We packed out belongings and got on a bus to take us to Port Canaveral to board our next adventure on our 12-day tour: The Disney Dream! Only one of the students in our group had been on a cruise, and he had been 9 at the time, so none of us were really sure what to expect for this leg of our journey.
The port was beautiful and kept the Disney story alive through visual cues as only Disney does them: the ceiling looked like waves, there was a nautical map on the floor, and, as always, courteous and friendly cast members to help you.
We boarded to applause and cheering, settled into our rooms, and had a couple hours to explore the ship before we set sail.
The first night was a little rough. First we were still getting our sea legs and it didn’t help that the waters weren’t calm. Then we went to dinner. The Royal Palace. Beautiful French restaurant. Rich French foods. My roommate enjoyed some escargot that actually looked pretty good. The first time around. Yep. I was sitting beside her when, just as dessert arrived, her meal came back up. I was actually quite proud of both of us. She is the most casual puker I’ve ever met, continuing to tell us that she was just fine, just as another round would come back up. All over her new outfit and…me. Yes. And I don’t handle this well in general. Mark is usually the cleaner when this happens at home. Fortunately for both of us, our outfits were laundered so they didn’t get ruined before the trip ended.
While she slept it off, the rest of us enjoyed The Golden Mickey’s (a broadway style show) and Big Hero 6. That is freaking HILARIOUS! I laughed so hard through the entire movie, except, of course, during the sad parts, but I was in love with Baymax!
The next day we all woke rested and relaxed for a day in Nassau. We disembarked for an aquarium tour at Atlantis and then we walked the streets of Nassua. It was beautiful and our bus driver from the ship to Atlantis was extremely knowledgeable, sharing much history about his island with us.
Supper that night was at Animator’s Palate and much less exciting than the night before, thankfully. That night we saw the show Villians Tonight! which was amazing and then we rode the AquaDuck.
Hmm. Sounds like we didn’t do much learning. We did a class with Jim Korkis, Disney Historian on Day 2. Jim was our teacher for all of our cruise and he had dinner with us, getting to know us and learning our likes and dislikes so that he would be able to tailor our storytelling classes better.