Vacations To Go


Summer in Florida



Day 1 Monday July 27th  
Everyone:      
4:15 a.m. Do: Leave home  
6:00 a.m. Depart: Spokane  
  Do: Delta Flight 2693 Seats 22ABCDEF  
10:42 a.m. Arrive: Minneapolis  
  Do: Lunch  
3:15 p.m. Depart: Minneapolis  
  Do: Delta Flight 3044 21ABCDEF  
7:53 p.m. Arrive: Miami, FL  
    (After you disembark from your flight, follow the purple MIA Mover signs to the third level of the Airport Terminal and head to the Mover Station. Hop on board, and you'll be transported to the airport's Rental Center on the fourth level. Head to the Alamo counter and pick up your vehicle keys. Then, you can strike out and begin to enjoy some of the attractions near the airport.)  
Ray, Sherry & Julie:      
8:00 p.m. Do: Rent a car- VW Jetta
Alamo $236.58
 
Barb, Tim & Tamra:      
8:00 p.m.   Rent a Car- Ford Fusion
Alamo $237.95
 
Everyone:      
    (Go out of the rental area and take an immediate right. It will curve right. At the end of the airport go left on 36th. In about 10 blocks go right on Makena Dr. On the right side.)  
  Lodge: Comfort Inn and Suites Miami International Airport $92.68
665 Mokena Drive, Miami Spring, FL 33166
 

 

Day 2 Tuesday July 28th  
8:00 a.m. Depart: Miami  
    (Go left to the corner and turn right on 36th/Hwy 948. Turn right to go south on Palmetto Expy/Hwy 826. Go right on Hwy 874/Don Schula Expy. Go left into Ronald Regan Turnpike. It will go left into Hwy 1. In Key West it will go right and follow the beach. Continue straight ahead on Truman. Turn right on Frances. In one block go left into the cemetery..)  
11:10 a.m. Arrive: Key West 160
    Key West Cemetery
701 Pauline St.
Plot of the Dade Lodge, F.& A.M. – At the back of the lot is the grave of Capt. James Johnson (d. May 8, 1829), the oldest grave in the cemetery, moved from the earlier graveyard. The stone is signed Robt. Dalrymple, Norfolk.
15. James Sawyer (d. Nov. 1829) and Capt. John H. Sawyer (d. Sept. 29-1843) – Some of the oldest gravestones in the cemetery, these were moved to their present location from the first graveyard destroyed in the 1846 hurricane.
 
    Lighthouse Series #3 Sand Key Light Letterbox  
    Gravestone Symbols: IHS Letterbox  
    (Go out of the cemetery on Margarite St. In 2 blocks turn left on Southard. In 3 blocks go right on Simonton. Turn left on Front St. Go right on Exchange St. Park.)  
    Kermit's Key West Key Lime Shoppe (9-9:30)
431 Front St.
 
    Continue on Exchange St. Go left on Front St. Go right on Duval St.)  
    Mattheessens- fudge
109 Duval
 
    ITS Sugar
117 Duval
 
Optional:  
Oldest House and Garden Museum
(10-4 closed Wed and Sun) $5
322 Duval
Please enter through the Old Island General Store!
The house features family portraits and original furnishings, as well as other period pieces, ship models, and documents telling the story of old Key West. In the rear of the house is a spacious, peaceful garden, where benches invite you to sit and reflect. There, you will see the only surviving Cook House in South Florida.
 
    (After shopping go back on Duval to Greene and turn left.)  
    Tropical Vibes- Shaved Ice
411 Greene St
 
    Key Lime Pie Factory
Across the street
 
    The Coconut Factory (9-11)
414 Greene St
 
   
Key Lime Pie Bakery
(9 a.m.-11 p.m.)
412 Greene St
 
    (Walk left/south on Greene. Turn right on Whitehead. It will become Front St. Go left on Exchange.)  
Optional:  
Mel Fisher Maritime Museum
(8:30-5) $16
200 Greene St
Small museum & conservation lab displaying a collection of artifacts from a 17th-century shipwreck.
 
    (Continue left on Front St. Go 2 blocks and turn left on Exchange St. Parking on the right. Walk back left on Exchange. Go right on Front. Take the 1st left on Fitzpatrick. Go left on Greene one block.)  
    Sloppy Joes (9 a.m.-4 a.m.)
201 Duval St.
https://sloppyjoes.com/menu-3/
 
    (Turn right on Duval. In the middle of the next block is a path on the left. Go right on Front. Go left on Exchange.)  
   
Mallory Square

Beginning two hours before sunset, it’s a celebration and view that has captured the love and astonishment of iconic figures from Mark Twain in the 1800s to Tennessee Williams in the late 20th century! At Sunset Celebration the fun actually begins before the sunsets with a large variety of talented musicians, sword swallowers, jugglers, escape artists, animal acts, acrobats and tightrope walkers. America’s Got Talent should spend an evening here.
offers visitors great options for gifts for the home, souvenirs, jewelry, Key Lime food goodies, Conch Republic logo items and tropical apparel. Over 30 shops are located within the Mallory Square area.
 
