Arrived at the port terminal at around 11:30 AM and were directed to an area to unload our luggage and check in. We were told that if one of the adults had all the passports and paperwork completed that we could check in while one of the adults parked the car. Of course this was not the case. I had to await my husband as the person checking us in had to take our pictures, for our key the world, at the counter. Anyway, we got number 15 to check in.
We utilized our waiting to get my son's wristband and our pager for the kids club. We had preregistered online and the kids club had everything ready for us. That took only a couple of minutes after we reached the desk. Quick and easy!
Once we got on the ship we ate at the buffet on deck 9, which was OK, and at 1:30 our stateroom was ready. The room was clean and tidy and was upgraded to a view!! We originally signed up for an inside regular stateroom and ended up with a room with 2 port holes and more room. Bring a bag with swimsuit, as your luggage may not be there until the ship leaves port..my son could not wait to go down the mickey slide, and go swimming. Next, back to deck 9 and the pool and action...music and activities before the ship leaves port.
Triton's: French like food. Steak tenderloin was excellent. Escargot was sampled for the first time but portion is very large and it is very rich...was delicious, but very buttery. Smelled FISHY in the room. Permeated the air...other than that is was good.
Animator's palate: Food was great. The room was full of Disney Magic, unlike any other dining experience. Should not miss it.
Parrots Cay: Delicious caribbean chicken! Yummy! Best Lemon Mering Pie ever!
Breakfast Buffet in Parrot's Cay was wonderful! Yum-mo! Had the room service for breakfast on the 1st morning and it was fresh fruit, warm toast and muffins, and cereal. Coffee was served in a hot carafe. Juice was in glasses with lids, and milk was in cartons, cream in individual creamers. Good, but not as good as the buffet breakfast. Triton's has a la Cart breakfast which we did not experience.
Our server's each night Norbert and Carla were superb! Norbert was very funny and informative about the activities on the ship and castaway Cay, too!
Castaway Cay has outdoor fare to eat. You get choices of burger, hot dogs, ribs, chili, Mahi Mahi, and chicken...along with the fixings...Buffet style. Pretty good!
Deck parties: We went on this cruise in 1999 and had LIVE entertainment on deck following our day in Nassau, which is now the pirate party without the live entertainment on deck. Party was fun, but would have been better with some live entertainment on DECK. Kids loved the pirate theme and many people dressed up like pirates. Pirate party had a buffet which we were to full from 2nd seating dinner to partake. Looked tasty with one whole buffet dedicated to desserts.
Bingo was $$$$! Beware..it was fun, but we did not plan on spending $60 for 2 players. Lots of game shows and other things to do all the time.
Son had fun at the kids club, but only went one time. If the cruise was longer, he would have loved it more.
Crowds: This ship was much less crowded than it was in November of 1999..Dining areas were not all full tables and debarkation party had plenty of room to move. Compared to our 11/99 cruise, this was much less crowded. Probably a sign of the poor economy.