I thought that I would post a series of my experiences when
visiting Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland, and our adventures on the Disney
Cruise Line. I figure that by sharing, I can not only remember what happened,
but maybe I can save someone else or give some helpful hints. J
Disney Wonder in June of 2004. We finally got the chance to take our first
cruise ever, and I am glad that it was on the Disney Wonder that we got our sea
legs. The biggest part of the trip was not the trip itself, but the events
leading up to it.
cruise left. We arrived at the airport at DFW, and then a giant storm came in
and pretty much shut down the airport. We waited about an hour, and then we
were able to board our flight. At this point, I was thinking, well at least we
will make it tonight. Well, after about 3 hours of sitting on the plane and
going nowhere (YES 3 hours); we were asked to deplane because the flight was
not going anywhere. They then asked everyone to come up to get re-scheduled for
flights that would leave in the morning.
We were going to leave at 6:30AM the next morning, but we were going to
have to have a layover in Memphis. They were allowing everyone to stay in a nearby
hotel, and when we got downstairs, everyone was boarding, so we made the
decision to stay for the night. We live in the Dallas area, and we could have
gone home, but the flight was leaving at 6:30AM and it was 2 AM at the time. My
husband and I watched my daughter sleep peacefully, and of course we got no
one with only three seats across – YIKES!), and we arrived in Memphis. The
problem was we had only 30 minutes to make the connecting flight, so the gate
agent greeted us and we basically ran the entire way to the departure gate.
Finally, we were on our way, and were going to make it in time… So we thought…
baggage claim. We waited about an hour for our luggage because it had not shown
up. It was at that time that we visited the office for lost luggage. They
informed us that our luggage arrived hours earlier.
Alamo. This was prior to the quick Kiosk and online check in that they now
have. We waited for about 40 minutes and
noticed that we were cutting it close with time. It was about 2:00 PM. Thankfully,
an agent at L&M Car Rental noticed that we were in a rush, and offered us a
car for the same price and restrictions that we had already reserved through
Alamo. We took it!
so we relied on the directions from the internet. You guessed it, we got lost.
At this point it was about 3:40 PM and I just knew that we were going to be
late and miss the boat. We finally arrived about 4:10 PM and a cruise porter
came running out and asked were we going on the Wonder, and we said yes. He
then rushed us out of the car and told us to just go and he would get our bags.
I then heard him radio to someone and stated, “They have arrived”. My guess was
that we were the LAST ones to board. We got in, got registered and took our
picture. Needless to say, you could see how tired we were. No more issues
work. So we had to go to Guest Services and they sent someone to let us in and
sent a maintenance guy to fix the lock. The maintenance guy was really sweet,
but informed us that we could not leave until he was done repairing the door.
You know that means?? We missed the Muster Drill!!! I thought that we would get
in trouble, but thankfully, they understood J
eat. I remember eating hamburgers. At this point, we decided to head back to
our room, and it was about 5:45 PM, and decided to take a shower, and rest a bit
before we go out later and explore the ship. You know what happened next? We
fell asleep about 7:30 PM and the next thing we knew, it was 7:00 AM!! Needless to say, we missed the entire first
a great time. I say all of this to say, plan an additional day or two prior to
any cruise, to avoid what happened to us. It has not happened again! But, just
in case! J