    Key West Letterbox  
    (From Mallory Square go left out of the parking lot. Turn left on Front St. Go 2 blocks and go right on Simonton St. Go about 3 blocks and turn left on Eaton. At Palm St continue right. After the water go left on Roosevelt/Hwy 1. It will go right. On the right side.)  
  Lodge: Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Key West at the Keys Collection $218.25
3852 N. Roosevelt Blvd
305-290-9180
(Free breakfast buffet, outdoor pool)
 

 


Day 3 Wednesday August 29th  
    (Go right on Hwy 1/Roosevelt. Turn right on 7th St. Take the 1st right on Patterson Ave. Take the next right on 5th. Turn left on Roosevelt. It will become Truman/Hwy 5. At Front turn right and find a spot to park.)  
    Free Shuttle (10-midnight)  
    (Go right up Olivia. Turn right on Whitehead.)  
  See:
Key West Lighthouse
$12/$9 (62+)
938 Whitehead Street
Key West, Florida 33040
1 (305) 294-0012
The current lighthouse opened in 1848 with a woman as its Keeper; nearly unheard of during the 19th century. In the years following, the Key West Lighthouse underwent a number of upgrades including the installation of a Third Order Fresnel Lens, an extension to the tower which allowed the light to be seen from a greater distance, the addition of Keeper’s Quarters, and finally the electrification of the light.

Today, visitors can walk up the 88 steps to the top of the light as well as explore the belongings, photographs, and words of the lighthouse Keepers and their families who lived a now obsolete, yet never forgotten, way of life. Museum lighthouse gift shop.
 
    (Walk across the street.)  
   
Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
(9-5) $15- 30 minute guided tour
907 Whitehead St
No reservation needed. Many cats.
Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote here for more than ten years. Calling Key West home, he found solace and great physical challenge in the turquoise waters that surround this tiny island.
 
    (Catch the free shuttle stop 9 just past Julia. Get off at stop 10. Continue on Whitehead one block.)  
   
Southern Most Point of the U.S.

There is an anchored concrete buoy in Key West, Florida, marking the southernmost point in the continental United States, the lowest latitude land of contiguous North American States. It is 18 feet above sea level.
 
    (Continue right on South St. In about 7 blocks turn right on Reynolds St. Turn left on Atlantic Blvd to West Martello Tower. Free parking. Good swimming.)  
    The Hermit Letterbox
1100 Atlantic Blvd
 
    (Go back left on Atlantic to Reynolds St. At United turn left. At Whitehead turn right. At one way Petronia turn left. Jog right on Fork and left on Geraldine. At the park turn right. Take an immediate left on Angela St.)  
    Ghosts of Key West Letterbox
Zachary Taylor Park
 
    (Come out of the park going left. Go through the roundabout on Angela. Continue straight ahead as the road turn left. Turn right at the roundabout on Southard. Take the 2nd left on Emma St. It will become Front St. On the left side.)  
   
Truman Little White House
(9-4:30 tours every 20 minutes) $20.27/$18.33 Senior
111 Front St
Gift shop (9-5)
Originally, it was constructed in 1890 as naval officers housing. Important visitors have included extended stays by inventor Thomas Edison and scientist Edward Hayden and it has been used by six American presidents. Its most important usage was as the winter White House of Harry Truman who spent 175 days of his presidency here from 1946 through 1952. Harry Truman faced the rebuilding of Europe, the Palestine question, issues of Civil Rights and labor unrest changes in foreign policy and our response to the Cold War.

Other presidents have included William Howard Taft in 1912, Dwight Eisenhower in 1955-56, John Kennedy in 1961 and 1962 and former Presidents Jimmy Carter in 1996 and 2007 and Bill Clinton in 2005. All have found it a restful place to restore body and mind as later presidents have used Camp David. It was the site of international peace talks between the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan in 2001.

 
    (Continue down Duval. Turn left in a block on Front.)  
4:00 p.m. Depart: Key West  
    (Head right on Front St. It will go left. Turn right on Greene St. In one block go right on Whitehead. In 2 blocks go left on Eaton. When it ends go right on Palm. Turn left on Roosevelt/Hwy 1. GPS to Shark Key, but don't turn. Continue, but stop just before the bridge on a pullover.)  
  Do: Shark Key Letterbox  
    (Continue on Hwy 1. At Florida City go right on the Ronald Reagan Turnpike. At Kendall go right on Hwy 874. Go left on Hwy 826. Turn right on Hwy 948/36th St. Go left on Mokena Dr. On the right.)  
7:00 p.m. Arrive: Miami 160
  Lodge: Comfort Inn and Suites Miami International Airport $92.68
665 Mokena Drive
(Free hot breakfast, outdoor pool)
 


Day 4 Thursday July 30th  
9:00 a.m. Depart: Hotel  
    (Go left, then an immediate left on 36th. Take the 1st right on Hwy 953. After crossing a river at the roundabout take the first SW 72nd. Turn left on Mindello. Go right on 74th to Pinewood Cemetery.)  
    Graveyard Symbols: Wheat Letterbox
7220 SW 47th Ct
 
30 minutes   (Go back out on 74th. Turn left on Mindello. In one block go right on 72nd. At the roundabout take the 3rd right on 42nd. Turn right on Hwy 1. Take a right on Hwy 913/Rickenbacker Causeway. Follow it to the end.)  
10:00 a.m. See:
Cape Florida Lighthouse
(Tours 10 and 1, closed Tues and Wed) $8
1200 S Crandon Blvd.
Lighthouse Cafe
First erected in 1825, the Cape Florida Light has survived nearly 200 years of erosion, dozens of hurricanes, an attack by native Seminole Native Americans, and an explosion of lantern oil and gun powder.  Yet, through all the tribulation, she still stands. When the lighthouse was originally built, she guided sailors around the Florida reef helping them avoid an unfortunate accident. Today, we’ve renovated her into a cultural landmark and added her to the National Register of Historic Places. 109 steps
 
