Say bon voy­age to pre-cruise bore­dom

Port Ever­glades area of­fers lots to do be­fore you de­part

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Travel & Life - By Rod Stafford Hagwood SouthFlorida.com

If you’re look­ing for some en­ter­tain­ing diver­sions around Port Ever­glades be­sides watch­ing other peo­ple’s cruise ships take off, here are sug­ges­tions of nearby things to do.

Keep in mind that if you want to take a shared ride, your best bet is to first leave Port Ever­glades and wait at the Greater Fort Laud­erdale/Broward County Con­ven­tion Cen­ter.

Take a shorter cruise be­fore your long cruise

The Jun­gle Queen boat winds up and down Fort Laud­erdale’s In­tra­coastal, giv­ing you the 411 on who owns which wa­ter­front man­sion. A lit­tle history is thrown in for good mea­sure in the five tours of­fered. See South Florida from the water on the Jun­gle Queen, which docks across from Fort Laud­erdale beach.

And de­pend­ing on which op­tion you choose, you can even get din­ner and a show on a pri­vate is­land (be­ware: this is four hours). Yeah, it’s cheesy, but it also scratches what­ever tourist itch you might have. Prices for adults range from $24.91 to $54.95. The Jun­gle Queen’s port is at the Bahia Mar Yacht­ing Cen­tre, 801 Seabreeze Blvd. For more in­for­ma­tion or to book a tour, call 954-462-5596 or go to Jun­gleQueen.com.

Feel the stretch

You can get a free pro­fes­sional stretch (as op­posed to what you’ve been do­ing when you first get out of bed) at Stretch Zone. Just go to StretchZone.com and click on “Try Us for Free” in the up­per-right­hand cor­ner. Stretch Zone is lo­cated at 1702 Cor­dova Road. Call 954-361-9721.

Puff, puff, don’t pass

Sto­gie lovers should check out some nearby cigar lounges. There’s Nep­tune Cigar Su­per­store, which is a must-stop shop for cigar afi­ciona­dos at 2325 S. Fed­eral High­way. Call 800-655-3385 or 305-670-0633, or go to Nep­tuneCi­gar.com.

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