I started this trip the week prior driving to WDW with my ds3 and parents. My sister and niece from CA met us at OKW for the week. Then my dh and ds7 flew from Philly to MCO on Fri. night. We stayed at the Radisson in a 2K bed suite-very nice. It was tight with 6 of us (sister flew home) but we managed for one night. We booked the shuttle at 10. We went to the lobby at 9:30 and left at 9:40 we were at the port at 9:50. We had to wait until 10 for them to take our luggage at the ship. Actually my dh waited the rest of went into the terminal. I think we were the 1st ones there we had cat. 2 and were the 1st to check at the CC line. We had the kids wristbands by 10:20 and waited to board. We were called cat 1 and 2 together at 11:45. We had our picture taken and were announced in the lobby. I headed to Rockin Bar D to change Palo ressies, made brunch on Mon. and dinner on Thur. I joined everyone at Topsiders for lunch. It was extremely windy, the kids swam anyway. The Mickey pool is heated I think 1 ear is a hot tub. My parents were windblown and went inside. We checked our cabins at 1:30 they were ready and luggage arrived within the hour. We had muster at 4:00 and then the sailaway party at 4:30. We changed for dinner at 5:45. We missed the Welcome Aboard show last year-too hectic getting settled. So we definitely wanted to see it, very good. I was surprised they still had Freddy Fusion but he is funny my ds7 loves him. The juggler was ok. Rachel, the cruise director was hosting the show and came down in the audience to talk to someone, she picked ds7, Devin, he loved her for the rest of the cruise. We were in bed at 9:30 very tired from a long and exciting day. Sunday-At Sea Up at 7:30 Set clocks ahead 1 hour. Topsiders for breakfast, still windy. Took kids to clubs at 10. We went to a DVC owners presentation. They gave out free hats, lanyards, and luggage tags. They also did trivia for other prizes. Anyone want to sell that beach towel? I stopped at the ships store to brouse and found a clearance section!! I bought sweat pants, shorts, 2 long sleeve shirts and windbreaker for dh, all 1/2 price!! I love bargains. We went for the kids to have lunch and swim-very crowded. Back to clubs at 2. We went to adult pool and dh was coerced into playing games by the promise of a free drink. The men actually did a very presentable synchronized swim exhibition. They all won and were given a medal. The CM said the Free Drink was aft deck 9 all the soda, tea, and coffee they wanted. We thought that was cheeszy. Picked up kids at 3:30 to try Ocean Quest Simulator on deck 2. There's certain family times alotted, there's alot to do in this room. I went to get ready for formal night and ordered cheese platter (love room service). Dh brought boys back at 4:30 and we rushed to be ready at 5 for Captains Cocktail party and pictures. We had 2 backgrounds taken and then went to dinner at 5:45 in Lumiere's. We were not overly impressed with our servers, Tibor and Naziim. Every night we had to ask for a booster for ds3. We had to ask for white not choc. milk for the kids. We made a suggestion to wait staff and head waiter why not give the kids teaspoons for eating mac and cheese, soup ect. instead of those giant tablespoons??? We had to ask our servers for a teaspoon every meal as well. The shows were great, Freddy Fushion and 7:30 and Golden Mickey's at 8:30. Again retired early and exhausted. Unfortunately our cabin was noisy. 2614 aft deck 2. At 3 am we'd here banging and noise, we were under the Parrot Cay galley, but I don't know what they were doing at that time. My parents in 2612 also were awakened. We called guest services several times and they suggested ear plugs, possibly move us to cabins forward ( I was certainly not packing up and moving everything now that I was settled), and told us to call again. We did but no resolution. Last year we were on port side, cabin 2021 ( I think) and it was very quiet. Another FYI; when I booked, my family of 4 was in 2612 but there was no steamer trunk so we switched with my parents in 2614 which had one, just nice for more storage. I think I'll stop and post more tomorrow.