Ft. Lauderdale was our embarkation and debarkation port, but for a Non-Stop flight from Phoenix we chose to fly into the Miami airport and stay at a Miami airport hotel with a RT shuttle both pre and post cruise. We choose the DoubleTree by Hilton Miami Airport. This was a slightly longer shuttle ride than the Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn or Hilton Blue Lagoon. Services are still limited at hotels as they come back from Covid. We had arranged our transportation with a private driver that we have used on several occasions. She is very reliable and has a nice Ford Expedition vehicle. She picked us up right on time and we headed to the ship for check-in.
Check-in was a little bottlenecked as they did not have enough people assigned to check your vax card and negative test results, but once through that queue, the rest of check in was a breeze. We were on the ship by 12:15. We couldn’t drop off our stuff in our room so we ate lunch in the nearby Central Park Cafe where I had a disappointing Kummelweck Roast Beef Sandwich. We were able to book our 3 big shows on the app and then headed down to the promenade to book our dinners around that schedule
Once that was done were able to drop off our luggage in our room and relax and enjoy the ship. Having never sailed this class of ship, it was fun to get our orientation and see where the different venues were.
In the evening, we enjoyed the sail away from the after deck near the Flowriders. It was an enjoyable sunset as we set sail.
On our return to Ft. Lauderdale we did every thing in reverse. Disembarkation was a breeze, our pre-arranged driver was able to pick us up just a few minutes after we stepped outside and then we had one post cruise night back at the Miami Airport Doubletree before flying home the next day.My Cruise History