Fort Lauderdale Journals

Sultry Summer Cruise

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A July 2001 trip to Fort Lauderdale by azsunluvr

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Photo, Fort Lauderdale, Florida More Photos
Quote: Key West in July? Bring a towel to mop up the sweat! Cozumel? Go snorkeling to help cool off. Be patient with the "Jamaica, no problem" attitude in Montego Bay. It's all worth it to get to the choice island of Grand Cayman. Is it always so perfect there?

Sultry Summer Cruise

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Overview

Tulum Photo, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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The absolute most perfect way to unwind after the hairy travel that sometimes accompanies getting to a cruise ship dock is to lounge by the pool (favorite cool drink in hand, of course) and listen to the steel drum band. Close your eyes, turn your face to the sun and fall into the tin tones of the Caribbean as you anticipate your next few days in Paradise.Quick Tips: If you''re flying cross-country, arrive the day before and enjoy a few hours exploring your departure city, in this case Fort Lauderdale, FL. The best cruise tip I''ve ever received is to disregard the boarding time listed by the cruise line. Go early, avoid the sea of grouchy voyagers-to-be and cool your heels on deck in a l...Read More

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina

Hotel | "Fort Lauderdale Marriott Marina"

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Photo, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Our lovely, clean room overlooked the busy pool and bar area. We could glimpse an artery of the intracoastal waterway and the yachts moored on the dock. A short walk around the corner allowed us the opportunity to watch yachts cruise by on the main waterway. A water taxi stop is right on the dock here at the Marriott. The grounds of this hotel are lush and well-kept; a perfect precursor to our tropical vacation.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 24, 2002

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina
1881 17th Street Se
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316
(954) 463-4000

Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas

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Hotel | "Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas part 1"

Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas Photo, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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The embarkation process on this ship was the quickest I’ve ever experienced. Undoubtedly it’s because we arrived before noon, well before the 3pm embarkation suggested in our travel documents. We were very disappointed to learn that one of our ports of call, Costa Maya, Mexico, had been changed. We were now going to Montego Bay, Jamaica. We were frustrated at this news since we had picked this itinerary specifically because it did NOT go to Jamaica. We’ve been there and loathe the street vendors’ persistence in trying to get you to buy their wares. Also, we’d made arrangements to finish our SCUBA diving certification with a resort in Costa Maya. I’d read much about the unspoiled diving experience in t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 26, 2002

Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas
Departing From Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas

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Hotel | "Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas part 2"

Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas Photo, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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We had an outside cabin on Deck 2 with a porthole. I was a little nervous, as our cabin was very far down and aft of the ship. Sometimes that location means lots of movement and vibration. Happily, we had neither. A bonus of being on Deck 2 is that since debarkation at ports takes place on Deck 1, we were always among the first off the ship to enjoy the ports of call. Our cabin steward stopped by immediately after we arrived to ask if we wanted the twin beds pushed together. Every time we returned to the cabin we could tell the steward had been there to pick up, clean up, restock, etc. I felt very spoiled, never intruded upon. The inexpensive cabins are never very roomy, but unless you’re honeymoonin...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 26, 2002

Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas
Departing From Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Enchantment of the Seas Dining

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Restaurant

Enchantment of the Seas Dining Photo, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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I had read several less-than-complimentary reviews of the food on this ship, and those reviews were correct, at least for the first few days. The meat was dry, the desserts weren’t exciting, and the fruit wasn’t ripe. We’d decided that at least we wouldn’t gain weight on this trip! Mysteriously, at about Day 3, the food in the main dining room improved immensely. The meat was fresh and moist, the fruit ripe and sweet. The vegetables were cooked to perfection. We’d heard that the pizza served at the Solarium pool was like cardboard, but we found it to be just fine. Same with the hamburgers there. We tried eating in the Windjammer Café, a more casual setting, but it was very blah. The main dining room ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 26, 2002

Enchantment of the Seas Dining
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida

A Few Hours' Amusement

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Story/Tip

Water Taxi Photo, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Our Fort Lauderdale stay for this trip was limited to the evening before embarkation on the cruise and the morning before flying back home. We opted to explore the intracoastal and the Las Olas Riverwalk before we set sail. A perfect way to begin our vacation. The water taxi has a stop right on the dock at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Marina. The fare is $4.00 one way, or $5.00 all day. There are also multi-day passes available. For more information, check out the website here: water taxi It seems that sometimes the water taxi captains are so used to having locals ride that they forget to point out the interesting homes...Read More