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Things to do in Fort Lauderdale

28th March 2018

Fort Lauderdale is a common starting point for many Caribbean cruises, and while many guests tend to arrive just in time to embark, the city itself certainly warrants several days of exploring. So instead of simply using Fort Lauderdale as a start or end point, consider spending a bit of extra time here. To help with a little inspiration, here are our favourite things to do in Fort Lauderdale.

 

 

Relax on the beach

With over 23 miles of beaches with promenades, there’s plenty of room for everyone to make the most of Fort Lauderdale’s balmy temperatures, which average at 25°C. Whether you prefer sunbathing with a book and a cocktail, or walking along the beach occasionally dipping your toes in the sea, spending time relaxing at one of the many beaches will leave you feeling soothed and refreshed.

Look around the art district

Many visitors are unaware of Fort Lauderdale’s dynamic art scene. Made up of four city blocks, the art district – known as F.A.T Village – is a fantastic hub for all things creative. With impressive colourful murals, galleries and shops showcasing local creations, and charming cafes and coffee shops, an afternoon spent here can be interesting and culturally enriching.

 

 

Discover the Everglades

The Everglades National Park is around an hour from Fort Lauderdale, and offers the perfect chance to get closer to nature and explore some unspoiled landscape. Try an exhilarating air boat ride where you glide swiftly across the wetlands, taking in some gorgeous scenery, birdlife, and with any luck the famed Floridian ‘gators will also make an appearance.

 

 

Explore Venetian-style canals

When exploring Fort Lauderdale, be sure to make the most of the city’s extensive canal network. Nicknamed the 'Venice of America', the waterways are not only pretty, but they can be convenient for traversing the city via boat or water taxi. Opting for this mode of transport will also enable you to see some of the gorgeous mansions found in Fort Lauderdale, which are owned by various celebrities and millionaires.

 

 

Savour delicious food

Known as the Sunshine State, Florida is unsurprisingly home to some great quality produce. From perfectly crisp orange juice, to bright red and juicy tomatoes, the state has the very best ingredients to create some incredible culinary treats. Thanks to the heavy Caribbean influence here, an incredible cuisine known as Floribbean has been born - try all kinds of unique, world class food including seafood and even alligator if you’re feeling adventurous. 

Discover the beautiful and lively city of Fort Lauderdale on an exciting Caribbean cruise.


Regal Princess Naming Ceremony

5th November 2014

Updated May 2019

 

Back in November 2014 some of our Iglu Team were fortunate enough to be invited to Florida by Princess Cruises, for the highly-anticipated naming ceremony of Regal Princess. Read on to find out more about these elaborate events, and just what our guys thought of the ship.

 

 

Regal Princess' naming ceremony came just as Princess Cruises were celebrating their 50th birthday, so the event was sure to be one of the most glamorous of its kind yet.

 

Life Onboard Regal Princess

 

Upon arrival to the port, members of the cruise industry from all over were invited onboard the ship, only to be met by excited check in staff, and one of the most spectacular atriums. Here, coffee was served and the ship's crew were bustling about preparing for the main event, the naming ceremony. Neutral decor and gold trimmings set the scene of a luxury liner that cruising dreams are made of. With an atrium 60% bigger than any other Princess ship, it is the heart of the ship that captivates you from the first moment. She is grand and luxurious, yet elegant and welcoming.

 

 

After exploring the entirety of the ship, it's fair to say that Regal Princess has something for everyone onboard. From the opportunity to be a child again in the kids club, to enjoying relaxing me-time in the adults-only Sanctuary area, all kinds of cruisers will feel right at home.

Cuisine onboard went above expectations and the service exceptional. We were treated to the tender flavour of perfectly cooked roast pork in the evening, before being spoiled for choice at breakfast with an array of hot foods, flakey pastries, fruit, and freshly baked muffins.

 

The Naming Ceremony

 

With all onboard preparing for the naming ceremony, it certainly looked like it was going to be a spectacular affair. The guys from The Love Boat rehearsed their naming speech, as Princess Cruises breaks the mould again by awarding the prestigious 'Godmother' title to all of the cast! With fireworks at the ready and Champagne glasses stacked, every single person onboard from crew to guests were beaming with excitement.

