The Disney Fantasy is in dry dock at the moment, for her 5 year dry dock. How is this relevant to this blog? Well, in 2012, I was again fortunate enough to do the cross-Atlantic on the Disney Fantasy on her unofficial maiden voyage, and witnessed her christening in New York at that time.
This was my second opportunity to experience the magic of Disney Cruise Line, and the one that had the biggest impact on me.
Remember how I told you about something inside me that was awakened during my first Disney Cruise Line experience? Well, this feeling deep inside me was once again just strengthened and re-affirmed during this cruise.
Let’s start at the beginning, and I’ll tell you about this journey over a couple of posts.
It all started when my cousin was assigned to be part of the crew during the launch of Disney’s latest ship: the Disney Fantasy. He was Cruise Director at the time if my memory serves me correctly, and he invited me as his guest to do the cross-Atlantic in 2012 from Bremerhaven, Germany, having a port day in Ponta Del Gada, a Portuguese island off the coast of Africa, and then to New York, where she was to be christened, before completing the journey to her home port: Port Canaveral, Florida.
As my friend who joined me on this journey fondly re-tells the story, it all started when we had dinner at an Italian Restaurant one evening with my cousin when he was visiting South Africa. My cousin invited me to be his guest, and bring someone along. My friend and I decided while we were travelling to Europe to join the ship, we might as well make it worth our while, and spend a few days in Paris before. The planning started, and before I knew it, we had flights and hotels booked and counting down the days to go. Over the months to follow until our trip started, excitement and anticipation grew within us, as we were to set upon a journey of a lifetime.
All of this excitement was great, but there was one thing I was looking forward to the most: to experience that Disney Magic again, and to see my friend experience it for the first time.