I’m losing y’all, aren’t I? You’re beyond tired of hearing about this trip, aren’t you? I apologize. But I want to get it written down before I forget a lot of the details, mostly so that I can look back and remember it better. Having this record of our trip is so important to me. I assure you though, that after today, there will be no more “daily trip reports” and there will be only ONE more post about the Disney Extravaganza. So just hold onto your panties and be patient. We’re almost done!
Wednesday, August 12
Today was a day at sea and the only day that we didn’t wake up in port somewhere. Outside our porthole was sea, sea and more sea. And there was a lot of sea to see. (*snort*)
And yes… it really WAS that blue. As Kile remarked, it was the sort of blue that you see in people’s water fountains where they dye the water to make it look blue. But this water was naturally that blue. Just amazing.
We slept a little longer than we had wanted. We were wanting to try a breakfast at Triton’s on our last day and they stopped serving at nine (I think… see, I’m already starting to forget!). We threw clothes on ourselves and the kids and headed down. It was a table service breakfast so I ordered eggs benedict. We got our orders in just before they closed the galley for the morning. Whew!
After breakfast I took the opportunity to take a few pictures of the beautiful atrium. I hadn’t had a chance yet.
That last picture there shows the line at Guest Services. People wanting to settle their accounts, pay their tips, arrange for on-board airline check in, etc. We didn’t have all our information with us, but Kile would return later. They made a special exception for us and got online to get our Southwest boarding group for us. Whew!
We put Harry in the Oceaneer’s Lab again today, though he seemed a little less than thrilled. We promised him we would get him before we went to the pool later on.
In the meantime, we wanted to take the little kids to the splash zone up on Deck 9. Kids that aren’t potty trained could play in the splash zone and they both really enjoyed it. Especially Evie. She had a BLAST.
We had lunch up on Deck 9 as well, grabbing sandwiches and burgers and such things at Goofy’s Galley and the other similar counter service places up there. We sat by the pool (in the shade, of course) and munched and just enjoyed the atmosphere. After lunch, Evie was feeling drowsy so I took her down to the room to nurse her and put her down for a nap. Kile and Liam followed shortly thereafter.
We had arranged to put the littles ones in the nursery for a couple hours in the afternoon so we could enjoy time in the pools without having to worry about them. We got Harry from the Lab and headed up to the pools yet again. The boys tried the Goofy Pool which was SUPER crowded (and rather small, frankly) while I squeezed into a hot tub (that wasn’t terribly hot but that was FINE by me… the bubbles felt awesome). I considered trying the adult pool but for some reason, felt a little intimidated. Kile and Harry went over to the Mickey Pool so Harry would try out the slide at long, long last. I’m not entirely sure what I did at this point as I’ve already forgotten. But I think I went down to the room to chill out for a few. The boys returned after a while, bringing the little ones with them.
Dinner that night was at Parrot Cay, but it was table service instead of buffet. Everything was very colorful and felt very laid back. I felt very resistant about it being our last night. I wasn’t ready for the cruise to be over.
As you can see, Evie had quite the appetite. She loved eating on that cruise. She also turned into a total fruit bat and now will do anything for a slice of watermelon. She also loved sitting on the end of the table and watching everything that happened. This cruise was developing in her a deep love of the performing arts.
I also took the opportunity to take a couple of artsy-esque pictures.
I took a quick picture of Harry as we left Parrot Cay because I wanted to get a good one of him and I wanted to get a picture in one of the oversized portholes. I had to use flash though… a real quality DSLR would have been awesome on this trip!
After dinner, we had an hour or so until the show (Disney “Dreams”, tonight), so we headed to our room to pack. Yep. Pack. We had to have our bags outside the room by 11pm. And we didn’t want to have to do all of it after the show so we wanted to get a good head start on it. The good news was we had most of it done by the time we left for the show. Oh and I didn’t neglect taking a picture of our towel animal tonight: a swan!
And the show was AWESOME. I think it was my favorite of all three stage shows. There were a lot of really neato elements, such as sparkling lights, fireworks, bubbles… They really made it special for the audience. And Evie just adored it. Again, she sat very still for the show, as did Liam.
After the show, we had to get the kids to bed and we had to finish packing. We had it done pretty quickly and were able to sit back, enjoy some more room service cheese and crackers and reminisce on our wonderful trip. Neither of us wanted it to be over.
Alas, all good things must come to an end. And the next morning dawned early for us. While the trip home was something of a nightmare, we would have done it all again just to be able to do this trip again. It was AMAZING. And I’m so beyond grateful to my parents for taking everyone on it.
And thank YOU for reading along, if you have managed not to be bored to death so far. It’s like looking at someone elses’s vacation slide-show, isn’t it? But I had to share just how much this trip meant to us. So thanks for humoring me and tagging along.