Our suite was on two floors. Downstairs was a kitchenette, dining area, living area and half bathroom. We had a nice dinner delivered to our room on Saturday night so we could eat at that nice table and enjoy the fabulous view.
The bedroom had floor to ceiling windows to allow us to take in the views.
And a walk-in closet.
We ventured out on the water taxi on Friday. We were a little early. You can see the ferry to Hollywood loading up behind Kenny. The water taxi stop is right next to the hotel.
Our first stop was the beach.
And then the Casablanca Cafe for lunch.
I took this shot of a Fort Lauderdale mounted policeman on patrol from our lunch spot on the balcony of the restaurant.
The water taxi drivers double as tour guides and point out all the houses and yachts of the rich and famous. This yacht with the helicopter on back belongs to Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen (he has several and this is one of the smallest).
Here is a good view of our hotel from the water taxi.
Celebrity Equinox is pulling away from the dock as we near the water taxi stop by the hotel. The small yellow boat is another water taxi pulling away from our stop. The bridge is the 17th Street Causeway Bridge.
Equinox is headed out to sea.
And we've left the Water Taxi.
We're back at the hotel. I took this shot of Sheila from the pool.
Now she's waving from the bedroom.
Back up in the room after a little pool time. We ate at the restaurant (15th St. Fisheries) where the flag is on Thursday night. You can see a water taxi headed north in the background.
It's Saturday morning and we're on board Celebrity Constellation.
We were docked between Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas. She's the largest cruise ship in the world. She's so big....
....she won't fit in one photo.
Crown Princess was in port as well. You can see the Hilton that we stayed at just to the right of the ship.
Carnival Freedom was docked in front of us.
Star Princess was docked in another area of the port. There were six cruise ships in port on Saturday.
There's a glimpse of number 6 - Navigator of the Seas. She's docked on the other side of Carnival Freedom.
We were allowed in our cabin (8172) about 1:30.
Sheila poses on our balcony with the behemoth in the background.
We took a quick stroll around the ship after dropping off our carry-on luggage in our cabin. It did not take long for people to start using the pool deck.
We eventually ended up at the Sunset Bar where we met up with the Cruise Critic group. That's Sheila under the tip of the flag chatting with fellow Cruise Critic Paul.
It did not take long for the group to grow. Sheila chats with Paul, Jeff, and Bobbi. Jeff and Bobby are from Albuquerque.
The Cruise Critics on the smoking side of the bar watch Oasis of the Seas sail away.
There she goes.
Cruise ship Parade. We were fifth out of the gate.
It's Sunday morning - the first full day of our cruise - and we're set up to have breakfast on our balcony.
Our normal routine upon arriving at a new port is for me to go out to the upper decks to take a few photos while Sheila is getting ready for the day. The Disney Magic had arrived in Philipsburg before us.