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BuzzNutt
02-12-2006, 06:57 PM
Hello all-
I am starting my cruise meet to see how many others might be out there going on the Wonder 4 night August 26, 2007.

Please join me as I struggle with the clock ticking down for the next 18 months.

;) Coleane

BuzzNutt
03-25-2006, 05:04 PM
Anyone else out there who has the same cruise booked?

BuzzNutt
04-10-2006, 10:11 AM
Is there anyone out there?

BuzzNutt
07-25-2006, 06:01 PM
Bumping Just In Case

nixieh
09-29-2006, 11:21 AM
Hi there :wave:

We just booked today for our 2nd Disney Cruise for Aug 26th next year so I will be counting down with you.

Nicola

BuzzNutt
09-29-2006, 07:19 PM
Finally someone to suffer with. The countdown is killin' me.

MnParrothead
10-05-2006, 01:45 PM
BuzzNutt,

Yes, I will be struggling with you. My sister just booked our extended family of 17 for the Disney Wonder on August 26th, 2007! This will be our third "family reunion" on Disney cruise ships. I don't know exactly how long we have until the cruise, but I will be obsessing about it until we set sail. :hourglass

BuzzNutt
10-08-2006, 12:18 PM
Wow! That sounds like some fun. What staeroom or cat are you all in? Did someone get a suite for the concierge's help?

Check my counter on my signature. Just add a few day as I am going to the World a few days before the cruise. :)
Happy waiting!!

mattmommy
01-03-2007, 03:24 PM
This will be our 4th cruise. It'll be me, DH and ds6 (7 on the 23rd). We originally booked for July and then changed it to August to save about $1,000+ for the same category. With the savings we're spending 3 nights at the Contemporary beforehand. DS has never stayed there and it'll be a great surprise since he loves the monorail.

We had our family reunion of 14 last July. It was great.

Just trying to readjust to the 4 day from the 7 in terms of clothes (formal, pirate, etc.).

I'll suffer with everybody else until July. Did anybody else plan their meals too?

jhryb
01-14-2007, 02:42 PM
This is so exciting - I can't believe a site like this exists. My family of four will be joining you on August 26th! We will be staying at AKL from Aug 12 - Aug 26 and then we will be ending our vacation with our first ever cruise. How do you add the counter to your message to show the number of days until we leave?

luvmykids
01-14-2007, 10:40 PM
We are coming too!!! It is me, DH, DS (10) and DS (7). This will be our third cruise with Disney and we are excited to be going again. :cool1:

disney100666
01-23-2007, 02:01 PM
4 more here my mom, my best friend, me, and my bro!!!:woohoo:
I cant wait for the cruise!!!! i am so excited!

disney100666
01-23-2007, 04:54 PM
we r staying in cat 8 with a "real" porthole! :cool1:

mattmommy
01-23-2007, 09:07 PM
7 months seems so far away. Since we're cc members we get to book 90 days in advance. Not sure what we're doing. Last 4 day we did was in 1998.

Ok, I do have my pirate gear in a bag ready to go. Sad, isn't it? We've never been on the Wonder.

What excursions are you guys looking at?

luvmykids
01-24-2007, 10:37 AM
Good Morning!:wave2:

Since I last posted we were coming my MIL and FIL have booked as well and will be joining us.

Mattmommy I am thinking about going to Atlantis when we are in Nassau. I think my boys would really like the pools with the slides. I am thinking about booking a room either at Atlantis or comfort suites to get full access to all the facilities.

I am also thinking about the stingrays at CC. We were booked to do this on Grand Cayman in December and after Steve Irwin's death my husband wanted to cancel. I will probably have to take the boys on my own since he is not a big fan of this sort of thing.

We are also cc members and can book 90 days before as well :cool1: .

mattmommy
01-24-2007, 07:28 PM
I bet my ds6 would love the Atlantis slides also. I wonder if we can use the beach if we do the comfort inn also. I believe it's around $200--right? We did the stingrays at GC in July. Loved it. DS (who was 5 at the time) was thrilled. His cousins (2 six year olds and a 9 year old) were practically on their parents heads to get away from the rays. They tell you to just shuffle your feet and not pick them up.

Where in LI? I have cousins in St. James and friends in Lynbrook. I love to visit them, but the belt parkway just sucks the life out of any enjoyment of going there. Sort of like the Garden State going to the "shore". Give me cc any day. Of course I spent most of my younger days at Jones Beach when Mom drove us kids.

Is anybody celebrating anything during our cruise? Last time we had two birthdays, fourth of July and POCII premiere. DS's birthday is the 23rd and DH is the 31st so we'll miss out on the great cake. I'll settle for creme brulee and souffle though.

luvmykids
01-24-2007, 09:25 PM
Mattmommy: I am not sure how much the Comfort Inn is but for the four of us I think it has to be cheaper than the excursion by DCL. I believe if you have a room you can use any of the Atlantis facilities but someone on the cruise board can probably answer those questions better.

We live very close to your cousin in St James. We live in Setauket which is about 10 minutes away. When I was younger and lived in Queens we went to Jones Beach or Robert Moses. Now we go to the Hamptons or the beach up the road.

disney100666
01-28-2007, 07:41 PM
the other people we r going with r going for their 20th wedding anniversary so we r going to celebrate with them!

disney100666
01-29-2007, 10:34 AM
hi guys

do you have a dd that are at the ages of 10-12? i would really want someone to hang with during the cruise.:cutie:

jhryb
01-29-2007, 11:07 AM
Hello Bridget
I have a dd and she will turn 10 on the cruise. We are keeping the cruise a surprise until the last minute. It is her first cruise. I am hoping that my dd and my ds8 will enjoy the Oceaneer Lab and that they will meet some nice friends!

disney100666
01-30-2007, 01:37 PM
it is my first cruise also and i have a brother who will be 9 when we go on the cruise! PM me if you want;)

tmli
02-07-2007, 06:53 PM
Count us in too!!! My fiance and I are getting married in WDW on Aug.21 and will be taking the cruise for our honeymoon!!

luvmykids
02-08-2007, 12:08 AM
Welcome Tmli:wave2: How exciting you are getting married at WDW. Congratulations to you!

silmarg
02-09-2007, 12:26 AM
We will be first time DCL cruisers on the 8/26 4 day!

We (DH, DW and 2 DDs (5 & 8)) will be in a Cat 6.

Hoping we love it as I have also reserved a cat 6 on the sold out 15 day Eastern Repo cruise thru the Panama Canal in Aug 2008 and will keep the ressie if we enjoy this 4 day cruise!

Unfortunately we will be doing the parks after the cruise (I know thats a no no... but the calendar was an issue for us). We are nervous about how HOT it will be in Aug... as we have been to WDW many times, but never in the summer.

We were thinking about the Atlantis day room as well for Nassau.

jhryb
02-09-2007, 08:14 AM
We will also be first time DCL cruisers on 8/26 and we are also booked on the Eastern Repo Cruise. My DH gets motion sickness, so the 4 day cruise will be the big test.

luvmykids
02-09-2007, 09:00 AM
welcome silmarg! Looks like our little group is growing. We were in a cat 6 on our 7 night Western in December and loved it. We have a cat 9 reserved for this cruise but are hoping to get to the port early enough to upgrade to a 6.

mattmommy
02-09-2007, 12:26 PM
I just found out ds6 won't be going back to school until 9/10. I was looking at adding the 3 day after the 4 and doing a double dip. $500 each for an inside room. Not too shabby.

The parks probably will be hot when you go, but they won't be very crowded. Avoid AK during the weekend. We went that time last year. AK was sooooo crowded on Saturday, we just walked out of the park (we're AP). Everything had a 2+ hour wait and/or were out of fast passes. There's just no breathing in that park. We made it a pool day. We went on Monday and walked right onto rides. The cm even asked if we wanted to just stay on the ride and go again on the Kali river rapids. Sweet. Most kids are back already so it's a lot less crowded.

jhryb - Our last cruise was with 4 women (3 aunts and a cousin) who get severely motion sick. They took ginger pills a week before, during and after the cruise. They also took a Bonine every day. One had the bands in addition.

Two were fine the whole 7 days.
One felt great and stopped taking the bonine. She then took one and a nap and was fine.
One had trouble in Palo because (a) it was a sea day, (b) Palo is at the back (or the front?) of the ship, (c) Palo is on the top deck. She took an extra Bonine and a nap and was fine.

All of us got rooms in the middle on the lowest 2 decks just to make sure.

jhryb
02-09-2007, 04:17 PM
mattmommy - Thank you for all the advice. We are in a SPR on deck 5 for the cruise on 8/26, so it might not be the best location for my DH (but I do not want to give up the room). However for the longer cruise we are in a cat 9 room in the centre of deck 2, so hopefully that will help. I will certainly tell my DH about the ginger and the bonine pills.

silmarg
02-09-2007, 10:43 PM
Looks like we have a nic group here!

Has anyone ever done the day room thing at Atlantis? Do we reserve that in advance?

Anyone for the NY area book their air yet?

I see Jet Blue has a $59 fare to Jacksonville from JFK... I am thinking about it...

luvmykids
02-09-2007, 11:03 PM
Hi! I live on Long Island and have not booked our air yet. Southwest just came out with their August rates this week but they only go up until Aug 24th. We are not sure if we will fly on southwest or jetblue yet. I saw that low fare on Jet Blue.....looks tempting.

mattmommy
02-13-2007, 04:58 PM
We haven't looked at air yet. We fly from Newark. It's only about 20 minutes from us. Wish I had the option of JFK or LAG, but thinking of travelling on the belt parkway makes me want to gnaw my arm off.

Since ds6 doesn't return to school until 9/10 we're deciding on whether to stay in FL for a few more days after the cruise. We're staying in the Contemporary for four nights (gulp) before the cruise since it's rare that it's just the 3 of us travelling without extended family. We have a time share through Hilton that gave us bonus points that we can use for a stay afterwards.

If I can pay $200 r/t pp I'm happy. I looked at old stubs from about 10 years ago paying $201 r/t so I think we do well considering inflation and the prices of gas.

I prefer Continental because that's where most of my miles are (and possibly my free air for 2008), but Jet Blue has wider seats and a tv for ds.

I hope we all have our insurance. As much as I love most of the stops DCL does (especially cc), I'd be happy with a cruise to nowhere.

silmarg
02-13-2007, 09:46 PM
Just re-posting something I posted on another board... but it related to the August cruise....

I've booked may air and tranfers for the August trip and here's where I ended up..

Flying JetBlue to Jax (from JFK) on Aug 25. $59pp. A flight to MCO at the same time would be $134 (it would be $109 a bit later.. and we wouldve flown a bit later to save the $$$). So we saved $200-$340 right here (we are 4 travellers).

We are driving to Port Canaveral from JAX... so the additional drive time to the Port from JAX (vs MCO) is like 90 mins to 2 hours... so savings of $100+/hr is well worth it.

Add the fact that the rental car (10 day rental) was $50 less out of JAX (vs MCO). We decided on a 10 day rental even though the car will be sitting in the Port parking lot for 4 days as the cost of a 1 day rental before the cruise and a 5 day rental after the cruise was actually more than a straight 10 day rental (when you factor in the $12/day parking fee the 10 day is a few dollars more but the convenience of walking off the boat to my own car was worth it).

Since we are doing WDW on the 2nd half of the trip we will be fly back from MCO (we are not AM people and we dont want to drive to JAX after a long hot day in the parks). Flight back from MCO to JFK Sept 5 on Jetblue was $89 (vs $59 from Jax). So I did forego an additional $120 in savings.

There was no added charge for dropping the car off at MCO.

