Okay ya'll, so I tried (and failed) to come up with something super clever here for my most recent trip. Rather than bombard the page with constant trip posts, I decided to make it a weekly thing. I toyed with awful awful puns and then decided to just let Florida Georgia Line do all the work for me. So, welcome everyone to Sundaze on Sundays. Yeah, I just did that.
This trip was about a full year in the making. When I first got the Big Machine e-mail about a Florida Georgia Line Cruise (cuz seriously, with that kind of song title, you had to know it would happen), I was interested but since I had no friends who could go, I was going to pass. After a couple weeks, I kept thinking about it and finally decided, why not? I joined a facebook forum for single cruisers (traveling alone single) and found a roommate who fit my criteria. We kept in touch for a couple months until our booking date in January and booked with the presale.
The company who was hosting the charter put together a really well informed Facebook group with frequent updates so we made lots of friends prior to the actual departure. Kelly and I arranged to spend a couple nights in Miami before embarkation as well so we could explore.
I arranged our flights to get in earlyish (around 10:30) so after grabbing our luggage (I had to check mine since I was dragging a large quantity of alcohol), we hopped on the Airport Flyer to South Beach (perfect timing). After dropping our luggage at the Townhouse Hotel, we got Kelly a bus pass for the Hop On Hop Off tour, grabbed some more rum for me, and then went sightseeing.
The bus tour had two separate routes- South Beach and Downtown so we really did get to see all the sights. We drove past all the famous hotels, the Art Deco buildings, the Biltmore, the church where Gloria and Emilio Estefan got married, and Miracle Mile. We even got to see some beautiful homes along the water and enjoy the skyline from the bridges.
We hopped off in Coconut Grove since we were getting pretty hungry. Kelly wanted to go to the Cheesecake Factory and I had passed a really quaint little restaurant with a cute patio close to the bus stop. Perfect choice. This place (Jaguar's) had the most awesome little ceviche sampler and it was one of the best lunches I've ever had. After meeting up with Kelly again, we headed back to the hotel.