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GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
07-17-2011, 03:58 PM
Experiment-627




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A Caribbean Double with a Wilderness Chaser
(Summer 2011)

Sometimes you just need to try something new… take a chance… flirt with failure and/or disaster. Sometimes you just need to experiment with a different way of dealing with even those things you know and love. Some of these experiments will work… some will not, but try them we must. Even the image I’m using to welcome you into this adventure was the result of an experiment (which both worked and failed… spectacularly). This “testing of new experiences” will be a theme that runs through the pages that are to follow. Within these posts, my family will be heading back to Disney, a place we know and love, but we’ll be seeing it in a rather different light and on a completely different pace then trips of the past. I think that the slight little smile you see on my boy’s face (even when he thought no one was watching him) is a good representation of our experience this grand and wonderful summer. As for the trip report that I’ve started on here… I’ll be making this journey through the literary badlands one way or another, but you’re invited to travel along if you’d like.

Hay… what’s the worst that could happen?

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GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
07-17-2011, 03:59 PM
Table of Contents:


Chapter 1: The Players
- Part 1: Who Are You? ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41882812&postcount=7)
- Part 2: Signorinas and Fräuleins ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41899625&postcount=16)
- Part 3: Surprise, Surprise, Surprise… ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41916159&postcount=31)

Chapter 2: The Set-Up
- Part 1: Getting To Know You ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41935765&postcount=40)
- Part 2: What’s a “fish” and why does it need “extending”? ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41983972&postcount=51)
- Part 3: Details… Details… ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41983992&postcount=52)

Chapter 3: The Hook
- Part 1: The Journey Commences ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42005299&postcount=59)
- Part 2: Interstate Blues ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42005435&postcount=61)
- Part 3: Castillo de San Marcos ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42096452&postcount=76)
- Part 4: The Ramparts of Fort Marion ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42096538&postcount=77)
- Part 5: Welcome to the Rad ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42164805&postcount=85)

Chapter 4: The Tale
...(Day 1 - Sunday)
- Part 1: Shuttle Launch ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42271409&postcount=98)
- Part 2: Terminal Velocity ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42343587&postcount=109)
- Part 3: “Experiment 627” ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42377383&postcount=117)
- Part 4: A Room With a View ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42460133&postcount=132)
- Part 5: Navi-s & Mag-s (Day-1) ( http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=42460158&posted=1#post42460158)
- Part 6: T minus 5… 4… 3… ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42546263&postcount=151)
- Part 7: “Please come back… I’ll give you five bucks!” ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42631469&postcount=166)
- Part 8: I ate What? ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42655520&postcount=175)
- Part 9: Turned Down ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42655583&postcount=176)

Chapter 5: more of “The Tale”
...(Day 2 - Monday)
- Part 1: Navi-s & Mag-s (Day-2) ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42679312&postcount=181)
- Part 2: Land Ho… ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42679340&postcount=182)
- Part 3: All Ashore (but not that way) ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42738126&postcount=191)
- Part 4: Beached ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42738154&postcount=192)
- Part 5: You must be hungry… ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42791847&postcount=202)
- Part 6: Mirror, Mirror… ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42863611&postcount=221)
- Part 7: Sea Turtles?... Aye, Sea Turtles… ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42932069&postcount=232)

Chapter 6: In the midst of: “The Tale”
...(Day 3 - Tuesday)
- Part 1: Navi-s & Mag-s (Day-3) ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42985447&postcount=241)
- Part 2: Swinging for the Green ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42985588&postcount=242)
- Part 3: Sizing Up the Competition ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43018027&postcount=250)
- Part 4: Caught in the Act ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43138600&postcount=286)
- Part 5: Inner Sanctum ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43200122&postcount=298)
- Part 6: Ad Victor Spolia ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43249058&postcount=302)

Chapter 7: The tail of: “The Tale”
...(Day 4 - Wednesday)
- Part 1: Navi-s & Mag-s (Day-4) ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43286304&postcount=316)
- Part 2: Taking time to smell the flowers ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43286338&postcount=317)
- Part 3: Where Forth Art Thou ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43350410&postcount=328)
- Part 4: The Calm Before the Storm ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43377098&postcount=333)
- Part 5: A Little Night Music ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43377808&postcount=334)
- Part 6: Highfalutin ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43419333&postcount=339)
- Part 7: Are you noticing a pattern here? ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43497780&postcount=355)

Chapter 8: The Wire
...(Day 5 - Thursday)
- Part 1: Navi-s & Mag-s (Day-5) ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43514406&postcount=363)
- Part 2: Alone ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43548721&postcount=365)
- Part 3: Dizzying Heights ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43578369&postcount=370)
- Part 4: Unknown Knowns ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43630051&postcount=377)
- Part 5: The Journey to Come ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43725331&postcount=390)
- Part 6: Trials, Triumphs and Bittersweet Rewards ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43793887&postcount=395)
- Part 7: Crossroads ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43827847&postcount=403)

Chapter 9: The Shutout
...(Day 6 - Friday)
- Part 1: See Ya’ Real Soon ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43929294&postcount=411)
- Part 2: Charting a New Course ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44009961&postcount=421)
- Part 3: A Room With a View… Sort’a ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44078487&postcount=431)
- Part 4: The Lay of the Land ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44195079&postcount=440)
- Part 5: Decisions, Decisions… ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44315602&postcount=448)
- Part 6: Rapid Oxidation ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44387083&postcount=457)

Chapter 10: The Sting
...(Day 7 - Saturday)
- Part 1: Are You Awake Yet? ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44700529&postcount=476)
- Part 2: Sometimes you win… ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44782187&postcount=482)
- Part 3: And…. They’re off! ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=45091154&postcount=491)
- Part 4: A Shot in the Dark ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=45116378&postcount=497)


Chapter 11: Denouement
...(Day 8 - Sunday)
- Part 1: All Good Things… ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=45180321&postcount=498)



The Chapter 11 stuff is new and the Final Entry!!