One interesting item to note. When I was looking at the Jetblue fares roundtrip JFK-MCO the prices on the return flight was $99... but when I look for one way fares they came back as $89. Go figure!!!

jhryb
02-14-2007, 08:31 AM
We reached a big milestone yesterday. It is now less than 180 days until we leave for WDW. We are staying at AKL for two weeks before the cruise. I was able to start making our Advance Dining Reservations yesterday. It is a great feeling especially since we are in the middle of a big snow storm and my kids are home because schools are all cancelled in the west end of Toronto.

tmli
02-15-2007, 08:52 AM
We have booked 6 of our 15 needed flights for our wedding group with SW out of Buffalo. I managed to get them for $59 each, we are flying out on the 18th. We will be at POFQ with our families for 8nts in total, the wedding is on the 21st. After the cruise we will then go to Universal for 3 nts at the Royal Pacific hotel.

We, too, have decided to keep the car rental for the entire 15 days. We plan on heading to the terminal early to enjoy the ship for every minute we can!!!

batc
02-15-2007, 10:00 AM
I just booked our cruise today. Our traveling party is DH -33, ME -35, DS 13, DS4 and MIL -61. We are going to WDW after our cruise, this will be our first time visiting WDW. This will be our 3rd Cruise with disney, but the first time on the wonder.

I am so excited. DH just wanted to do WDW, but we talked him into doing a 4 day cruise too!!!

silmarg
02-15-2007, 08:26 PM
tmli

Getting Married? Awesome!

tmli
02-15-2007, 09:29 PM
Yes, it is awesome!!! We are so excited and are SO looking forward to it!

mattmommy
02-21-2007, 11:13 AM
Love POFQ.

mattmommy
02-22-2007, 09:31 AM
TMLI, are you getting married at the wedding pavillion? What time of day?

Friends were married there on 2/2/02 at 2:30. The sun shines through the window blindingly towards the congregation. Just an FYI so your photographer can adjust if that's your time slot.

Disney does a great job with weddings. I wish they had it when dh and I got married.

colleensauctions
02-23-2007, 07:27 AM
Hello All -

I saw one family flying out of Buffalo - we are doing the same - but we are leaving early and going to disney then ending our vaca with the cruise - this will be out first Disney cruise and I hope it is all everyone says it is!!! my children are 8 10 and 12 - girl is 8 and boys are 10 and 12! I would like to recommend for those staying in the port the night prior the radisson at the port - its excellent - i think i paid $125 for the night and you can leave your vehicle there for free and they transport for free (of course you want to tip the driver):cool1:
as far as atlantis - they do not sell any day passes for facility use - when you say facitilly use, then i assume you mean the water slides etc, those are for guests only, they told me they do not rent day rooms, but perhaps you never know. my challenge is renting a room at comfort suites - we are a family of five!! the hotel only books the maximum of 4 per room - so we would have to book 2 rooms, which i dont want to do!! if anyone is thinking of doing this to use atlantis, maybe?? if you have a party of 3, we could work something out and i could have one of your passes??? since they allow up to four in a room - email me at colleensauctions@msn.com if you are thinking about this. Stingrays are a no - no for us - i am afraid after the crocidle man incident - the one thing we did do the last time we were there, is swim with the dolphins - highly recommended and highly priced! $$$$$ i did not go through the cruise line - i wanted the actual swim with the dolphins, not just in the water and greeting them - they book up super fast - there is never the ability to get in on it when you arrive - i paid about $700 for 4 of us to do it - but it has lasting memories and I wouldnt change it for the world!! looking forward to talking to others about this cruise!!!! sooooooooooo thats it for me - maybe our kids will get together? my oldest son will be 13 just a few days after the cruise, so i might put him in the teen center - i think you can do that if the child is one month shy of the next level? looking for friends for him - he like video games, plays wow (world of warcraft) like basketball, ping pong and stuff like that - drop me an email - i have to figure out how this board works - but looking forward to everyones experiences and info - how about he hoop de doo review?? i have always wanted to go - its a little pricey (isnt all of disney?) but i hear its a definate must when visiting - ok gotta run - lets make friends with each other prior for a great cruise!!
colleen - mom of three plus the dog although the dog isnt going this time:confused3
oh i would also like to add a countdown to my posts - any help woudl be appreciated!!

colleensauctions
02-23-2007, 09:39 AM
Just wanted to give a tip - i had five free flights on air tran left from a wendys promotion - i tried to call every day to get the flights for august - they told me that they had nothing available and that those free flights dont open up until about a month or two prior?? :confused3 well how was i supposed to rent a house and a car and make cruise reservations??:sad: so wht i did was email customer service - and guess what?? I got all five flights!!:cheer2: I just told them that I would like to make other vacation arrangements and I felt like I was getting penalized for being a good flyer - i told them the names and ages of each passenger - along with each acct that i wanted to use (we had three accts for free tickets) told them the days and times i wanted to fly - i got everything i asked for, one change in outing flight - instead of leaving at 6:00am, we are leaving around noon - hey i can do that for five free flights - so fyi - if you are trying to use airtran - try and kill them with kindess through customer service - see you all onboard:beach:
colleen
pixiedust: :cheer2: pirate: :cool1: ::yes::

colleensauctions
02-25-2007, 10:56 AM
:banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana:
i know a little dumb - finally able to post my countdown tracker!!!
YAHOO

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:yay: :love: :cheer2: :lmao: :cool1: :wizard: :dance3: :cool1: :goodvibes

colleensauctions
02-25-2007, 08:11 PM
:goodvibes

come and join in a yahoo group email list - when you email to the group all members recieve the emails - its fun - send an email to

disneywonder-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

also to see the group i started - just go to yahoogroups.com and search for disney wonder

hope we all meet up

colleen:banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana:

manntra
03-03-2007, 02:30 PM
Count us in too! I will be joining you with my 11 year old niece. It will be our first cruise for the both of us and we are beyond excited. I can't thank everyone enough for all of the helpful posts and information provided here.
We took a week long vacation last year to WDW and stayed at BW and AK and we had such a great time (I have been to DW about 10x when younger but hadn't been in years.) that I booked a cruise (land/sea) for us this year.
I am thinking about the Atlantis excursion but will probably look into the Comfort Suites option for the braclets. I stayed at Atlantis about 4 years ago and the pools/slides are amazing and it would be a bummer just to walk around the property and not be able to use the amenities. Although I probably won't be going down the big slide again, I did it twice and that was fine with me. Having my picture is good proof enough!
We are located in Upstate NY and are planning for some warmer weather!

manntra
03-03-2007, 08:49 PM
To Coleen...we are near Binghamton, about an hour South of Syracuse....I saw that you sent me a message about where in Upstate NY we are and I couldn't reply because I am "too new" and need to have more posts! I have been spending too much time reading and not enough posting I guess!!
Tracy

silmarg
03-03-2007, 11:00 PM
we are near Binghamton

I am a SUNY Binghamton Alum (class of 90) and will be on the cruise.

colleensauctions
03-04-2007, 08:17 AM
other than sunshine rewards - what other rewards has anyone used to get credit on disney things? i know chase offers a credit card (no fee):yay: when you sign up and use the card once for at least $25.00 you get a $50.00 onboard credit - i am just waiting for mine to come in - i applied last week. Just wondering what else is out there from all you vetrans -
thanks
colleen:yay:

silmarg
03-04-2007, 08:27 AM
what's sunshine rewards?

colleensauctions
03-04-2007, 09:21 AM
thats a program that allows you earn points and then redeem them for disney dollars - its free and you can use the credits for disney stuff - i beleive they are good for disney cruises as well - its an easy program - you can sign up here

http://www.***************.com/signup.php?r=5388

good luck and enjoy earning cash rewards!!!!!

colleen:love:

tmli
03-07-2007, 03:26 PM
Has everyone decided what excursions (if any) they will be doing?

Does anyone know how much we will pay for a cab to Atlantis and for admission? Trying to decide if we should just do this on our own as we don't want to do anything but look around. We also were wondering if we would have time to visit the straw market. I know it has mixed reviews but I feel we should at least experience it once! I have been to Nassau before and actually don't enjoy it there at all--I just think it would be nice to see Atlantis to tell my clients about it! Fiance has never been anywhere in the Caribbean before--it is his first cruise!

In Castaway Cay, I was considering the Parasailing but have NO experience with this at all and not sure if I am capable of doing it on my own. Doing it Tandem may not be an option because of maximum weight (not sure what that is).

All that being said....I love being on the ship when it is in port.

colleensauctions
03-07-2007, 09:01 PM
Welcome!
I have parasailed before - I dont know anything about weight requirements - however it was much fun - it was years and years ago.

I personally think the tour to Atlantis is a rip off - you dont get to use the slides or anything - its purely a tour - thats up to you.

The straw market? Its an experience for sure lol - its fun, but I would not devote more than 1 hour to it.

I did the dolphin adventure one time there - totally recommend it - however what they offer on cruises is not the best - the best is the one you book on the net - you actually swim - not just meet and greet the dolphins!!!! Its expensive - but totally woth it - its about 165.00 pp - I did it a few years ago with 3 of my kids - my kids were the only kids there - all adults - it was fun fun fun!!!

If you want to do water slides and good beach at atlantis you will have to book a room at the comfort suites or atlantis - thats the only way you get wristbands into the place

The other advebture thats nice is ardastra gardens - that was fun - i did that many many many many years ago

I think we might just do the gardens with the kids and then go back to the ship to hang out - you get fewer crowds and can enjoy yourself - but if your fiance has never been there - you shouldnt spend the day on the ship in my opinion - take him out to see the island!

enjoy and see you there
colleen:banana:

silmarg
03-07-2007, 09:38 PM
pretty sure I will do the day room at the Atlantis or the confort suites...

not sure about CC yet... I have not done enough research on CC as of yet.

colleensauctions
03-08-2007, 07:07 AM
pretty sure I will do the day room at the Atlantis or the confort suites...

not sure about CC yet... I have not done enough research on CC as of yet.


every time i call atlantis - i am told they do not have day rooms, and if you rent a room - its super expensive!!!!!! but another woman told me to check back closet to the cruise date - what do you know about day rooms at atlantis and pricing?
thanks
colleen:cool1:

manntra
03-08-2007, 11:39 AM
I remember seeing a post somewhere here in my travels about the Comfort Suites and a price of around $225 for a day room. That particular family booked a day room (Comfort Suites) and checked in / out at the same time, got some bracelets and were good to go for the slides and pools.
Atlantis is an amazing hotel and property. As I think I may have mentioned I stayed there for a week about 4 years ago. Amazing and verrrryyyy expensive. That was a great trip though and I would like to see it now that they added on more slides and rooms. I know someone who was on the Wonder last year in Feb and booked a room at Atlantis and was over $400 and he didn't know about Comfort Suites. Not prepared like I will be with all of my research!!
I am now torn between booking the room at Comfort Suites or doing the dolphin swim. I missed out on the dolphin swim last time I was there b/c it was booked so far in advance. That was back before I discovered the wealth of information you can find on message boards lol.) I know that my niece would probably choose that over Atlantis so we will see. So....maybe the dolphin encounter and then back to the boat.
On CC thinking about the Eco tour, a lot of people have good things to say about that. I know dn (I will call her dn disney niece from now on, I think that is the proper way??!! I am new to the boards!) wants to have her hair braided but I think I will do that before we leave so she can get used to it sleeping etc. When I was at Atlantis before, my other niece (dn lol) that I took there got her hair done by the beach from some locals and it took quite a while and hurt quite a bit.
Tracy

colleensauctions
03-08-2007, 12:47 PM
I am now torn between booking the room at Comfort Suites or doing the dolphin swim. I missed out on the dolphin swim last time I was there b/c it was booked so far in advance.
Tracy


I would book the dolphin swim - but the full encounter - what an experience and do buy the pictures they offer - you wont find them any clearer and you can scan them into your computer - they turn out wonderful!!!!! but dont book the one on the ship - book straight through the web, the ship doesnt offer the full dolphin encounter

colleen:love:

silmarg
03-08-2007, 10:00 PM
I have only heard about day rooms on these boards. I have not booked anything as of yet.

tmli
03-16-2007, 07:59 AM
We were all the way back on the 4th page....that will not d0!

