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Old December 17th, 2007, 12:07 PM
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I am from the UK and I've just booked for the Eurodam in October 2008. Incidentally, I booked through an American Agent rather than UK which saved me a small fortune!
What can anyone tell me about Fort Lauderdale? I haven't yet booked my flights but would you recommend flying into Miami or Fort Lauderdale and are there any hotels you can recommend? A good flight agent wouldn't go amiss either!! We hope to travel 3 days prior to boarding.

This will be our first HAL cruise but we did do RCCL (Voyager) in the Med this year. Does anyone know what my 14yrs old son can expect from HAL?

Lots of questions!! (Sorry)!
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Check with a flight agent in the UK and see what kind of flights you can get. Miami is an International airport and you may find more flights going there rather than FLL, although the FLL airport is very close to the pier.

You might try Embassy Suites on 17th Street - a lot of people stay there and recommend it.

Unfortunately travelling in October I don't think you will find many kids on the ship for your son. The majority of American and Canadian kids are in school.
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Thanks,

My sons school is on a mid-term break at that time which gives us the opportunity to travel. I was hoping for some company for him. Do the US or Canadian children not have a break around Halloween?
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My sons school is on a mid-term break at that time which gives us the opportunity to travel. I was hoping for some company for him. Do the US or Canadian children not have a break around Halloween?
Most Canadian and US children return to school around the end of August or the beginning of September (after Labour Day which is the first Monday in September) after summer holidays. Canadian kids don't get a holiday until Thanksgiving, which is the 2nd Monday in October and then it's only one day. You will find more US children on the ships either the week before their Thanksgiving or the week after - (end of November). The really big holiday is at Christmas/New Years. Most schools in Canada don't start their Christmas holidays until this Friday and then have 2 weeks.

I am sure their will be some children on your cruise, but doubt there will be many your son's age. You never know though.
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Did you booked for tne Oct. 18 or Oct 25 sailing?
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Flying from the UK you should fly to Miami. Otherwise if you are flying into to FLL, you'll have to connect in Atlanta, Chicago or NYC.

I've stay at the Hyatt Pier 66, which is directly accross from the port. They have a revolving restaurant/bar on the roof and you can watch the ships sail away. It's a bit pricey but compared to the UK, it shouldn't seem too expensive.
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Flying from the UK you should fly to Miami. Otherwise if you are flying into to FLL, you'll have to connect in Atlanta, Chicago or NYC.

I've stay at the Hyatt Pier 66, which is directly accross from the port. They have a revolving restaurant/bar on the roof and you can watch the ships sail away. It's a bit pricey but compared to the UK, it shouldn't seem too expensive.
Last I heard that revolving restaurant/bar was closed some time ago and the hotel was under renovation. I think the reno is finished but I don't think they every re-opened the revolving bar.

It is pricey compared to Embassy Suites. Embassy Suites would be more suitable for a family, as they have a separate bedroom and a pull-out sofa in the living room. Also free continental breakfast which is quite good.

I just checked Pier 66 web site and they do not show a pix of the revolving bar/lounge or even mention it, so I think it is closed
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Did you booked for tne Oct. 18 or Oct 25 sailing?
Hi, I've booked for the 25th.

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Check out an article I wrote, for Cruisemates, which I hope will give you some useful info.

http://www.cruisemates.com/articles/...lauderdale.cfm
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Thank you for the comprehensive guide to Fort Lauderdale..................my "spending better half" is delighted with the shopping blog!

I am keeping up to date with the ship build on: -

www.eurodamnews.com

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Greetings from Texas:

For your son there are video arcades and a teen area, but during this time period kiddos age 5+ will be scarce. Ship will have Halloween partiers in costumes. If your teen is an adventurer do the Atlantis sub in St. Thomas to see Shark Alley and hike down to the Baths in Virgin Gorda and climb around in the caves. Check for the Reef Balls straight out from the water park in Half Moon Cay and try the banana boat. If y'all dive do it at Grand Turk.

I have done Pier 66 a few times, but it has been 5 years since my last visit. There are several other hotels in the FLL that are very good.

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I am from the UK and I've just booked for the Eurodam in October 2008. Incidentally, I booked through an American Agent rather than UK which saved me a small fortune!
What can anyone tell me about Fort Lauderdale? I haven't yet booked my flights but would you recommend flying into Miami or Fort Lauderdale and are there any hotels you can recommend? A good flight agent wouldn't go amiss either!! We hope to travel 3 days prior to boarding.

This will be our first HAL cruise but we did do RCCL (Voyager) in the Med this year. Does anyone know what my 14yrs old son can expect from HAL?

Lots of questions!! (Sorry)!
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