Friday, February 10, 2012

Triple Caribbean Cruise – Celebrity Solstice – February 12 – March 4, 2012

February 10, 2012 – Travel Day

Our cab picked us up right on time and we arrived at O’Hare about an hour before flight time. 

We are at Gate K18 awaiting boarding for AA569 (Boeing 737-800) to Fort Lauderdale.  The area is expecting snow later this afternoon but we should be getting out before all that happens.  Right now it is cloudy and relatively mild (mid 30s),  Our flight is on time and the aircraft is parked at the gate.

Flight 569 ORD to FLL (Small) 

This triple cruise consists of two Eastern Caribbean Cruises sandwiched around a Western Caribbean Cruise.  There are plenty of sea days for relaxation and I will probably only have to do three presentations at the most (based on sea days).  Should be a cruise for taking it easy and warm weather.

Our flight departed a few minutes early – I was unable to get any pictures of the climb out because a) I am sitting on the aisle of a three seat configuration and b) some people feel a camera is a transmitting electronic device (I wish).

The flight has been bumpy so far as the aircraft is at 33,000 feet and right at the cloud tops;  it seems to be smoothing out as the cloud later is beneath us now.  The seat belt sign just went off.

Packed our lunch today (tuna pitas for me and PB and J pitas for Ellen.

This aircraft has WiFi on board and I can get 30 minutes for free so I think I will post this entry now and continue later on.

The flight landed a little early but we had a gate.  A mere 40 minutes later, the shuttle from the Days Inn Airport North arrived to take us to the hotel (about 8 miles away).

There are a lot of cruise folks here. There is a Princess Ship here that is leaving today and the Carnival Liberty leaving tomorrow.

We are in Room 407…

Room 407 Days Inn FLL North (Small)

Not a bad room but it does have an external door and a non-functional safe (fixed later).  The bed is large but I feel the room will be noisy (a train runs by every so often).  The room looks out over the pool area and the jungle beyond.

View from Room 407 (Small)

We walked about a half mile to Denny’s for dinner.  The dinner received mixed reviews but we did get a discount so that helped balance the quality and quantity of the food (at least mine).

There is a lot of water in the area – e.g. the canal below.

 Canal near Hotel (Small) 

We are back in the room now just relaxing – good to get my shoes off.

We hope to walk around the area tomorrow but, at first glance, there many not be that much to see.

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