If you really want to play tourist in Ft. Lauderdale:http://travel.usnews.com/Fort_Lauderdale_FL/Things_To_Do/Tips/
I redeye from CA to FL the day before the cruise every year. Landing early in the morning.
Rent a car at the airport.
Drive to Bahia Cabana.
Breakfast, Bloody Mary and Coffee.
Pick up last minute stuff that is too cumbersome to drag on the plane.
Return the car in the afternoon.
Cab to Bahia Cabana.
Hang on the beach or directly back to Cabana.
Park myself at the bar.
Look at all the beautiful cruisers dropping in one by one through the bottom of my glass.
Crawl back to my room.
Set everything that makes noise early in the morning.
Meet cruisers for breakfast at the Cabana.
Split a cab.
Ride to the port.
Big ship visible over terminal buildings
Excitement builds up
Almost through the door
A glass of free lemonade
get ship card
fill in forms
answer questions while thinking of something else
ahh, you mean those tickets...
Flirt with the lady behind the counter (yes she could be my granny, but I'm ecstatic, dammit)
Don't pet the puppy.
Ok, you're through
Through the maze
Escalator up to boarding level
Glassed in walking bridge
I can feel it
I can touch it
One foot on board
Through metal detector