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Grooovertoo
05-31-2011, 05:29 PM
First some backstory on the title: the DC’s are DH-Dave (me), DW-Darla, DD-Dana (6), and our last name is the same as a famous album/song from 1988 by NWA, ‘Straight Outta ________’, I’m sure you can figure it out, but it starts with a ‘C’.

So I have been mulling over doing a TR after our excursion, no biggy, right? Then the thought of writing up a PTR came across my brain waves. Then one day (a couple days ago) my DD from the back seat says, “Hey Dad, our initials are DC right, your DC, momma is DC, I’m DC, and we are going on the Disney Cruise and that is DC?! Right? DING! Light comes on, “That would be a great title for a TR!” So here it is….The DC’s On The DC – Triple D’s First Cruise and Lil D’s First Trip To The World

First, let’s start with some introductions.

Myself – Dave aka Grooovertoo: I’ve been a huge Disney fan from my youth, but nobody ever understood it. It all started whenever I visited my Grandma (DG) in Kansas who had this Disneyland Picture Souvenir book. First thing I would do, every time was go straight to that book and look through it for hours and dream (sidenote: when my DG passed in ’89 my mom presented me with this treasured book and I have since shared it with my DD). Finally my parents gave in to my persistence and took me to DL in ’81. My next visit was not until my Honeymoon and my first visit to WDW. Since then, the Magic was always there but it didn’t truly strike again until one day at a Chucky Cheese in Amarillo of all places, while looking at their pathetic animatronics and observing my DD staring aimlessly at them, it came to me….I’ve got to take my DD to DLR for her birthday, plus it was the year of Celebrations where she got in for free on her Birthday (Win/Win). Well, we had a wonderful time, there for 4 nights and 3 days in the parks. We were able to ride an Earthquake the first night with a couple rumbles the next few days, fall in love with In-N-Out, and discover that SOARIN is well worth it. I drink my coffee from a MM mug and that pretty much says it all, but then again it is decaf.

DW – Darla: upon her graduation from High School visited DL for the first time in 1986. This had always been a dream of hers and she did it on her own. She likes Disney, but she is not as big a nut about it as me.

DD – Dana: what can you say, she just turned 6 and she is our life. She loves to act, play with animals and loves all things Disney. She has a bit of SID (Sensory Integration Dysfunction) which you would think would be trying for the Parks, but she really shined at DLR and was not affected by it too much. We put some ear protectors in and she was good to go.

For years I’ve dreamed of taking a cruise and spending a few days in the World and now I get to complete that dream.

I love planning this vacation and appreciate all that the DISDads and the DISboards have to offer.

Grooovertoo
05-31-2011, 05:30 PM
So the plan is to set sail on the Dream on October 9th 2011 for 4 nights and then spend 4 nights at CBR taking in MNSSHP while there. This will be our first cruise ever so that more than anything has me, how should I say….worried. I think I have the basic itinerary down though, I’ve listed it below:

SEA
Saturday, October 8th – Fly from DIA to MCO, staying at the Hyatt Regency that night.
Sunday, October 9th – Set sail
Monday, October 10th – Nassau
Tuesday, October 11th – Castaway Cay
Wednesday, October 12th – Day At Sea
LAND
Thursday, October 13th – Back on land, CBR and MNSSHP
Friday, October 14th- AK
Saturday, October 15th – MK
Sunday, October 16th – EP
Monday, October 17 – Leave

Through the next few weeks I’ll go more in depth with each days plans and figure it all out as I go along.

Grooovertoo
06-05-2011, 03:55 PM
Well, as of today, all has been paid for:

Cruise - check
WDW/CBR after Cruise - check
WDW Park Hopper Tickets - check
MNSSHP - check
Airfare - check

What am I forgetting?:confused3 Since this is our first cruise and only our second trip to the world...I just feel like I'm forgetting something, but maybe that is okay, since we still have 4 months from now.

My biggest concern is that we are still waiting for my DW's birth certificate to come in. She was born in El Salvador (her parents were U.S. missionaries) so we have a ton of copies, but nothing official. We had to send off some special forms to D.C. so hopefully the officials there are finding something. I guess if all else fails, she can't go?:rotfl: Yea, right!!!

PixieMama
06-05-2011, 08:55 PM
First trips are always exciting!

DH and I would love to go on a cruise... talked about it for our 10th anniversary, but that was 3 years ago, LOL! Maybe we'll take a DC for our 15th ;)

Grooovertoo
06-06-2011, 11:29 AM
First trips are always exciting!

DH and I would love to go on a cruise... talked about it for our 10th anniversary, but that was 3 years ago, LOL! Maybe we'll take a DC for our 15th ;)

Hey, thanks for stopping by, We dreamed about it for years too. Same deal, we thought maybe for our 10th, how about the 15th?? So, we settled on our 17th, (even though it will be 2 months later) but either way we are doing it.

MadtownMama
06-07-2011, 12:34 AM
Just stopping by to say Hi, so umm... HI! Saw you reply to one of my posts on the cruise thread (we're on the same cruise and I have a daughter that is 5).

afwdwfan
06-08-2011, 04:35 PM
Looks like a lot of fun. I've never done a cruise myself, but I look forward to seeing how it works out for you. I think a Disney cruise coupled with some park days would be a great way to experience one though.

Grooovertoo
06-12-2011, 01:20 AM
Just stopping by to say Hi, so umm... HI! Saw you reply to one of my posts on the cruise thread (we're on the same cruise and I have a daughter that is 5).

HI back!:wave2: Yes, she can't wait, she keeps asking me how many kids her age will be on the cruise and she is really looking forward to making new friends. I have her helping me out with the FE gifts too, including her in that makes her feel really involved and a part of the planning. I also think that her knowing that little people her age will be in the kids areas makes it easier for her to look forward to the cruise.

Looks like a lot of fun. I've never done a cruise myself, but I look forward to seeing how it works out for you. I think a Disney cruise coupled with some park days would be a great way to experience one though.Yes, thanks, I've always dreamed of doing it this way and it just works out great that my DD is on fall break then (plus a little cheaper and less crowded), plus she is a nut for Halloween and how could you not go to the world during the fall and not take part in MNSSHP.

Grooovertoo
06-24-2011, 01:05 AM
Well we got DW Birth Abroad Birth Certificate FedEx'ed the other day. That is the coolest looking certificate I have ever seen. Along the right hand side it has this very cool 3D strip and when you hold the cert up to the light it has a U.S Seal glowing through. So, I guess she can go on the cruise now :rotfl:

I'm also glad I ordered my WDW PH tickets a month ago before they raised their rates.:banana: I love it when a plan comes together.

Plus, TouringPlans just downgraded the parks for 2 of the days during our stay. :cool1:

Getting cranked up, sitting at 106 days out as of now and 15 weeks!!

Trying to come up with some good FE ideas for the Adults on the cruise. I think we have the kids items done (thank you Target $ section). That will be my next task, to scourer the boards for ideas.

Grooovertoo
07-26-2011, 05:55 PM
Got all checked in this morning. Still not real sure about what to do in Nassau. Might just stay on the boat.

Thinking about doing the Stingray Adventure though on Castaway Cay, if anything for the DD who just loves wildllife.

DCL has still not supplied a cabin to us yet, we shall see. From what I've read it could be 45 days out now.

Grooovertoo
08-08-2011, 04:57 PM
Did I mention that we finally received our cabin number? :banana: We will be in #5044 on the port side. I was notified last Friday by our stellar TA (prattpak)!! I’m finalizing our cruise and then the next thing to do is hammer out our tour of the World. We also received our FE last week as well. Now all we have to do is decorate it. We are going with one pocket for us and another for DD (she wanted her own pocket, so of course gets one). Now to just come up with a good FE gifts to give out? We have a few ideas, we shall see.

FreezinRafiki
08-19-2011, 05:26 PM
We're doing the 4 night on Oct 30 - also our first cruise.
If you could have your TR done before we leave so I can learn from any of your mistakes, that would be great. :thumbsup2

We mulled over just staying on the ship, but it would be the kids' first time in another country so we decided we had to get off and do something. We settled on the Blue Lagoon Dolphin Encounter (Similar to the one at Atlantis, but less expensive and it sounds like you get more dolphin time).

Grooovertoo
08-19-2011, 11:15 PM
We're doing the 4 night on Oct 30 - also our first cruise.
If you could have your TR done before we leave so I can learn from any of your mistakes, that would be great. :thumbsup2

We mulled over just staying on the ship, but it would be the kids' first time in another country so we decided we had to get off and do something. We settled on the Blue Lagoon Dolphin Encounter (Similar to the one at Atlantis, but less expensive and it sounds like you get more dolphin time).

AHHHH a challenge!!!?!!! I shall try to live up to the DisDads and complete my TR in due time, i.e. when life allows. I need to look into the Dolphin Encounter, I should probably post my plans some time soon, but we are thinking of getting over to Atlantis at least, we've (DW and I have always wanted to see it). Just trying to hammer it all out. Goodness knows after your trip, I think you're going to be just a weeeee bit busy for the next 7, 8 months to 18 years?

FreezinRafiki
10-03-2011, 04:15 PM
popcorn::popcorn::

So what are your cruise plans?

popcorn::popcorn::

Grooovertoo
10-03-2011, 05:08 PM
popcorn::popcorn::

So what are your cruise plans?

popcorn::popcorn::
I Know, lame PTR so far, but...if you must ask....
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8th
· Wake Up 6:20 AM (COFFEE!!!!)
· Hug Trooper, Max, Twinky, and Pumpkin
· Leave House 9:00 AM SHARP!
· Depart DIA 11:50 AM
· Arrive MCO 5:25 PM
· Check-In MCO Hyatt 6:00 PM
· Dinner 7:00 PM
· Swim 8:00 PM
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9th *SET SAIL*
· Wake Up 7:00 AM (COFFEE!!!!)
· Leave for Port 10:30 – 11:00 AM
· Check-In Port 12:00 – 12:30 PM
· Oceaneer Club 12:00 – 6:00 PM Registration
· DisMeet &Mingle 3:00 PM Bon Voyage Lounge - Deck 3
· Lifeboat Drill 3:45 PM
· Sail Away Party 4:45 PM
· Golden Mickeys 6:15 PM(tentative)
· Dinner 8:15 PM
MONDAY, OCTOBER 10th *NASSAU*
· Wake Up 7:00 AM (COFFEE!!!!)
· Atlantis Aquadventure 9:ish AM - 3:ish PM (by way of the Comfort Suites Nassau)
· Villains Tonight 6:15 PM (tentative)
· Dinner 8:15 PM
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11th *CASTAWAY CAY/PIRATE NIGHT*
· Wake Up 7:00 AM (COFFEE!!!!)
· Castaway Rays Stingray Adventure 9:00 AM – 10:00PM
· Show?? 6:15 PM
· Pirate Party 7:45 PM
· Dinner 8:15 PM
· Buccaneer Blast 10:30 PM
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12th *DAY AT SEA*
· Wake Up 8:00 AM (COFFEE!!!!)
· Princess Gathering 9:30 AM
· Disney’s Believe 6:15 PM
· Dinner 8:15 PM
· Place Luggage in hall 8:30 to 10:00 PM
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13th *LAND/CBR/MNSSHP*
· Wake Up 6:00 AM (COFFEE!!!!)
· Breakfast 8:00 AM
· Disembark 9:00 AM
· Shuttle to CBR 10:00 AM

How's that?:confused3

Grooovertoo
10-03-2011, 07:26 PM
Our FE!
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GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
10-03-2011, 08:42 PM
If I don’t get to say it later… Bon Voyage!!!

party:


Thanks for following along on my little ol’ TR and may y’all have the best adventure of your lives down that way. When you get back home feel free to chime back in and let everyone know (in excruciating detail) everywhere I led you astray. Oh yah… PICTURES! Bring back bunches.