How are everyones plans coming along? Anyone planning on planning on doing the pirates and princess party at Disney before or after their trip?

manntra
03-16-2007, 07:09 PM
Well as I look at the snow falling outside tonight (we are potentially getting a foot--but that's ok, more snowboarding!) the cruise seems so far away!! We might do the pirates/princess during our land stay before the cruise. It might score points for me for the character breakfast I reserved and then forgot about last year! I am also leaning towards the dolphin swim for our time at nassau but I don't know a good time to book....to get there etc. Well I am going to go shovel a path for Ziggy to go outside. It's freezing!!!

colleensauctions
03-19-2007, 09:51 AM
I am also leaning towards the dolphin swim for our time at nassau but I don't know a good time to book....to get there etc. Well I am going to go shovel a path for Ziggy to go outside. It's freezing!!!

make sure you book the good one online - the ships dont offer it - its the full swim with the dolphins about 165.00 each - but totally worth it - you need to plan time to get there and pay your own transportation to the dock that takes you there - super fun - book the mid afternoon one, then you wont be rushed at all!!! theres not a lot to do in nassau - shop a little and ardastra gardens - atantis is great - but not the tour - you dont get to use the slides on teh tour at all - you need a room booked there or the comfort suites to use the slides - good luck - book at dolphin adventure - you wont be sorry - cost me about 700 a few years back and i saved and saved - 4 of us did it - it was awesome:banana: :banana:

manntra
03-19-2007, 12:42 PM
Just a fyi for anyone looking for a cheap (very cheap!) costume idea for kids on pirates night. It is at Target and was only $2.64. I handed the cashier $3.00 and even got back change! It is in the toy clearance dept (clearance is on the end of the aisles at our Target.) It's from the Pirates of the Carribean 2 movie. It is really kind of cheesy but if she uses one thing or even nothing I would'nt care. There is a sword, 3 toy rings, Jack Sparrow's compass, some tatoos, and a bandanna with some beading and braids.
Thanks Coleen for the dolphin advice...I knew that was what I wanted to do I just wasn't sure of what time of day...but like you said, early afternoon. I stayed at Atlantis for a week a few years ago anyways so although that would be fun again I need something different. Thanks again!

tmli
03-21-2007, 07:17 AM
I am thinking I am going to try Parasailing in CC if it is back up....I have never done anyhing even remotely daring before and am not crazy about the water....but really want to give it a try!

silmarg
03-22-2007, 12:17 AM
For anyone who is doing the parks after the cruise (I am).... there are strong rumors flying around that Disney will be offering free Dining Plan for those who stay on site for at least 3 days, pay rack rate for the room and buy at least a one day ticket.

This could make for pretty good savings!

jhryb
03-22-2007, 12:29 PM
Last year they started offering the free Disney dining package on April 4th (for stays between mid August - very early October). I am crossing my fingers that they do the same thing this year...

silmarg
03-22-2007, 12:33 PM
The rumors say the free dining will only be offered for stays starting on Aug 26th. So it will only be for AFTER our cruise.

colleensauctions
03-23-2007, 07:45 AM
I am thinking I am going to try Parasailing in CC if it is back up....I have never done anyhing even remotely daring before and am not crazy about the water....but really want to give it a try!


you will love it!! i did it years ago - its very very easy!! enjoy

colleen:hippie:

bill kellum
03-29-2007, 05:33 PM
Hello all,My family will be sailing with all of you.There are four of us. My wife and 2 grandchildren[4+7] and myself.This will be cruise #15,9 of those on the Wonder.Anxiously counting down the time just like the first cruise.

colleensauctions
03-29-2007, 09:22 PM
hi everyone - just wondering the ages of all your children going on this cruise - i have an 8 yr old daughter - 10 yr old son and 12 yr old son - wondering if anyone else is in this age group? would like to hear from you and also what your plans are while on the ship? i think we are just going to hang around mostly - Ive been to Nassau a few times - we went on a carnival short cruise a few years back and i hated it - hoping for a more enjoyable experience this time - if not - my husband will not cruise again, i assure you of that!!! Ive only cruised with the kids that one time - prior I loved cruising - so lets get me psyched for this cruise - i dont want it to be a bust - maybe the kids can find some friends to make it more enjoyable for me.........:cool1:
colleen

silmarg
04-10-2007, 10:06 PM
Got my "Travel Kit" for the cruise today!

Cant wait to go thru it.... I'm a DCL Virgin :love:

colleensauctions
04-11-2007, 09:48 AM
what is a travel kit for the cruise?? just wondering
thanks
colleen:cool1:

mattmommy
04-11-2007, 10:50 AM
DS will be turning 7 on the 23rd. We're going for broke and staying at the Contemporary tower park view (ack$$$) for 4 nights before hand. We'll need whatever breaks (meal plan) we can afterwards. We were going use some of our Hilton points and stay at our time share, but I think we'll book a WDW hotel and hoard points for next year.

I think we'll be staying on the ship at Nassau and just enjoying a less crowded pool. DH and didn't care for Nassau last time, PI was wonderful and we did DD last year.

Can't wait for Pirate Night and beef tenderloin (and bananas foster and fresh cut fruit and souffles). Somebody stop me!!!

manntra
04-11-2007, 04:48 PM
Hello everyone...just booked the dolphin swim for when we are in Nassau. Expensive but I know it will be worth it. Nassau is not a big draw for me but I always wanted to do the actual "swim with the dolphins" so we are doing that and then getting back on the ship.
I was wondering what the travel kit was too? Whatever it is I want one! lol I actually bought "Treasures of the Disney Cruise Line" from ebay. Pretty cheesy but cute and lots of clips of the ship which seeing that I have never actually seen the ship I am getting to know it quite well...between the DVD, the show I taped on the Travel Channel, my obsessive searching on the dis boards....!! In my mind I think I have already booked another cruise! Take care everyone!

Tracy

silmarg
04-11-2007, 11:54 PM
The "Travel Kit" I rec'd in the mail yesterday from DCL. It was for this August Cruise what a packet that had several little bookets enclosed.

The booklets were:

Shore Excusions
Quick Tips for Smooth Sailing
Gifts
Setting Sail - Disney Wonder and
Vacation Protection Plan


I have not had a chance to read thru them in detail as I am a tax accountant - and I am a little busy at the moment....

But I did make time to book my room after the cruise (Coronado Springs) with free dining! :banana:

Dopey'sMAMA
04-16-2007, 10:21 PM
Hi Everyone:goodvibes Add three more to the list DH, me and our DS who will turn 9 on the 28th. He requested to my DH that he wanted to be on the ship for his bithday, and DH was more than happy to oblige (I sure hope he doesn't really think it was just cuz he asked).:rotfl2:

colleensauctions
04-17-2007, 05:06 AM
Do you get the insurance that is offered with your cruise? Why or why not? thanks, I am deciding on what to do still
Colleen
:hippie:

Dopey'sMAMA
04-17-2007, 06:04 PM
Do you get the insurance that is offered with your cruise? Why or why not? thanks, I am deciding on what to do still
Colleen
:hippie:

We actually had to cancel our cruise in Feb. due to our flights being canceled, we did have insurance and were refunded. That was the first time we ever had insurance, we did learn that had we not had insurance we could have done a date change for $85.PP. I do not know if that was a flat rate or if it was based on our total cruise cost? I'm not sure how close to sailing date that this works, but I would check it out vs the insurance costs.

silmarg
04-17-2007, 09:17 PM
I have never bought insurance for a vacation before.

But then again this is my first DCL cruise.

I did some research on prices and Access America Family Basics insurance is only $63 for my trip (kids get insurance free)... and this is for coverage of the cruise and 5 days in WDW.

At this price... I cant not afford to buy insurance.

But I will wait until juts before final payment to buy.

batc
04-18-2007, 11:56 AM
Just checked this thread after signing on a few months ago.

My son will be 13 and the other 4. This will be our 3rd disney cruise. I took my oldest and my mom on a carnival cruise last november and my son wanted to do disney again. We are doing the parks after the cruise and will be our first time at WDW.

I am thinking about booking the dolphin swim in nassau, as my son as always wanted to do this.

I am sure he would like to meet some friends before the cruise.

colleensauctions
04-19-2007, 09:07 PM
I am thinking about booking the dolphin swim in nassau, as my son as always wanted to do this.


book it on line and do the full excursion - you cant go wrong - no cruise line books the really good dolphin adventure - pay the 165 or 170 whatever it is now - downside is that you have to provide your own transportation - you wont be sorry
colleen:banana:

manntra
04-20-2007, 01:49 PM
Coleen,

I booked the Dolphin Swim with Dolphin Encounters and on my reservation information they check you in at the Paradise Island Ferry Terminal and take you to Blue Lagoon Island at $165 per person. You had mentioned needing transportation and I am pretty sure that you don't.
www.dolphinencounters.com

My travel agent dropped off my "travel kit" on Wednesday....a nice book of ideas, checklists, etc....although I get all of my info from these boards anyways! And included was a friendly reminder of when final payment is due so I can prepare for going broke!!

colleensauctions
04-20-2007, 10:45 PM
[QUOTE=manntra;18249044]Coleen,

I booked the Dolphin Swim with Dolphin Encounters and on my reservation information they check you in at the Paradise Island Ferry Terminal and take you to Blue Lagoon Island at $165 per person. You had mentioned needing transportation and I am pretty sure that you don't.
www.dolphinencounters.com

you need to find you own transportation from the ship to the the paradise island ferry - that is what takes you to the dolphin swim, that is what i meant - sorry to be confusing - its a cab ride - not a big deal, just make time for it - enjoy - its totally worth it - btw - the tender took us right back to the dock of our ship, we asked them if they would so we wouldnt have to pay a cab- we of course tipped them though. ALWAYS ASK - THEY CAN SAY NO AND YOU ARE NO FURTHER BEHIND THAN YOU WERE IN THE FIRST PLACE

the web site says
"Begin your day by enjoying a relaxing 25-minute boat ride, including great views of Nassau Harbour, Paradise Island and Blue Lagoon Island. Your program will bring you in close contact with one of the Ocean's most fascinating and intelligent animals, the Bottlenose dolphin. "

But you need to get yourselves to the boat by your own means of transport - not to worry - its not too expensive - leave early enough - take it from me, i have done this and i totally think it is worth it!! it books up , dont let anyone tell you any thing else - i tried to change the time - they laughed at me :(
enjoy!!!!!

COLLEEN:love:

manntra
04-21-2007, 03:11 PM
Thanks so much Coleen! Appreciate the info....Glad you said that because by reading the website I just assumed the ferry was right there where we docked....I stayed at Atlantis about 5 years ago and can't really picture where the ferry was----we never left the hotel grounds because everything was so nice. ....I remember seeing all of the ships and where they were docked....each morning I would wake up and different ships would appear! So it sounds easy enough to figure out anyways but I appreciate your help. :yay:

bill kellum
04-27-2007, 06:51 PM
Hello all,As for cruise insurance.Our first 2 cruises[1st was on the Wonder,2nd was to Alaska]we insured.After those we just never bothered.On cruise #3 we had to cancel and Disney let us rebook at no charge for the same date the following year.We are booked on a cruise to Hawaii in June and that one will be with insurance.To far to travel and to many things that can go wrong.