12:00 p.m. Depart: Miami  
    (Go back out on Hwy 913/Rickenbacker Causeway. Enter I-95 right/north. Take exit 12A right onto I-95. Take exit 152 right on Hwy 70. Turn right to go north on I-95. Take exit 298 right on Hwy 1. Turn right/east on Hwy 206. Go left/north on A1A. Turn left on Dondanville R.)  
4:30 p.m. Arrive: St. Augustine 314
  Do: Salt Water Cowboys (5-9)
299 Dondanville Rd, St.
http://www.saltwatercowboys.com/Menu/0/Menus.aspx
 
    (Go back out on Dondanville. Turn left on Hwy A1A. After crossing the bridge take an immediate right on San Marco Ave/Hwy A1A. At Carlos Hwy A1A/May St/Vilano Causeway will go right. When it ends go right on Coastal Hwy. Take the 2nd left on Vilano Rd. When the road ends, go right. It will become Anahma. On the right side.)  
  Lodge: Oceanview Lodge $186.75
2701 Anahma Drive
(Breakfast, 2 queens, coffeemaker, refrigerator, microwave, hair dryer, elevator)
 

 

Day 5 Friday July 31st  
Option 1:      
8:45 a.m. Depart: Hotel  
    (Go left on Anahma and an immediate left on Vilano Rd. Go right on Coastal Hwy. Go left on Hwy A1A. When it goes right, take an immediate left on San Marco. Take the 1st right on San Carlos. Go left on Hwy 1/Ponce de Leon Blvd. Before the road goes right go left on Castillo Dr. Park on the right.)  
9:00 a.m. Arrive: Historic Downtown Parking (7-9) $15 all day
1 Cordova St.
 
   
Castillo de San Marcos
(9-5) Senior Golden Eagle Pass
1 Castillo Drive
As the only extant 17th century military construction in the country and the oldest masonry fortress in the United States it is a prime example of the "bastion system" of fortification, the culmination of hundreds of years of military defense engineering.

It is also unique for the material used in its construction. The Castillo is one of only two fortifications in the world built out of a semi-rare form of limestone called coquina (The other is Fort Matanzas National Monument 14 miles south)
Explore the fortress - by wandering through the fort's casements and taking in the exhibits you'll find there. Available brochures and maps will guide you around the site.

Take in a Ranger Program - as Park Rangers give a variety of interpretive talks throughout the day on the history and culture of the Park. We invite you to join any program at any time.

Watch the video - which is shown every hour. It's about twenty-five minutes long and features cannon and musket firing sequences as well as an outline of the Castillo's intricate history.

View a demonstration - there are always re-enactors in period dress around the fort and they often give historical weapons demonstrations as well as presentations on the life and experiences of the colonists who dwelt here.

 
    Old City Gate and Historic Marker
102 Orange St.
The Old City Gates were at one time the only entrance into St. Augustine. The two ancient columns made of stone were built in 1808 as a line of defense for the city.
 
    Huguenot Cemetery-Look at from the sidewalk  
    (Walk south down the St. George pedestrian walkway. )  
    St. George Pedestrian Walkway-All shops  
    Love Those Movies: We are Siamese Letterbox
Faux Paws
14 St George
 
    (On the right side.)  
   
Oldest Wooden School House
(9-8) $5
14 George St.
The Old School offers the opportunity for people of all ages to see an ORIGINAL American Treasure. The Genopoly House has been preserved to reflect the homestead life of the Minorcan Settlers as well as school life in the 1800s. We are proud to provide recreational and educational entertainment for visiting families and students. The self-guided experience begins as the Professor comes to life and welcomes you! All visitors receive a diploma after exploring the Old School, kitchen and gardens!
 
    The Spanish Bakery and Cafe (10-8)
42 1/2 George St.
 
    Whetstone Chocolates (10-10)
42 George St
 
    Tedi's Olde Tyme Ice Cream (10-10)
65 St. George St.
 
    St George Souvenir Shoppe
116 St George
 
    Gelato Time Gelateria Italiano (10:30-10:30)
122 St George
 
    Ben & Jerrys (10:30-11)
128 St George
 
    Souvenir City (9:30-10)
135 St. George
 
    Kilwin's Chocolates (10-11)
140 St George
 
    Love Those Movies: You Bring Honor to Us All Letterbox
143 St George
 
    Shell Shop Sunburst Trading (9-9)
148 St George
 
    Carpe Noctum Letterbox
162 St George
 
    (Walk back to the car. Continue right/east on Cordova. Turn right on San Marco. Go left over the Bridge of Lions. Continue on Anastasia Hwy A1A. At the end of the park go left on Red Cox Dr. On the left side.)  
  See:
St. Augustine Lighthouse
& Maritime Museum (9-7) $12.95/$10.95 60+
Explore lightkeeper duties and daily life, sailing, wooden boatbuilding and underwater archaeology during your visit. See the Daily Demo Schedule to customize your visit.
Maritime Hammock Scavenger Hunt-Grab a scavenger hunt card pack at the entrance to the Maritime Hammock trails and add a fun experience to your walk in the natural area of the historic site. Search for animals that live in this coastal habitat and learn about medicinal and historic uses of plants.
Breathtaking 360º Views • Shipwreck Artifacts Revealed • 1876 Keepers ’ House Exhibits • Maritime Hammock Nature Trails •
Tin Pickle, Local Gedunk (WWII Themed Eatery-A “gedunk” is the canteen or snack bar aboard a large vessel of the United States Navy. This World War II-themed eatery features baked goods, snacks, house-made fudge, sangria, specialty hot dogs and sandwiches! Locally brewed beer by Ancient City Brewing and gourmet popsicles from the Hyppo are also available.
 
