We picked up our rental car from Alamo at Orlando International Airport (MCO) to make the drive to Fort Lauderdale. We normally do this as it’s cheaper then parking and less wear and tear on the car. We rented a mini-van through The Cruise Boys website. When we arrived at Alamo, the only cars they had parked in the Mini-Van section were Ford Transit Connects. It looked like this:
The car wasn’t very pretty or fun to drive, but it was large enough to hold our luggage and it was pretty comfortable.
We departed for Fort Lauderdale shortly after 3pm. The ride on the turnpike was smooth and uneventful (surprisingly for a holiday weekend) until we reached Jupiter and there was a car accident. That delayed our arrival by about 30 minutes.
We arrived at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Dania Beach. The hotel is located near the Fort Lauderdale airport, and not far from the cruise port. Recently renovated, the hotel is clean, modern, and provides complimentary breakfast. I’d definitely stay here again. They have a shuttle to the cruise port for $10 per person. You can make reservations beginning at 8:30am in the lobby. The shuttle departs 4 times, beginning at 10am.
Our plan is to return the rental car tonight, and take an Uber to dinner and back. If we aren’t able to get on the 10am shuttle, we will take an Uber to the port. We want to be there early and board first thing!
We dropped our luggage in the room and took the rental car back to the airport. We then got an Uber to dinner. “Princess Kia” our Uber driver entertained us on our way to Wilton Manors. We had dinner with our friend Tony at Tee Jay Thai Sushi. Oh my god. Amazing! If you’re in a Fort Lauderdale, I highly recommend it. We then had a few cocktails at Georgie’s Alibi.
By 11pm, we were back at the hotel, ready to go to sleep. In just about 12 hours, we will be boarding the Oasis of the Seas!
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