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Navigating around the hurricanes. 4 night Navigator Cruise 9/23-9/27

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18 hours ago, emsff02 said:

Thanks for the tip!! I just looked at their prices and they are 1/2 the cost of my rental from enterprise. Do you know if they have a shuttle from the port to MIA, or do you Uber/Lyft?

I'm sure they have a shuttle.  We took a cab to the nearest location to avoid the long ride and craziness of MIA.  Also no Airport fee if you rent off site (away from airport)

Address: 705 5th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Phone: (305) 808-3878

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47 minutes ago, MotleyCruiser said:

I'm sure they have a shuttle.  We took a cab to the nearest location to avoid the long ride and craziness of MIA.  Also no Airport fee if you rent off site (away from airport)

Address: 705 5th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Phone: (305) 808-3878

Thanks again for the info! I actually canceled my rentals with Enterprise and reserved cars with them. It was half the cost. New plan will be pick first car up at FLL and return to their 5th location embarkation day. I’ll take an Uber back to the port after dropping the wife/kids/luggage off early. After the cruise I will pick up rental #2 at 5th st and head to Orlando and return at MCO. There were no “one way rental” fees for either of them. 

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2 hours ago, emsff02 said:

Thanks again for the info! I actually canceled my rentals with Enterprise and reserved cars with them. It was half the cost. New plan will be pick first car up at FLL and return to their 5th location embarkation day. I’ll take an Uber back to the port after dropping the wife/kids/luggage off early. After the cruise I will pick up rental #2 at 5th st and head to Orlando and return at MCO. There were no “one way rental” fees for either of them. 

PERFECT, Saved a good amount of cash and definitely saved time. We once got a Mercedes from them for $19.00 a day. It was great!!!!  have a blast!! 

 

One word of caution on your trip to Orlando/Disney are. IF your GPS wants to take you onto Route 60 to cross over to central Florida DOUBLE CHECK  the GPS that there are NO accidents on Route 60. Two different time we had to back track because there was no way around the accident out in the swamps.

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Current situation. Standing at a desk at Baltimore Airport charging the phone and caffeinating while waiting for our next flight to FLL. The surprise went well. We picked the kids up from school and headed to the airport. Thankfully they didn’t notice the luggage in the back of the car. We live close to the airport so a statement of we have to run to a store in Albany and that kept them from asking what was going on. 

Once we pulled into the airport, they started asking “why are we here?” To which we replied WE ARE GOING TO FLORIDA!!!!! This was met with cheers of excitement and are we going to Disney, Seaworld etc. so of course we told them no. We are going to Miami to check out the beach and stuff. 
 

I’ll attempt to get a screenshot of the video we took of the kids excited faces to post later.

We arrive at FLL at 11:30pm so the next update will be sometime tomorrow.

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Debacle in Miami

So laaaaaaate last night we made it to Miami. On a suggestion from @MotleyCruiser we picked up our rental car from Sixt. Quite and easy process. They didn't have the vehicle class we originally booked to Upgrade!! The salesman said I had a choice between a Chevy Tahoe, or a GMC Yukon, I told him it didn't matter to me. "I'll give you the Yukon, its a more reliable vehicle" he says. I didn't have the heart to tell him, you know, they are the exact same car, just a different badge on the front.....EIther way it is a nice car. Unfortunately this is where the good times end.

So this is where it pays to research, research, research. Heather, through work uses Hilton based hotels for points etc. So we picked The Gates Hotel South Beach, which is a Double Tree. Normally we have good results with these hotels. We knew that we would pay more because its right off the beach so we were okay with that. Heather got her online check in notification which allows her to pick her room. We pick on on the eigth floor which overlooks the pool area etc. Perfect, off we go to the airport.

We pull into the hotel and surprise, there is no onsite parking. You have the privilege of valet parking for $42 a day.....ugh.....its South Beach....fine.......

We go up to the desk....Oh the room you requested is not available.....You can have this one, it still overlooks the pool area towards the beach....Okay fine that works.....We head up to the room to this....IMG_6679.thumb.jpg.638f2ee7d98f2a5167674689b2d5f969.jpgIMG_6678.thumb.jpg.72fdd06f2cd27c92a3066a488bd20dca.jpg 

What in the actual...........

So back down to the desk we go. New room, which thankfully was clean. The hotel did make good. They removed the nightly "resort fee" and gave us 50% off our first night stay. Feeling a little better now.

The beds were actually comfortable.

Breakfast.......$25 dollars for a continental breakfast buffet per person, oh if you want hot things like eggs? Thats another $6.

