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Old 01-02-2014, 09:39 PM   #916
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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.

Did you email them? What did they say?




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.


Thats great. So I could go grab my creamer the night before........and wine. Do the servers hold the wine if its not finished? A bottle could last me 4 dinners.



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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

I forgot you're landing so late. Both sound yum! I love a good linguine with clams.


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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

I'm so happy for you! I'm so tired of thinking about this dang hotel too. I've thought more about this than when I booked the cruise.

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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.

I have a $25 off the first Expedia booking with the app. I may follow you and book the Ramada. Promise I'm not a stalker. Thank you for the link. It looks good. And they have an airport shuttle?





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Old 01-02-2014, 09:53 PM   #917
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Put a bucket of ice in the cooler and it will get colder! Your room steward will keep you stocked with ice if you want it.

The servers will store your wine and it will follow you to each restaurant.

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Old 01-02-2014, 10:20 PM   #918
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Put a bucket of ice in the cooler and it will get colder! Your room steward will keep you stocked with ice if you want it.

The servers will store your wine and it will follow you to each restaurant.

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Thanks girl! I'm torn between dealing with the store or just drinking the drink of the day. I do love a good fruity tropical drink.

I love my creamer but really want to travel light or as light as possible. Do you usually go to the store pre-cruise?
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Thanks girl! I'm torn between dealing with the store or just drinking the drink of the day. I do love a good fruity tropical drink.

I love my creamer but really want to travel light or as light as possible. Do you usually go to the store pre-cruise?
I used to go stock up but now I find its just easier to buy it on board. I would never drink what I had in the room since I was never there!

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Old 01-02-2014, 10:49 PM   #920
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I used to go stock up but now I find its just easier to buy it on board. I would never drink what I had in the room since I was never there!

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Thats kind of what I'm thinking. Maybe if DH was going and we'd consuming bottles of wine but with just me, it's not like I can get hammered. I think I'm going to skip the store. I'm trying to figure out what's near the Hilton I've got booked the night we arrive. I really need to make up my mind on this whole hotel thing. I found out they don't have a shuttle and its $13 from the airport to the hotel by taxi. Then another $30 + tip to get to the Port through SAS in the morning. Just a hair under $200 including taxes for the hotel. This one night is going to cost a lot. Plus dinner. Plus breakfast.
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Thats kind of what I'm thinking. Maybe if DH was going and we'd consuming bottles of wine but with just me, it's not like I can get hammered. I think I'm going to skip the store. I'm trying to figure out what's near the Hilton I've got booked the night we arrive. I really need to make up my mind on this whole hotel thing. I found out they don't have a shuttle and its $13 from the airport to the hotel by taxi. Then another $30 + tip to get to the Port through SAS in the morning. Just a hair under $200 including taxes for the hotel. This one night is going to cost a lot. Plus dinner. Plus breakfast.
You just need to take a page from Alison and Cynthia's book and figure out how to pack breakfast and dinner in your suitcase!

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Old 01-02-2014, 11:49 PM   #922
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You just need to take a page from Alison and Cynthia's book and figure out how to pack breakfast and dinner in your suitcase! Jill in CO
Hilarious! The Hilton has a very nice breakfast for $22 a pop, not sure about kids prices though. It looks like a beautiful breakfast. May have to splurge as it looks like we'll be eating our body weight in Mickey Ice Cream bars during the cruise.
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I'm so happy for you! I'm so tired of thinking about this dang hotel too. I've thought more about this than when I booked the cruise.
I know, this hotel thing has been a nuisance. With Disney you know you're getting a great product, and usually spotlessly clean. With this hotel I've been amazed how many negative reviews I've read. I seriously would have taken a flight the morning of the cruise if SW offered an earlier one. I found one with AA but I've had no dealings with them and would hate to wake up in vacation day to discover my flight had been canceled...

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I have a $25 off the first Expedia booking with the app. I may follow you and book the Ramada. Promise I'm not a stalker. Thank you for the link. It looks good. And they have an airport shuttle?


Come on over! Not the fanciest of places but just around what I wanted to pay. It's ridiculous how much they can charge being near an airport. Yep, they have a shuttle. It's only 1.5 miles from FLL.

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Old 01-03-2014, 07:54 PM   #924
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Hi all. With only 86 days until the cruise I thought it was time for me to make some decisions. So I did.

First, we are paid in full! We aren't due until 1/14/14 but because our original cruise got canceled and we got a rebooking discount, I realized our price isn't likely to drop below that so I bit the bullet and paid the remainder of the balance. Feels grrrrrreat!

Second: I decided on a hotel. We're staying at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina. http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/flo...arina-FLLGRHH/

There are a lot of nearby restaurants, a Publix, and Walgreen's so if I decide we need to schlep anything extra on board., we can.

There are quite a few restaurants within walking distance and at most a short cab ride. Bimini Boatyard looks good. http://www.biminiboatyard.com/menus/DINNER.pdf. I'm specifically looking at the Cobb Salad and the Bimini Chowder. We'll share regardless; Joshua is so good about that. Maybe we'll just do the bread and salad since I don't want leftovers.

I am also looking at Bravo: http://www.bravoitaliano.com/Welcome.html They have a cruise special. If you bring your cruise info, they'll give you 20% off. Everything looks good and I am a Saltimboca junkie. Again, we'll share. I know Joshua will eat a lot of pizza on board so we'll stay away from that but from the photos I've seen, there doesn't seem to be a bunch of Italian options on the Wonder. The reviews on Bravo are excellent.