Dopey'sMAMA
04-27-2007, 07:05 PM
There was just something in our local paper about having trip insurance covered/included on your home owners policy? I have not yet had the chance to check our policy, but it's something we should all check into.

colleensauctions
04-28-2007, 07:31 AM
:goodvibes I was wondering if anyone (and I am sure their are many) could explain how the beverages work on a disney cruise - secifically soda. Is there a charge or are they free all the time? Just at dinner? please specify. I know on some lines I can buy a card for the kids for unlimited, other cruises it was free when dining but not during the day
thanks all
colleen:banana:

Dopey'sMAMA
04-28-2007, 07:32 PM
:goodvibes I was wondering if anyone (and I am sure their are many) could explain how the beverages work on a disney cruise - secifically soda. Is there a charge or are they free all the time? Just at dinner? please specify. I know on some lines I can buy a card for the kids for unlimited, other cruises it was free when dining but not during the day
thanks all
colleen:banana:

On deck 10 there is a free beverage station, all kinds of soda's, coffee and tea's, it is open 24/7 you just help your self. They have cups, lids and straws right there.

luvmykids
04-29-2007, 11:06 AM
Hi everyone:wave2: Haven't posted in a while.

Silmarg, How did you get that low rate at
Access America? When I look under the Family Basic plan my rate is double yours and I am just putting in the days of the cruise from 8/26-8/30 and not the time we will spend in florida before that? I would appreciate that info from you.

We are getting close :cool1: . We just passed our 4 month countdown!:banana:

I am travelling with a 7 year old boy and a 10 year old boy. I know some of you inquired about the children. If you have kids that age feel free to PM me and they can email before the trip.

silmarg
04-29-2007, 10:05 PM
Silmarg, How did you get that low rate at
Access America?

U R right... the price I quoted was per person... so it was twice what I posted.

Sorry about that.

luvmykids
04-30-2007, 02:49 PM
Silmarg thanks! I was wondering why my rate would be double. It still is a very good rate for trip insurance!

Booked a room at Atlantis for our stop in Nassau :cool1: I am excited about that....I think my boys will really enjoy it!

Now I just need to book our air! I am hoping for a South West summer sale.

silmarg
04-30-2007, 05:09 PM
If you dont mind my asking... how much was the day room at the atlantis?

I plan on doing the same when we are down there...

We booked our air on JetBlue (via JFK). $59 down on the 25th to JAX and $89 back from Orlando on the day after Labor Day.

You can still book the same for $64/$99.. but then again... into and out of different airports is not something most folks do.

colleensauctions
05-01-2007, 09:55 AM
Silmarg thanks! Booked a room at Atlantis for our stop in Nassau :cool1: I am excited about that....I think my boys will really enjoy it!


yes - what did you pay? i hear its a bit pricey - thanks for the info in advance
colleen:thumbsup2

luvmykids
05-01-2007, 12:53 PM
The rate I got at Atlantis was $283.75 including taxes for a Beach Tower room. I booked the room through Expedia. I was going to book the Comfort Suites since you can use the facilities at Atlantis if you are staying there but as of now they are requiring a 2 night minimum stay. Also sometimes you can purchase day passes from Atlantis to use their facilities and they cost $105 per adult and $75 per child for the day. Since we are a family of 4 booking the room was the best option for us. Hope this helps.

colleensauctions
05-04-2007, 06:08 AM
[QUOTE=luvmykids;18442174]The rate I got at Atlantis was $283.75 including taxes for a Beach Tower room. QUOTE]

thats a really good rate for atlantis - with all the inquiries now and prior going to nassau - i have never seen a day rate before, has anyone else? Although I would love to check out Atlantis - I think I am skipping this this year - with blizzard beach the week prior and castaway cay, I think thats enough beaching it for me - enjoy!! I hear nothing but great things about Atlantis!!
Colleen

colleensauctions
05-04-2007, 06:09 AM
What are the pools like on the Wonder? anyone btdt? I hear conflicting reports. Any slides for the kids or anything? Thanks
Colleen:cool1:

Dopey'sMAMA
05-04-2007, 09:22 PM
What are the pools like on the Wonder? anyone btdt? I hear conflicting reports. Any slides for the kids or anything? Thanks
Colleen:cool1:

There is the Mickey Pool, which has 2 ears for little ones, and then a section that is a little deeper for older kids, a slide, and a splash area.

The Goofy pool is more for teens and pre-teens I think it tends to get crowded, there is also 2 hot tubs in that area.

The adult pool also has 2 hot tubs, an they have some fun adult pools games too.:cool1:

mattmommy
05-06-2007, 08:21 PM
We've been buying insurance since having ds6. Especially since we're sailing in prime hurricane season. We also got airfare of $118 r/t via Continental from Newark to MC. Yippee.

mattmommy
05-29-2007, 02:06 PM
Any cc members out there? Today's our day to make ressies!!!:cool1:

I just did the Atlantis beach day. We went back in 98 and it was beautiful.

Skipping Palo this time. I'll leave a spot open for newbies. Have the souffle!!!

Dopey'sMAMA
05-29-2007, 03:51 PM
We are making Palo ressie today, we have been on a couple of Disney cruises, but have never done Palo:confused3 , back in April we went looking around and decided to give it a try....it smelled sooo Good! I can hardly wait, other than that I'm not sure what we will do, maybe the Gardens? Has anyone been?

colleensauctions
05-29-2007, 09:13 PM
maybe the Gardens? Has anyone been?

i was at ardastra many many years ago - its a nice relaxing afternoon - the ship charges way too much in my opnion - go online and find out how cheap it is - you can take the jitty??? for a buck i think to get there if you want to. i did enjoy it and i am thinking myself of going
enjoy!!!
colleen:banana: :banana:

rkgee
06-01-2007, 11:11 PM
DH :surfweb: , DD (just turning 13):cutie: , DS 9:earsboy: , and ME :woohoo: will be on Aug 26 Wonder Cruise. Looking for advise on placing DD in with teens or 12 year olds. She will turn 13 at end of July and DD and I don't know if she's ready to hang out with the 15 - 17 year old crowd. Any thoughts or words of wisdom will be greatly appreciated. This is our first DCL outing and the kids' first cruise experience.

Dopey'sMAMA
06-01-2007, 11:16 PM
DH :surfweb: , DD (just turning 13):cutie: , DS 9:earsboy: , and ME :woohoo: will be on Aug 26 Wonder Cruise. Looking for advise on placing DD in with teens or 12 year olds. She will turn 13 at end of July and DD and I don't know if she's ready to hang out with the 15 - 17 year old crowd. Any thoughts or words of wisdom will be greatly appreciated. This is our first DCL outing and the kids' first cruise experience.

I'm sure they would allow her to go in with the younger age group, if that would make her feel better, they are so accommodating:wizard: My DS 8 was allowed to move up, when he was close to the next group.

Bloxy
06-02-2007, 11:57 AM
My fiance of 8 years and I are getting married on the Aug 26 cruise.:love:
We are bringing a group of 31 from Washington, Idaho, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Minnesota. Most of us are first time cruisers, and so excited!!! I am terrified of heights, water and getting married, so I plan on overcoming my fears all in one shot.:scared1: What was I thinking?:confused: My fiance always said that if we were going to get married it would be on a cruise, so here we are finally!:yay:

The cruise and the wedding are a complete surprise to our six children, DS23, DS22, DS17, DS15, DS11 and DS6. They are going to be so thrilled!! Are there any other teenagers going??

Anyone going all out for pirate night? My extended family are all having a blast planning their pirate attire! I hope we are not the only ones.

I am so grateful for the DISboards, I have learned so much. Thanks to all of you. ONLY 85 DAYS TO GO!!!

colleensauctions
06-02-2007, 04:24 PM
DH :surfweb: , DD (just turning 13):cutie: , DS 9:earsboy: , and ME :woohoo: will be on Aug 26 Wonder Cruise. Looking for advise on placing DD in with teens or 12 year olds. She will turn 13 at end of July and DD and I don't know if she's ready to hang out with the 15 - 17 year old crowd. Any thoughts or words of wisdom will be greatly appreciated. This is our first DCL outing and the kids' first cruise experience.

:cool1: I am taking three kids on this cruise - ds 12 - to be 13 just a week after our cruise and another ds 10 and dd 8 - disney will allow my son to go with the teen group - i am NOT thinking this is a good idea imho - I am keeping him in with the younger group - I am sure the teen group is a lot of fun - however, I dont want him getting into any sort of trouble, again, this is in regards to my son and his personality - your dd might be much more mature, i would actually bet on this. for me, better safe than sorry. I also dont like the amount of freedome the teen group has - as far as for my own child - so he stays where he is - he doesnt even know about the option to go with the teens, or he would be livid that i am keeping him with the 12 year old - best of luck in your decision
colleen:banana:

rkgee
06-03-2007, 07:10 AM
:cool1: I am taking three kids on this cruise - ds 12 - to be 13 just a week after our cruise and another ds 10 and dd 8 - disney will allow my son to go with the teen group - i am NOT thinking this is a good idea imho - I am keeping him in with the younger group - I am sure the teen group is a lot of fun - however, I dont want him getting into any sort of trouble, again, this is in regards to my son and his personality - your dd might be much more mature, i would actually bet on this. for me, better safe than sorry. I also dont like the amount of freedome the teen group has - as far as for my own child - so he stays where he is - he doesnt even know about the option to go with the teens, or he would be livid that i am keeping him with the 12 year old - best of luck in your decision
colleen:banana:

Thanks for the reply. DH and I have decided to let DD go with the teen group, with the understanding that if she feels uncomfortable, or is just not enjoying it, she can be switched into the 12 year old group and she should not hesistate to ask. Maturity was a concern on my part too, but looking back over the last 6 months, I can say I've seen growth in that area and I don't want to stifle it. I guess it's time to cut at least one of those apron strings and let DD make some choices on this vacation. She will not have permission to leave the ship on her own though. (That's the apron string that is still attached.)
Martha - I hijacked, no make that pirated, DH's sign in.pirate:

disney100666
06-03-2007, 09:59 AM
What are the pools like on the Wonder? anyone btdt? I hear conflicting reports. Any slides for the kids or anything? Thanks
Colleen:cool1:

for the wonder they just added some section for the little kids in the mickey pool section, and they just added a new movie screen by the goofy pool.

DAggiesRWe
06-03-2007, 12:13 PM
hi everyone - just wondering the ages of all your children going on this cruise - i have an 8 yr old daughter - 10 yr old son and 12 yr old son - wondering if anyone else is in this age group? would like to hear from you and also what your plans are while on the ship? i think we are just going to hang around mostly - Ive been to Nassau a few times - we went on a carnival short cruise a few years back and i hated it - hoping for a more enjoyable experience this time - if not - my husband will not cruise again, i assure you of that!!! Ive only cruised with the kids that one time - prior I loved cruising - so lets get me psyched for this cruise - i dont want it to be a bust - maybe the kids can find some friends to make it more enjoyable for me.........:cool1:
colleen


We are going on our first Disney cruise on August 26. We booked this trip back in March 2006, but just discovered these boards.

DW :love: and I :pirate: have been on one other cruise (RCCL) a couple of years ago and had a blast. This time we are bringing our sons (ages 7 :yay: and 11 :happytv: ). We will be driving down from Richmond, VA (we love road trips). We are doing the land-and-sea package (staying at the Beach Club Resort) and are in a Cat. 6 room.

We have done WDW several times but never stayed on the property (and it has always been during the colder months), so we may not even do the major parks on this trip and instead hit Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach and save the main park passes for a future trip. Does anyone know if the passes they give you are tied specifically to this trip or are they like the regular ones where the clock doesn't start until your first use?

We are going to rent a Stretch Limo to take us to the port (we are driving a large conversion van that doesn't like parking garages, so this eliminates worry about parking at the port. Plus it is cool :cool2: ). Anyone have experience with Happy Limo?

We are celebrating three things with this trip; our 20th wedding anniversary, my 43rd birthday, and the end of the year taking care of our grandson (DD22 US Army safely returned from Iraq).