FreezinRafiki
10-03-2011, 08:55 PM
Cool!

Hug Trooper, Max, Twinky, and Pumpkin

Your neighbors have funny names.

Princess Gathering 9:30AM

What's this? I have a little princess that might be interested...

Grooovertoo
10-06-2011, 11:46 AM
If I don’t get to say it later… Bon Voyage!!!

Thanks for following along on my little ol’ TR

No....THANK YOU!!! For all your help in answering my questions so quickly.

and may y’all have the best adventure of your lives down that way.
We plan on it!:thumbsup2
When you get back home feel free to chime back in and let everyone know (in excruciating detail) everywhere I led you astray. Oh yah… PICTURES! Bring back bunches. Will do


What's this? I have a little princess that might be interested...
I'll let you know about it....are you doing the pillowcase for her?

FreezinRafiki
10-06-2011, 12:01 PM
I'll let you know about it....are you doing the pillowcase for her?
I think you're discussing chapter 12 when I'm still reading chapter 8. What the heck does a pillowcase have to do with anything?

Grooovertoo
10-06-2011, 12:23 PM
I think you're discussing chapter 12 when I'm still reading chapter 8. What the heck does a pillowcase have to do with anything?

Funny! I figured you might not know about that little tid-bit. You can order a pillowcase from ebay...just do a search for Disney Cruise Pillowcases (but since you're crunched for time) or you can just take a plain, white pillowcase, decorate it with something the little princess or prince likes (we found these great iron ons through Amazon...http://www.amazon.com/Disney-Character-Mickey-Friends-Embroidered/dp/B001PYW2HO/ref=pd_sim_misc5 and they shipped really fast too). So once your done decorating it, place it in a gallon zippy bag with a few fabric markers and some candy for the characters to enjoy, make sure you put you cabin number on the bag, then leave it at Guest Services when you get on the ship. The last night, it will be delivered to your room with all the characters autographs on the pillowcase. Word is they even put the case on the little ones pillow. I hope this works out...this being our first time and all. I've heard of some not getting the case back so we shall see. I read about the candy idea and figured that should work...right?

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
10-06-2011, 12:32 PM
I think you're discussing chapter 12 when I'm still reading chapter 8. What the heck does a pillowcase have to do with anything?

Here’s the trick to the pillow case thing…

You can bring a pillowcase with you and drop it off at guest services and they will get as many of the characters as possible to sign it and return it back to you. Put it in a zip-lock bag (or something similar) and mark it with your name and stateroom number. Actually, DCL will consider doing this for just about anything you care to bring and leave with them. A lot of folks bring mats for picture frames and get those signed. Here’s a good thread that discusses this in greater length…

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=263619

I didn’t think to mention this in my TR, because Max just ain’t interested in such so we never worried about it. But… I know of some young’ens that just might be very interested it this type of thing.

Y’all have fun.

Grooovertoo
10-06-2011, 04:15 PM
Cool!

What's this? I have a little princess that might be interested...

Okay, so to address this question. They have princess meets in the main atrium and from what I can tell it is about 4 to 5 different Princesses that are set up there and the kiddos get in a line and one by one they get to go up to each princess and say hi and get their pictures taken. From what I gather, it is very good and perfect for all ages. Note this video from youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=042-QkEk168 .

I'll try to get some pics from this....but I didn't notice Jasmine?

Grooovertoo
11-07-2011, 05:42 PM
Okay…well now for the TR part of this, urr, well,..Trip Report. Where to begin, seeing that the plans of this goes back to about nine months it is truly hard to believe that this was completed.

Chapter 1: A Long Day’s Journey Into Night
The first part of this journey begins in our home town…if you can call it a town, it’s not, we are just a part of a really big county, but we call it home, Highlands Ranch, Colorado. A suburb, just south of Denver. The morning turned out to be just the perfect day to be getting away to the tropics. We wake up to a few inches of snow on the ground:scared1:. Of course I woke DD up to the ship’s horn to the tune of “When You Wish Upon A Star” and quickly opened her window so she could see the snow outside. A couple inches had fallen and it was only on the grassy parts.
So quick ride to the airport….if you call 45 minutes quick. We have to leave the house at 9:00 AM for a Noon flight (not bad). The roads were not in too bad of a condition, slushy, wet. So, SIL drops us off at DIA . Here we are, 10:00 AM on a Saturday at DIA…the place is packed. We board the plane on time…but then sit…and sit, they held the plane for two people for 20 minutes, then…

We sit again, this time, waiting for an open de-icier, that’s right, mid-October in Denver, got to de-ice the plane…so by this time it is about 1:00 in the afternoon and we finally take off, but who cares we’re going to see Mickey on his Dream boat. So this is a 3 and a ½ hour flight and what do you ask did I do for that time, yes, I got into the cruising mode and watched….……………………. wait for it……………………… wait……………………………………





Speed 2: Cruise Control

Yes, I know, I just lost all two of you that were really looking forward to this TR, but what can I say, I figured it was a decent movie to watch on an airplane (not dirty), and I’ve never seen it. Plus, Ebert gave it a thumbs up back in the day when it came out and said “Movies like this embrace goofiness with an almost sensual pleasure. And so, on a warm summer evening, do I.” He said goofy, that’s good enough for me and it is about a cruise ship running afoul. So DD was set up with the iPad, which I stocked full of Disney movies for her and DW was comatosed on Dramamine.
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By 6:30ish we landed in the land of D, and what a great place to be. Other than the fact that it had been raining like cats and dogs there for the last 3 days and the palm tress were blowing sideways…but we had arrived. MCO!!! What a nice, clean inviting airport. You gotta love a place that looks like a mall…or not, either way we were to part of our destination.

I always like to think through things first before, well, anything, and so as soon as we get into the main atrium of MCO I quickly head up the escalators to the Hyatt (while DW and DD are enthralled with the fountains and the Disney Store) to get our room and get booked in and all.
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I must say, what a smooth process. I was able to check into my room on my phone that morning and I went right up to the kiosk and checked in. Then a bellhop asked if he could help with anything, as the keys were spit out of the machine, good thing too because he went to make sure we were listed as Disney cruisers and this way we would get our luggage picked up for us in the morning for transportation to the ship. Of course another reason I scampered up the steps (I know, it was an escalator) was because I knew the bags would not be to the claim area yet and why start tipping heavily now when I would the rest of the trip, i.e. completely bypassing the bellhop. Well a bellhop got me anyway, but he was very helpful, I really appreciated his help because I was a little out of it after the flight:confused:. He made sure we were on the list to get our luggage picked up the next morning and he told me that I can get everything done in the morning at the DCL desk downstairs by 8:30.



So time for my segue: [B]Staying at MCO Before A Cruise

If you can or you plan on flying in the day before your cruise I highly recommend staying at the MCO/Hyatt the night before. When you check in, make sure to ask about the procedures for Disney cruise guests. You will get a handout with all the needed information and they will make sure that you are on the list to get your luggage picked up in the morning for transportation to the ship. In the morning, on your cruise day make sure you place all the luggage with the blue sticky tags provided to you by either Disney or your TA just inside your hotel room door by 8:30 that morning (I know, if you have never done this before it feels weird and you leave the room feeling that you will never see the bags again, but do not worry). Make sure you get some breakfast either before this or right after. MCO has a great food court with many quick options and of course you can start your cruise splurging early at Krispy Kreme there, I know I did, plus be sure to get a good cup of coffee. The Disney Cruise desk opens downstairs on level 1 on the B side of the Terminal at 8:30 as well. This is the best thing about staying there. At the DC desk they do everything that you would need to do at port except get any children registered for the kids club. They take your picture (this is for security purposes in order to verify you are who you say you are when you get on and off the ship at ports and I’m told this is a way they can have random pictures while on the cruise sent to your Shutters account/file, you get your cabin/KTTWC and you can place money on your account or place a credit card on the account at this time as well, and of course this is when you supply you travel documents to them too (DCL signature form, passports and/or birth certificates). They then set you up with your ME bus to the port and of course, the most important item…your boarding number!


Back to day 1: I get us checked in at the Hyatt and go to find the rest of the crew at the MCO Disney Store where I find DD right in the middle of a Disney charades game with one of the CM’s right in the middle of the floor in the store. How cool is that?! The CM proceeds to give her a Magical Experience card and a first visit pin :thumbsup2.
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We go down to pick up our luggage and I couldn’t have timed it better. The luggage just started coming out. We wisk ourselves up to our room (great rooms, huge bathrooms too) and get our first real look outside. What horrible weather here too. Raining, palm trees going sideways, yuck. So our plans to swim in the very cool hotel pool that overlooks the runways is out of the question…so off to dinner. DD’s favorite place to eat is Chick-Fil-A (we eat there at least once a week) and when I told her they have one at the airport, she flipped. But it’s a food court with a great big beautiful aquarium in the middle which DD loves and so Chick for her and Quiznos for us.
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Next up, some well needed sleep, if I can, before this big adventure. Well, looks like more rain for Orlando, but the Cape should be clearing in the morning.

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GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
11-08-2011, 08:55 AM
Of course I woke DD up to the ship’s horn to the tune of “When You Wish Upon A Star” and quickly opened her window so she could see the snow outside.
Nicely played sir. There’s a memory that will stick with her.

Speed 2: Cruise Control[/FONT]


It could have been worse… At least you weren’t watching something like say…
“Ghost Ship” :eek:


I always like to think through things first before, well, anything,
Good DisDad Planing

and so as soon as we get into the main atrium of MCO I quickly head up the escalators to the Hyatt (while DW and DD are enthralled with the fountains and the Disney Store) to get our room and get booked in and all.

