Today is cruise day and now that we have all of our luggage are excited to get on the ship. Unfortunately our embarking time is not until 2:30 pm so we have some time to kill. After the hotel breakfast (minus the eggs and cream cheese) we decided to hit the famous South Beach. We drove around the ritzy neighborhood on the Venetian Islands on the way over there to see how the other half lives. I can tell you that it's not bad!
We received mixed reviews about South Beach prior to our trip but we both liked the vibe. The beaches were surprisingly clean, there were a lot of people on bikes, skates and simply walking around. There were some hoppin' restaurants and all in all we liked it. Parking was a challenge and when we found a perfect parking spot on the other side of the street I tried to so a quick U Turn and unfortunately the smokey with Malibu (with cloth seats) didn't have the turning radius that I had anticipated and I had to do a couple "back and forths" and held up traffic for a bit. I did get the parking spot though.
Check in was a breeze has we had all of our paperwork in order and by 2:30 pm the crowds had died down so we were on the ship with a drink in hand by 3:00 pm.It is at this point, I will say that as much as Cheryl and I like to have a drink or two, we were on the fence as to whether we wanted to get the unlimited drink package. Sure it would be nice to simply walk up to the bar and order whatever you want whenever you want and have it all be included. But seriously, did we need that, especially at our age and for 7 days? Well.... the day before we left, our wonderful kids (who know us better than we know ourselves) purchased us the unlimited drink package! Boy was that a great idea and decision on their part. Overall it definitely saves money, but more than that, it is nice to simply not over to worry about it. It was awesome (though it made some mornings difficult). Thank you kids!