Saturday, September 20, 2008

Ft. Lauderdale as a Stopover to Miami

Before embarking on our cruise, we elected to fly to Ft. Lauderdale a day early and stay overnight. Through some connections, we got a goot rate at the Sheraton on the beach. It was well located, clean, and reasonably priced. They had a pool, pool bar, and the requisite restaurant, deli, and bar. All in all it was a decent place.

Our flight to Ft. Lauderdale was on Southwest and was, in all, fairly uneventful. We had arranged our transportation through SAS, which my wife found on the discussion board at cruisecritic.com. SAS is run by Steve who met us with the utmost professionalism. He talked about the local area and activities that we might be interested in as he drove us from the airport o the hotel. Dropping us off, we finalized arrangements for the ride to the port in Miami the next morning.

After settling into the room, first had some beverages at the pool/beach bar and then we walked up Las Olas Blvd (A1A) and had lunch at Bahia Cabana, a well-known place amongst the locals. We eventually wandered some more and found ourselves embibing of a malt beverage at a local place called Rock & Roll Bar. It was streetfront/beachfront and was a lot of fun. After finishing a pair of drinks, we headed back to the hotel. Soon we were answering the siren call of Bierbrunnen, a German establishment just off of A1A. Lots of beers on tap, including some nice German brews. We had one for the road and made it back to the hotel after a short walk.

We repacked our luggage to better prepare for boarding the ship on Sunday.

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