Me, DH, DS (15) and DSF (15) friend (spring break). My Sister (SIS), her husband (BIL), their daughter, my niece (DN) and her boyfriend (DNB).
We were originally going on the Fascination, but I convinced my DH to drive the extra 5 hours for the basketball court and the nicer itinerary (HMC and a port I have never been to before, Grand Turk). The boys lived at the basketball court whenever they weren’t eating or off the ship, so for this reason it was good, but the drive home was just too taxing to think about doing this again without the added expense of flying. We broke up the drive down by stopping after 10 hours in Vero Beach, visiting my dad and brother and his family for dinner, then spent the next day at a friends house in Boca. I really enjoy the Fantasy Class ships, but their elimination of basketball with the evolution of fun upgrades is a disappointment for us.
I was a little apprehensive about all the negative reviews I had read about the Destiny, but a friend of mine sailed her twice recently and had no problems and enjoyed it, so I knew we were good.
We checked in late because we had trouble finding the off site parking lot. DH and BIL dropped us off at the port then tried to find the lot, the gps had them going in circles, we should have all went directly to the lot using the directions off of their website, then shuttled back, lesson learned, cost us about an hour we could have been on the ship. With the discount we paid only $38 for 5 days and they shuttle you to and from the port, about a 5 minute ride. VIP check in was a breeze, Sister and BIL are not platinum, but were finished quickly as well (they used the Kiosk, but still had to go to an agent to get their S&S cards. We met up and headed on to the ship together.
Ill be back later with more and some pictures!
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