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    Miami or Ft. Lauderdale?

    by Wudan » Sat Aug 20, 2016 3:02 pm

    I'm a first timer coming in from Boston and I'm trying to decide if I should stay in Miami or Ft. Lauderdale before the trip. I've got the time to fly in on the 30th if I choose so that isn't an issue. I know the pre-party is in Miami but it seems like a hassle to have to find transportation from Miami to the boat. It's also about 2x as expensive to go that route instead of flying into and staying in Ft. Lauderdale. Obviously there are a bunch of people doing both. How are people planning to get to the boat the morning of from Miami? Also, can i get a roll call for people staying in Ft. Lauderdale and what hotel you are staying in? :viking:
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    Re: Miami or Ft. Lauderdale?

    by MortiiaTheInsane » Sat Aug 20, 2016 3:05 pm

    First timers here also... Staying at the riptide on Hollywood beach. Just booked today. About 5-8 miles from airport and cruise terminal it says. I see people staying on Hollywood beach that don't want to go to south beach.
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    Re: Miami or Ft. Lauderdale?

    by Hoppy McGee » Sat Aug 20, 2016 3:43 pm

    Welcome newcomers! We were first timers last year as well. Seems like there has been a divide ever since the port for 70K switched from Miami to Ft. Lauderdale, there should be lots of friendly awesome people in black shirts no matter where you end up staying.

    Last year the pre-party was slightly out of the way in Lauderdale by the Sea and a couple of buses were arranged to take cruisers to the port that morning. I remember seeing comments on the Facebook pre-party page that this was the plan for next year as well.
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    Re: Miami or Ft. Lauderdale?

    by Phoenix » Mon Aug 22, 2016 6:54 am

    I'm honestly quite bummed that the beach party isn't in FLL this year... South Beach is WAY more expensive in the hotel department than Hollywood is. Still need to talk to the first timer I'm bringing, but there's a very real chance that we'll stay in FLL and just take a cab to South Beach for the party. It's so much closer to port... and also, Taco Bar.
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    Re: Miami or Ft. Lauderdale?

    by Wudan » Mon Aug 22, 2016 7:51 am

    Yeah, I think that's the route I'm going to go as well. If that's the case we could always split the cab ride to make it less expensive. Mmmm...tacos....
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    Re: Miami or Ft. Lauderdale?

    by Phoenix » Mon Aug 22, 2016 8:03 am

    Wudan wrote:Yeah, I think that's the route I'm going to go as well. If that's the case we could always split the cab ride to make it less expensive. Mmmm...tacos....


    I bet there's a few other cruisers doing the same, so it might wind up being a viable choice.

    Also yes. The hostel/hotel attached to it is reasonable priced and actually pretty nice, and the tacos? Best this Canadian has ever had. http://www.tacobeachshack.com/

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    Re: Miami or Ft. Lauderdale?

    by Wudan » Mon Aug 22, 2016 8:09 am

    Hell yeah. That right there just sold me on staying in Ft. Lauderdale. Booked the last room at the Riptide for Mon-Tues-Wed.
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    Re: Miami or Ft. Lauderdale?

    by PlagueofBabylon » Mon Aug 22, 2016 8:18 am

    first timer here!

    wasn't even aware that there's a pre-show party, but I'll probably be rolling into Ft. Lauderdale late on 2/1 because I have a friend on the other side of the state I'll be visiting during the day. I haven't looked at booking a hotel yet but I don't even wanna fathom to guess what the rates for Miami will be.
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    Re: Miami or Ft. Lauderdale?

    by Amyphis » Mon Aug 22, 2016 8:30 am

    I am not a fan of Miami so I have booked a room at the Riptide for 2 nights. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone there.
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    Re: Miami or Ft. Lauderdale?

    by slayergeek » Mon Aug 22, 2016 8:57 am

    Amyphis wrote:I am not a fan of Miami so I have booked a room at the Riptide for 2 nights. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone there.



    Dorthy (the person who works very hard to put this on every year) moved it to Miami this year for several reasons

    1. There was always a large contingent of cruisers who for international flight reasons, preference, whatever stayed in Miami anyway
    2. Fort Lauderdale has a strict no alcohol on public beaches rules that Miami does not. This led to people being searched before entering the private beach area by the hotel..people did not like that
    3. There was always a very vocal continent of people that wanted to go back to Miami. Largely for the two reasons listed above

    So she was hoping that with the move to Miami, we could make everyone happy, and all gather there.

