Springhill Suites (FLL) the night before the cruise, and took their free shuttle to the cruise port. Cauation We prepaid for the return shuttle, but should not have. It turned out to be a big bus, which would have taken too long to fill before heading to the airport, Fortunately, cabs were readily available, and not that expensive, so we took one instead.
Embarkation in Ft. Lauderdale went smoothly.
Our cabin was on Deck 10. It was in a very quiet area. Our steward, Magesh, is probably the best attendant we’ve had anywhere (15+ cruises), and really made the vacation special. We asked for robes, which were then provided. The appetizers showed up every afternoon, along with a bowl of strawberries.
Lots to do here, but this time came the night before our cruise. Went to a local Cuban restaurant for dinner.
Cruise port is close by.