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  1. google it ... several companies do day trips but it is a long day .... https://www.grayline.com/tours/fort-lauderdale/key-west-day-trip-from-fort-lauderdale-5864_76_12130_136/ Approximate free time in Key West will be 12:00pm to 5.00pm. After picking up at Fort Lauderdale, the bus will make other stops in Miami hotels and continue to Key West No preset activities are included, so you have maximum freedom to choose your own activities. 16 Hours from $99
  2. just got a notice from CVS ... they have do it yourself COVID tests ... with results in 15 minutes .... pak of 2 for $24 ....... https://www.cvs.com/shop/abbott-binaxnow-covid-19-antigen-self-test-2-tests-for-serial-testing-prodid-550147 I'd expect WIDE availability SOON ..
  3. https://www.miamidade.gov/global/initiatives/coronavirus/testing-locations.page
  4. If it is your first time to Miami you really will miss out if you don't go get some 'authentic' Cuban food. Versailles is good but IMO FAR from the best ... but CERTAINLY the most popularized. A very good local chain is La Carreta with multiple locations around Miami including one in the airport (popular with the workers) and one just a few yard from Ver' .... this is where the local's go!!!! http://lacarreta.com/ But here's a hint ... the BEST Cuban is usually a lil mom and pop just around the corner. As the desk where THEY go for Cuban for their lunch/dinn
  5. while offshore fireworks displays were once a BIG thing off the coast here in Canaveral ..... not so much recently. I could only speculate on the reasons <cost> if fireworks display is your desire I'd offer Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Orlando at SeaWorld or the adjacent SpringHill Suites by Marriott Orlando at SeaWorld <they share a pool area> As you may know Disney has engineered their property to limit the ability to view one park fireworks from another park/area. Seaworld has less land to play with and I can ASSURE you that any SeaWorld firewo
  6. Thanks for the info. I know covid protocols will throw monkey wrenches in the new embarkation processes. and HOW!!! Some articles in the local Cape Canaveral press have already speculated that the boarding process will change SIGNIFICANTY especially the need to adhere to scheduled arrival times at the terminal so as to prevent crowding there. If this proves true (and sounds VERY logical) your assigned arrival time might factor significantly in to your departure time . . . but you can ALWAYS chill at GRILLS Tiki Bar and UBER the last mile when your time comes up 🤣
  7. Next door just a few weeks ago . . . this guy crossed the line defining 'nuisance' for State rules. Trappers responded in under an hour. Welcome to Florida! This is near Canaveral.
  8. At 'Commanding Officer School' for USCG .... there was a saying Navigation is NOT a contact sport . . . .
  9. https://lotsofhonor.com/ ParkCruise.com ..... these are the same operation (LOH is a special price subset of Park N Cruise) PnC website is not working today ... may be off as the place is not open due to no cruises as seen below https://www.parkportcanaveral.com/ Due to the suspension of cruises from Port Canaveral, we have temporarily suspended our parking and shuttle operations. Enter your e-mail to receive updates and future promotions.
  10. trivia point Forester did NOT write the Hornblower series "in chronological order" . . . . the last written was actually incomplete and appears in the middle of the timeline. Which one? Some say it is better to read them in the order written vs time line . . . .
  11. I prefer his older stuff his first one's were published under the name John Dugan .... his first series was Badge of Honor about Phili' police department ... one of his last books was still in this series I first found his Army series, Brotherhood of War which I 'devoured' once I found it and have read many times (it is pop corn reading but I find new little details every time) His Marines series was 'The Corps' and I like that one too alto I find the later ones to get a lil empty don't care for his stuff after this as much, put there was plenty.
  12. A laundromat with an attached bar! Why didn't I think of that? you must not read W.E.B Griffin's books ...... such a laundromat concept was prominent in one of the later books in the Badge of Honor series . . . SUDZIE'S 😁
  13. new Springhill has the advantage of being STEPS from the RCCL terminal .....
