|04-30-2010, 09:25 PM||#1|
Join Date: Apr 2010
April 25th, 2010 4-Night Wonder Cruise!
Hello all! I am a LONG time lurker under a different username (I think I posted like 10 times with that name). So, I got a new username that better suited me and decided to share my experience of my recent cruise!
Cast of Characters:
Me (age 23) - Fourth Disney cruise
James (age 23) - Second Disney cruise
Mom (age 53) - First Disney cruise
Dad (age 53) - First Disney cruise
DAY 1 - April 25th, 2010 - Port Canaveral
We left for the terminal at 9:20 and arrived at about 10:30. After dropping off the luggage and parking in the parking lot just a short way down the road, we went through security and upstairs to check in. There was no line to check in and within 5 minutes, we had our KTTW cards, our identification photos taken, and our number 7 boarding pass. We found a seat near one of the TVs and looked through the Navigator to start planning out the day! James, Dad, and I then proceeded onto the balcony of the terminal to take a look at the glorious Wonder up close. We took a few pictures then went back inside to find that our (James and my) friends from work had arrived at the terminal. We had our reservations linked so that our families could sit together at dinner, and sure enough we were all at table 41 according to our KTTW cards. After mingling with them for about 15 minutes, they started calling for people to board the ship! At about 12:30, our number was called and we proceeded to the Mickey head!
We had our embarkation photo taken and then walked onto the ship! Oh how I had missed it! They directed us to the back of the ship for our embarkation lunch. Parrot Cay had filled up, so they sent us upstairs to the Beach Blanket Buffet. As we got off the elevator on deck 9, they had JUST opened up the left side of the buffet, so we were first in line for that side! We grabbed some food, found a table, and enjoyed our first meal aboard the Disney Wonder.
By 1:00 we had finished lunch and decided to walk around the top deck. From the top deck, we were able to see our car in the parking lot! After a few minutes, we decided to go back to decks 3 and 4 so James and I could show my parents around. After some more exploring, we noticed it was about 1:20, so we headed up to deck 6 to get into our room. At promptly 1:30, they let down the rope and so off we went! James and I had surprised my parents by upgrading them to a verandah room (we were previously given an outside stateroom on deck 2) so we watched as they walked into their room! They were so excited to have a verandah! James and I then went next door to our room and started to get settled. Our rooms were almost all the way aft and that is definitely my desired part of the ship to have a stateroom. The luggage arrived quite quickly, so we unpacked and then headed up to the top deck to get a Bahama Mama in the souvenir glass! YUM! We sipped on them for awhile then went back to our staterooms to be prepared for the lifeboat drill.
Our assembly station was located in Animator’s Palate. After we were all checked off, we went back to the room to drop off the life vests and then went back up to the top deck to get ready for the sail away party! Before we knew it, the ship was pulling out! We went over to the railing to watch allll the people watch US sail away! We watched us sail out all the way through the channel and then went back to our rooms to get ready for “The Golden Mickeys” and dinner. I was so excited as “The Golden Mickeys” is my favorite show. We had the second dinner seating and our rotation was Animator’s Palate, Parrot Cay, Parrot Cay, Triton’s. That was perfect because we had Palo booked for the second night and we could still enjoy all three of the rotation restaurants!
At 5:40 we made the journey to deck 4 forward to get in line for the show. I’m one of THOSE people who need to have a certain seat for the shows (Row H, center). The doors opened by 5:55 and we got our seats (Row H, center)! Rona did the red carpet arrivals and before we knew it, it was show time!
After the show, we went into the merchandise shops. I was given “orders” from friends and family so I started picking up the items for them. My sister wanted two of the new Castaway Club exclusive Vinylmations and my friend wanted three...yes THREE...Dooney & Bourke bags. After acquiring those items, James and I dropped them off in the room and headed back downstairs for dinner in Animator’s Palate!
We were introduced to our server (O’Neill from Jamaica) and assistant server (Violeta from Peru). I ordered the mushroom risotto, cheddar potato soup, turkey & prosciutto pasta, and the double fudge chocolate cake. All were very scrumptious, and this was probably my favorite meal of the three rotation restaurants. We were one of the last out of the restaurant (I guess that’s what we get being a table of 10) and were all exhausted, so off to bed we went to get ready for our day at Nassau!
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