Trip log, day one. Port Canaveral.
7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral
March 16, 2019
Guests Onboard: 3:45 pm
Personal Navigator – Day 1
Our captain for this cruise is Thord Haugen. As for our onboard entertainment, Peter Hofer is our Cruise Director. During this 7-night Western Caribbean cruise we will be visiting the ports of , Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth, and Castaway Cay.
SPRING BREAK 2019!!! Seems like the perfect week to head to the Western Caribbean as a cold front moves into Florida. This cruise will be our first on the Fantasy since her first dry dock and our first time visiting Jamaica.
We often try to arrive to the port as early as possible to make the most of our embarkation day, but today we decided that we didn’t want to rush to get to Port Canaveral and wait in the terminal. We arrived, dropped our luggage off, and parked just before 11:30 AM and were walking through the Mickey door to board the Fantasy at 11:47 AM. 17 minutes to walk from our car, go through security, check in, and head onto the ship.
We made our way up to Cabanas for a quick lunch and then headed out to see some of the new to us additions to the Fantasy.
Since we were already in Cabanas, we decided that the most logical first stop should be Sweet on You, which is the ice cream/candy shop which took over the space previously occupied by the arcade. The first impression was that it feels similar to Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats on the Disney Dream, yet it stands on its own as a unique version. Em & Izzy liked the cafe-like quaint setting a lot & thought it was adorable.
We walked along the pool deck and eventually made our way past the water area that replaced the hot tubs and the permanent pool bar just past the drink stations.
We stopped in Edge so that Isabelle could get her Edge sticker. It was getting close to 1:30 when the staterooms become available, so we headed over to browse the menus in Europa. In La Piazza, you can see a list of the beverage seminars for the cruise and see if there are any openings. It is highly suggested that you reserve the seminars online when your booking windows open.
We dropped off our bags and discovered the Fantasy is still offering the personal H2O products and has not transferred over to the larger refillable pump bottles.
I was eager to go see the Marvel and Star Wars spaces in the Oceaneer Club. Marvel Super Hero Academy on the Fantasy looks amazing. We spent a lot of time admiring the details in the space.
The Star Wars Command Post did not leave me as impressed. I feel like the Millennium Falcon space on the Disney Dream is lightyears better, As cool as it is to pilot the Millennium Falcon, I think Disney improved the simulator experience on the Fantasy with the interactive Command Post Starfighter Training Simulator.
After our time in the Oceaneer Club, we returned to our stateroom to see our luggage waiting for us at the door! This may seem odd to you, but I do not start enjoying my cruise until my bags are unpacked and we are settled in to our home away from home.
The Castaway Club stateroom gift remains the sling bag and luggage tags.
However, before anyone can continue to enjoy the cruise everyone must attend the mandatory muster drill. It’s really not that bad at all as long as everyone goes to their respective assembly stations in a timely manner.
With the muster drill out of the way, vacation can commence. Up to the pool deck for the sail away party with Mickey and the gang. By the time we walked up to the pool deck from our muster station, we were already pulling away from the terminal and making our way out of Port Canaveral.
If you didn’t have the opportunity to watch the sail away party live, I will embed the video below.
— Scott Sanders (@TheDCLBlog) March 16, 2019
Our dinner this evening was in Animator’s Palate with the regular rotational dinner menu. Overall, the food was surprisingly good tonight and the service was excellent! We could not have asked for a better first night.
It was time to head over to the shops and see what items tickled our fancy. Disney knows we all need Disney Cruise Line reusable shopping bags and instead of just having them behind the checkout, they are literally out on display in the shops.
It was also nice to see some duty free liquor for sale in Sea Treasures. We found a bottle of gin for $10 cheaper than we can get back at home so, score! I will say, it was nice back in the day when they offered a full list of duty free options.
Personally, I was trilled to see the evening entreatment lineup for this cruise.
3 nights with the Disney productions, 2-nights with the Disney productions (Aladdin is dark at the moment), 2 nights of variety acts, and an evening with a Disney on Broadway performer and another with a Captain Marvel screening.
Tonight’s entertainment was ventriloquist, Lynn Trefzger. Lynn is a regular variety act for Disney Cruise Line and her show is kept fresh thanks to audience participation.
After the show, we retired to our stateroom for the night. To find all the regular handouts on the bed except the Personal Navigator for tomorrow. Good thing we have a kid on the payroll to go get us a couple from Guest Services in the morning. However, this is really inconvenient. We are not fans of using the app or the stateroom tv to view the events. We prefer the simple grid layout were we can see everything on a single page.
Tomorrow is our first really day of the cruise & we have indoor activities planned, plus, it will be St. Patrick’s Day!