From Alaska to Florida, today marks the start of another Live Trip Report here on From the Deck Chair, but you may have noticed a twist in both the banner and the wording.  Look closely: there’s no ship, and the word “voyage” is noticeably absent. But though there may not be a ship in our future in the next few days, the purpose of our trip is decidedly cruise-minded.

Ocean Liner Elegance: the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale was inspired by 1940’s luxury and ocean travel; note the sweeping curves on the hotel’s superstructure. Photo courtesy of Ritz-Carlton.

I have been to more ports, cities and destinations in Europe than I have in North America – a startling admission. With the end of summer nearing and the fall months coming upon us, cruisers are going to be looking inward to warm-weather destinations, and that means many of us will be headed for Florida this winter, looking to escape the cold, rain, snow, sleet, or just cruise the Caribbean.

Today, I’m flying to Fort Lauderdale, Florida on a bit of a fact-finding mission: to learn more about this extremely-popular cruise port, and to put together a virtual pre-or-post cruise stay here. Why now? Because the temptation of returning during cruise season would literally be too tempting to hop onboard for a week!  That, and Europe beckons for the remainder of this year (hint, hint!)

But while there’s plenty of excellent properties in Fort Lauderdale to choose from for a pre-and-post cruise stay, I always look to stay in hotels that exemplify the cruise experience through innovative decor, excellent service and cuisine. After all, a hotel isn’t just a hotel – it is an extension of your entire vacation experience.  And something tells me the next few days will be a veritable cruise-on-land, as I spend three days checking out the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale and its surrounding area.

Located directly across the street from the beach, the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale looked like a winner to me the second I loaded up their website and saw the beautiful image of cabanas, pool chairs and the Floridian sunset staring back at me. But it also looks like a property that can keep the true cruise experience going, with larger-than-average rooms that encapsulate the golden age of luxury travel.

In fact, the entire property appears to exude this dedication to luxury travel of days gone by, albeit in a modern way. Even the exterior is designed to resemble a luxurious 1940’s-era ocean liner.

Now that’s music to my ears!

So come along with us as we do something a little different and explore this fascinating property and city this week; the gateway to the Caribbean has never looked so good!

Our Live Trip Report from Fort Lauderdale and the Fort Lauderdale Ritz-Carlton starts tomorrow!


One Response to Live Trip Preview: Exploring Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  1. Vanny says:

    I’m embarking in Ft Lauderdale for my Caribbean cruise this November. At this time, I’ve decided to not spend much time here, opting instead to stay in Miami. Maybe you’ll change my mind with this live voyage report.

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