This thread will be the story of our "Wonder"ful back-to-back four-night cruises adventure. I will post all of the installments in this thread. I'm having a bit of a problem with my internet connection at home, but will post as much as I can before I lose my connection! I'm also in the process of posting my pictures. During three days at Walt Disney World and eight nights on Wonder I took over 300 pictures. That's a lot of sorting and organizing! You can see the pictures from this trip (and my others) at my website. It will be a couple of days before they're all posted! --------------------------------------------------- It was a dark and stormy night…. Really! It was! We had to leave home at 12:15 AM for our flight early in the AM. It was damp and cold. Before we arrived at the airport, it was pouring rain…enough rain that there was the possibility that our flight would be delayed. That’s why we always fly in at least one day before we sail! However, the rain stopped sometime before dawn, and our very early flight arrived in beautiful, sunny (and slightly warmer) Orlando a few minutes early. Disney’s Magical Express delivered us without incident to Pop Century, our home for the night before our cruise. Our room was ready—at 11 AM! We headed for some lunch at The Trail’s End Buffet at Fort Wilderness (always a first night stop), and then back to our room for a much needed nap. We made a quick night-time visit to Downtown Disney (after our three hour nap), had dinner at the Earl of Sandwich, and headed back once again for a good night’s sleep. In the time between our arrival in the morning and our return that evening, the lobby was decorated for Christmas—just like magic! We had arranged for DCL transfers from the Beach Club to the port, and knew that we had to have our luggage at that resort by 10 AM. We were up early, went to Everything Pop for breakfast, leaving some time to spare so that we wouldn’t have to rush. We returned to our room to get our luggage and…our keys wouldn’t open the door! We tried everything we could think of, and then DH headed back to the front desk to see what the problem could be. Of course, the minute he was out of sight, the door opened without a problem! I called him on his cell phone, and we hurried out to get a taxi to the Beach Club. Our luggage made the last truck to the port, so we didn’t have to carry it with us on the bus! It was a beautiful day, and we had more than an hour to wait until time to leave for the cruise, so we headed outside to sit on a bench and watch the people. DH called his office to tell them that we were sitting outside in shorts and tee shirts in the lovely, warm sun—it was cold and snowy at home! I thought about doing the same thing to my co-workers, but decide to wait until I could send them beautiful pictures instead. The trip to the port was uneventful, until we were very close to the port. It seemed that we could see Wonder much sooner that the usual point at the top of the bridge. It wasn’t until we arrived at the port that I realized that Wonder was the only ship in port that day, so there was nothing to block the view. Check-in was quick. We arrived late enough that we didn’t have to worry about getting a number, and we were the ONLY people in the Castaway Club line. The other lines still had a bit of a backup. We were through the ears, had our photo taken and were welcomed on board before I had time to think. Our room was ready, so we headed down to drop off our day bag and head up to Beach Blanket Buffet for lunch. Then back to unpack and get settled. After all, this room (2601) would be our home for eight nights! We headed for our DIS meet, eager to meet the people I’d been corresponding with. We recognized The Gales by their colorful tee shirts, and while we were chatting slindamood and genmasjoy came along to join the fun. We saw each other frequently during the rest of the cruise. There was no sign of Imarcik…but we would meet later. The lifeboat drill took a bit longer than we would have liked because, as sometimes happens, a few people thought that the words “mandatory for everyone” didn’t apply to them because they were on vacation. Oh, well…it didn’t ruin our sense of fun! Sailway, and then time to get ready to see “Hercules, the Muse-ical”, a favorite of ours, and then to dinner at Parrot Cay to meet our table mates and servers. We were seated at a table for nine, but only one other family ever joined us, so we had lots of room for food. Our server was Sunil from India, our assistant server was Hannelei from South Africa, and our head server was Boola (we had met him last year). Their service was wonderful throughout the trip! Parrot Cay is our least-favorite restaurant, but we enjoyed our dinner anyway. Here’s what we ate: DH: Island Spiced Wings Cream of Sweet Onion Soup Mixed Grill French Toast Banana Bread Pudding with Coconut Ice Cream Me: Baked Crab Martinique Cream of Sweet Onion Soup Caribbean Roast Chicken Crème Brulee Cheesecake Our original plan for the balance of the evening had been to listen to the piano player at the Cadillac Lounge. However (and this is our ONLY complaint for the whole cruise), the Cadillac Lounge was far too smoky for us even to sit in the doorway to listen. It seemed that there were even some cigar smokers in there, although we thought that cigar smoking was limited to outside areas only. We did not return to the Cadillac Lounge during the cruise. Instead, we closed out the evening at the Cove Café, which would become our favorite “hang out” spot on the ship. Tomorrow…Nassau!