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disneybarbie
07-17-2011, 03:43 PM
A Grand Dream of a Honeymoon – June 2011


Introduction

Hello everyone and welcome to my trip report about our Disney honeymoon!

Itinerary

June 20th: one night at Kidani Village, Animal Kingdom Lodge

June 21st – 26th: five night cruise onboard the Disney Dream ship to Nassau and Castaway Cay

June 26th – July 3rd: seven nights at the Grand Floridian, Royal Palm Club concierge level.

Who’s Who

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Me – Emma

Huge fan of all things Disney… this was my twelfth trip to Walt Disney World and first ever cruise. I always knew I wanted to go to WDW for my honeymoon… and luckily I found a man to marry who agreed we could go!

DH – Steve

Not as much of a crazy Disney fan as I am, but he definitely enjoys the parks and Pixar movies. This was his seventh trip to WDW and also first ever cruise.



After an absolutely wonderful wedding day on the 18th of June – it was time to start our married life together in the most magical place on earth!

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Monday June 20th 2011


Travel Day and Kidani Village

I barely slept the night before we left for Orlando – my mind was full of memories of our wedding day, and anticipation for the next two weeks!

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We got up at 5.45am and left the house about 6.30 – my cousin and her husband had offered to take us to the airport which was really nice of them.. despite it being a Monday morning the traffic wasn’t too bad and we got to London Gatwick airport about 7am.

My cousin gave us these luggage tags to put on our bags: http://i581.photobucket.com/albums/ss251/disney_barbie/Honeymoon/Travel/IMG_1173.jpg

As it was our honeymoon, we’d decided to book Premium Economy seats with Virgin Atlantic – I’m so glad we did this as it made the long journey to and from Orlando much more pleasant and exciting!
There was a separate check-in area for PE customers with no queue at all – so we were quickly checked in, giving our boarding passes and also ‘fast passes’ through the security line too! There was an hour delay on our flight but we weren’t too worried about it.

Once we were through security we bought some bottles of water and a box of chocolates (we buy these to give to the cabin crew on our flight). Then we went upstairs to look for somewhere to get breakfast.
As a surprise for my husband.. I had booked for us to use the Sky Traveller lounge! I saw the sign for ‘airport lounges’ and luckily we were headed that way anyway – so just as we approached the entrance, I said “let’s look in here for some breakfast”
He laughed and said “I wondered what surprises you would have lined up for me this holiday” (he knows me too well!)

We checked into the lounge, we have used the Virgin Holidays ‘V Room’ before and this was quite similar, but aimed more at business travellers and adults, whereas the V Room is designed more for families.

We found a place to sit down.. and within a few moments, a waiter brought over two glasses of champagne and said ‘Congratulations’!
Even though it was 8am, we just about managed to drink the bubbly ;)

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For breakfast, I had poached egg on a muffin, and Steve had a bacon sandwich – there was also tea, coffee, juice, cereals, fruit and pastries available too.

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We phoned our parents to let them know we had made it to the airport with no problems – and looked out the large windows at the planes!

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We moved to some comfy sofas and sat there for about an hour – Steve had a nap while I caught up on texts & emails from friends and family about the wedding.
At one point, I glanced up at the departures board.. and saw “Virgin Atlantic… Orlando… cancelled”
Luckily I re-read it and noticed that was for the 1pm flight to Orlando, not ours!

About 10.30am we headed out to the departure lounge and Steve bought some new sunglasses – and soon we had a gate number for our flight so we walked over to it.
Once again – we had a ‘fast pass’ queue into the gate for being Premium Economy!

We waited 10-15 minutes and then the flight began boarding – we were among the first groups to be called up, so we were onto the plane and heading upstairs to the PE cabin!

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The seats were significantly bigger in this area – and there were only two seats per row, as well as storage ‘boxes’ along the windows, these were really useful for putting the blankets/pillows and other belongings in during the flight.
We were offered champagne, bucks fizz or orange juice by the crew.

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I gave one of the flight attendants the box of chocolates – she was really surprised and said thank you, and that they would ‘look after us’ on the flight.

After take off, we were served a drink and then handed a lunch menu

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We found the food to be so much better than standard VA economy food – it was served in china plates and bowls, real glasses and we had metal cutlery too! We both chose the chilli con carne, it came with an orzo salad and passionfruit dessert.


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After the meal, there was then a choice of a glass of brandy or Bailey’s.

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During the flight, they also gave out plenty of glasses of juice or water, there were hot lemon-scented towels handed out, small tubs of icecream and also a basket of fruit! A couple of hours before landing we were also served an afternoon tea of sandwiches, tea/coffee & a cookie.

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As another little surprise for my husband, I had ordered a bottle of champagne as a present for him on the flight… he was very surprised! The flight attendant said that she’d had it chilled since the start of the flight, if we wanted to drink it now… but we decided to save it to have during our trip. She then noticed the gift card said ‘Happy Honeymoon’ and said to us “I didn’t think you two looked old enough to be married!”
She put the champagne in a bag for us to take off the plane – and with it she put another bottle, as a gift from the crew (I don’t think we’ve ever drunk so much champagne as we did during the wedding/honeymoon weeks!).
A lady sat in front of us turned around and congratulated us on getting married – she asked us how the day had gone; weddings seem to make everyone happy & talkative.

Keeping track of how far we were from our destination…
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During the flight, the main attendant announced that they were holding two competitions for the passengers (never had this before even though we’ve flown many times with VA) – for the adults, we had to guess the combined age of all the crew; 3 pilots and 14 crew… and for the children, they had to draw their favourite Disney character. I thought this was a great idea and near the end of the flight the winners were announced!

The flight felt like it went quite quickly, we both watched Little Fockers – then Steve also watched The Fighter and then The A Team on his laptop, I listened to my ipod for a while & slept.
Apart from a few patches of turbulence over Canada and Delaware, it was a really smooth flight – we both really enjoyed the PE cabin and agreed that it made the journey to Orlando enjoyable, rather than something that just has to be done to get to Disney! Being in the upstairs cabin was great too, it was easy to think we were on a small plane – forgetting that there 300 people sitting below us! Every now and then a pilot would come out of the cockpit to speak to the crew, something you don’t normally see!


We landed at MCO about 3.40pm – another perk of being PE is being among the first off the plane – we’ve become experts at weaving through groups of people and making our way quickly to immigration! The line wasn’t bad at all, there were screens playing a ‘how to get through immigration’ video, which was followed by the Epcot Illuminations music.
The immigration officer asked us ‘what relation we were’ to each other – and we both grinned when we said “husband and wife” – he looked up and said “is this your honeymoon? … congratulations!”

Our suitcases had priority labels on them so they were among the first to come around the carousel… so very soon we were through customs and on the monorail headed to the terminal!

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We met our FL Tours towncar driver at the bottom of the escalators, and he led us out to our car.

He mentioned that it had been very hot in Orlando the last few weeks.. he was right, the temperature gauge in the car was reading 100 degrees!

Within 30 minutes, we were driving under that wonderful gateway – and into Walt Disney World!

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dreamerchic33
07-17-2011, 03:48 PM
congrats on your wedding! welcome back from your honeymoon! can't wait to read about your trip!!!

SOUTHERNtinkerBELLE
07-17-2011, 03:57 PM
I'm here Emma! I am so glad that you started your TR!!! :woohoo: Wow, the premium economy looks so nice! Everything from the lounge to the meal sounds first class! I can already tell that this is going to be one amazing trip! I can't wait to hear all about it! :goodvibes

disneybarbie
07-17-2011, 04:26 PM
Day 1 continued....

Very soon, we’d arrived at Animal Kingdom Villas –

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A cast member opened the town car door and greeted us with ‘Welcome Home!’

We needed to arrive in Florida the day before our cruise, and although my family’s DVC home resort is the Boardwalk, we decided to try a different resort for the first night of the honeymoon!
AKV was a great choice as I don’t think it’s somewhere we’d normally stay while on property – it seems a bit far from all the parks and we like being able to walk to Epcot and the Studios from the Boardwalk! But for this one night, we had no plans to go into the theme parks and wanted to just explore the resort until it was time to head to Port Canaveral the next day.

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At check in, the cast member handed us two Happily Ever After’ buttons, congratulated us on our honeymoon – and gave me a red rose!

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We also collected a package that our travel agent had had delivered there, it contained our cruise documents, luggage tags and lots of maps and goodies for WDW.

We’d booked a savannah view studio, and it was in a great location – on the top, fifth, floor and right by the lobby area; room number 7908.

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The décor was beautiful

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And the view!

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We unpacked a few things that we’d need overnight and had showers; then I read through the cruise information from our travel agent. I noticed that it said we had a bus transfer from the Grand Floridian to Port Canaveral – not AKL – so we went down to the lobby to ask if it could be changed.

We waited for 5 minutes …

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Then a Cast Member came up to us and said that they were on hold to DCL, but not to worry as they would take care of it and leave us a voicemail in our room… so we went for a walk to Jambo House to find some dinner!

The walk didn’t take very long and is well sign posted– but the weather was still very hot!

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We walked outside to the outpost to have a look at the animals – there weren’t many around (probably dinner time!), so we walked downstairs to the area near Jiko & Boma and out to the pool.

We decided to get something for dinner from the Mara – there were plenty of choices here, Steve had a chicken pita and I had a Mara salad – we toasted our first night of honeymoon with two Bud light with lime (we don’t get these in England and it’s one of the only beers I like, probably because it tastes more like lemonade!)


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After eating, we walked around the resort a little more and stopped for a drink at Victoria Falls lounge. This has a great view down to Boma, where we would be having breakfast in the morning.

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We wandered back to Kidani Village

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And I stopped in the gift shop to buy an AKL pin (decided to collect these and buy one from each Disney resort we stay at!) and also the ‘Mr and Mrs’ pin set.

Back in our room, there was a letter from DCL that confirmed we would be picked up from Jambo House, not Grand Floridian, to get to the cruise – and there was also a voice mail from the front desk telling us this too.
The voicemail actually said “you have two new messages” … and the second one was from Mickey & Minnie Mouse!! They wishes us a magical stay and congratulations – such a lovely touch!

We heard a distant firework outside – and looked out to see the end of Illuminations in the distance.. it was funny to be at Disney World, but not having been to a park – also knowing we wouldn’t be going into a theme park for nearly a week!
We went to bed just before 10pm – this was pretty good going as we’d been up for nearly 22 hours!

Coming up… breakfast at Boma and making our way to the Disney Dream!

Dugette
07-17-2011, 05:20 PM
Hi, I'm here! After following your last TR, I ended up lurking your wedding journal and I'm back here for this one. Congrats on your wedding! Your Disneymoon sounds fantastic and I can't wait to hear all about it. Great start so far...looks like a nice travel experience! And AKL is such a nice resort to enjoy. And YUM to breakfast at Boma! Looking forward to hearing about your cruise too!

ronnmel
07-17-2011, 05:25 PM
Woohoo! You've started the TR of your Disneymoon. :banana:

Wow, that PE thing on the plane and the lounge look fabulous. Way to make the long trip enjoyable.

AKL is gorgeous. Would love to stay there one day.

Bud Light Lime is also one of the only beer I like.

ZFamily5
07-17-2011, 05:55 PM
I'm in! I lurked on your PJ, but thought I'd join in for the TR! Can't wait to hear more!

Sarah84
07-17-2011, 06:04 PM
Great start Emma, sounds like a nice journey over and lovely start to the trip :thumbsup2
Look forward to reading more

Tracy161
07-17-2011, 07:40 PM
Couldn't possibly miss this TR! :goodvibes Can't wait to read about the cruise!!!

Mindy5767
07-17-2011, 08:43 PM
Hi Emma, I'm here :wave:..., wow... I've never gotten in when it was still on the first page. this is a first

AKL looks really lovely. I've only been there to eat at Sanaa. I would like to stay there someday, but I think if I did, I'd miss my "old" neighborhood... Saratoga. The VA plane looks really nice and so does PE. I've never heard of that level. Maybe American airlines don't have it.

Bud Lite Lime is also one of the only beers that I like. I'm excited to read about your honeymoon. You are such a beautiful couple!

I like that Minnie and Mickey call. I'll have to see if I can get that arranged for my Disneymoon couple (clients) that are getting married and going to AKL in November.

NikkiLovesWDW!
07-17-2011, 09:16 PM
Woo Hooo!! :cool1:

PrincessPaczki
07-17-2011, 10:41 PM
Hi.:goodvibes I can't wait to read more about your trip report. :thumbsup2 on the great start.

Stefy
07-18-2011, 02:28 AM
Yay you started :teeth: Still reading your PTR update then back to catch up here :teeth:

Ok all caught up, lovely start to your honeymoon. PE is just the best right and the bubble makes it all worthwhile :)

AKV looks gorgeous, glad you were able to sort the transfer problem. Love when Disney makes things happen and takes care of you :)

TanzUnited99
07-18-2011, 05:38 AM
Hi Emma! I'm joining in to hear all about your honeymoon!

Great start - I loved reading about the plane journey and how enjoyable it was. Your AKL room and view looks amazing- it must have been great waking up to that in the morning! :thumbsup2

disneylovin24
07-18-2011, 06:03 AM
Just discovered and started reading your TR! Love it! Can't wait for more!


I love that VA gives you little ice creams on the flight!

centipede
07-18-2011, 08:42 AM
I'm still trying to get caught up on your PTR. I'll make it over here eventually! :thumbsup2

klacey1
07-18-2011, 12:27 PM
Hi Emma!! Wow, that plane ride looks amazing!! I love to fly anyway, but that would have put me over the moon! Seems like it was the PERFECT splurge for your honeymoon! Can't wait for more

katiebelle21
07-18-2011, 01:21 PM
Congratulations! It sounds like you planned an amazing trip. The Premium seats on the airplane seems like a great way to start your trip!

Leshaface
07-18-2011, 04:27 PM
Hi Emma!

Wanted to know, where did you get that countdown on your phone?! Is that an app or something already in the iPhone!?

Love what you have so far! :goodvibes

wishspirit
07-18-2011, 05:49 PM
Fantastic start! I can't wait to hear all about it! :thumbsup2

tinkgurl
07-18-2011, 10:43 PM
I just found your TR and loving it! Congrats on your wedding by the way! Reading all about your honeymoon has me excited for my own next year!

splashmountainjaxson
07-19-2011, 07:18 AM
I can't wait to read more --- this is exactly how my DH and I would love to do a big anniversary some day , a Disney Cruise and the Grand. How lovely !!

Looking forward to your next update !

anjalee6
07-19-2011, 09:07 AM
Emma,

Can't wait to hear more about your trip and glad that your wedding was wonderful! I like that you played games on your flight....sounds like fun!

Sweet Pea UK
07-19-2011, 03:58 PM
Hi Emma

Excellent start!! Loving it so far!! Can't wait to read more.

I get a pin at each resort we stay at and keep them in Ambers book. I think it is a really nice idea.

I really need to update my pre-trip report as I have BIG news!!

Hope you are settling well into married life.

Sara xx

Sunstar
07-19-2011, 07:49 PM
Hi Emma! I'm joining in to read your honeymoon report. I'm so excited to see what you guys do on yours because I'm going on my honeymoon at Disney in just a month!

SOUTHERNtinkerBELLE
07-19-2011, 08:19 PM
Kidani looks so nice! All of your pictures are making me want to stay at AKL again! Your view was amazing!!! Can't wait to hear all about the cruise! :woohoo:

Mindy5767
07-20-2011, 02:33 PM
Hi Emma! I'm joining in to read your honeymoon report. I'm so excited to see what you guys do on yours because I'm going on my honeymoon at Disney in just a month!

Sunstar, when did you get married? I noticed that your Disneymoon isn't til August, but you have pics from your wedding in your signature line already! :confused3 Did you have to wait to take your honeymoon? My DH and I had to wait. When we got married, we'd planned the date more than a year in advance, and didn't know he'd end up taking a summer school semester. We got married, then had to wait 3 weeks before we headed to our Hawaiian honeymoon. We just celebrated our 25th anniversary! :dance3:

ronnmel
07-20-2011, 04:00 PM
Sunstar, when did you get married? I noticed that your Disneymoon isn't til August, but you have pics from your wedding in your signature line already! :confused3 Did you have to wait to take your honeymoon? My DH and I had to wait. When we got married, we'd planned the date more than a year in advance, and didn't know he'd end up taking a summer school semester. We got married, then had to wait 3 weeks before we headed to our Hawaiian honeymoon. We just celebrated our 25th anniversary! :dance3:


I'm not sunstar, but I too am taking a Dsineymoon a little while after my wedding. We got married in May in Cuba. Since I'm a teacher I could not take more than one week off of school, so we decided to go on our honeymoon during the summer. Since we already had to wait, we might as well wait until the end of summer, to get somehow lower crowds and cheaper rates.

disneybarbie
07-20-2011, 04:03 PM
congrats on your wedding! welcome back from your honeymoon! can't wait to read about your trip!!!

Hi! Thank you for reading along so far, more updates soon!

I'm here Emma! I am so glad that you started your TR!! Wow, the premium economy looks so nice! Everything from the lounge to the meal sounds first class! I can already tell that this is going to be one amazing trip! I can't wait to hear all about it!

Hi Courtney! I wouldn't normally write so much about the journey to Orlando, but flying PE really made a great start to our honeymoon

Hi, I'm here! After following your last TR, I ended up lurking your wedding journal and I'm back here for this one. Congrats on your wedding! Your Disneymoon sounds fantastic and I can't wait to hear all about it. Great start so far...looks like a nice travel experience! And AKL is such a nice resort to enjoy. And YUM to breakfast at Boma! Looking forward to hearing about your cruise too!

Hi! Thank you for reading - we really enjoyed AKL, nice to experience another resort; it felt like a separate vacation to the cruise and week at the Grand Floridian :cloud9:
I think it was your TR that inspired me to find out about airport lounges for this trip.. didn't you get to use one in December?! :goodvibes

Woohoo! You've started the TR of your Disneymoon.

Wow, that PE thing on the plane and the lounge look fabulous. Way to make the long trip enjoyable.

AKL is gorgeous. Would love to stay there one day.

Bud Light Lime is also one of the only beer I like.

Hi! Thank you for reading so far.. not long until your Disneymoon now :yay:

I'm in! I lurked on your PJ, but thought I'd join in for the TR! Can't wait to hear more!

Welcome! More updates coming soon :thumbsup2

Great start Emma, sounds like a nice journey over and lovely start to the trip
Look forward to reading more

Thanks Sarah, it was a great start to the honeymoon; felt like VIPs with all the 'fast pass' lines through the airport, using a lounge and then getting to sit upstairs on the plane! :cutie:

Couldn't possibly miss this TR! Can't wait to read about the cruise!!!

Thanks for reading.. will get to the cruise soon!

Hi Emma, I'm here..., wow... I've never gotten in when it was still on the first page. this is a first

AKL looks really lovely. I've only been there to eat at Sanaa. I would like to stay there someday, but I think if I did, I'd miss my "old" neighborhood... Saratoga. The VA plane looks really nice and so does PE. I've never heard of that level. Maybe American airlines don't have it.

Bud Lite Lime is also one of the only beers that I like. I'm excited to read about your honeymoon. You are such a beautiful couple!

I like that Minnie and Mickey call. I'll have to see if I can get that arranged for my Disneymoon couple (clients) that are getting married and going to AKL in November.

Hi Mindy! Thanks for reading so far.. I guess PE is a bit like business class - bigger seats, nicer meals & more perks - not quite as fancy as first class though ;) hehe.

I had read about the voice mails from Disney characters (you can request them from the front desk) but we got one at AKL and then again the GF completely by surprise! :cloud9:

Woo Hooo!! :cool1:

Hi Nikki... glad you're here!

Hi. I can't wait to read more about your trip report. on the great start.

Thank you for joining in! I'm looking forward to 'reliving' the trip by writing it up :goodvibes

Yay you started. Still reading your PTR update then back to catch up here

Ok all caught up, lovely start to your honeymoon. PE is just the best right and the bubble makes it all worthwhile

AKV looks gorgeous, glad you were able to sort the transfer problem. Love when Disney makes things happen and takes care of you

Hi Stefy! We enjoyed PE so much, if only we could fly in those seats every flight :cloud9: lol

I had been a little concerned that our transfers to & from port might be wrong, bit confusing that we were coming from one resort but back to another! But like you say Disney sorted everything out.. they could have left us on the phone to DCL but the CM wanted us to get on with our evening & relax! :goodvibes

Hi Emma! I'm joining in to hear all about your honeymoon!

Great start - I loved reading about the plane journey and how enjoyable it was. Your AKL room and view looks amazing- it must have been great waking up to that in the morning!

Just discovered and started reading your TR! Love it! Can't wait for more!


I love that VA gives you little ice creams on the flight!

Welcome! I really like the icecreams on VA flights, they always seem to hand them out at just the right time...4/5 hours into the flight!

Hi Emma!! Wow, that plane ride looks amazing!! I love to fly anyway, but that would have put me over the moon! Seems like it was the PERFECT splurge for your honeymoon! Can't wait for more

Hi! It really was a nice way to travel :goodvibes we used up a lot of our VA miles and bought the tickets using a 'miles plus money' option I like everything about flying.. except turbulence! :eek: I really don't like it.. my sister was cabin crew for a few years and explained to me that nothing is going to happen, it's just the air pressure... but I still get scared and grip onto the arms of the seat! :rolleyes1 but my fear of turbulence is outweighed by my love of Disney World - and it's the only way to ge there from here ;) hehe.

Congratulations! It sounds like you planned an amazing trip. The Premium seats on the airplane seems like a great way to start your trip!

Thank you for reading so far!

Hi Emma!

Wanted to know, where did you get that countdown on your phone?! Is that an app or something already in the iPhone!?

Love what you have so far!

Hi! The countdown is an app for the iphone - search for 'wdw vacation countdown', I think it cost £0.69 so is probably $0.99 :goodvibes - the picture changes everytime you open the app and can send you a reminder once a day with the new countdown! You can also take a picture of the screen and post it to facebook/twitter or email it.

Fantastic start! I can't wait to hear all about it!

I just found your TR and loving it! Congrats on your wedding by the way! Reading all about your honeymoon has me excited for my own next year!

Thank you both for reading along so far! I better get writing more!

I can't wait to read more --- this is exactly how my DH and I would love to do a big anniversary some day , a Disney Cruise and the Grand. How lovely !!

Looking forward to your next update !

Thank you - I'd had the idea of a cruise and the GF as a honeymoon for ages :cutie: - I was so pleased when Steve agreed to Disney for our honeymoon! :lovestruc

Emma,

Can't wait to hear more about your trip and glad that your wedding was wonderful! I like that you played games on your flight....sounds like fun!

Hi! more coming soon :goodvibes - it was really nice they did the Disney character competition on the plane for the kids; they obviously realised that 90% of the passengers were probably on their way to WDW! As we left the plane I noticed that they'd pinned all the drawings to a wall near the exit so other passengers could see!:thumbsup2

Hi Emma

Excellent start!! Loving it so far!! Can't wait to read more.

I get a pin at each resort we stay at and keep them in Ambers book. I think it is a really nice idea.

I really need to update my pre-trip report as I have BIG news!!

Hope you are settling well into married life.

Sara xx

Hi Sara! Thanks for reading - looking forward to the update to your PTR soon!
Married life is going very well.. can't believe it's been over a month already :cloud9: still finding places that I need to change my surname, but I'll get there!

Hi Emma! I'm joining in to read your honeymoon report. I'm so excited to see what you guys do on yours because I'm going on my honeymoon at Disney in just a month!

Hi! Welcome and congrats on your trip... not long to go now! :cutie:



Right.. next update coming soon!


Emma princess: x

disneybarbie
07-20-2011, 04:41 PM
Tuesday 21st June 2011

Morning at Animal Kingdom Lodge

We both woke up at about 4am because of the jet lag – I always love waking up that first morning at Disney and thinking “we’re here!”
We slept a bit more than got up about 6am – I made some coffee and we went out on the balcony; there were a lot of animals on the savannah.

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We liked in the room that there was an animal guide sheet, which you can tick off all the species of animal & bird you see on the savannah.

Steve also saw a rabbit – near the very subtle fencing that stops the animals getting too close to the hotel!

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We saw the sunrise too…

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I noticed the net curtains in our room had Lion King characters on them!
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We got showered and packed up the bags, and attached the all important Disney Cruise Line tags to our luggage!

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There was a knock on the door just before 8am, and a porter took out luggage – the next time we’d see it would be outside our stateroom door on the Dream!


We said goodbye to the room and walked over to Jambo House. Steve dropped his rucksack off at bell services (didn’t want to carry around his laptop and camera for the next few hours!) and we explored the resort a bit more.

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We went outside and looked at the flamingos

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We spoke to a cast member who was from Botswana – he described how each of the Savannahs around the resort were slightly different, and that most of the animals had gone for breakfast at this time of day so it was a bit quiet!



Another CM took our photo…

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We had a look in the gift shop, and then went downstairs to Boma to check in for our breakfast.

We hadn’t eaten here before but I’d heard nothing but good things about the meals here. It didn’t disappoint – Steve said it was one of the best breakfasts he’d ever had!

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Our server brought us coffee, tea and juice (orange, passionfruit & guava, I think).
I tried turkey bobote, cornbeef hash and scrambled eggs with goats cheese – then we had some fruit and pastries too.

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After breakfast, we went outside and sat by the pool for a couple of hours – we read through our cruise documents and I caught up with writing my vacation diary! Originally I thought we’d spend the morning at Kidani Village, but it made sense to stay at Jambo House as this is where we were being picked up to go to Port Canaveral.

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At 11.30, we went up to the lobby and collected Steve’s bag, then sat and waited.

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Very soon, a CM approached us in a Cruise Line style costume; she said to us “are you on the cruise?” – then she ticked our names off a list, and told us that we’d start lining up for the buses very soon!
There must have been about 100 people taking the transfer bus from AKL to the ship – we all lined up in the lobby and then walked out to the DCL bus, lots of the AKL CMs waved to us as we left!
We got talking to a family behind us, they noticed my ‘Just Married’ badge and I noticed they were wearing Disney Dream inaugural cruise tshirts! They said they’d been on over 30 Disney cruises and this was their third time on the Dream.

Soon we were outside next to one of the lovely Disney Cruise Line buses!