    Jesus is My Lighthouse" Letterbox  
5:30 p.m. Depart: St. Augustine  
    (Go right/south on A1A. Go right on Hwy 206 across the bridge. Enter Hwy 1 going left/south. Enter I-95 going south. Take exit 260 B-A right on I-4. Take exit 101B right onto Hwy 417 east. Enter Hwy 528 right/west. Take exit 11 right, then left into the airport.)  
7:45 p.m. Arrive: Orlando 123
Option 2:      
    (Go right. Take the 1st right onto TG Lee Blvd. Take the 1st left on Hwy 436/Semoran Blvd. Go right onto Hwy 528. Turn right onto I-4. Take exit 75A. Go left over the freeway on Universal Blvd to the parking lot.)  
20 min. Do:
IOA/Universal Studios $174 (9-9)
15
    (Go left out of the parking lot. Go right on Major Blvd. Take the 1st right on Hwy 435. Enter I-4. Take exit 72 right, then left on Martin Andersen Beachline Expy/Hwy 528. Take exit 11 right on Jeff Fuqua Blvd. Follow signs to the rental return.)  
20 min. Do: Return Car & Shuttle to Hotel 17
Barb, Tamra & Tim:      
    Fairfield Inn Orlando Airport $104.63
7100 Augusta National Drive
407-888-2666
(2 queens)
 
Julie, Ray & Sherry:      
  Lodge: Fairfield Inn Orlando Airport $99
7100 Augusta National Drive
407-888-2666
(2 queens)
 

 

Day 6 Saturday August 1st  
8:30 a.m. Do: Shuttle to Airport  
9:30 a.m.  
Magic Bus to Port Canaveral
 
  Do: Check-in  
4:15 p.m.   Sail Away Party  
  Lodge: Disney Fantasy  

 

Day 7 Sunday August 2nd  
    Sea Day  
12:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. Do: Palo Brunch  
2:15 p.m.   Princess Gathering  
  Lodge: Disney Fantasy  

 

Day 8 Monday August 3rd  
8:30 a.m. Arrive: Cozumel, Mexico  
Tamra:      
8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Do:

Chichen Itza Mayan Ruins-New World Wonder
$149 (8-8.5 hrs.)
  • Take a 45-minute ferry ride to the Mexican mainland; then, board an air conditioned van headed to Chichen Itza,, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with immense cultural significance. 
  • The van ride to the ruins location is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes in each direction.
  • You’ll have approximately 70 minutes of guided exploration in this legendary city, which extends over 6 square miles and contains hundreds of structures. 
  • See El Castillo, the pyramid of Kulkulcan which is the largest and most important ceremonial structure at Chichen Itza. 
  • Visit the largest and best-preserved Mayan ball court, the Tzompantli, along with the Platform of the Eagles, the Temple of the Warriors and Platform of Venus.
  • Re-board the van and relax during the to your ship.
  • Wheelchairs (collapsible or electric) are not permitted. Tour operators will deny participation to Guests arriving in wheelchairs or electric scooters. 
  • This excursion travels to mainland Mexico. 
  • The ferry transfer is 45 minutes in both directions and may cause motion sickness. 
  • The bus ride is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes in each direction. 
  • You will receive a compact wireless device with earphones that will allow you to hear your guide clearly, without any distracting noises that may be in the surrounding area during the ruins visit. 
  • For the continued preservation of Chichen Itza, Guests are prohibited from climbing on the ruins at any time. 
  • All times and distances are approximate, subject to traffic and overcrowding. 
  • For those wishing to bring a video camera, please note that an additional fee will be charged.
  • A lunch, consisting of 2 bottled waters, one soda, a ham and cheese submarine sandwich- potato chips, a muffin and a piece of fruit will be provided along with a light snack comprised of another piece of fruit and a granola bar. 
  • There is a 15-minute walk along the main avenue between the ferry and the bus departure point in Playa Del Carmen. During the walk, Guests are required to stay with the group and not enter any stores.
  • You should never feel that gratuities are expected, but it is customary to leave a tip in recognition of exceptional service in restaurants, taxis and for excursion guides and drivers. It is always up to you to determine the amount. 
  • Guests are encouraged to wear flat, comfortable shoes. 
  • Guests are also encouraged to bring sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat, a camera and bug repellant.
 
Barb & Tim:      
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  
Three Snorkel Reef (3.5-4 hrs) $60

Sail to the best snorkeling stops off the coast of Cozumel, including Dzul Ha, Paraiso Bajo and Paraiso Profundo.

On this adventure you will...

