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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Travel - April 30, 2013  - Tuesday – Ft. Lauderdale

We arrived yesterday afternoon and stayed at a fairly old Hyatt Regency on Pier 66.  It was comfortable and we slept well.  We had a typical Florida sunny morning and it turned to rain by afternoon.  The evening was warm and balmy.

For anyone visiting Fort Lauderdale I  would highly recommend the 66 Grille and Bar at Pier 66. The view is of the inter-coastal waterway and the new menu is inspired by Michael Siegel, a well known chef in the area.  The boats usually viewed in the harbor include those of Judge Judy and Steven Spielberg, although both were out to sea during our visit. John and I both had one of the best steaks we have had in a long time.

We are now aboard the ship, survived the lifeboat drill and our first meal.  The sunset was beautiful.  We took lots of pictures and will have more downloaded tomorrow.  

Here is a picture of the boat. People and goods are being loaded in the rain.

Here is our favorite place on the ship.  It is called the Crow's Nest and is at the very front of the ship.  AAAHHHHHH!!!


A little about Fort Lauderdale!!!

Fort Lauderdale, nicknamed “Venice of America” for its 300 miles of navigable inland waterways is located just 45 miles north of Miami.  The city was named after Major William Lauderdale who established a fort in the 1830’s during the Seminole Indian Wars.  After 1960 this resort developed a huge following among America’s students who headed to the city in the thousands for their  traditional Spring break. 

In addition to being a leading resort area, Fort Lauderdale also is an active commercial center.  The marine industry and citrus groves play important roles.  Port Everglades has one of the deepest harbors south of Norfolk, Virginia, which provides excellent facilities of luxury cruise liners and millions of tons of cargo each year.
For those who have never been to the port at Fort Lauderdale here are a few facts and a little map of the area.

A common mistake, Port Everglades is not actually part of the wetland ecosystem known as the Florida Everglades, we are located on the southeastern coast of the Florida peninsula within the three cities of Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and Dania Beach, as well as unincorporated Broward County.

The Port is conveniently situated near the Atlantic Ocean shipping lanes, the Florida East Coast railway, Florida's highway system, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and the beautiful beaches of Greater Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood.

Port Everglades serves all of South Florida and is in close proximity to Miami (23 miles south), West Palm Beach (48 miles north) and Orlando (215 miles north).
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