Okay, I asked if it would be silly to post an old T/R and had several responses to please post. So, here it is...a little long winded but hopefully not too boring!! Pre-Cruise: Day 1 Saturday, January 28, 2006 Cast Members: Myself, DH - 39, DS - 8, DD - 6, and DD - 3 The plans were to get up and out early but as usual my packing preparations threw a wrench in that plan. Instead we left at 11:30, excited all the same. Traffic out of Atlanta was almost non-existent and the weather was great! We made it to Cape Canaveral in a little over 7 ½ hours, which was to be expected in only the best of conditions. Super! We had one close call with a police officer and I was driving!! We were coasting along and I was really trying to follow speed limit but it kept changing on the "Bee Line Expressway", the only road into the ports. It was a bit confusing - 70 MPH, then 60, then 50, then 60, and so on. At any rate, we were cruising along when all of a sudden a smart little, black, sports car darted in front of me and flashed its lights! Luckily it was for the car that had been in front of me. Whew! That would have really stunk! Anyway, after many, many, many tool booths (I have never seen so many tool booths in my life!) we finally arrived at the Radisson and checked into our room. We were on the backside of the property and parking was literally a nightmare. We were lucky to catch a spot in the adjacent building to unload our overnight suitcase, blankies and such. This was really our only major complaint despite the mixed reviews we had read. All in all, we found our room to be decent - the beds were comfy, the linens were clean and the room was roomy. It could have used a little updating but all in all, it was okay. Minor things that I noted were that the wallpaper in the bathroom was peeling towards the bottom of the wall, near the tile and the toilet (this was a riot!) also sat waaaay too close to the wall - it was literally funny because the bathroom was very large and had plenty of space in it and here was this toilet jammed in the corner. Other than that, and this is my usual gripe no matter where I am, the tile floor of the bathroom could have used a good bleaching! But the room was clean and did the trick for one night. I can't say that I would spend a week (that toilet alone would have driven me nuts!) but it was definitely a great place to stop for the night. To our surprise, cruise parking was offered at check-in as well as complimentary shuttle service to the port. When I booked our room online, I was told that shuttle service/parking was an additional charge so I had opted not to pay the difference and we just thought we would park at the port. No biggie but since it was offered at no additional charge, DH and I decided to give the shuttle a try instead of paying for parking at the port (almost a $50 savings). Next, we had to hunt down a grocery store as I was running low on my DD-3's Claritin and she was starting to sneeze. Publix wasn't far down the road and after this errand we decided to eat dinner at an Italian restaurant called Kelsey's. It was within walking distance of the Radisson but since we were already in the car, we just drove there. In hind sight, we should have tried to secure a parking space first and walked over but, you live and learn! Anyway, the staff at the restaurant were very friendly and it had a "family owned" pleasant type of feel to it. We were very pleased with our entrees as well. There was even a cute surprise in my salad - one of the bell peppers in my salad was in the shape of Mickey Mouse - an unexpected hidden Mickey!! What a good omen to start our cruise off on! Our main entrees all had great flavor. The tomato sauce was very robust in my Ziti and in the children's Spaghetti. My husband's Fettuccine, although a little soupy, was delicious as well. We didn't opt for desert although the menu was tempting. After dinner we circled the Radisson a few times in search of a parking space but there were none to be found so we were forced to park in the front parking lot. It was either that or park in the dirt/sand area with poor lighting on the back side of the property. Many other cars were piling up back there but with all of our luggage for the cruise stowed in our car, the last option didn't seem safe. At any rate, parking in the front lot afforded us a walk past the main pool area. We were pretty impressed - it really was lovely! There were huge rock formations, waterfalls, nice landscaping and even a small pond filled with beautiful fish and a free form pool that wound it's way through all of this. It was as if we had been transported to another place! Very nice but sadly, we were tired from our drive and it was a bit chilly for swimming, so we headed back to our room for the night. It would have been nice to enjoy though! Once back at the room we dressed for bed and checked the weather forecast. It was in our favor with a high in the 70's and partly cloudy skies at the Cape. Yeah! The rain that had been in the predictions a few days before was no longer. Thank you God for that little bit of Pixie Dust!!! After some discussion of who was sleeping where and with whom, we finally drifted off and as excited as we were, sleep came easily to us all.