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anjalee6
07-20-2011, 05:51 PM
I love how peaceful everything looks in the morning. Glad you were able to relax a little after your long flight. We are staying at AKL in Sept. for a little suprise get away for the kids and we can't wait. I love it there and you're right...the breakfast at Boma is one of my favorites.

Tracy161
07-20-2011, 06:29 PM
Wow, that sunrise was amazing!!! :cloud9: Sounds like a great start to your honeymoon! :goodvibes

ronnmel
07-20-2011, 06:33 PM
I didn't know they had a list of all the animals of the savannah, which you can check off as you see them. Very cool.

The sunrise is very pretty.

Hope you got over the jet lag eventually and were able to sleep in a little more.

disneylovin24
07-20-2011, 06:57 PM
I love those Lion King curtains! I want those for my room at home:lmao:

My family went to Boma a few years ago for dinner: I loved it, no one else did:rolleyes:. The Breakfast looks really interesting/good!

Can't wait to read about the dream!

carri5317
07-20-2011, 08:25 PM
Great Report so far! Can't wait to hear the rest! popcorn::

tinkgurl
07-20-2011, 09:22 PM
As crazy as it may sound, I actually love mornings at WDW. Everything is so peaceful and quiet before the crowds wake up. That sunrise is so pretty!

How cool there's a check list to mark off the animals you see! Do you remember how many animals there were all together on the list?

Aw, I bet it was sad to say goodbye to the room. I always have a hard time with leaving!

How fun you got to spend some time around the Resort with breakfast and exploring before getting on the bus.

Leshaface
07-20-2011, 09:42 PM
Great update!

We'd love to try Boma sometime!

And :eek: to the family that's been on 30 cruises! That's so awesome! Because I was nosy, I decided to see when Disney Cruise Line got started, and it got started in July of 1998! That means this family did at least 2 cruises a year! :cloud9:

Can't wait for your next update!

Joyciemc
07-21-2011, 08:50 AM
Hi Emma! Great start, your flight sounds like a mini vacation in itself!

I am so excited to read the rest of the report!

TanzUnited99
07-21-2011, 09:19 AM
Love all the morning AKL pics! :thumbsup2 Looks like a great resort - can't wait to visit it.

Am glad you both enjoyed Boma for breakfast and can't wait to hear about the cruise :goodvibes

Sunstar
07-21-2011, 10:35 AM
Sunstar, when did you get married? I noticed that your Disneymoon isn't til August, but you have pics from your wedding in your signature line already! :confused3 Did you have to wait to take your honeymoon? My DH and I had to wait. When we got married, we'd planned the date more than a year in advance, and didn't know he'd end up taking a summer school semester. We got married, then had to wait 3 weeks before we headed to our Hawaiian honeymoon. We just celebrated our 25th anniversary! :dance3:

We got married on May 1, but since the school year wasn't over then we had to wait to honeymoon. I love going to WDW at the end of August and then free dining came out so that cemented when we were going.

Sunstar
07-21-2011, 10:38 AM
What a gorgeous sunrise! AKL is the one resort we've never gotten over to, but we're doing a dinner at Jiko this trip so I'm excited to see what it looks like! Can't wait to hear about your cruise!

klacey1
07-21-2011, 12:52 PM
What a relaxing morning! Wow-- 30 cruises?! Can't imagine that!

Mindy5767
07-22-2011, 07:20 PM
What a relaxing morning! Wow-- 30 cruises?! Can't imagine that!

I can. My in-laws have been on at least that many. Not one of them Disney :sad2: Mostly they do Royal Caribbean. Some cruises they've done 2 and 3 times. I know they did Alaska 3 times and the Panama Canal twice and I'm not sure how many times they did Galapagos Islands! That IS alot of cruising. I'll just be happy when someday I can say I've made 30 separate trips to WDW! :woohoo:

bmb3
07-22-2011, 07:52 PM
Congratulations! I love Disney honeymoons - we had one almost 5 years ago! I'm excited to read about yours too :)

shippedtosea
07-23-2011, 12:12 AM
All caught up! I'm glad you started. Can't wait for more.

sstewart
07-23-2011, 09:46 AM
Joining in...Can't wait for to hear about the cruise and the Grand Floridian!

SOUTHERNtinkerBELLE
07-23-2011, 10:07 AM
What a relaxing morning! (Minus the waking up really early! :laughing:) When we stayed at AKL, my favorite time of day there was the morning, because it was so incredibly peaceful out on the savannah. Your pictures are really making me want to stay there again! It truly is a beautiful place. :cloud9:

Yay! I'm so excited you're about to go on the cruise! :woohoo:

Dugette
07-23-2011, 10:28 AM
I think it was your TR that inspired me to find out about airport lounges for this trip.. didn't you get to use one in December?! :goodvibes
Yes, that was us! I'm glad the idea could help you. It does sound like you managed to have a really nice travel day, given the distance and all.

Love your morning at AKL. I never noticed the Lion King characters on the curtains! Yummy Boma breakfast...glad you both enjoyed it!

Excited to hear about your cruise!

disneybarbie
07-23-2011, 01:08 PM
I love how peaceful everything looks in the morning. Glad you were able to relax a little after your long flight. We are staying at AKL in Sept. for a little suprise get away for the kids and we can't wait. I love it there and you're right...the breakfast at Boma is one of my favorites.

Wow that'll be an amazing surprise in September! :cutie:
It was really peaceful that morning on the balcony - we could hear one other family on their balcony (only talking quietly) but it was just us and that beautiful view of the savannah!

Wow, that sunrise was amazing!!! :cloud9: Sounds like a great start to your honeymoon! :goodvibes

Thank you! so glad we had the cameras ready - the sun came up quite quickly.. it was very 'Lion King'.. I was humming 'Circle of Life' to myself :rolleyes1 hehe

I didn't know they had a list of all the animals of the savannah, which you can check off as you see them. Very cool.

The sunrise is very pretty.

Hope you got over the jet lag eventually and were able to sleep in a little more.

Yes I really liked the animal list.. nice touch!
The jet lag wears off after a few days - it's just part of going to the USA for us now, it works to our advantage at WDW because it makes it very easy to get up for early EMH, but we just don't manage to stay up very late for a few days :cutie:

I love those Lion King curtains! I want those for my room at home:lmao:

My family went to Boma a few years ago for dinner: I loved it, no one else did:rolleyes:. The Breakfast looks really interesting/good!

Can't wait to read about the dream!

The curtains were such a nice touch.. only Disney would think of that! :wizard: I'd had breakfast at Tusker House in AK a few years ago and Boma had similar food to there - I really like the mix of traditional breakfast items with African inspired dishes.

Great Report so far! Can't wait to hear the rest! popcorn::

Thank you for reading! :goodvibes

As crazy as it may sound, I actually love mornings at WDW. Everything is so peaceful and quiet before the crowds wake up. That sunrise is so pretty!

How cool there's a check list to mark off the animals you see! Do you remember how many animals there were all together on the list?

Aw, I bet it was sad to say goodbye to the room. I always have a hard time with leaving!

How fun you got to spend some time around the Resort with breakfast and exploring before getting on the bus.

I really like the mornings at WDW too - being in the resorts or at the parks early is such a great time, waiting for the day at Disney to begin!

Hi Emma! Great start, your flight sounds like a mini vacation in itself!

I am so excited to read the rest of the report!

Thank you! more to come soon :thumbsup2

Love all the morning AKL pics! :thumbsup2 Looks like a great resort - can't wait to visit it.

Am glad you both enjoyed Boma for breakfast and can't wait to hear about the cruise :goodvibes

We really like AKL, such a beautiful and well-themed resort :thumbsup2

What a gorgeous sunrise! AKL is the one resort we've never gotten over to, but we're doing a dinner at Jiko this trip so I'm excited to see what it looks like! Can't wait to hear about your cruise!

Hope you enjoy dinner at Jiko! I ate there years ago (think in 2000!) but would like to return :goodvibes

What a relaxing morning! Wow-- 30 cruises?! Can't imagine that!

lol I guess some of those cruises might have been back-to-back ones... amazing really, once we'd been on one though I could understand why someone would want to go again and again :cloud9:

Congratulations! I love Disney honeymoons - we had one almost 5 years ago! I'm excited to read about yours too :)

Thank you! next update coming soon :goodvibes

All caught up! I'm glad you started. Can't wait for more.

Thanks for reading! I've just caught up with your latest TR, all looks great so far :thumbsup2

Joining in...Can't wait for to hear about the cruise and the Grand Floridian!

Thanks for reading! :goodvibes

What a relaxing morning! (Minus the waking up really early! :laughing:) When we stayed at AKL, my favorite time of day there was the morning, because it was so incredibly peaceful out on the savannah. Your pictures are really making me want to stay there again! It truly is a beautiful place. :cloud9:

Yay! I'm so excited you're about to go on the cruise! :woohoo:

Thanks Courtney! I'm so glad we decided to stay at Kidani for that first night.. completely different to the Boardwalk (where I think we would have been tempted to head into Epcot or DHS and end up exhausted on our first day!) .. cruise coming up...

Yes, that was us! I'm glad the idea could help you. It does sound like you managed to have a really nice travel day, given the distance and all.

Love your morning at AKL. I never noticed the Lion King characters on the curtains! Yummy Boma breakfast...glad you both enjoyed it!

Excited to hear about your cruise!

Hi! loved those net curtains, such a Disney touch :goodvibes we would definitely go back to Boma again, we're thinking of trying to make the goats cheese & scrambled eggs for breakfast at home!



Emma princess: x

disneybarbie
07-23-2011, 02:05 PM
June 21st Continued….

We were the last two people to get on the first coach - but luckily still got two seats together. Soon we were on our way and the DCL video started – it was up to date and focused on our ship.



After that there were Disney short cartoons shown and trivia questions – I played along while Steve slept a little.

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You could tell that everyone was excited on the coach about our destination.. when we got closer to Port Canaveral and got our first glimpse of the Dream, it was easy to here the ‘Wow’s and squeals of delight from lots of people (including me!)

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As the bus entered the port, we drove really close to the ship – it was good for photos!

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The journey took about 50 minutes from AKL to the port – a CM from the terminal got onto our bus and explained how we would be going through security and then checking in; there wasn’t a large queue into the terminal building (it was about 1pm by now so I guessed that boarding the ship had already begun).

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Getting through security didn’t take very long, about 10 minutes – I had to take off my ‘Just Married’ badge before going through the scanner, forgot it was made of metal!
Very soon we were heading up the escalator and into the Disney terminal….

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There were several desks set up for the health questionnaires, we approached one & filled in our forms – and I asked a CM where the ‘non-US citizens’ line was (I’d luckily heard about this on the Passporter Moms podcast the week before!) – she showed us where it was and there was no one in line for it, while the regular queue for check in was still quite long.
A friendly CM checked us in – it didn’t take very long, and soon we were handed our Key to the World cards!

We were handed a second card which was our boarding group (30) – I’d heard an announcement that groups 1-24 were asked to board, so we didn’t have long to wait.

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The family we’d spoke to at AKL had told us to look at the floor tiles in the terminal if we remembered to – it was a huge map of the sea and showed many of the ports DCL sail to!
We found some seats and both used the restrooms – there were television screens showing Cinderella; I didn’t see very much of it though as soon it was ‘group 1 to 30’s turn to approach the yellow Mickey ears and get ready to board!



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Once through the ears, there was a short line to have our photo taken – we didn’t buy this one but I knew it was taken as the ship photographers used facial recognition from this picture to match all of our cruise photos to our stateroom keys (very clever… it was like photopass without needing a card!).
And then we were heading up the gangway and onto the ship!

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We were both really excited – there were several CMs (they are ‘crew members’ on DCL rather than ‘cast members’, but just as fantastic) who greeted us and one asked for our family name.. we said Steve’s.. and as we entered the atrium she announced us and everyone clapped – it was a memorable moment and the atrium was breathtaking!

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Another CM greeted us – he congratulated us on our marriage and then asked for our stateroom number, he then told us the best way to get there which was really helpful. It was after 1.30pm so we were able to go to our stateroom – so off we went!
Our luggage was already outside our door so we swiped a room key over the pad – and in we went!

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disneybarbie
07-23-2011, 02:08 PM
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Our room was fabulous – we’d booked a category 5A stateroom with a veranda. It was much bigger than either of us was expecting, with so much storage for our luggage (under the bed) and belongings.
I’d ordered some beers, wine, bottled water and a photo credit package for us – and all of these were beautifully displayed on the coffee table and desk area. But to our surprise, my sister had also ordered for us a ‘bon voyage’ package – so there was a bottle of champagne, plate of chocolates and fruit, a celebration cake and many decorations all over our stateroom!

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View from the balcony..
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Space Center!
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Our first navigator was on the bed along with our dining tickets and confirmation of our booked excursions, spa appointments and speciality restaurant bookings.

Steve opened a beer & I had a glass of wine (the ice buckets for these were refilled by our stateroom host twice a day!) while I got on with unpacking our bags - then we went to explore the ship before the safety drill.

I put the magnets I’d made on our door (this was really helpful to locate our room on the corridor for the first day or so!)

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Our room was well positioned near the elevators that went up into Cabanas at the rear (aft) of the ship – and we didn’t have far to walk to the next elevators that were midship.

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First we went up to deck 11 – it felt really busy up here but exciting, there was music playing & people in the pool and on the sunbeds. We got a drink from one of the stands and wandered through Cabanas

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We also wandered up to Deck 12 and saw the sports deck,

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Then through the adult only pool area, Quiet Cove pool and Cove Café – this was much more relaxed, knew we’d be spending more time here later in the cruise.

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disneybarbie
07-23-2011, 02:12 PM
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We went back to our stateroom just before 4pm, and very soon the sirens started and it was time for the safety drill! We went down the staircase to Deck 4, we were at muster station ‘N’. I liked going down the emergency staircases as it was a bit like going ‘back stage’ on the ship.

Once assembled at our station, a CM used a megaphone and asked us to name Disney characters beginning with the letter ‘N’ (we came up with Nana, Naveen, Nemo and Nigel the pelican).
The safety drill didn’t take long at all – we had to have our stateroom keys scanned and then were allowed to go leave.

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We went back to the Atrium to take some photos, and stopped for lattes at the café there – these were a few dollars each but were very tasty. We noted how quiet it was now, considering there were 4,000+ people onboard, we were almost alone!

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We walked around Deck 4 and 3 to see the menus at the Royal Palace and Enchanted Garden.

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We went up to watch the Sailaway party from Deck 12 – it was very busy around here..

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So instead we walked up to Deck 13 to the very front of the ship – we were right up against the railings and ready to sail out to sea!

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We began moving, and the ship played ‘A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes’ on the horn – I couldn’t believe we were actually onboard our cruise!

Steve got a lot of great photos here of other boats… as well as a group of dolphins – one was jumping in front of the ship.

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I liked that people on other boats and on the shore were waving to us and we all waved back.

An announcement was made that the first seating for dinner would begin soon (5.45pm I think) – I was glad then that we had second seating so there was plenty of time still. We went down to our room and got ready for dinner.

We spent some time out on the veranda…

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Our seating was at 8.15pm so about 7.30 we went down to Deck 4 and had a look around the shopping district – there were several shops that were really nicely designed with a lot of good merchandise – I also spied the Dooney & Bourke DCL exclusive bags ;)

While wandering around these decks we encountered our first ‘enchanted art’ pictures!

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These were really clever – although I soon learnt that not all pictures would start moving when I stood in front of them. :cutie:

At 8pm we went to the Enchanted Garden and waited a few minutes for the restaurant to open.

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disneybarbie
07-23-2011, 02:16 PM


I liked it when we entered as all of the servers were lined up either side to greet us! One asked for our table number and we were led to our table.

It was just off the main dining area which was a bit quieter – we were seated on a table for four, but had no other guests seated with us! I had expected we’d be seated on a table of 6 or 8 with other guests, but our travel agent had requested smaller tables for us as it was our honeymoon.. which was exactly what we got!
Our servers were called Ivor and Caterina, they were very friendly and we had great service at all of our rotation meals with them. Our head server was called Gabor and he came over to introduce himself during the meal.

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We ordered drinks and were given the bread (we noticed on the Dream that they always had delicious bread & butter with the meal – this one had red fruit in it, like a fruit brioche?).

For appetisers, I had ahi tuna and avocado and Steve had lobster ravioli

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For main course, I had sea bass on a risotto, and Steve had pork…

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The portions were smaller than normal WDW meals, so we made it to dessert most nights!
I had a bananas foster sundae and Steve had a strawberry shortcake.

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The whole meal was delicious and we enjoyed all three courses, our only small complaint was that our dinner was served very quickly; we were finished within an hour! Our section was very quiet though so our waiters were able to be very quick for us.

After dinner we went up to the sports area to play mini golf! It wasn’t at all busy – but I found it quite breezy and realised I couldn’t play mini golf in a floaty dress! So I watched Steve and took photos.. it was quite a unique experience, playing golf while out in the sea on a huge ship!

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Back inside, we saw Donald in the atrium..
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Next we went to The District area to have a look around –

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we made our way into the Skyline bar as I wanted to see the city ‘windows’ – and we decided to stay for a cocktail.

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The barman, Augusto, was very friendly and gave us a light-up menu!

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We weren’t sure what to order – the barman was making a New Yorker cocktail for another lady, so we decided to have two of those!
Another guest kindly took our photo.

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This bar was really unique – it didn’t feel busy and the entire wall behind the bar area was like looking over a city from high up – it changed every 15 minutes, we saw Rio de Janeiro, Paris, Chicago, Hong Kong and New York. You could see lights turning on and off in the buildings and cars/boats moving along.

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We stayed here for over an hour to see each of the city skylines – we asked if the picture ever changed to London – and Augusto told us that they would probably have that on the Disney Fantasy Skyline bar next year!

We headed back to our stateroom, it was nearly 11pm – we were already doing much better with the jetlag.

Our stateroom host (who we’d met briefly early, Nigel) had turned down our bed, drawn the curtains and left a crab towel animal with Sleepy dwarf chocolates as eyes!
There was also the next day’s navigator.

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We’d had an amazing first day on our cruise and couldn’t wait for the next day to begin. :goodvibes



Coming up tomorrow… Castaway Cay (also known as paradise!)

disneylovin24
07-23-2011, 02:29 PM
Love all of the cruise pictures:goodvibes

It really looks like such an amazing ship! I have never wanted to go on a crusie in my life but after seeing various TR's on the ship I really want to!

I love all of the goodies you had in your room when you arrived, such a nice touch.

Can't believe there is mini golf on the ship! It looks like so much fun!

onelilspark
07-23-2011, 02:58 PM
Joining in! We're coming to Europe for a cruise for out Honeymoon!

Congrats on the marriage!

lua1904
07-23-2011, 04:16 PM
Really enjoying this TR, we are having a very similar honeymoon next May at WDW and on the Dream. Can't wait to hear more! Congratulations on the wedding.

Laura

Sweet Pea UK
07-23-2011, 04:18 PM
Wow Emma!!!! I want to go on a Cruise!!! What an amazing start! I can't wait to read more xx

ronnmel
07-23-2011, 05:57 PM
When I was younger I was really interested in taking a cruise, but kinda forgot about it as I got older. Now with reading your TR it makes me want to take one!

It's incredible how a ship with so many people can actually look empty in some places!

What's this navigator you are talking about receiving?

anjalee6
07-23-2011, 10:25 PM
Emma- Your pictures and descriptions are great! :thumbsup2 I wasn't sure whether I would ever want to go on a cruise (we've gone back and forth with the idea) but this makes me want to go on one and you have only been on the boat for a short time.

klacey1
07-23-2011, 10:54 PM
I love your pictures! I can't believe how gorgeous the Dream is! I love the dress you wore to dinner, too!

NikkiLovesWDW!
07-24-2011, 07:56 AM
Wow Emma, your first day on the Dream sounds amazing! Almost makes me want to do another Disney cruise! :rotfl:

TanzUnited99
07-24-2011, 07:57 AM
Love the cruise pictures! The ship looks amazing! :thumbsup2

The door magnets look great and how sweet of your sister to surprise you guys.

Tracy161
07-24-2011, 08:42 AM
Sounds like a fabulous first day!!! :goodvibes Your dress is beautiful too! Can't wait to hear about Castaway Cay!

Stefy
07-24-2011, 09:27 AM
Great updates, looks like embarkation was painless :) Must make a note to ask for the non US line :)

The Dream really does look like a "Dream" and so far your first day looked magical. Can't wait to read more :goodvibes

Princess_K
07-24-2011, 09:44 AM
Hi, Emma! I just found your TR and am following along. The Dream looks amazing. Can't wait for your next update!

Sunstar
07-24-2011, 10:39 AM
Wow the Dream looks amazing! We've never done a cruise, but I'd love to. Sounds like you had a great relaxing first day.

disneybarbie
07-24-2011, 03:55 PM
Love all of the cruise pictures

It really looks like such an amazing ship! I have never wanted to go on a crusie in my life but after seeing various TR's on the ship I really want to!

I love all of the goodies you had in your room when you arrived, such a nice touch.

Can't believe there is mini golf on the ship! It looks like so much fun!

Thank you! It really was an amazing ship - I'd seen many pictures and video of it before we went, but actually seeing it myself was incredible :goodvibes
I was really glad to have pre-ordered some drinks and the photo credits for our room - the bottled water was particularly useful for our days on Castaway Cay and in Nassau. And the gifts from my sister were so lovely - we kept the decorations up for the whole cruise! :cutie:


Joining in! We're coming to Europe for a cruise for out Honeymoon!

Congrats on the marriage!

Thank you for reading so far! Are you going on a Disney cruise around Europe? Hope you are enjoying the wedding & honeymoon planning :goodvibes

Really enjoying this TR, we are having a very similar honeymoon next May at WDW and on the Dream. Can't wait to hear more! Congratulations on the wedding.

Laura

Thank you for reading Laura! I hope you love the cruise ship as much as we did - we already can't wait to do another cruise in the future! :cloud9:

Wow Emma!!!! I want to go on a Cruise!!! What an amazing start! I can't wait to read more xx

Thanks Sara! I think you would love the cruise - the Dream was like the ultimate Disney hotel, but out at sea! :wizard:

When I was younger I was really interested in taking a cruise, but kinda forgot about it as I got older. Now with reading your TR it makes me want to take one!

It's incredible how a ship with so many people can actually look empty in some places!

What's this navigator you are talking about receiving?

Hi Mel!
I hope I am describing the cruise ok - we really didn't know what to expect, if we'd like a cruise-style vacation, but we both loved it.. there was so much to do, but you didn't have to do anything really!

The navigators are a leaflet that you get in your stateroom each night about activities on the ship the next day.. it highlights a few special things, then has an hour-by-hour grid which shows you things for adults/teens/tweens/families and kids... it was really useful and now make great souvenirs!

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Emma- Your pictures and descriptions are great! :thumbsup2 I wasn't sure whether I would ever want to go on a cruise (we've gone back and forth with the idea) but this makes me want to go on one and you have only been on the boat for a short time.

Thank you! I'm not sure we would ever have considered going on a cruise if it wasn't a Disney one ;) but now I think we'd enjoy trying other cruise lines too (maybe!) .. it's such a different style of vacation, very relaxing but lots of opportunities to try out new things & visit many places :goodvibes

I love your pictures! I can't believe how gorgeous the Dream is! I love the dress you wore to dinner, too!

Thank you! The ship was beautiful - even the corridors and staircases were gorgeously decorated(and Disney music was played quietly too!)
Thank you for the compliment on the dress - I'd saved up money specifically for our honeymoon wardrobes, so we both had plenty of lovely new clothes to wear! :cutie:

Wow Emma, your first day on the Dream sounds amazing! Almost makes me want to do another Disney cruise! :rotfl:

Thanks Nikki - it was a great first day! Reading about your cruise on honeymoon made me think a lot more about going on one.. it was also the reason we did cruise/wdw rather than the other way around, just in case it wasn't our thing - we knew we still had a week at WDW to look forward too lol :goodvibes

Love the cruise pictures! The ship looks amazing! :thumbsup2

The door magnets look great and how sweet of your sister to surprise you guys.

Thank you!
I was really glad I made the magnets - if only to recognise our door more easily, the corridors of staterooms are very long! :laughing: I had read that sometimes the magnets go 'missing' during the cruise but luckily none of ours did.
The gifts from my sister were so sweet - she is so good at thinking up surprises! :cloud9:

Sounds like a fabulous first day!!! :goodvibes Your dress is beautiful too! Can't wait to hear about Castaway Cay!

Thank you! I will try to get to my next update asap :goodvibes

Great updates, looks like embarkation was painless :) Must make a note to ask for the non US line :)

The Dream really does look like a "Dream" and so far your first day looked magical. Can't wait to read more :goodvibes

Thanks Stefy... I'm not sure if you will need the non-US queue for check-in or if there is a separate one for concierge? It's good to know about though :thumbsup2

I think 'Dream' is the perfect name for that ship!


Hi, Emma! I just found your TR and am following along. The Dream looks amazing. Can't wait for your next update!

Thank you for reading along! Will get to next update soon

Wow the Dream looks amazing! We've never done a cruise, but I'd love to. Sounds like you had a great relaxing first day.

Thank you! The cruise was really fantastic - I think most WDW fans would enjoy one, if you ever get the chance to go :goodvibes


Emma princess: x

Joyciemc
07-24-2011, 05:11 PM
Fantastic update! That is an amazing ship... I can't believe how big it is, and how much there is to do. Love the Skyline bar!

RachelNinja
07-24-2011, 07:58 PM
I'm finally here! This is starting to look like a fantastic honeymoon! You're making me REALLY want to go on a cruise now! I like that you were able to be seated by yourselves. I don't know that I'd necessarily want to be socializing with people I don't know during meal times on my honeymoon. Looking forward to more!

emma212010
07-24-2011, 09:00 PM
Hi Emma, my name's Emma too! :thumbsup2 I'm subbing in for your TR!!You've had a great first day! I love all the pictures. What a fun cruise! Looking forward to more! :goodvibes

BippityBoo
07-24-2011, 10:01 PM
AMAZING start! Can't wait to read more--congrats :goodvibes

PrincessPaczki
07-24-2011, 11:04 PM
Hi. :goodvibes The ship looks amazing. :thumbsup2 I can't wait to read more. I just received our c.d. on the Disney cruises. I think tomorrow I will have to put it in and watch.;)

onelilspark
07-25-2011, 07:11 AM
Thank you for reading so far! Are you going on a Disney cruise around Europe? Hope you are enjoying the wedding & honeymoon planning :goodvibes



I don't think Disney will be in Europe while we're there, we're taking a Celebrity Cruise.

ronnmel
07-25-2011, 02:13 PM
Hi Mel!
I hope I am describing the cruise ok - we really didn't know what to expect, if we'd like a cruise-style vacation, but we both loved it.. there was so much to do, but you didn't have to do anything really!

