Kathy took Susan and Katy to the store to pick up some cold medicine and nail polish. How we packed four suitcases to the brim and forgot those I’m not sure. J We chatted a while longer and then the hour and time change caught up to us and we had to call it a night.
We were up plenty early Sunday morning. Danny, the breakfast master, was gracious enough to cook us all breakfast. We had scrambled eggs, hash browns, bacon, toast, juice and coffee. Danny serenaded Katy with the tune “Blood on the Saddle”. I took the camera outside and photographed their beautiful front yard and flowerbeds. Marilyn has some gorgeous roses and cute topiaries (donkey, giraffe and swan). I also learned that lime and grapefruit trees have thorns on them. Ouch!
At 10:15, we all piled into their Honda CR-V and headed for the cruise ship terminal. It took us about an hour as we pulled up in front of the terminal at 11:15. We said our goodbyes and learned from one of the baggage handlers that the ship returned to port around 6:30 am but whomever was picking us up should wait until about 9:30 or 9:45 to come get us (if we weren’t in a hurry). That way the crowds would have died down.
Embarkation was a snap for us. We got into a short line in the Castaway Club members area (for repeat Disney cruisers) and had completed check-in within 15 minutes. We were given a boarding card with the number 7 on it. Then it was just a matter of waiting for our boarding number to be called. The first number (1) was called at 11:35. Our number was called at 11:50. Every guest has to go through a security screening station, very much like that at airports where they x-ray your bags and use metal detectors to check the people. At least they don’t make you take off your shoes. The final check-in station is a scan of your plastic cruise cards (that you received at check-in) and you’re aboard. Total time for us was from when we arrived to walking on the ship was 45 minutes.
Once aboard, we made our way to Topsiders Buffet, where we chowed down on some yummy food and desserts. Afterwards, we wandered around the ship, killing time until 2 pm when our stateroom was ready for us to enter. Our bags soon arrived and we spent the next hour unpacking. As I mentioned in the first entry, we’d been upgraded from a Category 12 inside room to a Category 9 outside deluxe room. The deluxe room is 20 square feet larger (214 ft2) than the standard room and we had a nice large port hole to look out. The biggest difference though was the split bathroom. One bath has the toilet and a sink/mirror in it and the other has the shower and another sink and mirror in it. Traveling with two women who spend a lot of time in front of the mirror getting “beautiful” can make it tough on a guy trying to shave/shower.
We’d just finished unpacking and stowing the suitcases when it was time for the mandatory evacuation drill. We donned our life vests and made our way to Station L. The crew does take roll of each cabin’s occupants so they do know if you don’t show and I’m sure will contact those who don’t attend. After the drill, it was time to set sail. We pulled away from the dock at about 4:15 pm and were on our way. Tomorrow is a day at sea as we make our way down to our first port – Cabo San Lucas.