We woke up, gathered our things and hit the road for Port Canaveral! It takes about an hour to get from Orlando to the port. Not too bad! We ate a light breakfast on the road. We got to the port, turned our luggage and case of water over to the porters, and went upstairs in the terminal to check in. Check in was quick and painless and we were given our very first set of GOLD lanyards! This is our 6th Disney cruise (my 14th cruise total) and that makes us Gold Castaway Club Members! Fun! We waited in the terminal for a bit then they started letting us board, but first we stopped for our Welcome Aboard photo. Note our custom shirts! We were announced then we went to deck 2 to the Enchanted Garden restaurant for lunch. We were a little early so there was some waiting around for the restaurant to open. We took our time with lunch (CSP loves the shrimp and crab claws so much) and next thing we knew it was time to go to our room to drop off our carry on bags! //embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js We have room 5546 on Deck 5 with the extended veranda.//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js Upon entering our room we noticed our Castaway Club gift! //embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js A gold (yellow) tote bag and a really nice photo album! We also noticed our Bon Voyage decorations! Amy & family surprised us by decorating our room! //embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsWe freshened up a bit and dropped off our carry on bags (and unpacked them). Then it was time to head to the Tube for the Facebook group Meet & Greet!//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js Every cruise has a Facebook group. It just so happened that I was an admin for our group, along with Amy, and a third person. Our group was big! Over 150 people. The point of the group is to share advice and answer questions for newbies and just get excited about the cruise! Plus Amy organized Mixology classes (more on that later) and the Fish Extender Gift Exchange. It’s a lot of fun! Now, let me quickly reintroduce Amy & Kevin & family. We all met on the Disney Magic in February 2015 and became fast friends. They came to visit in June 2015 and in October 2015 Amy, Kevin, CSP & I all went on a 4 night cruise. They live in Ohio. Ok, so we’re caught up, back to the story! At the meet and greet lots of our members came for a big group photo and to meet each other. It was a lot of fun. One member, Ray, was so nice- he called us admins up to the front of the room and presented us with Disney pins for our work! //embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js How sweet!!! The hour went by quickly then it was time for the lifeboat/muster drill. Praise the Lord our muster station was the Walt Disney Theatre! No standing in the hot sun for a half hour! After the drill we went back to our room where our luggage was waiting for us.//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js So we unpacked and made final phone/facetime calls to our family as we sailed away!//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsI switched our phones to Airplane mode and we were all set to text each other via Disney’s Cruise app.//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js CSP quickly discovered the on demand menu and watched Pixels while I got ready for dinner. Dinner tonight was back in Enchanted Garden. I didn’t take pictures of our food this go round but I did take screen shots of the menu for one night so you can see some of the offerings. //embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js The menus are varied and all the food is fantastic! At dinner poor Ellen (age almost 9 today) fell asleep with her mouth open. //embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js They gave us hummus with our bread tonight so Amy put some in Ellen’s mouth. OMG!- her face when she woke up and tasted something awful (to her) in her mouth! HILARIOUS! Fun with kids! After dinner we went back to our rooms for bed and found the first towel animal.//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js Let me tell you, our room steward totally set the bar for towel animals! //embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js He’s a pro! Just wait till you see what he created this week!
Next up…Day 3- at sea!