USA Trip : Day 25 : Checking in to the Hard Rock Hotel & Islands of Adventure

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This morning I woke up just as the ship was pulling up to the terminal in Port Canaveral. I’m always so impressed at easy they make docking look.

My just-out-of-bed-still-in-my-jammies-shadow.

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At 6.30am we made sure everyone was awake and met at 7am for breakfast in… you guessed it… the Park Cafe…

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For our last bagel with apricot cream cheese.

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After breakfast it was back to our cabin to collect the remaining bags and check we hadn’t left anything behind, then it was time to say farewell to Oasis of the Seas.

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After clearing customs, picking up our luggage, getting a lift in the car park and then finding, and packing, our car, it was back on the road for the hour long drive to Orlando.

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It went quickly and before we knew it we were arriving at the Hard Rock Hotel.

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We got checked in. Unfortunately our room wasn’t yet ready but we were able to get our express passes…

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and head on over to the parks. We opted to walk the first day…

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and just 5mins later Universal City Walk came into view.

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By 10am we had entered Islands of Adventure. It was SO HOT and HUMID today. Not pleasant at all.

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The first ride was Hulk. After having trouble getting a locker, Kevin decided just to sit this one out since he’s not a big fan anyway. Like with a lot of rides here, Thee had to transfer to a wheelchair and I pushed her.

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I’d forgotten how fun this ride is and it was longer than I remembered. Once was enough though so I must be getting old :-).

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Then the kids and I did Storm Force – Kevin gets sick on ride like this.

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Then Christy and Kevin rode Doctor Doom’s Fear Fall.

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Before we all went on Spiderman. I really like this one too.

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Time to meet Captain America.

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and take a photo with Hawkeye (Athena’s favourite).

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By now we were getting a little hungry and, not being able to get a reservation for Mythos, we decided on the Confisco Grill.

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This was a new place for us but we all had a delicious meal. Kevin and I both had a really yummy salad – but I forgot to take a photo.

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With fuller tummies we headed into Seuss Landing.

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Where we rode The Cat in the Hat (cute ride)…

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and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish…where we all got quite wet…

Before waiting in line to see Grinchmas…

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This was a really cute show, one we’d not seen before.

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And we all agreed the dog was the star of the show :-).

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Time to ride the Suess Trolley – which I don’t think we’ve ever done before. Cute but very short.

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Then we re-enacted this photo from our first trip in 1999. Athena was then 9 months old.

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Then in 2004. Athena was 5 and Christy was 3.

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In 2012, Athena was 13 (forgot to get a photo with Christy).

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Then 2016. Athena is now almost 18 and Christy is 15.

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We were finished with our touring for the day but Kevin desperately wanted a frozen Butterbeer so we headed into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter…

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and all got a frozen Butterbeer. So good on such a hot day.

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Then it was back to the hotel around 3.30pm. Thee rode the scooter back and the rest of us caught the boat.

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We collected our room keys and headed to our room. It is lovely. We ended up booking a deluxe room so we’d have extra space for the four nights and get a sofa bed for Christy (so the kids didn’t have to share – Thee is a very messy sleeper).

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We didn’t unpack but got our luggage sorted before Kevin and I went out to do some laundry.

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While the washing cycle was on we went to check out the pool.

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Love that iced lemon water and plain water is provided for free.

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After switching the clothes to the dryer we headed back to the pool (with the kids) for a swim and spa. The pool was a little cool now as the temperature had finally dropped (a little) but the spa was lovely and warm, and we ended up having a nice chat with another couple in the spa (or whatever it is called over here).

Back in the room the kids showered and we all got dressed again and went back poolside to have dinner at the Beachclub.

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Kevin ordered himself a fancy cocktail.

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and shared this huge plate of nachos with me for dinner.

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So delicious. After dinner it was back to our room for an early night since we had to be up again at 6.30am for our Early Entry Morning.

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USA Trip – Day 24 : Last day of the cruise

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Another not so great nights sleep for both Kevin and myself and we woke to the roughest seas we’ve ever had in the Caribbean. It wasn’t rough at all but there were some white caps on the waves.

Like yesterday, we went back to Central park…

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to the Park Cafe…

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so Athena and I could get bagels again. Kevin had yoghurt (which he didn’t really enjoy) and Christy was still asleep.

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As you can it was a cloudy day which meant all the sun lounges hadn’t been reserved since early morning.

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After breakfast we went back to the cabin for a bit before heading to the Solarium (Athena stayed behind to have a nap) for a swim and spa. It was much emptier today because the sun was not out.

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After our swim, I had a shower and got dressed. Then it was off to lunch at the American Icon Grill.

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I just got food from the buffet today.

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We then checked out the new gingerbread house display on the way to the theatre. But I’d gotten the times mixed up so Kevin had time to go to guest services to get our departure time changed (we had been given 10.30 but really wanted to be off by 8am). Luckily there was no problem with this.

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We then headed back to the theatre to see the full broadway production of Cats. Kevin and Christy were very excited, but I didn’t remember liking it that much when I saw it over 20 years ago.

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Unfortunately it was as I remembered and Athena and I ended up leaving before the first half was over. I’d never normally leave a show at that time but being our last cruise day I had things I’d rather be doing with that time. The cast was brilliant but the show really lacked a storyline and I spent most of the time trying to work out what was going on. Kevin and Christy both agreed that the 2nd half was much better.

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I sat outside for a bit enjoying the sound of the ocean and working on a blog post, then I started the fun job of packing.

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We decided to go to Izumi’s tonight for dinner as we’ve enjoyed it on our other cruises.

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We shared some edamame…

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then I had my usual salad…

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Kevin had some type of sushi and Athena had noodle soup.

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After dinner we went to the photo place to get our on-board photo (the only one we purchased), then picked up some pizza from Sorentos, since I was still a little hungry. It was really good too – probably good I only discovered it on the last day. I just had cheese but you could also pick your own toppings and they would cook it for you.

Back at the room it was final packing time before placing our bags outside.

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Then off to a hopefully good nights sleep.

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