  • Set sail along Cozumel's beautiful coastline to a trio of specially selected snorkel stops in Cozumel's protected marine park, reserved exclusively for small tour groups.
  • Board a comfortable snorkel boat for the approximately 30-minute sail to your first snorkel spot. Your captain and crew will take you to the best reefs depending on the weather on the day of the excursion to give you the best snorkel conditions possible. Popular reefs in Cozumel include Paraiso Bajo, Paraiso Profundo and Dzul Ha.
  • Upon arrival, your guide will distribute snorkel gear and provide a safety briefing. Take the plunge into the inviting sea and snorkel for approximately 30 minutes amongst a variety of tropical fish and unique coral formations. Climb back onboard and continue to your second and then third snorkel stops, where you will also receive approximately 30 minutes time in the water at each location.
  • Enjoy a beverage as you reflect on your snorkel adventure and sail back to the ship.
  • Guests must be ambulatory. Wheelchairs (collapsible or electric) are not permitted. Tour operators will deny participation to Guests arriving in wheelchairs or electric scooters.
  • For safety reasons, expectant mothers, passengers with hearing or respiratory conditions like asthma or past cardiac surgeries, diabetes, epilepsy or those under medications such as anti-depressants, lithium, beta-blockers and base vein constrictors are not allowed to participate.
  • Guests need to be comfortable swimming in open water.
  • Snorkel, mask and fins and required snorkel vest are provided.
  • All alcoholic drinks will be served only to Guests age 21 and older, and after all water-related activities are finished.
  • Guests are encouraged to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, additional clothing, a towel, a hat, a camera and/or a backpack.
  • Guests are encouraged to bring local currency to purchase optional extras such as souvenirs and snacks while ashore.
  • You should never feel that gratuities are expected, but it is customary to leave a tip in recognition of exceptional service in restaurants, taxis and for excursion guides and drivers. It is always up to you to determine the amount.
 
Julie, Ray & Sherry:      
10:00 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. Do:
Cozumel Highlights, Ruins, and Discover Mexico Cultural Park
-Adult Only Departure $76 (4.5-5 hrs)
  • Board an air-conditioned motorcoach and embark on a 30-minute drive inland to your first stop, the recently excavated ruins of San Gervasio.
  • Once there, embark on an approximately 60-minute guided tour of the pre-Columbian Mayan site, where exterior columns and stone walls mingle with short ceilings and mysterious red-colored hand prints. Snap a picture of the century-old structures such as the Chi Chan Nah, El Arco, and Nohoch Nah and learn about the early civilization that once called this awe-inspiring place home.
  • Discover Ixchel, the goddess of fertility and good health, and find out why ancient Mayan women traveled hundreds of miles to San Gervasio to pay homage to her.
  • Next, take the approximately 30-minute drive to the Discover Mexico historical park. Celebrating the history of Mexico from the pre-Hispanic age to modern times. Discover Mexico is a cultural park brimming with eye-opening exhibits in sight and sound for the entire family.
  • Wander the beautiful landscaped grounds, and snap a picture of the many "miniature" archeological sites and colonial buildings.
  • Stroll through the art museum and view age-old artifacts and award-winning handmade items from Mexico's finest artisans.
  • See its newest attraction, the Papantla Flyers; a ritual dance where participants climb a meter pole and launch themselves - tied only by their feet toward the group.
  • Enjoy authentic Mexican cooking at the Mercadito Corona during a private fiesta complete with food, games, pinatas and other surprises. Then shop for gifts at the souvenir boutique featuring arts and crafts both big and small.
  • Take a short, 15-minute drive to The Mayan Cacao Company, where you'll learn about the history of chocolate. See the manufacturing process, cacao plants in all stages, participate in a chocolate demonstration and enjoy a sample of this delicious beverage.
  • Drive approximately 15 minutes back to the pier.
  • Wheelchairs (collapsible or electric) are not permitted. Tour operators will deny participation to Guests arriving in wheelchairs or electric scooters.
  • Guests are required to walk a total distance of approximately one mile during this excursion.
  • Bottled water is included.
  • Lunch will include hard shell chicken tacos, quesadillas, chicken fingers, beef or chicken burritos, red rice with vegetables, beans, green salad, guacamole, sour cream, salsa, ice cream and flavor water or soft drinks. Additional beverages are available for purchase.
  • Guests are encouraged to wear flat, comfortable shoes and to bring sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat, a camera and bug repellant.
  • Due to extreme limited availability of this excursion, Guests are encouraged to book early.
  • You should never feel that gratuities are expected, but it is customary to leave a tip in recognition of exceptional service in restaurants and taxis, and for excursion guides and drivers. It is always up to you to determine the amount.
 
2:30 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.   Shopping  
Other Options:      
9:15 a.m.   (After departing ship, walk left about 6 blocks to the Av Lic Benito Juarez pier. Take ferry to Playa del Carmen.)  
10:00 a.m. Depart: Cozumel  

hourly

Do: Playa del Carmen Ferry $10.50  
10:45 a.m.
45 minutes
Arrive: Playa del Carmen  
    (When getting off the ferry continue straight ahead to the 2nd street, Calle Quinta Avenida. Turn right and walk 6 blocks. Just past Calle 8 Nte on the right.)  
    Lunch: IHOP (7-midnight)  
    (Continue on Calle Quinta Avenida another block. Just past Calle 10 Nte on the left.)  
    Amorino (9-2 am)
Quinta Avenida Calle 28
 
