We got up early and I went to the gym. It’s too bad that we’re leaving our hotel already, because we have the most amazing suite on the 14th floor and right in front of the swimming pool.
We arrived last night, so there’s no time to actually use and enjoy the pool. But I did get a great workout in at the gym, which I had all to myself.
We checked out and left around 9-9:30 am and headed north to Ft. Lauderdale. I don’t know what happened to the GPS on Mr. A’s phone, but it didn’t give us the right directions. Just when we thought we’d gotten lost, it turned out that we were actually really close to where we wanted to go.
We stopped at a Best Buy on the way to pick up some Sonos speakers for our villa. And we had a great breakfast at a diner just across the street from the store.
After that, we found the rental car company pretty quickly, dropped off the rental car and hopped on the courtesy shuttle, which took us to the cruise ship harbor. I think that was the fastest and easiest check-in I’ve ever experienced for a cruise ship. We were through in no time and on board the ship before we knew it.
Our room wasn’t ready yet, so we found a place to wait like 30 minutes before they let us in.
Everything looks familiar and we even recognize a lot of the staff. We should…we were, after all, just on this very ship in July when we sailed around the Greek Isles for 10 days. This time, we’re sailing around in the Caribbean and going to so many new places. During the next 2 weeks, we’ll visit:
- Key West
- Roatan, Honduras
- Costa Maya, Mexico
- Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
- Colon, Panama
- Cartagena, Columbia (overnight)
- Cartagena, Columbia (Mr. A’s birthday)
- Georgetown, Grand Cayman
- Cozumel, Mexico
We have 4 days at sea in between and will return again in Ft. Lauderdale when the whole thing is over.
Of course, we have internet on board. We’ve paid for a package even though it’s crazy expensive…but we just have to have it. After all, we can’t be offline for 2 weeks as we still have do work and check our emails every day. This is one constant element that follow us on every trip we take, and we wouldn’t want it any other way.
Of course, we bought the 14-night dining package so we can have dinner every night in the specialty restaurants. Mr. A doesn’t want to eat in the main dining hall where the majority of the guests eat, and which is included in the price. I wouldn’t mind trying it a few times, but I do have to agree that dining in the specialty restaurants is so nice. The food is great, the service is great and there’s no rush.
So, here we are again…back on the Celebrity Reflection. We’re happy to be here and hope for a great, exciting, interesting and safe cruise around the Caribbean.