As the sun set behind Regal Princess, the view of the Miami skyline made impressive shadows on the surrounding water. With warm temperatures and striking skies, it was the perfect evening for such an iconic celebration. All onboard embraced the occasion and made a special effort to dress in nautical coloured clothes. With only travel trade, VIP's and special guests onboard it was clear to see everyone had a strong passion for cruising, and especially for Princess Cruises. After a glass of champagne it was time to head to the top deck for the naming ceremony.

 

 

 

As everyone gathered around the outer decks in their blue and white attire, there was an apparent 'love for the sea' in the air. The evening kicked off with the introduction of Regal Princess' Godparents, then, after performances from the singers and dancers, a clip of T'he Love Boat' was shown on the gigantic screen that stands as the centre attraction on the upper deck. 

Jan Swartz, President of Princess Cruises and Arnold Donald, Director of Carnival Corporation then spoke about their brand and what Regal Princess will bring to the company. They were both inspirational characters who are very passionate about their cruise line.

 

 

As Princess Cruises were celebrating their 50th anniversary, they did not smash one Champagne bottle as the tradition goes, instead they lined 50 bottles up along the side of the ship and smashed them all before the main large bottle was shattered over the pool deck. The naming of a ship is such an iconic moment and an experience that remains in the memory of everyone who attends. This celebration appeared to expose an infectious amount of passion.

After all the excitement we were treated to a six-course gala dinner, a toast with the ship’s crew, and a chance to meet other agents before we gathered on the top deck to see the fireworks. Every time the sky illuminated with the intense colours of the fireworks, it lit up the whole ship reminding everyone just how lucky we were to be a part of this memorable moment. The rest of the evening was filled with more merriment, with plenty of dancing, socialising and celebrating onboard this stunning new ship.

If you would like to see this majestic ship for yourself, browse through our range of Regal Princess cruises and start planning your next cruise adventure.


Top 5 Cruise Sailaway Views

18th June 2014

Sailaway – one of the most captivating parts of a cruise, it allows you to gain the most breath-taking views of the destinations you visit. Sailing away from port gives you time to reflect on new memories you have just made. Take in awe-inspiring views of enchanting cities, stunning coastlines and fascinating landmarks.

I would go as far as saying sailaway is one of my favourite parts of a cruise and my phone is full of pictures I have taken of various sailaway views. For me, it truly celebrates what cruising is about.

With most sailaways taking place in the evening, it gives you chance to see the most intriguing places in the world illuminated by the sunset and bright lights.

It is so hard to round it down, but here are five that make my favourite sailaway views:

Santorini, Greece

There is no other place in the world that can offer the views that Santorini does. You will not know where to look as your are surrounded by a mix of whitewashed villages cantilevered off soaring mountains and surrounded by deep blue ocean.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Sailing out of Fort Lauderdale really gives you an insight into the glamorous lifestyle lived here. With its luxurious beach-front homes, pristine beaches and year-round sunshine, you get a real feeling of paradise as you sail away from this tropical haven.

Rio De Janiero, Brazil

One of the world’s most intriguing cities, taking in the sites of Rio as you sail away is nothing short of a spine-tingling moment. Soaring mountains shadowed by iconic landmarks dominate the large stretches of glamorous beaches. Home to one of the most exciting nightlives in the world, you will be able to watch the locals partying on the beach and hear the sounds of samba music as you wave goodbye to this charismatic city.

Singapore, Asia

I am a lover of 'big city bright lights' and I love nothing more than the sight of a city illuminated in all its glory as evening sets in. So no surprise, I love the sailaway from Singapore. As striking as it is during the day, when the sun goes down this city beams with colour and immense Asian scents.

Sydney, Australia

With ships docking close to the iconic Sydney Opera House, it creates the ultimate scene to sail away from. The most cosmopolitan city in the world, Sydney entices every visitor. Whether it be during daylight or as the sunsets, a sailaway from Sydney will showcase inspiring views on the Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Tower.


By Sally Grimes


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