Friday, November 21, 2008
After months of anticipation our wonderful cruise & vacation has come and gone. It was everything we had anticipated even though there were a couple of bumps along the way.
After flying into Orlando from Chicago, we spent our first night at our timeshare in Lake Buena Vista which is just minutes from Disney. Our timeshare is a lock off unit, so we reserved the small half of the unit the first week as we were going to be gone until Thursday. Our daughter Lynn & granddaughter Jenna, age 8, stayed with us.
Sunday, we were very excited as we drove to Port Canaveral to board the Disney Wonder for our 4 night cruise. We stopped to fill up the tank before we returned our car rental. Lynn then said she needed to get her passports out of the luggage before we returned the car. It was a shock to find that important piece of luggage missing! With heavy hearts & a very sick feeling in our stomachs we had to drive the 70 miles back to Orlando to our timeshare. Believe me, my prayer time went into overload all the way back. Prayers were answered when we found the small suitcase sitting OUTSIDE of the villa door, but still intact. Then it was a mad dash back to the coast. It all worked out okay and we had plenty of time to board.
The cruise was wonderful and so much fun. The food was good & I had lots of fresh seafood which is something we don't have a lot of being northerners. The staff was friendly & helpful. Our son & wife enjoyed their meals even more when the servers cut up our 5 year old grandson's food for him. One evening Jenna said she wanted nothing for dessert. A little later the head server brought out a covered dish for her & with great flourish set it before her. On the plate was the word "Nothing" written in chocolate with sprinkles around it. What a laugh. Every evening meal was unique & fun.
We enjoyed Castaway Cay the most. It was so beautiful with all that white sand & blue water. My day was made when I got a hug from my favorite Disney character Captain Jack Sparrow. As I was oohing & aahing over him Jenna said that he was tooooo young for me. When I had my picture taken with Jack I whispered in his ear to tell that little granddaughter that he liked older woman & he did! The only mishap on that perfect day was when Michael our 5 yr old grandson told his dad that a fish bit him. Our son didn't quite believe him until he saw several large welts on his arm. The first aid station said they were jellyfish stings. Thankfully, they weren't too painful for him.
I didn't care for Nassau too much. It was very run down & not what I expected. We did tour the forts & junkeroo demonstration that was interesting. After the tour we hurried back to the ship.
Our time at Disney was great as it always is. For the 3 days following the cruise Lynn & Jenna were with us. We went to the Magic Kingdom & Epcot back to back with them. I was so stiff from all that walking I could hardly move the day after. The next week it was just DH & I after our son & family had left on Tuesday. We went to the Parks at our own pace & really enjoyed seeing the Christmas decorations. There were fewer people that week, too, which was nice.
The highlight of that week was meeting Sparkers Stephanie & Ken for dinner at Fort Wilderness. Stephanie was celebrating a milestone birthday that weekend. What a great place to do that! Steph & Ken looked great with their weight loss. Way to go you two!
An unwelcome surprise was to have vertigo after exiting the ship for about a week. A really strange feeling as it would come and go. It only affected the adults and the women more then the men.
It was with regret to leave that magical place and the mid 80's temp. Quite a shock to come home to temps in the 20's & lower. DH & I have been in recovery mode since.