Embarkation Day – April 9, 2016
It was a little over a week ago that we set out on our cruise on the Disney Fantasy. As is probably the case with most cruise lines now, we were able to complete our online registration many weeks before it was actually time for us to depart. As part of the online process, we were able to choose an actual time for arriving on the ship, and we signed up for 11:30 to 11:45. We were lucky that, being in Florida already, we had a pretty short trip of only two hours. We arrived at Port Canaveral around 11 am, and it actually worked out perfectly because by the time we parked the truck and made our way in, it was just about 11:30.
The process went really smoothly, and we were walking on board just about noon. We had been told that our rooms would be available at 1:30, and that Cabanas on Deck 11 was open for lunch. There was so much food and everything looked so good! We had heard many good things about Cabanas and our first meal definitely lived up to it.
We spent some time exploring the ship until it was time to go find our room, which was on Deck 9. It was a little after 1:30, and they were opening the room areas just as we arrived on our deck. It was a good sized, comfortable room. My favorite part about our room was the balcony!
One of my first balcony shots with Port Canaveral in the background. Because my mother and stepfather were in an adjoining room, we were able to have the section between our balconies taken out, and the balcony felt really spacious. Over the next week, we would spend quite a bit of time out on that balcony!
The rest of the day was pretty low-key…exploring the ship and figuring out where many of the main areas were. We had our first dinner in the dining room Animators Palate. Disney has a dining rotation, so we moved between the three dining rooms with the same servers. Our servers were a lot of fun, and after advising us on the first day that their goal was to provide us with a superb dining experience, they would live up to that goal over the coming days.
Day 1 Navigator
Tomorrow…Day 1…first full day at sea…