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Sunday, 17 November 2013

My second cruise - 15 days through the Panama Canal.....

This was my second cruise -  15 days through the Panama Canal with Celebrity Millennium.  Why I picked it was because the cruise was inexpensive, I wanted to go on a shorter trip than last year, and I was looking forward to Ft. Lauderdale where I was going to spend two days.   Because I was travelling alone, and wanted to not spend too much, I took an interior cabin.

I was searching for a cruise all spring long; finally I picked the Panama Canal, and I asked my Expedia travel agent to send me the prices leaving at the end of September.   Of course, I wanted to  spend my birthday on the ship.  From what she sent me, this was the cheapest cruise, and I booked it on July 15th.   But remember that the price would be x2 this, because I was travelling alone.

The travel agent found me airfare from Edmonton to Ft. Lauderdale and then San Diego to Edmonton.  You have to pay $26.50 for a bag in Edmonton, and in San Diego,  $25 American money.

From reading my blog,  I use aeroplan miles.  On their website, under UseyourMiles, I  printed off two Expedia cruise certificates ...  $500 credit for 64000 miles, which saved $1000.

In Ft. Lauderdale, I stayed at the Pillars Hotel.  I only stayed here because it was off-season, but it was #2 on TripAdvisor, so who wouldn't.....

So here are the costs:

Cabin, taxes and tips    $ 2649.42
Flight                                554.81
Bag                                    51.50

Pillars Hotel                     446.67

 Total    $3702     less $1000 aeroplan certificates .....    $2702

Olympic Restaurant on Millennium

On Saturday, October 5th at 9:30 a.m., I flew to Houston.  I had lots of time, but still took a golf cart to my next gate and had something to eat.  I got to Ft. Lauderdale at 8 o'clock.  There was a shared ride at the airport for $11 - nice van - and it turned out to be only me riding in it.   

After checking in, I walked about 10 minutes  to the waterfront.   Very interesting, with lots of people.  Then I took a chauffeured bike ride to one of the restaurants the hotel recommended, and had an onion soup and key lime pie.

Now let's follow the cruise.....

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