The navigators are a leaflet that you get in your stateroom each night about activities on the ship the next day.. it highlights a few special things, then has an hour-by-hour grid which shows you things for adults/teens/tweens/families and kids... it was really useful and now make great souvenirs!

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You are doing a great job so far at explaining the cruise. Those navigators sound like just the thing DH and I would spend hours reading and re-reading coming back from our trip to reminisce about it.

Shannon84
07-25-2011, 02:24 PM
I am just catching up and enjoying your TR so far :goodvibes

Mindy5767
07-25-2011, 09:40 PM
I'm so excited to hear about Castaway Cay. I read all about Jennifer's cruise on the Dream in the spring and Castaway Cay is my ideal paradise!!! She had such a beautiful day there.

My family is going on a western Caribbean cruise out of Galveston Texas on the Royal Caribbean ship Mariner of the Seas. As I read of your start to your cruise, I was thinking... Oh... we won't have Cabanas, oh... we won't have any enchanted pictures or garden... and we won't have any sail away party! Would you believe RCCL just pulls out of the dock with no fanfare and no warning.... just starts moving!! :eek: I can't wait to someday do a cruise on the Dream.... or any Disney ship will do for that matter!

I think what I'm going to miss the most about our cruise is that Royal Caribbean doesn't obviously go to Castaway Cay. RCCL has their own island somewhere, but we're not going there. My in-laws picked the cruise, and then asked us if we wanted to join them. We do!! Dont' have to ask me twice... but its still not Disney!::MickeyMo::MinnieMo

ChiCat
07-26-2011, 04:18 PM
Awesome report so far :love: it's the first one I've read that really makes me want to book a Disney cruise!!

disneybarbie
07-26-2011, 04:26 PM
Fantastic update! That is an amazing ship... I can't believe how big it is, and how much there is to do. Love the Skyline bar!

Thank you! The ship really was huge - and yet, when we were on it, it doesn't feel too big to make your way around :thumbsup2.. I guess there's a lot of areas on the ship that you don't need to go (like other decks of staterooms) - that was the only time we went to the Skyline bar but we could've gone again, it was so well-themed! We have the light-up ice cubes as souvenirs at home now :goodvibes

I'm finally here! This is starting to look like a fantastic honeymoon! You're making me REALLY want to go on a cruise now! I like that you were able to be seated by yourselves. I don't know that I'd necessarily want to be socializing with people I don't know during meal times on my honeymoon. Looking forward to more!

Hi Rachel! Thank you for reading along so far :goodvibes the cruise was sooo much fun, we loved it. I was prepared to sit with other people at the restaurants, but it was much nicer just being the two of us as it was our honeymoon :cloud9:

Hi Emma, my name's Emma too! :thumbsup2 I'm subbing in for your TR!!You've had a great first day! I love all the pictures. What a fun cruise! Looking forward to more! :goodvibes

Hi! Thank you for reading, I'll get to next update soon :thumbsup2

AMAZING start! Can't wait to read more--congrats :goodvibes

Hi Katie! Nice to have you here :goodvibes

Hi. :goodvibes The ship looks amazing. :thumbsup2 I can't wait to read more. I just received our c.d. on the Disney cruises. I think tomorrow I will have to put it in and watch.;)

Hi! Have you watched the dvd yet? We couldn't get one shipped over here but luckily all the videos were on the DCL website.. I watched them alot before we went! :cutie:

I don't think Disney will be in Europe while we're there, we're taking a Celebrity Cruise.

Sure you'll have a great time - there must be so many different ports & countries those cruises can visit :goodvibes


You are doing a great job so far at explaining the cruise. Those navigators sound like just the thing DH and I would spend hours reading and re-reading coming back from our trip to reminisce about it.

Thanks Mel... I'd read a tip to take a highligher pen on the cruise, so that we could circle everything we wanted to do each day! :thumbsup2 another DISer was on the same cruise as us, Leshaface, and she has scanned much bigger copies of the navigators onto her TR if you'd like to see them closer :goodvibes

I am just catching up and enjoying your TR so far :goodvibes

Thank you very much!

I'm so excited to hear about Castaway Cay. I read all about Jennifer's cruise on the Dream in the spring and Castaway Cay is my ideal paradise!!! She had such a beautiful day there.

My family is going on a western Caribbean cruise out of Galveston Texas on the Royal Caribbean ship Mariner of the Seas. As I read of your start to your cruise, I was thinking... Oh... we won't have Cabanas, oh... we won't have any enchanted pictures or garden... and we won't have any sail away party! Would you believe RCCL just pulls out of the dock with no fanfare and no warning.... just starts moving!! :eek: I can't wait to someday do a cruise on the Dream.... or any Disney ship will do for that matter!

I think what I'm going to miss the most about our cruise is that Royal Caribbean doesn't obviously go to Castaway Cay. RCCL has their own island somewhere, but we're not going there. My in-laws picked the cruise, and then asked us if we wanted to join them. We do!! Dont' have to ask me twice... but its still not Disney!::MickeyMo::MinnieMo

I'm sure it'll be a great cruise Mindy :goodvibes - I would like to try other cruise lines to compare them to DCL (my parents really enjoy Princess cruises).. but I know we will definitely go on another Disney one someday - and Castaway Cay was paradise! I'll try get to my next update soon... my evenings have been busy writing wedding thank you cards this week :bride:


Emma princess: x

disneybarbie
07-26-2011, 04:29 PM
Awesome report so far :love: it's the first one I've read that really makes me want to book a Disney cruise!!

Thank you for reading! More cruise days to come :goodvibes

soul_power
07-26-2011, 06:53 PM
Enjoying your TR! DBF and I (we don't have kids) will be on the Dream followed by a few days at WDW in less than two months, and I love reading couple TRs! Belated congratulations on the wedding! :goodvibes

cindianne320
07-26-2011, 07:04 PM
I'm a fellow Junie and was intrigued with your trip! It sounds wonderful so far!!!

SOUTHERNtinkerBELLE
07-26-2011, 07:21 PM
Oh my gosh, Emma! The ship looks amazing! I kept saying "wow" as I scrolled through all of your pictures! Your room looks really nice and how amazing to have your own veranda! Your sister is too sweet to have all of those goodies delivered to your room! :cloud9: I can't wait to hear more about your amazing cruise! :woohoo:

Jennifer48
07-28-2011, 02:41 PM
Joining in!

Congratulations on your recent wedding!

What a wonderful first day on the Dream! Can't wait to hear more! :goodvibes

Jessica527
07-28-2011, 04:49 PM
subscribing can't wait to hear more!

disneybarbie
07-30-2011, 07:38 AM
Enjoying your TR! DBF and I (we don't have kids) will be on the Dream followed by a few days at WDW in less than two months, and I love reading couple TRs! Belated congratulations on the wedding! :goodvibes

Hi! Thanks for reading - very jealous you will be on the Dream in a few weeks time :goodvibes

I'm a fellow Junie and was intrigued with your trip! It sounds wonderful so far!!!

Thank you for reading!

Oh my gosh, Emma! The ship looks amazing! I kept saying "wow" as I scrolled through all of your pictures! Your room looks really nice and how amazing to have your own veranda! Your sister is too sweet to have all of those goodies delivered to your room! :cloud9: I can't wait to hear more about your amazing cruise! :woohoo:

Thanks Courtney - the Dream was so beautiful, even the corridors and stairs were themed and decorated ... it definitely had that Disney touch! I'm really glad that we had a veranda too - we didn't spend a lot of time out there but the views out to sea and in the ports were fantastic.

Joining in!

Congratulations on your recent wedding!

What a wonderful first day on the Dream! Can't wait to hear more! :goodvibes

Thank you! More to come very soon.

subscribing can't wait to hear more!

Thank you for reading so far.. next update is on its way :surfweb: !


Emma princess: x

disneybarbie
07-30-2011, 08:53 AM
Wednesday 22nd June 2011

Castaway Cay

I woke up at 6.30am – it was a mix of the jet lag and excitement about being onboard the Dream!

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One of the tv channels showed you where the ship was…
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From our veranda, we could see a small island coming into view… Castaway Cay! The ship was due to get to the island for 8.30am (when we were able to disembark) – so we decided to go up to Cabanas for some breakfast.
It was before 7.30am so only fruit and pastries were available, but that was all we wanted anyway (the full breakfast buffet began from 7.30am)
It was nice to eat our breakfast as the ship was docking at the island.

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We went back to our room and got out things ready for the beach.

Today’s navigator…

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We also had a map of Castaway Cay put in our room…
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We heard the ship’s horn play “It’s a Small World” to signal we had arrived!

From the veranda..
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About 8.15 we went down to deck one and waited for the doors to open.

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It wasn’t too busy as I guess there are a lot of routes other guests can take off the ship. A man asked Steve if he was from New Orleans, as he was wearing his Saints tshirt.. and thought it was funny we were from England! He said “but you support a good football team” ;)

To get off the ship, we had our room keys swiped by a crew member, (we had our passports with us too, but only needed this to get back on the ship at Nassau) – and then we were walking out to Castaway Cay, collecting some beach towels from a crew member.

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The island is absolutely beautiful – everywhere was tidy, clean and well-looked after; the sea was bright blue, the sun was shining and there was a slight breeze…. Paradise!

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We had our photo taken by one of the ship photographers.
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We planned to walk around to serenity bay so didn’t stop at the first tram stop.

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disneybarbie
07-30-2011, 08:59 AM



Once we got to the family beach and Pelican Point, we realised it was already getting quite hot so we got a tram for the rest of the way.

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The tram went along a plane runway, which was apparently built in the 1940s (Steve guessed the island must have been used during World War II).

In a few minutes we were at Serenity Bay, the adults only beach.

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I had bought special flipflops for this trip that printed ‘Just Married’ into the sand! As we walked onto the beach, I heard a lady behind us whisper “look.. they just got married” and her partner whispered back… “why are you whispering?!”
These are the prints in the sand – (bit hard to see)..
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The beach was almost empty and there were plenty of sunbeds, seats, parasols and hammocks to choose from.

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We were first in the sea at Serenity Bay. I don’t normally like swimming in the sea but the water here was so clear, I could see where I was putting my feet – and it didn’t get deep until much further out.

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We spent the morning sunbathing, reading & walking along the beach. It never felt crowded or noisy there – we could see different excursions out in the sea – jet skis, glass bottom boat tour etc.

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There was a barman walking along the beach taking orders, we got some diet cokes (they were about $2 each I think) but we later learned that there was a free soda machine at the BBQ area, so we got our drinks from there after that.

We had lunch at the adults BBQ area, I had thought we’d have to head back to the family beach to Cookies, so it was nice that there was food available much nearer!
There were burgers, ribs, chicken and mahi-mahi on the bbq, several salads and bread.

Everything was delicious, especially the mahi-mahi! I had an ice cream for dessert too.
I noticed the paper cups & plates had ‘Disney Parks’ on them, these were almost the only thing on Serenity Bay that were obviously ‘Disney’.

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We went back to the beach for a while – many people had pulled the plastic chairs into the sea to sit on, it looked very relaxing! Until a small barracuda swam by and made a lot of people leap out the water!

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About 1pm we got the tram back to Pelican Point. I bought a Castaway Cay pin in one of the small shops, then we walked out to the Heads Up bar and took some photos.

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The main beach looked much busier, but not over-crowded. As we walked back towards the ship, we ran into Captain Hook and Mr Smee!

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disneybarbie
07-30-2011, 09:05 AM
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We stopped to look at the post office..

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And then got back on the ship, there was a short line – we dropped off our towels and used the hand-sanitiser stations. (This is something about cruising that is very different to WDW – they are very careful about hygiene because of things like novovirus. At every restaurant you are handed hand wipes before entering, it became second nature very soon.. in fact when we were at Disney World the next week, it seemed strange not to have the hand-cleaning stations at restaurants!).
We had our bags scanned through an x-ray machine (like at an airport) and our room keys swiped to get back onboard.

We popped back to our room, Nigel was there cleaning it so we went up to deck 11 to get a lemonade (from the free machines – these are a great idea!). We thought about riding the Aquaduck but there was about a 30 minute wait, so we decided to do it another time.

Walking through Cabanas..
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Some lovely Little Mermaid pictures..
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We also wandered through the District – this is the Pink bar, during the day time when it’s closed!
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Back at the room we had quick showers (get the sand & suncream off!) and then headed to..

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Senses Spa!


I had wanted to book this for our day at sea, but there was no availability. However it was probably a good idea to have it on our first day as it meant we got a break from the sun, avoid getting burnt early on in the holiday.

I had told Steve that we had a couples’ massage booked… which was partly true, but as a surprise, I had actually booked a private spa villa treatment called ‘Couples Choice’. It cost a fair bit more but as I had had a bonus at work earlier in the year, it was my treat to my husband.

The spa is located at the front of the ship on Deck 11, near the concierge area and Quiet Cove pool. The note we had had from the spa said not to bring any belongings, so I’m afraid I didn’t have my camera (although our spa villa did having a small restroom and changing area where I think you could leave your bag during the treatment).
We checked in at the reception desk, and sat for a few minutes in the waiting area – soon we were asked to walk through to the relaxation room and fill out a questionnaire. There’d still been no mention by the spa staff of ‘spa villa’ which was great because it was keeping the surprise as long as possible!
We both filled out the questionnaire, there were herbal teas & iced water available in the room – and very soon our two therapists came to meet us.

We walked into the spa villa – it was beautiful!

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The therapists said to us “do you know what this experience involves?” .. Steve looked confused (thinking we were just getting a massage) – so I shook my head and said it had been a surprise! So they listed all of the available treatments we could have (for example – Swedish massage, salt scrub, seaweed wrap, chocolate body wrap, frangipani body wrap, hot stones therapy…) – Steve picked a Swedish massage and I went for a seaweed wrap. We were given robes, slippers & towels and asked to get changed. They left the room for a few minutes, then we were led out to the private balcony and hot tub area.

We had gorgeous views across Castaway Cay (where a rain shower was beginning!) – another reason to book a spa treatment on a port day!

The treatments began with a foot soak ritual – we sat next to each other while the therapists bathed our feet in foot spas… only problem with this is that I have very ticklish feet, and almost kicked my therapist in the face when she put the exfoliating scrub on the sole of my foot!! :rotfl: We all laughed about it.

They gave us a jug of ice water with lemon and two glasses, and left us for half an hour on the balcony… we spent some time in the hot tub (it was 104 degrees) and then on the day beds, looking out to the island. It was incredibly
relaxing.

There was a soft knock on the door to the balcony and the therapists asked us if we were ready for our treatments – we went inside and were given paper undies to change into (!!); then the treatments began, there was that lovely spa ‘pan pipes’ music playing and lights in the ceiling changed colour every minute or so.
Steve loved his massage, the therapist made sure she got the pressure right – he also got a mini facial and scalp massage as part of the treatment.
I had not had a seaweed wrap before but it was lovely – once it was over I used the shower in the next room (all part of the villa) to wash off the paste, and then the therapist gave me a half-body massage, mini facial and scalp massage.

Once the treatments were finished, the therapists gently placed my hand in Steve’s, and whispered that they were leaving the room and we were welcome to go back out to the balcony.
We sat on the day beds in our big robes – both very relaxed and happy! The therapists brought us a pot of green tea, fresh fruit and chocolate-dipped strawberries.
Before paying the bill, the therapists talked us through our skin types and gave us recommendations for products to buy.
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I didn’t feel like they were being at all pushy – I was ready to say ‘no thank you’ (used to places like spas and hair salons trying to sell products sometimes!) but Steve was new to this spa thing and was sold on buying the ‘Musclease’ Elemis oil that we were both recommended to use once a week. It was $60 which seemed a little much, but as this was our honeymoon it was the one time that I didn’t mind what we spent!
The whole spa villa experience was fantastic and I felt it was definitely worth the price.

By now it was about 4.30pm, we went back to our room and sat out on the balcony – we opened the champagne from my sister and had some of the cake!

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We heard the ship’s horn play “Be Our Guest” and soon we were moving slowly away from Castaway Cay – it was great to know that we’d be back here in a few days time.

The show in the Walt Disney Theatre that night was ‘Villains Tonight’ – I wanted to see all the shows but wasn’t sure what Steve would want to do; but he said he would like to see this one. So we got ready for the evening and went to see the 6.15pm show.

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The storyline of this show is that Hades (from Hercules) is not evil enough anymore, so he gets some of the Disney villains to help him out! I really enjoyed it – there was a great mix of villains, some very unusual ones (like Yzma and Kronk from ‘The Emperor’s New Groove’) and several up to date jokes.

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Steve thought the show was okay, although he didn’t know many of the villains (Pain and Panic, Hades, Yzma, Kronk etc – still several Disney movies he needs to see!).

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disneybarbie
07-30-2011, 09:12 AM
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We went to the 687 lounge next, there was an NFL quiz taking place – we sat up at the bar, I had a lime daiquiri and Steve had a Guiness – I noticed they had their own beer on draft there too. (I believe this bar is called ‘687’ because that was the Dream’s ship number at the dockyard it was built at in Germany). The NFL quiz seemed quite popular, a lot of banter going on between fans of different teams!

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At 8pm, we went back to the atrium and to the Royal Palace – as the second seating is at 8.15pm, it’s nice to be there a few minutes before for when they open the doors and the waiters are all lined up to greet you.

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This restaurant felt a bit busier, and our meal was at a more relaxed pace than the night before.

I loved the bread bin – it was like Cinderella’s carriage!
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For appetisers, Steve had pomegranate-glazed duck breast and I had iced lobster and shrimp.

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Mine was delicious, Steve wasn’t as keen on his – but this turned out to be the only thing on the whole cruise either of us didn’t enjoy very much!

Onto entrees, I had wild boar tenderloin (never had this before so thought it was a good time to try something new) and Steve had the rack of lamb.

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The dessert menu was brought to us in an envelope, just like a royal invitation to a ball!

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Steve had the vanilla crème brulee (his favourite dessert) and I had the grand marnier soufflé.
Our server asked me I’d like her to pour the sauce into the soufflé, which she did.

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There were photographers walking around the restaurant taking pictures..
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We went back to our room about 10pm, tonight’s towel art looked like a swan…

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As well as the navigator for the next day, we had a little card from DVC and a flyer about the Cars 2 premiere!


Tomorrow…. Day at sea and dinner at Palo.

Stefy
07-30-2011, 09:24 AM
It is uncanny how much we are alike, my Just Married flip flops turned up last week and I love them and can't wait to use them at the beach on CC :laughing: We so have meet up one day as I feel like we would really get on well.

Loving your CC and the Spa Villa's look amazing. I bet you felt so relaxed and rejuvenated afterwards :)

RP dinner looks yummy, love the carriage bread baskets. Have you seen the lamps for one of the new restaurants on the Fantasy, they are so cute :)

anjalee6
07-30-2011, 09:40 AM
The spa looks wonderful. I lol when I read the part about you almost kicking your spa therapist in the face! I giggled like crazy the first time I ever got a massage. The person must have thought I was nuts.

Love your flip flops. Why didn't I find anything that cute when I got married? Love them.

onelilspark
07-30-2011, 10:17 AM
We're planning on doing a couples massage on our cruise (we're booked in a spa-level cabin, so I feel like we should take advantage of it!) it'll be the first time I've ever had a massage, Geoff is really looking forward to it, but I'm super nervous!!

dreamerchic33
07-30-2011, 10:27 AM
what a wonderful update!!!!
the spa villa looked soooo amazing!
i love all the details, especially the carriage bread basket!!!!
xo

ronnmel
07-30-2011, 10:36 AM
So many things to comment on, let's hope I don't forget anything.

First, Castaway Cay is so lovely and gorgeous. I LOVE swimming in the ocean in the Caribbeans, the water is so clear and the sand to white and soft. It looks almost clearer than Cuba, which was already very pretty.

It's really nice of Disney to make sure to have an adult only beach, as well as an adult only section on the ship.

I already said it before, but I'll say it again, the spa villa looks wonderful. It must have been so relaxing! I can totally relate to the foot thing though, as I'm very ticklish myself. My mom wanted to treat me to a pedicure before my wedding, but I was way too afraid of not being able to sit through it without my foot flying everywhere. :rotfl:

I love the bread bin too. princess:

Sweet Pea UK
07-30-2011, 11:13 AM
Emma, your TR is getting better and better!!! The cruise is amazing and your spa treat so romantic!! Can't wait to read more!!! princess:

Leshaface
07-30-2011, 01:51 PM
Omgosh Emma! I was there when that barracuda came swimming up! We HAD to have seen each other on the beach at CC and didn't even know!

I'm sooo jealous of your spa day! I would LOVE to do something like this on our next cruise. I'm sure it was expensive, but quite worth it. You didn't feel tired afterwards? That's the only thing i'm worried about. Whenever I get massages here at home, I usually take the whole day off from work so that I can nap afterwards :lmao: I just don't want to feel sluggish and lazy after.

Sunstar
07-30-2011, 05:13 PM
Oh wow, that spa villa looked amazing! I've never had a massage, but I would so love to try something like that there.

lilsqueakrr
07-30-2011, 11:18 PM
Everything looks and sounds like a dream! That spa treatment sounds to die for! I can only imagine how amazing it was to be on the ship whilst looking out at Castaway Cay. So jealous! Cannot wait to hear more!

TanzUnited99
07-31-2011, 07:49 AM
Wow reading your TR is making me want to book a Disney cruise! :laughing: I love the view from your Veranda and the Just Married prints in the sand.

Am glad you guys enjoyed the spa treatments and the food at Royal Palace looks soo yummy! I love the bread bin and the royal invitation :cutie:

klacey1
07-31-2011, 09:07 AM
Emma, your spa experience sounds amazing! Sorry Steve's appetizer at dinner wasn't that great, but it's incredible that that was the ONLY thing neither of you liked on the cruise!!

emma212010
07-31-2011, 09:19 AM
What a beautiful day at Castaway Cay! That spa sounds wonderful! :love: That's so funny about being ticklish!! I'm the worst at getting pedicures! I have to warn the lady ahead of time! :laughing:

Dugette
07-31-2011, 11:33 AM
Sounds like such a wonderful and relaxing day! Really enjoying hearing about the Dream!

disneylovin24
07-31-2011, 11:45 AM
All of your pictures are beautiful:goodvibes

I absolutely love those flip flops! Way too cute:cutie:

That's nice that they put some little things out before the big breakfast buffet.

I feel like I had more comments to make but I already forgot them all:rotfl:

Zarabear
07-31-2011, 01:16 PM
Just wandered by and I"m subscribing. Love your TR so far. :) I wish you and your husband the happiest of ever afters.

~Zara

arthur06
07-31-2011, 02:00 PM
Great TR! Thanks for sharing and congratulations on your wedding!

SOUTHERNtinkerBELLE
07-31-2011, 07:14 PM
It sounds like you had an amazing day! I love that there is a TV channel on the ship that shows where the boat is - I would always be wondering! :laughing: Castaway Cay is so beautiful! You have so many amazing pictures! What a great way to relax after the hustle bustle of the wedding. :thumbsup2 I'm so glad that Steve liked his spa surprise! It sounds like you had a wonderful experience there. And I love that your dessert menu came in an envelope! Great attention to detail. :goodvibes

Shannon84
07-31-2011, 07:42 PM
What a wonderful update :goodvibes

The beach and water looks BEAUTIFUL! How wonderful that Disney has its own little island to stop on...so its really peaceful!

Sounds like the Spa treatment was a great choice for your first day...and sounds like all the extra time, service, and treatments were worth the extra money :goodvibes

Lucille1963
08-01-2011, 12:23 PM
I can't wait to read more!!

cdotla
08-01-2011, 12:40 PM
Emma! Just found your report, and bookmarking it now so I can get back later to get all caught up. I am so excited to read all about your honeymoon trip! :goodvibes

MiaBella05
08-02-2011, 09:08 AM
popcorn:: joining in popcorn::

Dream426
08-02-2011, 10:26 AM
Loving your TR. Can't wait for more updates. The spa villa sounds amazing. DH and I went on the Wonder for our Honeymoon and we were seated by ourselves for dinner as well. I wonder if they do that because it is a special occasion. We were expecting to sit with other guests as well. It was nice just to two of us though.

PrincessPaczki
08-02-2011, 11:58 AM
Wonder update.:goodvibes The beach looked very relaxing. How nice a couples massage. :thumbsup2

TinkLoverSam
08-02-2011, 01:11 PM
I am loving your trip report! DH and I are going on our first ever cruise in a few months (DCL of course) for our 1year anniversary. We are all about Disney . Disney Fairy Tale Wedding, DL and DCL for our 1year anniversary and we are already planning a cruise on the Fantasy and some time in WDW for Oct 2012!

tatar63
08-02-2011, 02:53 PM
Count me in too!:cheer2: I am new to this so can someone please tell me how to bookmark a thread?:flower3:

disneybarbie
08-06-2011, 01:29 PM
It is uncanny how much we are alike, my Just Married flip flops turned up last week and I love them and can't wait to use them at the beach on CC :laughing: We so have meet up one day as I feel like we would really get on well.

Loving your CC and the Spa Villa's look amazing. I bet you felt so relaxed and rejuvenated afterwards :)

RP dinner looks yummy, love the carriage bread baskets. Have you seen the lamps for one of the new restaurants on the Fantasy, they are so cute :)

Thanks Stefy! I was really glad I got the flip-flops.. there is so much of the 'just married' clothing available but I thought the flip-flops were quite subtle.. and they were pink which I would buy anyway! However I did find that on the cruise, the flip-flops got a little stuck to the metal floors (on the decks you get on and off the ship), it was like the soles created a vacuum.. I was having to walk like a penguin! :laughing:



The spa looks wonderful. I lol when I read the part about you almost kicking your spa therapist in the face! I giggled like crazy the first time I ever got a massage. The person must have thought I was nuts.