I hope y'all had fun...
I sure did

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
07-17-2011, 04:01 PM
Bonus Features

These are links to anything off topic that ended up being tossed in here
(And believe you me… I certainly have a knack for going OT)


01: Retreat ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41899613&postcount=15)
02: Paper Dream ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41922496&postcount=36)
03: The Big Red Boat ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41946211&postcount=46)
04: Blow That Horn ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42107036&postcount=83)
05: Vexillology ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42164782&postcount=84)
06: A DCL Cruiser’s Tipping Primer ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42274415&postcount=104)
07: DCL Beverage Management ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42383019&postcount=122)
08: Nathanael Greene ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42568518&postcount=159)
8.5: Sub Addendum??? ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42631457&postcount=165)
09: I’m on a Boat ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42643590&postcount=173)
10: Now how’d I get here? ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42679291&postcount=180)
11: The Wreck of the Flying Dutchman ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42802987&postcount=205)
12: Turkey Surprise ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42925661&postcount=227)
13: Nassau – Part 1 ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43062581&postcount=263)
13: Nassau – Part 2 ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43068818&postcount=268)
13: Nassau – Part 3 ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43115151&postcount=280)
14: Duodécimo de Mayo ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43188262&postcount=297)
15: Shamless Plug ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43426803&postcount=348)
16: O Sole Mio ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43466793&postcount=349)
17: In The Bag ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44078172&postcount=428)
18: Dragon’s Breath ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44486967&postcount=466)
19: Darn! That’s the end ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=45180344&postcount=499)




:rolleyes1:

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
07-17-2011, 04:02 PM
Or…
You could just completely skip this one and follow along with the new and improved 2013 TR…


The Goofy Identity ( http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3139667)
(Just whose side are you on anyway?)

A June 2013 week on World and off…
Part Graduation Gala

Part summer festivities

And possibly our last hurrah
(and may that not actually be the case)

petals
07-17-2011, 08:29 PM
joining in first!!!.. I rock! :cheer2:

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
07-17-2011, 09:11 PM
joining in first!!!.. I rock! :cheer2:

Yes you do! Congrats and…

:welcome:

I guess the first update will just have to be in you’re honor.
Sooooo…. Here goes.

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
07-17-2011, 09:13 PM
Chapter 1: The Players

Part 1: Who Are You?

http://oldsallydraper.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/james_stockdale.jpg
"Who am I? Why am I here?" - James B. Stockdale
(Vice Admiral USN retired)

Earlier this year I took one of those chances I was talking about. I started writing up my first TR (something most of y’all are already experts at). Even thought I consider myself to be a Disney veteran, I’d never thought that my opinions (or worse yet my experiences) were worth bothering anyone else with. For that matter I’d never considered that I might even for a moment, have the ability to put more then two words together in the form of a decent readable sentence. Certainly my various English teachers were convinced of this apparent fact.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_ujPiLYDfGp8/SBmMKxVR86I/AAAAAAAABA0/Jsh-1Fiw_lA/s200/angry+teacher.jpg

I finally broke through that oppressive wall by writing about my family’s adventures during our 2010 Christmas time travels around WDW. Quite the risk for me, I tell you. Low and behold… the world didn’t come to an end. In fact some folks actually chose to follow along. A few of these misguided soles went so far as to offer up encouragement and even a smattering of praise for my meager efforts. That may have been a mistake on their part as I’ve now decided to keep at it. If you’d like to see an example of the kind of foolishness that you will be forced to edure on this ride, then here’s a link back to my first Trip Report (enter at your own risk):


You’re writing a TR? Really? (Christmas at POR, 2010) (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2717057)


If you can survive that one, then just maybe you’ll be able to tolerate this one. At least you’ve been fairly warned. If you do decide to read this nonsense, please feel free to chime in with any thoughts, questions or comments (I’ve also found that sarcasm can be quite useful). You can lurk if you’d like (as if I could actually prevent that), but I’d appreciate knowing who’s reading along to at least offer up a little bit of thanks (or pity as the case my be). Besides, if you follow along and then change your mind, you can always just close out your browser or hit the “back button”.

http://www.digital-synergy.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/back.button.jpg

Heck… I’ll never know about it if ya’ do, so who could possibly get hurt ehhh?




So anyway… I suppose it’s about time I got this freight train out of the yard and on down the rails. The question has been asked: “Who are you?” Well… come on over and meet part of my Ohana:

Me: Rob (Code Name: GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes)

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/A2-001.jpg

Current owner of near a half century of memories (both good and bad… but mostly good) and unabashed Disney freak. I’ve seen “mouse world” many times since my first trip in 1974, and have been graced with the luck to be able to visit just about annually for the last decade.


DW: Tamara (Code Name: Southern Giselle)
…and I’ll tell you about the other bloke in the picture in a minute

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/A2-002.jpg

A true Southern Belle if ever I’ve met one. She is the person who holds our house together and makes it possible for me to just survive the next day. Sixteen years a mother… twenty years my wife… the driving force behind most of my good memories… and for the rest of eternity, my best friend…


DS: Max (Code Name: Goofus Maximus)

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/A2-003.jpg

Tamara’s baby boy… my young man… all around good kid (and obviously the other bloke in the last picture). He’s very similar to other young people in some ways, and very much unlike the expected stereotype in many other ways.