Reading through all the posts, it looks like several of you will be in the same general area we are. I look forward to meeting y'all.

Steve

mattmommy
06-03-2007, 03:38 PM
Welcome DAggiesRWe!!!

DH and I will be celebrating 19 years tomorrow. It goes by so fast.

It's just dh, ds (will be 7 on 8/23) and I travelling. This is one of the few trip the three of us make by ourselves. Usually it's parents, cousins and aunts coming. Our last group was 14 strong.

We are coming in full pirate gear. Last year I tried putting eyeliner on dh, but he was a blinking fool. My cousins husband had it on and it looked great. My aunt brought a cork to burn and make my uncle look dirty and scruffy and it almost set off the sprinkler system. We won't be doing that.

I haven't made any door signs. Oh poop. I just ordered from Oriental Trading and forgot to get pirate decorations. Oh well. I'll have to order again for ds's birthday anyway.

Did any cc making their ressies yet?

I can't wait!

Dopey'sMAMA
06-03-2007, 04:24 PM
My fiance of 8 years and I are getting married on the Aug 26 cruise.:love:
We are bringing a group of 31 from Washington, Idaho, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Minnesota. Most of us are first time cruisers, and so excited!!! I am terrified of heights, water and getting married, so I plan on overcoming my fears all in one shot.:scared1: What was I thinking?:confused: My fiance always said that if we were going to get married it would be on a cruise, so here we are finally!:yay:

The cruise and the wedding are a complete surprise to our six children, DS23, DS22, DS17, DS15, DS11 and DS6. They are going to be so thrilled!! Are there any other teenagers going??

Anyone going all out for pirate night? My extended family are all having a blast planning their pirate attire! I hope we are not the only ones.

I am so grateful for the DISboards, I have learned so much. Thanks to all of you. ONLY 85 DAYS TO GO!!!

Dh and I will be dressedpirate: Last year we had our picture taken with the white background while dressed...what a blast! Our friends love it, and it's a nice souvenir, we usually don't buy the pictures on ship, but this was an exception.

silmarg
06-03-2007, 10:36 PM
Wow lots of interesting action on these boards lately...

A wedding! CONGRATS Bloxy....
A 20th Anniversary! Congrats to Daggies... and thanks to you DD for serving!

I have similar issues with the age breaks for the kids activities. I had a DD who will just turn 8 and another DD that is 5. I am sure if they are in the same group it will go well. And my 8 year old is not socially saavy and I would prefer her to stay with the 5-7s.

We'll see.

I cant wait... cause I need a vacation!

tmli
06-05-2007, 06:45 AM
I can answer the question about the passes. If you have added the no expiry option they will never expire. Otherwise the clock starts ticking on first use and you have 14 days before they expire.


We are going on our first Disney cruise on August 26. We booked this trip back in March 2006, but just discovered these boards.

DW :love: and I :pirate: have been on one other cruise (RCCL) a couple of years ago and had a blast. This time we are bringing our sons (ages 7 :yay: and 11 :happytv: ). We will be driving down from Richmond, VA (we love road trips). We are doing the land-and-sea package (staying at the Beach Club Resort) and are in a Cat. 6 room.

We have done WDW several times but never stayed on the property (and it has always been during the colder months), so we may not even do the major parks on this trip and instead hit Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach and save the main park passes for a future trip. Does anyone know if the passes they give you are tied specifically to this trip or are they like the regular ones where the clock doesn't start until your first use?

We are going to rent a Stretch Limo to take us to the port (we are driving a large conversion van that doesn't like parking garages, so this eliminates worry about parking at the port. Plus it is cool :cool2: ). Anyone have experience with Happy Limo?

We are celebrating three things with this trip; our 20th wedding anniversary, my 43rd birthday, and the end of the year taking care of our grandson (DD22 US Army safely returned from Iraq).

Reading through all the posts, it looks like several of you will be in the same general area we are. I look forward to meeting y'all.

Steve

colleensauctions
06-05-2007, 08:26 AM
I was wondering what types of referrals you guys use for "free" money - for instance, i got a chase disney visa and recieved a 50.00 disney gift card - also booked my cruise with that card and recieved another on board credit - recieved a credit from my travel agent and now i do recieve money back from using my visa (which ihave put everything on - tuition etc, to get a gift card from that - ill probably end up with about 300 bucks to use towards excursions. I signed up for sunshine rewards too - that is pretty good, not as good as chase - but free money just the same - if you are interested in sunshine rewards you can check them out and sign up here - it is free to sign up - thankfully

http://www.***************.com/signup.php?r=5388

but is anyone using anything else??????? i am interested and only have about one month left to get freebies!!!!!!:confused3

today i am going to buy my actual park tickets - so that will go on the disney visa for rewards as well. looking forward to getting some stuff done - ive been out of the loop - sadly my dad passed away last week - he wouldve loved to hear all about his grandchildrens trip!!! ahhhh the circle of life.

so please pass along all good offers you here of

thanks - see you all in august!

colleen:love:

Bloxy
06-05-2007, 05:34 PM
Colleen,
I don't have any info on free stuff, but I just wanted to say that I am sorry about your Dad passing. My prayers go out to you and your family.

luvmykids
06-05-2007, 05:58 PM
Colleen: I am very sorry to hear about your dad.

colleensauctions
06-05-2007, 10:08 PM
Thank you to all of you on my dads passing - being an only child - it means a lot to me to hear from anyone!!! he was great and would have wanted to have his grandchildren enjoy the "fun" - I will miss him terribly - the man he was - thanks for your postings!!!!!!! I have tried in the past to have him come with us on vacations - he was not a great traveler - i wish i could have taken him and my mom on this cruise or any cruise - but thanks guys!!!! :grouphug:
colleen

colleensauctions
06-06-2007, 10:40 PM
just want to invite anyone who wants to chat with others on this cruise to my yahoo groups private cruise message center - all emails go directly to the group - if interested visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/disneywonder/ we are starting to get members - come and visit!!! colleen :surfweb:

manntra
06-07-2007, 12:32 PM
Coleen,
Just wanted to say I am very sorry to hear about your Dad.
Best regards,
Tracy

tmli
06-12-2007, 07:17 AM
HAPPY 75 DAYS OUT EVERYONE!!

I tried to get Palo reservations for brunch but No luck! Oh well....I wasn't getting up in the middle of the night to do it. We are planning on getting to the terminal early so we will try our luck when we board!

jhryb
06-12-2007, 10:25 AM
HAPPY 75 DAYS OUT EVERYONE!!

I tried to get Palo reservations for brunch but No luck! Oh well....I wasn't getting up in the middle of the night to do it. We are planning on getting to the terminal early so we will try our luck when we board!

I also tried to book Palo reservations for brunch this morning - It was likely already filled by the CC members. Next time we will be CC members too, so I am sure we will have better luck then.

mattmommy
06-23-2007, 06:30 PM
Colleen,

So sorry to hear about your Dad. He sounds very special.

Colleen D.

colleensauctions
06-23-2007, 08:12 PM
:goodvibes Whats everyone doing in Nassau??? Ive already done the very expensive - but very worth it dolphin excursion - once is enough for any budget lol :lmao:
now i am trying to figure out what we should do if anything? while there? the market is out - btdt, maybe ardastra? but i know the ship charges an arm and a leg for that - beaches??? might be nice, but we go to castaway cay and we will be at cocoa beach for two days, so really, we dont need any more beaches - any ideas???? for me???? kids are 8 10 and almost 13
thanks
colleen:confused3

J&Jsmom
06-24-2007, 01:31 AM
We are family of all teenagers. DS 17 and DS 13 this month. I showed my son the Disney video and he thought he would like to be in the teenage group. We are going to WDW before and after the cruise. Staying at POR before and POFQ after. We are having a late celebration of our 20th anniversary since we could not take the DS 17 out of school in June as he had final exams. We did the Bahamas cruise for our honeymoon 20 years ago at the end of June. Was not that impressed with Nassau nor the straw market then. The boys will want to get off the ship so that they can say they have been to Nassau but I plan on getting back early to spend time aboard the ship.

We want to do the stingrays in CC. Has anyone done the stingrays on CC?

Has anyone gone on the Wildside Teen excursion? DS 17 wants to go on that instead of the stingrays with us and DS 13.

Is the Atlantis water park that much better than Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach? It sounds extremely expensive for a day at the water park when I can get 6 days of water parks for $50 pp when I add the water parks and more to 7 WDW pass.

colleensauctions
06-24-2007, 07:13 PM
Is the Atlantis water park that much better than Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach? It sounds extremely expensive for a day at the water park when I can get 6 days of water parks for $50 pp when I add the water parks and more to 7 WDW pass.

I havent been to atlantis, but the water park does look fun - I would not do it if you are doing blizzard beach - no matter what anyone tells you, you cant get day passes to use the water rides at atlantis, the only way to do so is to book a room at atlantis or the comfort suites and get wristbands to use them. imho, its not worth it, plus they will be at castaway cay. what i would do is the dolphin encounter - the one i recommend cant be booked through a cruise line, only online and it fills up very quickly!! the cost is about 165 pp, but it is totally worth the cost!!! i did it two years ago with my three children and also bought the great photos they took of us - so in all, it probably cost me over $700, but its a once in a lifetime for me, i wont be doing it again and i spoke with many friends who have done it prior - nothing compares with the full package
colleen:thumbsup2

Bloxy
06-27-2007, 10:28 AM
We are family of all teenagers. DS 17 and DS 13 this month. I showed my son the Disney video and he thought he would like to be in the teenage group. We are going to WDW before and after the cruise. Staying at POR before and POFQ after. We are having a late celebration of our 20th anniversary since we could not take the DS 17 out of school in June as he had final exams. We did the Bahamas cruise for our honeymoon 20 years ago at the end of June. Was not that impressed with Nassau nor the straw market then. The boys will want to get off the ship so that they can say they have been to Nassau but I plan on getting back early to spend time aboard the ship.

We want to do the stingrays in CC. Has anyone done the stingrays on CC?

Has anyone gone on the Wildside Teen excursion? DS 17 wants to go on that instead of the stingrays with us and DS 13.

Is the Atlantis water park that much better than Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach? It sounds extremely expensive for a day at the water park when I can get 6 days of water parks for $50 pp when I add the water parks and more to 7 WDW pass.
We have three boys (15,15,17) going on the Wild Side Teen excursion at CC. I am glad to hear your son might be going too.
We did rent two rooms at the Comfort Suites in Nassau to use the Atlantis waterpark for my DH and five teenagers. I am going on the Dolphin Encounter with DS 6 and DS 11, (along with 18 other family members). The older boys didn't think that was too exciting and my DH really wants to see the Atlantis.

colleensauctions
06-27-2007, 11:34 AM
where do you get the disney video that shows the age groups? i would like to see that broken down as well
thanks
colleen:confused3

rkgee
07-02-2007, 07:05 AM
where do you get the disney video that shows the age groups? i would like to see that broken down as well
thanks
colleen:confused3

Colleen,

We just called the 800 number for DCL and one of the recorded options was to have a DVD/trip planning kit sent to our home. It took a couple of weeks to get to us and the kids really enjoyed getting a sneak peak at everything.

Martha

tokyodisneydad
07-02-2007, 11:29 AM
Hi Everyone,
It took me a while to find you guys and gals. My wife and I and 2 daughters are going on our first cruise ever on the 26th on the Wonder. To be honest I have lots of worries, so many in fact that I won't relax until it's all over. We are coming from Japan to enjoy the Magic of WDW and DCL. To be honest it stretched our budget to the breaking point to take this 16000 mile journey, so we are going to be packed into a small room and not doing much extra. I did promise the girls a banana boat ride and snorkeling at Castaway Cay. They want to try the teen room, but are very nervous as they speak very little English. If there are any teens on the boat that take Japanese in highschool it would be great. Anyway when you see the big blonde American with 3 beautiful Japanese ladies make sure to say HI!!
I forgot to say my DDs are 13 and 15

Dopey'sMAMA
07-02-2007, 09:17 PM
Welcome! I'm sure everything will work out! The parks are great and the cruise is even better:thumbsup2.

