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Florida Departures Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami & Port Canaveral & Tampa
Yes, we stayed here a few years ago. Well, it was in a good lcation with a Publix and a few stores and restaurants close by (walking distance for sure), BUT.... and I've mentioned this before.... the room smelled terrible, very musty and moldy. I absolutely understand that Fort Luaderdale is a beach community and this can be a problem in many, if not most hotels. However, this was really awful. The smell seeped into our clean clothes in the suitcases... NOT what you want prior to leaving on a 10 night cruise!
The grounds are nice, the staff was great, and the continental breakfast was just fine... if you don't mind the moldy smell, then go for it. Obviously, just a heads up.
Celebrity to Alaska May 2015
RCI - Serenade of the Seas 2015 - a planned family vacation if son is not in medical school this year
Already Cruised - listed not to brag, but so you can ask me a question if you'd like:
RCI - Explorer of the Seas Nov 2014 Repo/S. Caribbean - 40 ft. rogue wave, lifeboat damage
Princess - Grand Princess May 2014 Pacific Coastal
RCI - Serenade of the Seas March 2014 - B2B W. Caribbean
RCI - Serenade of the Seas Feb 2014 - Bahamas - a celebration cruise indeed!
*RCI Scandinavia 2013 - 30th Anniversary! - nope - cancelled due to my illness. ~ Maybe next year, God willing.
RCI - Jewel of the Seas Nov 2012 - B2B Mexico
RCI - Jewel of the Seas Repo Oct/Nov 2012 Boston to Tampa - Hurricane Sandy
RCI - Brilliance of the Seas June/July 2011 Mediterranean
RCI - Mariner of the Seas Oct/Nov 2010 Mexico
RCI - Oasis of the Seas May 2010 E. Caribbean - 4 adults in one cabin; we did it!
Princess - Emerald Princess April 2009 E. Caribbean
RCI - Explorer of the Seas Sept/Oct 2008 - 25th anniversary! Canada - Hurricane Kyle
RCI - Liberty of the Seas August 2007 E.Caribbean - Hurricane Dean - 4 adults in one cabin; we did it!
RCI - Explorer of the Seas April 2006 E.Caribbean
RCI - Vision of the Seas Aug 2003 Alaska
HAL - Rotterdam - last leg of her final world cruise ever April 1995 Pacific Northwest
RCI - Viking Serenade Aug 1993 Mexico
We stayed here this past January and really liked it. We did not have any issues with musty odors, might be room specific? Great location, nice grounds, pool and tiki bar area had lots of room for our group. Breakfast was OK, just basic.
Our only complaint was an apparent "lack of communication" with management regarding shuttles. Our group wanted to take a shuttle to the beach early in the morning as well as take shuttles to the port. The beach shuttle completely fell through at the last minute and management denied telling us that it would be available in the first place...not true. There was also a problem with the shuttles to the port. We had a very large group (about 50 people) and we informed the hotel management that we would all want to leave for the port at the same time (10:30 AM). We were assured that we would have 2 full size buses to take us. In the end we wound up with 2 smaller buses and barely enough room for everyone to fit with all of our luggage. Luggage in one bus was piled onto the seats to the ceiling...it was a little dangerous, actually. On one turn luggage spilled over into the aisle and we had to load it back up on the seats.
So I would recommend this hotel I would just be sure to get everything in writing and verify any special requests.