Fort Lauderdale Journals

Nick and Suzie’s first big road trip and cruise adventure.

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A February 2012 trip to Fort Lauderdale by vampirefan

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Quote: Nick and I took off on a major road trip that included a 3 day Bahamas cruise onboard the MSC Poisea for the Monsters of Rock cruise.

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The worlds largest McDonalds Photo, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Anyone who has been writing for IGO for a while knows that at one time there was an actual overview that included an overall look at what you did on the trip as well suggestions and ways to get around. Since my overview took up all 1500 words to tell you all about the fun things I did, this is the follow up. Enjoy! Suggestions. No matter where my travels take us, my first suggestion is take a look at the visitor’s websites. They are a wealth of information. You can get the 411 on everything the city and surrounding areas have to offer, take advantage of discounts and hotel packages, and check out itineries You can either get an on line version or have an actual guide sent to yo...Read More

The Monsters of Rock Inaugural Voyage.

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MSC cruises Photo, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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What started out as a major rock concert decade ago would give us the fist voyage of the Monsters of Rock cruise. And Nick and I got to be a part of it. In 1980 the first Monsters of Rock cruise was organized at Castle Donnington in Leicestershire England. That concert would have 7 major heavy metal rock bands and perform before thousand of metal fans. This past February would be the first Monsters of Rock cruise with 21 heavy metal/hair bands from the 80’s. There are several other rock and roll cruises (Legends of Rock, ShipRocked, Barge from Hell, and 70,000 tons of metal). And there are even rock bands out there with their own cruise (Bret Michaels, Kiss, and Kid Rock). But this was the...Read More

Sheraton Ft. Lauderdale Airport

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Sheraton Ft. Lauderdale Airport Photo, Dania Beach, Florida
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When I was checking out rates for a hotel stay before our cruise, I went to the AAA website and was surprised to see the Sheraton was pricing out cheaper than even Days Inns or Best Western. Given the fact on the second day our roommates would be joining us, it would make our stay even more affordable. After passing by the hotel and trying to find our turn, we finally make it into the hotel. Nick and I go and check in and make sure they have our roommate’s names as Paul will be arriving early the next day and will be checking in while we are out running around. Check in was quite easy and while Nick was checking us in; the valet helped me load up my excessive luggage onto the luggage car. ...Read More

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Cruise overview pt. 2

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The Zebra Lounge is much nicer and brighter. It has the Zebra theme going (hence the name Zebra Lounge of course). This is where most of the acoustic acts performed. There are booths in a horseshoe sharp around the stage and then seating at the bar in the back. Of all the places we saw shows, I liked this one the best. But we spent most of our time on the deck or at Pigalle in the dark! Monster Café is also pretty nice giving you standing room and then seats around the stage. But if you are at a metal concert, you will only see butts and backs if you are in the seated area. They also have the Sky Bar which is set up with a number of lounge areas. In the back there are clusters of small tables for more...Read More

Cruise overview pt. 1

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MSC Cruises and the MSC Poesia. Nick and I cruised on the MSC Poesia. We did a chartered cruise instead of a regular cruise. The cruise was booked exclusively for the Monsters of Rock cruise. The cruise featured several dozen 80’s metal bands in concert. So some of the traditional offerings of this cruise, such as High Tea were not offered on the sailing. I am doing separate entries on the cruise itself and the Monsters of Rock experience. This is an overview of the cruise. Let me start out by saying that some of the things I didn’t like about this cruise may have something to do with the fact that I was doing a charter.MSC Cruise Line. MSC Cruise ...Read More

Road trip overview.

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The Hollywood Hard Rock  Photo, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Nick and I set off for a road trip that would take us over 1500 miles, driving through 4 states (NC, SC, GA,FL), visiting 10 cities ..2 states (FL. And SC)..and 1 country (Nassau, Bahamas) in 10 days! This was our first major trip since becoming a couple almost a year ago and only our second trip total since we have been together. As I have mentioned we are major heavy metal fans and consider ourselves, The Rocker Couple, so when we saw many of our favorite bands would be on a rock and roll cruise we knew we had to go. After months of planning, we were finally Florida bound this past February. We would spend a few days exploring Fort Lauderdale and Miami, have our 3 day cruise, and then sp...Read More