This hotel was $15.00 a day pre cruise stay. We were offered future trips to attend a 2-3 hour time share presentation. The presentation was far away from the hotel. We arrived at 8:30am and the presentation lasted 4 1/2 hours. We then had to wait outside in the hot sun for the shuttle bus to return back to the hotel at 2:30 and it was 30 minutes late. After finally arriving back to the hotel the dining room was closed so no food until 5pm. When we did eat the food was not good. Pasta overcooked, no flavor, and no creativity. (You need a new chef). The breakfast was the same all three days and it was very poor. (who eats spinach for breakfast). To top it off frozen waffles, (a waffle iron and batter is really not that expensive.) The cashier no personality, rude, no smile, and she seem upset that we interrupted her texting while she was working.
The rooms were nothing to write home about. Old shabby but they were clean. The pillows were very flat and old. The best thing about this hotel was the pool, Jacuzzi, and the Tikki bar. The shuttle to the cruise ship was to leave at 8am. At 9am we were still waiting causing us to miss breakfast even though breakfast was not good. We were also told to sit through another presentation to receive a VIP check in status. We were told by the welcome center that the cruise ship check in process would take about 4 hours due to the number of people on the cruise. After refusing to sit through any more presentations the employee was very rude and rushed us out of her office not answering any of our questions.
After boarding the cruise ship it only took 10 minutes to check in. (what happened to the four hour wait and all of the people?. Another sham) The ship was nice but the rooms were a big joke. They were so small when you turned around you were bumping into the window or wall, and I was on the eight floor. Was not informed of the European plugs, so we were not able to plug steamers, cell phones, or DVD players. The entertainment was excellent and the Crystal Dining Room had excellent food. The Rio however was not good at all. Overall the cruise gets three stars, but beware Ramada is not a place to stay. Avoid it.
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- Ramada Plaza Resort Fort Lauderdale
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- Ramada Plaza Resort Ft Lauderdale
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