The Maiden Inaugural Cruise - December 2010 travel blog

leaving the harbor

bon voyage

unique stern

mini yacht


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sailing out

A short flight has brought us to warmth and sun shine - just what the doctor ordered. I was lucky enough to sit next to a very young family on the plane. Unfortunately during the four months the baby had been alive, no one had taught him proper airplane etiquette. Actually his cries did not bother me nearly as much as his father, whose solution to the problem was to rock the entire row of seats as he tried to calm his son. Shaken not stirred, I arrived in Ft. Lauderdale. Some of our luggage came here on a different flight, giving us heart palpitations after the baggage carousel stopped and we were still missing two suitcases. But there they were in lost luggage and all was well with the world once again.

Ft. Lauderdale is a great town for tourists. The airport is near the town, the cruise port, and the hotels and most importantly the beaches. We decided not to rent a car because so much is a walk or a quick cab ride away.

The inlet to the cruise port is a half hour walk on the beach away from our hotel. We made the trip to watch the Allure of the Seas sail out on a little cruise to nowhere, before it comes back to port and takes us on the maiden voyage. Getting our of the harbor was clearly more challenging for the Allure than it was for its little sister the Navigator of the Seas, which also left port today. From a distance the massive size of the ship was not so obvious, but the stern definitely has a unique look. This is where cabins have balconies looking in toward the ship and the climbing wall is also located there. We felt sorry for the folks sleeping in our beds tonight. They will only be on the ship two days, which is hardly enough time to explore this behemoth and see all it has to offer.

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