Like I said…
So time for my segue: [B]Staying at MCO Before A Cruise…

Excellent Info. I may have to post a link back to this over in my TR.



I get us checked in at the Hyatt and go to find the rest of the crew at the MCO Disney Store where I find DD right in the middle of a Disney charades game with one of the CM’s right in the middle of the floor in the store.

You won’t be seeing that at the local Toys-R-Us


We go down to pick up our luggage and I couldn’t have timed it better. The luggage just started coming out.
Win!!!

What horrible weather here too. Raining, palm trees going sideways, yuck. So our plans to swim in the very cool hotel pool that overlooks the runways is out of the question…

:headache:

Well, looks like more rain for Orlando, but the Cape should be clearing in the morning.
:woohoo:




I also like the choice of Allan a’Dale to close out the post. A good Disney storyteller, voiced by a good musical storyteller to punctuate a good story (and a character form one of the Disney films of my childhood… bonus).

afwdwfan
11-08-2011, 09:20 AM
Of course I woke DD up to the ship’s horn to the tune of “When You Wish Upon A Star” and quickly opened her window so she could see the snow outside.
Isn't that kind of a mixed message? :confused3 :lmao:

Speed 2: Cruise Control
I'm in awe of the fact that you're willing to publicly admit it. :lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

I get us checked in at the Hyatt and go to find the rest of the crew at the MCO Disney Store where I find DD right in the middle of a Disney charades game with one of the CM’s right in the middle of the floor in the store. How cool is that?! The CM proceeds to give her a Magical Experience card and a first visit pin :thumbsup2.
Wow, getting the Disney experience... at the airport.:thumbsup2

Well, looks like more rain for Orlando, but the Cape should be clearing in the morning.
At least it isn't snow.

Grooovertoo
11-08-2011, 01:40 PM
So I just added a few photos to the TR Day 1....It took me awhile to upload them last night.

Nicely played sir. There’s a memory that will stick with her.

Certainly a better idea then a vacant house and the cost of a kennel (at that price)… if I could get fights for prices like that around my neck of the wood, I’d even consider spending more time with the realitives.
I use it to send the girls out of town, that way I can get caught up on all my shows.

Thisnk of it as an adventure. Pluse… every time you can’t find something, it will remind you of cruising DCL.Ahhh, very wise, very wise, great suggestion.:worship:


Excellent Info. I may have to post a link back to this over in my TR.Please do, I did alot of research on this and nothing was ever concise. I was worried I was missing something, but it all came together and worked out splendidly...as you will see for day 2.


I also like the choice of Allan a’Dale to close out the post. A good Disney storyteller, voiced by a good musical storyteller to punctuate a good story (and a character form one of the Disney films of my childhood… bonus).
Rob, if you don't mind I would like to take a nod from your TR and include a favorite Disney character from my youth to close out every TR report. I like how it kinda puts and end and an explanation mark on the report along with a stamp of completeness.

Once again...thank you sir!

Isn't that kind of a mixed message? :confused3 :lmao:
You have to keep 'em guessing.


I'm in awe of the fact that you're willing to publicly admit it. :lmao::rotfl2::rotfl: I'm comfortable with it, really, I am.


At least it isn't snow.
True, very true.

Señor DonDuck
11-08-2011, 02:27 PM
I'm in. Great start to your TR. Nice info on staying at MCO before the cruise. I learned something new. Can't wait for the next update.

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
11-08-2011, 04:43 PM
Rob, if you don't mind I would like to take a nod from your TR and include a favorite Disney character from my youth to close out every TR report. I like how it kinda puts and end and an explanation mark on the report along with a stamp of completeness.

Once again...thank you sir!



Mind? Not at all… there are no rules for writing TRs, so feel free to barrow ideas as you see fit. Lord knows I’ve learned a few ins and outs from those that have posted before me.

Looking forward to the next update.

MissDaisyofTexas
11-09-2011, 04:40 PM
Hi there--just hopping on to your trip report from Goofy's trip report that's still in process. Can't wait to hear more! We're going on our first cruise in June 2012.

By the way--I grew up in Littleton, my brother's family lives in Highlands Ranch. Great city!

Captain_Oblivious
11-16-2011, 01:08 PM
Hey Dave!

Followed you over from Rob's TR and wanted to make sure I kept up with a fellow DIS Dad. Looks like you're off to a great start!

Grooovertoo
11-16-2011, 02:32 PM
Hey Dave!

Followed you over from Rob's TR and wanted to make sure I kept up with a fellow DIS Dad. Looks like you're off to a great start!

Thanks!!! Day two to come shortly....I might have to make it a 2 parter.

Grooovertoo
11-18-2011, 05:06 PM
Before I get too deep into day 2 I want to provide a little back story. I’ve always dreamed of going on a cruise. Sorry, but I grew up watching, um, ack, (clearing throat)….The Love Boat and even younger McHales Navy (love Tim Conway)….hey, it was set on a boat PT 73 that is.
http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x411/Groovertoo/mchales-navy256msn4tv.jpg
So we get up in the morning, still soggy and blah outside, but you can see a glimmer of hope in the sky from our hotel balcony. The trick this morning was to get the bags for the ship placed just inside our hotel room door by 8:30 AM…done. Next up was to go check into the DCL stand and then get a bite to eat for breakfast after that. No biggy right? When I went through the final registration online the only option for me was a port time of 12:30 to 1:30, I figured we could do that, take our time, have a nice easy morning of it. (Do you see where I might be going with this…)
We place the bags by the door and say bua-bye to them, hopeful to see them again that day. We leave our carry-ons back in the deep part of the room so they don’t take those and off to check-in and breakfast we go. A quick jaunt down to the DCL desk in the airport (Level 1/B-side). It was strange because I expected some lines and a lot of people. No such thing. We go through the standard Disney rope line (long walk, right turn, another long walk, left turn…you get the idea) to get to the front desk and the CM’s are jumping over each other to help us. First thing, she gives us our boarding number…#3. I think, well, not bad, not #1, but we aren’t due at the port tell 12:30 so that will work. She then checks all of our documents.
P.S I might get my DisDad membership revoked for this
(I decide to be cheap on this one and go with a little luck and some prayers and not go the passport route the first time. Prayers you say, well yes, I’ve read the horror stories how people are stuck at a port and not able to return to the mainland due to insufficient documentation.)
The documents are in order! (I had to reorder the birth certificates for all of us. Mine looked like a civil war bond note with a Sunday school star for the seal, DD- not sure where hers got lost to in the house, but ordering her’s and mine, easy. As for the DW, well, she was born in El Salvador to U.S. citizens. Believe me, we had tons of copies of the article but nothing with a raised seal. So off to petition the U.S. Dept. of State for a copy of the birth aboard certificate. Not cheap and I also decided to use Vital Check so at least the process would be tracked. It took about 2 and ½ months, but I must say, that is the coolest looking cert I’ve ever seen. All 3D and if you hold it up to the light an embossed eagle can be seen on the whole document.) We then get our pictures taken for the facial recognition and security purposes. Now, here is the kicker, she proceeds to tell us that we will be on the first ME bus to the port that will leave at 9:45. It’s already 9:00!!! :scared1:

So now I feel like the scene in….. ?

http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x411/Groovertoo/Richard-Attenborough-The-Great-Escape_1.jpg
“They found Tom!”

So now for a new plan…nobody has eaten yet, so I send DW/DD back up to the MCO food court to get fed, while I run to the other side of the hotel, back to our room to get the carry-ons and check out real quick. Check out was smooth of course. I meet back up with the crew; DD is a nut for Krispy Kreme so she is good to go, DW wasn’t sure what to get for me so I get myself a coffee and a sugar donut from KK. Now, let’s get back down to the ME loading area with time to spare. Now 9:30. We are looking for the ME host holding the Goofy sign (of course!). Well, no Goofy sign anywhere…. when I spot a lady holding the sign tucked under her arm, I walk up to her and she says, “we’ll be loading in a moment, what group are you with?” Um, goofy!?! “Ohhhh you’re my other Goofies!” “Come on, the bus is waiting!” What?????????? I know, they said the bus would load at 9:45, but lesson learned. Of course there are only 3 seats left on the bus, and I must say…some of the stares we got from the people on the bus, they were…well….COME ON FOLKS YOU’RE STILL THE FIRST BUS OUT, NOT LIKE THE SHIP IS GOING TO LEAVE OR ANYTHING!!! DD/DW get settled in towards the back of the bus while I get cozy with a fork lift operator and his family from Chicago.
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“I love it when a plan comes together!”

The trip to the port was great, and quite fast, especially when you’re talking fantasy football, that days football games and of course cruising, plus the MLB playoffs were still going on so the time flew by. The family I’m sitting around has been on 8 cruises before, 3 of them Disney and they were just as jacked as me. The sun started to break, everyone on the bus started to cheer and clap…what fun. Then, as we crested the top of the Bennett Causeway, off to the left side of the bus…the Disney Dream…in all her glory.

They let us off at the side of the building because it is so windy and we go right around the corner to security and up the escalator. This is the hall I’ve been dreaming and reading so much about. There it is, right there in the middle of the building, the model of the Disney Wonder!!! I’m here! This is really going to happen. We walk over to the model and I notice the picture guy setting up. I know what is getting ready to happen. I talk to him and he tells me Capitan Mickey is running late, but that he should be there shortly. I get DW/DD to line up while I go to stand in the kids club registration line. Sure enough, that crazy mouse comes out and they are the first in line for him, :thumbsup2
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They soon join me in line and they place the kiddo transponder on DD. This allows her to get in and out of the kids clubs. Okay, so now time to go make ourselves comfy and people watch. A lot of the people really dress up for this and that makes it quite fun. We’re coming up on 11:30 and they are beginning boarding….this goes very quick. If you remember we got handed a ‘3’ …first the 1’s, then the 1’s and 2’s together…..now 1 through 3’s!!!! It’s time!!!!!!!!

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Grooovertoo
12-19-2011, 04:43 PM
DAY 2: Continued…

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I hope I’m still keeping a few of you engrossed…

Well, if not, I’m doing this for my own repose.

We get our picture taken and then cross over to the Dream. As I approach the CM who announces our name, I’m thinking, I need to have him announce something nifty here….na…this is our first cruise, got to go with the last name. But how cool is it to have your name announced and have the CM’s gathered around clapping for you, just a great experience.

