Last Year’s Lesson Learned: Get to the Ship the Day Before and Just Relax

Last year we were both complete nervous wrecks because the Orbitz and Carnival package barely gave us enough time to make our flight connections and make it to the ship on time. We nearly missed it and were literally two of the last ten people on board. This year we got smart and spent a few extra bucks by going down the night before as an ‘insurance policy’ for arriving to the ship on time.

The plane fare for arriving an extra day early was the same and the hotel was relatively inexpensive. We stayed at the Fort Lauderdale Embassy Suites and it was pretty good…nothing fancy, but they had regular shuttles for dirt cheap to the port and just knowing we had all the time in the world to make it to the ship was worth its weight in gold.

We had dinner at this little Irish pub across the street and the atmosphere and food were great. We highly recommend Waxy O’Connors if you’re in the neighborhood. I had the corned beef and cabbage, which was awesome, and Jody had a burger and it was also great. The beer was cold and the staff was very friendly.

We are excited to get started on our cruise and this little “pre-vacation get-a-way” helped take a lot of the stress out of the first day of traveling.

Embassy Suites - Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Waxy O'Connors, Fort Lauderdale

Corned Beef & Cabbage From Waxy O'Connors

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