Saturday, December 08, 2007

Grand Princess Cruise, December 2007 -- Departure

Saturday, Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Mid-morning we checked out of the Hyatt Summerfield Suites at MIA and headed to Fort Lauderdale. We were early so we got off Interstate 95 north of Miami and drove up Route A1A -- the beach road -- through Hallandale, Hollywood and Dania. I had to stop at Ross Dress for Less and buy a belt. I had forgotten to pack one. As usual we left the car at Park and Cruise and took their van to the ship.

We arrived at the Grand Princess at 12:35 P.M. and there were no lines at all. We were in our cabin by 12:50 and had our luggage by 2:30. Great room -- a mini suite with a balcony. Our steward was somewhat impersonal and vague but he got us everything we needed. Best of all he got us the prized "egg crate" foam rubber mattress covers. They help a lot to make the beds more comfortable.
Departing Port Everglades
The weather was partly sunny/partly cloudy -- typical winter skies.
Escort service
The ship departed about 15 minutes early, at 4:45. We were amused to see that in addition to the usual pilot boat we also had an escort from the U.S. Coast Guard and armed with a machine gun.
Sunset over Fort Lauderdale
As we pulled away from the port the sun came out and we had a nice sunset and it lasted a long time. Our course took us down the coast of Florida and we got a nice view of Miami and South Beach in the mist.
Sunset over Miami Beach

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