The Florida Turnpike is one of the nicer such roads I've driven. The route serves the main artery of tourist travel from Miami to just north of Orlando. Although I-95 runs parallel to it and costs nothing, I choose to use it because of the steady flow of rest-stops complete with gas and food. The Turnpike likes to use the motto "The Less Stress Way," and there is some truth to that. The only aggravation I've ever experienced is the sometimes confusing layout of the parking lots. Unlike some toll roads, the service plazas are in the middle of the north and southbound lanes, so everything is designed around an essentially circular traffic pattern. In plazas where construction is underway, especially at night, you can easily miss where to turn for the gas station or parking.
Cruise Aficionados Journal
Ah, that first night dilemma. To go below deck for dinner or the show, or to remain at a railing to watch the sight of the ship putting to sea. Sometimes that hard choice is made all the more difficult because of the hypnotic image of the city lights at night or the setting sun.
The glory of Google Maps is how you can conduct a tour through areas you are about to drive around and learn the lay of the land. I tend to do that out of habit now as plan out which hotels to take, figure out what to expect, etc. The value to me is being able to relax a bit during a drive and not face last second choices in navigation. My phone pulled double duty this past January during my cruise on Oasis of the Seas. Mounted just under the rear-view mirror, I kept the video camera rolling as I drove through downtown Atlanta. Always a busy highway, the drive was smooth enough until some concert letting out flooded the south side exits along I-75.
In order to serve our community from shore to ship and back, Cruise Aficionados (CA) is assembling experienced and new agents to become part of our Cruise Corps team!
CA seeks to extend and enhance the cruise experience through digital offerings, services and real world gatherings which help make cruising part of every day. We do this through online communities for learning about and sharing the experience of cruising. We host real-world “Cruise Coffees” and “Cruise Nights” recreating and stoking the urge to cruise. We walk our members through how to make cruising a daily lifestyle.
Cruise Corps (CC) is the professional services organization of Cruise Aficionados. CC is comprised of entrepreneurial business people, bloggers, travel leaders and providers of goods and services complimentary of the cruise experience. It serves the mission of Cruise Aficionados to extend and enhance the cruise experience and make it part of every day.
CC travel leaders are experienced in helping run their own group cruises on-ship as well as serving as leaders for groups seeking coordinators. CCs bloggers help provide grassroots content about cruises, ports and all manner of cruise related topics. Our CC Pros are a professional services group to help provide the kinds of experiences at real world gatherings on for featured online content. Our CC Travel Service team completes the circle of travel by helping our community find its way back to sea.
There was no existing phrase I found which describes spectacle of a flotilla of cruise ships leaving port. I choose to borrow the term "Elephant Walk" which the U.S. Air Force uses to describe taxing entire airwings of planes all at once down a runway. The purpose being to demonstrate readiness and such. The sight, like that of Elephants walking in a row in circus' the term comes from, reminds me a lot of cruise ships leaving port. This video came from Independence of the Seas and we see the mighty Oasis of the Seas departing Port Everglades shortly before it made it's own walk up the channel. It makes for great lunch-time viewing.