Friday, December 30, 2022

Carnival Celebration: Check in, Boarding, and Muster Stations

 In December 2022, we took an 8 night cruise on the Carnival Celebration from Miami, Florida. 

In this video, I share: 

  • How to check in online 
  • The key steps in the boarding process
  • The Muster Station locations 

Saturday, December 24, 2022

Tips for Cruise Ship Disembarkation

 Are you taking a cruise for the first time? Curious about disembarkation?  

In this video, I go through the key steps of the disembarkation process: 

Thursday, December 15, 2022

Princess Cruise Favorites

 If you've followed my travels over the years, you know I sail all the different cruise lines. Each cruise line is unique. I look forward to different things on each cruise line. Here's the things I look forward most on Princess Cruise Lines: 

Have you sailed Princess?  What are some of your favorites? Which of  my favorites would you be sure to try? 

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Pre Cruise Hotel Fort Lauderdale: Holiday Inn Express Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel

 Are you looking for a pre cruise hotel in Fort Lauderdale for our cruise out of Port Everglades. In this post, I share my review of the Holiday Inn Express Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel. 

The pros:

The location is terrific. Lots of restaurants, grocery stores, and shops nearby plus you are one stop light away from Port Everglades.

The hotel provides a free airport shuttle. Parking is only $5 per night during your stay. You can sign up for an extra charge cruise port shuttle.

The rooms were clean and well- equipped.

The free breakfast has several options: pancakes, hard boiled eggs, cereal, oatmeal, biscuits and gravy, eggs, sausage, toast and cinnamon rolls.

The pool is small, but clean. I like that it's on the 4th floor so you aren't right next to the street


The con:

Check in / Check out is a zoo. It's not hotel's fault. This is cruise hotel. That means hundreds of people are checking in and out the same day. You have the people disembarking from their cruise arriving between 8 am - 10am. No rooms for them so some just hang around in the lobby. You have a mass check out at 11 am as everyone heads to their cruise. Then, you have people arriving the night before their cruise. They arrive anytime throughout the day.


Tip: If you will arrive at the hotel before 4 pm - make a plan outside of the hotel. Book an excursion. Head to the beach. Grab a barstool at Duffy's Sport Bar.