Day 1 – Barcelona

Day one began early with an alarm call at 7am. Within an hour we were ready to depart the hotel for the airport to pick up our transfer to the ship. Shuttles were due to begin at 9am but by 8.50 we had found the waving Mickey hand in Terminal 1, boarded the boat and headed off.

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The coach, a luxury leather seated affair, was to be our home for the next 90 minutes as the cruise terminal didn’t open until 10.30.

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But, good news, Disney had laid on a City tour with a tour guide!! We were treated to the sights of the main city and then taken up the hill to the Olympic site used in 1992. We had 20 minutes to get off and enjoy the view.

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After re-boarding the coach, we spent 20 minutes making our way to the port. An excited cheer passed trough the bus as people saw the Disney Magic come in to view.

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We had left our cases at the airport so check in was quick and easy. We joined the Castaway Club check in line, were given special lanyards, Key to the World cards and our days Personal Navigator.

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We were given boarding card 4 and after boarding commenced were on in 10 minutes. It was then up to Topsides for our first meal aboard followed by a wander round during the Ship’s open house.

By this time, the rooms had be announced as ready. We headed down to our room and settled in. Although we’ve heard stories of bags not arriving till late evening, ours were there within 90 minutes, not bad!

We took a ship tour at 2pm, lead by the entertainments team then headed to top deck for the sail away party. Drink in hand, we joined Mickey and the gang as we sailed from port.

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For the next hour we prepared for the evening. After a shower and change into smarter, less Disnified clothing we headed to the show, “All Aboard: Let the Magic Begin”. We ended up sat next to the show’s Director but no matter how hard I tried she was not letting go of that script!

After a good show, we headed to Studio Sea for the Mickey Mania game show and then on to dinner at Parrot Cay. Food was much better than last time with Jerk Chicken to start followed by the Parrot Cay salad, Spicy Island Rib Eye of Beef and Bannana Bread Pudding with Coconut Ice Cream. We also met our fellow diners. A couple from Philadelphia and Bon Jovi fanatics from the Netherlands. There were also two others who didn’t come to dinner. All in all, a good first day. Tomorrow is Villefranche and plan on heading to Monaco.