Bloxy
07-03-2007, 12:32 AM
Welcome tokyodisneydad. I am sure the girls will enjoy the teen room. I can relate to the worries and the budget, but I think we are in good hands with Disney. We'll be sure to say hi if we see you...You can't miss me, I'll be the one in the wedding dress.:rotfl2:

tokyodisneydad
07-03-2007, 12:49 AM
:cheer2: :cheer2: Congratulations on getting married. You must be on:cloud9: I'm really glad I finally found this thread so I can get to know all my fellow cruisers.:banana:

colleensauctions
07-03-2007, 06:24 AM
. We are coming from Japan to enjoy the Magic of WDW and DCL. To be honest it stretched our budget to the breaking point to take this 16000 mile journey, so we are going to be packed into a small room and not doing much extra.
not too worry - so much to do ON the cruise - they as well as you will be busy busy busy!! remember, thats what you are paying for - the shows, the food etc etc - enjoy!!! Its a trip of a lifetime. As far as the girls and the teen room go, let them try it out, if its not for them, there is other things to do as well!!! Are you going to WDW as well???? or just the cruise?
colleen:cool1:

tokyodisneydad
07-03-2007, 10:25 AM
We will be at WDW from the 21st until the 26th. We actually went there last year for 4 days but this is our first cruise. We went shopping for swimsuits and kimonos tonight. I was encouraging the girls to get one piece swimsuits, but they wanted a bikini like mom. I just hope I don't have to throw any teenage boys overboard....:) LOL

silmarg
07-04-2007, 10:09 AM
I just booked my day room at Comfort Suites at Paradise Island.

$199 including taxes (online at choicehotels dot com using the internet users rate).

All the chek-in documents have been completed on line. Palo ressie is set. Heck, I even signed the DW up for a Personal Trainer.

And all the meals at WDW are done.

The only thing left is the Hotel at the Port for the night b4 the cruise. I may try Priceline for that...

Work has been miserable... so I cant wait for this trip!

colleensauctions
07-04-2007, 10:55 PM
199. how many are traveling?
thanks
colleen

silmarg
07-06-2007, 12:14 AM
199. how many are traveling?
thanks
colleen

THE DW, 2 DDs AND ME!

manntra
07-06-2007, 01:22 PM
All reservations done.....Doing the Pirate pirate: and Princess princess: party on the 24th at MK.....Alfredo's in Epcot on the 23rd (before they close for good):confused:
Dolphin Encounter in Nassau (not booked thru DCL so we can do the swim.)
Probably going to rent float/snorkel, and bike at CC.....Definitely the float and snorkel but the bike might just be too much exertion for me!! :rotfl:
We are so excited and can't wait!!:yay:

tmli
07-07-2007, 05:31 AM
I will see you at that P&P Party!! We are arriving at Disney on the 17th. Getting married on the 21st, just made all the final payments, dining ressies are made, couldn't get palo brunch, but oh well!

colleensauctions
07-07-2007, 07:50 AM
Dolphin Encounter in Nassau (not booked thru DCL so we can do the swim.)
We are so excited and can't wait!!:yay:

:goodvibes YOU WILL LOVE THAT SWIM!!! I know its super expensive, but its one of the coolest things I have ever done in my life!! do not wear a two piece bathing suit, fyi, when the dolphins push your feet into the air, the bottoms tend to come down lol, and they film the whole thing
enjoy
colleen

Baldrick2
07-08-2007, 07:12 PM
Hi All

Joining you on 26th Aug........

Coming over from England (Nottingham) will me me, wife, 3 x kids (Daughters 10 + 8 & son aged 4) & Mother in law.

We've done disney every year since 1994 so know florida & Orlando well but this is out first Disney Cruise (& never cruised before). Really looking forward to it!

Making the most of our trip so have the cruise then 15 nights is a condo just 2 miles from Animal Kingdom with full disney passes for the length of our stay!

My 2 daughters would love to email anyone who they might meet in the Oceaneer club is there's any one of similar age..... drop me a message & we'll put then im touch

Look forward to seeing you all! ..... not too long to go now!!!

Mark

luvmykids
07-08-2007, 09:34 PM
I have not been to this thread in a while....it is really growing. We are getting excited as we are getting closer :cool1: .

Have everything set for cruise. Booked room at Atlantis and have dinner and brunch at Palo. This is our first time at Palo so we are looking forward to that.

Will start to look for little treasures for kids which I like to leave with the room stewart at night to put out from Captain Jack. Also need to buy t-shirts to leave at guest services to be signed by characters for kids. May also pick up a photo mat for myself this time.

There is a big sale at Disney Store may have to pop in there this week:rolleyes1 .

tokyodisneydad
07-08-2007, 10:42 PM
Hi I like the idea of leaving gifts for the girls from Captain Jack. Can you give a few more details of how you go about that?

luvmykids
07-09-2007, 12:35 AM
Tokyodisneydad: I buy small gifts for my boys which I put away and pack secretly for the trip (my ds 10 knows it is from me but my ds 7 is still a believer). The first night of the cruise when I meet the room stewart I ask him (w/o my boys hearing ) if he would mind putting the gifts out for my sons with the towel animals he makes each night. I leave the gifts for him on the hook behind the cabin door and let him know where to find them. I leave a note for them and sign it from captain jack.

I use Captain Jack because my ds 7 loves pirates but you can leave the gifts from any disney character.

I tried to theme my gifts to what we were doing the next day on the boat. The night before pirate night I left pirate tatoos, pirate bandannas, pirate type candy, etc pirate: The night before castaway cay I left beach items like shovels, small pails, etc.

Have fun with it!

Jordana

jhryb
07-09-2007, 12:39 PM
Hi All

Joining you on 26th Aug........

Coming over from England (Nottingham) will me me, wife, 3 x kids (Daughters 10 + 8 & son aged 4) & Mother in law.

We've done disney every year since 1994 so know florida & Orlando well but this is out first Disney Cruise (& never cruised before). Really looking forward to it!

Making the most of our trip so have the cruise then 15 nights is a condo just 2 miles from Animal Kingdom with full disney passes for the length of our stay!

My 2 daughters would love to email anyone who they might meet in the Oceaneer club is there's any one of similar age..... drop me a message & we'll put then im touch

Look forward to seeing you all! ..... not too long to go now!!!

Mark

I have a DD who will turn 10 on the cruise. She will definitely be in the Oceaneer Club. I know that she would get lots of enjoyment from emailing a girl her age in advance, but we still have not told our kids about the cruise.

I am a little worried about my DS8 right now because he recently heard about the Titanic. He actually said "I never want to go on a cruise". We have reassured him that cruise ships today are much safer. We also told him that a Disney Cruise Ship only sails in warm water where there are no ice burgs. When he gets something into his head it is hard to change his mind. Last year he saw the Disney movies "The Haunted Mansion (with Eddie Murphy)" and "The Tower of Terror" on TV. He refused to go on either of these rides when we went to Disney world several months later (even though he loved the rides when we were there a year before).

Has anyone else ever had problems with their children? I can just see him kicking a screaming as we try to get him on the ship.

manntra
07-12-2007, 03:27 PM
Tokyodisneydad---I am responding to your question from the other thread (trip report) we were on. I will be sailing with my 11 year old niece. She has almost become obsessed with this trip as much as I have. I haven't done any door signs yet (thinking I have so much time) but really it is just right around the corner. :yay: I have to start putting things together. It is hard because I do everything in secret because my dog ( he will stay with my parents) will know something is going on!!:rolleyes1
My most recent reservation was for the extreme adventure on CC. I think I already mentioned that we are doing the dolphin swim so I figured why not add some stingrays into the mix? :idea: I wanted to rent a float and snorkel equipment anyway so...
My next purchase is going to be a new underwater digital camera. I have a new digital that I had to unexpectedly purchase but I figured we are doing so much in and around water I don't want what happened last year to happen again.... That would be minutes before we were to go on the Safari at AK my camera mysteriously got wet and ruined from a certain someone's water misting bottle that spilled. :scared1: Oh well! We got good pictures from a disposable that I ended up buying that day.
It's so close!!!!:goodvibes

colleensauctions
07-18-2007, 06:12 AM
I have reserved a room at the comfort suites in order to utilize the facilities at atlantis - can anyone tell me more about what they actually have there? i think they have a dolphin encounter as well as snorkeling - is this included?
thanks so much
colleen
:banana: :cool1: :love:

manntra
07-25-2007, 11:17 AM
Only 29 days!! Well for the start of our land and sea--only 29 days!!:cool1: Brielle (DN) has quite a lot packed already and has started planning for next year---she knows about the onboard credit and signing discount so she thinks we need to do a 7 day next year. She hasn't even been on a cruise yet!!! Not that there is a chance she will be disappointed. I don't know if you will find two more excited people! :yay:

jhryb
07-25-2007, 12:56 PM
I'm just wondering if anyone has received their tickets yet? I would think that we should start to receive them soon. I have never been on a Disney Cruise before so I don't know how far in advance they are issued.

Bloxy
07-25-2007, 02:30 PM
We just got our tickets on Monday. I am ready to start packing now!

Dopey'sMAMA
07-25-2007, 08:25 PM
I'm just wondering if anyone has received their tickets yet? I would think that we should start to receive them soon. I have never been on a Disney Cruise before so I don't know how far in advance they are issued.

Yes, we received ours yesterday (Tues.):cool1:

jhryb
07-27-2007, 09:33 AM
I thought that since others have received their tickets, I would call my TA and find out if mine have arrived. She called DCL and they told her that the tickets have not even been printed yet, so it is impossible for anyone to have their tickets. I told her that they are :confused3. They also told her that tickets can arrive 10 days before the cruise. I am having a little panic attack because I leave for WDW 14 days before the cruise (I booked my land portion with a different TA). When I explained this to my TA, she called DCL again and this time they told her that I should have my tickets before I leave. I won't be :) until I have my tickets.

jhryb
07-27-2007, 09:43 AM
I thought that since others have received their tickets, I would call my TA and find out if mine have arrived. She called DCL and they told her that the tickets have not even been printed yet, so it is impossible for anyone to have their tickets. I told her that they are :confused3. They also told her that tickets can arrive 10 days before the cruise. I am having a little panic attack because I leave for WDW 14 days before the cruise (I booked my land portion with a different TA). When I explained this to my TA, she called DCL again and this time they told her that I should have my tickets before I leave. I won't be :) until I have my tickets.

Just to clarify - When I said "that they are :confused3 " I meant the folks at DCL, not my fellow cruise members.

mattmommy
08-01-2007, 09:03 AM
I remember way back when (1999) when we got documents months before the cruise. Our last cruise 7/06 we received them in pretty good time. This time I'm starting to get worried. I guess they assume we're all logged in and have our boarding stuff ready and excursions reserved.

Now we have to try on pirate gear and make sure it all still fits. Bought plastic coins for ds to hand out. Still have to get my magnetic door signs.

