Onto the Boat
We take a $10 cab from the airport to Port Everglades - very short drive. After going through the lines we are on board the Costa Fortuna!
Lunch is ready and we crowd into the restaurant for a buffet while are rooms are being prepared. After taking a tour of the boat which is 14 stories high, and complete with gym, pools, water slide, theater, etc. we get settled into our room. We opted for the less expensive inner cabin which is nice but we will think about upgrading next time to a window view - just for the ease of waking up in the morning to natural light.
We have a full day on the boat before taking off. We use this time to go to the gym - lay at the pool - attend an orientation, and have a world class dinner at the restaurant. We went for the later dinner time and I am glad that we did since this gave us time after all day excursions to get cleaned up.
Before dinner we also had our first show of the cruise - I recommend you attend all shows they are excellent displays of talent.
After our dinner we toured the various lounges on board picking our favorite - classical music with violin, cello, and piano players. We also visited the dance floor where DJ Mateo entertained us.
We called it a night after a long first day.