This cruise was for a large group of wine lovers and one of the extras that I coordinated for the group was a group rate at the hotel, a wine reception at the hotel and a dinner at the Rustic Inn Crab House. Finding a hotel with a reasonable rate in Fort Lauderdale in January can be quite a challenge. I called around and got quotes from several hotels in the area for an open ended group. I seem to remember the price was right around $200 per room, which is a great price for Fort Lauderdale in high season. This wasn’t a resort or fancy hotel (Homewood Suites) by any means, but for those of us who just needed a room for the night before we boarded our cruise the next day, it was a great hotel at a great price.
I think we ended up with about 1/2 of our group staying at the hotel, which meant about 20 rooms. We had a nice reception at the hotel with a glass of Wilhelm Family Vineyards wines for everyone and then walked over to the Rustic Inn where I had made a reservation for our large group. It was super convenient and in walking distance for our group. The Rustic Inn, located right on the Cut-Off Canal, a boatway leading to the ocean from the everglades, features just what you would expect, rustic crab and seafood preparations. If you are looking for a seafood feast, this is the place to go.
The next morning, the hotel arranged for everyone to take a transfer to the cruise port with their shuttle bus. Boarding in Ft. Lauderdale didn’t take take to long and we were on the ship in no time. Full disclosure, I did not take any pre-cruise pictures, so for this blog post, I am sharing some photos from the hotel and restaurant websites. I would highly recommend either of these establishments for your pre-cruise night.This entry was posted in My Cruise History