I have ds6's 7th birthday party for kids on Friday (28 kids) and then the family on the 18th. ACK. All those thank you's and getting ready for the cruise at the same time.

jhryb
08-01-2007, 09:18 AM
I received my documents yesterday, so I am all set now. We leave in 11 days for WDW, so I am big time into packing now. The one good thing that I learned while I was panicking over my tickets, was to print the pre-boarding document from the website (it did not realize that this is something we should do).

rkgee
08-03-2007, 06:33 PM
In case any are interested, there is a really great thread on the main cruise board called DCL picture of the day. At this point it is 381 pages of pictures and comments from cruisers. The pics are fun and beautiful and make the waiting time go by at little quicker. Be careful it's addictive. :surfweb: I look at between 10-20 pages a day and after 2 weeks I'm on page 332. Can't wait to see our pictures on this thread. :sail: SEA you all soon!

manntra
08-03-2007, 08:57 PM
I like the pictures of food!!!!:rotfl: popcorn::

Dopey'sMAMA
08-03-2007, 11:19 PM
In case any are interested, there is a really great thread on the main cruise board called DCL picture of the day. At this point it is 381 pages of pictures and comments from cruisers. The pics are fun and beautiful and make the waiting time go by at little quicker. Be careful it's addictive. :surfweb: I look at between 10-20 pages a day and after 2 weeks I'm on page 332. Can't wait to see our pictures on this thread. :sail: SEA you all soon!

Yes it is a great thread! I subscribed about a year ago and just can't get enough:goodvibes today I noticed my DH in someones picture, that was kinda neat, I like seeing other peoples perspective of things.

DAggiesRWe
08-05-2007, 10:55 AM
We just bought tickets for the Pirate pirate: and Princess princess: party at the Magic
Kingdom on August 24. This looked like too much fun to miss, plus it
gives us one more excuse to wear our pirate pirate: costumes. Will anyone else
be going to this party?

17 days till we leave :hourglass

Steve

Dopey'sMAMA
08-05-2007, 11:09 AM
We just bought tickets for the Pirate pirate: and Princess princess: party at the Magic
Kingdom on August 24. This looked like too much fun to miss, plus it
gives us one more excuse to wear our pirate pirate: costumes. Will anyone else
be going to this party?

17 days till we leave :hourglass

Steve

We are also going to the pirate: party, but on the 21st, so you will also be dressed on the ship:thumbsup2

jhryb
08-05-2007, 11:12 AM
We just bought tickets for the Pirate pirate: and Princess princess: party at the Magic
Kingdom on August 24. This looked like too much fun to miss, plus it
gives us one more excuse to wear our pirate pirate: costumes. Will anyone else
be going to this party?

17 days till we leave :hourglass

Steve

My family will be going to the Pirate and Princess party on August 31st. My logic was the same as yours "it gives us one more excuse to wear our pirate costumes"

manntra
08-06-2007, 01:14 PM
We just bought tickets for the Pirate pirate: and Princess princess: party at the Magic
Kingdom on August 24. This looked like too much fun to miss, plus it
gives us one more excuse to wear our pirate pirate: costumes. Will anyone else
be going to this party?

17 days till we leave :hourglass

Steve

Yes! My niece and I are going to the party....I agree it is too good to pass up and hopefully (I have heard) the lines are much, much shorter. :woohoo:
Can't wait!!

rkgee
08-07-2007, 08:54 AM
Good Morning Everyone!

A few of us have been communicating by a Yahoo e-mail account (thanks Colleen for getting that started) :surfweb: and we are planning on meeting up with each other. We are going to meet at the far end of the Goofy Pool away from the Dumbotron at 3:00 on the 26th. This will give us a chance to introduce ourselves, before the Drill and Sail Away Party.:boat:

We have dubbed ourselves the "Last Blast of Summer 07 Cruisers". I am in the process of making a sign with a Pirate and Cannon (great idea Steve) pirate: to mark our meeting place. I hope to have small magnets for everyone too that can be used inside or outside of your cabin door.

Time is really moving now. Look at that ticker! We leave next Friday (17th) and will spend the week in the parks. DCL assures me that cruise tickets will be here by Monday. Until then, I'll be cruisin' the boards while I wait for my cruise! :sail:

Martha

smeecanada
08-08-2007, 02:21 AM
Just found this thread. It's awesome. We're going on our first cruise after an 8 day stop at WDW. The time is going fast now. Jealous that other people have received their tickets. My TA said she would phone Disney tomorrow and see where ours are + plus we are hoping for news of an upgrade.

Cruising is DH, DS 12, DD 11 and myself. Only 10 more days til we leave.

jhryb
08-08-2007, 08:02 AM
Thank you very much Martha for organizing this. I am looking forward to meeting everyone.
Jennifer

rkgee
08-08-2007, 10:21 AM
Just found this thread. It's awesome. We're going on our first cruise after an 8 day stop at WDW. The time is going fast now. Jealous that other people have received their tickets. My TA said she would phone Disney tomorrow and see where ours are + plus we are hoping for news of an upgrade.

Cruising is DH, DS 12, DD 11 and myself. Only 10 more days til we leave.

Welcome aboard smeecanada and family! :wave: Hope to see you all at the Goofy Pool at 3:00.

We will also be at WDW the week before the cruise. I sure hope the temps drop a little before then. :scared1:

Martha

Bloxy
08-08-2007, 04:47 PM
What a great idea to meet everyone. I just found out that we have to meet with our wedding coordinator at 3:00 (maybe I can move that a up a little earlier). As soon as we are done I'll head straight to the meeting area and see if anyone is still there. What fun:cheer2:

By the way, several of my family members are cancelling their Dolphin Encounter excursion, they wanted a little more free time on Nassau before the wedding rather than having to be gone for a scheduled amount of time. I know that it was a sold out excursion (we had 18 reservations), so if anyone was trying to get on it, you may have better luck now.

tokyodisneydad
08-08-2007, 07:43 PM
Thank you so much Martha for organizing a meeting place. I told my wife and she said that we definitely would do our best to stop by and say hi. Also we will be in WDW the week before the cruise too. Which resort are you staying at?

rkgee
08-08-2007, 10:09 PM
Thank you so much Martha for organizing a meeting place. I told my wife and she said that we definitely would do our best to stop by and say hi. Also we will be in WDW the week before the cruise too. Which resort are you staying at?

Can't wait to meet everyone! We are staying off-site at Vacation Villas at Parkway and then staying at the Four Points by Sheraton in Coco Beach on Saturday night before the cruise. We tried for the Raddison, but it was booked solid with a convention. Four Points has a pool, beach access, a surf shop and a restaurant on site. Looked good on-line, but I have not seen much mention of it here on the boards.:confused3

Martha

manntra
08-09-2007, 10:44 AM
Thank you Martha for organizing the meet and making such an awesome sign! It looks great! It will be fun to meet everyone after talking the past few months.

Only 14 days to go and we will be at the Beach Club! :woohoo: I have been checking the days for the Magic Hours when we are there so we have everything all planned out in advance.

See you soon! Can't wait to meet everyone!

Best regards,
Tracy

smeecanada
08-09-2007, 04:24 PM
Also we will be in WDW the week before the cruise too. Which resort are you staying at?

We are staying at Caribbean Beach prior to the cruise and Wilderness Lodge after the cruise.

Only 8 more days til we go.:banana:

tmli
08-10-2007, 06:33 AM
We will also be at WDW the week before cruise....we arrive on the 17th (one night at ASsp) then to POFQ on the 18th til the 26th. The wedding is on the 21st. We will be at the P&P party on the 24th!!!

Can't wait to meet you all at the Goofy pool!

manntra
08-10-2007, 09:58 AM
Tracey,

I can't remember if you mentioned before---are you getting married onsite? So excited for you !!:woohoo:
We will be at the Pirates and Princess party too. Early congratulations and see you soon!!

Tracy

rkgee
08-10-2007, 03:18 PM
OK, I just figured out that I have posted enough times that I can now post pictures. Here is the sign that I made for the DISmeet for anyone that is not on the Yahoo group for this cruise and would like to find us on the 26th at 3:00pm at the Goofy Pool. http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb75/lightning1860/Cruise2007007.jpg

Yea, it worked! Now I have to get back to work on my door signs. :artist: We leave NJ in one week and I've spent all day thinking...This time next Friday we'll be leaving our house,This time next Friday we'll be at the AC airport, This time next Friday we'll be in Tampa, This time next Friday we'll be in Orlando! I know, I'm worse than the kids. :laughing:

Martha

tmli
08-10-2007, 09:57 PM
Yes we are getting married at the Wedding Pavilion on the 21st! We leave on the 17th for wdw.

luvmykids
08-13-2007, 01:09 AM
Hi everyone!

Tmli you are getting so close to the big day...you must be so excited. We are flying out on the 21st and I will be thinking of you.

Bloxy your big day is almost here also. Is the trip and wedding still a suprise for your kids? That is some big suprise to keep...I don't think I could do it.

Martha that sign looks great! We will try to come to the meet at 3:00 to say hi. Looking forward to seeing everyone!

Jordana

Bloxy
08-13-2007, 07:45 AM
Yes the wedding is still a surprise. I just got my dress back from the alterations and it is hanging in the coat closet. Luckily it is summer, so no one goes in there, the kids don't have a clue. I have overheard that they think we are going camping on our summer vacation, won't they be surprised.:rotfl: Our family vacations have always been a surprise, so this doesn't seem out of the ordinary to them yet. We have to leave our house at 3am on the morning of our departure to the airport (we have a four hour drive just to get to the airport), DH will do a Ty Pennington (Extreme Makeover announcemnet with the megaphone) to wake them up and tell them where we are going. It is going to be hilarious, the kids (6 boys) are going to be so excited. I have some Disney Cruise dvd's for them and books for them to look at in the car on the way to the airport to get them all psyched up and in the Disney mood.

Their next suprise will be when we arive in Orlando, I have rented a Hummer Limo to pick us and and take us to the Radisson at the Port, we are coming in a day early to meet the rest of our traveling party and have a reception dinner that night. They are absolutely going to freak when they see the limo.

DH and I went to the Mall of America this weekend and finished up our shopping for the cruise, so we are ready to pack our bags and go!

It will truly be a magical trip and I can't wait to get started.

smeecanada
08-13-2007, 10:09 AM
The excitement is building in this house. We leave on Saturday for WDW. In full getting ready mode now. I got our tickets on Saturday and have been online and filled out the forms and registered the kids for Oceaneer Lab. We finally made a decision as to what we are doing in Nassau. I found a walking tour map thru the Passporter site, so we are just going to do our own thing.

Two weeks today we'll be in Nassau!

luvmykids
08-13-2007, 03:58 PM
oh my gosh Bloxy I would love to see the looks on your kids faces when your DH makes the announcment on the mega phone...that will be priceless. And I am sure they will be excited about the limo as well. I am excited for you! This should be a great time for all of you.

Everyone here is getting very excited as well. I have started packing and we have our countdown on our blackboard in the kitchen. We are leaving a week from tomorrow for Orlando. We are going first to Universal for two days and then Typhoon Lagoon. This is something different for us as we always do WDW only. But we are doing most of our dinners at WDW. I booked us Chef Mickey, Whispering Canyon and Ohana all at the kids requests.

Dopey'sMAMA
08-13-2007, 04:15 PM
The excitement is building in this house. We leave on Saturday for WDW. In full getting ready mode now. I got our tickets on Saturday and have been online and filled out the forms and registered the kids for Oceaneer Lab. We finally made a decision as to what we are doing in Nassau. I found a walking tour map thru the Passporter site, so we are just going to do our own thing.

Two weeks today we'll be in Nassau!

Do you happen to have a link for that? We also are up in the air on Nassau, we've been there a few times, so we are looking for something a little different. Thanks

smeecanada
08-13-2007, 06:54 PM
Do you happen to have a link for that? We also are up in the air on Nassau, we've been there a few times, so we are looking for something a little different. Thanks

Took me awhile to find where I had located the link. Here it is.

39 Free Pages from PassPorter's Disney Cruise Guide

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Hi, folks!

The other day I put up a PDF file with 39 actual pages from PassPorter's Disney Cruise Line and its Ports of Call guidebook. It was long overdue -- the last time I did it for this book was when the first edition came out over four years ago!