    (Turn right on Calle Quinta Avenida. Walk 7 blocks to the ferry pier and turn left.)  
2:00 p.m. Depart: Playa del Carmen  
hourly Do: Ferry $10.50  
2:45 p.m. Arrive: Cozumel  
    (Turn right. Walk about 6 blocks to the Punta Langosta Pier.)  
Other Options:      
  Do:
Tulum Ruins (8-8.5 hrs) $149
  • Voyage to the mainland of Mexico via an approximately 45-minute ferry ride before taking a bus to the ancient walled city of Tulum.
  • Explore the awe-inspiring ceremonial ruins and discover the fascinating Mayan civilization as a guide reveals the complex history of the picturesque region.
  • Tour the ruins without missing a thing thanks to a wireless audio system that allows you to hear your guide clearly even when he or she is out of sight. You can move freely without risk of missing the commentary while you are shooting amazing photos.
  • The largest and most prominent building at Tulum is El Castillo (The Castle). Other important ruins at the Tulum archaeological site are the Temple of the Descending God, the House of the Columns, the Temple of the Wind and the Temple of the Frescos, which still has traces of murals on its inner walls, which are now mostly erased by time. Visitors are no longer permitted to enter.
  • Have the option to continue the exploration of the ruins or swim at the beach.
  • Return to the bus transportation for an approximately 70-minute ride to the ferry, and the approximately 45-minute ferry ride back to Cozumel.
  • Wheelchairs (collapsible or electric) are not permitted. Tour operators will deny participation to Guests arriving in wheelchairs or electric scooters.
  • This excursion travels to mainland Mexico.
  • The ferry transfer is 45 minutes in both directions and may cause motion sickness.
  • The bus ride is approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes in each direction.
  • You will receive a compact wireless device with earphones that will allow you to hear your guide clearly without interruption or distracting noises that may be in the surrounding area during the ruins visit.
  • A late, sandwich-style lunch and beverage are provided at 3:00 PM.
  • For the continued conservation of Tulum, Guests are prohibited from climbing on the ruins at any time.
  • An additional fee will be charged for those wishing to bring a video camera.
  • There are areas of rough terrain; strollers are not allowed.
  • A small beach is located at Tulum. Guests must be able to ascend and descend stairs to enter and exit the water.
  • Guests are encouraged to wear swimming attire under clothing if they wish to swim at the beach.
  • There is an approximately 15-minute walk along the main avenue between the ferry and the bus departure point in Playa Del Carmen. During the walk, Guests are required to stay with the group and not enter any stores.
  • You should never feel that gratuities are expected, but it is customary to leave a tip in recognition of exceptional service in restaurants, taxis and for excursion guides and drivers. It is always up to you to determine the amount.

 
4:45 p.m. Depart: Cozumel  
  Lodge: Disney Fantasy  

 

Day 9 Tuesday August 4th  
10:30 a.m. Arrive: George Town, Grand Cayman  
Julie, Ray & Sherry:      
11:00 a.m.- 1:15 p.m. Do:
Nautilus Undersea Tour
$49 (1.5-2 hrs.)
  • Take an approximately 5-minute air-conditioned motorcoach ride to the Nautilus dock. Board the Nautilus semi-submarine and start your underwater exploration.
  • The Nautilus is the best of both worlds: it glides like a boat and gives you a glorious underwater view similar to a submarine but without being completely submerging. As the largest, most luxurious semi-submarine in the world, the Nautilus will let you see the ocean from a whole new perspective.
  • For approximately 45 minutes, relax in the spacious, air-conditioned underwater observatory as an experienced marine expert regales you with the history and mystery of 2 ill-fated shipwrecks: the Callie and the Balboa. The narration continues at Cheeseburger Reef, a colorful, living coral backdrop where divers hand-feed the fish right outside your window for a great photo opportunity.
  • Glide back to the Nautilus dock and take the transportation back to the pier.
  • Guests must be ambulatory. Wheelchairs (collapsible or electric) are not permitted. Tour operators will deny participation to Guests arriving in wheelchairs or electric scooters. Guests must be able to climb down 8 stairs into the semi-submarine.
  • This tour is available to all ages. Since it involves a boat/vessel, infants younger than 3 years of age must have a child's ticket.
  • Guests are encouraged to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, a towel and a camera or underwater camera.
  • Guests are encouraged to bring cash or credit cards purchase optional extras such as souvenirs and snacks while ashore.
  • You should never feel that gratuities are expected, but it is customary to leave a tip in recognition of exceptional service in restaurants, taxis and for excursion guides and drivers. It is always up to you to determine the amount.
 
1:15 p.m.   Lunch  
Barb, Tamra & Tim:      
11:30 a.m. Do: Lunch  
12:30 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.  
Nautilus Undersea Tour and Reef Snorkling
$61 (2-2.5 hrs.)
  • Ride approximately 5 minutes in an air-conditioned motorcoach to the Nautilus dock. Board the Nautilus semi-submarine and start your underwater exploration.
  • The Nautilus is the best of both worlds: it glides like a boat and gives you a glorious underwater view like a submarine, but never completely submerges. The largest, most luxurious semi-submarine in the world, the Nautilus lets you see the ocean from an entirely new perspective.
  • For approximately 30 minutes, relax in the spacious, air-conditioned underwater observatory as an experienced marine expert regales you with tales of the history and mystery of 2 ill-fated shipwrecks, the Callie and the Balboa.
  • Continue to Cheeseburger Reef, where you will have approximately 30-minutes to snorkel among the tropical fish and colorful coral.
  • Glide back to the Nautilus dock, and take the transportation back to the pier.
  • Guests must be ambulatory. Wheelchairs (collapsible or electric) are not permitted. Tour operators will deny participation to Guests arriving in wheelchairs or electric scooters. Guests must be able to climb down 8 stairs into the semi-submarine.
  • All snorkel gear (mask, snorkel, fins and required snorkel vest) is included.
  • Guests are encouraged to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, a towel and a camera or underwater camera.
  • Guests are encouraged to bring currency or credit cards to purchase optional extras such as souvenirs and snacks while ashore.
  • You should never feel that gratuities are expected, but it is customary to leave a tip in recognition of exceptional service in restaurants, taxis and for excursion guides and drivers. It is always up to you to determine the amount.