  14. Port Canaveral Springhill Suites concur this place is VERY near the RCCL terminal <under 10 minutes>, brand new and features guest laundry .... this is the way I'd go ...... Drive up, check in .... do some laundry where you can wait in your room rather than sit in a laundromat (we don't have the kind with a bar attached here in cocoa!!!!)
  15. there is a thread buried somewhere here on CC of someone who said they DID successfully book an excursion that picked them up at the gate of RCCL Labadee and took them into the surrounding area. Maybe if you dig long enuf on trip advisor ..... There ARE multiple resort hotels with a few miles of 'the compound' .... frequented by Europeans mostly. I visited a couple from a cruise that stopped in Cap Hattian back in the 80's. The Citadel was a common excursion back then .... I've been here .... https://cormierhaiti.com/ Lab' history ... Royal back in the ea
  16. Thon hotel chain is kinda the Holiday Inn of Norway .. there are several Thon properties within a couple of blocks of the main train station where the express from the airport delivers you. We stayed several nites in Thon Terminus which included both breakfast and dinner buffets (pre COVID) https://www.thonhotels.no/hoteller/norge/oslo/thon-hotel-opera/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=infoboks&utm_campaign=GMB https://www.thonhotels.no/hoteller/norge/oslo/thon-hotel-terminus/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=infoboks&utm_campaign=GMB Radisson
  17. a limo to sit 10 is not even a particularly large one and many companies will use a small trailer for the bags ..... https://hotrayzlimos.com/ this seats 10 or the 14 seat party bus
  18. some would say there are three airports serving the Port area. MCO is due west, 44 miles and a straight shot on SR-528 (Beechline expressway - toll) Sanford - Orlando is to the north west about 46 miles, but the road to get here is NOT a straight shot and your travel time goes up a bit Melbourne - Orlando is 22 miles south of the port, south down I-95 or US-1 ... due to the location your travel time is about the same as MCO (it is not immediately next to I-95. MCO has WAY for flights than the other two which are MUCH smaller airports; AND your op
  19. a little cautionary tale wrt to adding an COVID endorsements to your passport .... I'd hold off until someone (everyone) makes it 'official' Tina Sibley, a 59-year-old woman from the United Kingdom, thinks of herself as a well-traveled person. And really, she’s got the ticket stubs and passport stamps to prove it. However, as she recently learned while attempting to board a Qatar Airways flight in Thailand, some of those stamps can really get you in trouble. “An excited traveler, I presented myself and my passport at Qatar airways
  20. this government site will show the 'official' estimate from Passport Agency https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/how-apply.html today is says for NEW application:
  21. I spent last night in the Doubletree in West Palm Beach .... room had a big paper 'seal' on the door saying it had been sanitized and you broke that when you went in. Room had a coffee service etc just like b4. signs said the breakfast was open / available but I'd read that options were limited primarily cuz the typical hotel 'free' breakfast had been a buffet / self service style and that's kinda not a good idea at this time .... I had breakfast at a diner 5 minutes away and other than a general 'masks required' policy set by the county the place was business as usua
  22. spent a couple of days in London b4 a cruise departing from Greenwich. I'd gotten some pounds in US and ended up with most of them still in my pocket even after a cruise with some UK stops! Credit Card was used everywhere. We did the Hop On bus to get a good overview .... we've generally had good experiences with them. Package included a ride up and down the river on a water tour as well ....
  23. we did nutshell when our cruise ended on Bergen and did drag our bags .... it was a bit of a PITA but WAS doable. Every leg of the trip there WAS someplace to put bags ... special racks or the typical bus storage area ... they were never 'underfoot' We made the post cruise a long leg .. spent two extra days in Bergen then booked via nutshell and stayed a night in Flam (become a quiet place when the cruisers leave), then the remaining train to Oslo for 3 nites before flight home. Nutshell Bergen to Oslo is a LONG day .... just the direct train Oslo/Bergen is a long day (
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