Trip log, day one. Embarkation day at Port Canaveral.
7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise on Disney Fantasy – Itinerary A from Port Canaveral, FL
March 8, 2014
Day one started at the stroke of midnight as we were still packing. Just before 2 AM, we finally went to bed for a few hours of sleep before driving over to Port Canaveral to set out on a 7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise aboard the Disney Fantasy. This cruise has scheduled stops in St Maarten a, St Thomas, and Castaway Cay along with 3 (hopefully) relaxing days at sea. When the we saw the Disney Fantasy we knew our vacation was about to begin! Little did we know we’d soon be held hostage for a good 20+ minutes by the drawbridge just around the bend from the port.
The arrival process at Port Canaveral continues to flow like a well oiled machine. We arrived around at the terminal to drop off our luggage around 11 AM. We sped through security and the check-in process and were ready to board the ship. We were assigned boarding group 1, but by the time we checked in, they were already announcing group 8. We were thrilled to still see the happy Olaf from Frozen, still hanging out in the terminal.
As we were headed on the ship, we were presented with the day one Personal Navigator, which includes an brief overview of the key events for the sailing. Even though Need for Speed is a Dreamworks movie, it is being distributed by Disney so it will premier at 12:01 AM on Friday!
As expected, the new internet data plans are now available on the Disney Fantasy with amazing introductory prices! So far, the internet has exceeded my expectations and the fact that I need to only worry about data, rather than time spend online is refreshing!
Our first order of business after being announced as we entered the atrium was to drop off our rebooking form.
As we made our way to the aft stairs, we stopped by to check on Pepe, but he was not home. We even called him repeatedly once we arrived in our stateroom.
We still had some time before we could enter our stateroom, so we hit up Cabanas for a light lunch and the drink of the day, Paradise Punch.
Our first dinner was in Royal Court, were we were reunited with Sergio from Montenegro, one of our favorite servers and an all around great guy!
After dinner, we took the obligatory first trip to the gift shops. We typically visit them every day and usually make a friend or two while we visit there. We were sad to see our previous friend, Rodridgo from Chile was not on this cruise. We did manage to make a purchase, as did Isabelle, who has been waiting to buy a mermaid swimsuit with cover up since last March and was delighted to finally do so with her gift card.
Once we were done, we walked back to the stateroom. Daylight savings time kicks in tonight & we lose an hour tonight. Plus, dawn comes early on a boat, so it is time to go to bed.
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