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Old 12-29-2013, 05:40 PM   #901
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Great ideas. I think food/candy is the way to go. I like the magnet idea too. What did you get printed on them?

I like the theme idea. I think we're known for Salt Water Taffy here. Hmm....And green jello. Too bad beer would be such a pita to carry on. We've got great local breweries that play on Utah's abnormalities like polygamy etc....
Here is what I put together and had printed at Vistaprint.



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Here is what I put together and had printed at Vistaprint.



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That is awesome! How did you do that? Was Vista Print $$?
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No worries yes, land in Fort Lauderdale and get to the hotel. Some of them have complimentary shuttles from the airport. If it's one of the hotels SAS picks up from they will get you in the morning at your hotel and drive you to the port which is about 45 minutes away.

Are your friends rates good? Might be a better fit for a nice hotel and a taxi fare. SAS will pick up from the Port of Miami and take you back to FLL. You don't have to use them for both ways either if you end up at a different hotel.

I'm sure you could work around the hotel issue, SAS picks up from FLL and if you can easily get back to the airport in the morning you could ask them to pick you up from there.

I've used the online form and they get back to you quite quickly. You could always ask about a hotel that's not on their list, they might be flexible.


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The rates are okay but nothing great. I'm guessing due to Spring Break? Does the hotel you booked have a shuttle?

I'm leaning towards our friend's house. It'll save like $300 between the hotel and transportation. I'd love to see them, it's Michael's best friend, but one night is hard sometimes especially needing a good nights sleep. I sleep fine in a hotel room but not fabulous in other people's homes. At the very least we could meet them in the evening for dinner if they'll come to Fort Lauderdale.

For hotels I'm looking closely at this Hilton. It's on SAS's list.

http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/flo...RHH/index.html

We won't have a hotel after the cruise. We've got a 2:30 flight out of Fort Laderdale. As I think about it, that may be the time to see our friends if we don't stay there on arrival night. Less stress and plenty of time before the flight and after disembarkation.

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Old 12-30-2013, 10:00 AM   #904
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That is awesome! How did you do that? Was Vista Print $$?
Thanks! I just used clip art from the Internet and used Powerpoint to build it. I think Vistaprint worked out to about $1/magnet.


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Old 12-30-2013, 03:30 PM   #905
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Thanks! I just used clip art from the Internet and used Powerpoint to build it. I think Vistaprint worked out to about $1/magnet.


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Thats not bad at all. I'm going to try to figure something out. I'm the least crafty person ever.
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How did I miss two countdowns!

I'm beyond excited!!!!!!!





The Hilton looks very nice. I'm going to take pictures of mine, we'll have to compare. I'm so worried there's going to be bugs everywhere


I understand completely about getting together/not getting together with your friends. Sometimes it's too much. Saving $300 sounds fabulous though. Would they be able to drive you to the port?
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Thanks for all the information, planning stuff ladies! We are now all set for our Ft. Lauderdale trip!

I'll post this later in the PTR when I get to it, but now we are staying at the Extended Stay America on October 29-31. Does SAS take you from the Airport to hotels or only the port? This hotel says they have an airport shuttle, but you have to call for details.

We can go to the publix across the street for Mtn Dew, wine and other carry ons. The biggest thing is that our plane leaves John Wayne Airport at 11:00AM, so at least we will get some breakfast before leaving. We have a three and a half hour layover in DFW and then we get into Ft Lauderdale at 11:00PM.

I know I'll be hungry once we get to the hotel so I'll bring some pasta and something in a can that I can make a sauce with. I told Fran that If she doesn't want pasta with tomatoes, or linguine and clams, she needs to pick out a can of soup or something I can make her in the room.

We can get our sodas at Publix across the St. and anything else that we want. The hotel is on the SAS list. I hope that they will take Fran's scooter. Then the hotel where our convention is after the cruise is also on the SAS list. So we can get a ride back too!

I need to find the place where I can email them and find out how much more it will cost us with all our additional baggage.
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Hi Alison, here's the link to the SAS reservation page. You might want to call them about the extra luggage and scooter but they're a very easy company to work with, I'm sure they'll be able to take care of you and Fran.

http://www.ridesas.com/html/reservations.html

I'll use them any time I fly into FLL, they were great last year. I'm not sure about going from FLL to the hotel, I'd ask them about that too. I just read everything on their rate page and it says requests after 6:00 pm will not be taken, so you'll probably need to get the hotel shuttle from the airport.


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Jenny, my final change has occurred. I'll now be staying at the Ramada the night before the cruise. It's nonrefundable so I better not change. The reason why I changed from the Red Carpet is because their free airport shuttle ends at 10:00 and I'll be getting in at 10:10. The Ramada is also cheaper at $119 with all the taxes and fees. I've sent SAS a reservation request this morning so I should be all set. Have you decided what you're going to do?

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How did I miss two countdowns!

I'm beyond excited!!!!!!!