We then stand in awe in the main atrium, a very beautiful and elegant area. We are amazed at just how narrow the ship is though. We then go up the main staircase to deck 4 and straight to the Vista Café…where GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42377383&postcount=117) aka Rob (by the way...please read his trip report. You can access it from the link in his name. He is really raising the bar when it comes to a TR and buy far has a very engrossing prose :worship:) informed me of some delectable treats…and he was right…they are free.! The CM was just placing some fresh pastries and goodies out too. The perfect appetizer for lunch. We then go up to deck 5 as it was almost noon and time for the Kids Clubs aka The Oceaneer’s Club (ages 3-7) and the Oceaneer’s Lab (ages 8-12) to open up (I’ll go more in depth to these a little later on). This turned out to be the perfect time to tour the clubs. It was great to talk with several of the CM’s and calm DW’s nerves about leaving her “baby” with strangers. What a great bunch of young people who really lover their jobs and what a fun place to leave your kiddos for some time away from the adults. DD sat right down and started doing some crafts and she was the first to sign a welcome sign that they hung up. We stayed there for a little longer, but lunch was in the plans.

We headed down to the Enchanted Garden restaurant on deck 2 which offers a buffet lunch with some great offerings. I’ve heard that Cabanas can be quit crowded so we thought we would give this a try. As it turns out, EG was crowded too, but it cleared out very fast and the line moved fast for the food plus we were able to find a table and they had a lot of open tables by the time we were done eating. I couldn’t even tell you what we had other than I had the key lime pie (we don’t get good key lime pie in Colorado). I think we were just so excited we didn’t take stock.
By now it was about 1:30 so it was time to check to see if the cabin was ready yet. They were just finishing up. We let DD open the door with her card (that’s kinda her thing for hotel rooms). Now I know most of the rooms are the same on the Dream, at least the same layout, those with verandas anyway, but what a nice room/cabin. Even though this room had been booked before by hundreds of people, it felt so brand new, as if we were the first people to sail in it. We received a Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with an extended verandah. It extends an extra 5 feet from the rest of the ship and the cabins above. This gives you room for 4 on the verandah with two lounge chairs a table and two easy chairs. From the verandah, if you look back at the ship you can see it all.
[I highly recommend this category of cabin, mainly for the extended verandah]


Within minutes of stepping into the cabin our steward came by to introduce himself and see if we needed anything at all.
[Note: at this point always ask the steward for ice. From that point on they will always have your ice bucket stocked full of ice..which is a good thing]:thumbsup2


His name was Bagrab and he was awesome. He kept the room tidy at all times and really looked out for us and yet…it seemed like we never saw him but always felt his presence and handy work.
Of course we have to order from room service and Mickey Ice Cream Bars, cookies, cheese plate and the fruit plate were on order.
[Note: We read on several sites and in books that you have to order the cheese plate and the fruit plate. Fruit plate? Fruit Plate!?! Don’t bother, it is a bowl with a few grapes, apple slices, a few pieces of pineapple, and some melon. The cheese plate was not bad though, just needed more crackers…note to self: bring extra ritz’s for the next time]


Next up, get the FE up. (I learned that you can’t get your FE up fast enough…when the food arrived we had already received some presents outside our door. I packed the FE in our luggage and not the carry-on, but know better for next time.)
In my carry-on I did pack the pillow case we had embroidered with DD name with Rapunzel on it. With a wink and a nod while DD was out checking out the verandah...I ducked down to Guest Services to drop this off.
[Pillowcase you say? Yes, you can bring a blank pillowcase on board the DCL and if you drop it off at Guest Services on the first day it will be returned to your kiddo on the last night. We ordered ours through ebay and gradysmommy who did a great job embroiding it. I would recommend her products, and be sure to allow enough time for her to complete the project and get it to you in the mail. Place you pillowcase in a zippy bag, be sure to note your cabin number on it, include fabric markers (enough for all the characters to sign), and the most important item I learned for the boards….include some candies. We left some Dove miniatures for them. Let’s just say, it doesn’t hurt and with the what we received in return, it is the least you can do. You will be given a choice between Princesses or the Fab 8. For our DD I chose both, to date, my DD still sleeps on this ever since.]
Our luggage soon arrived and we got into unpacking mode while I introduced DD to the Disney Cartoon channel (she was engrossed and really liked some of the old toons). We we’re so excited and busy that we missed the Disboards meet at the Bon Voyage lounge. We were really bummed (or at least I was) because I was looking forward to meeting up with everyone I had been conversing with for the past months. Too bad.
Now off to the Lifeboat drill. Are’s was held in the Walt Disney Theater on the left side. Turns out they had three other muster locations in the theater as well. Our leader was great. He had everyone laughing at him by his antics, calling people out for where they lived and what not. Turns out, he was one of the actors on the Dream and in the last night’s performance he was Lumiere. At this I was able to meet up with my TA and fellow DisDad Mark “Prattpak” Pratt and his lovely wife. Turns out he was just 10 doors down from us.

Since the weather was turning for the worse outside Disney elected to stage the Sail Away party in the atrium (it was starting to rain really bad, and we were starting to get updates from the ships head navigator regarding the storm…more to come on that later). So the party was nice, a little cramped and tough to see what was going on, but we squared away on the Vista Café side of the atrium so we could enjoy some more treats along with some overpriced Adult beverages. DD got a close spot up next to the railing and she enjoyed the dancing and singing. After that we elected to check things out outside. The weather was getting worse and they just announced that we will be staying in port for the night and they will be switching the days around on us. Our Day At Sea will be tomorrow (Monday), followed by Nassau, then finish up with Castaway Cay. No problem, everybody is flexible…except, we have reservations for the day pass at the Comfort Suites Paradise Island (right next door to Atlantis). Well we’re still in port so I can make calls, I get through to the Comfort Suites and they switch the resi…no problem (so they say, more to come on that).

We take in the Golden Mickeys (I must say, I really enjoyed this show. I love how they encompass numerous characters and stories. It kept myself and the little one engrossed). After the show, it’s dinnertime. Tonight we get Animator’s Palate! If it was up to me I would want to eat here every night, but… We get seated and soon or tablemates join us. We were hoping to be able to sit with Prattpak and crew, but he was not able to change the seating assignment due to the fact that we had a child traveling with us and they did not, oh well. So we get seated with a family from Columbia. They have three adorable children so we figure, cool, something for Lil D to do except…..and don’t get me wrong here but, English was not the language of choice. I was actually looking forward to this part of the cruise, meeting new people and enjoying a great meal with them. So much for that. The dad could speak a little, but that was about it. A lot of smiles and nods would exist for the rest of the cruise.

Next up….The Meal and the storm.

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GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
12-19-2011, 10:39 PM
Dave!
First… Excellent work.
Second… I missed where you posted the first half of this chapter (we were traveling at the time), so I’ll go back and get into that one first.




Sorry, but I grew up watching, um, ack, (clearing throat)….The Love Boat and even younger McHales Navy (love Tim Conway)

No need to apologize. I don’t really want to admit to the stuff I watched as a kid either (and I guarantee that some of it was worse then “Love Boat”)



When I went through the final registration online the only option for me was a port time of 12:30 to 1:30, I figured we could do that, take our time, have a nice easy morning of it. (Do you see where I might be going with this…)


I’ve got my suspicions



First thing, she gives us our boarding number…#3.


Score! The #1s go to the concierge guests; of the next 11 possible loading numbers… you did good.


Mine looked like a civil war bond note with a Sunday school star for the seal

:lmao: I love this description.


Now, here is the kicker, she proceeds to tell us that we will be on the first ME bus to the port that will leave at 9:45. It’s already 9:00!!!

Suspicions confirmed… the other shoe just droped.


We are looking for the ME host holding the Goofy sign (of course!).


Perfect…



Well, no Goofy sign anywhere….


Not so perfect…


“Ohhhh you’re my other Goofies!” “Come on, the bus is waiting!” What??????????


:eek:


I know, they said the bus would load at 9:45, but lesson learned.


There is just something about catching the shuttle over to the terminal that always seems to be the biggest adventure and unknown of the trip. I’ve done it three different ways, and it’s always a bit dicey. We always get there… but it’s always just a might stressful.



some of the stares we got from the people on the bus, they were…well….


They’ll live…



“I love it when a plan comes together!”


:thumbsup2


Then, as we crested the top of the Bennett Causeway, off to the left side of the bus…the Disney Dream…in all her glory.


Ahhhhhh… memories…


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Another score! And a great picture as well.

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
12-19-2011, 10:44 PM
DAY 2: Continued…

I hope I’m still keeping a few of you engrossed…


:wave2:


Well, if not, I’m doing this for my own repose.


That’s the attitude I take… If you write for others… it won’t be you doing the writing.


It was great to talk with several of the CM’s and calm DW’s nerves about leaving her “baby” with strangers. What a great bunch of young people who really lover their jobs and what a fun place to leave your kiddos for some time away from the adults.


This is one of those spots where DCL shines. Their staff to child ratio is just way beyond the rest of the lines. I’m glad that your girl took to the idea and look forward to hearing more about it.


I couldn’t even tell you what we had other than I had the key lime pie (we don’t get good key lime pie in Colorado). I think we were just so excited we didn’t take stock.


We did the same. I know it was good; I don’t remember what it was.
But the “Key Pie” is awesome.


We received a Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with an extended verandah.


Score again…



Next up, get the FE up. (I learned that you can’t get your FE up fast enough…when the food arrived we had already received some presents outside our door.


That was quick. How many cabins were in the exchange with y’all (and how big a suitcase did it take to bring the goodies… never mind answering the last one… I’ll read about it when that chapter comes around).




…I did pack the pillow case we had embroidered with DD name with Rapunzel on it. With a wink and a nod while DD was out checking out the verandah...I ducked down to Guest Services to drop this off.


Good work, and a nice explanation of this process.
It’s one that a lot of folks miss.


…I was able to meet up with my TA and fellow DisDad Mark “Prattpak” Pratt and his lovely wife. Turns out he was just 10 doors down from us.

There’s a DisDad Meet that will be hard to match


Since the weather was turning for the worse outside Disney elected to stage the Sail Away party in the atrium

Sorry to hear that, but hopefully it will clear up before too long.
That’s the one thing that even Disney can’t control.


The weather was getting worse and they just announced that we will be staying in port for the night and they will be switching the days around on us. Our Day At Sea will be tomorrow (Monday), followed by Nassau, then finish up with Castaway Cay.

Interesting… that must have been one heck of a storm.

The dad could speak a little, but that was about it. A lot of smiles and nods would exist for the rest of the cruise.

This sounds oddly Sounds familiar


Next up….The Meal and the storm.

*** biting nails ***

Grooovertoo
12-20-2011, 03:57 PM
Dave!
First… Excellent work.
Thanks!

:wave2:
That was quick. How many cabins were in the exchange with y’all. I had to go check...32



There’s a DisDad Meet that will be hard to match
Yes, it was a lot of fun.

