|At the hotel in Port Canaveral|
|The four of us with Donald Duck|
|Reagan on the slinky dog from Toy Story|
|Kirsten on Mr. Potato Head|
When we were done touring the Oceaneers' Club, we went up on deck to watch the ship take off from port. It was kind of windy and cold, but it was so neat to watch the ship go out to sea. I liked how the ship's horn played to the tune of "When you wish upon a star." It made me happy.
|Out on the deck|
After we got dressed, we went to go meet Mickey Mouse before dinner.
|The four of us with Mickey|
|The girls with Mickey|
Dinner was delicious! There are three main restaurants on board, and the schedule rotated all the passengers through the restaurants on different nights. On the first night we ate at the Royal Palace, which had the fanciest atmosphere. The food was equally fancy at all three restaurants though. Our servers were fantastic, and we had the same ones every night. I can't remember what I ate, but I know it was delicious. It was fun to try lots of new foods!
|I liked the artwork at the Royal Palace.|
|Just a pretty mosaic on the wall|
That evening we went to the Walt Disney Theater and watch The Golden Mickeys, which was a Broadway style review of some of the classic Disney songs. I loved it! I think the nightly shows were one of the best parts of the entire cruise.
In the morning, the ship was docked in Nassau. We ate at the Cabanas, which is a buffet restaurant on board. They had eggs benedict, Mickey waffles, scrambled eggs, bacon, fruit, and much more!
Then we went to the Princess Gathering to meet the Princesses!
|Meeting Rapunzel, Kirsten's favorite princess|
Then we went to the Frozen Gathering.
|With Anna and Elsa|
On our way up to our stateroom, we stopped to meet Stitch! Apparently Matt wanted to get his picture taken alone with Stitch, but I misunderstood and requested one of the four of us. Poor Matt!
In the afternoon we went swimming.
That evening we ate at the Animator's Palate. Throughout the restaurant there were large screens with different scenes from Finding Nemo. Somehow they made the animated turtle talk to us and respond to our questions. It was amazingly interactive.
After dinner we met Minnie Mouse!
|Minnie Mouse and the girls|
|Minnie Mouse and the four of us|
The show that evening was called Believe. Genie from Aladdin guided a scientist/father to believing in magic by introducing him to lots of Disney characters. Of course, the Disney characters instructed him in the power of believing in magic through the art of song. It was a fun show!
First thing in the morning we met Olaf.
|The girls with Olaf|
|This time Matt got his solo picture.|
Then we got off the boat and spent the day in Castaway Cay, which is Disney's private island. This was my favorite day. The weather was gorgeous. The water was clear, and the sand was white. We played at the family beach for a couple of hours. When the girls were done swimming, we took them over to the Kids' Club on the island, where they had a scavenger hunt and a luau. Matt and I ate lunch and went to Serenity Cove, which is the adults only beach. While we were there, we saw an eight inch hermit crab and a six inch starfish. That was really neat! Once we picked up the girls, we took them over to the water slides. To use these water slides, you swim out to a platform. The slides drop you out in water that is about six feet deep. Of course the water is salt water, so it stings a little bit. We made the girls do it until they screamed bloody murder. Apparently, we should have done the water slides without them. Oh, well! Matt and I enjoyed it. Then the day was far spent, and we had to get back on the boat. Man, it was so nice to get a beach day in the middle of winter!
|The girls and I in front of the Disney Dream on Castaway Cay|
|On Castaway Cay|
|On the beach|
|The four of us|
|Matt and I|
|Reagan as a pirate|
|Kirsten as a pirate|
Day four came all too soon, but believe me, by that time we were exhausted from playing so hard. Everyone slept in until about 9:30. We ate breakfast and the girls spent some time in the Oceaneers' Club while Matt and I walked around the ship. Then we picked up the girls and went to a character dance party. They danced with Pluto, Daisy, Donald, Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and Chip and Dale.
|Dancing with Goofy|
After Beauty and the Beast, we met Peter Pan, who happens to be Reagan's favorite Disney character. I was happy he was on board.
|The girls with Peter Pan|
That evening we ate dinner at the Enchanted Garden, and then Kirsten and Reagan went to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique to have a princess makeover done by their fairy godmothers. It was adorable, and I could tell they felt like they had literally turned into princesses. They even managed to keep their hair in the bun for two nights because they slept so carefully.
|Kirsten as a princess|
|Reagan as a princess|
|Steering the boat|
|Two princesses brushing their teeth|
We finally went to bed and slept soundly once again. I haven't slept as well as I did on the cruise in a long time. The rocking of the ship felt like being rocked in your mother's arms. Honestly, it was so soothing.
In the morning, we had to get off the boat by about 8:30, which meant we had a lot of time to kill before our 5 o'clock flight back to Salt Lake City. We decided to go to the Kennedy Space Center, which was only about a twenty minute drive from the port.
We spent several hours there and had a fantastic time. I wish we'd had more time. Matt was in heaven.
|The girls and I in front of the Kennedy Space Center|
|Matt with a rocket|
|The Atlantis space shuttle|
|The rocket garden|
I will say one more thing. I'm really grateful that by body wasn't in pain during this vacation. I'm healing and I can do more than I have been able to do for several months. It's a miracle every time I walk. It's a miracle every time I brush my hair or lift my purse. It's definitely a miracle that I could swim out to a water slide in the ocean and walk up and down multiple flights of stairs when the elevators were too busy to be worth waiting for. I'm grateful that Heavenly Father has blessed me with mobility. I love the healing process.