Monday, April 11, 2011
We’ll be snuggled between the Atlantic Ocean and Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway at the Hollywood Beach Marriott thanks to Joel, who found another of ‘those deals’ for which he’s famous for sniffing out. And of all places; he found a hotel deal on the timeshare website I’ve mentioned before, Interval International.
We checked calendars, noted the gray skies that darken and dampen our Pacific Northwest spring and it took no more than a matter of minutes to book a few extra days in Florida sunshine: the departure point for our Great Spring Adventure.
Our ‘boutique-style’ hotel, as its web site tells us, is on the city’s famous Broadwalk (yes, it is a ‘Broadwalk’) that has been named one of the best beach ‘boardwalks’ by Travel + Leisure Magazine. We plan to keep the D2G alive with daily walks along the 2.5 mile brick walkway .
It is also close to Port Everglades from where our Celebrity ship will set sail for Barcelona. Celebrity is one of 13 cruise lines – and some 50 ships -- that use this port. We will be joining the estimated 3.8 million passengers who’ll pass through this place in 2010-2011.