The three of us will be taking you along on a trip that includes a fair amount of driving…

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/A2-005.jpg


…a very old fortress…

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/A2-004.jpg


…a fine new ship…

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/A2-006.jpg


…a stunning resort…

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/A2-008.jpg


…and a number of new experiences. In terms of people, we’ll encounter folks from all over the US, and have considerable dealings with individuals form such exotic locals as Iceland, Slovakia, and Wales. We’ll see things familiar all scrambled up with things entirely new, and experience things that we’ve long known of, but never gotten around to taking part in. We’ll return once again to the “happiest place on earth”, and yet we won’t set foot on even one of the attractions. As it turned out, it’s the trip itself that was the attraction
(and I can’t wait to be able to do it again).



Well that’s the basics.
Now all that remains is the actual telling of the story.

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FreezinRafiki
07-18-2011, 07:59 AM
Chapter 1: Who Are You?

[CENTER]
"Who am I? Why am I here?" - James B. Stockdale
(Vice Admiral USN retired)

We're going to play a wonderful game called... "Who is my daddy and what does he do?"
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-K7mtxsNbieo/TiQta9fKVJI/AAAAAAAAKLk/8rGPuutpziY/s400/arnold%252520schwarzenegger%252520screaming%252520 kindergarten%252520cop%252520Im%252520the%252520pa rty%252520pooper.jpg

I've fallen behind on your other TR (what with vacation and all that), but I'm ready for this one! We sail on the Dream at the end of October and we can't wait!

IamTrike
07-18-2011, 08:29 AM
Chapter 1: Who Are You?

…a fine new ship…

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/A2-006.jpg




I'm looking forward to following along too.

I notice there is no one in the teen club in your picture. During our trip we never saw anyone in there. I wonder if your son visited it?

Captain_Oblivious
07-18-2011, 09:09 AM
Ha! You thought you could escape from me, but I'm here, too! BWAHAHAHahahahaha...

Oh, wait, you're not my nemesis. Well, um, I'm looking forward to the TR.

And hey, is that Castillo de San Marcos? I was just there in May! :thumbsup2

afwdwfan
07-18-2011, 10:15 AM
Chapter 1: Who Are You?

[CENTER]http://oldsallydraper.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/james_stockdale.jpg
"Who am I? Why am I here?" - James B. Stockdale
(Vice Admiral USN retired)
Gotta say, you took me by surprise here. You being the music enthusiast, I thoroughly expected to see a picture of Pete Townshend somewhere after you titled the update "Who are you?" :lmao::rotfl2:


If you’d like to see an example of the kind of foolishness that you will be forced to edure on this ride, then here’s a link back to my first Trip Report (enter at your own risk):
:thumbsup2 Well worth reading.


…a stunning resort…
I've got to admit, I can't wait to read about the resort... especially since I'll be calling it home for a week in a few months.;)

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
07-18-2011, 01:02 PM
We're going to play a wonderful game called... "Who is my daddy and what does he do?"
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-K7mtxsNbieo/TiQta9fKVJI/AAAAAAAAKLk/8rGPuutpziY/s400/arnold%252520schwarzenegger%252520screaming%252520 kindergarten%252520cop%252520Im%252520the%252520pa rty%252520pooper.jpg

I've fallen behind on your other TR (what with vacation and all that), but I'm ready for this one! We sail on the Dream at the end of October and we can't wait!

:welcome:
To our resident TR Jedi Master (not planning on being “the party pooper” are we)

I’m glad to have you along and I anticipate that a healthy dose of “de-constrictive criticism” will now be heading my way. I surmized there had to be a reason that I took so little grief from the gallery on my first TR. I figured that y’all were just being nice to the noob, but now I suspect that I’ll be fair game for every conceivable pot shot. Bring it on (I probable deserve the beating that will follow).

I'm looking forward to following along too.

I notice there is no one in the teen club in your picture. During our trip we never saw anyone in there. I wonder if your son visited it?

:welcome:
And thanks for joining in. As a fellow Dream veteran, I’d love to see you add a bit of your perspective into this little effort (I’m pretty sure the other readers wouldn’t mind hearing an opinion other then mine as well).

In that image, we were just getting under way form the dock and the teen club wasn’t really operating at capacity. Now that being said, I can’t supply a lot of incite into how well the concept works, because Max just wasn’t interested in the teen club.


That question gives me a chance to toss out a disclaimer about the TR to follow:

There just aren’t any salesman type personalities in my family, and we don’t play social games very well. Max has very close friends, but doesn’t make them quickly or easily (something he inherited honestly from both sides of the family). As such he just was not attracted to the clubs on this trip or any of our prior cruises with DCL. For this reason, those of you who follow along looking for info on the clubs will not find much (at least not in this thread). The various kids clubs on the ships are a wonderful plus for the majority of young’ens that are the more “normal” social butterflies, but the more shy folks generally stick with their families. Of course, Disney is designed from the get go as a family entertainment destination, so that method of travel works just as well. That being the case, I will be talking about the things we got into as a family unit, but not so much about the stuff that is set aside specifically for kids (or specifically for adults for that matter).

Ha! You thought you could escape from me, but I'm here, too! BWAHAHAHahahahaha...

Oh, wait, you're not my nemesis. Well, um, I'm looking forward to the TR.

And hey, is that Castillo de San Marcos? I was just there in May! :thumbsup2

Welcome aboard Mark.
:welcome:
I’m glad to have you along for the ride.
As of yet, I haven’t acquired a proper nemesis. I guess that makes me fair game for every one (unless someone wants’ to apply for the position outright)

And as for the question:
Yes… Yes that is the Castillo de San Marcos. I figured the best way to deal with a long day of driving, was to get in a little time at an amazing historical edifice. Heck, it was on the way so why not. Feel free to chime in when I get around to that part of the adventure.