No thanks...Went to Denny's

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Time to get caught up here. Following our Target run, we headed back to the beach. As New Yorkers, we are used to crummy weather, so we weren’t going to let that ruin our beach day. There weren’t too many people out. Johnny and I had fun playing with the waves. He had a blast getting hit by them with me.5D8B5CAF-66F5-4751-B25B-F60E1CFADF45.thumb.jpeg.4ffe209a4b2ce7421a8e2781af1940b3.jpeg67D908EF-CB16-4136-A3D4-D1E3058BD9A1.thumb.jpeg.0386806938e460c246012ace5f7f3d65.jpeg9D61AEAB-7897-45D7-8275-6D08BFEE7AD8.thumb.jpeg.32c39aaf731ed6b4e2ea001e387d8e21.jpeg

Lydia on the other hand was terrified of the waves and had the worst day ever

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We went back to the hotel pool and all was right in her world.

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Later that evening, we ate dinner at one of my favorite places. It’s called The Boiling Crab. They are mostly in California, which is where Heather discovered the place when out there for work. She took me to one in Las Vegas when we were there and I was hooked. It’s a Louisiana crab boil type place. Very tasty and very messy. It’s awesome.

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First up were Oysters

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Well, what’s left.....

 

Time for the main event snow crab, 

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Followed by shrimp, with corn on the cob and red potatoes.

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the aftermath.......

 

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Today we took a trip out to the Everglades for an airboat ride to see some alligators. We had a great time. The boat tour was over an hour long on an airboat. If you have not been on one of these, they are loud, and hearing protection should be considered.

Johnny decided to ham it up a bit

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For those who aren't aware, the Army corps of engineers did attempt to drain the Everglades by digging a series of canals with the hope of reclaiming the land. They.Did.Not.

Here is one of those canals

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Finally!! we saw an alligator!! 

 

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Following the bout tour. There was a brief show with one of the guys on Gator Boys on Animal Planet.

I'm just gonna carry this guy out he says, 

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Then this craziness. 

 

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This guy wasn't impressed, he was kinda sleepy

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Dinner tonight was great. If you are a reader of blogs by @Lovetocruise2002, you will recognize this menu and know where we went. (Full disclosure, we went here because of that blog post)

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The food was amazing. We forgot to get pictures of the food. But looking back at the blog post previously mentioned, we actually managed to eat and drink almost all of the same things, so you can see them there. 
 

@CGTLH I also could not research the Azul Ultra, but......05ACBB18-F169-4398-B95F-C19313B18940.thumb.jpeg.5c41d19d07d8c70d1b0b8ae59c6610c4.jpeg
 

I did research the Azul Anejo and I can report back that it’s absolutely amazing!! If the Anejo was this good, I can only imagine the Ultra. I am picturing an Odyssey pre cruise group dinner/research opportunity 🤔

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Odyssey pre-cruise dinner...my vote is obviously for La Bamba on that one!! I will see you all there. 

As for Tequiztlan, I think that would make a great pre-cruise meet up for Allure 03/14/21. @emsff02 you need to YOLO and book that one! 😉

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We are all tucked in for the night. TOMORROW IS CRUISE DAY!!!!! As expected, our royal up bid was not accepted. Regardless we are so excited. We cant wait for the look on the kids faces when we get to the port. We have told them that we have a LOOOONG drive tomorrow and plan on giving them the ipads immediately upon entering the car so they will be distracted and not pay attention to the GPS. (they like to look at the miles/minutes remaining) Our plan is to get to the port around 10:15 and drop the bags with the porters. Return the rental car (10 minutes away) Uber back and be one of the first people on the ship. 

See everyone tomorrow!

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5 minutes ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

Odyssey pre-cruise dinner...my vote is obviously for La Bamba on that one!! I will see you all there. 

As for Tequiztlan, I think that would make a great pre-cruise meet up for Allure 03/14/21. @emsff02 you need to YOLO and book that one! 😉

I forgot Odyssey was out of everglades, that makes more sense.

As much as I would LOVE to do that, we are on Oasis in Star class 3 weeks prior!! There is no way I could swing that, but a weekend in Miami....hmmmmmm

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9 hours ago, emsff02 said:

 

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I love, love, love this picture !  It brings back SO many <not so> wonderful memories of the delightful female teenage years. I feel so sorry for you, knowing what’s coming !  

Only teasing.  If you all manage to live through it, teenager-ness is wonderful 😛😛. That which doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger, right ?

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1 hour ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

I love, love, love this picture !  It brings back SO many <not so> wonderful memories of the delightful female teenage years. I feel so sorry for you, knowing what’s coming !  

Only teasing.  If you all manage to live through it, teenager-ness is wonderful 😛😛. That which doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger, right ?

Thank you! We always joke that she is 9 going on 19. She is our little drama princess. Some of the tears were because she was watching the news that morning and discovered what rip currents were. She was convinced that we were all doomed just stepping into the waves and she “just wanted to be able to swim.”

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