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Old 02-09-2011, 08:28 PM   #1
KevieKev05
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February 3rd, 2011: 3-NIGHT DREAM CRUISE (lots of pics!) - COMPLETED 3/3!

CAST OF CHARACTERS:

Kevin (me, age 23) - 8th Disney Cruise
James (age 23) - 6th Disney Cruise

PERSONAL NAVIGATORS FROM CRUISE: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2651600

DAY 1 - February 3rd, 2011 - Port Canaveral (Part 1)

We left for the terminal at about 9:00 and arrived at approximately 10:10.





There was already a pretty decent line to get into the terminal by the time we arrived. James dropped me off with the luggage, I got in line, and he went to park the car.





At 10:30, the line started to move and thankfully it moved fairly quickly. Once inside and through the security checkpoint, we went upstairs, filled out the health form and went straight to the Castaway Club check-in line (where we received boarding pass number 4). We waited maybe 1 minute before we were at a desk checking in! They had our pictures in the system, so they didn’t take our picture again. We received our KTTW cards and we grabbed a couple seats before the terminal got super busy. Naturally, the night we reserved Palo was the night we were supposed to eat in Animator’s Palate (our rotation was “RAE”). Animator’s was the one restaurant we did not get to eat at on our 2-night Preview Cruise a couple weeks prior. Great. Looks like we would have to hit D-Lounge on the ship to get a different Palo reservation!

James sat down, and I took a couple of pictures around the terminal (here are some shots from the balcony of the terminal)





While on the way back to where we were sitting, I noticed an issue on our KTTW card. The show time listed for us on the card was 5:00pm. Ummm, we totally reserved 7:00pm to go better with our late seating at 8:30pm. (We prefer to get ready, go to the show, eat dinner, and be done with it...no break in between to wander around aimlessly.) Luckily, James brought along all our reservation documents and I took the one they sent us in October that said they put us in the 7:00 show (we reserved the cruise before they decided to have reserved show times for guests) and marched up to the check in desks. A lady just standing around told me that I would have to resolve this once we got onboard at Guest Services. Fine.

By about 11:45, they were starting to call boarding numbers. Our number was called at about 12:00 and before we knew it, our KTTW card were swiped, our embarkation photo was taken (note: this photo is important to have taken...it’s the one they use to link all your other photos together to be put in your “book” at Shutters as well as on your TV screensaver), and we were being announced walking into the atrium of this beautiful new ship! We went straight to Guest Services to try and resolve our show time issue, and even though we provided documented proof we were at the wrong show time, they pretty much told us we were out of luck since the ship was so full. Really?! They told us we could try and do “standby” for the show we preferred to attend and hope for the best. That doesn’t work out for me since I like to get the theatre about 30 minutes early so that when the doors open, I get “my” seats. I was pretty mad that, even though we had documented proof, they weren’t willing to do anything about it and all they had to say was that something must have changed between then and now. (Clearly!) We shrugged it off and went up to deck 11 to eat at Cabanas (on our preview cruise we went to the Enchanted Garden, so we wanted to try Cabanas this time). We walked up to the “podium” and they found us a table right by the window (score!).



Up to the buffet we went, and boy I could already tell coming to Cabanas was a better choice than going to Enchanted Garden. It was pretty much the same selection, but they had more “kid-friendly” food here (that I enjoy eating). And, it was a bigger buffet area which meant not having to wait in much of a line.





After we completed our wonderful embarkation lunch, we decided to go exploring for a little bit, since it wasn’t quite time to do our Palo dinner reservation change (that started at 1:00). We went down to deck 4 to check out the District since it was near D-Lounge.





After we made our walkthrough, we noticed D-Lounge was already open (it was before 1:00), so we went right in, sat down, changed our reservation to 7:00pm on the final night without any issue, and we were on our way! Way too easy!

Next, we went through the Vista Gallery (I LOVE how the Vista Gallery is set up...you aren’t forced to walk through it like you are on the Magic and Wonder. It has it’s own little area). We admired some of the pieces and were trying to figure out which one we might want to buy this cruise...

After that, we went back upstairs to try and ride the AquaDuck before the lines got crazy. We went by the atrium and took the midship elevator.



(On the elevators on the atrium side, they have images of Disney characters on the wall once you get above the atrium):


James didn’t get a chance to ride it the AquaDuck our Preview Cruise for a valid reason: We were in line (line was about 30 minutes long on the Castaway Cay day for this cruise), and the lady in front of us kept talking about disgusting food she’s eaten and how it’s made her sick, and blah blah blah. Mind you, at this point we were inside the funnel portion of the line with NO air flow and it was quite warm that day. And to top it all off, the teenage boy in front of us had something seriously wrong with one of his big toes. It had dried blood on it, and like dried pus/fungus looking stuff allllll over it. GROSS! With all these factors, James started to get sicker by the minute before ultimately turning ghost white and said he felt like he was going to throw up, so away he went. The sad thing was, we were like third in line to get on at this point! So, I tragically rode by myself while he tried to make himself feel better. When I got off, he thankfully didn’t end up throwing up, but still wasn’t feeling too hot.

ANYWAY, I sent him up to ride the AquaDuck by himself so that I could try and snap some photos of him. He pretty much got right on and enjoyed a wonderful first ride on the AquaDuck. (Although, a chilly one as it was only in the low 60s.) He got off, and then we both went on it together...brrrrr! Well, AquaDuck, check! And with no lines! We dried off and went back downstairs to stare in the gift shop windows in preparation for their opening later in the evening.



At this point, it was about 1:20 (my we’ve done a lot already!). So, we trekked up to deck 9 forward to wait for our stateroom to be ready.



At 1:30 promptly, they opened up the hallway and it was off to check out our Category 8B Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom. We tapped our KTTW card to the sensor on the door, opened the door, and our mouths dropped! What a gorgeous (and rather larger, considering) stateroom! And that HUGE porthole! WOW! I snapped some pictures, and we dropped off our carry on bag, before heading back out!









(If we looked out our window and to the left, we could see one of the "wings" of the bridge!):






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March 10, 2007: 7-night Disney Magic (Western Caribbean) / February 28, 2008: 3-night Disney Wonder
April 5, 2009: 4-night Disney Wonder / April 25, 2010: 4-night Disney Wonder - TRIP REPORT
July 20, 2010: 5-night Disney Wonder (Key West) / December 2, 2010: 3-night Disney Wonder
January 21, 2011: 2-night Disney Dream (Benefit Preview Cruise) / February 3, 2011: 3-night Disney Dream - TRIP REPORT
May 14, 2011: 14-night Disney Magic (Eastbound Transatlantic) - TRIP REPORT / November 17, 2011: 3-night Disney Dream - TRIP REPORT
December 8, 2011: 3-night Disney Dream / July 28, 2012: 7-night Disney Fantasy (Eastern Caribbean)
September 7, 2012: 5-night Disney Magic (Canada/New England Coast) / December 6, 2012: 3-night Disney Dream
May 6, 2013: 14-night Disney Wonder (Westbound Panama Canal) / December 13, 2013: 5-night Disney Magic (Western Caribbean)
April 5, 2014: 7-night Disney Fantasy (Eastern Caribbean) / September 1, 2014: 7-night Disney Wonder (Alaska)


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