Gotta say, you took me by surprise here. You being the music enthusiast, I thoroughly expected to see a picture of Pete Townshend somewhere after you titled the update "Who are you?" :lmao::rotfl2:


Ohhhhhh... I thought about it, but you never want to be too predictable.
By the way… :welcome: Now then… where was I… Oh yah…
I also figured that the more obscure reference might send at least a couple of folks on over to Google to figure out what I was on about. As I also like to study history (and am more then old enough to remember that moment very vividly), it seemed like a “teachable moment” to me.


But since you brought it up… Here ya’ go.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/17/BouncingTownshend_crop.jpg/668px-BouncingTownshend_crop.jpg

Now that’s Rock n Roll!

:thumbsup2 Well worth reading.

Thanks much (not sure I deserve that bit o praise, but I’ll take it).
I've got to admit, I can't wait to read about the resort... especially since I'll be calling it home for a week in a few months.;)

And love it you will I’m sure. I’ll make an effort to keep up with this report so that I can get the Wilderness parts well before you set off on your adventure (so that gives me about f months to finish this up).

Did I just paint my self into a corner there?

petals
07-18-2011, 03:46 PM
Yes you do! Congrats and…

:welcome:

I guess the first update will just have to be in you’re honor.
Sooooo…. Here goes.

First post in honor of me?! I double rock :cheer2::cheer2::rotfl: Can't wait to read more :)

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
07-19-2011, 08:08 AM
First post in honor of me?! I double rock :cheer2::cheer2::rotfl: Can't wait to read more :)

And more is on the way ;)

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
07-19-2011, 08:09 AM
Bonus Feature 1:

Retreat



I’m not really sure that this should be considered a bonus feature. My real intention here is just to ensure that the next section of the TR shows up at the top of the next page. It aint necessary that I do so… I just like the aesthetics of the idea. So if I’m bound and determined to waste everyone’s time with a completely nonsequitur post, then the question becomes: just what should it be? Well I like this idea:



During one of our trips to The World, we just happened to be arriving at the MK right around dinner time on Memorial Day. As we walked into the square in front of the train depot, we encountered the Flag Retreat ceremony just getting under way. Now the folks at Disney do this every day (it’s just part of the magic), but it seemed particularly special on this time around. They look for a veteran among the guests that day and invite them to assist with the ceremony. The Main Street Band plays along with a full quire and once the flag has been properly lowered and folded, it is given to the guest of honor to be carried out of the square. I believe that the CMs will then take some pictures and present the guest with a certificate signifying the event. If you ask me… not only in that a very patriotic (and really cool) gesture, it’s also perfectly Disney (and it’s stuff like that that makes us all love the place).

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/Pix/FlagRetreat1.jpg

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/Pix/FlagRetreat2.jpg

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/Pix/FlagRetreat3.jpg



Well OK… I guess you can consider this to be a “Bonus Feature”. It’s certainly off topic. So be warned that this is the first of many such tangents that I’ll be flying off on during this voyage.

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
07-19-2011, 08:10 AM
Chapter 1: The Players

Part 2: Signorinas and Fräuleins

I consider myself to be a very lucky man on a number of fronts, but the one that pertains most to this endeavor is that I’ve managed to find a way to sail on all of Disney’s extraordinary cruise ships. Of course with another one under construction, I now have a new goal to shoot for, but I digress. The folks at Disney have long been operating state of the art facilities, entertaining guests in high style and providing imaginative and memorable accommodations for some time now. As such, the move into cruising was actually a natural fit. They dipped their tows in the water (so to speak) back in the 1980s by partnering with another cruise line.

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Oceanic at Nassau, Bahamas in July, 1986. Photo © Robert Halstead

And believe it or not… that particular ship is still sailing (quite the story actually), but the same can not be said for the rest of the vessels that made up what was then the “Premier Line”

After realizing that the idea was viable, they established their own cruise line and ordered the first vessels in the late 1990s. The result was a pair of unique ships built in Italy by Fincantieri. These two Signorinas were very different in look and feel from nearly all the cruise liners built before, during or even after that time frame. First of all they didn’t have casinos (and DCL is still the only major cruise line for which this is true). Instead, the Disney folks used all that space to create spaces specifically designed for kids and separated by age groups. Then they went about creating spaces that were designed just for adults as well as areas geared toward combined family enjoyment. Their entry into the business actually changed the cruising industry (even though they only had two ships at first).



Our first DCL experience was aboard the younger of the sisters: Disney Wonder.

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We did a Land-Sea adventure in 2007 splitting the trip between POFQ and the Wonder. A few things didn’t go as planed (which is normal for all vacations), but the end results exceeded our expectations in almost innumerable ways. The one unanimous verdict among the members of my family was the time aboard the Wonder was nowhere near long enough to suit us.



Our second encounter with the folks at DCL was a full blown seven day Western Caribbean itinerary in 2009 aboard the elder Signorina: Disney Magic.

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Verdict: longer is better. We had the time of our lives. We even topped it off by heading over to WDW to spend a couple more days at CRB and hitting the parks with a few passes leftover from a prior trip.



At just about the time that we were sailing on the Wonder, DCL announced that they were planning to start building new ships. Just before we sailed on the Magic, they actually began cutting steel for the first of these new sea fairing sisters. The keel of Disney Dream was laid on 26 August 2009 at the Meyer Werft shipyards in Papenburg, Germany.

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The heavy construction on hull number S.687 was completed on June 1, 2010 when the final piece of the ship, the bow, was put into place.

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The “Float-Out” of the first of Disney’s new Fräuleins took place on October 30, 2010 (the same day the band my son is a member of was winning their second consecutive state title, but that’s a very different trip report that will have to be reserved for another arena).

