Walt Disney World & World Travels

Wonder of Wonders -part 4

Posted on: June 11, 2009

After a restful night’s sleep, we awoke to the phone ringing.  It was our wake up call.  We got ready quickly and met our group in the lobby.  Our 1st stop of the day: Cape May Café at Disney’s Beach Club Resort.  It was time for some delicious food.  We all ate like we had never eaten before, then spent some time with Minnie Mouse, Goofy & Donald Duck.  After breakfast I visited with Art the Greeter real quick –don’t know Art?  He’s been mentioned on Samantha Brown’s Disney travel special.  Check him out, he’s a wonderful man!  — Where was I? Oh yes, after talking to Art we toured a recently refurbished room at the Beach Club.  Very very nice!

 

Back on to our bus and we were on our way to Port Canaveral!  WHOO!  We were all excited!  Some had been on multiple Disney Cruises, others only cruised on other lines and a few had never cruised before.  I had cruised once before, long long ago in a galaxy far ….that’s not right.  It was almost 18 years ago when Jon & I sailed on Premiere Cruise Lines Big Red Boat for our honeymoon.  Almost long enough ago to be in the “never cruised before” category.  Anyways, we did a little training on the bus, then sat back and watched the video that all of the guests using DCL transportation watch and 75 minutes later we arrived.

 

Detail.  Attention to detail is something that Disney does better than anyone else.  Even though the terminal is owned by the Port, Disney touch & detail is all over it.  When you go inside, look at the floor.  You will “leave” Florida and “enter” the Caribbean Islands.  They’re all there.  The model ship in the middle of the terminal is hard to miss, and you shouldn’t!  All of us got checked in for the cruise and then our group received permission to board early for our tour of the ship.  I know it’s considered a “small” ship compared to some other cruise lines, but we toured from top to bottom, forward to aft, port to starboard.  By the end we had seen every category of stateroom cabin, the children’s clubs, the pools, and just about everything in between and I was exhausted!  We finished just as families started boarding for their vacations.

 

It had been several hours since we had eaten breakfast (although we worked that off on the stairs) so we had our 1st meal on the ship at Beach Blanket Buffet.  I remember the chilled strawberry mint soup (similar to 1900 Park Fare), my Bahama Mama sail away special drink of the day and the sun shining on us.  Unfortunately that’s one of the few times on the trip that I remember the sun shining L

 

Around 1:30pm we were able to go to our stateroom.  It was really nice!  I will say after seeing all of them, our Category 6 stateroom was a little bigger but the lower priced staterooms were nice too.  We were in 5648; Deck 5 starboard side all the way aft.  There was 1 room after hours and that was it.  Our luggage arrived a few minutes after we did. We changed into our bathing suits and headed out for the sail away party.

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