This is my first shot at a review, so beware! I tend to be VERY detailed when I write, so you’ve been forewarned!
This was a Mother-Daughter cruise for me and DD (17). She’s my youngest of three and they all have had “Mom & Me” trips over the years… this was HER turn. Julia chose this cruise after hearing about the FANTASTIC time DH and I had on the Conquest in February and was REALLY looking forward to this trip. Of course we wanted to do a longer cruise, but school and work schedules left us with this or nothing. Guess which we chose?? LOL
Our itinerary was Port Canaveral – overnight in Nassau – day at sea – Port Canaveral.
After my cruise in February, I put all of my “cruise crap” in a big duffel bag and stashed it in the back of the closet. It holds all the “little extras” we “need” for the cruise and makes it easier to get packed. All we had to do was decide what clothes we wanted to take, remove half of those and throw them into our suitcases. At least that was the plan… you know what they say about the best laid plans, right? I finally finished up the packing around midnight on Tuesday. I woke up suddenly around 2am when I realized I had forgotten to pack my “elegant night” dress (this will prove to be a theme this trip). After rummaging through the closet in the dark, I found it and added it to an already too full suitcase.
We left MN on Wednesday the 15th, nonstop flight from Minneapolis to Orlando. We had an early flight (9:00am) and we live about an hour from the airport, so needless to say, we had to get up at “Oh-God-Thirty”! We left the house at 6:30am and got to the off-site parking at 7:45, then to the airport by 7:55. Not bad in traffic, even with the nasty weather be left behind.
The flight was okay, a little bumpy for the first little bit, but then it calmed down. Then came the REAL fun! Now just to preface, I have kids… I love kids… I realize kids will act out every once in a while and I know that sitting on an airplane for 3 hours straight isn’t most kids’ idea of a good time. That being said, there were a couple of kids on this flight that I wanted to THROTTLE! Especially the kid behind me that decided her feet were better placed on the back of my seat rather than dangle down as God intended. This little girl didn’t just gingerly place her feet on the back of my seat, but instead she KICKED and KICKED and KICKED yet again until I seriously thought about turning around and asking her Mother what the hell she was doing slamming Screwdrivers instead of watching her demon spawn. Seriously, she had like 8 drinks during our 3 hour flight. Turns out they were on their way to Universal Studios for a week. No wonder she wanted to get plastered! Then there was kid #2, across the isle from me that SCREAMED the entire time “I don’t want to… I don’t have to… you can’t make me… you’re not my boss… shut up… I’m gonna tell Grandma… etc.” I did manage to dose off once, then came the simultaneous scream AND kick action. I leaned forward then SLAMMED back into my seat to make my point, then gave kid #2 the “death look”. They both stopped. We landed 10 minutes later. <sigh>
I had initially set up transportation from Orlando to Cocoa Beach with Cocoa Beach Shuttle as we were going to stay in Cocoa Beach for our pre-cruise night. After reading some things about them that made me a little uncomfortable, I changed our hotel plans and decided to stay in Orlando near the airport. We stayed at the Country Inn & Suites Orlando Airport. I had gone through Expedia months prior and prepaid for the room at a rate of $61.75. They had an airport shuttle and offered a full breakfast from 6:00am to 9:30am. They also provided free wireless internet access, which is a huge plus in my book (I work from home where I “remote” into servers, etc. I MUST be accessible at all times, so this is a big thing for me).
We waited for about 15 minutes for the Comfort Inn & Suites shuttle to get to the airport. Here’s Julia, waiting NOT so patiently.
Julia notices a cab parked next to where the shuttles are… she wonders why “Yellow Cab Company” cabs are orange?!?! Good question!
Anyway, we got to the room and were checked in by 2:30 or so, so we had a good part of the day left to do “stuff”.
We grabbed a cab and went down to a nearby strip mall with a Walgreen’s to pick up a few last minute things that we had left behind. We also had to find a nail salon for DD to get her pedicure. She was supposed to do it before we left home, but of course teenager’s priorities are not always what we’d like them to be. Before we called the cab to take us back to our hotel, we grabbed a quick bite at Quizno’s to tide us over until the morning. Later on we were a little hungry, so ordered from the TGI Friday’s menu in the hotel room. They were just across the parking lot from us.