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
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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