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DCL took possession of the ship in December of 2010 and the christening was done at Port Canaveral with the official maiden voyage taking place on January 26, 2011

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Like all Disney fans, we knew that this ship was being built, but once we’d disembarked from the Magic in 2009, we really didn’t have a plan to get aboard her any time in the near future. The Dream was destined to take over the shorter three/four day itineraries currently being undertaken by the Wonder, and we’d decided that a longer cruise would suit us better. Once the Fantasy is completed, she will be taking over the longer cruises currently provided by the Magic and although we certainly wanted to sail on one of the new Disney ships, we figured we’d be waiting at least until 2012 or later to be able to pull it off. But things change. That’s a general rule of life, and an almost mandatory occurrence in relationship to travel and vacations.

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afwdwfan
07-19-2011, 09:14 AM
I’m not really sure that this should be considered a bonus feature. My real intention here is just to ensure that the next section of the TR shows up at the top of the next page. It aint necessary that I do so… I just like the aesthetics of the idea. So if I’m bound and determined to waste everyone’s time with a completely nonsequitur post, then the question becomes: just what should it be? Well I like this idea:
Nicely done for a filler post! :thumbsup2 :lmao:


I consider myself to be a very lucky man on a number of fronts, but the one that pertains most to this endeavor is that I’ve managed to find a way to sail on all of Disney’s extraordinary cruise ships.
Biggest cruise ship I've ever been on has been a riverboat dinner cruise in Nashville, TN. :lmao::rotfl2:


But things change. That’s a general rule of life, and an almost mandatory occurrence in relationship to travel and vacations.
True, but at least this was a good change.

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
07-19-2011, 09:44 AM
Nicely done for a filler post! :thumbsup2 :lmao:


Thanks. If I’m going to waste your time, the least I can do is waste it effectively.

Biggest cruise ship I've ever been on has been a riverboat dinner cruise in Nashville, TN. :lmao::rotfl2:


Yah, but I’m so nutty about getting aboard any and every possible ship, that I’m jealous of y’all because I haven’t been on that river boat. How was the dinner and what else did you get to see and do during that trip? Enquiring minds want to know.


True, but at least this was a good change.

::yes::

Captain_Oblivious
07-19-2011, 09:49 AM
I’m not really sure that this should be considered a bonus feature. My real intention here is just to ensure that the next section of the TR shows up at the top of the next page.

I think I've included random thoughts for far more random reasons than that. And it was a cool story! :thumbsup2


First of all they didn’t have casinos (and DCL is still the only major cruise line for which this is true). Instead, the Disney folks used all that space to create spaces specifically designed for kids and separated by age groups. Then they went about creating spaces that were designed just for adults as well as areas geared toward combined family enjoyment. Their entry into the business actually changed the cruising industry (even though they only had two ships at first).

I really, really appreciate Disney for maintaining Walt's focus on creating places the entire family can enjoy. I think that's truly what's missing from all of their competitors. They're worried about demographics.

The one unanimous verdict among the members of my family was the time aboard the Wonder was nowhere near long enough to suit us.

Interesting. We did one cruise on the Wonder, and felt like it was just enough time. We felt like we'd seen everything on the ship at that point and were ready for something different. Maybe if we'd had more stops...

...like Castaway Cay... :thumbsup2

Can't wait to see the Dream!

FreezinRafiki
07-19-2011, 10:05 AM
Yah! History lessons in a Trip Report. (I know it's hard to tell based on the text, but there was no sarcasm there at all. I'm a history nerd)

Where are the plaques that you have the pictures of? Are they on the ships?

And I noticed that the Dream's float out was Oct 30, 2010. Exactly a year before we get on! :woohoo:

afwdwfan
07-19-2011, 10:35 AM
Yah, but I’m so nutty about getting aboard any and every possible ship, that I’m jealous of y’all because I haven’t been on that river boat. How was the dinner and what else did you get to see and do during that trip? Enquiring minds want to know.

Well, I've actually done it twice.

DW and I went to Nashville once before we were married for just a quick visit on the way home from a trip to Gatlinburg with her parents. We toured a few places and she wanted to do the dinner cruise. We enjoyed it, but the food was nothing special.:confused3 We boarded near the Opry and cruised to downtown Nashville while we ate and then stepped outside to enjoy the city from the vantage point of the river. The return trip was a variety show that I'd say was comparable to Hee Haw but with a bigger focus on the music than the comedy. Well worth doing it once, but it isn't something I'd put as a top priority to experience again, nor would I beat myself up had I never done it.:confused3

My second time was when I was in Nashville for a work conference. There was a group of about 12 of us who were close to the same age and even though most of us only saw one another 1 week each year, we always got along well and had a great time together. I had a choice that evening between going to the Grand Ole Opry with some other co-workers, or doing the dinner cruise with the usual suspects. It really was a tough call, but I went for the cruise. It was a good time though, we actually boarded the boat an hour or 2 early and got a table on the top deck near the bar and got to hear a band play before the cruise. The food and the cruise itself was much the same as my first time, but we had a table up front by the stage so the show was a bit more entertaining. Think a dozen twenty somethings with a little bit of alcohol and performers who enjoy crowd interaction. :rotfl2::lmao: The show that night was impersonators, including Elvis, Tina Turner and Elton John. The show was great, but Elvis looked like he was going to have a heart attack there on the stage.:scared1: There were other performers too, but I can't remember for the life of me who they were. I just remember Elvis because he was a little bit.... off:confused3, while Tina and Elton really stood out because they were absolutely phenomenal.

And of course, anytime I can get to Nashville, bar hopping along Broadway is a must. :thumbsup2 I just can't get enough of the live music in the Nashville bars. Usually the bar hopping part ends once I hit The Stage or Tootsies and they've got really good performer on stage.

I tried to keep it short, but you asked, so I answered. :rotfl:

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
07-19-2011, 11:13 AM
I think I've included random thoughts for far more random reasons than that. And it was a cool story! :thumbsup2


Thanks. Having survived my last TR, you’re already aware that I’m very good at going off in a random direction. But… sooner or later, I’ll always get bact around to Disney within a post or two.

