DH and I planned a 5 day and an 8 day on the Carnival Sunshine. My parents, who live in NH, joined us on the 5 day. We live in Vermont, but flew out of Albany on Southwest because it was cheaper. Our plan was to leave for Albany Friday, Jan. 6 and then fly to FLL and drive to Sunrise, FL to catch a Boston Bruins game. Then we'd spend the night in Boca Raton and drive up to Port Canaveral to board the Sunshine on Sunday, Jan. 8. Well, best laid plans...
On the drive to Albany, I got a text from a friend asking if I was flying into FLL. I was like, yeah, why? She told me there would probably be tons of extra security there. I was confused until she then told me that there was an active shooter at the airport! My mother-in-law sent me a link to the article and DH turned on the radio to a news station. I got chills and freaked out a it. We decided to change our flight to MCO. We pulled over in a gas station and changed our airline tickets on the spot (costing us an extra $300 something dollars). This meant that we'd have to skip the Bruins game since it wouldn't make sense to drive back and forth to Sunrise (2 and a half hours each way).
Turns out, we probably would have been fine because the airport was open the next day, but we had no idea, so we wanted to err on the side of caution. Just get me to the ship!
The SpringHill Suites we stayed at in Albany was nice. It was roomy with a separate desk area (where I sat frantically changing hotel plans), couch and separate rooms for a toilet and shower. The shower was big. The lobby had snacks for sale. There were two free mini water bottles in the fridge which I thought was a nice touch. The only cons of the hotel room were that it only had one nightstand and not two and the shower door was heavy.
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Carnival Freedom, Feb. 2, 2015 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2169472
Carnival Conquest, Jan. 12, 2014 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1975490
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Carnival Freedom, May 27, 2012 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1645886
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