DH and I hit the road around 10:00am and I was so ready to how some he and I time. I must say that it felt really strange not having the kids in the car with us. I was waiting for someone to say that they needed to use the restroom. We were 2 hours into the drive when I started to panic about the passports. I made DH pull over so that I could check the trunk and make sure that they were there. Yes, they were in the trunk in one of my carry one bags. DH stated it would have been a bad start to the trip if they were left at home. The drive down was uneventful, and I only had DH stop once for a restroom break. DD and I are notorious for stopping more than we should. I doused off and on for the other 3 hours of the ride. We were staying at the Crowne Plaza in Orlando pre-cruise. I was not in the car when DH choose the destination in my navigation menu before we left, let's just say he chose the wrong hotel. I quickly changed the destination and got us on the right track. All he could say was I had no clue where we were staying(you could have just asked before you chose the destination ). Anywhoo we arrived at the hotel around 3:00. This hotel did not disappoint and I was happy that I chose it. I am extremely picky about hotels and it is the last thing to get booked when we are traveling. I look for value and almost great ratings/reviews. When I checked in I asked if we could be upgraded and how much it would cost. We were upgraded to the executive level and it was only $40.00 dollars more We headed up to the room and the room was nice, but the views were amazing. We were in the 14th floor and we loved it. I can't seem to find the pics that I took of the views. If I find them I will upload them. We had a couple of hours to kill before dinner that night, so DH caught up on ESPN and I took a short nap before the executive club opened.