Grooovertoo
12-30-2011, 05:04 PM
Animator’s Palate – I had been perusing the menus and this is what we went with:
For DD Every night the same….oh to be a kid. Mac & Cheese, steak fries, and because our servers were so awesome, he placed one chicken strip on the plate as well, because he knows moms want to see the kiddos eat some protein too. He actually told us he tries to do this for all his little guys he serves.

DW - Black Truffle Pasta Purseittes - pasta purse filled with trufflec scented cheese and coated with a delicate champagne sauce. Followed by the Creamy Butternut Squash Soup garnished with chives and drizzled with sour cream. Because we are land-locked she went with the fish on most nights. Tonight the Grilled Pacific Black Cod with sautéed morel mushrooms on a yellow split pea puree. To end it all, the Sweet Temptations - a trio of crunchy walnut cake, pineapple financier, and lemon mousse.

ME – I started with the Sesame-flavored Rock Shrimp and Caramelized Onion Cheesecake - with Asian barbecue sauce and topped with micro greens. Yummmm, it was very good and a unique taste though when I ordered it I received quit the look from the server and this was our first night (he knew how to bond early with me) he proceeds to bring his favorite out as well. The Wild Mushroom Risotto and Porcini Twist - served with Parmigiano-Reggiano. Good as well, but the Asian BBQ sauce had burned a hole in my taste buds. I then tried the Baked Potato and Cheddar Cheese Soup with bacon bits and chives (it was okay, Bacon anyway). For the main course I went with the White Shrimp Pennette Pasta tossed with a basil and Reggiano Parmesan cheese sauce and topped with a parmesan cheese wafer though I wish I would’ve tried the Marinated Angus Beef Tenderloin carved to order on wasabi mashed potatoes with bok choy and a tamarind-barbecue reduction.
As you might be able to tell. The menu is centered around a Southeast Asian theme while not going to crazy with the flavors. I think they did a good job with this and I really enjoyed the ambiance of the room. To me, how they are able to have the Crush interact with the various tables around the room is purely mesmerizing.
Now, one of the coolest things DCL does for the little guys is that an hour into the meal the KC Counselors walk through the dining room as if to tell you…IT’S TIME. Plus you can’t miss them in their bright yellow shirts. Yes, time to send your children off to the KC so you can enjoy the rest of your meal, because as you know, kiddos bellies fill up fast and most can’t sit still for too long. This is a great option for the late dinners. They corral up the kids, get there id’s from their badges and you check them in right there in the dining room entrance.
And dessert for me was the Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake with whipped cream and raspberry coulis. Good, but not big enough, if you know what I mean.
DW and I then take a stroll along the outside on deck 4 and make our way back to the KC to pick up DD for the night. The place is crazy!! The cool thing is that when you go to the KC front desk, they are able to tell which room your child is in by the armbands they have on and the sensors in the ceiling. We go right up to where they said she was (very cool). She hands us all of the evenings booty (which is mostly crafts and coloring items that she did in a very short amount of time.

We then settle down for the night. Tied up at port...while the storm passes



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Since the real effects of the storm and staying in port were not felt until the next day (and that would be a new chapter). I'm going to go into the experiences of those that decided to brave the storm and head out to sea.
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So, on the cruise we ran into some parents that have two kids in DD's school and one of them is in her grade too (different teacher). Anyway, we got to know them real well and DD and their kids hung out and we ended up spending most of CC day with them.

On their flight back, they sat next to one of the Harbor pilots (you can see his boat in one of the later videos) and he told them that the decision to leave the port by the Freedom of the Seas was the Captains choice. He told them about these videos and I though I would list them here.
When Cruise Ships Attack 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8z5Ob5JiJbk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8z5Ob5JiJbk)
Assistant Waiter Victor falls onto our table aboard Freedom of the Seas. On 10/09/2011 the ship Encouters hurricane force winds at 100 plus miles per hour, 20-30 foot seas and the cruise ship leans 33 degrees just hours after leaving Port Canaveral... This video is on deck 3 Leonardo Dining Room main seating....You can hear the dishes falling to the ground and see fear and panic on just about everyone... People were holding onto their children as the dishes, tables, chairs fall....
When Cruise Ships Attack 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aPi7SuifQQ&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aPi7SuifQQ&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL)
Waiter "Eugene" falls during terrible storm that caused ship to lean 33 degrees... Main Seating Deck 3 Dining Room.... The Head Waiter is wearing the burgundy jacket and is seen bringing in a wheelchair for a passenger. The video certainly does not show the intesity that was felt by the people on board.
When Cruise Ships Attack 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XQjAyyJVxQ&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XQjAyyJVxQ&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL)
Feeling pretty intense on deck 3 main dining...
When Cruise Ships Attack 4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-f7ZYNUtUlQ&feature=autoplay&list=UL6XQjAyyJVxQ&lf=mfu_in_order&playnext=1Head (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-f7ZYNUtUlQ&feature=autoplay&list=UL6XQjAyyJVxQ&lf=mfu_in_order&playnext=1Head)
Waiter holding himself up because of the severe tilting of the ship...
When Cruise Ships Attack 5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ozPr8eq4Jc&feature=autoplay&list=UL-f7ZYNUtUlQ&lf=mfu_in_order&playnext=2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ozPr8eq4Jc&feature=autoplay&list=UL-f7ZYNUtUlQ&lf=mfu_in_order&playnext=2)
After being sent to our cabins, we opened our balcony door to let you get a feel of what we were going through.... The ship started to lean and we had to shut the door to prevent nore water from rushing into our already flooded room. Our carpet was completely changed on day 3 after being soaked and the smell set in.... We were on deck 10 Junior Suite with a balcony.
When Cruise Ships Attack 6 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZ8yH2QYhnU&feature=autoplay&list=UL4ozPr8eq4Jc&lf=mfu_in_order&playnext=3 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZ8yH2QYhnU&feature=autoplay&list=UL4ozPr8eq4Jc&lf=mfu_in_order&playnext=3)
Short footage of Leonardo Dining Room Deck 3 on Freedom of the Seas during terrible storm
When Cruise Ships Attack 7 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whDRcTDE-nQ&feature=autoplay&list=ULuZ8yH2QYhnU&lf=mfu_in_order&playnext=4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whDRcTDE-nQ&feature=autoplay&list=ULuZ8yH2QYhnU&lf=mfu_in_order&playnext=4)
Captain Ron speaking about the weather at the Crown & Anchor Society Party...
When Cruise Ships Attack 8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzPSuuNsTco&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzPSuuNsTco&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL)
This is off the 10th floor balcony just after leaving Port Canaveral. The Winds were so strong.
When Cruise Ships Attack 9 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEj_p3Vzc28&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEj_p3Vzc28&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL)
The pilot boat taking us out of Port Canaveral on Sunday October 9, 2011 aboard Freedom of the Seas. The winds were so strong that the pilot boat was rocking sideways.

Thought this report was interesting too. http://www.cruisecritic.co.uk/news/news.cfm?ID=4628 (http://www.cruisecritic.co.uk/news/news.cfm?ID=4628)

Thank goodness for Disney and their decision to stay in port.

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
01-22-2012, 10:59 AM
We need to pull your TR back up to the top of the list Dave.
Sorry about not getting around to posting in a while.


Sounds like y’all had a fine evening staying in port. From the videos from the RCCL ship, I do believe that the officers made a good decision.

I also see that you DD made excellent use of the Kid’s Clubs. That’s great! By the time we went Max was just too old to really enjoy them, so I’m looking forward to hearing more about her experiences here.

Also… meeting a family from the same neck of the woods was a major win for y’all and especially for the kids.
:cool1:

Looking forward to hearing how the late start affected the rest of the trip.


You’re doing good… keep it up mate.
:thumbsup2

Grooovertoo
01-26-2012, 05:14 PM
We need to pull your TR back up to the top of the list Dave.
Sorry about not getting around to posting in a while.


Sounds like y’all had a fine evening staying in port. From the videos from the RCCL ship, I do believe that the officers made a good decision.

I also see that you DD made excellent use of the Kid’s Clubs. That’s great! By the time we went Max was just too old to really enjoy them, so I’m looking forward to hearing more about her experiences here.

Also… meeting a family from the same neck of the woods was a major win for y’all and especially for the kids.
:cool1:

Looking forward to hearing how the late start affected the rest of the trip.


You’re doing good… keep it up mate.
:thumbsup2

Thanks buddy!! I've been so busy I haven't had a chance to touch my TR lately or yours for that much. I plan to get caught up next week with some travel time myself and a...shhhhhh secret "Dave Only" trip to HS and possibly MK or EP.

I actually have a few hour before I leave work and I just thought I would get writing on chapter 4.

Yes, the kids club is very cool...I wish I was that age again. My DD loved it and keeps asking when we are going back. If you notice my signature...we have a trip planed for 2013 at Christmas on the Dream. I can't wait, but we are keeping it a secret from her. We haven't decided when or how we are going to tell her, but figure we have plenty of time before then.

DC

Grooovertoo
02-21-2012, 09:55 PM
Chapter 4: Day at Sea (Monday)
While we are asleep we set sail for sea. At 4:30 AM we begin the journey to the ocean. As it turns out we had to have 4 tugs guide the Dream through the port. It took them just under an hour to get the ship roped up, secure to the tugs and then guided through the channel (word was that this was the first time the Dream ever needed tugs to make it through the port.

http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x411/Groovertoo/DCL%20and%20WDW%202011/PortCanaveralAerialView.jpg

By 5:30 we were in open waters and I awoke with a start. I would’ve thrown open the sash, but I didn’t want to wake DD asleep in the fold-out bed. I could feel the mighty engines churning away as the Dream tried to make headway

Specifically, Disney Dream has altogether five medium speed MAN diesel engines (three 12-cylinder 48/60CR engines, plus two 14-cylinder versions) linked to two Converteam 19 MW propulsion motors, driving twin propellers to give a service speed of 22 knots. MAN's Common Rail (CR) fuel injection system not only makes the ship IMO exhaust gas emission compliant, it also promises a soot-free ride, even at start up and under low engine loads.
http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x411/Groovertoo/DCL%20and%20WDW%202011/DreamEngines.jpg
From Maritimepropulsion.com

So, in other words the Dream can go up to 25.3171468 mph. That’s not real fast to you and me, but when the waters are rough, you sure can tell. As I said, I woke with a start… we are underway!!! I was as excited as kid on Christmas morning. I look out from the veranda and see the lights of the mainland disappear in the distance. I quickly threw on my shorts and a shirt and head out. I go down one flight to deck 4 starboard side to see what I can see. The ship is already abuzz with activity as the cleaning crews are hard at work prepping the vessal for our “day at sea”. We leave the storm clouds in our wake while we ride out the choppy seas. You don’t really notice the up and down motion of the ship until you look over the railing and see the horizon and then you notice..”we’re going at a good clip and the Captain is really trying to make hay and get out of Dodge” (thought to self, since I’m the only one around at this hour). A few souls are out running so I decide to take a few laps (walking) around deck 4 and see the sites. I then pop up to deck 11 to grab a quick cup of coffee and then on up to the forward portion of the Dream on deck 13. What a great view from here.

