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Old 06-24-2013, 12:14 PM   #1
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Twin Sisters on the Fantasy - Eastern Caribbean

Hi, my twin sister and I just got off a 7 night Eastern Caribbean Fantasy Cruise that went from June 17th to June 22nd.

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Me - 37 (+8 minutes) year old teacher
My Dear Sister- also 37 years old

Arriving

We got up and were on the road at a little before 8:30. Since we live in Tampa, we got a ride down there. Got on I-4, got off....and then the toll roads began So many toll roads....

Got to the terminal around 10:30 and they started letting us in shortly after that. The terminal was pretty empty, so we were able to find some seats. Then who should arrive, but Captain Mickey!



That's me on the left with the dark rim glasses and cars shirt and my DS on the right. We then took some pictures around the terminal.




The boarding ears!


We were boarding group number twelve so we still had some time. We got a water and some snacks from the vending machine, then took a look outside at the ship.



Got a copy of the navigator and while at our seat, my DS diligently started planning :-)


Soon our number was called and it was time to board! First stop...lunch, of course.

tbc...

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Old 06-24-2013, 12:18 PM   #2
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Can't wait to see your pics!
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Old 06-24-2013, 03:31 PM   #3
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Boarding

So we walked through those magical ears and got out first professional photo.


First order of business was finding a map of the ship. By the end of the week, we had it down, but at first I didn't know my aft from my port. We quickly circled our room, 2517, on the map and saw that Enchanted Garden was open for buffet lunch! Win! We didn't want to mess with too many crowds right away as everything was sort of overwhelming, so we went to the inside buffet and not Cabanas. We were quickly taken to our seats (hey, we got one of those cool booths) and took turns going up to get our food while the other sister guarded out purses and bags.


a pretty chandelier










While we were at lunch, we noticed the other cruise ship in Port Canaveral

This look says, "Glad we're here and not there!"



It still wasn't 1:30 yet, so we went up top to take some pictures. It was nice to look around, but it was very hot before we started moving.







While up top, we saw a fire in the distance. Not sure if it was a wildfire or a controlled burn somewhere. You can also see a very hazy NASA building to the far right.

It was almost 1:30, so we waited in the halls for a bit for them to drop the rope. Yeah, inside out room at last. We had an inside cabin with a magical porthole. Throughout the cruise, whenever one of us saw the porthole was beginning to show a Disney animation, cries of "Pixiedust!" were uttered and the other one would drop whatever we were doing to see which animation the window showed this time.







All in all, I was very happy with the room. It was fine for just the two of us. We rotated who got to sleep in the bed and who got the couch bed. I'm 5 ft. 3 and the couch bed just fit me though. And until you get used to it, there's a step down from the bathroom door that got us a few times.

After cooling off for a bit, we went down to Guest Services to sign up for the Art of the Theme Tour for the following day.

Next up: touring the kids club areas for fun and keeping cool while sailing away...
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Old 06-24-2013, 09:01 PM   #4
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Fun TR so far! Looking forward to more...and hopefully lots of pics of the Fantasy. We are hoping to sail the Fantasy for our next cruise!
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Old 06-24-2013, 09:10 PM   #5
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Looks great! We're sailing on the Fantasy in August - can't wait!
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Old 06-25-2013, 03:25 AM   #6
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I'm enjoying your trip report. I especially love all the pictures!

Is that a virtual porthole?
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Yep, we got a virtual porthole.
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It wasn't quite time for the lifeboat drill yet, so we decided to take advantage of the open houses for the kids clubs and look around.
First, we looked in at the It's a Small World Nursery:


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Old 06-25-2013, 10:25 AM   #9
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Then we went into the Oceanears lab for kids. There was an interactive floor game going on and we decided to join in.





I was very pleased with myself that I placed second in the "catch the bugs" floor game from the Princess and the Frog


We then went to Andy's Room. Heck yes we climbed on Rex!






"I don't know, DS...I don't think they'll fit you."





Then we checked out the teen area. I love the tunnel because it reminds me of the old rainbow tunnel they used to have at the Journey Into Imagination upstairs area at Epcot back before they changed the ride:



Then it was time to go to our muster station. I was so happy ours was inside at the Walt Disney theatre.



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After that it was getting close to the sail away time. Now while I like Disney shows, I do not like heat, crowds and loud music when I feel a headache coming on...so I decided watching the Sail Away party was not for me (besides, I saw the whole thing on Youtube before we left anyway lol).
But we did want to watch the ship leave port. So first DS and I got iced teas at The Cove Cafe and then found some nice lounge chairs outside (but under some shade) to watch us leave port. It was great...the breeze was nice and we could relax and just watch us sail away :-)







We even saw some dolphins before we left
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Great trip report so far! I love that you checked out all the keids areas. I am a retired pre school teacher-I will do that on my cruise on he Fantasy on November 30th! Looking forward to following along!
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What a great way to enjoy sail away! We're always on the top deck but I may have to try your way!
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Great trip report! Can't wait to read more!!
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Enjoying your report so far....thanks for sharing
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Enjoying your trip report. I love that you tried out the Rex in Andy's room. My daughter (who will be 31) and I (who will be turning 55 when we sail next year on the Fantasy) will definitely have to "ride on Rex"!
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