 
Everyone:      
2:30 p.m.
-5:00 p.m.
  Shopping in George Town
Turn left to DQ and Ft. George Ruins or right to Bayshore Mall-spendy, Pier Market Place and Hard Rock Cafe
 
5:30 p.m. Depart: George Town  

 

Day 10 Wednesday August 5th  
7:30 a.m. Arrive: Falmouth, Jamaica  
Barb, Julie, Ray & Sherry:      
8:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m.  
Green Grotto Caves Express
(3-3.5 hrs) $55
  • Travel approximately 30 minutes from historic Falmouth Pier to the Green Grotto Caves. On your journey, enjoy the scenic beauty of Jamaica's sweeping North Coast.
  • Arrive at the caves, just over 1.5 miles from the spot where Christopher Columbus landed in 1494.
  • For approximately one hour, your guide will take you on a fascinating walking tour showcasing the inner beauty of the famous limestone caves. Stroll a series of interconnected passageways and chambers with light holes, stalactites, stalagmites, ceiling pockets - and bats! Some 37 meters down, encounter the serene grotto, awash with pristine underground waters.
  • On the way out, stop at the wishing well and toss a coin for luck, love and all your heart's desires.
  • Conclude your visit and board your transportation vehicle for a relaxing trip back to the pier.
  • Guests must be ambulatory. Wheelchairs (collapsible or electric) are not permitted. Tour operators will deny participation to Guests arriving in wheelchairs or electric scooters.
  • This tour is not recommended for expectant mothers or Guests with neck, back, cardiovascular and respiratory conditions.
  • Helmets are provided and are mandatory.
  • Guests are encouraged to bring insect repellant, a change of clothing, a towel, a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses. Jewelry and other valuables should be left on the transportation vehicle.
  • Guests are encouraged to bring local currency or credit cards to purchase optional extras such as souvenirs and snacks.
  • You should never feel that gratuities are expected, but it is customary to leave a tip in recognition of exceptional service in restaurants, taxis and for excursion guides and drivers. It is always up to you to determine the amount.
 
11:30 a.m. Do: Lunch  
Tamra & Tim:      
8:30 a.m. -
1 p.m.
Do:

18 Century Century Great House and Plantation Tour with Lunch $64 (4-4.5 hrs)

Embark on an informative and historical drive 25 minutes through Falmouth bound for Good Hope Estate.

  • Enjoy a full estate experience during your 3-hour visit, including a 30-minute guided tour around parts of the plantation in a special purpose off-road vehicle.
  • Take a walk through one of the most sought-after great houses of the 18th century and discover ruins that were once the jewel of the Caribbean. The Good Hope Great House was built in the 1700s and has been restored in its entirety, with paintings, antiques and the lush surroundings of a 2,000-acre working enterprise.
  • Walk on the lands once owned by the largest planter in Jamaica, John Tharp. Travel to the ruins where the waterwheel and kiln still stand today.
  • Enjoy a delicious Jamaica jerk barbeque for lunch afterwards.
  • Stop at the Trading House, the only store of its kind in the Caribbean, where you can shop for unique Jamaican-made souvenirs before returning to the cruise ship pier.
 
Everyone:      
1:00 p.m.   Shopping  
4:45 p.m. Depart: Falmouth  
    Pirate Night  
  Lodge: Disney Fantasy  

 

Day 11 Thursday August 6th  
    Sea Day  
  Lodge; Disney Fantasy  

 

Day 12 Friday August 7th  
8:30 a.m. Arrive: Castaway Cay  
Everyone:      
8:50 a.m.
-9:50 a.m.
Do: Castaway Cay 5K
Go the distance in paradise when you take off on a spectacular 5K around Disney Castaway Cay. Make your way past swaying palms as you run or walk along the air strip to the observation tower and take the lead past sweeping shorelines to the finish line. All finishers receive an exclusive Disney Castaway Cay 5K medal.

What to Expect

  • You will be required to sign a release waiver to participate. Once signed, you’ll receive a Castaway Cay 5K race bib and will be asked to review the 5K course during your cruise. Please be sure to check the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app for more information, including specific times and location information.
  • On race day, meet on Disney Castaway Cay at the bike rentals location approximately 20 minutes after the ship docks. Your leader will escort you to the starting line.
  • Begin your 5K challenge, following the markers and directions provided by Crew Members. Keep in mind, this is not a timed event.
  • Complete your race and celebrate with an exclusive Disney Cruise Line Castaway Cay 5K medal.
  • For everyone’s safety, bicycles or similar 2-wheeled devices; skateboards; scooters, including knee scooters; in-line skates, roller skates or shoes with wheels; strollers and jogging strollers; baby carriers; baby backpacks or similar devices; and/or any electric or powered mobility devices are not permitted.
  • This activity is for Guests 10 years of age and above.
 
Barb, Julie, Ray & Sherry:      
    Bicycle Rentals (1 hr) $13 .
  • Head for the Bike Rentals stand to pick up your bike.
  • Take off on a two-wheeled adventure on Disney's private island, Castaway Cay.
  • Traverse tropical terrain and winding offshore paths at your own leisure, pedaling your way around the island for fun-filled exploration.
  • Ride along the airstrip and turn off the road at one of 2 nature trails. Take a breather and park your bike. Then, climb the observation tower for a breathtaking view of the island.
  • Continue on to the picture-perfect vantage point at Serenity Bay to discover much more of Castaway Cay!
 