Love your flip flops. Why didn't I find anything that cute when I got married? Love them.

Thank you - the spa villa was amazing and I'm so glad we did it :goodvibes - I have really ticklish feet - whenever I have a pedicure it's not at all relaxing when they are exfoliating/massaging the soles of my feet! :eek: hehe

We're planning on doing a couples massage on our cruise (we're booked in a spa-level cabin, so I feel like we should take advantage of it!) it'll be the first time I've ever had a massage, Geoff is really looking forward to it, but I'm super nervous!!

Hi! I'm sure you'll love the massage - I hadn't had one before (usually have facials) but it was really nice - the ladies at the spa made us feel really comfortable, there's no awkward moments and you're always covered with a towel lol :cutie:

what a wonderful update!!!!
the spa villa looked soooo amazing!
i love all the details, especially the carriage bread basket!!!!
xo

Thank you! I loved the bread basket.. such a simple but wonderful touch, very Disney!

So many things to comment on, let's hope I don't forget anything.

First, Castaway Cay is so lovely and gorgeous. I LOVE swimming in the ocean in the Caribbeans, the water is so clear and the sand to white and soft. It looks almost clearer than Cuba, which was already very pretty.

It's really nice of Disney to make sure to have an adult only beach, as well as an adult only section on the ship.

I already said it before, but I'll say it again, the spa villa looks wonderful. It must have been so relaxing! I can totally relate to the foot thing though, as I'm very ticklish myself. My mom wanted to treat me to a pedicure before my wedding, but I was way too afraid of not being able to sit through it without my foot flying everywhere. :rotfl:

I love the bread bin too. princess:

Thanks Mel - the spa villa and Serenity Bay were wonderful - there's so many great things for couples/adults on the Disney cruises :cloud9:

Emma, your TR is getting better and better!!! The cruise is amazing and your spa treat so romantic!! Can't wait to read more!!! princess:

Thanks Sara, we had such an amazing time on the cruise - it's fun to write about it & remember it all again! :cutie:


Omgosh Emma! I was there when that barracuda came swimming up! We HAD to have seen each other on the beach at CC and didn't even know!

I'm sooo jealous of your spa day! I would LOVE to do something like this on our next cruise. I'm sure it was expensive, but quite worth it. You didn't feel tired afterwards? That's the only thing i'm worried about. Whenever I get massages here at home, I usually take the whole day off from work so that I can nap afterwards :lmao: I just don't want to feel sluggish and lazy after.

That's so funny we were so close to each at Serenity Bay! We just heard some people shout 'shark!' then the barman said "no.. it's a baby barracuda" :laughing:

We didn't feel at all tired after the spa, just really relaxed - even more than we'd been after the morning at Serenity Bay :cloud9: .. hope you two get to try the spa out on your next cruise :cutie:

Oh wow, that spa villa looked amazing! I've never had a massage, but I would so love to try something like that there.

Thank you - it was really lovely, definitely a highlight of the cruise and honeymoon :cloud9:

disneybarbie
08-06-2011, 01:52 PM
Everything looks and sounds like a dream! That spa treatment sounds to die for! I can only imagine how amazing it was to be on the ship whilst looking out at Castaway Cay. So jealous! Cannot wait to hear more!

Thank you! It really was fabulous - I think Disney named that ship the 'Dream' for a reason! :wizard: more to come very soon :thumbsup2


Wow reading your TR is making me want to book a Disney cruise! I love the view from your Veranda and the Just Married prints in the sand.

Am glad you guys enjoyed the spa treatments and the food at Royal Palace looks soo yummy! I love the bread bin and the royal invitation :cutie:


Thank you! I'm so glad I got those flip-flops, sort of wish I'd got Steve to take a photo of me walking along the beach with the prints behind me lol :cutie:
If you ever get the chance to do a Disney cruise I'd really recommend it, we absolutely loved every moment of it!


Emma, your spa experience sounds amazing! Sorry Steve's appetizer at dinner wasn't that great, but it's incredible that that was the ONLY thing neither of you liked on the cruise!!


The spa villa was so good - I think we'd have to book one if/when we went on another cruise!
Yes that really was the only thing either of us didn't like of all the food on the ship - I think Steve was expecting a warm duck salad, but what was served was a chilled duck-breast in a fruit sauce!


What a beautiful day at Castaway Cay! That spa sounds wonderful! :love: That's so funny about being ticklish!! I'm the worst at getting pedicures! I have to warn the lady ahead of time!


Thanks Emma! I love to have my toes painted but the rest of the pedicure isn't enjoyable for me lol


Sounds like such a wonderful and relaxing day! Really enjoying hearing about the Dream!


Thank you! more relaxing days to come - can't believe it was 6 weeks ago already :rolleyes: hehe


All of your pictures are beautiful:goodvibes

I absolutely love those flip flops! Way too cute

That's nice that they put some little things out before the big breakfast buffet.

I feel like I had more comments to make but I already forgot them all


Thank you! Yes we were glad there was an 'early bird' breakfast available - the buffet restaurant was so quiet, we did hear a few guests ask the servers where the sausages/bacon/eggs were... but all we wanted that morning was fruit & pastries anyway! :cutie:


Just wandered by and I"m subscribing. Love your TR so far. I wish you and your husband the happiest of ever afters.

~Zara


Thank you so much Zara! more updates to come soon :goodvibes


Great TR! Thanks for sharing and congratulations on your wedding!


Thank you for reading so far!


It sounds like you had an amazing day! I love that there is a TV channel on the ship that shows where the boat is - I would always be wondering!Castaway Cay is so beautiful! You have so many amazing pictures! What a great way to relax after the hustle bustle of the wedding. I'm so glad that Steve liked his spa surprise! It sounds like you had a wonderful experience there. And I love that your dessert menu came in an envelope! Great attention to detail


Hi Courtney, Castaway was amazing, I am still day-dreaming about it now!

I loved that channel in the stateroom with the map - it also had wind speed, how fast the ship was moving and the temperatures in the pools!

There was also a channel that showed the view from the bridge

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We'd leave this channel on a lot during the cruise, it was like a screen-saver - beautiful sea & horizon!



What a wonderful update

The beach and water looks BEAUTIFUL! How wonderful that Disney has its own little island to stop on...so its really peaceful!

Sounds like the Spa treatment was a great choice for your first day...and sounds like all the extra time, service, and treatments were worth the extra money

Thank you! We definitely recommend the spa villa, it was worth every penny! :cloud9: When we were on the bus from Animal Kingdom Lodge to Port Canaveral, another guest told us that "Castaway Cay alone was worth the price of the cruise".. and we had to agree! It was the perfect Caribbean island :cloud9:

I can't wait to read more!!

Thanks for reading so far!

Emma! Just found your report, and bookmarking it now so I can get back later to get all caught up. I am so excited to read all about your honeymoon trip!

Hi Trish! Thanks for reading -I'm enjoying your report about the D23 events :goodvibes

popcorn:: joining in

Thanks for reading, more to come very soon!

Loving your TR. Can't wait for more updates. The spa villa sounds amazing. DH and I went on the Wonder for our Honeymoon and we were seated by ourselves for dinner as well. I wonder if they do that because it is a special occasion. We were expecting to sit with other guests as well. It was nice just to two of us though.

Thank you - sorry for the shortage of updates this week, been so busy at work! :surfweb:
Maybe that is something Disney does for honeymoon couples - we wouldn't have minded sitting with others but it was lovely just to be the two of us :lovestruc

Wonder update.:goodvibes The beach looked very relaxing. How nice a couples massage. :thumbsup2

Thanks for reading, it was such a relaxing day - wish I could be there right now!

I am loving your trip report! DH and I are going on our first ever cruise in a few months (DCL of course) for our 1year anniversary. We are all about Disney . Disney Fairy Tale Wedding, DL and DCL for our 1year anniversary and we are already planning a cruise on the Fantasy and some time in WDW for Oct 2012!

Hi! I've just started reading your PJ :goodvibes - I really hope you enjoy your first cruise.. we really didn't know what to expect but think it's easy to say we loved it! It's the Disney level of service and magic, but at sea! :wizard:

Count me in too!:cheer2: I am new to this so can someone please tell me how to bookmark a thread?:flower3:

Hi! Thanks for reading so far.. to bookmark a thread, scroll to the top and there is a box that says 'Thread Tools' then click on 'Subscribe to thread' .. it'll then show in your User CP area and you can opt to get emails every time a new post is added :goodvibes



Ok everyone.. next update will be posted soon!



Emma princess: x

disneybarbie
08-06-2011, 01:57 PM
Thursday 23rd June 2011

Day at Sea and dinner at Palo

Today was the one and only full day at sea during our cruise. Before going on the cruise, I was a little worried that this would be the day we might feel a bit claustrophobic or the ship would feel too busy… but once onboard we found there was so much space everywhere, and so much to do – that I actually think we could do several days at sea on our next cruise!

Navigator for the day..
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We decided to go to the Royal Palace for breakfast – our server had told us on the first night that the Enchanted Garden had a continental buffet for breakfast, while Royal Palace had an a la carte menu.

We went down to the restaurant deck and walked by an empty Animator’s Palate..

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And down the corridor to the Royal Palace.

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The restaurant wasn’t busy at all – I imagine most people used the buffet, which is where I would have headed if our server hadn’t told us about the other options for breakfast!
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First we were offered tea, coffee & juices – then a server came around the tables with a huge basket of every pastry you could imagine!

There was so much to choose from on the menu – I decided on smoked salmon with a bagel and Steve had eggs Benedict.

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It was all delicious and a really nice way to start the day!

Next we went for a walk around the shopping district.

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The theatre was ready for tonight’s show – the Golden Mickeys

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And the premiere at 12.01am of Cars 2

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We popped back to our room to get changed, and headed up to Deck 11 to the Quiet Cove pool – there were plenty of sunbeds to choose from on Deck 12. They were nicely padded and had a ‘pillow’ on the head rest too.

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DCL has a policy of not allowing guests to reserve sun loungers, we thought this was a good idea and it would be nice if hotels did that at the pools too!


We spent the morning sunbathing and reading – the ship wasn’t moving very fast, it was warm but there was a lovely breeze.
There was nice music being played around the adult-only area, but every now and then I’d hear a song from the movie that was being played on the ‘Funnel Vision’ screen in the family area! As it was Hunchback of Notre Dame, I didn’t mind ;)
Throughout the morning there were servers with trays of mimosas and bloody mary cocktails! We didn’t have any but I thought it was a nice touch – we got a few soft drinks throughout the morning from the Deck 11 soda station.

About 11.30am we went down to Deck 11 and had an icecream from ‘Fro Zone treats’

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(icecream before lunch? We must have been on vacation!)

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disneybarbie
08-06-2011, 01:59 PM
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Then we went inside for a while to cool off, and got a coffee from the Vista café in the atrium – we sat on a large sofa and noticed that there was hardly anyone around… funny considering there were 4000+ people onboard with us!

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Prince Ali meeting guests..
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We thought about doing the mid-ship dectective agency (an interactive game with the enchanted art) but when we got to the kiosk it was quite busy, so we left it – this one thing I wish we had had a chance to do because it looked really good fun.

Next we went shopping – I bought a Dooney & Bourke purse and a Disney Dream inaugural year pin (funny thing but I was surprised there was no sales tax added – guess there can’t be on international waters!)

We went back to our room for a while and thought about where to have lunch – we read through the room service menu (this is included in the price of the cruise, you just have to add a gratuity) – but we decided to go up to Cabanas instead.

It was a little busy but didn’t take long to get our food.
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There was absolutely everything you could think of to eat! I had some salads and sushi, Steve had a few different items including steak.

In the afternoon we played mini golf,

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Enchanted was showing on Funnel Vision.
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Then went back up to Deck 12 and sunbathed, there was a musician singing and playing guitar by the Quiet Cove pool – it was a really chilled atmosphere.

My plan had been to use the gym on this afternoon (really to see the views from the treadmills of the ocean!) but Steve decided that he didn’t want to go, so I decided not to either.

At 3pm we went to watch the ‘Any One Can Cook’ presentation in the D-lounge.

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The sous chef, Andrew, from Remy was the presenter – he was a little nervous as his ‘boss’ (the head chef who has two Michelin stars) was watching him! Andrew was from Wales and had worked for 5 years with Gordon Ramsay – he was a little shy at first but then seemed to enjoy it more, he answered any questions the audience had about the cooking.

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At one point it sounded like a volcano had erupted on the deck above us.. but it must have been some game they were playing the kids’ club!

Recipe cards to keep..
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We enjoyed the cooking presentation – especially getting to try the food! The lobster ravioli was what Steve had had for appetiser at the Enchanted Garden on our first night – we found it interesting that they use wonton wrappers rather than make fresh pasta for the dish.

There were a lot of other presentations and lectures during our cruise that I would quite liked to have gone to – one was a tour of the ship to point out all the details, and another was a lecture in the theatre about how the ship was made.


We also went to Shutters to have a look at our photos so far on the cruise – we swiped our room key on a screen and it told us that our photos were in brown book #18 ‘pluto’…

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All of the photos had been printed out, and we could also view them on a screen.


We went back to the room about 5pm and got ready for the evening, Steve had to go to the laundry room (a little further down the corridor) to iron his shirt!

disneybarbie
08-06-2011, 02:02 PM
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We watched the 6.15pm showing of the Golden Mickeys – this show is a bit like the Disney Oscars, as we approached the theatre, there were ‘paparazzi’ taking guests photos as they approached the entrance, shouting things like ‘love your dress’, ‘you look fabulous’ ! The presenter was also outside the theatre doing an introduction on the red carpet (like Joan Rivers) – which was then shown on the big screens inside before the show began.

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In the Snow White scene, Dopey appeared on stage – with 6 children dressed as dwarfs! It was so cute.

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We both really enjoyed this show, probably our favourite of the two we saw (we didn’t get to see Believe which was a shame because I’ve heard it’s excellent).

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My new favourite Disney princess.. Rapunzel!
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There was a really touching part of this where Walt Disney was mentioned – I got a little choked up and wondered what Walt would think if he knew that the company he started now had cruise ships like this… yup… I’m a Disney geek, I know! ;)

At the end of the show – golden Mickey-shaped confetti fell onto the audience…
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After dinner, we popped back to the room to get Steve’s jacket – as tonight we were dining at Palo.

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I really liked that we had invitations/reminders about our dining reservations and spa appointments put in the holder outside our room each day.

The elevator nearest our rooms went up to Deck 13 to the two signature restaurants – when the doors opened, it was like stepping out onto a street in Italy or Paris, the walls are made to look like they are made of stone and the lightning is really nice.
We checked in a the podium, and then went for a drink in the Meridian lounge, located between the two restaurants.

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It was really quiet up there, just us and another couple – some people were sat outside smoking cigars, and there was also a table of engineers/crew of the ship (all wearing their white uniforms), some had their wives with them, they were all having dinner in Palo.

The drinks here were a little more expensive – my glass of wine was $10 whereas everywhere else it had been $5, but I think it was a better grape/vintage of wine.

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We got to see the sunset over the ocean.

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I overheard the server from the podium (who was from Wales – there were a lot of British crew members!) ask one of the English bar staff if she watched a show called ‘Gavin and Stacey’ – because she was trying to think of a quote from it to tell one of the engineers (who was also Welsh). The bar server hadn’t watched it – but it is a show that Steve and I love! So as she walked past our table, I asked her about it – and told her the quote… she smiled and ran into Palo to tell the engineer! (This is a bit of a random story but there is a second part to it in a few nights time!)

disneybarbie
08-06-2011, 02:05 PM
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Very soon it was time for our dinner in Palo.
The restaurant is beautifully decorated, with big pictures of Venice on the walls.

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We started with anti pasti which our server brought to us on a trolley.

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For appetiser, I had fish stew while Steve had the tomato & mozzarella salad.

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Between courses, we were served a lemon sorbet to cleanse the palette.

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For entrees, I had scallops and Steve had shrimp arribiata penne.

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All of the food was delicious, but the star of the meal was definitely the chocolate soufflé!

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Just before the server poured the chocolate & vanilla sauces into the soufflé, she said to me “did you want to take a photo?” … guess she noticed I was taking photos of every course!

I knew before even getting to the restaurant that I would be having this for dessert, I’d heard so much about it – we could smell it before the server even got to our table!

Our server also brought us a limoncello and vodka sorbet as an aperitif, this was really refreshing.

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While the meal was fabulous at Palo, something we’ll probably remember most about it was this was the only time we really felt the ship moving… neither of us said anything at first in case it wasn’t really moving; but it was definitely rolling on the waves! We might have felt the movement more as we were right at the back of the ship.

I could see flashes in the windows behind us (looking out over the back of the ship) and at first thought they were camera flashes, but soon realised it was a storm!
The next day on the the cruise map channel, we could see that the ship had done a big loop around an area of sea – I guess that was the captain navigating around the really rough seas.

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The ship rocking wasn’t really too bad though, and neither of us felt ill from it. After our meal at Palo, we went back to our room and stood out on the balcony for a while watching the storm in the distance – the whole sky would light up at times, it was quite eerie but fascinating being out on the sea at night.

I think tonight’s towel animal was an owl…

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Coming up tomorrow… Nassau, dolphins.. and pirates!

pirate:


Emma princess: x

Stefy
08-06-2011, 02:09 PM
Gosh I would have been a little freaked at the storm (not a big fan of travelling via sea - crazy I know) But I can imagine that the storm looked pretty cool, esp when you are in the "middle of nowhere" so to speak.

Looks like you had a lovely day at sea. Quite eventful and not too busy busy :)

Palo dinner looks yummy, can't wait to eat there next month :)

Looking forward to your Nassau Day :)

ronnmel
08-06-2011, 06:10 PM
Oh, I would have loved to have seen the storm! I'm sure it was really pretty.

I like how fancy the dinner was.

As if I didn't already have enough places I wanted to travel, I've now added doing a Disney Cruise because of this and another trip report!!

BarbP
08-06-2011, 06:25 PM
All caught up and loving this report. Thanks for taking the time to do this. Looks like you both are having a wonderful honeymoon.

TanzUnited99
08-06-2011, 07:51 PM
Sounds like a great day! I'm glad you guys enjoyed the Anyone can Cook presentation.

The Golden Mickey's show looks great as does Palo. I love the photo of the both of you at dinner. Oh no on there being a storm in the distance :eek:

ronnmel
08-06-2011, 08:37 PM
I just realized that the other family whose TR I'm reading about their Disney Dream Cruise did the cruise at the exact same time as you! Their kids did some science experiments that involved some sort of explosion in the kids club, which is what got me think about the volcano sound you said you heard at some point. I checked the dates, and sure enough, you guys were there at the same time. How funny!

Dugette
08-06-2011, 11:27 PM
Sounds like a great day. Palo looks wonderful. Really makes me want to go on a Disney cruise!

disneylovin24
08-07-2011, 06:19 AM
No sales tax at sea?!? Im booking my cruise tomorrow;):thumbsup2

I love the mini gold course on the ship.

That is so cool what they do before the show!

I wonder how many people did feel ill during the storm and ran to their rooms:rotfl:


Can't wait to read more!

disneylovin24
08-07-2011, 06:20 AM
I just realized that the other family whose TR I'm reading about their Disney Dream Cruise did the cruise at the exact same time as you! Their kids did some science experiments that involved some sort of explosion in the kids club, which is what got me think about the volcano sound you said you heard at some point. I checked the dates, and sure enough, you guys were there at the same time. How funny!

Im reading that TR too! I thought maybe they were on the same ship because they both had a mindnight Cars 2 premire.

If I find the link to their TR Im going to post it.

tatar63
08-07-2011, 08:42 AM
Loving your report!:thumbsup2 :thumbsup2I would love to see a picture of the D & B Purse you bought!:banana::cheer2:

disneybarbie
08-07-2011, 08:54 AM
Gosh I would have been a little freaked at the storm (not a big fan of travelling via sea - crazy I know) But I can imagine that the storm looked pretty cool, esp when you are in the "middle of nowhere" so to speak.

Looks like you had a lovely day at sea. Quite eventful and not too busy busy :)

Palo dinner looks yummy, can't wait to eat there next month :)

Looking forward to your Nassau Day :)

Your wedding and honeymoon are so close now Stefy! :goodvibes
I'd never really thought about storms at sea, but guess they are happening all the time! At least the captain could sail us around it lol

Oh, I would have loved to have seen the storm! I'm sure it was really pretty.

I like how fancy the dinner was.

As if I didn't already have enough places I wanted to travel, I've now added doing a Disney Cruise because of this and another trip report!!

Thanks for reading Mel! Who is writing the other TR you mentioned? A lot of the people who were on the Dis and booked on the June 21st cruise formed a facebook group, it was fun to countdown together :thumbsup2 - I didn't meet anyone on the ship but saw a few people in tshirts that they'd made with the group name ('Motley Cruise') while onboard! pirate:


All caught up and loving this report. Thanks for taking the time to do this. Looks like you both are having a wonderful honeymoon.

Thank you for reading along. I'm really enjoying writing up this report and looking through all our photos again - it feels so long ago already!


Sounds like a great day! I'm glad you guys enjoyed the Anyone can Cook presentation.

The Golden Mickey's show looks great as does Palo. I love the photo of the both of you at dinner. Oh no on there being a storm in the distance :eek:

Thank you, it was a really good day at sea! :goodvibes


Sounds like a great day. Palo looks wonderful. Really makes me want to go on a Disney cruise!

Thank you for reading! We really enjoyed Palo - as our reservation wasn't until after 8pm the restaurant seemed really quiet too :goodvibes


No sales tax at sea?!? Im booking my cruise tomorrow;):thumbsup2

I love the mini gold course on the ship.

That is so cool what they do before the show!

I wonder how many people did feel ill during the storm and ran to their rooms:rotfl:


Can't wait to read more!

Hehe - I don't know why I hadn't thought about the sales tax not applying to being on a cruise ship, I guess we are used to adding on 6/7% to the price of whatever we buy in the USA, whereas here our's is already included in the price (at 20%! :rolleyes: lol)

Once we were back at our room we could barely feel the ship moving, so maybe it was just people who were at the very back/very front of the ship?!

disneybarbie
08-07-2011, 08:57 AM
Loving your report!:thumbsup2 :thumbsup2I would love to see a picture of the D & B Purse you bought!:banana::cheer2:

Hi, thanks for reading! I definitely have a photo of the purse somewhere.. I'll upload it to photobucket soon :thumbsup2 it's the small wristlet, in navy blue with red edging :goodvibes


Emma princess: x

ronnmel
08-07-2011, 09:11 AM
Thanks for reading Mel! Who is writing the other TR you mentioned? A lot of the people who were on the Dis and booked on the June 21st cruise formed a facebook group, it was fun to countdown together :thumbsup2 - I didn't meet anyone on the ship but saw a few people in tshirts that they'd made with the group name ('Motley Cruise') while onboard! pirate:


It's TimandLesley.Here's the link : http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2752980

mamaboogie
08-07-2011, 09:33 AM
Hi Emma!:)

Just found your report and have really enjoyed reading it.

I was really interested in your Virgin Premium Economy experiences - we are hoping to go back next year and we are thinking about treating ourselves to PE. I think you've sold me on it!

Your cruise experience seems just heavenly:cloud9:

Can't wait to read more!popcorn::

Sunstar
08-07-2011, 12:30 PM
Oh dinner at Palo looks so nice and elegant! Hopefully, my hubby will fall in love with Disney as much as I am, so we can do a Disney cruise some day. Lol

disneybarbie
08-07-2011, 02:33 PM
Hi Emma!:)

Just found your report and have really enjoyed reading it.

I was really interested in your Virgin Premium Economy experiences - we are hoping to go back next year and we are thinking about treating ourselves to PE. I think you've sold me on it!

Your cruise experience seems just heavenly:cloud9:

Can't wait to read more!popcorn::


Thanks for reading along so far!
We really loved flying PE - if you have any Virgin Flying Club miles saved up it can take a few £££s off the price too :thumbsup2

It's TimandLesley.Here's the link : http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2752980


Thanks Mel.. I've read Lesley's TR now, love reading about the cruise from other people's point of view! :goodvibes

Oh dinner at Palo looks so nice and elegant! Hopefully, my hubby will fall in love with Disney as much as I am, so we can do a Disney cruise some day. Lol

It really was a lovely restaurant! I hope you do get to go on a Disney Cruise one day, if anything - it is less 'Disney' than WDW.. especially the adult areas - my DH wasn't sure about going on a cruise but we both loved it so much!



and for Tartar63 - here is the Dooney & Bourke purse I bought..


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:cutie:

So pleased I bought this - a Cast Member at WDW even noticed it the next week and asked where it was from! :goodvibes

Emma princess: x

Sweet Pea UK
08-07-2011, 03:34 PM
Another great update Emma!! I love watching storms from inside. It must have been fascinating from sea!!

I have that same style D&B purse only mine is pink based!! :)

By the way ... Got our thank you card in the week which was really thoughtful of you!! I loved the picture!! Xx

Sara xxx

disneybarbie
08-07-2011, 03:40 PM
Friday 24th June 2011

Nassau

Today’s navigator..
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We woke up just after 8am, the jet lag was finally starting to wear off! We looked out from the verandah we could see we were almost in the dock at Nassau.

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We liked how the docks had been extended as the cruise ships have got bigger!
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View from the bridge, via the tv…
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We went up to Cabanas for breakfast – I had fruit & a muffin and Steve had a cooked breakfast. Back to the room pack up the bag for the day, and then headed down to the Buena Vista Theatre ready to disembark the ship. Today we had booked an excursion at Blue Lagoon island, the dolphin encounter!

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The theatre was busy but everything was very well organised, we showed our tickets (that were in our room on the first day we arrived) and were given wristbands and stickers.

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The character on our stickers matched the sign that a crew member held up as we walked through Nassau so we stayed with our group.

We disembarked around 9.30am, our cards were swiped off and then we had to line up for a few minutes next to the ship while are group assembled.

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Soon we were walking towards the town, through a small shopping centre (most shops were closed at this time in the morning) and to the dock where our catamaran boat was waiting for us.

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disneybarbie
08-07-2011, 03:42 PM
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We sat upstairs and Steve took lots of photos as we sailed to the island – it was about 20/25 minutes away, at some points the sea felt quite choppy, we’d been spoiled by the Dream and its stabilisers!

