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FOPMan

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  1. winner! winner! Better than dinner!
  2. As I remember, the piers at Antigua and St. Lucia are not particularly long.
  3. On a holiday weekend and during early summer, parking can be challenging in the park. As long as the weather is good, the park should have a fair number of people there any given weekend. There is no free parking at any public beach- your parking is included in park admission or there are fees for lots (either an entrance fee or metered spaces). While there is a park concessionaire, I suggest visiting Quarterdeck at the Dania pier (south end of the park). It’s a local bar/grill, with a good, diverse, and reasonable menu (and it’s all pretty good- the burgers are a stand-out).
  4. Discounts on one day park tickets are almost never available. If I were interested in a top-tier attraction, I would be sure to use Disney’s FastPass+ system (free with ticket purchase) to reserve a time for the attraction. Note that Rise of the Resistance, the new Star Wars attraction, does not participate in FastPass+ and, for the foreseeable future, you must be in Hollywood Studios fairly early to get a ride time at any point during the day.
  5. the park is now called Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park. To access the park from Port Everglades (by road) go to US1/Federal Highway. Go east on Dania Beach Boulevard. Go north on Ocean Drive. You are there. it’ll take about 20 minutes if you go out the Eller Drive gate to Port Everglades and about 30 minutes if you exit on Eisenhower. I heartily recommend going an extra block and half south on Federal Highway and visiting Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlor. It’s a very happy experience.
  6. Generally speaking, no. But you do need/should carry photo ID in addition to your ship’s ID card. You usually need it to get back into the port area, and you need your ship ID to reboard.
  7. Amber Cove Cruise Port is very accessible, but is a captured environment, much like the cruise port at Grand Turk. To get to any of the “real” Dominican Republic, you have to leave the cruise port, Because bus stairs are problematic for me, we rented a SUV for the day and went exploring. (The rental location is in the cruise port- National/Alamo).
  8. It’s a bit of a captured market if one can’t transfer into a normal car seat.
  9. I would expect most things to be open in Grand Turk, especially in the cruise center.
  10. I concur with Crew News- I didn’t see any printers.
  11. We just returned from Aruba and booked a 3 hour tour through www.accessiblecaribbeanvacations.com. Carlos provided a good overview of the island. The van is nice, with a manually-operated ramp.
  12. Heads-up- We returned to Port Everglades on the Nieuw Statendam yesterday. The rental car world at Port Everglades was a zoo. By 9:30am, Alamo had no cars, even for people with reservations. Budget had the same kind of issues. We got our particular needs met eventually, but there were a lot of people who were not happy.
  13. it’s actually 2 full blocks (17th to 15th) on Cordova Road. You will pass Kelly’s Landing (seafood restaurant) and Southport Raw Bar on your right. 15th Street is mostly residential with apartment buildings. The Fisheries is at the end of 15th Street.
  14. While the address is 17th Street, the actual restaurant is between 16th and 17th. Google Maps’ pin is exactly where the restaurant is. It’s the same crowd with a few changes to the menu. The ribs are still there- I often get a burger (very good).
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