Wow! The last of our six days in a row at sea! It was quite an experience. The ocean was quite rough this day, the waves topping out at about 13 feet. That makes for a rocking boat! The swimming pools were instantly turned into wave pools!
Our fifth day at sea was another day where we chose not to do very much. We went to the theater and watched Sherlock Holmes. I admit to having been a bit tired and dozed off during the movie! I did think it was good though. Amber really liked it and watched it again on the plane home from Barcelona to Atlanta.
Where but on a Disney cruise ship could you attend a Paint Fest at Sea? This event held for two hours on our fourth sea day, was so that the cruisers could help paint a mural designed by Don “Ducky” Williams. But once again, my family slept until the late morning, and by the time we had finished breakfast and popped in to do some painting the second hour, it was already completed! There were obviously many enthusiastic artists on board!
Amber loves to draw and she is always busy with a pencil and her sketchpad bringing her imagination to life. So she was especially interested in one of the special guests that Disney brought on board to do guest sessions Don “Ducky” Williams.
You may not recognize the name, but if you see a Disney Character on a brochure, billboard, or anything that doesn’t animate, Don Williams most likely drew it.
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts marketing Senior Character Artist Don “Ducky” Williams has been creating magical Disney artwork for advertising projects, Theme Parks, TV and collectibles for over two decades. Despite his remarkable talent and vast following of fans, “Ducky” is a low- key, unpretentious fellow-every bit as lovable as the art he creates.
Sitting on the deck and just enjoying the sun and the salt air is really nice. Seeing nothing but water all around you certainly makes you feel small!
One of the special family activities that they had on board was Boat Building with Goofy & Max. Cruisers that signed up had 5 days to gather supplies from the ship (excluding furniture or decor) and make a boat that could hold a full can of Coke and float. We decided to take the challenge of building that boat!
All year round in the harbor you can see The Flying Dutchman. This was actually used in the filming of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
We actually started our journey on the 8th of April, driving from Nowheresville, SD to Minneapolis, MN where we would visit, spend the night and leave our car for two weeks with some friends. On the 9th we headed off to the Minneapolis airport for our flight to Orlando.
We spent the 9th in the Orlando airport and the night in the Hyatt airport hotel. The Disney Cruise line uses it as a pick up point for shuttling people to Port Canaveral the day of departure.
Bright and early on the 10th we headed out on the bus to the port and began our trip.
As many of you know we are Disney Cruise Line Fans. We have taken three of their cruises already and have another one scheduled in April of 2010, which will be a 2 week transatlantic cruise.
In less than an hour Disney is going to announce an all new destination that one of their ships will cruise to. And I am so excited! I’m hoping it’s Alaska or Hawaii, but in any case the anticipation is all part of the fun.
Here are a couple of teaser trailers they put together, they’re awful cute!