The DREAM is a wish MY CHECKBOOK made! Complete 1/26/2012
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We were up around six on our final morning to shower and get breakfast before taking the “sad bus” back to the airport. We had said goodbye to our servers and tablemates at dinner the night before, since a buffet-type breakfast fit our style more than a sit-down meal.
Cabanas was packed, and made even more challenging by people dragging their carry-on luggage with them, but the staff worked very hard to get the dirty tables turned over quickly. In fact, this led to a regrettable end to our journey as a gentleman accused us of stealing the table his daughter had reserved by spreading out the silverware and napkins on the tabletop. Of course, the table was empty when we found it (we think the staff saw this as a dirty table and cleared it), but he felt it necessary to call us out on it and it left us all with a really bad taste in our mouths. I’ve decided that on our next vacation (cruise or land) I’m going to give a pin or other small gift to a family on their last day to let the last moments of THEIR trip be happy ones. I think the boys would like that, too.
The atrium was full of people taking last-minute photos, but we cleared the ship quickly and Customs was a breeze. The ride to the airport was uneventful except for a junior traveler seated right on front of Jon who got a little carsick. After lunch together in the food court we parted company with Jon and headed to our separate terminals for the trip home.
The three night cruise was far too short for me…especially having been on a four night one. By the time I had gotten my bearings and knew where everything was it was time to go home! I highly recommend the longer cruise, if you can swing it.
Early December was a great time to cruise! It was in the mid-fifties in Orlando, but in the seventies and eighties in the Bahamas…and fares are low! The “ride” in such a far-forward stateroom was very smooth, and I didn’t get any motion sickness, although I DID take a chewable Bonine tablet every night. I didn’t notice the ice cubes sloshing around in my water glass at dinner like I did on my first cruise on the Wonder; nor did the curtain swing violently in the theater.
An extra bonus of that far-forward stateroom was this view of the Bridge:
We could see people walking around in there every now and then.
The ship was beautifully decorated for the holidays; here’s the Gingerbread House in the lobby, made by the ship’s bakers.
This is Belle in her beautiful Winter Gown:
When we watched the cruise vacation DVD we would always look for our room (the third porthole back on the top row of portholes, starboard side) and I would count the windows out loud: “one-two-three; that’s our room!” This is Jon pointing to our stateroom as the bus was leaving to take us back to MCO.
We all had a great time, and can’t wait to do it again! Maybe we’ll see you on Castaway Cay – there’s plenty of room for you!
Great wrap up, Linda. Although I was sorry to hear about the guy at breakfast your last day. No need for that - I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he was rude as a way of expressing his sadness over the cruise ending.
DisneyLand too many times to count; DisneyWorld: ('82; '94; '00; '04; '05; '08 - twice!; '10;'11 - twice); DCL (3 ships): ('00, '05, '06, '10, '11); DVC Hilton Head Resort ('06, '07, '08, '09, '10, '11, '12, '13)