Tadaima! Honey, I’m home!
A seven-day vacation passed like a whirlwind… although while in the midst of the fun, it seemed like we had been vacationing forever. Our brains nearly exploded with the flurry of activity and the massive amounts of things to do and see… and we didn’t even get to see it all!
Disney World was a lot of fun, but tiring. Of course, lots of walking, lots of waiting, and lots of crowds to fight. We only got to visit three out of the seven parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, MGM), but there was no lack of anything to do. I got to go on all the rides that I wanted to, save Star Tours and Test Track (god bless the person who invented FastPasses).
I will add that the Tower of Terror is the best. ride. EVAR. I love that the ride is different every time we ride it, with randomized drops and all. I am very pleased to learn that it is coming to Disneyland (California Adventure) this year. We rode this one four times during our short visit to MGM… and it wasn’t enough!
Corporations at work: a poster at Epcot
As a matter of fact, I still have my sea legs. I am still swaying about here at home. It’s actually quite entertaining.
For my first cruise experience, I think this was a good one. There was a lot to do on ship as well as in port (although, I do wish we could have spent more time in port). There’s tons for kids of all ages… so much, that you often don’t see your kids from 9AM till past midnight! The scheduled mealtimes in different restaurants each night was great… we all got to have dinner together most days, and we also had the same waitstaff rotate with us! We would also get to see a stage show within an hour of finishing dinner, which was great.
Our first port of call was Nassau, the largest city in the Bahamas, and spent most of the day at Atlantis. I wasn’t overly impressed with Atlantis, and wished that I could’ve spent the day exploring the city. Nothing really much more to say about that day, except that we shortly perused the nearby handcraft market for some local goods, but didn’t buy anything.
The Disney Wonder docked at Castaway Cay
We tried to get a little bit of relaxation in on our one and only sea day on Wednesday. We woke up late, which means 8:30 AM, compared to our previous days’ 6:30-7:30 wake up calls. We went to a matinee of one of their daily stage shows (which were all pretty good) and pretty much sat around the ship most of the time. We also go to the exclusive 18+ restaurant, Palo, which had some gourmet-quality entrees and not to mention, a killer Chocolate Souffle! We actually got to bed earlier that evening (hmm, now that I think about it, 12:30 isn’t all that early, heh) after some cocktails in the Promenade Lounge. Wow, the cruise was just about over… four days does not seem like enough!
I feel like I did not do this vacation much justice by my few words here. I simply can’t describe how much fun my entire family (all 11 of us) had on this trip… I want to thank my dad for making this celebration of his retirement fun for all of us.