(This is where I would add pictues, very many pictures) Let’s just call this foreshadowing.

I love watching the ship come to life after the evening we had. The hustle and bustle of all the CM’s is phenomenal. As hard as they are working they still stop to say Hi, you just can’t beat that.

Now it was time for room service to deliver a few munchies for 1st Breakfast to our room so I head on back down as the sun was coming up over the ocean. The seas were still a little rough and once I got back in the cabin I could feel it. The funniest bit was when DD got up she couldn’t even walk straight, it was as if her head weighed 100 pounds…smack right on to the mattress on the main bed. DW had to hold her on the toilet even. DW was not fairing much better either. Another reason to order from room service, just to even out the blood sugar for the girls. Me, I can go tell lunch without food…not wise, but I can. I stepped in the shower and I was getting jostled around big time…this was definitely an ‘E’ ticket ride.

Here is where if you have any inkling for even the remoteness of “seasickness” then you will want to invest in some Bonine, Dramamine, or the Patch. I started with Bonine and then moved to the patch, but by the end of the cruise, I couldn’t read close up because of the patch so it made things rather difficult. I probably would’ve been fine without it though.

I then get DD ready for the KC, as it turns out, the rest of the ship was feeling the effects of the rough ocean. We can’t get to calm waters fast enough. On the way back to the room after dropping off DD I notice a lady in front of me carrying several, what I assume are FE gifts. Sure enough she is looking for rooms and I guide her in the right direction….why not, she is bringing gifts to us! By now DW is ready so we go pick up DD and head out to deliver a few FE trinkets.

FreezinRafiki
02-22-2012, 08:34 AM
Chapter 4: Day at Sea (Monday)
While we are asleep we set sail for sea. At 4:30 AM we begin the journey to the ocean. As it turns out we had to have 4 tugs guide the Dream through the port. It took them just under an hour to get the ship roped up, secure to the tugs and then guided through the channel (word was that this was the first time the Dream ever needed tugs to make it through the port.

Wow, when I think back to how smooth our trip out of port was - I just can't imagine how rough that water was!:scared1:

Specifically, Disney Dream has altogether five medium speed MAN diesel engines (three 12-cylinder 48/60CR engines, plus two 14-cylinder versions) linked to two Converteam 19 MW propulsion motors, driving twin propellers to give a service speed of 22 knots. MAN's Common Rail (CR) fuel injection system not only makes the ship IMO exhaust gas emission compliant, it also promises a soot-free ride, even at start up and under low engine loads.
I soooo want to get my hands on one of these so I can upgrade the minivan!


I look out from the veranda and see the lights of the mainland disappear in the distance. I quickly threw on my shorts and a shirt and head out.
Wait, what were you wearing on the veranda?!?:eek:



(This is where I would add pictues, very many pictures) Let’s just call this foreshadowing.
Uh oh. :confused:

DW had to hold her on the toilet even.
Time to install seat belts! (Or thrown belts, as the case may be)

Grooovertoo
02-22-2012, 10:29 AM
I soooo want to get my hands on one of these so I can upgrade the minivan! I can see it now



Wait, what were you wearing on the veranda?!?:eek: I reread that last night and thought...na...nobody will catch that, should've known you would. PJ's, or what guys call PJ's, shorts and such...I had to put on civil clothes to go out. Sheeeez!:lmao:


Uh oh. :confused: Yea, I'll let the suspense build on that one...


Time to install seat belts! (Or thrown belts, as the case may be) Too funny, I had DD reinact the walk for me last night, great fun.:laughing:

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
02-22-2012, 07:07 PM
As it turns out we had to have 4 tugs guide the Dream through the port.

Wow…
Tugged out of Canaveral? If they couldn’t keep her in the channel with thrusters, the winds must have been right ferocious.


http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x411/Groovertoo/DCL%20and%20WDW%202011/DreamEngines.jpg


The geek in me loves this picture
Now I’m looking forward to seeing how Barry is going to stuff one of those into the Mini-Van of Doom



I was as excited as kid on Christmas morning.

“We’re too excited to sleep!”


I quickly threw on my shorts and a shirt and head out.

Good choice.
Believe me when I say that there are folks onboard that might actually forget this all-important and family friendly step (even on a Disney ship).


You don’t really notice the up and down motion of the ship until you look over the railing and see the horizon and then you notice..”

You’re moving and the water is moving, so relative motion is greatly exaggerated (and you brain will buy into it in a skinny minute).
Einstein at work.


A few souls are out running so I decide to take a few laps (walking) around deck 4 and see the sites.

Walk would be my speed as well. If I wanted to be miserable, I’d have stayed at home and gone in to work.


The funniest bit was when DD got up she couldn’t even walk straight, it was as if her head weighed 100 pounds…smack right on to the mattress on the main bed.


That’s officially far heavier seas then I’ve encountered while cruising.
This is turning into quite the adventure.
Hopefully they’ll get y’all into calmer waters in the near.


On the way back to the room after dropping off DD I notice a lady in front of me carrying several, what I assume are FE gifts. Sure enough she is looking for rooms and I guide her in the right direction….why not, she is bringing gifts to us!


Goes with out saying.
Great update Dave. Looking forward to the next installment (and some of those pictures).

Grooovertoo
02-22-2012, 11:15 PM
Here is what we gave away…

Cruise magnet and CD for the Adults, per cabin
http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x411/Groovertoo/DCL%20and%20WDW%202011/IMG_0326-1.jpg

Close up of the Magnet.

http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x411/Groovertoo/Magnets/OCTOBER2011DreamCruise-1.jpg

Various Gifts and Goodies for the kiddos.

A sampling that the younger ones recievedhttp://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x411/Groovertoo/DCL%20and%20WDW%202011/IMG_0323-1.jpg

and some of the items for the older boys and girls
http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x411/Groovertoo/DCL%20and%20WDW%202011/IMG_0320-1.jpg
Magnets, pins and pencils

We received some awesome items. Some we are still using today and it’s nice to see the items around the house to remind us of our trip.

We decided to break up our deliver between several days starting with the lower decks and working our way up. Next time I will start from the top of the ship and work my way down. Why? Not sure, just sounds like a better routine and I would try to finish it all in one day if possible too.

We also had our door covered with magnets. I had a lot of fun putting these together and everyone who ventured by really enjoyed our door.

Captain_Oblivious
02-23-2012, 08:45 AM
Definitely a good call by the skipper to stay in port. Rough seas are no fun! Too many bad things can happen. It's amazing how flexible they are with weather. Seems like a backup plan is always in place.

Sorry your DD was having such a rough time!

Grooovertoo
03-13-2012, 10:24 PM
Here is what we had on our door. I put differently ones up each day, but below are the ones that were on it every day

Our everyday ones.
http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x411/Groovertoo/Magnets/2011%20Door%20Magnets/Dave-1-1.jpg http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x411/Groovertoo/Magnets/2011%20Door%20Magnets/DARLA-1-1-1.jpg http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x411/Groovertoo/Magnets/2011%20Door%20Magnets/DANA-2.jpg
http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x411/Groovertoo/Magnets/2011%20Door%20Magnets/Haveyouseenourpeople-1.jpg
This one was great and I want to thank DisneyZell on the boards for the idea. We could hear people in the hall commenting on it and one day two older ladies were outside our door looking at it and just craking up over the picture of our animals missing us. We put this magnet on the lower part of the door and the best part was next door there was a little 3 year old boy who would come by every time and look at the door and we could hear him hitting the door and saying “Doggy Head!”, so now that is a running joke in our family to proclaim ‘doggy head’ whenever we are patting our dog.

A few of the first/second day ones.

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and the map of our cruise, which stayed up everyday.

http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x411/Groovertoo/Magnets/2011%20Door%20Magnets/Map_DCL_3_4_Night-1.jpg

Day 3 we mixed it up a bit with these.

http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x411/Groovertoo/Magnets/2011%20Door%20Magnets/DDandDBeachcopy-1.jpghttp://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x411/Groovertoo/Magnets/2011%20Door%20Magnets/Dreampic-1.jpghttp://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x411/Groovertoo/Magnets/2011%20Door%20Magnets/SorcererMickey3D-1.jpg

And these we added for Castaway Cay day.
http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x411/Groovertoo/Magnets/2011%20Door%20Magnets/TheComptons-1.jpghttp://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x411/Groovertoo/Magnets/2011%20Door%20Magnets/Dream2011-1.jpghttp://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x411/Groovertoo/Magnets/2011%20Door%20Magnets/justchillin-1-1.jpghttp://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x411/Groovertoo/Magnets/2011%20Door%20Magnets/Mickeyglobecruise-1.jpg

We added these later in the day for day 4.

http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x411/Groovertoo/Magnets/2011%20Door%20Magnets/untilwemeetagain-1.jpg

And these we kept on the inside of the door.

http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x411/Groovertoo/Magnets/2011%20Door%20Magnets/sorrywereonvacation-18-1.jpghttp://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x411/Groovertoo/Magnets/2011%20Door%20Magnets/trooper-1.jpg
Why on the inside of the door...well that was the part we saw the most and DD wanted to put all of the magnets we made up, so we rotated them each day. Kinda a cool idea of the kiddo.

And another for DD.
http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x411/Groovertoo/Magnets/2011%20Door%20Magnets/DanaMariefill-1.jpg

And this one I made about 80 of these and handed out around 40 or more to all the FE and the rest I placed on other peoples doors that we’re decorated and to various friends we met on board.
http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x411/Groovertoo/Magnets/2011%20Door%20Magnets/dis-dads-icon-highres-colored2-1.png

A big thanks to the creative ideas and help from those on the door magnet thread, you were all a big help.:thanks: I couldn't have done it without you.

We also had a Simba :simba:ears for around our door number and this looked really good.http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x411/Groovertoo/Magnets/2011%20Door%20Magnets/simbaearsdisneycruisedoor.jpg

FreezinRafiki
03-16-2012, 01:30 PM
Good looking magnets, Dave! You wouldn't happen to have the Storm Trooper one a little bit bigger so I can stick it on my door next March, do you?

The Simba ears are cool - really unique.:thumbsup2

Grooovertoo
03-21-2012, 05:32 PM
Good looking magnets, Dave! You wouldn't happen to have the Storm Trooper one a little bit bigger so I can stick it on my door next March, do you?

