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    Carnival, Royal Caribbean
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Western Caribbean

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  1. There really are no beaches in the city of Miami. You need to drive over to Miami Beach to see the beautiful beaches Miami Dade County have to offer. October is still low season so check out one of the boutique hotels in South Beach. Otherwise stay in downtown Miami at the Intercontinental Hotel or Holiday Inn Bayside for the one night before your cruise. Take a cab or Uber it over to Miami Beach to spend a few hours lounging on the sand.
  2. Cruised on the SS Norway with my cousin in September 1983. We shared an interior room on the Biscayne Deck midship in a cabin that had bunk beds. I had the top bunk and my younger female cousin had the lower bunk. During the start of the cruise we met a young couple from the New Jersey shore who were one of the first grand prize winners of the New Jersey State Lottery. They had a large suite and almost every day during the sailing we met for champagne in their cabin before second seating dinner. During the cruise I met a pretty woman who was a travel agent from Louisville, Kentucky who was traveling with her mother. To this day we are still friends. Back then it was strictly a cash bar so you paid as you go. I spent a fortune on drinks that week. I also remember dancing in the disco when at 1:30AM staff would pass out sandwiches to all the passengers. Also during that week while swimming in the pool near the smoke stacks I met entertainer Vic Diamone. He was traveling that week on the ship with his family. That ship brings back memories! Can’t wait for the Coronavirus Pandemic to be over so that we can all return to the ships that we love!
  3. After looking at recent NCL financial statements it appears that they are in the worst position regarding continuing to stay in business during the Coronavirus Pandemic. They have the lowest amount of cash on hand and unfortunately are highly leveraged regarding the amount of ships that they are paying off. All three major cruise lines will have tough times ahead. The United States determination not to include them in the one trillion dollars stimulus package certainly doesn’t help their situation either. I pray for this to end sooner than later so that I can return to the cruises that my family and I love. Stay safe everyone, practice social distancing, and together we will get through this this tough time.
  4. The Carnival Panorama returned to Long Beach on schedule yesterday but there was concern regarding a few crew members. No one was allowed to leave the ship until the crew members were checked. Apparently late last night the tests were returned and they were negative. The ship leaves later today on an abbreviated six day sailing. Mazatlan was canceled on this six day sailing. Also, today the Regal Princess is being held off from returning to Port Everglades because there concerned about two crew members that have symptoms of the disease. Until they are tested the ship is doing circles off of the coast of South Florida. As of 12:45PM EDT those test results haven’t been returned so that next sailing will either be shortened or canceled all together.
  5. Carnival Mardi Gras would also be a great choice but I would worry about the fact that their newest ship would be very expensive to travel on during it’s first years of service. The newest ship always brings in the highest prices.
  6. Intercontinental Hotel is very close to the Port Of Miami and is a Cruise Critic favorite. It’s a short ride to the Port Of Miami and in most cases there rates are reasonable. It’s also very close to Bayside Marketplace for shopping and dining in reference to pre or post cruise activities. From some of the higher floors you can see the docked ships from your hotel room.
  7. If you have the time a seven day cruise on either Royal Caribbean or Carnival to either the Eastern or Western Caribbean would be great. Disney is also a lot of fun for a child but in most cases is usually double or triple the price. Royal Caribbean’s Harmony Of The Seas would be a good choice that leaves from Port Canaveral. Carnival is great too but personally I would choose one of their newer, larger ships.
  8. Magen’s Bay In St Thomas is very nice. You need a cab or shuttle to get there from Havensight Pier. You can rent umbrellas and loungers there too. They also had food stands right on the beach last time I was there with my family.
  9. In most instances if you purchase liquor during the first cruise you normally have to pick it up before the conclusion of the first cruise. You either pick it on your own or your cabin steward is responsible to get it for you.
  10. They normally want you out of the cabin by 8:30AM and off the ship before 10:00AM to get the ship ready for it’s next sailing.
  11. Just so you know, the nice beaches are in Miami Beach, not in the City Of Miami. Also, time of year has a big difference in pricing. A beautiful, two hundred plus room during the off season in June, July, and August can easily be four hundred plus in December, January, and February during the prime winter season. Please plan accordingly.
  12. Do an Oasis Class Western Caribbean seven day cruise from either Port Canaveral, Port Everglades, or the Port Of Miami to Grand Cayman, Falmouth, Jamaica, and Cozumel, Mexico. The Oasis Of The Seas, Allure Of The Seas, and Symphony Of The Seas are the Harmony Of The Seas three sister ships.
  13. Sixt Rental Car’s location is the Miami International Airport Rental Car Center for the Port Of Miami. Unfortunately they do not provide free shuttle service from the Rental Car Center to the Port Of Miami.
  14. If you rent a vehicle from FLL the closest rental car locations for the Port Of Miami for vehicle drop off are in downtown Miami. Hertz, Avis, and Budget have downtown Miami locations that are very close to the Port Of Miami. They provide shuttle service from their downtown locations. If you rent from Alamo, National, Enterprise, Dollar, or Thrifty you would drop off the rental vehicle at the Miami International Airport Rental Car Center which is located directly across from the Miami International Airport. The five above mentioned companies provide free shuttle service to the Port Of Miami. The short shuttle ride takes approximately fifteen minutes. If you rent a vehicle at the conclusion of your cruise they also provide free shuttle service back to the Miami International Airport Rental Car Center.
  15. The Alamo Eller Drive location is right outside of Port Everglades. It’s literally a five minute shuttle ride to the cruise terminals from that location.
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