So if you're interested, here's the link to download the pages:
http://www.passporter.com/dcl/guidebookpages.asp

manntra
08-14-2007, 05:32 PM
Yeahhhhh got out tickets today.....:yay: I feel like I am the last one to get them!! Phew....everything feels official now...I filled out everything already on the DCL website for the online check in which is what part of the documents are. Take care everyone!!
Best regards,
Tracy

luvmykids
08-14-2007, 10:27 PM
We finally got our documents today also :cool1: . We are getting closer!

Baldrick2
08-15-2007, 07:51 PM
At last............ was getting worried with all of you saying tickets were with you but ours took a bit longer to get to England

Arrived safely today so really feels like we are going now!!!!!!!

Not long to go & my kids (Girls 8 & 10 & son 4) getting really excited!

So if you see (or hear more likely!!!!) 6 Brits on board make sure to say hello!!!!!!


See you soon!

colleensauctions
08-16-2007, 06:53 AM
oh for gods sake, whats going on with dean? anyone worried? i am leaving on saturday and as far as orlando looks now, the weather is stable, chance of t-storms is 20-30 % each day, pretty standard i think for orlando, hopefully dean will pass by then, but they can change. hoping it doesnt ruin castaway cay or nassau - anyone else have better updates? i didnt look into erin, but i think thats heading towards texas? if anyone has any information - please keep us updated
thanks
colleen

rkgee
08-16-2007, 12:53 PM
Weather.com is still showing Dean moving west, south of Puerto Rico. Hoping that it will move on through in the coming week. :thumbsup2

Just received cruise docs and we leave in less than 24 hours.:cool1:

manntra
08-16-2007, 02:30 PM
Martha,
Have a safe trip down!! So jealous you are leaving already---I have 6 1/2 long days left to wait! ahhhhhh....I am already mentally on vacation anyway! Don't forget your beautiful sign!! Can't wait to see it in person!! Have fun at the parks. We'll be there Thursday afternoon.

mattmommy
08-19-2007, 10:42 PM
We leave on Wednesday. Hopefully Dean and Erin's wrath will be all done and everyone will be spared.

We'll see you at Martha's sign!!!

Dopey'sMAMA
08-19-2007, 10:54 PM
We are leaving in the AM:cool1:...See everyone at Martha's Signpirate:

silmarg
08-20-2007, 03:04 PM
I must be the last one leaving....

My flight is not until Saturday afternoon.

Were doing the parks after the cruise.

Bloxy
08-20-2007, 07:58 PM
I am not leaving until Saturday either. I spent all day yesterday packing since I have to work everyday this week. Seems unbelievable that I will be getting married one week from today!:banana:

Can't wait to get there!:hourglass

DAggiesRWe
08-20-2007, 08:45 PM
We are leaving Wednesday morning (driving down) and get to Orlando on Thursday. I can't believe that we have been planning this for a year and a half and there is only one day left.:banana: :banana: :banana:

rnmomx2
08-21-2007, 03:39 AM
We leave on Friday night, just found this thread. I am extremely worried about the weather as we have a room reserved for the comfort suites in Nassau to do Atlantis on the 27th and I would hate to have bad weather on our Castaway Cay day. :sad2: This is the vacation of a lifetime for us and I just want everything to go alright. BTW, it will be my DH, myself and 2 DD's 9 & 6 going on the 4 night cruise first then spending 4 days in WDW (I know we are doing it backward, lol.) Praying for nice weather!!:scared:

Bloxy
08-21-2007, 01:21 PM
We have two rooms reserved at the Comfort Suites in Nassau as well. We figure that we will have a great time regardless of the weather, that is one great thing about a water park, you are already wet. You'll have fun no matter what.:dance3:

silmarg
08-21-2007, 02:05 PM
We leave on Friday night, just found this thread. I am extremely worried about the weather as we have a room reserved for the comfort suites in Nassau to do Atlantis on the 27th and I would hate to have bad weather on our Castaway Cay day. :sad2: This is the vacation of a lifetime for us and I just want everything to go alright. BTW, it will be my DH, myself and 2 DD's 9 & 6 going on the 4 night cruise first then spending 4 days in WDW (I know we are doing it backward, lol.) Praying for nice weather!!:scared:


We are near carbon copies.... We are at Comfort Suites. I have DDs 5 and 8. And I am doing the parks (5days) after the cruise.

What was the cancellation policy there?

rnmomx2
08-21-2007, 04:52 PM
We are near carbon copies.... We are at Comfort Suites. I have DDs 5 and 8. And I am doing the parks (5days) after the cruise.

What was the cancellation policy there?

My confirmation says I have until Wednesday 8/22 at 4pm local time to cancel. I believe it would probably be the same for you since we are going on the same day, lol. So that means cancel by tomorrow! I don't know what to do! I have my fingers crossed that it will work out for everyone.:scared:

manntra
08-22-2007, 02:13 PM
Leaving tomorrow morning at 6am for Beach Club. All packed, door sign made, games for the plane and video ipod all charged and ready. We are READY to go! My niece is bouncing off the walls today.
:jumping1: It will be a long night for her tonight! :hyper2: See you all at Martha's sign! :wave2:

Baldrick2
08-22-2007, 03:22 PM
We are near carbon copies.... We are at Comfort Suites. I have DDs 5 and 8. And I am doing the parks (5days) after the cruise.



We're the 3rd carbon copy!!!!

Leaving England Saturday (staying in the Residence Inn night before the cruise) then after cruise have 15 days in Orlando (have rented a villa) before heading back to the UK

Also have 2 daughters 10 & 8 & a son aged 5!!!!!

Noot long to go now (& not even thought about packing yet!!!!!!):scared1:

silmarg
08-23-2007, 10:54 AM
weather.com says only 40% chance of rain in The Bahamas on Mon and Tues.

Keep your fingers crossed!

silmarg
08-25-2007, 09:47 AM
I think I may be the last one here!

Leaving today.

Catch you on the otherside!

silmarg
09-04-2007, 11:34 PM
Here are the details of my trip:
The day before vacation I went to Atlantic City and won about $1500 playing blackjack. Took the 3AM bus home. Snoozed until 10AM.

I tried to print out my boarding passes. The website wont let me... hmmm... maybe its too close to the flight time. Loaded up the car (with a suitcase in a suitcase to have extra space for gifts - excellent DIS tip). Decided to check online if the flight was on time. "The flight is CANCELLED!" And JetBlue only has one other flight into Jacksonville that day at like 10PM! Call JetBlue, and they agree to fly me into Orlando (granted Budget Rent a Car wanted $80 more for the car out of MCO over JAX). The flight to Orlando was delayed for quite a while, but we finally took off!

When we finally got our rent a car I shouldve returned it (my brother always says to refuse the first car they give you - after you see it - as they will usually always give you a newer or better car sencond time around). The car was definitely used by a smoker... whatever... we were in our room at the Cocoa Beach Hilton by 11PM with Happy Meals in Hand.

Got up early on Sun AM. Bought a 24 pack of water, put it in the empty suitcase, got some Dunkin Donuts and went back to the room. From there we went to 10:15 mass at Our Savior RC Church in Cape Canaveral (I highly recommend this Church... it was a very warm parish). Then headed to the terminal.

Day 1 - Went to Beach Blanket Buffet for lunch. (the DW was very happy to see the hand cleaning stations everywhere... she is a bit of a hypocondriach). Took a walk around. Slipped into swim suits. Went to Mickey Pool. Just as the kids went up to the slide, some kid did #2 in the pool and closed it on us. Went to Goofy pool. Older DD loved it. Little DD loved the hot tub (well one of the hot tubs was the HOT tub... the other was the warm tub... she liked the warm tub). Went to the room. CAT6... Love the verandah.. then to the sail away party... it was at this time that I realized we were really going to have a blast on this boat. Back to the room... unpack... where's the fancy door magnet I created? DARN! Then to Triton's... the food was really good! Then the Max Winfrey show. AWESOME! We were going to give the Oceaneer Club a try... just then Capt Hook was chasing some of the kids around and totally scared the pants off my little DD I mean she was inconsolably scared! She "wanted to go home". Uh oh! She went to the room with DW and I took the bigger DD to the Club (and she loved it).

Day 2 - Nassau - Breakfast at Parrot Cay, "Daddy is Captain Hook going to be there?" "No". And off get a cab to Comfort Suites. We rented a "day room" (we never actually saw the room) but the "room" gives you access to all the pools at the Atlantis. And the pools / slides are awesome! I highly recommend this over any Nassau excursion. Back for dinner at Animators... Dress Up Nite... uh oh.. forgot to pack a button down shirt... oh well... it was awesome anyway... Then off to the Family Dance Party with music from High School Muscial! Then Hercules. Then HSM2 on the Ariel View TV! Then back to the room and ordered in some Uncrustables! Wow what a day!

Day 3 - Castaway Cay - Breakfast at Parrot Cay, "Daddy is Captain Hook going to be there?" "uhhhhh No" (call 7-PALS to make sure! ok debark after 10:30 as he's at the Post Office then and avoid the gangway at 2). Decide against any of the excursions as we want to experince CC in the raw. Do Family Beach. Kids have a blast in the water... collecting shells and just having fun. It was so nice! Lunch at Cookies. A little shopping. Walk slowly back to the boat (its around 2). Go to post office to send out some post cards. Relax in room. Pirates Dinner in Animators! A blast! Check out Shutters. Start to make our pile of photos (DIS tip) (thank goodness they took pictures, as we were having too much fun and were not taking nearly enough pictures). Golden Mickeys. AWESOME! Pirates in the Carribean Party! Yeah! "Daddy is Captain Hook going to be there?" "uhhhhh". When Hook shows up she was flipping out... but after the fireworks I was able to calm her down enough to enjoy some time in the arcade.

Day 4 - At Sea - Get Up Late - Cancel 6:30 Palo ressie as there is no way little one will do "Escape from Hook" at the Oceaneers. Do Parrot Cay for breakfast. Do the pools. Finally use the Mickey Slide. Send the DW for a foot massage. Then evenutally some kid pukes in the Mickey pool (sounds like a trend here). No problem, off to lunch at the Beach Blanket. Then to the Goofy Pool to watch HSM1 on the Big Screen.. play foosball... ping pong.... arcade... I like the at sea days. DW says "I may actually like this (DCL) better than WDW". Back to room.. then off to Parrot Cay.. then make a deposit at Shutters... and another deposit to book a cruise to get a 10% disc + the OBC (I booked the 2009 7 day new years cruise... I may actually go on it!!!). Play some shuffle board. See Disney Dreams. WOW! Do the Till We Meet Again in the Atruim... Little one loses it when Hook comes down the stairs... so DD gets the Hook and goes to the room with DW (she starts to pack). Me and big DD do pics and autographs and have a grand time. Back to room. Order some food (inculding a thermos of coffee which was still hot in the AM.. a good DIS tip). Put luggage out at like 12:30... and there is no other luggage outside of any other room... will we have to drag it down in the AM?

Day 5 - Luggage is not in the hallway! Go fetch the car and off to WDW! I do notice for the first time a small dent on the rent a car. And yes, Budget is trying to pin the dent on me! I usually go over my rentacar with a fine tooth comb when they give it to me, but I was so tired with the cancellation and air delays I didnt bother. So between the $80 upcharge, smokers car, and sticking me with a dent that I did not do... I think this may be my last rental with Budget.

Anyway, other than Capt Hook (and the missing door magnet... and the rental car) the DCL was absolutely perfect are counting down the days till our next one!

DAggiesRWe
09-13-2007, 09:56 PM
I have photos, but they won't let you put them in until you get over 10 posts apparently.

Oh well, the epic trip report is coming, I promise.

DAggiesRWe
09-16-2007, 11:38 PM
Second installment should be ready later this week.

Check it out.

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1580638