By the time we settled in I had figured out that we were on our way to Ft. Lauderdale. By then Jason had told me we were going on a cruise, but I still didn't know where the cruise was headed to. We had a nice flight from Phoenix to Atlanta, and then from Atlanta to Ft. Lauderdale. We got in around 7 p.m. that night and headed down the the arts and shopping district a mile or so from our hotel. We walked around for a couple of hours and poked through the art galleries and other shops. We were both so excited for the cruise the next day that neither one of us slept very well that night. We took a shuttle to the cruise liner in Miami the following day. Jason finally told me that morning that we were heading to the eastern Carribean with stops in San Juan, St. Thomas and St. Maarten!
Pulling into the port is so amazing.....there were at least 5 cruise liners parked within about 20 feet of each other and these ships are just so massive it's hard to describe. We made our way through customs - after of course checking to make sure Jason had his ID with him - in about a half hour and from that moment on I did not have to worry about a thing! There is nothing like getting on this giant ship and having to do nothing but decide what swim suit I'm going to wear and what day I'll get a massage :) It was so amazing! We walked around the ship for an hour or so just to get acquainted with where everything was located before our luggage showed up at our room. Once our luggage arrived we started to watch the Cardinals in the playoff game while we got settled. Then it was off to the boat drill and then off we went! The pics below were taken from the balcony in our suite as we left the port of Miami.
After we left port Jason and I settled in some deck chairs to finish watching the Arizona Cardinals playoff game on the giant 50 ft. big screen! The entire city of Phoenix was going nuts for the game before we left and it was really interesting to see the dynamics of everyone on the ship. There were people everywhere with Steelers and Eagles gear on but only a few of us with Cardinals gear. We sat with a couple of Eagles fans and had a great time harassing each other about the game. Never in a million years did any of us predict our Cards would win the game and go on to play in the Super Bowl! I must admit, it was pretty nice hangin' out on the deck with drinks with little umbrellas watching the game....