It's LAND!!! First we've seen of it since we left San Diego on September 12th. We're close to the coast, hugging the coast before rounding the final point leading to Panama City. At one point I see the stat's that there is only 90 feet of water beneath the keel. Wow! So used to seeing 10,000-13,000 feet of water.
Word is, this will be the record for Disney Cruise Line, longest trip, days in a row between port days.
We don't really do much today. Took an easy day. Got to get up late, because today was character breakfast day for us at 9:45am. Got pictures and autographs for Stacey from Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto, and Chip and Dale. Each came individually to every table during breakfast. And of course, we were given silly napkin hats to wear by Beata, our assistant server. (Pronounced BEE-ah-Ta, for those wondering.) Chatted with our table mates and tried to get interesting tidbits on the parks and ships from the cast members.
After breakfast, Stacey saw dolphins while on deck 4 and tried to get an elusive picture. We then went to Animator's Palate for a class on how to draw Stitch. I wasn't interested as much and went along with my ipad to read to keep her company. Her picture looked pretty good. Better than what I would have done, I'm sure. The class ran a little late and we were cutting it tight to get to a port shopping seminar put on by the cruiseline.
Basically, it's a little spiel given by the cruise port shopper, telling you where it's safe to go shopping, (I'm guessing that means, which store gives the cruiseline the greatest kickback), and what to look for. A few giveaways and a draw for a small diamond necklace, but we didn't get anything. It was hard to find a seat in the movie theatre where the seminar was being held. We get a few coupons for Cozumel and maps for Cartagena as well.
After that, we just wander around. Grab something to eat on deck 9. Stacey gets some sun and trying taking a picture of a whale and dolphin but they aren't posing very well. I sit inside and read for a bit. When Stacey's had enough sun we go below to the cabin and start doing laundry. That takes a while.
The first machine Stacey tries doesn't work. She doesn't realize that until after the timer runs out. She's about to try another one when a couple of maintenance guys come in to fix another machine, so now they have two to look at. Apparently, today is a popular laundry day, as machines are at a premium. Only one machine out of about 12 is not in use, and that one, only just finished being used. In between cycles, we just hang out and watch movies or the ocean in the cabin.
We dress up slightly for semi formal dinner night and take a couple of pictures. I'm getting tired of pictures. Dinner is good, but I'm not that hungry and opt for a lighter meal, and no dessert. Chef makes Stacey another dessert mousse, strawberry this time, and she loves it. We skipped the pre dinner show of the Toy Story Musical, since we saw it only last week as well. After dinner, it's back to cabin to take pictures of the lights of other ships and Panama City in the distance, as we've arrived at Balboa (Panama Archorage) and have dropped anchor and stopped moving. We're waiting for a fuel barge to come and refill us.
Early night for us as it's an early morning to get up to see the start of the Panama Canal. We get woken up around midnight by a loud shipboard announcement that refueling has begun and that smoking on deck or verandahs is not allowed. Mmmphhh.
Kim =) and Stacey :)