Day 12 – Debarkation

Filed Under (Vacation) by Jason L. on 01-06-2008

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As Mandy put it, today is the day that all of us would be de-barked. Ruf! We were going to get our luggage packed the night before, but ended up partying late in the casino, playing uno in nessa’s cabin and enjoying a last chocolate ice cream cone. We spent some tender time on the bow of the ship holding each other and enjoying the stars. We knew this was the end. Passing out in our beds, we expected to get up early enough to pack and get ready.

Waking up around 8am, we thought we had 3 hours before our limo was to arrive. That’s right, we were taking a limo! The rest of our group had arranged a limo to take them to and from the port to the Miami international airport. We opted to just take the bus and taxi to the port the first half since we were so close to the port already. The hotel I booked for after the cruise had a free shuttle from the airport, so it wasn’t a bad thing to leave us at the airport.

On the shuttle ride there was only 1 other person riding with us. His name was Jason also from Texas. He was just headed back to the beach for a few hours since he missed his flight. It was pretty cool to have someone to talk to.

We arrived to our hotel after only a short 15 minute ride. Compare that with our bus ride adventure from before. Lets just say that in every way, this hotel was a much better deal. The people at the hotel were very nice and since we arrived at just after 11am, they offered to hold our suitcases in the basement until we could check in at 2pm. We grabbed out swimsuits and towels and headed to the beach. It was very sunny at hot, the water was nice and warm. There were people everywhere. Sundays must be the popular day to go to the beach. Just after 2pm we headed back to the hotel and checked in. Our hotel was on the second floor and the room is super chic. Everything is intreging right to the red ceiling. We showered off the sweat, salt and sand, then took a nice nap.

We woke up and headed to McDonald’s for cheap nasty food. Its not that nasty, but we are getting pretty sick of double cheeseburgers. At least Mandy is entertained by hot fudge Sundays. Afterward we walked to the boardwalk and walked along the beach together in the sunset light. It is amazing how the sunset attracts even more homeless people to the beaches. By 8pm, the beach is nearly deserted except for the occasional spooning couple.

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Scary vs. Expensive Hotels in South Beach Miami, FL

Filed Under (hot deals, Vacation) by Jason L. on 06-05-2008

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Only 16 days left till we fly to Florida for our 2 week vacation. Just a few days ago I booked our first 3 nights in South Beach, FL. We have our plane tickets and cruise paid for, but until now we haven’t decided what we are going to do before or after the cruise. So basically we fly in MIA and are going to get a shuttle or taxi service to take us to The South Beach Hotel in Miami Beach. We should be just a block from the beach and right in the middle of everything according to reviews I have read at If you are planning to stay at a hotel anywhere, I strongly recommend checking tripadvisor to see real photos and reviews of the place. If you want to read some really scary reviews about a hotel, look for the Ramada Miami Airport North. It is the cheapest place I could find ever. There was even a coupon on travelocity to make the total 3 nights with rental car $230.00! I still want to go stay there with Nate and take a video camera to document the horror.

So the hotel we picked was going for $109 a night on and some other sites I checked. I kept looking at it for its good reviews, price and location. All of a sudden the price jumped on every website (or the hotel became unavailable) to $394.00 a night! I was feeling pretty bitter about not booking it already until I found the 109 price still in effect on I have no idea what this website is or how long they have been around, but it worked. They have a no fee cancellation policy up to 3 days before, so i thought why not?

We are getting pretty excited for our vacation to say the least. We have bought new clothes and bathing suits among other things.

On the cruise Vanessa and I decided we are going to make up some games that we can play with the eight people we are going with. Maybe a digital camera style treasure hunt or some other games are in the works. We will have to share some photos online once we get back. It is going to be a blast!

My lunch break is over at work. Cya.

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