And .... They're off!

Trip Start Feb 05, 2011
Trip End Feb 13, 2011

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Vince and Andy's

Flag of United States  , Florida
Saturday, February 5, 2011

A very well-timed departure today.  Enough time to get up and even watch a TV show before packing.  Then off to the airport.

Immediately ran into Darren - whom we hadn't seen in probably 3 years (on the last January cruise we think - aboard Liberty).  Caught up with him briefly while we waited for the 1:30 flight.

Jet Blue again exceeded our expectations.  It really is a more comfortable flight with more room.  And the stewards are all "fabulous" (change that to a capital 'F').  Most of their announcements asking folks to do/not do things started "Lady Gaga says ...".  We were, after all, flying to Ft Lauderdale and there WERE 5500 gay men arriving as well, but surely the WHOLE plane wasn't filled with family?  Right?

Baggage was a breeze (checkoff list item #4 - ALWAYS the one with the most stress attached).  Bus to Hertz was fine - but they were somehow not ready for us.  Had to go to the counter - but in return got two perks.  1 - a very nice Jetta to drive (always wanted to try one) and 2 - advice that we could return the car to a downtown hotel for a free shuttle to the ship.

Heading out of the airport - we caught glimpse of Oasis - just a reminder of the size of Allure (as opposed to the Allure of size).  Were so frazzled that we mis-communicated directions and took a wrong turn.  Had to make a U-turn in front of a police car - but got away with it.

Arrived on Piccadilly Drive at 6:35 to see Vince, Andy, Bella and Chachi anxiously awaiting our arrival.  Got ourselves situated and then off to dinner at Bricktops. It was crowded - but we made the best of the wait with cocktails.  Eventually got to the table for VERY memorable food - especially the appetizers of grilled artichokes and deviled eggs.

Ate too much - made it back to the house and talked a bit before bedtime.
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