All good things come to an end, even the cruise we planned to take for 37 years .
We did a 7 day Western Caribbean cruise on the Disney Fantasy, and it was worth waiting every second of those 37 years for. We had a such a great time that we’ve already booked another cruise on the same ship, with even the same stateroom we had on this trip, for January 2016. Yep, we’re not going to wait another 37 years before sailing again!
I’ll do several follow on posts to cover this trip and the things we did. To start, we left the Journey at the COE volunteer campground (with their permission) and drove the Element toad to Port Canaveral, Florida. We stayed the night before the cruise at a really yucky Hilton hotel there for the free week long parking and round trip taxi service to the ship.
And what a ship it is!
With a staff of 1500 to take care of our every need, want and desire.
Entering through the terminal to the ship brought us into the main atrium presided over by Minnie Mouse.
An incredible chandelier lit the atrium from the ceiling.
Our stateroom was clean, neat as a pin and very roomy.
We had splurged and got one with a veranda, two chairs, a small table and a million dollar view. We spent a lot of time enjoying the ocean view and relaxing while reading our Kindles, in between all the activities offered on the ship.
There were tons of things to do, if you were bored, it was your own fault. Even though the cruise is family and kid oriented, there was lots of adult only areas and activities. Disney has perfected a nice balance for everyone to enjoy themselves.
We were off before we knew it, the ship handled so smoothly, we hardly noticed its movement. We were escorted out of the harbor by a police boat.
Once we cleared the channel entrance a small boat pulled alongside while the ship was underway to take off the Harbor Pilot who had guided the ship from its berth.
During my Coast Guard days, many times I had driven boats like this alongside ships underway to take off or put on men. It was interesting to see a boat come alongside from this view, I was always down there looking up. Fun memories.
Other sights brought back additional memories. It was a great career and not a day goes by I don’t think about it.
In no time the Fantasy was headed out to sea.
We took in the view from up on the superstructure. The breeze was quite refreshing! You couldn’t even think of keeping your hair neat with that wind.
Enough for now, I’ll stop and let you get your sea legs… ;c)
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