Carnival Miracle Day 1 – Leaving Ft Lauderdale

When we boarded the ship today, we came to our room, put up our luggage and texted their friend, tiger, to let him know we were here. He came up with some excuse to bring them to our room and we opened the door, hiding behind it. When I popped out from behind the door to hug Sylvis, she screamed and jumped up and down and generally gave me exactly the reaction I was looking for. Fun, fun times!

sylvis blurred with excitement while peach is still processing what's going on

smiling sylvis while tiger records events


After the shock wore off, we made our way to the first buffet for lunch where we met some of their other friends and explored the ship.

the mermaids were very welcoming

obligatory self portrait

We then went back to our cabin so that we could unpack and rest a little. Since their whole group was booked for the early dinner seating, we changed ours as well so that we would be able to hang out with them for the shows. The maitre d managed to get us at a table right next to theirs so it worked out very nicely. We’re sitting at a four-top with a lovely couple – Darleen and Stan – from Ontario. My dinner tonight consisted of the most tender braised beef brisket. So yummy. After dinner, the core group went to the Mad Hatter’s Ball lounge to watch some karaoke and the adults-only (AO) comedy of Mr Smiley Joe. 

quartz, bubbly, tiger

master, hubby, peach, sylvis - these three couples were the core group we hung out with but there were many more in their extended group

sylvis sammich

After a long day of stalking and excitement, I am all too ready for bed… which reminds me… we have got the greatest cabin on this cruise! When we booked, there were only two cabins left and one was right under the nightclub so I passed on it. The one we got was an accessible interior room all the way at the front of the ship. I figured that would be nice because it would be a little bigger if it’s an accessible room… HUGE, I tell ya! Twice as big as some of the other cruise cabins we’ve had in the past. And a shower that could fit six people. LOVE IT! Not to mention, it’s absolutely dark so I should sleep really well tonight. 

our extremely spacious room and towel animal du jour: seal

ginormous shower and bathroom