I really, really appreciate Disney for maintaining Walt's focus on creating places the entire family can enjoy. I think that's truly what's missing from all of their competitors. They're worried about demographics.


Can’t agree more. The idea of families being entertained together was the basses for Disneyland in the first place, so it is a true tribute to Walt that the company stays true to that vision.

Interesting. We did one cruise on the Wonder, and felt like it was just enough time. We felt like we'd seen everything on the ship at that point and were ready for something different. Maybe if we'd had more stops...

...like Castaway Cay... :thumbsup2

Can't wait to see the Dream!

It just went by so fast for us on that first cruise. Even when we were on the Magic, there were still a lot of things that we had to pick and choose over and stuff that would have been fun, but we just couldn’t get to. Of course there is also the fact that I just love to be aboard a ship. I really don’t care where it’s going (or even if it’s going for that matter). Whether I’m sitting on a row boat, or walking on the deck of a leviathan, I actually notice that I just can’t stop smiling.

Yah! History lessons in a Trip Report. (I know it's hard to tell based on the text, but there was no sarcasm there at all. I'm a history nerd)


:wave2:

History is high on my list-o-nerd characteristics. I had to work really hard not to blow that last post up into a full dissertation on the construction and operations of all the ships I was discussing. Between my love of things historical, and my proven ability to go off subject, you’ll likely be seeing a fair amount of it show up in this thread.

Actually most of the “Bonus Features” from my previous TR are historically based. Things like:

Bonus Feature 2: Canebrake Point
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41452661&postcount=112

Bonus Feature 5: The Origins of Corps
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41843328&postcount=175

And then there this one that is somewhere in-between history, horticulture, cuisine, and obsession.

Bonus Feature 3: “They Call Me: Ginger…”
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41543769&postcount=143


Where are the plaques that you have the pictures of? Are they on the ships?


Yes they are. You have to get aboard a ship to see the builder’s plaque (and the picture proves you were there). Generally they are placed in the open on a public deck and near the bridge. On the Magic and Wonder, there are attached to the superstructure forward on deck 10 (near the sports area). On the Dream it’s attached to the center forward radar dome on deck 12 (which doubles as a shaded seating area with a spectacular view looking off the bow).

And I noticed that the Dream's float out was Oct 30, 2010. Exactly a year before we get on! :woohoo:

Take me with you!!!!!! :sad:

I tried to keep it short, but you asked, so I answered. :rotfl:

I asked because I was interested. Thanks for the review. Sounds like something to keep at the top of mind when I get a chance to spend a bit of time in Nashville. :thumbsup2

jamiesmom07
07-19-2011, 11:34 AM
Tagging along. Can't wait I loved your last TR.

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
07-19-2011, 11:49 AM
Tagging along. Can't wait I loved your last TR.

:welcome:

And thanks! I'm glad to have you along for the latest installment of:
The Random Musings of an Unstable Disney Fanatic.

By the way: Y’all will love POFQ. It’s one of my favorite spots in “The World”

ntikos
07-19-2011, 01:43 PM
I'm jumping aboard this train. Looks like it's going to be a fun ride!

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
07-19-2011, 04:00 PM
I'm jumping aboard this train. Looks like it's going to be a fun ride!

And I’m glad to have you along.

Oh yah… :welcome:

The emergency breaks on this old locomotive are a bit questionable, but I’m pretty sure there’s a hill on the other side of the valley that will slow us down enough to be able to jump off before the whole thing crashes at the end of the line.

petals
07-19-2011, 06:11 PM
And more is on the way ;)

:thumbsup2

Tangents are great btw! I'm luvin the stitch pics at the end of the posts.. Stitch is the coolest!

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
07-20-2011, 07:35 AM
:thumbsup2

Tangents are great btw! I'm luvin the stitch pics at the end of the posts.. Stitch is the coolest!

With me… tangents will come with the territory. There’s always one more bright shinny thing… SQUIRREL!!!!! …to distract me as I go about my day.

I rather like Stitch myself (and consider that particular Disney flick to be rather underrated by the general public). Since he inspired the name of this trip & TR (and I will be explaining why later on), I figured he’d be the best mascot for the journey.

The idea of ending each of official post of the TR with an image of our hero just happened by accident as I was writing up the first section. Now I’ve decided to try and find an image that either sums up that post, or punctuates the last little bit of it. Well see just how good I do on that front as the show progresses. Heck… y’all can be the judge of how well my choice works or not if you’d like to take on the challenge.

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
07-20-2011, 11:37 AM
Good afternoon all! As a public service announcement I would like to offer up your “Subliminal Mickey” for the day.



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Drink up me ‘arties…

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
07-20-2011, 11:39 AM
And just because I have again decided to roll the latest update on up to the top of the next page…

Here is one more bit of nonsense that most dads out there will find useful. Since collectively we spend a decent amount of time in this particular place, it seems only proper and fitting that we ought to spruce it up a bit. With that in mind… I now present:


The DisDad Doghouse 3000

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(all rights reserved)

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
07-20-2011, 11:41 AM
Chapter 1: The Players

Part 3: Surprise, Surprise, Surprise…

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After cruising on the Magic in July of 2009, I was completely hooked. So much so that I actually booked another short three day Christmas time stint aboard the Wonder a mere few weeks after we got back home. But as I’ve said before, things change. We had several unanticipated obligations crop up that autumn.


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Ultimately I was forced to see reality for what it was (cold, cruel and uncaring), and found myself canceling that particular trip. I would like to have gotten aboard the Wonder again before she transferred to the left coast, but it is also true that I really wanted to go on a longer sailing. That being said, I would have settled for any amount of time on any ship just about anywhere.


Well… probably not here:

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Hay… I’m obsessed, not foolish.


