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Fort Lauderdale

On March 12th we set sail from Fort Lauderdale on the Celebrity Reflection to the Caribbean. Our next few posts will cover each port town and what we recommend you sea or do while visiting.

We highly recommend for those flying in for the cruise to arrive one night early. If you need assistance with hotels, just let us know. Currently, there are many issues with the airlines and we want to make sure you arrive before the cruise ship leaves. Planning to arrive a day early gives you peace of mind and time to visit Ft. Lauderdale.

First, lets learn a bit about Ft. Lauderdale.

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The City of Fort Lauderdale is named for a Second Seminole War fortification built on the banks of the New River in 1838. That year, Major William Lauderdale led a detachment of Tennessee Volunteers south along the east coast of Florida to capture Seminole agricultural lands and battle the elusive Indian warriors. Altogether, three forts named after Major Lauderdale would be constructed: the first at the fork of New River; the second at Tarpon Bend; and the largest on the beach at the site of Bahia Mar. None of the forts survive today.

If you are interested in researching while in Fort Lauderdale, the following map gives you a few locations. When you click on each pin, the location and hours of operation will show.

Possible research locations are:

  • Broward County Archives / Central Courthouse
  • Plantation Family History Center
  • Fort Lauderdale Historical Society
  • Alvin Shermam Library (holds the Genealogy Society of Broward County collection)
  • Fort Lauderdale Library and Archive

As we find more locations for research, we will update the map.

Optional tours:

Fort Lauderdale Sight Seeing Pass $84 per person. The pass os good for 60 days, so you can use it pre and post cruise!

Ferry tickets to Bimini $269 per person. Get an extra day of island life.

These are just a few options for you to think about as you plan your cruise. If you have anything specific in mind that you would like to do, let us know and we will be happy to help you book it!

Here is a great destination guide for Fort Lauderdale.

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