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I was so excited about yesterday’s post, that I almost lost track of the journey, but allow me to continue…
The second leg of our trip found us flying from Paris to Hamburg, Germany, via Scandinavia with a connecting flight. We literally flew right over Hamburg to Scandinavia and then back to Hamburg!
We arrived in Hamburg late in the afternoon, and were picked up from the airport by my cousin to travel back to Bremerhaven to join the Disney Fantasy where she was in port.
What I can remember of this journey from Hamburg was that it was quite cold, but I had my first experience on the Autobahn, I saw a wind turbine for the first time, and I was surprised to see porn magazines and DVD’s being sold at the rest stops next to the highway.
We arrived in Bremerhaven and saw the Disney Fantasy, in all her glory, for the first time. Once again, that little “thing” inside me was stirred, that butterfly feeling inside your stomach which you cannot control or explain.
That evening we went to “The Last Bar Before new York”, where we had German beer and a lovely dinner. It’s a small little restaurant/pub in the harbor at Bremerhaven, one that I am sure that the crew of the Disney Fantasy frequently visited during the time that the ship was being prepared for its maiden voyage from Bremerhaven.
The next day my friend and I explored the shops in Bremerhaven a little. There wasn’t much to explore, but it was great to experience a different culture and language again for the first time.
If my memory serves me correctly, we sailed away on the maiden voyage of the Disney Fantasy later that afternoon. A 14 day journey crossing the Atlantic was about to begin, and you could feel the magic and the excitement in the air, especially on the ship! Although the ship was not full, there were still a lot of guests sailing, many of them land-based Disney employees, and some who I had the pleasure to meet and get to know over the next few days.
This was on the Disney Fantasy while still in Bremerhaven. It was wet and it was cold! Mind the ladder in the background, the ship was still receiving touch ups.
The ship was still not 100% complete during this journey, as there were still finishing touches being made as we sailed, and even though many of the crew were new, we were treated in a way only Disney can. The food was tremendous, crew where ever you went were friendly and helpful, and it still was a truly Disney Magical experience.
Our first port of call on this Journey was a couple days later, on a Portuguese Island called Ponta Delgada, but more of that in the next post…
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