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We overheard another passenger say that this was the ship’s anchor.. I’m not sure if it was, but we took a photo anyway (apparently it weighed the same as four elephants!)
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Once at the island, we disembarked and made our way to a covered area where a member of staff gave a 15 minute presentation about dolphins.
The whole island was really nicely designed and everything looked lovely.

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Map of the island…
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The presentation was really interesting, just the right length and we learnt a lot about dolphins. This excursion had been Steve’s idea – while planning our honeymoon, I said to him “what shall we do in Nassau?” and he said “I want to swim with a dolphin!” … the Blue Lagoon had good reviews and our travel agent said it always seemed to be a popular place. The only other place we might have gone would have been the Atlantis resort, but I’m really glad we picked the Dolphin Encounter.

Once the presentation was done, we headed down to the swimming areas, there were free lockers – we were allowed to have waterproof cameras with us but nothing else.

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disneybarbie
08-07-2011, 03:45 PM
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We were grouped with about 12 other people, and gathered around one of the ‘pools’ – the dolphins were very tame and seemed excited to see us, it didn’t feel like a zoo at all and the trainers told us that the animals are not made to do anything; they are free to swim around and not take part in the encounters at all if they don’t want to!

Our dolphin was called Cacique, he was 4 years old and very cute!

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Steve and I were asked to walk down into the pool, onto the ledge for a photo..

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All the other groups with us had their photos, then smaller groups of got to go into the water and do various things with Cacique – stroke his tummy, give him a hug, dance with him and get a kiss!

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We were both fascinated by these animals, Cacique made so many different noises and was so responsive to the commands from the trainer.

When it was my turn to kiss the dolphin, the trainer must have given him a signal to try and ‘kiss’ me for longer.. he just wouldn’t stop!! She said “oh, Cacique likes the pretty lady!” - it was quite funny! :rotfl:

The trainer said that each dolphin had a favourite toy, and Cacique’s was a blue ball! At one point, the ball was behind her while she was talking to us.. and the dolphin snuck behind her and grabbed the ball, then he was playing catch with it, by himself!

Once our turn was done, we went back to get our things from the lockers and were able to watch a video of us in the pool.

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This video was for sale (I think it was about $75) as were many photo package options – but I had only brought $20 with us and no credit cards (I’d read a lot about Nassau being a bit intimidating and didn’t want to carry a lot of valuables around with us!). But luckily we had enough to buy one 5x7 photo and a can of Fanta.

We went to look around the rest of the island.
We saw the Dolphin Swim area..

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And also the sea lions..

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Watching some dolphins being trained..
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We could have stayed a bit longer on the island, the boats back to the dock were at 1pm, 2pm and 4pm… but we decided to get the first boat back – Steve suggested we went for a look around the town before getting back onboard the Dream.

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We sailed back to the port, admiring some of the huge mansions along the shore!

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Another ship had docked next to the Dream, the Carnival Sensation, it made us appreciate just how big and majestic our ship was!

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The boat stopped at Atlantis, a few people got off here – then we were back at the town.
Within a few minutes of stepping off the boat, Steve and I agreed just to go back to the ship. We were asked by locals if we wanted a taxi/moped/hair-brading/conch shell.. no one was intimidating, but we just didn’t fancy walking around the town if it was going to be like that!
Such a shame, but I was sort of expecting it – we’ve been to other Caribbean islands and found the main towns are similar.

As we were along the Dream, we noticed huge trucks taking trash & waste away from the ship – it was quite interesting to see, thinking about how the ship functioned!

Once back onboard, we decided to drop our stuff in the room, and go ride the Aquaduck!

The wait was about 20 minutes, not too bad – it was fun to ride it while in dock as the views were amazing… not that I saw much after the first bend and I was concentrating on the slide… it’s fantastic! A bit like the Crush n Gusher slides at Typhoon Lagoon… but on a huge cruise ship.

By this time it was nearly 3pm, so we got a late lunch at Flo’s V 8 Café on Deck 11 – there is a range of pizzas, sandwiches, fried chicken and salads; we both enjoyed the food here.
While we were sat near the café, I recognised a Disney podcaster (Mike Rahlman from the Be Our Guest Podcast) whose show I listen to every week! I decided to go and say hello – I panicked at first in case it wasn’t him, but luckily it was!


We spent the rest of the afternoon on Deck 12 in the adults only area – we cooled off with a Bud Light with lime, and I wrote some postcards (there were two in a draw in our stateroom with the room service breakfast ordering cards!)

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disneybarbie
08-07-2011, 03:50 PM
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We went back to our stateroom a bit before 6pm, there were pirate bandanas on our bed as well as a letter that asked us to remove everything from the balcony due to the fireworks show later!

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We also had envelopes and a letter about gratuities for our servers & stateroom host..
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We had showers and then got dressed for the evening… as it was pirate night, we’d brought full costumes with us!
I’d heard about the DCL ‘Pirates IN the Caribbean’ nights, and knew the dress code was ‘pirate attire’ – and knowing how well people dress up for the Halloween parties in the Magic Kingdom, we wanted to make sure we had really great costumes for this night.

Steve felt a little self-conscious at first, but I assured him that ‘everyone else would be dressed up’ so it was ok ;) I think his costume was complete once he’d put his guy-liner on!

Pirate on the balcony…

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And me in my costume!

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At one point, Steve lent over the balcony to take a photo.. and there was another guest on their verandah who jumped out of his skin when he saw a ‘pirate’! :laughing:

We watched the ship pull out of Nassau (I think the horn played ‘yo ho, yo ho’ but I’m not sure) – and at 7.30 we went up to Deck 11 ready to watch Mickey’s pirate show.

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During the afternoon, we’d heard an announcement from the captain (.. he always started his announcements with “hello, this is Captain Thom…” – in a strong Scandinavian accent!) that one of the lifeboats hadn’t worked correctly during safety checks that had taken place while we were docked… the lifeboat was noticeably wonky, but we were assured that there were plenty of lifeboats for all of us if there was an emergency!
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There was music played in the corridors on the ship all the time, and tonight it had all changed to pirates music!

Once up on deck.. we noticed that the ‘pirate attire’ was mostly worn by children!! We felt a little over-dressed, most adults were wearing POTC tshirts and the complimentary bandanas from our staterooms.

Never mind, we headed to the back of the ship to the Waves bar… the server greeted us with ‘hello pirates!’ and recommended the special rum cocktail of the night. pirate:

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These were served in light up glasses that we got to keep as a souvenir.

We went back to Deck 11 – and noticed the swimming pools had been covered up to create a huge dance floor!

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The pirate show was very cute – this one was aimed more at children but very good.

We noticed the technicians up on top of the funnel, they were dancing along to one of the songs! :cutie:

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There was a Captain Jack Sparrow stumbling around the decks throughout the night… I’m not 100% sure it was a crew member, but he was very good none-the-less!

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Unfortunately, my camera battery got low at this point – so we stopped at our room to charge it, and made our way to Animator’s Palate for dinner (sorry, no photos of this!!) :rolleyes:

On approaching the restaurant, we saw that the servers were all dressed as pirates and greeted guests with a loud ‘Arrrrr!’ – as we entered, they took one look at our costumes.. and just started clapping!

Rather than the normal Crush from Finding Nemo show this restaurant has, the screens showed concept art from the Pirates attraction and movies; while the movie soundtracks played in the background.

We both really liked the menu on this night, I had pearls of the Caribbean to start and prime rib for my main; Steve had crab cake and steak. For dessert, I wanted to try the fruit cobbler, but asked our server if it had nuts in it – he wasn’t sure so went to check with the chef, luckily it was nut-free! So I had that and Steve had a banana crepe.


Arrrrr..
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As this was the last night with our rotation servers, we gave Ivor, Caterina and Gabor their gratuity envelopes before we left.

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onelilspark
08-07-2011, 03:51 PM
I've been to Paradise Island many times, actually started going before the Atlantis is what is today! Anyway, Blue Lagoon is a nice little island for anyone looking to do a day trip to a nice relaxing beach when they go to Nassau. You can get the water taxi over to it when you get to Nassau too if you don't book in advance. (Just an fyi for anyone else who might be interested.)

I'm curious on your jet lag comment...I haven't been over to Europe since I was a teenager, so I don't remember. Is it worse going to Europe or coming to the States? How many days does it usually take to get used to the time change?

disneybarbie
08-07-2011, 03:55 PM
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We popped back to the room but my camera wasn’t quite charged, so Steve got his dslr – ready to take photos of the Buccaneer Blast fireworks show!

Deck 11 was very busy, but we found quite a good spot near the Aquaduck entrance.

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The fireworks were fantastic – I love the Pirates movies and soundtrack, and to be on the sea too was amazing!

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After the fireworks there was a show on the stage, followed by a dance party. We walked up to the Currents bar near the Quiet Cove and had a drink – we noticed we could see into the tween club in the funnel!

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We got back to our room and filled out a room-service breakfast order to hang on our door… we were looking forward to getting to Castaway Cay again tomorrow!

Tonight’s towel animal was a rabbit.. and rather than Sleepy chocolates, there were Pirates golden coins!
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Coming up… snorkelling, sunbathing and the Best. Meal. Ever!



Emma princess: x

disneybarbie
08-07-2011, 04:04 PM
I've been to Paradise Island many times, actually started going before the Atlantis is what is today! Anyway, Blue Lagoon is a nice little island for anyone looking to do a day trip to a nice relaxing beach when they go to Nassau. You can get the water taxi over to it when you get to Nassau too if you don't book in advance. (Just an fyi for anyone else who might be interested.)

I'm curious on your jet lag comment...I haven't been over to Europe since I was a teenager, so I don't remember. Is it worse going to Europe or coming to the States? How many days does it usually take to get used to the time change?

Thanks for the info :goodvibes I'd like to go see/stay at Atlantis one day.. looks amazing!

With the jetlag, it usually takes me 2-3 days to get over it - we wake up too early (3/4am) and then get really tired at about 8/9pm because our brains are telling us it's 1/2am and we should be going to bed! :cutie: I try an adjust as quickly as I can, especially with Disney trips - there's too much going on to feel tired! But this trip it took Steve nearly the whole two weeks to completely adjust - he kept waking up in the middle of the night :confused: lol


Another great update Emma!! I love watching storms from inside. It must have been fascinating from sea!!

I have that same style D&B purse only mine is pink based!! :)

By the way ... Got our thank you card in the week which was really thoughtful of you!! I loved the picture!! Xx

Sara xxx

So glad you got the card ok Sarah! We've still not eaten any of the wedding rock .. I've put one piece of it in my 'momento box' for the wedding :bride:



Emma princess: x

mamaboogie
08-07-2011, 04:33 PM
I love your pirate outfits!:love: Booo to all those boring grown ups who didn't dress up! Where did you get them from? You look fab!

The dolphin experience looked so cute. I love just being able to touch the dolpins at Seaworld so getting in the pool with them must be amazing.

disneylovin24
08-07-2011, 04:42 PM
That is so cool that you got to "swim" with dolphins! Definetely a great way to speand your day!

That must have been neat to have seen the garbage leaving the ships. I wonder if the DCL do behind the scene tours:confused3 If they don't they should! I bet you a lot of people on the boats would do it.

I love your pirate costumes. I think it's great that you dresseed up even as adults:thumbsup2 I think more adults should have gotten in the spirit and dressed! Why should it be only kids!?

I love the fireworks at sea idea. And it was to the music of POTC! That is even better!

Sunstar
08-07-2011, 05:04 PM
The aquaduck sounds really cool. And swimming with dolphins - my DH would love that!

Self_resqing_princz
08-07-2011, 06:45 PM
I just started today and read everything so far in one read! GREAT start! :thumbsup2 I'm not going to lie... I got choked up a few times... :angel: You're doing great and I'm so glad I made it here before you finished the cruise! I can't wait to read the rest! :cheer2:

lilsqueakrr
08-07-2011, 06:50 PM
OMG Pirate night looks like so much fun! I'm jealous! You both looked great! <3

TanzUnited99
08-07-2011, 07:03 PM
Love the review of the Dolphin encounter - sounds great! :thumbsup2

:woohoo: on recognising a Disney podcaster and you both look great in your pirate costumes! pirate:

Missyrose
08-07-2011, 07:26 PM
Just caught up! What a beautiful report so far! Congrats on the wedding :goodvibes

I went on a Carnival cruise with my family when I was 18 and HATED it (everything felt cheap and dirty). So much so that I thought I never would feel the urge to go on a cruise again. But your gorgeous photos make me want to try a Disney Cruise, it looks like you guys had so much fun! :banana:

dreamerchic33
08-07-2011, 08:09 PM
Fantastic updates!!
Love the bag and all if your pictures! You both look amazing in your pirate costumes!
Can't wait to read more!

Wiley Coyote
08-07-2011, 08:22 PM
Best. Trip Report. Ever. Sexy pirate outfit! Oh, and you look good in yours too. ;-)

ronnmel
08-07-2011, 09:19 PM
Oh, you got to "swim" with dolphins too. Cool! The boat you took to get there doesn't look like a catamaran though. Catamarans are usually very low boats, with a net between "boat parts" at the front.

Sounds like a very fun and exciting day, ending with fireworks at sea!

Stefy
08-08-2011, 02:21 AM
Looks like you had a great Nassau day, the dolphin encounter looked like lots of fun :) So after your experience you were free to wander around? We have the early morning encounter and I was wondering what we would be able to do afterwards before we catch the boat back.

Love the D&B wristlet, the cruise designs look really nice. Were you tempted by any other bags? :teeth:

Pirate Night looks like so much fun. What side of the ship were you on? I have heard that the starboard side can see the fireworks from their balconies.

Leshaface
08-08-2011, 12:19 PM
Awesome updates Emma!

You looked great in the Pirate costume!

Speaking of the lifeboat, we had heard that the night before, the CM's had their CM party and that a few of the CM's got REALLY drunk and it affected their performance the next day, which may have included this incident :confused3 Crazy.

Anyways, can't wait to hear your next update! :goodvibes

disneybarbie
08-08-2011, 01:40 PM
I love your pirate outfits! Booo to all those boring grown ups who didn't dress up! Where did you get them from? You look fab!

The dolphin experience looked so cute. I love just being able to touch the dolpins at Seaworld so getting in the pool with them must be amazing.

Thank you! I really was surprised more adults weren't dressed up - some people were though & most people at least had the bandanas on or a piratey tshirt!
We got our costumes from a fancy dress website called escapade.co.uk - they had a huge selection on there, Steve's was actually a Disney one and mine was called 'Victorian pirate', they were about £35 each.. so now we have costumes ready for any fancy-dress parties we might go to in the future! Mine was very short though so I wore leggings with it lol.

The dolphins were amazing! Up close to them I realised that they are definitely mammals, not fish! So intelligent and friendly :goodvibes


That is so cool that you got to "swim" with dolphins! Definetely a great way to speand your day!

That must have been neat to have seen the garbage leaving the ships. I wonder if the DCL do behind the scene tours. If they don't they should! I bet you a lot of people on the boats would do it.

I love your pirate costumes. I think it's great that you dresseed up even as adults. I think more adults should have gotten in the spirit and dressed! Why should it be only kids!?

I love the fireworks at sea idea. And it was to the music of POTC! That is even better!

Hi! I'm not sure if DCL does a backstage tour ... it'd be fascinating though, I would love to see in the kitchens - must be huge to feed 4000 people, almost 24 hours a day!
Lol we felt pretty self-conscious about being in the full costumes to start with, I even worried people might think we were crew members :laughing: but it was a great memory and I'm kinda glad we did dress up!

The aquaduck sounds really cool. And swimming with dolphins - my DH would love that!

The Aquaduck was so much fun! I wish we'd had a chance to do it at night too because that must be quite a different experience :thumbsup2
The dolphin swim was another highlight of our honeymoon that we'll always remember :lovestruc

I just started today and read everything so far in one read! GREAT start! :thumbsup2 I'm not going to lie... I got choked up a few times... You're doing great and I'm so glad I made it here before you finished the cruise! I can't wait to read the rest!

Thank you for reading along so far :goodvibes lol sorry you got choked up a few times! :cutie:

OMG Pirate night looks like so much fun! I'm jealous! You both looked great!


Thanks - it was a really fun night, all the menu items were named after pirates too.. 'Jack Sparrows Prime Rib', 'Blackbeard's Crab Cake' ... definitely that Disney touch!

Love the review of the Dolphin encounter - sounds great! :thumbsup2

:woohoo: on recognising a Disney podcaster and you both look great in your pirate costumes!

Thank you! lol it was really nice to meet Mike, the pocaster, he was so friendly - I think the Be Our Guest Podcast had a big group on our cruise, I noticed a few tshirts with the show's logo on! :goodvibes


Just caught up! What a beautiful report so far! Congrats on the wedding :goodvibes

I went on a Carnival cruise with my family when I was 18 and HATED it (everything felt cheap and dirty). So much so that I thought I never would feel the urge to go on a cruise again. But your gorgeous photos make me want to try a Disney Cruise, it looks like you guys had so much fun! :banana:

Thank you so much for reading so far! I'm enjoying writing about each day and remembering it all :goodvibes
I'm not sure how we'd find other cruise lines now.. would be hard not to compare everything to DCL! :rolleyes1

Fantastic updates!!
Love the bag and all if your pictures! You both look amazing in your pirate costumes!
Can't wait to read more!

Thank you :goodvibes I hope to get onto the next update soon

Best. Trip Report. Ever. Sexy pirate outfit! Oh, and you look good in yours too. ;-)

Lol! :laughing: thanks for reading so far.

Oh, you got to "swim" with dolphins too. Cool! The boat you took to get there doesn't look like a catamaran though. Catamarans are usually very low boats, with a net between "boat parts" at the front.

Sounds like a very fun and exciting day, ending with fireworks at sea!

Hi Mel, you're right - that wasn't a catamaran was it! Not sure why I called it that hehe.
Fireworks show at sea was definitely something we'll always remember - Disney is apparently the only cruise line that does this :wizard:

Looks like you had a great Nassau day, the dolphin encounter looked like lots of fun :) So after your experience you were free to wander around? We have the early morning encounter and I was wondering what we would be able to do afterwards before we catch the boat back.

Love the D&B wristlet, the cruise designs look really nice. Were you tempted by any other bags? :teeth:

Pirate Night looks like so much fun. What side of the ship were you on? I have heard that the starboard side can see the fireworks from their balconies.

Thanks Stefy! - Yes, after the dolphin encounter, we could have stayed at Blue Lagoon (the last boat was at 4pm back to the ship) - there was a beach, cafe and souvenir shop :thumbsup2

Originally I looked at the white DCL wristlet, but they only had a couple on display and the 'placement' wasn't very good, lots of half characters! But I liked the blue one too, I now have that one and the white WDW wristlet. The larger bags look great too but I'm not sure how much I'd use one at home (it would be too precious! :cutie:) and they are a lot of $$$s! all so lovely though, was quite tempted by the 40-year anniversary designs too.

Our stateroom was on the starboard side, and I think as we got that note about not leaving things on the verandah that we might have been able to see them? We were close to the extended part of Cabanas though so I'm not sure how much we'd have been able to see as the deck above hung over a bit!
One thing we didn't think about was that as the ship was moving, the fireworks were more towards the back of the ship, guess they were being blown by the wind that way? Very cool show though, wish I had the soundtrack! pirate:

Awesome updates Emma!

You looked great in the Pirate costume!

Speaking of the lifeboat, we had heard that the night before, the CM's had their CM party and that a few of the CM's got REALLY drunk and it affected their performance the next day, which may have included this incident :confused3 Crazy.

Anyways, can't wait to hear your next update!



Hi Alicia! Wow.. really?! I bet those crew members were in a lot of trouble after that :eek: lol - I noticed the crane at port canaveral when we disembarked, guess they were trying to fix it asap... but apparently the next cruise sailed with that lifeboat completely removed!



Emma princess: x

Stefy
08-09-2011, 02:12 AM
Ah right cool :) We were thinking about watching them on the verandah, but I feel like we should go up top and see them.

Am sure you could find the soundtrack on the net somewhere, or maybe even here :)

Ooh you must post your D&B purchases, love seeing new Dooneys :)

DisneyHawkeye
08-09-2011, 03:12 PM
Your TR has been quite an enjoyable read! We also had our honeymoon at WDW and on a Disney Cruise to the Bahamas in 2009. We even had our wedding at WDW... I am a little Disney obsessed :)

jessiegirl84
08-09-2011, 11:21 PM
Hello, I just found your trip report !
It sounds like you had an amazing time! I've never been on a cruise before but reading your story and seeing your pics makes me want to go on one!
I can't wait to read more :)

tatar63
08-10-2011, 07:49 AM
Thanks for the picture of your D&B wristlet, I love it!:thumbsup2 We are going on a Disney cruise in September and I can't wait to see all the purses:woohoo: I will have to look for some pirate attire for us also:cool1: Can't wait for your next installment on Castaway Cay:yay:

SOUTHERNtinkerBELLE
08-10-2011, 09:00 PM
I can't get over how absolutely beautiful the Dream is! What an amazing ship! Watching the storm at night sounds like such a neat experience. Since my biggest fear is drowning though, I imagine that I would be a bit freaked out! :lmao: When I went to Nassau a few years back, we did a dolphin encounter, too. It looks very similar to the place you went. Maybe it was the same one? You two look great in your pirates costumes! It sounds like such a fun night! :goodvibes

mickey2minnie1
08-11-2011, 09:21 PM
This is one of the best trip reports I have ever read. thank you so much for sharing. Tough week and this just gave me my Disney escape. :thumbsup2

mickey2minnie1
08-13-2011, 01:54 PM
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Self_resqing_princz
08-13-2011, 03:14 PM
Are the riots in London near you? I hope you and your family are doing okay. Praying for you and yours!:angel:

cindianne320
08-13-2011, 10:21 PM
Are the riots in London near you? I hope you and your family are doing okay. Praying for you and yours!:angel:

I was wondering the same thing- hope you are ok!

disneybarbie
08-14-2011, 03:34 PM
Ah right cool :) We were thinking about watching them on the verandah, but I feel like we should go up top and see them.

Am sure you could find the soundtrack on the net somewhere, or maybe even here

Ooh you must post your D&B purchases, love seeing new Dooneys

Hi Stefy - I think it would be great to watch the fireworks from the balcony (quite busy up on Decks 11 and 12) but I'm not sure you'd hear the music? pirate:
I will have a look on youtube for Bucaneer Blast.. great idea! :goodvibes

Your TR has been quite an enjoyable read! We also had our honeymoon at WDW and on a Disney Cruise to the Bahamas in 2009. We even had our wedding at WDW... I am a little Disney obsessed :)

Thanks for reading so far! :goodvibes

Hello, I just found your trip report !
It sounds like you had an amazing time! I've never been on a cruise before but reading your story and seeing your pics makes me want to go on one!
I can't wait to read more :)

Thank you for reading along - yes we did have an amazing time, I am enjoying writing about it and looking through all the photos again :cloud9:
Highly recommend a Disney Cruise - we loved it so much, DH said he almost preferred it to WDW!! :eek: hehe

Thanks for the picture of your D&B wristlet, I love it!:thumbsup2 We are going on a Disney cruise in September and I can't wait to see all the purses:woohoo: I will have to look for some pirate attire for us also:cool1: Can't wait for your next installment on Castaway Cay:yay:

No problem! hope you find some good pirate clothes for your cruise :goodvibes - next update on its way soon :thumbsup2

I can't get over how absolutely beautiful the Dream is! What an amazing ship! Watching the storm at night sounds like such a neat experience. Since my biggest fear is drowning though, I imagine that I would be a bit freaked out! :lmao: When I went to Nassau a few years back, we did a dolphin encounter, too. It looks very similar to the place you went. Maybe it was the same one? You two look great in your pirates costumes! It sounds like such a fun night! :goodvibes

Hi Courtney - the Dream is definitely an amazing ship! I would love to see the Wonder, Magic and Fantasy one day and see how they all compare :wizard:
I think they do dolphin swims at the Atlantis Resort too, but maybe you did go to the Blue Lagoon too :goodvibes

This is one of the best trip reports I have ever read. thank you so much for sharing. Tough week and this just gave me my Disney escape. :thumbsup2

Thank you so much for your comments and reading along so far! :cutie: I'm glad that people are enjoying reading about our trip, it's so much fun to remember it all again :cloud9:


Are the riots in London near you? I hope you and your family are doing okay. Praying for you and yours!:angel:

I was wondering the same thing- hope you are ok!

Thank you both for thinking of us! :hug: - we live about 50 miles from London and luckily were not affected at all by the awful riots & events last week :sad2: - we have some family and friends who live nearer the areas, but thankfully they were all ok. It seems to have calmed down now & the police are arresting all of the people involved.



Very sorry for the lack of updates lately everyone... we have been away this weekend but I hope to get to our next day at Castaway Cay and onto Disney World as soon as I can!


Emma princess: x

Self_resqing_princz
08-14-2011, 04:11 PM
So happy to hear you and yours are safe from harm.
I work at a tv station in Indianapolis and was at work last night when we had a tragedy at the State Fairgrounds here. :sad2:
There was a Sara Bareilles and Sugarland concert at the fairgrounds last night around 9 p.m. part of the canopy blew off and then the stage collapsed. Two of my friends were there and were not hurt thankfully, but 5 people were killed and about 50 others were injured! TERRIBLE! :eek: Everyone was in panic mode here at the tv station.
If you want to see the video someone sent us on our facebook page and read the story, here's the link to our website:
http://www.fox59.com/
The video is amazing.. it's been all over CNN & Fox news... I even took a call from BBC America last night! :sad2:
Just terrible! :sad1:
Anyway, I'm glad to hear you are doing well! Blessings for that! Hope to read more soon!

SweetSerenity
08-14-2011, 06:50 PM
I'm joining in! Loving your review so far aboard the Dream, especially the dolphin encounter. They're my favorite animals and I've always wanted the chance to swim with them so I loved reading about your experience. Can't wait for the rest!

lilwitch646
08-14-2011, 11:56 PM
I'm loving your trip report. The pictures are beautiful, and it looks like you and your new husband had a wonderful honeymoon! I can't wait to read more about the trip and your stay at GF concierge! I haven't stayed there since I was a young girl! (I'm 25 now, so it's not THAT long ago!)

mickey2minnie1
08-17-2011, 10:10 PM
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Stefy
08-18-2011, 02:46 AM
Hey Emma

Hope you guys are doing good :)

Just letting you know we're all here waiting patiently for your next update :teeth:

popcorn::

emma212010
08-18-2011, 10:08 AM
Great updates!! I'm glad you guys are having a great time!! :thumbsup2 You two are too cute in your pirate outfits! That's awesome- pirate night sounds do fun!

