Day One - Sunday, September 7,
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Trip report by Glenn:
We arrived at the DCL terminal
in Port Canaveral, FL around 11:30 a.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, but apparently the documents that we received from Disney were
a bit out of date, so we had to fill out a couple of new forms.
This just took a few minutes, and we were on our way to the check-in
desk. We received our "Keys to the World" and were on
our way. It was going to be a short wait before we could board,
so we walked around and looked at the scale model in the middle
of the terminal.
Disney cast members started boarding everyone at noon, so we got
in line and were on the ship within about 10 minutes. 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. Once on the ship, we were herded to the Beach Blanket
Buffet for lunch. Tammy ate an Italian sub and I had pasta. It was
OK. We ate out on deck 9, and when we were finished, we started
exploring the ship. The first stop was deck 10 (the top deck) to
get an overview. Then we stopped in the ESPN SkyBox at 1 p.m. We
didn't stay though because we wanted to keep exploring.
Our room wasn't going to be
ready until 1:30 p.m., so we stopped by the Vista Spa and took a
tour. It looked pretty interesting, and they explained all the different
offerings they have. This included a tour of the exercise area,
which overlooks the ship's bridge. When we were finished with the
tour, it was 1:30 so we went to see if our room was ready.
Our room number was 1036, and
it was on deck 1 forward, port side. It was a pretty nice room,
a lot bigger than we expected it to be. And we had portholes! Not
just one, but two! :-)
We relaxed in the room for a
bit, then 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.
Amazingly, we got a reservation for 7 p.m. that night, so we were
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 B, 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 next to the stairs and were next to Mickey,
Pluto and Chip before they went down the stairs to join the party
on the stage. Is it sad that I was star-struck by seeing Mickey?
We headed out of the port at
5 p.m. when the ship's horn played "When You Wish Upon a Star."
We thought that was the COOLEST thing, because it is the song we
danced to at our wedding.
After we were well on our way,
we went back to the room to get cleaned-up and dressed for dinner
We walked into the restaurant
at 7 p.m. and were seated at a table for two next to the window
and directly in the middle of the ship, so we had a wonderful view
of the sunset. Our server was Melinda and she was wonderful. She
was from Australia, and she was very friendly. Tammy had warm shrimp
salad as appetizer, filet mignon for her entree, a glass of Moscato
wine, and tiramisu for dessert. I had minestrone soup for an appetizer,
filet mignon for the entree and cappuccino cheesecake for dessert.
Everything was delicious, and was by far the best meal we had the
After dinner, we went back to
the room and changed into casual clothes, and then headed out to
the shops onboard. We didn't buy anything, just looked around to
see what they had. We bought some chips and Cokes to take back to
We got back to the room and
relaxed for a while. We snacked on the chips and drinks and watched
TV. Tammy watched "Down With Love" which started at 11
p.m. and I went to sleep.
All in all, it was a full first
day, and we didn't even board the ship until noon! We couldn't wait
to see what adventures the rest of the trip would hold...
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