. It’s Embarkation Day!!!! We awoke to a sunny and very hot day. We had spent most of last evening repacking our suitcases from our Fascination cruise, but now they are retagged and ready to go. We are booked on the first shuttle over to the port at 10:30, so we have plenty of time to relax, and do some last minute checking. Patti took a drive over to the local Dunkin Donuts and brought us back some bagels and coffee. At 10:00, we loaded up the van, and drove our luggage up to the front of the hotel where the shuttle picks you up. Once unloaded there, I drove the van to the designated parking lot next door, parked, and then hoofed it back to the lobby. In the meantime, Patti had checked in with the shuttle coordinator, so now all we had to do was wait. The shuttle arrived a few minutes before 10:30, and once the driver loaded up the luggage we were on our way. It’s only about a five minute drive to the port, and once we pulled in the first ship we saw was the Carnival Sunshine….. Right next door was the Disney Fantasy….. Then finally our first view of the Carnival Liberty, our home for the next eight days….. We were just about there, but then alas, we had to wait about ten minutes for a spot to open up to unload our luggage. Once we were allowed to pull in, the whole process went extremely fast. We made sure the porters put the orange Priority / FTTF tape on our bags, and then we tipped them. Security and check in was a breeze, and just as we were handed our sail and sign cards, the announcement was made that the Diamonds and Platinum’s could begin boarding. We joined the short line, took our embarkation photo, and we were on the ship at 11:15….. You board the ship on Deck 3, and our first look at the inside of the Liberty, was of the Flowers Lobby and Bar at the bottom of the Garden Atrium….. To be continued…..