Tamra & Tim:      
   
Castaway Cay Getaway Package
(All Day, except Bike) $46
  • Enjoy a discounted rate on this 3-in-1 rental package, which includes snorkel equipment for the day, a float or inner-tube rental for the day, and a bicycle rental for one hour—the perfect complement to your day in paradise.
  • Beginners and experts alike are invited to snorkel in the Bahamian blue amidst tropical fish in the 20-acre snorkel lagoon located at Family Beach. Take the beginner or discover trail and explore the marine habitat with its underwater surprises.
  • Next, enjoy some relaxation time atop an inflatable float or inner-tube as you bask in the sun and enjoy a tropical oasis.
  • Finally, enjoy a tour of the majestic tropical island of Castaway Cay by bike and discover myriad hidden treasures.
  • The package includes snorkel equipment and a float rental for the entire day, plus a one-hour bicycle rental. The adventure is only available to book online or onboard, prior to arrival at Castaway Cay. Once you have reached the island, the discounted package will not be available.
  • Guests must be ambulatory to ride the bicycle.
  • Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older.
  • Individual components are available in any order.
  • Adults 18 years and over may also pick up their float or tube at Windsock Hut, if they wish to use the item at Serenity Bay.
  • Snorkel vests are included and compulsory while snorkeling in the lagoon. Child-size masks and fins are available.
  • Snorkel equipment rental is valid all day and can be picked up from Gil’s Fins and Boats, or Flippers ‘n Floats, at the Guest's leisure. Guests are asked to return the equipment to one of the rental locations at the end of the day.
  • To complete both bicycle nature trails, Guests will ride a distance of approximately 1.5 miles across flat terrain.
  • Bicycles are available to rent on an hourly basis and can be picked up from Bike Rentals, at the far end of Family Beach.
  • The rentals are operated by Disney Cruise Line.
 
Julie, Ray and Sherry:      
    Float and Tube Rental (All day) $13
  • Make your way to Family Beach, Flippers & Floats or Serenity Bay to pick up your float or inner tube to use the entire day at Castaway Cay!
  • Enjoy the motion of the ocean as you bounce, bob and sway atop the gentle waves of the crystal-clear Caribbean waters in a cozy float or inner tube.
  • Bask in the sun or bathe in the sea while you enjoy the magnificent tropical views that surround you.
  • Adults 18 years and over can also pick up their float or tube at Windsock Hut, if they wish to use it at Serenity Bay.
  • Guests may choose between a float or tube when picking up their rental; they do not need to choose in advance.
 
4:45 p.m. Depart: Castaway Cay  
  Lodge: Disney Fantasy  

 

Day 13 Saturday August 8th  
  Do: Lunch  
12:30 p.m. Depart: Orlando  
  Do: Delta Flight 1905 35ABCDEF  
2:09 p.m. Arrive: Atlanta  
3:30 p.m. Depart: Atlanta  
  Do: Delta Flight 2631 Seats 27ABCDE  
5:52 p.m. Arrive: Seattle  
  Do: Dinner  
6:59 p.m. Depart: Seattle  
  Do: Delta Flight 3641 Seats 14ABCD13AB  
8:03 p.m. Arrive: Spokane  


  Barb & Tim Tamra Ray & Sherry Julie
Option 1:        
Alamo Rental Car $237.95 $236.58 $158.63 $79.32 $157.72 $78.86
Comfort Inn & Suites Miami International Airport $92.68 $61.79 $30.89 $61.79 $30.89
Oldest House and Garden Museum $5 $10.00 $5.00 $10.00 $5.00
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Key West $218.25 $145.50 $72.75 $145.50 $72.75
Mel Fisher Maritime Museum $16 (optional)        
Key West Lighthouse $12/$9 62+ $24.00 $12.00 $18.00 $9.00
Ernest Hemingway House $15 (Cats)     $15.00 $15.00
Truman Little White House $20.27/$18.33 Senior $36.67 $18.33 $36.67 $18.33
Comfort Inn & Suites Miami International Airport $92.68 $61.79 $30.89 $61.79 $30.89
Cape Florida Lighthouse $8 $16.00 $8.00 $16.00 $8.00
St. Augustine Oceanview Lodge $186.75 $124.50 $62.25 $124.50 $62.25
Downtown St. Augustine Parking $15 $10.00 $5.00 $10.00 $5.00
Castillo de San Marcos- Senior Golden Eagle Pass * $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse $5 $10.00 $5.00 $10.00 $5.00
St. Augustine Lighthouse and Schoolhouse $12.95/$10.95 60+ $21.90 $12.95 $21.90 $10.95
Fairfield Inn Orlando Airport $104.63/$99 $69.75 $34.88 $66.00 $33.00
Palo Brunch $80.00 $40.00 $80.00 $40.00
Chichen Itza   $149.00    
Three Snorkel Reef Excursion $60 $120.00      
Cozumel Highlights, Ruins and Discover Mexico Culture Park $76     $152.00 $76.00
Nautilus Undersea Tour $49     $98.00 $49.00
Nautilus Undersea Tour and Reef Snorkeling $61 $122.00 $61.00    
Green Grotto Caves Express $55 $55.00   $110.00 $55.00
18th Century Great House and Plantation Tour with Lunch $64 $64.00 $64.00    
Castaway Cay 5K Free        
Bicycle Rentals $13.00 $13.00   $26.00 $13.00
Castaway Cay Getaway Package $46 $46.00 $46.00    
Float and Tube Rental $13     $26.00 $13.00
Option 2:        
Fairfield Inn Orlando Airport $104.63/$99 $69.75 $34.88 $66.00 $33.00
Islands of Adventure $348.00 $174.00 $348.00 $174.00
         
Option 1 Total: $1,250.53 $737.26 $1,246.87 $630.92
Option 2 Total: $1,501.88 $862.94 $1,494.47 $754.72
*Julie and I have Senior Golden Eagle Passes that can get 3 people each into places