Day One - Thursday, February
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Trip report by Glenn:
We arrived at the DCL terminal
in Port Canaveral, FL around 12:30 p.m. We dropped off our luggage
curbside at the terminal, then went across the street to park. We
walked back to the terminal and went through the metal detectors
and up the escalators to the main terminal. Our paperwork was filled
out, and we were on our way to the check-in desk. We received our
"Keys to the World" and were on our way.
had already started boarding, so right after we checked in we boarded
the ship around 1:15 p.m. When we entered the lobby, the cast member
asked us our name, and then she announced our name to the ship and
the CMs welcomed us by applauding. It was a nice touch. We bought
the unlimited soda package and mugs in the lobby. Once on the ship,
we went to our room to drop off our hand bags. It was room 2517,
which is an inside stateroom on deck 2 forward. It was a bit smaller
room than on our cruise in September, but it was fine. We then went
to Parrot Cay for lunch.
After lunch, we headed out to
walk around the ship a bit more until 3 p.m. when we could finally
try to make our reservations to Palo. Unfortunately, they were booked
for all three nights, so we put our names on the wait list.
It was getting close to the
time for the safety drill, so we went back to our room until it
was time for the alarm to sound. We donned our life vests and went
to our designated area (Area A, which was in the Walt Disney Theater).
Once the drill was over, we put the vests back in our room, and
then headed up to deck 10 for the Sail-Away Celebration at 4:30
at Goofy's pool. We stood near the railing where we knew we would
have a good view of the party.
We headed out of the port at
5 p.m. As we were leaving, I called my friend Chris to tell him
we were on our way (and to rub it in a bit--although payback will
be a bitch: Chris is going on the 7-day cruise in May and will give
me payback in spades).
After we headed out to sea,
we went to the atrium lobby and took pictures with Donald and Daisy.
We were thirsty, so we stopped
at the Promenade Lounge. The bartender was very nice, and he brought
out wings and nachos for us to snack on. We sat there for a little
while and finished the snacks, then we headed off and took a photo
The shops opened at 6 p.m.,
so we went shortly after it opened and picked up a few things: photo
album, scale model of the Wonder, towels, scrapbooking pages and
We stopped off in the atrium
lobby and took a picture with Mickey and Minnie on the way back
to the cabin.
The pin trading station opened
at 7 p.m. Now, we're not really serious pin collectors, but my buddy
Chris is, so I picked up a limited edition pin for him (and we got
one for us too).
After buying the pins, we headed
back to the cabin to get ready for dinner. We had the late dinner
seating (8:30 p.m.) so we had some time. "Sweet Home Alabama"
was on so we watched it while we got dressed.
We headed off to Tritons for
dinner. We were seated at a table with another couple. We both ate
a salad, the beef tenderloin for entree and Tammy had creme brulee
for dessert while I had the apple tart. The food was very good.
After dinner we went to deck
four and I gave Tammy an early Valentine's Day present: A necklace
and heart-shaped pendent from Tiffany & Co. She seemed to like
We went to Shutters and bought
the photos that we had taken earlier in the day. Then we headed
back to the cabin to get ready for bed. We watched "Two Weeks
Notice" and then went to sleep.
All in all, it was a pretty
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