    I actually prefer Fort Lauderdale, but want to be where the action is, so I have booked a room at the Clevelander. I would encourage everyone to rally there. The whole point of moving it to Miami is to cut down on splitting up the 70,000 tons crowd across two locations.

    Of course we can't make everyone happy, and we will all meet up on the ship anyway.
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    Re: Miami or Ft. Lauderdale?

    by JARI » Mon Aug 22, 2016 9:36 am

    Going to Miami because the beach party. Don't forget to bring some booze fro your country I bri ng salmiakki and something else from Finland. :heavydrink:
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    Re: Miami or Ft. Lauderdale?

    by Amyphis » Mon Aug 22, 2016 2:55 pm

    slayergeek wrote:
    Amyphis wrote:I am not a fan of Miami so I have booked a room at the Riptide for 2 nights. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone there.

    Wow! I had no idea about the drinking on the beach. Now it all makes sense. I'm sure I can find a ride to the party if I decide to do that and maybe I will go with Miami in 2018.

    Dorthy (the person who works very hard to put this on every year) moved it to Miami this year for several reasons

    1. There was always a large contingent of cruisers who for international flight reasons, preference, whatever stayed in Miami anyway
    2. Fort Lauderdale has a strict no alcohol on public beaches rules that Miami does not. This led to people being searched before entering the private beach area by the hotel..people did not like that
    3. There was always a very vocal continent of people that wanted to go back to Miami. Largely for the two reasons listed above

    So she was hoping that with the move to Miami, we could make everyone happy, and all gather there.

    I actually prefer Fort Lauderdale, but want to be where the action is, so I have booked a room at the Clevelander. I would encourage everyone to rally there. The whole point of moving it to Miami is to cut down on splitting up the 70,000 tons crowd across two locations.

    Of course we can't make everyone happy, and we will all meet up on this ship anyway.
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    Re: Miami or Ft. Lauderdale?

    by AceHugger » Mon Aug 22, 2016 4:54 pm

    Hmmmmmmmm.... this is going to take some thinking about.
    We're flying in from London and as it'll probably be our only holiday next year we're thinking of a twin sites thing, flying in on the 28th or 29th for one or two nights in miami before heading to FLL. ...maybe.
    I think I'd rather be closer to the boat on the day of the cruise. A trek on the day with a hangover sounds like a mission.
    Not sure though. There seems to be a lot to weigh up and evaluate.
    We'll definitely want to be in a locale with other cruise goers and to meet people before the event.
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    Re: Miami or Ft. Lauderdale?

    by Master Killer » Mon Aug 22, 2016 5:29 pm

    Staying in Ft. Lauderdale before or after the cruise was never even in question for me. I always hated the fact that they moved the cruise there and don't know the reason for doing so. I just heard some things that the port of Miami cannot handle a ship that size or some shit like that. :bitch:

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    by biertroll » Mon Aug 22, 2016 7:47 pm

    I always end up renting a car and heading to Miami to eat at one of my favorite restaurants anyways, either before after or after the cruise. I'm glad it's back in Miami as the beach party is better and now I will be eating at one of my favorite places more than once this next year. :cool:
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    Re: Miami or Ft. Lauderdale?

    by Pellaz » Thu Aug 25, 2016 12:06 am

    Master Killer wrote:Staying in Ft. Lauderdale before or after the cruise was never even in question for me. I always hated the fact that they moved the cruise there and don't know the reason for doing so. I just heard some things that the port of Miami cannot handle a ship that size or some shit like that. :bitch:


    Correct. The turn-basin at PortMiami is too small to allow ships the size of the Indy or the Liberty to make their turns.

    I prefer the Port of Miami to Ft. Lauderdale's Port Everglades....but much prefer the city of Ft. Lauderdale to the city of Miami.
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    Re: Miami or Ft. Lauderdale?

    by Entombed » Thu Aug 25, 2016 5:28 am

    We will be in Miami, just booked a room close to the Clevelander hotel. Looking forward seeing you guys. Cheers!
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    Re: Miami or Ft. Lauderdale?

    by Kingslayer » Sun Aug 28, 2016 7:08 pm

    I'll be in South Beach at the Essex with my brother and two other guys. It would've been nice to stay closer to the port, but it seems like most of the action will be in Miami, and open liquor on public beaches is a truly wonderful thing. I'll we'll likely stay in Fort Lauderdale after the cruise though
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    Re: Miami or Ft. Lauderdale?

    by AceHugger » Tue Sep 13, 2016 12:33 pm

    looks like Riptide is sold out on the 31st / 1st .

    This makes me sad.

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