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As you may have seen Jim & I just returned about a week ago from our cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas. To say the cruise was amazing is an understatement. It was by far the best cruise we have been on yet! From check in to disembarkation it was the smoothest we have seen. I’m going to take the next couple of days to fill you in on all we experienced. If you have any questions, as always, please feel free to reach out to me.
The last couple of cruises we have taken we flew out of our small airport here in Worcester, MA. It’s very convenient for us since it’s only 5 minute drive from our house and it’s a small airport so there are never any lines or waiting. It’s a breeze through security! The flight times are not that convenient so we might consider flying out of Boston for our next cruise.
We flew into Ft. Lauderdale on Thursday night and stayed at the Doubletree Gallery One which is located on the intercoastal waterway. If you haven’t been to Ft. Lauderdale and taken the water taxi around the intercoastal put it on your list for your next trip. It’s a lot of fun, beautiful homes, enormous yachts and an informative guide. Also, it you’re not familiar with Doubletree hotels by Hilton they always welcome you with a warm chocolate chip cookie. They are delicious!!
On Friday we relaxed for a bit at the hotel until we had to check out. We didn’t get much time in Ft. Lauderdale since we flew in at night which is ok since we’ve been there several times. Our cruise was out of Miami so we Ubered down to our hotel in Miami. We stayed at the Hyatt Centric. The Uber from Ft. Lauderdale to Miami was about $50 without tip. A cab is a bit more and you pay additional if you are sitting in traffic for a cab but not for an Uber. The Hyatt was nice, with a rooftop pool which we enjoyed that afternoon. We met some friends at the Hyatt Regency in Miami Friday night and were back at our hotel early. We were pretty excited to finally meet Symphony of the Seas.
Saturday morning we had breakfast with another friend and then checked out of our hotel and again utilized Uber to take us over to the Cruise Terminal. From our hotel to the Terminal our Uber was about $23. Uber charges a premium as it gets busier and since there were a lot of folks headed to the Terminal area for their cruises it was a bit more than normal. I’m sure it worked to be a better option because we ended up being in traffic for a bit of time. Miami is a busy a Port and there were 6 ships in Port that day so as you can imagine that’s a lot of folks trying to get to the same place. Plus there is a lot of construction going on too. Royal Caribbean is in the process of completing it’s new Terminal and Norwegian is completing their new Terminal as well.
Once we finally arrived and grabbed our bags from our Uber driver (who by the way was great!) we headed over to the Porter to give him our bags. Gave him a tip so and off our bags went! As a reminder, never pack your travel documents, passports, medication, electronics, cameras or anything else you don’t want to loose! Keep all your important documents and items with you.
Next stop inside the terminal to check in.