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[LIVE] From the Serenade of the Seas 2-12 December 2016

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Good Morning Everyone

 

We are not quite "LIVE' yet as I am posting from the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Hotel where I have a nice view of Port Everglades from our 12th floor room.

 

The Serenade has not arrived yet and I got this shot of the port from our balcony a few minutes ago.

 

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We will be on a 10 night Southern Caribbean Cruise as shown below.

 

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We drove down yesterday from our home near Bunnell, FL after my Wife, Judith, dropped off her Service Dog, Booty, at the Pet Paradise in Palm Coast, FL. It is just too much trouble to have a Service Dog on the Ship and there are also "issues" taking Booty ashore in foreign ports. So I will assume Booty's duties to protect and take care of Judith during our cruise.

 

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Good Morning and safe travels to the both of you!!!!!

 

 

Will be following.

 

Stay safe and enjoy

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We were on the Serenade in November 2015 and here is a photo of us taken just after we boarded the ship.

 

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The Serenade is scheduled to dock at Terminal 18, where the Allure and Harmony dock. Last year the main RCI parking lot was full but I was able to find a handicapped space in the auxiliary lot pretty close to the terminal. You can see our red Explorer parked just in front of the Serenade in this photo.

 

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Last year as we left the ship, the Porter hauled our luggage directly to the car and we were loaded up, paid the parking fee, and were on our way home in about 10 minutes from the time we walked out of the terminal exit. We are trading money for the higher cost RCI parking for convenience and time. For us, it is the right thing to do!

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I am sitting here in our hotel room trying to keep an eye out for the Serenade in the hope that I can get a nice photo of her coming in.

 

Unfortunately, there is a cargo ship docked directly between where the Serenade will dock and our balcony.

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IN the past we have stayed at the Embassy Suites in Fort Lauderdale for the night before the cruise. This time we are at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina and it looks like this will become out new "official" hotel for the nights bfore cruises.

 

The Hilton is less expensive than the Embassy and does not have the free evening cocktail hour or the morning buffet. Also, we are in a regular hotel room instead of a two room suite.

 

The Hilton has a nice little Bar and Grill next to the pool area where we had burgers for dinner last night.

 

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The Hilton also has a Water Taxi stop.

 

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There are also yachts everywhere that remind us that we are poor. It is nice walking around checking out how the rich folks live.

 

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Marine Traffic shows Serenade entering the channel now.

 

Bon Voyage!

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Good morning! Great shots of "your ship coming in". :p

 

Bon voyage! I'll be right here following along. See you both in a few weeks.

 

Cathy

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Beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing your journey. Fort Lauderdale is my favorite departure port.

 

 

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Jim .. following your posts will sure make the next 10 days more enjoyable. We will be on the Serenade in September for a New England cruise. We love the Radiance class ships.

 

 

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We are going to be in a regular balcony cabin for this trip!

 

Our friends Kathie (aboat1) and Jack talked us into sailing with them and we were too late to get a handicapped cabin.

 

We will be cozy, but at sea!

 

They are coming over from south west Florida in a charter bus which will drop them off right at the terminal.

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Bon Voyage! Have a wonderful cruise! Your information made us willing to give Hilton Marina a try. We are staying Hyatt Place in March, so we'll let you know how that goes...reviews overall have been mostly good, but mixed. Sounds like you're going to have a very relaxing cruise on the Serenade!

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Thanks to all of you for your good wishes!

 

I am going to shut down here in the Hilton and my next post will be from the Serenade of the Seas this afternoon.

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How exciting, have a great time. I am only a little jealous this time as I am leaving with my family on the Celebrity Silhouette on Sunday.

Norma

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