What a cute experience swimming with the dophins in Nassau! :goodvibes

I'm loving the pictures! :thumbsup2

disneybarbie
08-18-2011, 03:04 PM
So happy to hear you and yours are safe from harm.
I work at a tv station in Indianapolis and was at work last night when we had a tragedy at the State Fairgrounds here. ......Anyway, I'm glad to hear you are doing well! Blessings for that! Hope to read more soon!

Hi, I saw about that stage collapsing in the news here, really awful :sad2: - hope you are doing ok :hug:

I'm joining in! Loving your review so far aboard the Dream, especially the dolphin encounter. They're my favorite animals and I've always wanted the chance to swim with them so I loved reading about your experience. Can't wait for the rest!

Thank for reading along so far! Btw love your avatar picture.. Lottie is one of my favourite characters from Princess & The Frog :cutie:


I'm loving your trip report. The pictures are beautiful, and it looks like you and your new husband had a wonderful honeymoon! I can't wait to read more about the trip and your stay at GF concierge! I haven't stayed there since I was a young girl! (I'm 25 now, so it's not THAT long ago!)

thank you so much for joining in! I hope to get to the GF part of our honeymoon very soon.. it was an amazing resort :cloud9:

popcorn::

next update coming... very sorry for the delay! :cutie:


Hey Emma

Hope you guys are doing good :)

Just letting you know we're all here waiting patiently for your next update :teeth:

popcorn::

Hi Stefy! Lol sorry I am getting behind on my updates.. really want to write it all up, more to come soon! I'm so pleased you are enjoying reading about our trip, I love writing about it and remembering everything! :lovestruc


Great updates!! I'm glad you guys are having a great time!! :thumbsup2 You two are too cute in your pirate outfits! That's awesome- pirate night sounds do fun!

What a cute experience swimming with the dophins in Nassau! :goodvibes

I'm loving the pictures! :thumbsup2

Thank you! :goodvibes Pirates night and the dolphin swim were so much fun, wish we could be back there right now hehe.



Update on its way!



Emma princess: x

disneybarbie
08-18-2011, 03:33 PM
Saturday 25th June 2011

Castaway Cay & dinner at Remy

Today’s navigator…

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This was our second visit to Castaway Cay during our cruise – we had originally planned to do the Seahorse catamaran snorkelling excursion, but unfortunately the boat was out of service and the excursion was cancelled (we’d had a note in our stateroom a couple of days before).
However, we were just as excited to spend another day on the paradise island!

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We started our day with a room service breakfast – we picked the time slot between 8-8.30am, and there was a knock on the door just after 8.
On reflection, we probably ordered a little too much for the two of us! :cutie: We had bagels, toast, fruit and a pastry selection, along with juices, tea and coffee.

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I noticed that the china cups were made in England..

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After a very nice breakfast in our stateroom, we headed onto the island about 9am – we walked to Pelican Point, and hired some snorkelling gear from Gil’s.

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Steve has snorkelled quite a lot before and is a very confident swimmer – this was my first time snorkelling though, and I was a bit nervous!
We headed into the sea, the family beach was still quite quiet and there were only a few other snorkellers in the water.
Once I’d got used to breathing underwater (and not through my nose, steaming up the mask!) I actually quite enjoyed the experience, once I’d stopped breathing like I was having a panic attack!
We saw a few fish…

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I had heard there were Mickey & Minnie statues down there, but unfortunately we didn’t see any.

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We swam for almost an hour, I just about got the hang of it! Then we headed over to Serenity Bay for some sunbathing and relaxing.

I spotted the main Mouse himself on our way over to the tram…

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The weather was more overcast and cloudy today, but it was a bit deceptive and we both caught the sun after a few hours on the beach.

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Steve went for some more snorkelling while I stayed on the beach – he said there were a lot more fish on this side of the island.

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About midday, the barman came wandering along the beach – and convinced us to have a drink!
Corona for Steve, and a ‘drink of the day’ for me (I think this was called a stingray)

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We got talking to a couple who were sat next to us – they were from California and on their second cruise.

The bbq lunch was delicious, again! We both made sure to get the mahi-mahi… wish we could get this fish at home.

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I got an icecream and we went back to the sunbeds for a little more time on the beach. We noticed a coast guard helicopter circling the island, not sure what it was for.

I wanted to get a photo in one of the big hammocks on the beach..

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and another guest asked if we’d like a picture with both of us in it.. it was a pretty tough balancing act! :laughing:

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disneybarbie
08-18-2011, 03:39 PM
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We got back onboard about 3pm, and went to Shutters in the atrium to look through our photos of the cruise. I had pre-purchased 10 credits, which was equal to 5 of the large photos (8 x 10 inches). I’m glad we bought the photos then, as the next morning Shutters looked very busy!

Back in the room, our stateroom host had left us our luggage tags, custom forms and a letter explaining the debarkation process.

We also had an invitation from tonight’s restaurant..

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I made a start on packing our suitcases, as they would be collected at 11pm from outside our stateroom – then we had showers, got ready for the evening and opened a bottle of bubbly!


Our wedding rings….
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Inside of our door, with a few magnets I made!
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Our table at Remy was booked for 6.30pm, so we went up to the Meridian bar about 6pm. As we stepped out of the elevator, the Welsh crew member from a few nights before instantly recognised us and shouted out … “OH … What’s Occurring?!” (which is the line from the tv programme we’d spoken about two nights earlier!) – it was very unexpected and we all laughed so much, the other crew member at the podium looked very confused!
I was so impressed that the CM had recognised us and remembered such a small thing we’d spoken about.. that’s the Disney difference I guess!

We checked in, and were told the Maitre’D would come to meet us very soon. A barmaid asked if we’d like a drink while we waited, we said no thank you.. and she said “it’s ok, you have time, I’ll bring the check to your table in Remy!” so she twisted our arm (Steve ordered a beer, and was a little embarrassed to have a bottle on the table in such a fancy place!).
Very soon, we were led into the gorgeous restaurant.

The Maitre’D asked us if we’d seen the movie Ratatouille (yup!) – and pointed out a glass statue of Remy up on a light fitting…

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He is looking after the restaurant from up there.


I noticed a rat on the back of a chair too…

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We were led to a beautiful semi-circle table, with amazing view of the sea!

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To begin, a Swedish CM called Rasmus served us a welcome cocktail (included in the price) it was Tattinger champagne, pear vodka and a blueberry – delicious!

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The menu..
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Our waiter introduced himself, Gabriel (from Paris) – and from start to finish was one of the best servers I’ve ever had! He seemed to genuinely enjoy his job, making great suggestions and giving us enough attention without hovering around our table.

There are two set menus at Remy, or you can choose from the a la carte menu – we decided to go for the set menus – I think they are called ‘gout’ and ‘saveur’, one is by the French chef and the other by the American chef.

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My purse even got it’s own seat!

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We were served about five dishes each.. and every single one was divine! The meal was perfectly paced, plenty of time between courses. The maitre-d came over a few times to check we were ok, one time bringing a red rose for me (he said to Steve “this was the right time sir said to bring a rose, non?!”).

We both were given an ‘amuse bouche’ when we arrived, which as a tomato croquette – and then a chilled watercress soup..

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Other dishes we had… ratatouille, shrimp and lobster, shrimp and parma ham, duck three ways, organic chicken, beef wagyu, seabass….

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The cheese course was one of the most memorable parts of the meal. Rasmus came to our table with a huge selection of cheeses,

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He described each one and then asked if we would like him to make a selection for us to try. Gabriel brought us a selection of breads to have with the cheese, and suggested we order some port to have with our cheese. Neither of us had every drunk port before, and probably never will again, but it was the perfect pairing with the cheeses!
We particularly liked the goats cheese served with honeycomb, the tastes went so well together.

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Desserts were like pieces of art…

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And then there was one more course to share… chef’s own marshmallows, chocolates, truffles and lollipops!

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disneybarbie
08-18-2011, 03:42 PM
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The best way ever to celebrate one week of marriage…

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We got to meet the chef too as he walked around each table to talk to guests (he looked very much like Gusteau from Ratatouille!)

We spoke to our server quite a lot during our meal, he was from the south of France but had moved to Paris as an adult – and worked at Nobu in the city, which had since shut down. He asked us where else we were going on our honeymoon, and when we said Disney World, he started to tell us all about which rides we should go on! He couldn’t think of the translation in French for ‘thrill rides’, so was telling us about the great ‘sensations’ of the Tower of Terror and the Rock n’ Roller Coaster. :cutie:


After a nearly 3 hour meal, it was unfortunately time to leave the restaurant! The maitre’d asked if we’d sign the guestbook on our way out – I hope one day we can return and see our note in that book!

We got back to our room, and found one more little treat from Remy..


A thank you card along with a box of truffles!

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We thought this was the most wonderful touch, where else in the world can a restaurant send you a thank you gift?!

As our suitcases were being collected at 11pm, we decided to get changed out of our formalwear and changed into more casual outfits, and headed down to the District.. there was one bar we hadn’t tried and I couldn’t leave the Dream without going there…

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Pink!

We walked in, and there was just one couple sat at the bar with two bartenders serving! They didn’t mind us joining in, and we had a wonderful hour sat at the bar, talking with the crew members.

We ordered two glasses of the Dream exclusive Tattinger champagne – it was a real splurge but felt like the right way to toast our last night on what had been a truly wonderful cruise.

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The barman also gave us a glass of a creamy fruit dessert, which we ate despite being full of Remy food!

The barman was from Portugal, Paulo, and he chatted for quite a while with Steve about football (soccer) – the other couple there were American and were also on their honeymoon. Paulo and the other server, Maria, gave all four of us a complimentary drink – it was crème de menthe and Baileys, not sure what it was called! And also some plates of chocolate-covered strawberries. It was interesting to talk to the crew members about life onboard the ship, they spend 4-6 months onboard at a time!

We left the bar and headed up to Deck 11 for one last walk around the top deck – it was surprisingly busy, guess everyone wanted to make the most of our last night onboard!

Soon it was time for bed, we had an early start in the morning.. and onto the next part of our honeymoon…. Walt Disney World!! :yay:

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disneybarbie
08-18-2011, 03:43 PM
Just wanted to share a pic of my room key for the cruise.. I thought it was quite cute!

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It shows on here your table number and the order of your rotational restaurant dinners. We noticed people had silver and gold cards, I guess they were in the Castaway Club. :thumbsup2



Emma princess: x

NikkiLovesWDW!
08-18-2011, 05:16 PM
Woops, I missed the last update somehow!

Your cruise sounded perfect! I'm so glad you guys had such a great time on the Dream and I can't wait to hear about WDW!

mamaboogie
08-18-2011, 06:13 PM
Fantastic update!:thumbsup2

That meal looks amazing!:lovestruc

Dugette
08-18-2011, 09:49 PM
Sounds like a wonderful meal/experience at Remy's. Every honeymoon needs a memorable meal like that! I love that they sent you a thank you card and truffles too.

shippedtosea
08-18-2011, 09:59 PM
Wow great pictures! looks like you had a great time on the cruise! Remy looks so good. makes me even more excited for our cruise. Can't wait for more.

DisneygirlTeacher
08-18-2011, 10:25 PM
Hi Emma, I have been following along and have to say this is one of the best trip reports ever! You are a wonderful writer and I have enjoyed every minute reading about your trip! Can't wait to hear about Disney World, my favorite place on earth! ::MinnieMo

lilsqueakrr
08-18-2011, 10:36 PM
Amazing, amazing, amazing update Emma! It all just looks and sounds so fabulous!

I hope one day I can convince Dave to go on the cruise, but it's highly unlikely because he gets seasick. =[

I can't wait to hear about my favorite place on earth, Disney World! Woohoo!

mickey2minnie1
08-18-2011, 10:53 PM
Emma, your report is fabulous. I just do not want it to end. I felt like I was a part of the cruise. The pics at Remy's were so yummy.:thumbsup2

Leshaface
08-18-2011, 11:45 PM
Lol you can see my brother in the picture of you at Castaway Cay when you're lounging with your stingray! :lmao::rotfl: Too funny!

Also, DH says he remembers seeing you at CC ;) He's like, "Oh yeah, I definitely remember her!" :rotfl2:


I'm so glad you enjoyed Remy! It was definitely the highlight of our trip. The truffles in the room really made it memorable. :lovestruc

Stefy
08-19-2011, 02:17 AM
Great update, Remy food looks delicious. Love that your bag got its own seat too :teeth:

So what did you think of Pink then? I glanced at the menu and I love the look of the cocktails, sound really yummy :)

pinkfairy1684
08-19-2011, 07:15 AM
Emma, I have just read your entire TR. Thank you so much for all of the wonderful pictures! We are doing a 3-day cruise on the Dream at the end of our honeymoon. :banana: While I was reading about your trip, I kept having DF run upstairs to look at your pictures. :rotfl:

Missyrose
08-19-2011, 03:17 PM
What a wonderful last meal at Remy! And that thank you note and box of truffles was such a lovely touch. :goodvibes

Can't wait to hear about your adventures back on dry land! :surfweb:

disneybarbie
08-19-2011, 03:35 PM
Woops, I missed the last update somehow!

Your cruise sounded perfect! I'm so glad you guys had such a great time on the Dream and I can't wait to hear about WDW!

thanks Nikki :goodvibes - we loved the cruise so much, I really didn't know what we'd make of it (hence why we did it before WDW, in case we didn't like it!) but have agreed we'd definitely go on another one in the future :cloud9:

Fantastic update!

That meal looks amazing!

Thank you! Remy was incredible, probably the best meal either of us have ever had :goodvibes

Sounds like a wonderful meal/experience at Remy's. Every honeymoon needs a memorable meal like that! I love that they sent you a thank you card and truffles too.

Thanks, yes it was the best! Great way to end our cruise too :cloud9:

Wow great pictures! looks like you had a great time on the cruise! Remy looks so good. makes me even more excited for our cruise. Can't wait for more.

Thank you! Steve thought I was funny taking photos of all the dishes at Remy, but I just had to - everything was so beautifully presented! :cutie: .. more updates coming over the weekend hopefully

Hi Emma, I have been following along and have to say this is one of the best trip reports ever! You are a wonderful writer and I have enjoyed every minute reading about your trip! Can't wait to hear about Disney World, my favorite place on earth!

Hi! Thank you for reading so far, I'm really glad people are enjoying reading this report, I love writing about it all :goodvibes .. WDW updates coming in soon!

Amazing, amazing, amazing update Emma! It all just looks and sounds so fabulous!

I hope one day I can convince Dave to go on the cruise, but it's highly unlikely because he gets seasick. =[

I can't wait to hear about my favorite place on earth, Disney World! Woohoo!

Thanks Jenifer! if it convinces Dave at all.. we hardly felt any movement while on the cruise ship, I was prepared with sea-sickness tablets and wristbands, but we didn't need them - I noticed quite a few guests with those patches behind their ears for motion sickness, but it's such a big ship we hardly felt the waves :goodvibes
on our way to WDW soon! :wizard:

Emma, your report is fabulous. I just do not want it to end. I felt like I was a part of the cruise. The pics at Remy's were so yummy.

Thank you so much :goodvibes still another week at WDW to come!

Lol you can see my brother in the picture of you at Castaway Cay when you're lounging with your stingray! Too funny!

Also, DH says he remembers seeing you at CC ;) He's like, "Oh yeah, I definitely remember her!" :rotfl2:


I'm so glad you enjoyed Remy! It was definitely the highlight of our trip. The truffles in the room really made it memorable. :lovestruc

Hi Alesha! OMG that was your brother I spoke to then!! When I ordered the drinks on the beach, he heard my accent and asked if we were from the UK.. we got chatting about the cruise (they went on a Disney Cruise last year?) and about the weather, he was surprised when we said that most days of summer in England were only in the 50s/60s degrees! :laughing:
He was drinking a purple cocktail, and his partner (your DSIL?) said to him "umm... what is that your drinking?!" :rotfl:

"It's a Small World.." :thumbsup2

I have kept the truffle box from Remy! thought it was such a lovely touch.

Great update, Remy food looks delicious. Love that your bag got its own seat too :teeth:

So what did you think of Pink then? I glanced at the menu and I love the look of the cocktails, sound really yummy :)

Thanks Stefy.. yes as we sat down, the waiter said "let me get you a stool for your purse madame".. loved it!

We really enjoyed pink, I was surprised how quiet it was (a lot of people walked in and straight out again while we were there, as they only serve the champagne cocktails) - the theming is beautiful and having the exclusive champagne was very luxurious! :cutie: I hope you and Dave love your cruise next month!

Emma, I have just read your entire TR. Thank you so much for all of the wonderful pictures! We are doing a 3-day cruise on the Dream at the end of our honeymoon. :banana: While I was reading about your trip, I kept having DF run upstairs to look at your pictures. :rotfl:

Thank you for reading so far! Not long until your cruise and wedding now, I will have to read your PJ :goodvibes

What a wonderful last meal at Remy! And that thank you note and box of truffles was such a lovely touch. :goodvibes

Can't wait to hear about your adventures back on dry land! :surfweb:

Thank you! I plan to write up some days at WDW this weekend :thumbsup2


Emma princess: x

OhMari
08-19-2011, 07:48 PM
I so enjoyed your cruise report. I don't get many on my boards, not to many people do the Land/Sea trip. I'm glad you included it with your TR. I did a RCCL when Leesa (Disney Dreamer) did one with her mom and I can see why Disney is a little more expensive, but well worth it.

Congradulations on your wedding.

dolfinjuls
08-20-2011, 09:26 AM
I can't believe I didn't see your TR before! Your honeymoon so far sounds amazing! I really want to do a Disney cruise one day! I would definitely have to include the dolphin excursion, they are my fav! Everything about the cruise sounds like it was perfect! Can't wait to hear about the DW portion!!!

disneybarbie
08-20-2011, 09:59 AM
I so enjoyed your cruise report. I don't get many on my boards, not to many people do the Land/Sea trip. I'm glad you included it with your TR. I did a RCCL when Leesa (Disney Dreamer) did one with her mom and I can see why Disney is a little more expensive, but well worth it.

Congradulations on your wedding.

Thank you very much for your comments :goodvibes - heading to WDW in the next update!

I can't believe I didn't see your TR before! Your honeymoon so far sounds amazing! I really want to do a Disney cruise one day! I would definitely have to include the dolphin excursion, they are my fav! Everything about the cruise sounds like it was perfect! Can't wait to hear about the DW portion!!!

Hi! Glad you found my TR :goodvibes we loved the cruise so much.. and still a week at WDW to come :wizard: hehe


Emma princess: x

disneybarbie
08-20-2011, 10:17 AM
Sunday 26th June 2011

Leaving the ship and heading to Walt Disney World

We woke up about 6.30am and were already docked at Port Canaveral, and the Freedom of the Seas ship was next to us..

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The plan had been to go to breakfast at the Enchanted Garden, but we decided it was too early to eat and we were still quite full up from dinner at Remy!

So we showered and packed up our hand luggage, filled in our comments cards and customs forms (these are the same as the ones we do for immigration into the USA so didn’t take us long to complete).
We kept the tv channel on the ‘how to disembark’ programme that was showing, just to make sure we understood what was going to happen!

Our bill was placed outside our door, so I checked through it and I noticed that the snorkelling equipment had been charged to our account three times (they had had a problem with the tills that morning so I was sort of expecting it) – we headed down to guest services to sort out the overcharge and hand our comments card in. The atrium was fairly busy as people were starting to line up ready to leave the ship.

Around 7.45am, the doors were opened and debarkation began.. we were quite sad to be leaving the Dream – but knew we had a great week ahead of us!

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As we left the ship I could see a crane and workmen trying to fix the lifeboat that had malfunctioned during our cruise, apparently the next sailing went out without the boat at all!

Our luggage tags had been green with Tinkerbell on them..

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So when we got to the luggage collection area of the terminal, we headed to the green Tinkerbell zone and easily found our suitcases! It was so well organised, there were several cast members around too to assist us.

Once again there was a separate queue for ‘non-US citizens’ for customs, so we had no wait at all to get through customs and out of a terminal – a cast member was directing people one way for Disney transportation and the other for private transfers/car parks.

Most people appeared to be heading to MCO rather than WDW – there were many DCL buses lined up waiting to collect people, but when we said we were going to the Grand Floridian (the CM said “oooh, very nice!), we were led to a Mears taxi rather than a bus! It was just us and two other families who were staying at Port Orleans Riverside.

The drive back to Orlando took just under an hour, I was excited to be heading under that magical gateway once again!

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We stopped at POR first – so we then had a private taxi ride to the Grand Floridian…

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As soon as we arrived, a porter came over and offered to take our luggage – he asked for my surname, and another CM nearby overheard – she looked down at her clipboard and walked right over and said “Emma & Stephen? … welcome! Let me take you guys to your room”

She walked us into the lobby, and quickly called up to the concierge level to check our room was ready… and it was! It was only 9am so I was really surprised – the porter said “congratulations Mr & Mrs..” but used my maiden name, so we laughed and told him what our married surname was. He was called Jerry and we saw him several times during our stay at the hotel, he was a really nice guy and so helpful.

We hadn’t planned to stay concierge level, originally we booked a theme park view room at the Grand Floridian – which we were already very excited about! Then a few months before our honeymoon, our travel agent emailed me to say that Disney had released some special rates for summer – and we could either take 30% off what we’d already paid for our room, or pay $200 less and upgrade to the concierge level in the main building!
We had immediately agreed to take the upgrade, it seemed like the perfect place to stay for our honeymoon.

So we were taken up in the exclusive lift to the concierge level. Our room was on the third floor, above Citricos and Victoria & Alberts, room 4319.

It had it’s own entrance hall!


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And the room was huge!

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Apparently when the hotel was built, Disney could either have split the turret areas into three smaller rooms, or two huge rooms – so they chose the latter.

Few more pics of the room…
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disneybarbie
08-20-2011, 10:22 AM
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Amazing views from the balcony…

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Although it wasn’t technically a theme park view room.. we could just about see the top of Thunder Mountain at the Magic Kingdom! :goodvibes

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And it was easy to hear the steam train and ferries throughout the day. :cloud9:

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The cast member completed all of the check-in process with us in our room, we didn’t have to do anything at the reception desk.
She talked us through the concierge lounge, recreation and amenities at the resort, all of our dining reservations and activities were printed out in our file, and our Key to the World cards were yellow/gold!

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Jerry arrived with our luggage – when I gave him his tip envelope he looked so surprised, and said “I’ve worked here years and never seen anything like that, thank you so much!”

We decided to go explore the lounge on the fourth floor – and get some breakfast! The CM had said that the concierge food wouldn’t replace a meal, it was just snacks… but there was plenty there for us for breakfast – cereals, pastries, muffins, toast, porridge, fruit bagels.. juice, tea and coffee!

We took some food back to our room and ate it on the balcony, then I unpacked. I decided to be very ‘extravagant’ as it was our honeymoon, and used the laundry service in the hotel! I put some tshirts, smalls and swimwear in the laundry bag – it was a little expensive altogether but nice to have all the clothes come back the next day clean & pressed.

We couldn’t reset the safe in the wardrobe so called the front desk to help, within minutes a CM arrived to fix it for us. :thumbsup2

We stopped at the concierge desk to ask if there was anywhere on property that sold camera batteries or chargers (I had accidentally packed the one for my old camera and had had to use Steve’s small camera for most of the cruise!) – the Cast Member didn’t say a word to us, but turned around and opened a cupboard.. and produced a box of every phone and camera charger imaginable! She asked what camera I had, and with a smile handed me the charger I needed, and said “just bring it back before you leave” … I was amazed, I really thought they’d say ‘there’s a camera shop in the Studios that might sell them’ – not just give me one to use! :wizard:
So I popped back to the room to put the camera on charge, and we headed out of the hotel to the bus stop.

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TanzUnited99
08-20-2011, 11:06 AM
Wow I loved reading about your snorkelling experience and then the meal at Remys! :thumbsup2 That is soo nice of them to send a thank you card and box of truffles - you def don't get many restaurants doing that!

I read on to see that you had posted about your journey to GF resort! What a lovely greet and that room looks amaazing! :lovestruc It was also nice to read about all the help the CMs were providing esp the camera charger being given to you. What a magical way to start your stay at Disney World! :wizard:

disneybarbie
08-20-2011, 11:57 AM
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It was about 11am by this time, so rather than go to a park we decided to go to Downtown Disney for some lunch and shopping.


On our first Disney bus of the trip!

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When we got to the marketplace, I knew there was only one place Steve would consider for lunch…

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The Earl of Sandwich!

I had a Mediterranean tuna salad and Steve had a beef sandwich, we found a table outside and ate our delicious lunch.

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Next we walked over to Pleasure Island and the West Side.

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We got the boat back over to the marketplace….

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And then we did some shopping at the World of Disney and in the Days of Christmas Shop. It was nice to use our honeymoon gift card! We bought some kitchen items, photo album, frames, candies and a few gifts for our families.


We got the bus back to the Grand Floridian.

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It was quite a slow journey as we stopped at the West Side, Typhoon Lagoon and the Wilderness Lodge before we got back to our hotel, but we weren’t in a rush.

Once back in our room, Steve had a nap (which, on reflection, I wish I had too.. because of something that happened later that day!!) :rolleyes1
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I sat on the balcony and wrote some more of my trip diary. There was a couple on the balcony above us having an awful argument – they were so loud! I think they sorted out whatever was wrong, surely no one can stay mad in the happiest place on earth? ;)

Once Steve woke up, we got changed and went for a wander around the resort.

There were giant checkers & chess tables on the concierge floor!
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Our room was the one on the third floor, right hand side..
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At the marina..
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disneybarbie
08-20-2011, 12:04 PM
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We decided to spend some time by the pool – there was some kind of dance contest going on by the main pool and it was quite noisy, so we found some loungers by the courtyard pool. We swam and relaxed for a couple of hours.

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Some ducks were also cooling off in the pool!

