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cruzsnob 09-08-2009 08:52 AM

Hi there to those who are familiar with Ft Lauderdale. We are crusing at the end of September,and the cruise line (booked air through the TA) is putting us up the day before the cruise departs. We arrive around 2pm on Sunday, and the earliest we can embark is 2pm on Monday. We are staying at the Sheraton Airport hotel, and all transfers to/from airport/pier are included so we aren't planning on renting a car. I'm looking for ideas on what to do for food/activities. I'd really like to hit up Macy's, Bath & Body works, and Victoria Secret, if possible. Any suggestions/information, especially for how best to get around would be greatly appreciated.

penny3333 09-10-2009 09:53 AM

The Galeria Mall is on Sunrise Boulevard which will be about 5 miles from where you are staying. There is a public bus system there, that is actually pretty dependable. You could take the water taxi, but it would be a good distance to walk from where they stop. The Galeria is huge, it covers at least 8 blocks. I know they have a Saks, not sure about Macy's, Victoria Secret, Bath & Body works, and plenty of other stores. There is also a huge mall off of University Drive in Plantation, but it would be a lot further away, about 10-12 miles. Not sure what stores are left there. I'd really recommend the water taxi, you can buy a pass for $10/pp for all day. If you take it to the end, you'll get off at Shooters. It's a great way to see how the people with tons of money live, plus it's a pleasant ride. They have stops for shopping on Las Olas. Las Olas boulevard has more "kitchy" type stores, with cafes galore. If you get off at Shooters, there's a great place to eat called "Charlie's Crab", Shooters has good food, but is better known for its drinks and beautiful people/yachts. One of my favorite restaurants is the Sea Watch, it's in north Lauderdale, though, so you'd have to take a cab or a bus. It's right on the ocean, beautiful view, great food. They have an early bird special from 4-6 (I believe), 3 course meal for $29.95/ea. Another one of my favorite restaurants is Pier66 Bar & Grill, it's one of the stops on the water taxi route. It's right on the intracoastal, you can see the cruise ships and yachts while enjoying fantastic food. Let me know if I can be of any further help.

cruzsnob 09-10-2009 06:49 PM

Thanks! That's really helpful.

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