We always fly to our destination the day before our cruise because we do not want to miss the ship or be herded like cattle to the ship. This year we sailed out of Ft. Lauderdale and would highly recommend staying at the Hampton Inn North Airport Cruise Port the night before you sail.
One of the best things about this hotel is the shuttle. They pick you up at the airport, take you out for supper and drop you off at the cruise port for free.
When we sailed out of the port we past several towers, which I assume were apartments. As we past those buildings everyone was cheering, taking pictures, and blowing air horns from the shore. Maybe every cruise ship experiences this as they leave port, but we sure enjoyed it.
When we first get on the ship we feel the need to see the entire ship as soon as possible, which means a lot of walking. Since the ship was so big we didn't see everything the first day, but we had seven more days to find everything.
Did I mention this ship was amazing. I'm not sure if I will ever be able to sail on a smaller ship. Okay that may be a little bit of an exaggeration, but it was really amazing.
Since I didn't want to overwhelm you, I have broken down our trip into 6 different posts. So, stay tuned to see what else we did on our vacation.