This part of the trip was probably my favorite! Not only did I get to see New York for the second time in my life, but we also strengthened some great friendships during the time in NY.
Because it was the christening of the Disney Fantasy while she was in New York, all the guests had to spend that night off the ship, and were treated to a stay in the Times Square Marriot Hotel, and complimentary entrance to The Lion King show on Broadway.
This was my friend’s first time in the big city, so it was quite fun to show him all the sight seeing attractions, and for some, it was my first time too.
I absolutely love this city, and wish I could go there once again.
Since we were not on the ship the night she was christened, we watched it on television in the hotel room and then the next morning on the local news. The excitement about having a Disney ship in the New York harbour could be felt in the atmosphere all through the city, I mean, the Disney Fantasy did make one hell of an entrance when she entered port, playing “New York New York” on the ship’s horn, and one could hear it echo throughout the entire Manhattan!
Here are some pictures of those very special few days in New York:
In my last post I mentioned how something deep inside me was triggered during that first two cruises on a Disney Cruise Line ship.
This post is aimed at just telling you a bit more about that first overseas vacation I had, and how the Disney effect took a hold of me even more.
After completing the two back-to-back cruises on the Disney Wonder, I spent a weekend with my cousin and his partner in New York, and then spent about another week in Orlando visiting all the Disney theme parks, Universal Studios and the Kennedy Space Centre.
During my time at each Disney park, that little thing that was triggered inside me was just strengthened time after time. That “magic” that has been awoken inside me started to grow. Everywhere you went, whether on the ship or in the parks, the crew/cast/staff members were always friendly, always going the extra mile, and always acting in a professional manner.
There were always those little things to look out for which made it Disney. Those things that go unnoticed to the pre-occupied, the non-observant or someone with little attention to detail. But, if you train your eye, and concentrate, everywhere you go there is something to remind you of where you were.
I still didn’t realise, after visiting each Disney park, and after spending a week on the ship, that something inside of me has changed. Something that would only be fully awakened several years later.