Yet the idea of being involved with Disney in some fashion during the Christmas holidays stayed with me and was one of the driving forces behind out 2010 excursion to POR. Thoughts of cruising however would have to be shelved for a while. There just wasn’t any getting around it. Now was there?



Surprise #1

“I think I feel a change in the wind, says I.”

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Well… Actually there was a slight change in the wind. About midway through 2010, the folks at Disney started to unveil the dates and itineraries for the Dream’s inaugural cruising season. Being fanatics we jumped on-line and took a look at what was being offered.

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What we encountered got our scheming minds going pretty quickly. First of all DCL was planning to have a number of five day sailings. Believe me when I tell you that those extra couple of days make a difference. This was long enough to be worth our time and money. So we kept digging. The next thing we found was that there would be several of these longer cruises in late June. That was key. Due to current employment restrictions and school requirements, June is the only time we can travel for extended periods. Things were looking up. When we found that the cruise setting sail during the last week of June was also scheduled to visit Castaway Cay… TWICE… we were absolutely beside ourselves. We weren’t sure how we were going to be able to afford it, but we had better then a year to figure it out. The pertinent websites got accessed, and associated servers went into “hyper-active hyper-drive”, and in jig time, we’d booked a inside cabin on the July 26, 2011 sailing. We slapped the down payment on the “Disney Visa” (which gave me six month to pay off that off before interest would be applied) and crossed our fingers.


Surprise #2

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Then came the monitory change that made it nigh on to certain that we might just be able to make the trip. Tamara had been a stay at home mom for a few years now. There were a number of reasons for this choice, but the bottom line was that we were working solely on my income from a financial standpoint for a while. She had started looking to get back into the work force way back in 2009, but as y’all are surely aware, the job markets have been in a slight state of disrepair for the last few years.

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(Like I said…)

Well after a whole lot of looking and a whole lot of applying, she finally got a realistic hit toward the beginning of this year. A local country club offered her a part-time spot in the front office. Not exactly what she was hopping for, but nothing to be sneezed at. The up shot of this for our household was obvious. We now had extra Benjamins flowing into the coffers. If used wisely, these little portraits of one fine elder statesman might just take care of a lot of the gremlins that would otherwise prevent us from actually traveling on the Dream.

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Surprise #3

This is the fun one. When we booked this adventure, we didn’t tell Max about it. Since we really weren’t sure that it was going to happen, it was just something he didn’t need to be worrying over. Like all teens, he had enough on his plate just trying to survive high school. Our initial plan was to surprise Max on his birthday (his 16th one by the way) and then head off only a couple of weeks afterward. We’d sail on the Dream then stay another couple of nights in Canaveral and maybe visit the Kennedy Space Center or spend some time on the beach before heading home. But… (and you knew there’d be a “but” didn’t ya’) …but, the folks at Disney tossed us another bone to chew on.

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(Surprise 4?)

They started offering up substantial room only discounts at their resorts during the same time frame. :scratchin: Hummmmmm…. A good crunch of the numbers revealed that we could stay at a deluxe resort (which is normally out of the question) and it would only add about a hundred-ish bucks to our original bottom line. There’d be no way in heck that we could add park tickets on to this, but it still seemed like a good idea to the adults. The thing was, we didn’t know which version of the trip would suit Max the best. Since we need his input, the time had come for us to let him in on the secret.

Easter Sunday was chosen for the unveiling, and it took the form of a type of scavenger hunt. I took pictures of a number of random spots all over the house and printed them out. I then put a picture in each spot that pointed to the next spot. You follow this trail of tears… I mean clues… until you finally get to a box that would spill the beans. I actually tried to get this event on video, but the camera I had at the time was limited on the amount of space available. I succeeded in running out of said space just before Max got to the final pay off (and I can’t express just how disappointed this made Tamara) Even still, it was a lot of fun having the boy flying all over the house trying to figure out what was at the end of the trail. I did yank a couple of images out of the partial video for ya’ though…

Here’s where it started…
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…up the stairs and into the guest room…
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…back down the stairs…
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…hidden amongst the Disney DVDs
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…anyway you get the picture. When he got to the end of the rainbow he found a note from Mickey himself along with a paper model of the Disney Dream.

(This one right here)
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His first reaction was: “I thought we couldn’t afford to do this?” You see, he’d already asked us many times (and I do mean “many”) when we’d be cruising again. Our stock answer was: “as soon as we can make it happen”. When we told him that we’d finally figured out how to “make it happen”, he was pretty excited (well… as excited as a teenage boy will allow himself to be in front of his parents that is).



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IamTrike
07-20-2011, 11:47 AM
The posts about the evolution of the Disney cruise line were very interesting. do you have pics from the original boats. It'd be neat to contrast the Big Red Boat to what Disney built for themselves. Also is there any chance you'll post comparison shots of things like animators pallete which at this point you've experienced multiple times on different boats?

Really enjoying everything, even the diversions so far.


Oh and the model of the dream is awesome.

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
07-20-2011, 12:29 PM
The posts about the evolution of the Disney cruise line were very interesting. do you have pics from the original boats. It'd be neat to contrast the Big Red Boat to what Disney built for themselves. Also is there any chance you'll post comparison shots of things like animators pallete which at this point you've experienced multiple times on different boats?

Really enjoying everything, even the diversions so far.


Oh and the model of the dream is awesome.

He tasks me! He tasks me, and I shall have him!

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Wow. An excuse to go off topic!



First off… Thanks for the kind words Ryan.

