Starting Our Central American Cruise Vacation

Location: Port St. Lucie, Orlando, and Fort Lauderdale, FL

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We may have unofficially started our vacation a few days ago with Thanksgiving but today marks the start of the central focus of the trip: a 10 day Caribbean cruise to Columbia and Central America. Before we talk about that we’re going to rehash yesterday.

It may seem a cliche but we woke up pretty early yesterday for a full day of activities. We and Leigh drove north to Orlando to spend the day at Universal Studios. We visited Islands of Adventure exactly five years ago, which was coincidentally also the Sunday after Thanksgiving. The park was nearly empty on that day, and we didn’t have to wait in any lines. We learned that that was considered normal for that day. Since we were going to be down in Florida for a cruise this weekend, we decided to try our luck again and visit the park.

The theory was correct. The park was lightly attended yesterday, and with few exceptions we didn’t have to wait long in any line. We visited everything we wanted to over the course of the day, but our main focus was the various Harry Potter rides and activities.

The Hogwarts Express
The Hogwarts Express
Diagon Alley - the fire-breathing dragon escaping Gringotts.
Diagon Alley – the fire-breathing dragon escaping Gringotts.

After we had a full day at the park, we drove over to Cape Canaveral for dinner at A N.Y. Pizza Place. Ryan feels that they have the best french fries in the world.  After dinner, we went back to Port St. Lucie.

This morning we got up early once again, but this time to drive down to Fort Lauderdale to board the cruise ship. We are cruising on the Celebrity Equinox again. It’s been a little over 2 years since we last sailed on her. Except for the absence of the giant globe on deck 7, not much has changed.

We were one of the first people on the ship. So we had a lot of free time on board to relax prior to the muster drill and leaving port. It was well needed R&R.

Enjoying a frosty, fruity beverage.
Enjoying a frosty, fruity beverage.
Becky and Leigh enjoying the view as the ship left port.
Becky and Leigh enjoying the view as the ship left port.

In the evening we saw a musical performance from the talented and humorous Jayne Curry. We look forward to seeing her perform again in a few days.

Tomorrow is the first of four days at sea on this cruise. It probably goes without saying that we’ll spend it relaxing in the sun.

Total steps yesterday: 21,386

Total times on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journery: 5

Total times on Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts: 4

Total steps today: 9,810

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