Our travelling party consisted of me, H40’s, S20, S18 & S15 (I’m tired of the ‘dears’). We live in central NJ and travelled the same day There was a major thunderstorm the day before and we lost power ~6pm It did not go back on until the next day ~3pm, so I was doing my final preparations in complete darkness at 3am on Sunday with the help of a flashlight. Oh well. I’m glad it happened when it did because I was able to set my mom up with ice and batteries before we left (she was watching my dogs ). It would have been very stressful if it had happened after we left for the ship, so it worked out. Our flight was delayed at EWR ~45 min due to traffic and we arrived just before 11am.
Arrived at FLL and got our luggage quickly; at this point I start relaxing because I know I’ve got clothes for the week! Followed Oceanboy’s tip and got a minivan cab for 5 at a metered rate (in the past we took 2 cabs because we were told the only other thing available was a car service at $15pp). We were told by the dispatcher that the cost was ~$12-15 plus tip and we got a cab with ~10 minutes wait.
Some of you know that I have bad luck with taxi drivers. Well, nothing has changed. The cab pulls up. Some guy, I think he was a dispatcher, jumped in and started loading luggage while the cab driver stood there. Then, my husband goes to tip him! I gave him the stare of death but it was only $2 so whatever but wth is my cab driver doing?
We got fully loaded into the cab, and this guy announces loudly, “The cost for this cab is $20 PLUS TIP!” Yeah, ok. I wasn’t going to argue at this point; he had our luggage hostage. So we make the quick trip to the port and as he gets out ($11.70 meter reading) he quickly zeroes out the meter.
So I go to pay him and I say, “The meter said $11.70”. He got all huffy and puffy and started saying “well, you are 5 people” and well, this and that and the other thing. I said anyway it’s a metered fare so it doesn’t matter and gave him $20. I’m sure he was po’d but I thought it was fair. This was cab driver 0645 in case anyone gets him later. He says “my people, my people” a lot. He’s big! My tip: make sure you are in a metered minivan, and check the meter when you get in and before you get out to avoid disagreements.
Anyway thanks, OB, you saved me an extra cab fare (big smile for the savings).