Lauderdale Grill also looks yummy and casual; both good things. http://www.lauderdalegrill.com Their burgers look great and easy to share with a cup of clam chowder. Joshua is a clam chider nut.

There is also an Outback Steakhouse, which we love but have been to tons of times. http://www.outback.com

And finally Kelly's Landing if we are in the mood for chowdah: http://www.kellyslanding.com/menu.html This menu looks the best to me. Joshua loves scallops too.

I will let him decide as it's *his trip*.


Third: I booked transportation from the hotel to the port and then the port to the airport with SAS. http://www.ridesas.com I am a little concerned that SAS won't pick me up until about 11 am. I am guessing though that because this is our first cruise, we will be near the last to board so we should have plenty of time. I received my confirmation email today.

Fourth: I confirmed flight times and they are better than I remember booking. We arrive in Fort Lauderdale at 4:55 pm and our return flight leaves at 12:50 pm. I am really liking both those times. It will give us plenty of time to poke around the marina area the night before the cruise and plenty of time to get back to the Fort Lauderdale airport post cruise.

Fifth, which I posted prior: I ordered our FE. Should be here in about 4 weeks. I really like it.


I still have some odds and ends to take care of but for the most part we are solid. Feels good to have some of this wrapped up.
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I know, this hotel thing has been a nuisance. With Disney you know you're getting a great product, and usually spotlessly clean. With this hotel I've been amazed how many negative reviews I've read. I seriously would have taken a flight the morning of the cruise if SW offered an earlier one. I found one with AA but I've had no dealings with them and would hate to wake up in vacation day to discover my flight had been canceled...

I couldn't find an earlier flight either. I don't know much about AA. I think sticking with SW is a good idea though. I have total confidence flying with them. United are the ones I don't love. I avoid them at all costs but unfortunately, aside from SW, that's where all of our points are.



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Come on over! Not the fanciest of places but just around what I wanted to pay. It's ridiculous how much they can charge being near an airport. Yep, they have a shuttle. It's only 1.5 miles from FLL.
Thanks! I booked the Hilton. I'm a nut. Your price is much better than mine. And I don't get a shuttle. Or free breakfast.





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We're so close! It's insane. Joshua said to me earlier today; do you realize we'd be going on our cruise in 2 weeks? yeah, I know. I am honestly okay with it being delayed to our current date. The water and weather may be a little warmer.
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Look at all the things you did! The FE is so cute!

Glad you picked a hotel, it's a load off the mind isn't it!

That's a lot of tasty restaurants to pick from

Exactly with the flight, I trust SW, I'm not sure about AA. Much better to have peace of mind than to be stressed on the first day of vacation. We're going on vacation!!!!!

That's so sad we'd be going in two weeks c'est la vie. The water and temp will definitely be hotter though, no doubt about it.

Being picked up at 11 or after really won't be an issue. We'll get to the port between 12-12:30 and after checking in will be able to walk right on the ship. Any earlier and you're waiting around with tons of people and not enough chairs.

I'm going to pay mine tomorrow. What had we decided on Palo? Want to book something now or wait until boarding?
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Let's totally book Palo. I'm thinking brunch on the sea day after Cozumel? What do you think? Or maybe the first day because if Joshua is good and you don't think I'm nuts, maybe we could try to squeeze in a dinner. Is it worth doing twice? Once for dinner and once for brunch?
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Let's totally book Palo. I'm thinking brunch on the sea day after Cozumel? What do you think? Or maybe the first day because if Joshua is good and you don't think I'm nuts, maybe we could try to squeeze in a dinner. Is it worth doing twice? Once for dinner and once for brunch?
Yes, it is worth doing twice. Brunch is completely different from dinner. You HAVE to try to souffle at dinner and the chicken parm at brunch!!!!!!

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Look at all the things you did! The FE is so cute!

I really like it too. It was $20 and then like $3.99 for shipping. There is just no way I could make one.

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Totally! There's a chance we may see our friends but I needed to book and stop looking. It'll be Spring Break and our friends travel a lot so if they're home, we'll stay with them, if not then well stay at the Hilton. Either way I'm covered. They also plan very last minute so they'll know if theyll be home about the time I need to cancel which is 48*.

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That's a lot of tasty restaurants to pick from
I'm leaning towards Kelly's or Bravo. Do they serve much italian food on the ship?

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Exactly with the flight, I trust SW, I'm not sure about AA. Much better to have peace of mind than to be stressed on the first day of vacation. We're going on vacation!!!!!
Plus we get two free bags each! And I agree about not being stressed.

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That's so sad we'd be going in two weeks c'est la vie. The water and temp will definitely be hotter though, no doubt about it.
I'm glad. I was a little worried about the water at CC in January. April should be wonderful.

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Being picked up at 11 or after really won't be an issue. We'll get to the port between 12-12:30 and after checking in will be able to walk right on the ship. Any earlier and you're waiting around with tons of people and not enough chairs.

Oh that's good to know. So will we meet on the SAS bus? That'll be fun! And then we don't have to be anywhere until the mister drill right? What do you usually do when you board while waiting for your room?

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Yes, it is worth doing twice. Brunch is completely different from dinner. You HAVE to try to souffle at dinner and the chicken parm at brunch!!!!!!

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Awesome! Everyone raves about the chicken parm. I'm worried about leaving Joshua twice but he's really grown so independent this year. I think it's being in Junior High and not wanting to be a baby.
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