Day before the Blake Shelton Cruise

I flew out of Jacksonville, Florida on Southwest Airlines Sat, Oct 13th. I’ve driven to south Florida many times, but for $80 one way (I’m riding with a friend of mine back to Jax) it sure beats a 6 hour drive.

The Jacksonville Airport is very clean, efficient and the people are friendly.

I flew to Ft Lauderdale and took the Go Shuttle from Ft Lauderdale to the Sofitel Hotel in Miami.

I was concerned I would be waiting a while, but after 30 minutes, the attendant pointed me to a Lincoln Towncar for the ride to Miami. If you choose the Towncar (private car) option, the cost is $70, but if you choose the shared-ride (van) option, the cost $21. I chose the shared-ride, however I guess the van was running late so I got the free upgrade! I rode with a couple that had been away from their home in Texas for 6 weeks. They went to Norway for a month and then they went on the Oasis of the Seas.

When I arrived at the Sofitel Hotel, I was greeted by Raul. He opened the front door, took my bags and escorted me to the front desk. He asked if I wanted a cold bottle of water. Those are the memories that make a vacation great.

The rooms at the Sofitel Hotel are incredible. Free wi-fi (if you choose the basic package), hair dryer in the bathroom, flat screen tv with a ton of channels and very soft bedding!

The restaurant is 5 star (along with the prices) but I can understand it.

The hotel has a nice fitness area and an incredible swimming pool with a huge fountain.

I’m looking forward to catching the shuttle from the Sofitel ($10.00 charge) and heading over to the Blake Shelton Cruise on the NCL Pearl at about noon.

Stay tuned for more updates and pictures. Be sure to follow me on Twitter @scottlara1961 and on YouTube at slara1961.

For more details on the Sofitel Miami Hotel, here’s the link:

http://www.sofitel.com/gb/hotel-0889-sofitel-miami/index.shtml

Peace!

Scott Lara

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