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Today is the day that no one wanted to arrive, because today we needed to disembark from our hosted cruise on the Disney Dream. Disembarking actually starts the night before. Stephen, the Cruise Director, has a video that you can watch on your stateroom television about the whole process. Color and character coded tags are left in your room in the afternoon. You’ll fill out the back, and then place them on any luggage that you won’t need. Put your bags in the hallway by 10:30pm. Of course make sure that you keep essential items, toiletries, medications, and a change of clothes with you in your room. You will be responsible for getting the things that you don’t place in the hallway off of the ship.
Somehow the view of Port Canaveral from our verandah on the final morning wasn’t as grand as when we arrived. After my family and I had all of our things ready, we left the stateroom for the last time and headed down to breakfast. The final breakfast is once again with your serving staff, so that you can say goodbye to them. This was hard, because our servers were amazing. Not only did they provide us with exquisite service, they also provided us with a lot of laughs. I miss them already.
We still had one clue left in the Midship Detective Agency, so after breakfast we decided to finish it up. We were able to solve the case! This game was a lot of fun, and a lot of exercise. Don’t think that it’s just for kids. I think I saw as many adults playing as children.
When we were given the all clear, we got in line to disembark. The line moved quickly. Once off the ship, we needed to look for the color and character that was on our luggage tags. It was easy to find our bags. We then got in line for customs. After we were through, it was time to walk to the parking garage and head back home.
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One common misconception that people have is that a Disney Cruise is just for families with small children. That could not be further from the truth. There are plenty of activities for all. In fact, there is so much to do that we ran out of time. I already have a “next time” list.
One of the things that sets Disney Cruise Line apart is the level of service. Everyone makes you feel special. I am not only talking about our servers. Our stateroom hostess kept our room spotless, and she always had a smile each time she saw us. The other crew members were all spectacular as well. It was rare that we would walk by a crew member and he or she didn’t smile and say hello. They were also extremely helpful whenever we had a question.
I would like to thank Disney for hosting my family and me. This was truly a magical experience. I would also like to thank my friend Jamie with Disney Dining, who did all the hard work while I had the time of my life. Finally, I’d like to thank everyone who followed along on this journey. The Disney Dining community is the best!