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One duckling got separated from his mother and was calling for her, some kids in the pool kept splashing the poor duck and it was clearly distressed! Then the mother duck came flying down and was reunited with her baby… it was like a Disney movie ;) there were a lot of people around the pool watching it all happen!

About 5pm we headed back inside the hotel, stopping by the shop to buy some stamps and postcards, and I also got a Grand Floridian pin for my collection. The Cast Member who served us noticed our honeymoon gift card, and asked us how long we were staying – so we said we’d just arrived but had been on the Dream ship which had been amazing!

We popped back up to the lounge, between 5 – 7pm they serve canapés, some hot items, cakes, beers, wine and even champagne!

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View of the lobby from the lounge…
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We got a few canapés, Steve got a beer and I poured a glass of champagne – couldn’t believe this was all complimentary!

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We got ready for our first dinner of the week… Citricos.

We hadn’t been here before but wanted to try out some of the Grand Floridian restaurants while we were staying here!

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When we checked in, the Cast Member said ‘congratulations’ and asked us to wait just a few minutes for our table. Steve walked over to Victoria & Alberts to look at the menu, we noticed some of the dishes were the same as Remy as they share the same chef – it was funny to think we’d just eaten there the night before but were now in WDW!

We had a fantastic table right by the window, overlooking the marina.

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Our menus were especially for newlyweds and we got to keep them..

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Our server was called Javier and was a lovely guy, he took our drink order – but then returned with two glasses of champagne too! He said they were “from Mickey” and winked at us.

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The food here was excellent, I had Berkshire pork two ways; Steve had red snapper paella.

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We declined dessert, even though the choices looked delicious, as we were going to the Wishes dessert party at the Magic Kingdom later! :cutie:


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wishspirit
08-20-2011, 12:04 PM
Wow! Your room looks stunning! I can't believe they had all those spare chargers! That's a great thing to know about, and so considerate!

I'm looking forward to reading more! :thumbsup2

mamaboogie
08-20-2011, 12:19 PM
What an amazing room! The view is beautiful.

Citricos looked wonderful - I've never been there but we may have to rethink :rolleyes1

onelilspark
08-20-2011, 12:25 PM
I can't get over the size of that room! How lovely!

OhMari
08-20-2011, 12:27 PM
Did you have to pay for transportation to and from the Cruise? I can't remember.
What day was your last day of the Cruise.
I sailed on "Freedom of the Sea" and we left on a Sunday afternoon and returned Sunday morning.

My dh uncle/aunt stayed at the GF and got upgraded to conciere'. My dh uncle told us, it was amazing.

disneybarbie
08-20-2011, 12:28 PM
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After dinner, we popped back to our room to get Steve’s camera – and the maid had been to turn down our room!

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Video of the lobby from the second floor..
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And very soon we were on the monorail, heading to the Magic Kingdom.

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I love walking down this walk way from the monorail to the main entrance!
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disneybarbie
08-20-2011, 02:08 PM
.. just wanted to share another video.. this was of the Grand Floridian Orchestra from the concierge level

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Please let me know if these are working! :goodvibes



Emma princess: x


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disneybarbie
08-20-2011, 02:16 PM
Did you have to pay for transportation to and from the Cruise? I can't remember.
What day was your last day of the Cruise.
I sailed on "Freedom of the Sea" and we left on a Sunday afternoon and returned Sunday morning.

My dh uncle/aunt stayed at the GF and got upgraded to conciere'. My dh uncle told us, it was amazing.

Hi, we paid around $70 each for the return transfers to Port Canaveral - we got back there on Sunday June 26th :thumbsup2 ... I had heard about people getting upgraded on arrival (I think DISer Sambycat had this happen to her when they checked in for their wedding!) - so I had been day-dreaming that it might happen to us, but then our travel agent managed to make it happen anyway! :woohoo:


I can't get over the size of that room! How lovely!


the room was so big! there were so many chairs and sofas as well as two huge beds, the coffee maker was in a separate cupboard with a sink and huge cupboard.. so much space :goodvibes :laughing:

What an amazing room! The view is beautiful.

Citricos looked wonderful - I've never been there but we may have to rethink :rolleyes1

we really enjoyed Citricos - would definitely go there again, we didn't get to try Narcoossees this trip but that is on the 'to try' list! :goodvibes

Wow! Your room looks stunning! I can't believe they had all those spare chargers! That's a great thing to know about, and so considerate!

I'm looking forward to reading more! :thumbsup2

The room was amazing, apart from the suite we had for our wedding, it was the biggest room I've ever stayed in! :goodvibes
I was completely surprised by all those chargers.. guess it must happen a lot at hotels that people forget them lol.

Wow I loved reading about your snorkelling experience and then the meal at Remys! :thumbsup2 That is soo nice of them to send a thank you card and box of truffles - you def don't get many restaurants doing that!

I read on to see that you had posted about your journey to GF resort! What a lovely greet and that room looks amaazing! :lovestruc It was also nice to read about all the help the CMs were providing esp the camera charger being given to you. What a magical way to start your stay at Disney World! :wizard:

Thank you! The last day & night on the cruise were fantastic and we had a great morning once we got to the GF! :thumbsup2

Self_resqing_princz
08-20-2011, 03:31 PM
your videos are working. Not only am I TOTALLY jealous about your cruise but then you ALSO get to spend time at WDW! Which, just the time you spend at WDW is already longer than ANY vacation I've ever taken! SO JEALOUS! Not to mention ALL the pixie dust you're getting in this trip! It's all so fabulous! :wizard: :woohoo:

ariel_
08-20-2011, 05:00 PM
Wow! I've just read through your entire honeymoon TR - it looks like you have had an amazing time! I am totally in awe of anyone who can commit to updating a report so thoroughly and regularly :worship: Maybe one day I'll get round to one! I especially loved seeing all your photos from the Dream, I'm off on the Dream next month (my first cruise) and I CAN'T WAIT! Looking forward to reading any more about your trip :cutie:

Dugette
08-20-2011, 09:04 PM
Sounds like a great day! The GF concierge level sure is providing amazing service...greeting you upon arrival, doing the check-in in your room, the huge room, the complimentary charger, etc. Wow!! What a great honeymoon!

cindianne320
08-20-2011, 10:51 PM
Remy looks absolutely amazing!

We had our 5 year anniversary dinner at Citricos and were surprised with the personalized menus, champagne, and a complimentary whipped cream dessert after we declined to order anything! Love the Disney touch, and would definitely eat there again.

Intrigued about the mishap that is to come- I hope it wasn't too bad!

Stefy
08-21-2011, 07:18 AM
Yay you're at Disney World :teeth: Great start to your land portion :thumbsup2 Dinner at Citricos looks delish :)

I love that the CM gave you a charger for your camera, only in Disney :)

disneybarbie
08-21-2011, 08:57 AM
your videos are working. Not only am I TOTALLY jealous about your cruise but then you ALSO get to spend time at WDW! Which, just the time you spend at WDW is already longer than ANY vacation I've ever taken! SO JEALOUS! Not to mention ALL the pixie dust you're getting in this trip! It's all so fabulous! :wizard: :woohoo:

thanks for letting me know about the videos :thumbsup2 and for your comments! I'd planned this trip for such a long time, hoping it was going to be wonderful - and then we were so lucky that everything turned out perfectly, there were so many extra special little moments and sprinklings of pixie dust too! :lovestruc

Wow! I've just read through your entire honeymoon TR - it looks like you have had an amazing time! I am totally in awe of anyone who can commit to updating a report so thoroughly and regularly :worship: Maybe one day I'll get round to one! I especially loved seeing all your photos from the Dream, I'm off on the Dream next month (my first cruise) and I CAN'T WAIT! Looking forward to reading any more about your trip :cutie:

Thank you for joining in and for your comments! Not long until your cruise - I hope you love the Dream :cloud9:


Sounds like a great day! The GF concierge level sure is providing amazing service...greeting you upon arrival, doing the check-in in your room, the huge room, the complimentary charger, etc. Wow!! What a great honeymoon!

Hi! We were so impressed right from the start with the concierge level, I had no idea that check-in took place 'in room' - I thought there'd be a separate check-in desk, but not to be met outside the hotel! :cloud9:


Remy looks absolutely amazing!

We had our 5 year anniversary dinner at Citricos and were surprised with the personalized menus, champagne, and a complimentary whipped cream dessert after we declined to order anything! Love the Disney touch, and would definitely eat there again.

Intrigued about the mishap that is to come- I hope it wasn't too bad!

Thanks for your comments! We really enjoyed Citricos, the restaurant didn't seem very busy either so everything was nice and quiet, relaxed meal :goodvibes
Lol the mishap isn't too bad - it probably just sticks out in my mind because it was the one and only bad thing that happened the whole time! :upsidedow hehe


Yay you're at Disney World :teeth: Great start to your land portion :thumbsup2 Dinner at Citricos looks delish :)

I love that the CM gave you a charger for your camera, only in Disney :)

Thanks for reading Stefy - I was so impressed about the charger, I didn't mind using Steve's point & shoot camera but I really do love my new one and was disappointed I'd not packed the right charger for it! Especially since I'd started the packing list months in advance :surfweb: hehe.
Maybe Disney collects up the chargers that people leave behind if they're not claimed.. but the box seemed to be a pretty complete collection of every phone & camera charger possible! Like you say, only at Disney :wizard:



Emma princess: x

SOUTHERNtinkerBELLE
08-21-2011, 09:52 AM
I've had so many wonderful updates to catch up on, Emma! :goodvibes Your last full cruise day sounds like it was amazing! That is too funny about your room service breakfast - I always order to much whenever I order room service, too! :laughing: I love all of the underwater pictures from your snorkeling adventure. I've only done it once, and I really enjoyed it, but it was pretty difficult to get the hang of it! I felt like I was going to drown for a while! :lmao: Oh my goodness, Remy sounds absolutely amazing! I wish more places in Disney were like that. I really like for dining to be an experience, and not just a meal, so it would be nice if you could really take your time at more places.

Yay! So glad you're finally at Disney! We got called Mr. & Mrs. my maiden name many times on the trip, too! :lmao: Love that gold KTTW! Concierge level looks amazing. I can't believe how big your room was! And that view! What an amazing place for your honeymoon! :cloud9: It sounds like you had a really relaxing first day in the world. Can't wait to hear about your dessert party experience! popcorn::

disneybarbie
08-21-2011, 10:46 AM
I've had so many wonderful updates to catch up on, Emma! :goodvibes Your last full cruise day sounds like it was amazing! That is too funny about your room service breakfast - I always order to much whenever I order room service, too! :laughing: I love all of the underwater pictures from your snorkeling adventure. I've only done it once, and I really enjoyed it, but it was pretty difficult to get the hang of it! I felt like I was going to drown for a while! :lmao: Oh my goodness, Remy sounds absolutely amazing! I wish more places in Disney were like that. I really like for dining to be an experience, and not just a meal, so it would be nice if you could really take your time at more places.

Yay! So glad you're finally at Disney! We got called Mr. & Mrs. my maiden name many times on the trip, too! :lmao: Love that gold KTTW! Concierge level looks amazing. I can't believe how big your room was! And that view! What an amazing place for your honeymoon! :cloud9: It sounds like you had a really relaxing first day in the world. Can't wait to hear about your dessert party experience! popcorn::

Hi Courtney! - I was really glad we bought the waterproof cameras for snorkelling - Steve took all those pictures though, as I had to concentrate on breathing/swimming/de-steaming my mask most of the time! :cutie: hehe

Lol I think with the breakfast room service menu we just kept ticking all the boxes on the card! Especially on the cruise as it's all inclusive, just gratuity to add on :goodvibes

I guessed that we might get 'Mr and Mrs' maiden-name a lot on honeymoon since I'd booked everything in my name! :upsidedow never mind, from every trip going forward it'll be the right name hehe :lovestruc

lilsqueakrr
08-21-2011, 10:50 AM
Emma, everything looks wonderful! I cannot wait to see more!!

I can't believe you got all of that stuff for free! It's craziness! I guess it's really worth that price you pay! =]

disneybarbie
08-21-2011, 11:43 AM
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It was nice to use our annual passes again (bought them for our trip in December 2010) and get through the turnstiles into the most magical theme park..

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The park felt quite busy, a lot of people were waiting on Main Street for the Main Street Electrical parade, even though it was nearly an hour away!

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We stopped for a photopass picture – the CM offered to take one with Steve’s camera as well as with her’s..

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And decided to have a look at the times board to see how long the ride wait times were. Unfortunately, all the times had been erased! So we decided to wander over to Adventureland and see what was what.

About then, we heard another guest shout “wow…that’s Kobe Bryant!” .. and sure enough, I saw a CM in the VIP plaid uniform escorting Kobe and his family around the park! I’m not much of a sports fan, but even I knew who he was ;) they were also walking to Adventureland and we were about 20 yards behind, it was funny to listen to the ripples of ‘that’s Kobe Bryant!” from other people as they recognised him!

A very blurry photo Adventureland and Kobe Bryant up ahead lol..
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We got to Pirates of the Caribbean, and the wait time was only 10 minutes – this is one of our favourites so it was the perfect first ride to go on.

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We were stopped just before we got on our boat, as Kobe Bryant and his family were led onto their own private boat with their tour guide! It was fun to see how excited the Cast Members got about seeing a celebrity too.

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We wandered back to the hub..

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disneybarbie
08-21-2011, 11:46 AM
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By now it was about 8.30pm and we had to be at the Tomorrowland Terrace for 9pm to check-in for our dessert party – Steve suggested we got over there a bit earlier, which turned out to be a good idea because there was already a queue forming.

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We waited for about 20 minutes in line, CMs walked up and down the line checking people of the guest list and handing out wristbands.

Around 9pm we were allowed into the area, a lot of people rushed for the desserts but we decided to sit and wait at our table for the crowd to clear! We had a great table on the front row, several people walked by and said “that’s the best table!” – however I’d read on other trip reports and Disney websites that people tended to stand up once the fireworks began, which did turn out to be true!

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(another thing that had my surname on rather than our married name, hehe!)
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We got some glasses of lemonade, and our first plate of desserts..
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The second plate looked quite similar – there was so much to choose from and we enjoyed everything we tried. I’m not sure we’d do this event again but it was nice to have some space to watch the fireworks and sample so many different desserts.

We got quite a good view of the Main Street Electrical Parade….


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I had seen this once in the 1990s but could only remember the Pete’s Dragon float, so it was lovely to see it again! I love Spectromagic but enjoyed this one too.

We moved up to the railings at this point because most people were leaving their tables to find a place to stand.

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Next up was the incredible ‘Magic, Memories and You’ pre-show to Wishes – I’d deliberately not watched videos of this on the internet because I wanted it to be a surprise, and we were both blown away by it! The projections are breath-taking.. we sort of wished we’d seen this from Main Street as the base of the castle wasn’t visible from the Tomorrowland Terrace.


Very soon, Wishes had started….

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disneybarbie
08-21-2011, 11:49 AM
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Now, this is when the one and only bad part of our trip happened!! Some point during the fireworks, after Tinkerbell had flown right over us.. I started to not feel well. I got a really bad stomach ache, and then felt dizzy.. then felt really, really hot. :sick:
I didn’t say anything to Steve, as he had found a great setting on his camera and was happily snapping away at the fireworks!

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Then, it was like a black curtain was sliding across my eyes.. and I panicked that I might be fainting.. I’ve never fainted before and didn’t know what to do! So I put my head down and tried to breathe slowly.. Steve noticed and asked what was wrong, he sounded miles away…

He said he’d go to get me some water – but about then I really started to faint! He grabbed hold of me and we stepped away from the railing – he said “look, we’re going to sit down, I’ll ask this Cast Member for help and then we’re leaving” … and despite feeling awful, all I could think was “no.. we can’t leave… we’re watching Wishes! Fireworks! Magic Kingdom!” ;)
I drank loads from a water fountain and instantly felt better, just shaken up from what had just happened.. I’d felt completely fine and then suddenly been close to collapsing!

We waited for the fireworks to end and most people left.. it was EMH that night so we had planned to head to Tomorrowland next to ride Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear’s ride, but Steve was adamant we were going back to the hotel.

All I can think is that I was tired & dehydrated – Orlando was much hotter and humid than the cruise had been, so for the rest of the week we made sure to stop every hour for a cold drink & rehydrate.
I am hardly ever ill, I get a cold about once every two years! Yet I’d bought every medicine possible with us in case Steve felt ill during our honeymoon, and then it was me who almost fainted ;) I was so pleased right then to have a caring husband who looked after me and held my hand all the way back to the Grand Floridian.:lovestruc



We decided to get the boat back to hotel as it’s more direct than the Monorail, which meant we got to see the Electrical Water Pageant..

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Very soon we were back in our room, and managed to get a good night’s sleep.. I felt so much better in the morning too!

Emma princess: x

SOUTHERNtinkerBELLE
08-21-2011, 06:40 PM
Wow! MK was really crowded that afternoon! How neat that you saw Kobe Bryant. I don't think I've ever seen a celebrity at Disney. We LOVED the "Magic, Memories and You" show! I thought it was absolutely incredible. :goodvibes

Oh no! I hate to hear that you almost fainted! The heat really does take a lot out of you, especially when you're not used to all of the humidity! When we were on our Segway tour, our guide told us about a man who was from England who actually fainted on the Segway because of the heat! He said that he just kind of slumped over his Segway and the thing just took off! :eek: I'm glad that you were able to get better quickly and enjoy Wishes! How sweet of Steve to take car of you like that! :love:

Stefy
08-22-2011, 02:33 AM
Aww hun, so sorry you felt faint during Wishes, but good on Steve for taking good care of you.

That's the thing with Florida it can get so hot that you have to remember to keep hydrated. Do you know, I drink more water on holiday then I do at home.

So cool that you saw Kobe Bryant :)

mamaboogie
08-22-2011, 04:20 AM
Sorry you felt ill during Wishes!:sick:

We brits are just not used to the Florida heat - no matter how well we try to prepare for it.

With each trip I've had to WDW there has always been that 'Oh-oh' moment where I've realised I need to chug a whole lot more water down! (It happened during the Indiana Jones stunt show last time!)

It's amazing how quickly the water helps!

Steve's Wishes photos are amazing! And well done to him for looking after you so well when you were poorly.

Can't wait to hear more!

Leshaface
08-22-2011, 12:13 PM
Great updates! Your room looked GORGEOUS! The next time my DH and I go to WDW (Whenever that will be) I'd like to do the Dessert Party. Was it worth the money in your opinion?

Ugh, how scary that you almost fainted. That feeling has only happened to me once and it was when I was working for Starbucks. I had cut my finger kind of weird and it got me woozy and I started blacking out. I had to be seated and was given some cold water and felt better after a few minutes. It was the strangest and scariest feeling.

Hopefully you'll feel better in your next update! :goodvibes

disneybarbie
08-22-2011, 03:37 PM
Wow! MK was really crowded that afternoon! How neat that you saw Kobe Bryant. I don't think I've ever seen a celebrity at Disney. We LOVED the "Magic, Memories and You" show! I thought it was absolutely incredible. :goodvibes

Oh no! I hate to hear that you almost fainted! The heat really does take a lot out of you, especially when you're not used to all of the humidity! When we were on our Segway tour, our guide told us about a man who was from England who actually fainted on the Segway because of the heat! He said that he just kind of slumped over his Segway and the thing just took off! :eek: I'm glad that you were able to get better quickly and enjoy Wishes! How sweet of Steve to take car of you like that! :love:

Hi Courtney - oh no that would be awful to faint on a Segway! :eek: ... Steve was so good that night, he even carried my purse & camera for me when we left MK lol :lovestruc .. all the next day he kept saying "do you feel ok? are you sure? you have to tell me if you don't feel well!" :cutie:


Aww hun, so sorry you felt faint during Wishes, but good on Steve for taking good care of you.

That's the thing with Florida it can get so hot that you have to remember to keep hydrated. Do you know, I drink more water on holiday then I do at home.

So cool that you saw Kobe Bryant :)


Thank Stefy :goodvibes after the near-fainting experience, I couldn't believe really that I hadn't thought to drink more water.. it's always the 'number 1 tip' about going to WDW in the summer months after all! :rolleyes: and I guess the last two times I've been in December when it's been so much cooler - never mind, learnt my lesson, and we'll always remember that dessert party :laughing:


Sorry you felt ill during Wishes!:sick:

We brits are just not used to the Florida heat - no matter how well we try to prepare for it.

With each trip I've had to WDW there has always been that 'Oh-oh' moment where I've realised I need to chug a whole lot more water down! (It happened during the Indiana Jones stunt show last time!)

It's amazing how quickly the water helps!

Steve's Wishes photos are amazing! And well done to him for looking after you so well when you were poorly.

Can't wait to hear more!


Thank you :goodvibes - lol yes he got some awesome photos of Wishes that night, before he had to stop and look after his fainting wife instead! :cutie: - every time we saw fireworks for the rest of the trip, we kept joking that I hadn't fainted yet ;)


Great updates! Your room looked GORGEOUS! The next time my DH and I go to WDW (Whenever that will be) I'd like to do the Dessert Party. Was it worth the money in your opinion?

Ugh, how scary that you almost fainted. That feeling has only happened to me once and it was when I was working for Starbucks. I had cut my finger kind of weird and it got me woozy and I started blacking out. I had to be seated and was given some cold water and felt better after a few minutes. It was the strangest and scariest feeling.

Hopefully you'll feel better in your next update! :goodvibes


Hi Alesha! I loved our room so much at the Grand Floridian.. it was definitely very 'grand'! :cloud9:

IMO, I think the dessert party was worth the money - not something to do every trip, it was about $25 each I think for unlimited desserts and coffee/tea/milk/lemonade/iced tea ... and I liked the view of the fireworks, bit of a different perspective to being on Main Street - plenty of room and seating too (which is especially good if you feel faint :rolleyes1 !)



Hope everyone is having a good Monday! :wizard:


Emma princess: x

k_reile
08-22-2011, 08:41 PM
just found your report! This is the 3rd Dream report I am reading right now. Its making me really want to go on the Dream now! But I want to wait until my DS (almost 3 now) is older so I don;t feel bad about leaving him in the kids clubs.

The dolphin excursion do you know if there was a minimum age limit? If I could convince my parents and brothers family to go on the Dream when we do our big family trip in 2014 this would be awesome but my niece would only be 4 and I don't know if that would be too young or not?

Lorelai
08-23-2011, 09:31 AM
Truly enjoying your report, as we will be there during the same dates of June 2012.:goodvibes

cindianne320
08-23-2011, 11:54 AM
So sorry that you almost fainted :( That has happened to me before, but not at WDW! I am glad to hear this was the only mishap of the trip, and look forward to more pictures and memories from my favorite place on Earth!

Dream426
08-23-2011, 12:44 PM
We did the dessert party last summer and really enjoyed it. I would def. do it again. Isn't the Grand Floridian so nice. We have stayed there the last couple of times we were at Disney and don't think I can stay anywhere else. It is our favorite place to stay. Love the updates as usual.

buddles norfolk uk
08-25-2011, 12:30 PM
Just found your PTR and TR and spent most of the evening wading through- you are VERY gorgeous and you and your DH seem so sweet and happy :lovestruc and so far seem to be having a wonderful Disneymoon! Sorry to hear that you fainted but I'm happy to hear that was the only mishap... I'm excited for the rest of the report!
I just had to say I am loving the TR glad you've got to WDW and now I will be subscribing! Hope you are well!

Jodie
xxx

pinkfairy1684
08-26-2011, 07:26 AM
Emma, I have really enjoyed reading through your honeymoon TR! I especially appreciated all of the details about the cruise. We are finishing up our honeymoon with a 3 day Disney cruise (my first cruise ever!!!) and you made me so excited! :goodvibes

disneybarbie
08-26-2011, 03:20 PM
just found your report! This is the 3rd Dream report I am reading right now. Its making me really want to go on the Dream now! But I want to wait until my DS (almost 3 now) is older so I don;t feel bad about leaving him in the kids clubs.

The dolphin excursion do you know if there was a minimum age limit? If I could convince my parents and brothers family to go on the Dream when we do our big family trip in 2014 this would be awesome but my niece would only be 4 and I don't know if that would be too young or not?

Hi! Thank you for reading.. I hope you do get to go on a Disney cruise in the future, we had the most incredible time!

I had a look on the Blue Lagoon website (http://www.dolphinencounters.com/) - and it looks like children of all ages can take part in the dolphin encounter, under 3's are free too :goodvibes there were some fairly young children in our group when we were there.

Truly enjoying your report, as we will be there during the same dates of June 2012.:goodvibes

Thank you for reading! June 2012 will be here before you know it :goodvibes


So sorry that you almost fainted :( That has happened to me before, but not at WDW! I am glad to hear this was the only mishap of the trip, and look forward to more pictures and memories from my favorite place on Earth!

Thank you for your comments! Yes we were very fortunate in a way that the only 'bad' thing that happened our whole trip was me nearly fainting :rolleyes1 - it became a thing to joke about after a few days & I'd made sure to stay hydrated in the heat .. any time we watched fireworks, I'd say to DH "look... I've not fainted yet!" :cutie:

more updates to come soon.. now it's 2 months ago, I'm really missing the World!


We did the dessert party last summer and really enjoyed it. I would def. do it again. Isn't the Grand Floridian so nice. We have stayed there the last couple of times we were at Disney and don't think I can stay anywhere else. It is our favorite place to stay. Love the updates as usual.

Hi! Yes I think we'd do the dessert party again one day... just so I can experience it properly and not feel ill :rolleyes1 hehe.
We loved staying at the Grand Floridian, it felt so majestic and decadent! As my family are DVC members we'd probably not stay there very often, but maybe special anniversaries etc :lovestruc

Just found your PTR and TR and spent most of the evening wading through- you are VERY gorgeous and you and your DH seem so sweet and happy :lovestruc and so far seem to be having a wonderful Disneymoon! Sorry to hear that you fainted but I'm happy to hear that was the only mishap... I'm excited for the rest of the report!
I just had to say I am loving the TR glad you've got to WDW and now I will be subscribing! Hope you are well!

