Sunday morning finally came … all the planning and dreaming were finally coming to fruition. We stayed at a hotel that offered a park and cruise package, so we met in the lobby at 9:00 for the shuttle to the Port. There were others in our shuttle … a couple from Tampa who’d cruised many times before and gave us lots of good advice and a family from Edmonton who were going to cruise on Disney. I don’t think any of them were as excited as we were.
So you can imagine how we felt when we saw this:
We were so overwhelmed by the sheer size and beauty of the ship … it was hard to take it all in. We walked down the Promenade.
(this one was taken from inside the elevator)
We then checked out the Lido Deck where we grabbed lunch and checked out our view of the Port. After a little bit, we were able to access our stateroom.
After we had settled in, we decided to sit out on our balcony … and noticed that we were moving! Our cruise was officially under way. It didn’t take long before we were truly out to sea.
Before we knew it, it was time to head down to the dining room (I can’t believe I never thought to take my camera down to the dining room … although I suppose that it doesn’t matter … I suspect that my mediocre photography skills wouldn’t have been able to capture the beauty of it all). We were assigned to a table of 8 … there were 2 couples already seated when we arrived. Just as we were making introductions, the wife of the one of the couples proceeded to make a scene about the table assignment – turns out she was a retired waitress and didn’t want to sit that close to the servers’ station. After the drama died down, it was just us and another couple (we never did see the fourth couple all week) … and while it would have been nice to have gotten to know some other people as well, it was nice to have the table to ourselves … we got to know the other couple very well, better I suspect than we would have had our table been full.
By the time we made it up to our stateroom, we were exhausted and ready to call it a day … a full and exciting one.
Stay tuned … there’s more to come.