The Simba ears are cool - really unique.:thumbsup2

Barry - I PM'ed you on the other place the direct link for the Trooper...let me know if that works/doesn't work and I can get you another one.

So you cruising again next March?:thumbsup2

LuvEeyore
04-02-2012, 10:47 AM
I am on board to hear about the fun. Cant waitpopcorn::

Grooovertoo
04-03-2012, 04:41 PM
I am on board to hear about the fun. Cant waitpopcorn::

Glad to have you.

Grooovertoo
04-03-2012, 05:21 PM
http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x411/Groovertoo/michael-j-fox-as-teenwolf.jpg
We pick DD up, but she is having so much fun in the KC that she vows to be back to it within an hour. Delivering the items was fun, but it takes a lot longer than we thought, but it is a great way to see the ship and all the cool interactive artwork that each deck and stairwell has.

We head back to the cabin to stow the rest of the items we couldn’t deliver and get ready for pool time and the AquaDuck (AD). Today is our day at sea day and the top deck is packed. AquaDuck is on a 45 minute wait, but what else do you have to do…so we wait in line for the AD. A good hour later we get our chance to ride. It took the line awhile because they had to shut down the tube in order to unstuck someone too light to be riding their own tube. (note to anyone…just rock the tube side to side if stuck, you will get loose and not have to shut down the ride…unless that is what you are after?) The AD is great fun. I rode with DD and had a great time. Be sure to wave as you fly over all the people down below you as you go by.

The rest of the afternoon we just let DD play and splash around in the Mickey pool. It took us awhile to find some seats but most of the people were very nice and would let us know if they were done using their chairs or noticed that no one was using any of the nearby ones. It was great to just sit there and watch DD and DW and I would try to guess the Funnelvision trivia. From here we tried out several of the eating fares. By all means try the Bacon and Brie sandwich form Fillmore's Favorites. The Ice Cream is good from Eye Scream as well. We also indulged in the chicken strips which are very good. All in all it was great afternoon.

During one of DW trips to the food area, typical of her and her Texas upbringing (where there is no such thing as a stranger) she runs into a mom from DD’s school back in Colorado. Turns out they have a son the same age as DD and in the same grade. DD knows their older daughter too (like mother/like daughter, no strangers here). So she stops by with her whole family and we meet and get to talking, turns out they don’t live too far from us and they just booked the trip a few weeks before and they plan to go the WDW afterwards too.

By now it is time to go get ready for dinner and the evening. Have I mentioned how great the KC are? Once again we get DD ready first and ship her down there while we get ready. Since tonight was the show Villians and DD isn’t into that aspect of Disney very much I just elect to watch it in the room and just relax and take in the great cabin.
Off to dinner we go. Tonight we are in the Enchanted Garden. We end up with seats all the way in the back next to the kitchen door way. We great our tablemates and they have us sitting, Adults on one side, in a booth, and the kiddos in chairs. DD gets the usual fare…Mac & cheese w/ a chicken strip.
DW - North Atlantic Lobster Ravioli - with roasted garlic and sweet basil in a light tomato broth. Followed by the Baby Spinach Salad - tender spinach tossed with fresh sliced seasonal pears, toasted pine nuts and crumbled gorgonzola. For the main course we both chose the Pan-seared Sea Bass - with Saffron and fennel risotto with a sweet chili glaze. Our server was very pleased that we made this choice. DW ended it all with the Sweet Temptations selection again, tonight it was a trio of Esterhazy Cake, Strawberry Cheesecake, and Chocolate Silk Mousse.

ME – I started with the Thyme and Garlic Brioche - filled with Chanterelle, Hedgehog and Black Trumpet Mushrooms and Leek Stew in a light buttermilk cream and I went with the Romaine Wedge - fresh crisp romaine topped with creamy Romano dressing and homemade spiced croutons. I selected the Esterhazy Cake - almond meringue soaked in maraschino liqueur and layered pastry cream.
Little did I know that this was to be First Desert. Second Desert was a special made little plate of scrumptious cubes of delight made by the chef. This was brought to us by the Head Server Fitz. Turns out, he noticed that we did not have anyone to talk with during our meal and he felt sorry for us. He ended up spending a lot of time at our table just talking to us and he was glad to be able to talk to us. He told us all about his homeland in Hungary and how each time he goes home he gets to enjoy making the Hungarian liquor (Zwack). The other table mates’ children were quite un-ruly during dinner too and he apologized for this as well. He didn’t have to, that was not his fault. By this time, our DD had already taken off to the KC. Love it that and hour in, during second seating the counselors whisk the kids away. Then comes Third Desert. Like we have any room for that. At least we had the fish. Another Assistant Server brings us a plate of Mickey bars from none other than our TA Prattpak who it is sitting across the way enjoying themselves. I go and thank him and our Assistant Server tells me that we will get him back the next night and tells me he will think up something special for them.

We roll ourselves out of there and go to check on DD. She is doing great so we decide to go check out some of the adult areas of the ship known as The District. Who do we run into, but the couple minus their children from our neck of the world. They had just finished some drinks and were on their way to pick up their kids. We decided to try to meet up the next night. We checked out Skyline, very cool, but very pricy drinks. Pink was nice, but nobody was in there. Evolutions was starting to pick up as it was 70’s night (:scared1:) I do recommend checking out the restrooms in The District though. Well time to pick up DD as tomorrow is Nassau and our day at Atlantis and another adventure, time for bed.

Of course the family is very tired, but I cannot sleep. Good thing I loaded the iPad up with movies. Tonight’s offering….Teen Wolf. That’s right, the 1985 flick staring Michael J. Fox.

Grooovertoo
04-30-2012, 04:48 PM
Once again I wake up with a start. I can feel the ships engines slowing down as we glide into Nassau. It is simply awesome to see and feel the ship turn 180 degrees and back into its berth. I requested an early coffee service to the room and they arrived right on time, time for me to sit on the veranda and enjoy the sunrise over Atlantis as we turn. Before long the ship is settled and the girls are up and getting ready. I also ordered some extra ditty’s for first breakfast for the girls. Donuts for DD and toast and fruit for DW.



DD and I head out to deliver more FE’s while DW gets ready. It was a fun Daddy/Daughter time and once again we ended up checking out the interactive art and just getting to know the ship.

By now DW is ready too, it is time to head up to Cabanas for Second Breakfast. We really enjoyed the selection and offerings at Cabanas. I’m a pineapple nut and I could never get enough, plus having a very picky eater in DD, it was great for her. There was at least always something she could eat, especially the bacon. We ate outside and we were able to sit and observe Atlantis off in the distance where the rest of our days adventures would be.



Now it is time to head off to Atlantis. I elected to be cheap and not go through the DCL shore excursions and instead choose to get the Atlantis Aquaventure through the Comfort Suites Paradise Island. This entails us getting our own transportation to there. So this was an interesting excursion. After we wait for about 20 minutes we finally get a cab. What took so long to get the cab? So we talk to one guy. He then adds you to a list, he then has to find others who need to go the same direction, they then walk you through a gauntlet of braid hawkers “braids for the girl”…too funny. We then get into a little van. Word to the wise, no AC, no nothing, you’ve been warned. So the fare is not bad, $4 per person. Give them $15 or round up and they will love you for it. The driver does tell us a little about the surroundings and pointed to the key places to shop.



We then get to the Comfort Suites. During this time they were undergoing some renovations and the lobby was not the lobby. We follow some handmade signs to the “lobby” that direct us to a makeshift room. So the room is laid out with a big table with computers, and two girls working the desk. Once again, the AC is clearly not on, the room is stifling for ten in the morning. DD and DW find a spot to sit in the back of the room and I get in line. There are two people in front of us. No problem. Turns out, they are holding the line for several other women and their daughters and so the line of 2 turns into a line of 8 (Carnival cruisers, definitely not Disney). 45 minutes later I get to the desk. Thank goodness I had booked the “room” before hand.
So here I just want to go into the Comfort Suite Paradise Island process for the Atlantis Aquaventure. The Comfort Suites (CS) shares the same property as the Atlantis. With that being said, If you book a room at the CS you are then allowed a day pass granting full access to the Atlantis pools, slides, rides, and aquariums. You do not technically get a room, unless you ask for one. Why you would need one? Not sure?? They know what you are doing and your intent. So whether you book the “room” beforehand or not, I don’t think it matters too much. It did save us a little time during check-in though. At least they have your information already and you do not have to fill out too many more forms. The cost savings? I would say this saved us a little over $100, considering going this route we still had to pay for transportation to and from, lunch and any snacks, it might be a wise route for a smaller family. Of course we didn’t get the quoted rate of the room, it was slightly higher plus they sneek in some resort fees and the like. If you book the Atlantis Aquaventure through DCL, included in the cost is transportation to and from Atlantis (in an AC motor coach, so they say) and lunch vouchers. Now if you do book through DCL, they know where you are and you are limited to their time. You must arrive at the transportation they provide on time and the times they list. All in all, if I were to do this again, I might give the CS another chance, but for the sheer convenience and ease, I would elect to book the excursion through DCL.
“Room” all booked, we then receive instructions in order to get the day pass. We have to walk across the majority of the Atlantis resort, through the shops, around or through the casino, through the lobby down the stairs to the Aquaventures desk in order to get the pass. We get there and I was so intent at this point in getting this all down, I didn’t take time to really take in the whole Atlantis atmosphere. It really is a beautiful hotel, but once you’ve been to Vegas, they all start to look alike. Once we are at the desk in order to get the day pass wrist bands the attendant just ran out. So she has to go all the way across the hall and up the stairs to the central office in order to get more. As we wait again. This just took around 20 minutes though. Once again we are reminded that the Disney experience I equals top-notch customer service….this clearly has not been a morning of that at all.



Day pass in hand or should I say wrist. We head over to check out some of the aquariums and the main one known as “The Dig”. Turns out the aquariums are very spread out throughout the Atlantis property and we could never find a map telling us just were to go. So we give up and try our luck at the water attractions. The lazy river is first up and this is anything, but lazy. It is actually great fun and takes a while to get through it. After that we then go to check out some of the food offerings. We went with a fish and chips shack over by the Atlantis beach. Not bad, I had to try the conch fritters just because. DW went with the fish and DD went crazy on the fires. We then go to check out the beach and step in the warm Bahaman surf. Be warned, once you step on the beach you are off Atlantis property and it is a little harry. Let’s just say the locals are very pushy and not that friendly. We hang out there for a bit and then we go splash around some more in the pools, then go to check out what we could see of the dolphin habitat. Then it is time to get back to the docks. One note, having a six year old made the rides and slides rather difficult and I would not advise getting too much out of it with a little kiddo. Another cab ride adventure, where we have to wait for enough people to fill up the van, then the only route back to the docks is through some of the…more interesting sides of Nassau. Getting off and on the ship is easy, they just asked for my Drivers License (not DW’s though) at the port and your KTTWC (Room Key).



