June 9, 2011

All Aboard!!!

If I'm to be completely honest, the morning we began our cruise is a bit of a complete blur to me. It was a Sunday. That I know for sure. Other than that...

We woke up pretty early to get going. I know the hotel we stayed at had a free shuttle to Port Everglades, and we took advantage of that. I was a little apprehensive about the entire process, especially since Tom & Lynzee had cruised the year prior and said that the embarkation & debarkation processes were something of a nightmare. Luckily for us, it really wasn't bad at all. We got through our paperwork. Showed our documents. I think we were boarding group 4, which was pretty early. We sat and waited a bit in the terminal and read trivia questions on the Kindle. We are such trivia geeks!

I snapped a few pictures from our terminal, and of course one of myself stepping foot onto the cruise ship. Because I am a dork and that's how I roll.

We weren't able to get in our staterooms for a while, so we headed to deck 9, the lido deck, and ate lunch. Took it all in. Explored the decks above lido.

Took the first of many, many obligatory self-portraits...

Explored some more...

Chilled and caught some rays...

Finally, we were allowed into our staterooms. We stayed in adjacent rooms on the 8th deck, verandah. I'll have to devote an entire post to The Great Balcony Debacle 2011, but let's get through the good stuff first. ♥

I'll totally admit that I don;t really remember a darned detail of that first night. We had a nice dinner (early seating). I think we made our way to the piano bar for a name that tune contest, which quickly became our regular evening hangout spot. But, that could've been Monday night, too. Not sure. Boy, I am just overflowing with details, aren't I? Sorry! I think the four of us hit the {too cool} "hot" tub and called it a night, ready to rise Monday morning and discover what Key West had to offer.

Ship: Carnival Freedom

Fun Freedom Facts:

Gross Tonnage - 110,000
Length - 952 feet
Beam - 116 feet wide
Guest Capacity - 2,974
Staterooms - 1,487
Crew - 1,150
Registry - Panama

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