Just another day in paradise. How many times have I said that phrase with dripping sarcasm? Well, today was indeed "just another day in paradise" - not one iota of sarcasm!
We arrived at Castaway Cay, Disney's private island, early this morning. We were able to disembark by 8am. Michael and I were off the ship by about 8:30 staking out our favorite spot just beyond the Conched Out bar. It was foggy, a bit windy, and chilly. I was bundled up, but started peeling off layers in no time.
We spent the morning relaxing - reading and sleeping mostly - with the sun peeking out of the clouds periodically. For most of the day the family beach was relatively empty. I believe that was more indicative of the number of folks actually sailing versus the weather. (The ship is far from capacity, but I have not yet heard a number for our current population.)
Around 11:45 we wandered over to Cookie's BBQ for the usual fare of burgers, dogs, ribs, chicken, and grilled fish along with salads, fruit, corn on the cob, and the requisite chocolate chip cookies and banana bread. Afterwards we strolled by a stand with a variety of fresh fruit. I had the best apple! The fresh fruits on this trip have been fabulous so far!
During the morning announcements, Brent our cruise director mentioned that the new Pelican Plunge water slide is indeed open! So, after lunch we went for a walk to check it out. You actually need to swim out to the platform, climb some stairs to the top where you choose one of two tubes to slide down. Had it been just a bit warmer I would have given it a shot. It looks like great fun! On the lower part of the platform a pelican fills a very large bucket of water and when full, it dumps its contents on unsuspecting guests below. Next summer, that might be really nice; today, not so much.
All around the island we could see progress on the new construction making accommodations for the larger Disney Dream next year. Still plenty of work to be done, but no doubt it will be amazing when it is complete.
Back on the ship, we pulled out promptly at 3:30pm turned left and are now headed towards Madeira!
We chose to spend the remainder of the afternoon napping and reading. I think we are both finally starting to unwind. We also decided to pass on the show in the theater this evening. Instead we visited Diversions for a before-dinner cocktail.
Dinner tonight was in Parrot Cay. Our new friends from Holland were in Palo so it was just 4 of us for a "Taste of the Caribbean". I selected baked snapper for my main course. The other 3 were brave and tried steak again tonight. Fortunately, it was much better than last night!
After dinner we headed to Mickey's Mates for wristbands in order to purchase limited-edition Transatlantic trading pins. Each person with a wristband may purchase up to 2 of the pins beginning tomorrow.
And, speaking of tomorrow, we have a busy day planned for our first full day at sea! Lots of activities scheduled, but my day must begin with a brisk walk/run on deck 4. I'm also going to try to attend a fitness class. So far I've done a pretty good job of avoiding the elevators, but taking the stairs will not be enough to counter-balance the calories I've been consuming!
The previous post in this blog was Setting Sail from Port Canaveral -- Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise .
The next post in this blog is First Sea Day -- Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise - Day 3.