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.
These days there is precious little to like about flying anyplace. Airlines are an often unwelcome creature that sits on the front and back ends of a cruise. For my part it has been nearly ten years since I actually flew to a port of departure. Driving into a port however can be a daunting task unto itself however. Most cruise ports are wrapped around the edges of working cargo ports. Finding the way through the maze of fenced in zones and to the right parking garage can be difficult. To give you an idea of what is like to drive into such a situation I share this dashcam video of entering Port Everglades.