We woke up after a really a bad nights sleep (for both of us) just as we were arriving in Port Lauderdale. It was pretty windy and rainy out there. We showered and dressed and finished our packing before heading up to Windjammers for our last breakfast. It was very crowded which is why on all previous cruises we have gone to the dining room the last day for breakfast. But we wanted to be off and on our way to Orlando as quickly as possible.
After breakfast we collected our luggage and we thought our departure number had already been called so we promptly disembarked. Only to then find our luggage wasn’t yet ready for collection. So we sat in the little waiting area and we were amongst the first to retrieve our luggage when it was available. This worked out really well as it wasn’t crowded and our collected our luggage easily and were through customs and out in the uber pick up area before we knew it. Our uber turned up a few mins later and dropped us off at the Dollar Car Rental. By 9am we were on our way to Orlando.
About 11am we decided to stop at a service center, as Kevin needed a little break from driving. The centers here are HUGE !!!! I thought Kevin was buying lunch so I got myself a vegetable fajitas from Chicken Kitchen, only to find he’d just gotten an Iced Coffee on almond milk (the USA doesn’t seem to offer soy milk at some of the tea/coffee places). Not to worry as I’d had mine cut in half so happily shared with Kevin. It was really good too and totally hit the spot as an early lunch.
We had quite mixed weather on the trip, alternating between raining, cloudy and sometimes a few patches of blue sky. Luckily though it was still cloudy in Orlando the rain seemed to have stopped.
About 1pm we drove past the Caribe Royal, where we are staying for the next two nights, on our way to Disney Springs.
Our goal for today was just to visit World of Disney. It was crowded enough and I knew it would be packed tomorrow.
We probably spent about an hour and half here. Such a stunning store and I love looking around here. Would be great to have one visit just to look at everything (preferably when it’s quiet) and then come back another time to make purchases.
We then headed back to the Caribe Royal and got checked in to our room. We stayed for 2 nights on our last trip but had a different room type this time (as it was just the two of us and we didn’t require a kitchen).
It’s such a nice looking resort but sadly, just like last time, we didn’t get the chance to have a look around.
We basically dropped off our luggage, quickly got changed and headed right back out….because it was time to go to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
Our last two days of the cruise were sea days as we made our way back to Fort Lauderdale. On day 18 I still wasn’t feel great – but was certainly better than the day before. Still a good bit nauseous and my appetite had not yet returned.
The day basically went as follows :
Breakfast at Windjammers , time in the Diamond Club lounge, reading in our room, lunch in the Dining Room, a spa & swim, reading in our room, dinner at Windjammers, back to our room to watch some Vlogmas videos.
Our last day was pretty much the same, except for the swim. And thankfully I was feeling even better again and my appetite is almost back to normal.
Breakfast at Windjammers, time in the Diamond Club lounge, reading in our room, lunch in Windjammers, PACKING, reading in our room, dinner at Windjammers (with our tablemates from the dining room), put luggage outside room, read.
Can’t believe the cruise is almost over. We have enjoyed it and really enjoyed the South American ports but I do think I might prefer other modes of travel for now, or at least cruises with less sea days. I guess after 20 years of cruising our lifestyle/needs have changed somewhat and we probably aren’t getting what we used to out of cruising.