So the first day of our cruise was a long one. This is primarily due to the fact that we attended the midnight showing of Twilight, returned home at 2:30 am, finished packing, and then left for the airport at 4 am. The plane trip to Fort Lauderdale went smoothly. Getting from our plane to the dock to board our ship took awhile due to the fact that 5 cruise ships were loading up. (I guess Thanksgiving is a popular cruise time, who knew?) It took about 1 ½ hours to board the ship. This is when I discovered the sheer magnitude of the number of people that would be on our boat. Our first activity on the ship was to get something to eat, of course (one of the primary cruise activities I have discovered). The food was very good and thankfully there were vegetarian dishes. Then we had to do our life vest drill, and I would have to agree with our comedian from day 3 that no one looks cool in a life vest (hence no pics of this in the blog or anywhere). When we returned to our room our luggage had arrived and we had a wonderful wine and fruit basket waiting for us from Mellannie and Mike. We continue to eat the fruit from this basket which has come in handy with our early excursions and our late dinner time, the wine however went very quickly (must have evaporated or something). This evening we met two of the couples that sit at our table. They are all about our age and have been a lot of fun to hang around with (of course you will hear and see more of them later). The only pics I have from today are the sunset as we leave Fort Lauderdale and me taking a pic of the sunset. Surprisingly enough I didn’t take any of these.