Key West Journals

Cruising Key West on the Ship Fascination

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An October 2002 trip to Key West by kjlouden

Tortuga Rum Cake Company Photo, Key West, Florida More Photos
Quote: We docked at the U. S. Navy Yard ahead of hurricane Lili--or had we? I couldn't wait to return to Hemingway's acre by the lighthouse, and I was anxious to find Tortuga rum cake. Scrap the tours; we could find our way. After all, Hemingway found that lighthouse drunk!

Cruising Key West on the Ship Fascination

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Overview

Audubon House on Whitehead Street Photo, Key West, Florida
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Monday night, we tried the jogging track on top deck with heads bent to the wind, walking in place. When the wind flattened us against a wall, passengers abandoned outdoor decks for the security of indoor fun. With Lili heading around Cuba into the Gulf, we weren’t unaffected, but the ship felt safe inside with only a minimum rock. We forgot the storm and enjoyed the comedian. Tuesday morning we walked to Hemingway’s house, for my companion was determined to correct the injustice that I had visited this site before and he hadn’t. Next party, he’d tell the story of the author in Key West! We hurried down Whitehead Street passing Truman’s Little White House and Audubon House and afte...Read More

Fascination - a Carnival Ship

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Hotel | "Fascination, a Carnival Ship"

Fascination - a Carnival Ship Photo, Key West, Florida
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On land, I couldn't get excited about a very small room with single beds and a ceiling of interlocking metal, but I will cruise in anything clean and solid. Fascination fulfilled those requirements. Our excellent room steward made up for in service what we lacked in decor. Not once did I have to dry my hair with a towel that had been used for any other purpose. Every single time I washed my face to remove suntan oil, it was with a clean washcloth. Our room was cleaned twice every day, whether it needed it or not, and Richard even neatly folded our clothes when we had to run off in a hurry to be on time for dinner. I think our sheets got changed with each turn-down eac...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 7, 2002

Fascination - a Carnival Ship
Africa Way
Key West, Florida
1-800-CARNIVAL

Sensation Diningroom

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Restaurant

Sensation Diningroom Photo, Key West, Florida
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All food is included, of course, in the price of a cruise. The Sensation dining room on the ship Fascination may not be the best gourmet restaurant, but they deserve awards for the quality of dinners they turn out in huge numbers and surprising variety. The ship, with only 2 formal dining rooms, accomodates over 2,200 passengers with a different menu every night and an extravagant midnight buffet. My favorite soups were cold apple with curry (and chunks of apple), asparagus vichyssoise, pumpkin, strawberry/banana with mint, and Caribbean bean. For main courses, I didn’t miss sampling the beef Wellington or the chateaubriand, thanks to my beef-loving companion, but I re...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 7, 2002

Sensation Diningroom
Carnival Ship Fascination
Key West, Florida
(800) CARNIVAL

Tortuga Rum Cake Company

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Attraction

Tortuga Rum Cake Company Photo, Key West, Florida
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I asked for directions at Clinton Market and got pointed in the right direction towards Duval St. The Tortuga Rum Cake Company was only a block on the left. Perfect! I couldn't think of anything else to buy for myself or any of my family--you know, the kind of people who are pleading, "Stop buying me stuff! I'm overwhelmed with stuff." Okay, there's nothing of a longterm material nature at this store. The store does have rum cakes: original flavor, banana, chocolate, coffee, and perhaps a few more. Coffee is the best, I decided, after tasting them all, so why isn't the coffee-flavored rum cake in the pre-packaged variety six pack? I decided on two six packs, anyway, since I could ...Read More

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Tortuga Rum Cake Company
431 Front St
Key West, Florida 33040
(305) 293-0144

Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

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Attraction | "Hemingway House"

Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum Photo, Key West, Florida
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Ernest Hemingway lived for 11 years, starting in 1928, in the house bought by his wife Pauline’s uncle. The author was productive here and wrote a good number of his best novels in the studio over the garage, still set up the way he had it with his manual typewriter and gate-leg table. The tour guides describe the catwalk that used to stretch from the second story porch to the writing studio, an addition Ernest insisted on so that he wouldn’t have to walk down one flight of stairs and up another every morning. His hunting "trophies" stare down from their spots on the walls, from where they kept company with the novelist while he wrote about his sporting life. There is much of Pauline ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 7, 2002

Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
907 Whitehead Street
Key West, Florida 33040
(305) 294-1136