4 day Western Caribbean - Sailed February 27th 2014
Day # Arrive Depart
1 Miami: 4:00 pm
2 Key West 7:30 am 2:00 pm
3 Cozumel, MX 1:00 pm 10:00 pm
4 Day at sea
5 Miami 8:00 am
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Well here is the recap of our 3rd cruise. Once again we drove, with a 2 year old toddler, the 1,265 miles to Miami. This was Taylor's very first long trip in the car and I must say that she did fantastic! We took the kindle along loaded up with all of her favorite cartoons and she was content 95% of the time. We stopped in a hotel in Forsyth GA on the way down. I like this little town in middle Georgia. It is a good middle point in the trip and also gets me through Atlanta after rush hour, at least it normally works that way. We got a good nights sleep and left in the morning for Daytona Beach.
It is a 10 hour drive from Forsyth GA to Miami where we were boarding the boat. I could have done it without another night in a hotel but who want's to drive for 10 hours then get on a cruise ship. So we opted to stay the night in Daytona Beach. Found a nice little hotel, on the beach, for $80 and couldn't pass it up. First stop was the Daytona International Speedway, Had we been here 2 days earlier we could have seen the Daytona 500 :(. We strolled around and got a few pictures, we were in a hurry to get to the beach (even though it was raining) so we didn't stay long.
We stayed at the Fountain Beach Resort on Daytona Beach, We was there on a weekday and the town was rather dead, so we scored a room for $80. Grabbed a quick bite to eat at the restaurant on property then set out for a walk along the beach, and Taylor's first time in the ocean.
The next day we were up bright and early, before the sun, and headed off to the Port of Miami. The drive down was good until the last 15 miles or so on I-95 where we crept along at 5-10 MPH in heavy traffic. Once at the port all went smooth. We had considered parking off site and getting shuttled to the port to avoid the port parking charges ($20 a day) but after reading many bad reviews of these parking places in Miami we decided that it wasn't worth the extra hassle and just ate the $80. We were on board very quick, enjoying the weather and drinks on the Lido deck as most passengers were still arriving. No we did not get the "Faster to The Fun" pass, we just always show up early, say around 9am, and were on board by 11. Here are some pics from that time, while the boat was still in Port of Miami.
We hung out on deck until our room was ready then went down to get all our stuff put away. We went to the lifeboat drill then back up on deck for the sail away party. Camp Carnival, which we were going to put Taylor in at some point during the cruise had there orientation meeting at 5PM so we had to leave the sail away early, we were only about half way down the ship channel when we had to leave, so I was not to happy about that. By the time we got back on deck we were out to sea. (THIS PAGE STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION CHECK BACK SOON!)
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