I returned last night from our vacation to Walt Disney World and a cruise out of Port Canaveral. I think I’ve complained about this trip before, but I’m going to give you a little back-story in case you haven’t caught it (except without the detailed gripes). If you don’t care about how this trip came to be and just want to see photos (totally fine by me!), skip ahead!
For all of high school, my sister had wanted to go on a graduation cruise with her best friends. This is something they had talked about for a while, and this past fall, my sister and her best friend sat down and chose a cruise - a 7-night mother/daughter cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas. They confirmed it with the group and everyone gave it the thumbs up to us… apparently everyone knew that this cruise wasn’t going to happen, but they didn’t tell us. They let us book this mother/daughter cruise onboard our Christmas cruise so we could get onboard credits for the rooms (a promo when you book while onboard). Well, as soon as we get home and tell them the good news - oh, no - that’s not the cruise we’re going to do. They want to do a 4-night on the Monarch of the Seas (this ship is retiring in April) so that all of their families can come to. It was a big mess of whose-side-am-I-on? game playing. In the end, Rachel agreed to do the big cruise with all of the families because she [I]did[/I] want to go on a cruise with all of her friends. So, we were left to cancel and rebook the cruise (yeah, we get stuck with all of the dirty work… or actually I did because my Dad was back at work and booking vacations isn’t my mother’s strongsuit) for everyone.
Well, in the whole cruise-planning fiasco, the compromise was that they would do the 4-night cruise, then go to Disney afterwards. Hearing this, my Dad and I booked 2 nights at the Beach Club Resort following our cruise. Well… exactly one week before we leave, we learn that no one is going to Disney anymore. They were going to Universal Studios (should’ve known!). So Rachel was in tears. It was too late to cancel Disney, but I did convince Mom and Dad to offer for Rachel to go to Universal with her friends.
In the meantime of all of this vacation rearranging, when we switched from a 7-night to a 4-night, the cruise departed a day later. So, we decided to stick with our original plan of driving the night and instead go to Magic Kingdom that day. We also got to bring Rachel’s best friend with us.
So, Saturday night, Rachel graduated Valedictorian (actually, there is a terrible fiasco story about this, but in attempt to change the mood of this TR from griping to happy, I won’t share this story yet).
DSC_4555 by vshingl, on Flickr
Then we went to our house and ate cake.
DSC_5154 by vshingl, on Flickr
Then rushed to leave so that we could get to Disney in time for our 8:10 Chef Mickey’s ADR.