Jodie
xxx

wow thank you so much for your comments and for reading! :cutie:
More updates to come this weekend (3 days for bank holiday, yay!) - no more fainting, just lots of Disney magic :wizard:

Emma, I have really enjoyed reading through your honeymoon TR! I especially appreciated all of the details about the cruise. We are finishing up our honeymoon with a 3 day Disney cruise (my first cruise ever!!!) and you made me so excited! :goodvibes

Thank you! I hope you love the cruise.. we completely have the cruise 'bug' now and look forward to doing more in the future.. there's many parts of the world that we'd like to see that would be great to see from a cruise... Mexico, Asia, Alaska... :cloud9:
Are you going on the Dream for your cruise?



Hope everyone has had a great week & all those in the East USA are keeping safe with the hurricane :hug:

Three day weekend in the UK so I'm sure to get a couple of updates done soon!


Emma princess: x

pinkfairy1684
08-27-2011, 08:03 AM
Yes, we are going on the Dream!!! I can't wait. It looks like such an amazing ship!!! :cool1:

disneybarbie
08-27-2011, 12:14 PM
Yes, we are going on the Dream!!! I can't wait. It looks like such an amazing ship!!! :cool1:

I hope you have an amazing time! :goodvibes it's an incredible ship, I'd love to go back on it one day.. or the Fantasy... or any of the Disney ships really, it was such a great experience! :cloud9:

disneybarbie
08-27-2011, 12:30 PM
Hi everyone!

While I'm working on my next update.. I just thought I'd share a few pictures with you of the pins I bought this trip and some other Disney-related photos. I joined in the pin trend fairly late, but decided just to buy ones of each resort we stay at, and any special occasions.

So this trip I bought..

Bride & Groom Ear pins..
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(thank you to Mindy for sending me a picture of these a while ago, so I knew to look out for them!)

Castaway Cay..
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I bought this from one of the little shops on the island, such a nice memory!

Disney Dream..
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Animal Kingdom Lodge..
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Grand Floridian..
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and a 40th Anniversary pin..
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my lanyard is pretty full now, might have to think about getting another one or a pin book soon!




A few weeks ago, I was looking through our 'Mickey and the Disney Chefs' cookbook - and was very pleased to find the Palo chocolate souffle recipe in there!

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My attempt was pretty good! They didn't rise as much as the ones on the cruise ship, but tasted delicious

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When I was writing my thank you cards for the wedding to our florist, photographer, cake maker etc, I also decided to write them to the Grand Floridian and the Disney Cruise Line to let them know what an amazing time we'd had! :goodvibes

and... this week, I got a letter back from DCL!

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It was a thank you letter for my thank you card! :cutie: It said that they always aim to please their guests, and getting a card like mine meant they knew they were doing a good job - each Crew Member that I'd mentioned (stateroom host, Remy waiter, bar staff and waiters) were listed and it said that they would all be commended. :thumbsup2 It made my day to get a letter from Disney, they didn't have to send me anything at all!




Next update is almost done.. will aim to post soon!


Emma princess: x

Leshaface
08-27-2011, 01:30 PM
Your pins are so cute! :cutie: Especially the bride and groom ones!

And how awesome of Disney to send you a letter! It's always fun to get Disney mail. :)

lilsqueakrr
08-27-2011, 03:21 PM
LOVE the pins! My mom bought me the Mr/Mrs set when we got engaged and then handed it to me by accident before our engagement party! lol.

I say get a pin book! DF has one and loves it!

I got the same cookbook! I can't wait to try some recipes!

Dream426
08-27-2011, 03:25 PM
I love the pins. I didn't see the bride and groom ones when we went on our honeymoon. I wish I did because I would have bought them.

lilwitch646
08-27-2011, 04:01 PM
Concierge looks wonderful! I can't believe they even had alcohol out for you, that's amazing! My mom keeps trying to get into concierge at Animal Kingdom so she can use her DVC membership, but it fills up so quickly that so far they've been unable to do it.

I'm sorry you got heat exhaustion and felt faint. If it happens again (and I hope it doesn't) it helps to lay down. I know that's strange to do in a public place, but it will help equalize your blood pressure so you won't feel faint. Then water, water, water! I usually find it helps to get something cool on the back of your neck, and on your feet. Almost like instant air conditioning! (I have a terrible history with fainting, this is what my doctor told me I should do.)

That's amazing that DCL replied to your thank you letter. I think it's really important to let Disney know when their CM's are going above and beyond. They deserve commendations, raises, something to thank them. I've so impressed by your graciousness! I never thought of bringing the flight attendants gifts, but I imagine it brightens their day to know they're appreciated. It's amazing how such a small gesture can make such a big impression on someone.

disneybarbie
08-27-2011, 04:58 PM
Your pins are so cute! :cutie: Especially the bride and groom ones!

And how awesome of Disney to send you a letter! It's always fun to get Disney mail. :)

Hi Lesha! I'm so pleased with my pin lanyard now.. it's only taken 3/4 trips to get a good mix of pins - although I don't think I could ever trade any of them :laughing: !

LOVE the pins! My mom bought me the Mr/Mrs set when we got engaged and then handed it to me by accident before our engagement party! lol.

I say get a pin book! DF has one and loves it!

I got the same cookbook! I can't wait to try some recipes!

Thanks Jenifer! maybe I should 'invest' in a pin book on our next trip ;) - that cookbook is so good, we love the cobb salad, flame tree bbq marinade & the 'pollo de las rajas' dish from San Angel Inn in Epcot! :thumbsup2 I have a much older one, from 1993, which has the Main Street bakery cookie recipe in it, which I put with our wedding favours :bride: hehe

Btw hope you are safe & well this weekend, keep checking the news about the hurricane :hug:

I love the pins. I didn't see the bride and groom ones when we went on our honeymoon. I wish I did because I would have bought them.


Hi! Thank you - sorry you didn't see those pins.. maybe they'll still have them on your next trip :goodvibes:

Concierge looks wonderful! I can't believe they even had alcohol out for you, that's amazing! My mom keeps trying to get into concierge at Animal Kingdom so she can use her DVC membership, but it fills up so quickly that so far they've been unable to do it.

I'm sorry you got heat exhaustion and felt faint. If it happens again (and I hope it doesn't) it helps to lay down. I know that's strange to do in a public place, but it will help equalize your blood pressure so you won't feel faint. Then water, water, water! I usually find it helps to get something cool on the back of your neck, and on your feet. Almost like instant air conditioning! (I have a terrible history with fainting, this is what my doctor told me I should do.)

That's amazing that DCL replied to your thank you letter. I think it's really important to let Disney know when their CM's are going above and beyond. They deserve commendations, raises, something to thank them. I've so impressed by your graciousness! I never thought of bringing the flight attendants gifts, but I imagine it brightens their day to know they're appreciated. It's amazing how such a small gesture can make such a big impression on someone.

Hi! Just caught up on your TR :goodvibes - we were so impressed with the concierge lounge at the Grand Floridian.. when we got the champagne and beer that evening, I was half expecting a Cast Member to come over to us and ask for ID! :cutie:

Thanks for the tips on feeling faint! :thumbsup2 it had never happened before and thankfully didn't happen again on our trip, but it was a horrible feeling - particularly as we were in my favourite place in the world and I just wanted to watch the fireworks! :wizard: lol

I have to thank my sister for telling me to give chocolates to flight attendants - she said it always made such a difference to her flight when she worked on an airline and received a little gift from a passenger! :goodvibes


Emma princess: x

NikkiLovesWDW!
08-27-2011, 05:02 PM
What a great idea to send a thank you and specifically mention people who helped make your honeymoon special! People are always quick to complain when things don't go well but rarely say anything when things do. Very cool they wrote you back!

disneybarbie
08-27-2011, 05:06 PM
Monday 27th June 2011

Animal Kingdom, Winter Summerland… Epcot.. and Hollywood Studios!

Despite feeling quite ill and shaky when I went to bed, I woke up early and felt all most better again – and ready for our first full day in Walt Disney World!

The day before, Steve had said to me “what park are we at tomorrow?” (he’s used to me planning each day with ‘the spreadsheet’ lol) and was surprised when I replied “I don’t mind.. where do you want to go?” – not like me at all on a Disney trip! :laughing: As it was our honeymoon, I’d purposefully not planned every day, apart from dining reservations, so that we’d take it easy and do as much or as little as we wanted! It turned out to work really well, although we didn’t race around the parks – it meant we could get up early and go to extra magic hours or rope drops, or have lazier mornings if we wanted.

So, Steve decided that he’d like to go to Animal Kingdom as it was EMH from 8am.. so that’s where we went!
We got some breakfast from the concierge lounge while we got ready, muffins & coffees, and headed to the bus stop around 7.30am.

It wasn’t very busy, but there was a large family group there with ‘reunion’ buttons on.. they asked Steve if he’d mind taking their photo (this became a theme of the trip, everyone seemed to ask him to take their photo!). One of them was wearing a plush hat shaped like Simba.. it was quite unusual so we noticed the group a few times while we were in the park that day!
Very soon the bus arrived and we were headed for the Animal Kingdom.


We arrived just after 8am so had missed the opening ceremony, which was shame because I really like this one.. but we were among the first there so walked towards Harambe.

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Our usual plan for Animal Kingdom is to ride the safari, and then get fast passes for Expedition Everest.. but this time, Steve suggested we get FPs for the safari, and head straight to Everest!

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We waited less than 10 minutes to get on the train and visit the Yeti..

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We both really love this ride! One thing I did notice when we were climbing the mountain was a huge plume of smoke in the distance… we saw later on the news that a motel had burnt down near WDW, so I guess that was it. :sad2:


Our fast pass time for Kilimanjaro safaris had been from 8.25am, so we were able to pick up FPs for Everest before walking back over to Africa.

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disneybarbie
08-27-2011, 05:11 PM
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When we got to the cast member in the line who checks FPs and takes them off you, he noticed our ‘Just Married’ button, and handed the tickets back to Steve – saying “keep these in case you guys want to ride again” ! Never had that happen before, must be a perk of being newlyweds ;) – we actually didn’t ride again, but it’s nice to have the FPs for my scrapbook!

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We had a really good safari, had some great encounters with a lot of the animals…

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And lots of my favourite… elephants!

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After the safari, we wandered back towards Asia – and my husband insisted we stopped for a drink, so that I kept hydrated!

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He had a Sprite and I got an iced honey green tea. I really like this area of the park, it’s a nice place to sit and watch the world go by.

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We rode Everest again, got fast passes for Kali River Rapids, and then headed over to Dinoland to save a dinosaur!
I know a lot of people find this ride very intense and jerky – but I love it! I think the theme and story are great – plus I seem to know the pre-show off by heart! (“flash photography? I wouldn’t – it alters the homing signal and that’s not good… ;) )

We walked through dinoland, and towards the Tree of Life..

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disneybarbie
08-27-2011, 05:15 PM
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We saw ‘It’s Tough to be a Bug’ 3D show next – I love to watch people in this attraction who obviously haven’t done it before… there’s so many surprises to make them jump!

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We did the Maharajah Jungle Trek – when we’d done this in December, it had been so cold that the Kimono dragon & fruit bats hadn’t been out!

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The tigers were being pretty lazy…

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We watched the monkeys for a while..

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And stopped for a soda at the Yak & Yeti counter-service (keeping hydrated!) – I noticed these ducks nesting in the foliage..

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Steve wanted to go on Kali river rapids next – I’m not always too keen on this attraction, as I seem to get ‘the’ seat that gets soaked! But it was such a hot day, it was actually quite nice to get wet and cool off!
Plus I didn’t get the wettest on our ride.. :rotfl:

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By this time it was about 11.45am, so we went to find some lunch… we’d already agreed on where we’d like to go..

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One of our favourite counter services! We got two pulled pork sandwiches and a side of onion rings, and two large lemonades.

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I noticed several other guests feeding the birds while we were eating… it’s frustrating when there’s signs saying not to – and surely birds shouldn’t be eating French fries, chicken & pork?! Lol.

After a delicious lunch, we decided we’d done everything we wanted to for the day and headed out of the park – stopping for some Photopass pictures on the way …

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The photographer told us to kiss.. but we started giggling and it made an awkward photo!
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lilsqueakrr
08-27-2011, 05:15 PM
Thanks girl, we're okay right now. Just getting some heavy rain at times. It's not supposed to really hit until later tonight/early tomorrow. =[ Hopefully I can sleep thru it all so I don't get all nervous and crazy! lol.

I love the update on AK! It's so naturally beautiful! Kilamanjaro is my fav!

disneybarbie
08-27-2011, 05:23 PM
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We seemed to be going against the crowd, people were streaming into the park! I like to leave around lunchtime when this is happening.
Just as we were approaching the Rain Forest Café at the entrance to the park, Steve noticed a group in front of us with a Cast Member… the Dad was very tall…. And we realised it was Kobe Bryant and his family again!! :eek: What are the chances of seeing the same celebrity in WDW two days running - it seemed he wasn’t getting noticed as much as the night before in Magic Kingdom.. as we headed to the turnstiles, the CM was taking Kobe & his family backstage into the Rain Forest Café.


There was a bus to the Grand Floridian sat waiting for us a the bus stop – and no one was on it! I guessed the bus would go to Blizzard Beach next – which it did, so we decided to hop off there and play a round of mini golf at Winter Summerland.

The CM there was so lovely – he noticed our honeymoon gift card when I paid (plus we got 50% off with Annual Pass discount!) and congratulated us – and said we’d have to come back every anniversary to play mini golf here.:lovestruc

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We’ve only been to Winter Summerland once before, so this time we did the ‘sand’ course rather than the ‘snow’ course – apparently they are about equal in trickiness, different to Fantasia Gardens where the fairways course is so much harder!


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We bought two bottles of water from a vending machine here too – it was the hottest part of the day and I had been told to keep drinking, didn’t want a repeat of the night before!

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Steve won, as usual! But we had a really nice hour there – it was so quiet, hardly anyone around.
As we left, a Cast Member handed us mini candy canes – which we ate while we waited for the bus back to the Grand Floridian. :santa:


Once back at the resort, we stopped at the concierge desk to borrow some dvds from the library. These are complimentary – hundreds to choose from! Most are Disney, obviously, but there are also Touchstone and Miramax films, Disney’s other labels.
We picked Toy Story 2, and popped up to the lounge to get some cans of diet coke (a fridge was filled with soda all day long!) and some sugar cookies.

We had two voicemails when we got back to the room – one was from Mickey & Minnie, wishing us a happy honeymoon :lovestruc …. And the other from Victoria & Albert's, where we were eating the next night! I rang the restaurant back, the CM wanted to check if I was taking Steve’s surname (?) and if we had any food allergies – I mentioned that I have a slight allergy to nuts, it’s not life-threatening, but I don’t feel great if I eat them! So she made a note to tell the chef.

We settled down to watch the film – I think I napped through most of it as I woke up when Wheezie was singing ‘You got a friend in me’ at the end!


Then the phone rang again, and it was the front desk.. they said they had a delivery for me, so should they bring it up?

Sure enough, in a few minutes there was a knock on the door.. and I was presented with this!

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Champagne, chocolates, cookies, champagne flutes, a Tinkerbell ornament & a personalised picture signed by Mickey & Minnie!

And an even bigger surprise, when I opened the card.. it was from….

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My husband!!! :lovestruc


The night before when I’d been getting ready for dinner, Steve popped out the room while I was in the shower, and went to talk to a CM on the concierge desk – he said that he wanted to do something as a surprise for his wife, and could they help? So the CM had got in touch with the Disney Florist and they’d arranged for this to be delivered the next day.

(Meanwhile.. when I got out the shower, Steve was missing! I looked all around the huge room: in the cupboards, under the beds, out on the balcony.. thinking he was hiding from me! :rotfl: Then I decided he must have gone back to get more snacks from the lounge – which is where he’d told me he’d been when he did get back…. So sneaky!)

It was such a lovely gift – he said that he really liked all the surprises I plan for him on our trips to Disney, and wanted to do something for me!

We put the champagne in the fridge, and decided to open the bottle that we’d got on the plane (which was fairly well travelled by now.. it had come from London, to Animal Kingdom Lodge.. to the Bahamas… and now back to Disney World!)

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Tonight we had a dining reservation at Nine Dragons in Epcot at 7pm, so we decided to get ready and head to the park a little earlier.



We hopped on the monorail to the Ticket & Transportation Centre – and had a carriage all to ourselves!

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Past the Magic Kingdom….

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Through the Contemporary…

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And the to the TTC to get our next monorail to Epcot – it turned out to be the Tronorail!

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disneybarbie
08-27-2011, 05:28 PM
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Once in the park, we wandered through Future World towards World Showcase..

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Stopping to look at the amazing floral displays for Cars 2!

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Mater is one of my favourite Pixar characters..

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We took the ‘long way’ around the lagoon to China – soaking up all the atmosphere in World Showcase.

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We were a bit early for our ADR at Nine Dragons, but were seated immediately – this was one of the restaurants Steve had asked to go to, I know it’s not one of the most popular in Epcot, but we both enjoyed the meal – and it was really good value, three courses for around $25 each.

The place mats had symbols on them for us to try writing in Chinese!

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For appetisers I had chicken consommé with dumplings, and Steve had hot & sour soup - then we shared honey sesame chicken & canton pepper beef.

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We had desserts as they were included – Steve had ginger icecream and I had strawberry & red bean icecream.. they were both really good! Funny that we probably wouldn’t have tried them unless it had been a set menu.


After dinner, we went to Mexico…

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And rode the Gran Fiesta Tour, there was no line at all.

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We wandered around the lagoon towards Canada, stopping at one of the refreshment stands to get a bottle of water for me & an espresso for Steve.

As we got the UK pavilion, we could just hear the band finishing up their set – it was a shame we’d missed them as we’d wanted to see the new group (think they’re called the British Invasion?)

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It was about 8.30pm, so we found a nice spot on the bridge between France & the UK to watch Illuminations.

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We noticed the pontoon boats sailing under the bridge below, which made us think about our illuminations cruise we had done two years ago with Steve’s family and my DIS friends Jenny & Vinnie (when it had been their honeymoon!).
We also noticed a larger boat that had a bar onboard, and people were eating dinner on there! I wondered if this was something the Swan and Dolphin did?

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08-27-2011, 05:34 PM
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Illuminations was spectacular, as always!

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We’d picked this spot on the bridge as Steve had suggested we get the boat over to the Studios once Epcot closed – it was extra magic hours there that night and we love riding Tower of Terror when it’s dark!

However when we got out to the boat dock, the queue from the Friendship was already huge – so we decided to walk over to the Yacht Club dock and catch it from there.

I love walking around Crescent Lake, it really does feel like a ‘home’ as our DVC resort is Boardwalk Villas!

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When we got near the Yacht Club, we realised we were walking quite a bit faster than the boat was travelling – and agreed just to walk all the way to the Studios, it’s a really nice route along the canal. I almost wish I’d worn a pedometer that day as we must have done quite a lot of miles!

Once at the Studios, we walked down Hollywood Boulevard and made a right onto Sunset Boulevard…

It was so busy there as people were lined up for Fantasmic, the line was crazy! I really like that show but unless we have a dining package, I don’t think I’d wait for over an hour to see it.

We had to wait in line about 30 minutes to check into the Hollywood Tower Hotel – but it was quite nice to walk around the gardens outside first.. very spooky!

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After the Tower of Terror, we went to check the wait times on the board – Star Tours was only 10 minutes so we went there – excited to check out the new attraction.

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We loved the new attraction! The 3D effects are amazing, love the queue line and that the story changes every time you ride it.

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It was about 11pm by this point, Toy Story Midway Mania and Rock n’ Roller Coaster had over 60 minutes waits, and we knew we’d be back at the park later in the week, so we headed home to the Grand Floridian.

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Once back in our room, I noticed some rose petals on the floor in the entrance way.. and remembered that the Disney Florist fairies had visited!

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Our room looked beautiful – real rose petals scattered everywhere, and candles (electric ones!) flickering.

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There were chocolates on our pillows, and personalised white towels on the bed.

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A dozen red roses in a vase, a signed picture from Mickey & Minnie, and a basket of spa products.

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Steve loved the surprise! It was funny that we’d both planned something for the other on the same day.


We’d had such a great day, we’d done so much – three parks in a day plus mini golf, but it hadn’t felt busy or rushed at all!




Coming up tomorrow… Magic Kingdom, Couples Massage and an incredible meal at Victoria & Albert’s.

Leshaface
08-27-2011, 05:47 PM
Wow, GREAT updates!

You guys are absolutely adorable! I love all the little surprises that you do for each other. That is definitely love :love:

Have you tried any of the spa products yet? I've always wanted to get one of those baskets for myself...and maybe DH could share if he was nice ;)

Sounds like you had a great day. Can't wait to hear about V&A's! I've always wanted to go there!

NikkiLovesWDW!
08-27-2011, 06:00 PM
Wow! What an amazing first full day! So sweet of Steve to plan that surprise for you when you are so used to doing all the planning. (I know the feeling!). You must have been so surprised! And love how he wanted to make sure you were hydrated all day! :lovestruc


(“flash photography? I wouldn’t – it alters the homing signal and that’s not good… ;) )

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LOL! We quote preshows all the time, including Dinosaur! "We're in!"

And I love this picture....one of those little things most people don't pick up on but on those slats it says, "When in Florida, be sure to visit Epcot!"

Dream426
08-27-2011, 06:04 PM
What great updates. It makes me want to be there right now. I miss it...haha Love the surprises you both did for each other. That was very sweet. Disney's Florist did such a nice job decorating your room with rose petals.

disneybarbie
08-27-2011, 06:23 PM
Thanks girl, we're okay right now. Just getting some heavy rain at times. It's not supposed to really hit until later tonight/early tomorrow. =[ Hopefully I can sleep thru it all so I don't get all nervous and crazy! lol.

I love the update on AK! It's so naturally beautiful! Kilamanjaro is my fav!

I hope you can sleep through it :goodvibes - we moan about the weather so much in England :rolleyes:, but things like this hurricane make me appreciate how bad it can really be - please stay safe & don't get too scared! :hug:

We love Kilimanjaro safari too .. no matter how many times we ride it, DH has to take so many photos! :cutie: I think it's great of Disney to create it, as Walt always wanted the Jungle Cruise to have real animals.. and the Imagineers actually made it happen! :wizard:

Wow, GREAT updates!

You guys are absolutely adorable! I love all the little surprises that you do for each other. That is definitely love :love:

Have you tried any of the spa products yet? I've always wanted to get one of those baskets for myself...and maybe DH could share if he was nice ;)

Sounds like you had a great day. Can't wait to hear about V&A's! I've always wanted to go there!

Thank you! lol I've not used the spa products yet.. I have them all on display in our bathroom for now, but it all smells so nice :cutie:
V&A's was fabulous, it was almost a shame that we'd been to Remy's just a few nights before.. both being the utmost amazing Disney restaurants!


Wow! What an amazing first full day! So sweet of Steve to plan that surprise for you when you are so used to doing all the planning. (I know the feeling!). You must have been so surprised! And love how he wanted to make sure you were hydrated all day! :lovestruc

LOL! We quote preshows all the time, including Dinosaur! "We're in!"

And I love this picture....one of those little things most people don't pick up on but on those slats it says, "When in Florida, be sure to visit Epcot!"

Hi Nikki! are you guys doing ok with the weather? saw your suitcase all packed ready on facebook yesterday lol :hug: - you know, I think I saw that sign about Epcot in dinoland on your TR? I was deliberately looking for it when we were there and pointed it out to Steve (he appreciates my Disney-geekiness when we're there and I can point out things like that!) .. shame the last couple signs aren't clear in my picture! :rolleyes:

Steve was so sweet, he kept saying that day "do you feel ok? .. are you sure? ... do you want me to stop asking if you're ok?!" :laughing:

I think our favourite attraction to quote is the Muppets 3D show! I can't say "forever" without repeating it like Gonzo.. :rotfl: - I like in Dinosaur pre-show too when there's the sock-puppet dino and it says "Helllooooo there!"

What great updates. It makes me want to be there right now. I miss it...haha Love the surprises you both did for each other. That was very sweet. Disney's Florist did such a nice job decorating your room with rose petals.

Thank you! looking through all these photos make me want to be there right now too! Especially as my parents have been there this week.. I've had several Skype calls and texts from the World :wizard:

I was so impressed by the Disney Florist - loved how quickly they'd helped out Steve when he'd phoned up, and with the in-room celebration I'd arranged! It was a little pricey but worth every penny, I'd seen from Stefy's TR how fabulous it looked too :lovestruc



Emma princess: x

Dream426
08-27-2011, 06:29 PM
Thank you! looking through all these photos make me want to be there right now too! Especially as my parents have been there this week.. I've had several Skype calls and texts from the World :wizard:

I was so impressed by the Disney Florist - loved how quickly they'd helped out Steve when he'd phoned up, and with the in-room celebration I'd arranged! It was a little pricey but worth every penny, I'd seen from Stefy's TR how fabulous it looked too :lovestruc



Emma princess: x

Everything at Disney is pricey but so worth every penny...haha It is the only place where I don't really look at the price and just let go. I can't help it. Disney does a great job of getting people to spend there money and be ok with it. :)

NikkiLovesWDW!
08-27-2011, 06:32 PM
Hi Nikki! are you guys doing ok with the weather? saw your suitcase all packed ready on facebook yesterday lol :hug: - you know, I think I saw that sign about Epcot in dinoland on your TR? I was deliberately looking for it when we were there and pointed it out to Steve (he appreciates my Disney-geekiness when we're there and I can point out things like that!) .. shame the last couple signs aren't clear in my picture! :rolleyes:

Steve was so sweet, he kept saying that day "do you feel ok? .. are you sure? ... do you want me to stop asking if you're ok?!" :laughing:

I think our favourite attraction to quote is the Muppets 3D show! I can't say "forever" without repeating it like Gonzo.. :rotfl: - I like in Dinosaur pre-show too when there's the sock-puppet dino and it says "Helllooooo there!"

Emma princess: x

Yes! I definitely have a pic of that sign so I'm sure it was in one of my TRs!

We are good with the weather right now. Just raining a lot. It's supposed to get bad overnight...I'm not sure I'm going to sleep at all. Want to be ready, just in case!

I'm mostly worried about the tree outside falling into my living room so I've moved all my albums and other things I especially don't want ruined and put them in the back room. I also have a ladder since we're on the second floor and if that tree does fall, it will block our way out. I also have a suitcase with a few days worth of clothes in my car.

Totally overreacting!!! But I'm scared!!