Home Alone

Great debate going on in our household over my return from upcoming cruise. My son is departing the ship in St. Maarten and I will be continuing on to Ft. Lauderdale where I fly home at 6:30 pm.

I was planning to get an Uber from the pier. My son thinks I should book a shuttle. My husband thinks I might as well do an "excursion" from the ship in Fort Lauderdale that ends up at the airport late afternoon.

I'm not afraid of traveling alone (pity the poor sap that tangles with me) but I'm torn about what to do when disembarking ... Your opinions and suggestions are welcome!

25 Answers

Would that I could fly home earlier ... as it is now, I have to fly through Denver.

Have you ever been to Sawgrass Mills shopping mall to spend those last few dollars? It's a great place to spend several hours, especially if you don't have a non- shopping hubby along. Wink

I have been there and that's a great suggestion. Now that I won't have a suitcase to lug, my choices will be easier. I had visions of me in an air boat on the Everglades, one hand holding on tight to my luggage and the other hand fending off alligators ... doing 90 mph...Shopping sounds so much nicer....

Well, you could use your suitcase to bat any gators that try climbing onto the airboat. Big Smile Those airboat rides are lots of fun, but you can give me day shopping and I'm happy happy happy.

My son and I did the Everglades after one of our last cruises in November - the mosquitoes were bigger than the alligators ... we had a blast in the air boat, but the park was horrible. Between having to "tarp" the rental car so the vulchers don't eat the windshield wipers and spraying down with bug spray, it was not fun ...

I had no idea you had to protect the wiper blades! We've done the air boat tours a couple of times in the Everglades, both in March and there were no bugs at all, but the fellow told us on one of the tours that the mosquitos are really bad in the summer months but not early spring.

We also enjoyed the everglades tour. Our luggage was safely locked in the bowels of the tour bus and we didn't have the mosquito problem (a January cruise).

I would also suggest a shore excursion that includes a drop off at the airport. Or send your bag ahead of time right to the airport and then do your own thing in Fort Lauderdale. Most ships offer this service now.

At least the park provides free tarps -lol...

Everglades National Park


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