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The Hilton looks very nice. I'm going to take pictures of mine, we'll have to compare. I'm so worried there's going to be bugs everywhere
It is nice but its $$$. I am having a hard time finding anything decent for under $200 with taxes. The Hilton does;t look close to anything though and that's got me double guessing. Why is this such a difficult decision?


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I understand completely about getting together/not getting together with your friends. Sometimes it's too much. Saving $300 sounds fabulous though. Would they be able to drive you to the port?
Yes, they would do it all. They live in Coconut Grove. Michael thinks we should stay there, not because of the money, but because they are our friends. I haven't seen them in a few years. Michael goes to Miami twice a year so he's seen them. I think we land about 6:30 or so so we would't have a ton of time together. I'd just use SAS to the airport post cruise. I can do that right?

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Thanks for all the information, planning stuff ladies! We are now all set for our Ft. Lauderdale trip!
How are you set and I'm not?

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I'll post this later in the PTR when I get to it, but now we are staying at the Extended Stay America on October 29-31. Does SAS take you from the Airport to hotels or only the port? This hotel says they have an airport shuttle, but you have to call for details.
Extended Stays are nice.

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We can go to the publix across the street for Mtn Dew, wine and other carry ons. The biggest thing is that our plane leaves John Wayne Airport at 11:00AM, so at least we will get some breakfast before leaving. We have a three and a half hour layover in DFW and then we get into Ft Lauderdale at 11:00PM.
I don't think I'm going to stop at the store. I don't know that we'll need it. I'm sure after the cruise I will wish I had grabbed something but as of now, I can't think of anything I need badly enough. What am I missing? The only thing I can think of that I'd miss is my fat free vanilla Coffeemate creamer but without a fridge, I'm not sure what I'd do with it anyway.

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I know I'll be hungry once we get to the hotel so I'll bring some pasta and something in a can that I can make a sauce with. I told Fran that If she doesn't want pasta with tomatoes, or linguine and clams, she needs to pick out a can of soup or something I can make her in the room.
Does she not like pasta? Is the Extended Stay near any good eats?

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We can get our sodas at Publix across the St. and anything else that we want. The hotel is on the SAS list. I hope that they will take Fran's scooter. Then the hotel where our convention is after the cruise is also on the SAS list. So we can get a ride back too!

I need to find the place where I can email them and find out how much more it will cost us with all our additional baggage.

How do you keep your soda cold on the ship? Can you get room service ice or are there ice machines like in hotels?

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Jenny, my final change has occurred. I'll now be staying at the Ramada the night before the cruise. It's nonrefundable so I better not change. The reason why I changed from the Red Carpet is because their free airport shuttle ends at 10:00 and I'll be getting in at 10:10. The Ramada is also cheaper at $119 with all the taxes and fees. I've sent SAS a reservation request this morning so I should be all set. Have you decided what you're going to do?

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Happy New Year!

Final change? $119? Really? Whats the link? I may have to follow you there. The Ramada has a free shuttle? Thats a great pre-pay rate.

Not yet. I want to see our friends but want a hotel because it's way less hassle. I hope that doesn't sound mean. I'd love to see them if we could really relax and enjoy their company. I fear 3-5 hours would just stress me out and it's asking a lot I think from our end; pick us up, host us, drop us off. I don't want to be a headache either.


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How are you set and I'm not?
I'm obviously not completely set as I didn't notice SAS doesn't do after 6PM. I have to arrange transport from airport to hotel.

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I don't think I'm going to stop at the store. I don't know that we'll need it. I'm sure after the cruise I will wish I had grabbed something but as of now, I can't think of anything I need badly enough. What am I missing? The only thing I can think of that I'd miss is my fat free vanilla Coffeemate creamer but without a fridge, I'm not sure what I'd do with it anyway.
There is a "cool box" in the rooms. They don't call them fridges but they do keep stuff cool. Perfect for sodas and wine.

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Does she not like pasta? Is the Extended Stay near any good eats?
There is plenty nearby to get lunch and dinner the day after we arrive, but with an 11PM landing time, by the time we get our bags and get to the hotel it will be well after midnight and I'm sure none of the little places nearby will be open. Plus Fran won't want go there. She likes pasta but not necessarily the two recipes that I can make out of a can. Angel hair pasta with tomatoes and basil or linguine and clams

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How do you keep your soda cold on the ship? Can you get room service ice or are there ice machines like in hotels?
As I said there is a chillbox in the room. Keeps drinks cold, but I wouldn't bet a roast on it!
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Heres the link. Im locked in, no cancellations. Which is just as well because now I dont have to think about it. SAS is booked too. Everything is coming together


http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Rev...e_Florida.html

Previously this one was $175 so I guess they're doing a special. Its only through expedia and travelocity though, through Ramadas site its $150 plus taxes.
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I'll be back to reply but wanted to post a pic of our FE. Obviously the names are different. The top pocket will say Sheets Family. The Mickey pocket will say Parents and the Minnie pockets will say Kids. I didn't want to pony up for 5 pockets so I thought this was a cute alternative to encompass us all.

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