Once back on board we get DD ready and I take her to the KC. I decide to enjoy the veranda once again and observe the ship docked across the way, the Carnival Sensation. It was fun to watch the stragglers get back on board the Dream. One thing I noticed is I could tell we were getting ready to cast off, but there was a problem below, turns out the ship was missing one family. Within minutes, a golf cart comes rolling up with the family and they rush them on board. A minute later we cast off. We get out to sea very fast as they want to make sure we get to open waters for the fireworks.



The show tonight is a puppeteer, no real interest in that. We then pick up DD and get her outfitted for Pirate night (sure wish I could add some pictures here of this…foreshadowing, don’t ask). It was fun to see how much some people get duded up for this evening. We didn’t too much, but the DW wore a lot of gold.

I couldn’t wait for dinner though. The food offerings looked wonderful. We were in Royal Palace for this evening. One item to note is that all the dining rooms have the same menu on this night.

DW – She chose the Black Beard's Jumbo Crab Cake - with golden raisin-carrot and coconut slaw served with a spicy Calypso dressing and the Jerk Chicken Salad - jerk-seasoned chicken strips over fresh crispy greens with a citrus dressing and plantain chips. For the main course she chose the Captain Hook's Macadamia Nut-dusted Mahi Mahi - Jasmine rice and sautéed pineapple on a mild curry sauce. DW ended it with the Banana-Chocolate Crepe - with mango coulis and coconut.

ME – I started with the Crab Cake as well and the Caribbean-style Conch Chowder - with sherry, sweet peppers, onions, tomatoes, thyme, and garnished with diced potatoes and crispy bacon bits. For the main course I elected to go with two entrees, the Treasures of the Seas Grilled Shrimp and Seared Scallops - served on strings of pasta and fresh creamy tomato sauce and the Jack Sparrow's Barbecue Marinated Beef Short Ribs - Rubbed beef short rips with tamarind-barbecue sauce and served with onion red bliss mashed potatoes and plantain chip. For dessert I went with the Rum Soaked Chocolate Cake - with raspberry glaze and whipped cream.

DD – yea, same thing as before….simply amazing. Loved the mac and cheese.

As the dinner was wrapping up, our Assistant Server comes up with a plate full of Mickey Bars drizzled in chocolate syrup and tiny Mickey candies, all to be served to our TA and friend Mark “Prattpak” Pratt’s table. One drawback of having the late seating for dinner is that you might miss out on some of the ship activities. Right after dinner we head back to the room to finish off delivering the FE’s then we pick up DD for the Pirate party, Mark sent us a note on the wave phone and he had picked out a great spot on the deck 12 starboard side. We packed a bunch of glow necklaces and bracelets for the kiddos during this. It is fun to pass these out to all the kids standing around. The show was neat; I think all the kids enjoyed it, especially calling Capt. Hook a cod fish.


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DW then camps out a spot on deck 13 forward, starboard side to get a good spot for the fireworks.


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I take DD down to the KC due to her sensory issues she cannot deal with fireworks very well and I quickly get back to the excellent spot DW had picked for the fireworks.


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Soon after we get a text from the KC, DD is ready to be picked up. She is hungry, well we are too late for anything at the Pirate Buffet, but they still have pizza at the Luigi’s Pizza. Couple of slices of cheese for her and she is good to go. We then head back to the room and I figure I might as well try the chicken wings from room service…what does anyone else want? Couple cookies and another fruit plate, will do. Plus, I order some breakfast for in the morning, decaf for me and some toast for DW & DD. DW found that having this delivered first thing in the morning was a life saver, plus a time saver. What’s on tap for tonight’s iPad viewing? The 1986 Billy Crystal/Gregory Hines flick


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Running Scared

(what, what’s that you say? He included some pictures in his TR finally? Yea, well, more to that…you see, the movie I picked was Running Scared after all.)

Grooovertoo
06-15-2012, 11:46 AM
Chapter 6: Castaway Cay Day (Wednesday)
Oh the day started with such promise. What a treat. To be on Disney’s own private island today. As usual I wake with a start. I’m amazed that being 5 floors up I can still feel the shift of the engines and when they thrust to turn us around for docking. As it turns out we will be on the docks side again. It was really cool to see the canons they use to shoot the lines out so the crew on shore can tie up the vessel. They half scared me and almost made me spill my morning cup of coffee.

We get ready quickly and head up to Cabanas for some more tasty treats.

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I really liked the breakfast selection here and can never get enough pineapple. They have now given the all clear to go ashore and we get downstairs to get our stuff and head out.

Everything I had read said go to the far family beach. Well, it was 9 AM and it was packed. The first family beach was just as busy too. Oh well, we found a spot and then we venture over to Castaway Ray’s for the Stingray Adventure. This has to be to coolest thing. First you sit in a room and learn all about Stingrays and the ones at Castaway Cay that you will soon be feeding. The barbs have been trimmed from the stingrays so everything is safe. We then go out to these neat U-shaped feeding apparatuses and stand in knee deep water as the guide guides the stingrays up and onto the feeding platform. You hold the food between your fingers with the palms facing down and the food between your fingers on the backside of your hand, the Rays navigate over you and just suck up the food…very cool! After you feed them for a bit it is then free time to put on the goggles, fins and snorkel and swim around with the rays for the rest of the hour. This was a lot of fun and I definitely would recommend this. DD had a tougher time with touching the rays due to her sensory issues, but she still enjoyed seeing the wildlife and being so close in the water to these elegant creatures.

We then head back to where we left some of our stuff and get our floats to just hang out for the rest of the day. We then run into our new found friends from back home and we end up spending the rest of the day on CC with them. I float the kids out to the water platform at the first family beach. They found this platform fun, but way too deep for them (they were ages 6 to 8). I then float them back to the beach and they now want to go over to Pelican Plunge, another water platform with 2 slides.

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Of course I had to try the slide first for the kids.
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Then lil d.
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So we get them out to this and let them take a plunge. It is now time for lunch and we head up to Cookie's Too Bar-B-Q and enjoy a nice feast of burgers, hot dogs and some really good fish. Nothing really stood out here, but the cookies are very good and the ice cream wasn’t bad either. It was nice having the refillable soda fountain as well.
The rest of the afternoon we just hang out on the beach and let the kids play.

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I really like this pic that our friends took!

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A little while later while I was in the surf with the kids I must’ve upset a bed of sea lice, Beverly those suckers really sting. The mom we were hanging with got stung too.

We stay out for a little longer and then head back to the boat.

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I stop by the medical center to get a tube of hydrocortisone cream. They tell me that it will do the trick, I sure hope so. Once back in the room we have to get our heads around the fact that we will be leaving this splendor in the morning. Time to start packing up and get ready for tonight’s show…Believe.

So, throughout this TR I’ve been hinting at the fact that I didn’t have very may photos to share and there is a reason for that.


I proceed to go wash off my arm which is still stinging and apply the ointment. I then hear a thud come from the balcony. I come out of the wash room to see my DW looking over the railing and piecing together what just happened. Well, our day bag got some muffin/cookie crumbles in the bottom and she proceeded to dump the bag of the railing…little did she know, our camera was in an outside pocket of the bag. Camera overboard…………..

Wow, this really hit us hard too. Our first cruise and all the pictures, lost. Well, DW went to Guest Services in order to see what, if anything could be done. They took our names and information and tried to console the DW, but stressed not much could be done. Later that evening the head of GS came by and offered us an 8x10 from shutters, signed by the Captain (who was very concerned).


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(After we got home DCL GS called us and reported that they not only sent divers down once, but twice looking for the camera. This is why we do Disney….PERIOD. They said that in order to allow the Dream to dock at CC they had to drudge up the dock area extra deep and when the ship leaves it really churns up the sea a lot and there is no telling where it could be. She did tell us that watches and jewelry have washed ashore years later and they were able to reunite the owners with their belongings. So we have that hope.)
DD and I head off to check out Believe and we end up sitting next to our new found friends, well their kiddos anyway. I have to tell you. I was a little distracted so my enjoyment of Believe was waning, but I think this is one of the better show on DCL. After the show I drop off my Gratuities to the Room Steward and he is even aware of the situation. We have to get the luggage out and into the hall by 8:30 for pick-up or else you’ll be carrying it around the next morning. Be this time I was starting to feel the effects of the seasickness patch I was wearing…it was making it so I couldn’t read anything close and the thing was dilating my pupils. We then go to dinner; tonight we are back in Royal Palace. It was funny because I had to place the menu on the other side of the table in order to read it.
Once again, the kiddo ordered the usual fare…Mac & Cheese.

DW - Double Baked Spinach Soufflé - coated with a three cheese cream, the Avocado-Citrus Salad with Iceberg and Radicchio leaves and an orange vinaigrette, for the main course she went surf again with the Oven-Baked Salmon Royale - Crowned with King Smoked Salmon and horseradish crust accompanied by sautéed Swiss chard, truffle-infused cauliflower puree and white wine beurre blanc and dessert was the Peanut Butter Mousse - dark chocolate infused with peanut butter, chiffon cake, and whipped cream.

ME – I chose the Iced Lobster and Jumbo Shrimp - white and green asparagus, micro greens, and lemon-dill dressing with horseradish cream (not the best), Royal Market Green Salad - cherry tomato, cucumbers, peppered goat cheese, and a raspberry vinaigrette (okay, the goat cheese wasn’t bad). The main course for me was the Royal Palace Aged Angus Grilled Beef Tenderloin and Lobster Medallions - sauteed snow peas and marquis potatoes with a cognac reduction (pretty good). Dessert was the Tahitian Vanilla Crème Brulee with Macaroon ( I should’ve ordered a second of these).
DD fell asleep at dinner and luckily our dinner guest didn’t show up so we had the whole table to ourselves and the wait staff to spend more time with us. The day took it out of her and after dinner we took her back for her last time in the KC (she asked to go) while we went to check out the Vista Gallery (which I wanted one of everything in there). It was rather strange, but it was around 10:30/11 and the ship seemed deserted. Guess everyone has the early Breakfast? Actually the day took it out of all of us. I have to say, having CC day on the last day really did us in and others we talked to as well. It would’ve been nice having the CC day on day two and following it up with a day at sea for a bit of rest. I have to say though; all in all it will be sad to depart in the morning.


Sorry, no movie for tonight…the eyes still can’t focus. So I’ll end this post with a scene from one of my favorite movies.
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Kind of how I felt at the time.

(I need to add a note of special thanks to our new found friends who later supplied us with some great pics of CC and of the Dream so we can keep the memories alive.)