Now then… Actually the “Ocianic” pictured at the top of the history post is the original “Big Red Boat”. At the time she was being operated by the Premier Line along with a couple of other ships. The red hull was the standard livery for all the liners that they were operating. After a while Premier began to acquire additional ships and then took to renaming those vessels “Big Red Boat #2”, “Big Red Boat #3” and so on. But after that the tale gets a little less rosy. I don’t have access to any pictures of the interiors of the Premier ships (at this time, but I know right where to start looking). I can talk about the other ships in the group though and since I love to talk about ships, I’ll get started on that particular “Bonus Feature” and put it up when I get it sorted out. (just remember… this is going to be your fault for giving me the opening)

Now as for contrasting and comparing between the ships of DCL... that I can also do and it sounds like a good idea. I will make a point of showing differences in the major spaces and talking about the sections that are unique as well. Thanks for the suggestion.

Lastly… that little paper model is really cool and you to can have one for your very own. I can’t get to it from work, but when I get home, I’ll throw up a download link just for y’all. Stay tuned…

afwdwfan
07-20-2011, 02:17 PM
That being said, I would have settled for any amount of time on any ship just about anywhere.


[I]Well… probably not here:

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How do you feel about the Titanic? :confused3


There just wasn’t any getting around it. Now was there?
Where there's a will, there's a way... not that I need to tell you that. :thumbsup2


Being fanatics we jumped on-line and took a look at what was being offered.
I think that's a contagious disease that the DDC is turning into an epidemic.


When we found that the cruise setting sail during the last week of June was also scheduled to visit Castaway Cay… TWICE… we were absolutely beside ourselves.
That is a huge score. I can just see us finally sucking it up and deciding to go for a cruise only to have Castaway Cay day be bad weather or worse yet, a situation in which we couldn't even stop there. See... I really have given serious thoughts to the idea of a Disney Cruise. :lmao::rotfl2:


Our stock answer was: “as soon as we can make it happen”.
Why that isn't even the least bit vague. :lmao:

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
07-20-2011, 02:48 PM
How do you feel about the Titanic? :confused3


You make a good point. I probably should have clarified that sentence just a smidgen farther and written:

“That being said, I would have settled for any amount of time on any ship just about anywhere there happened to be a breathable atmosphere .”


But truth be told… I would r-e-a-l-l-y liked to have been working for Robert Ballard when his crew actually found that wreck. Especially as they had also secretly dived on the wrecks of the USS Thresher and the USS Scorpion for the Navy prior to hunting down the Titanic.


Where there's a will, there's a way... not that I need to tell you that. :thumbsup2


This time anyway.


I think that's a contagious disease that the DDC is turning into an epidemic.


I concur with you diagnosis.


That is a huge score. I can just see us finally sucking it up and deciding to go for a cruise only to have Castaway Cay day be bad weather or worse yet, a situation in which we couldn't even stop there. See... I really have given serious thoughts to the idea of a Disney Cruise. :lmao::rotfl2:


And that can happen. Not often, but it is possible. Trust me, I learned about it first hand on one of my prior cruises. That actually constitutes a bit of a spoiler to the greater story, but suffice it to say, I’ll touch on that exact subject latter on.

(By the way, even when we missed a CC opportunity back then, we still had such a great time, that we had to go back.)
:boat:


Why that isn't even the least bit vague. :lmao:

:ssst: We're still using that one.

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
07-20-2011, 08:02 PM
Bonus Feature 2:

Paper Dream





Hear yee… Hear yee…

http://www.holidayatthesea.com/wp-content/uploads/towncrier3as.jpg


If you are interested in having you very own paper model of a Disney Cruise Line ship…



(Like this one here)

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/Pix/IMG-0037.jpg




…then simply click on the link below and download a PDF file containing the design and instructions. If you print it on heavier grade paper or card stock, it will be easier to work with, but the design actually comes together pretty well.



http://www.mediafire.com/?jr7xcurdv78kvfg



Have fun! :thumbsup2

IamTrike
07-21-2011, 08:41 AM
Bonus Feature 2: Paper Dream



Hear yee… Hear yee…

http://www.holidayatthesea.com/wp-content/uploads/towncrier3as.jpg


If you are interested in having you very own paper model of a Disney Cruise Line ship…



(Like this one here)

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/Pix/IMG-0037.jpg




…then simply click on the link below and download a PDF file containing the design and instructions. If you print it on heavier grade paper or card stock, it will be easier to work with, but the design actually comes together pretty well.



http://www.mediafire.com/?jr7xcurdv78kvfg



Have fun! :thumbsup2


Thanks for posting this. It'll be an awesome project for this weekend. You may be the first person to include a make your own Fish Extender for the people reading your trip report

Grooovertoo
07-21-2011, 12:55 PM
This looks to be a lot of fun...subbingpopcorn::

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
07-21-2011, 04:02 PM
This looks to be a lot of fun...subbingpopcorn::

:welcome:

Hay another victim… I mean follower. Glad to have you along! :thumbsup2

I’ll try to put up the next couple of pieces to this puzzle either this evening or tomorrow. I see that y’all are heading off on the Dream soon as well… very cool! I’ll try to get into the actual cruise part of this extravaganza by the end of next week or soon there after. Just maybe a few of my mistakes will supply y’all with some pointers as to what ought not be done while cruising. Even if not, I do believe that you’re going to have the time of your lives.

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
07-21-2011, 07:20 PM
Chapter 2: The Set-Up

Part 1: Getting To Know You

Now that everyone was onboard with the plan, we could discuss the possibilities. Park tickets after the cruise weren’t happing (no matter how much I tried to talk myself into it). So the question became: can you keep yourself entertained at Disney without going to a park?

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/Y1-005.gif

Silly question… of course you can, and the prospect of staying at a deluxe resort was an added bonus. After a bit of discussion and a bit more rummaging around the WDW web sites, we decided to take advantage of a 40% discount on rooms at Wilderness Lodge and stay there for a couple of days before heading back home. We booked a “Standard View” room (which is a bit of a gamble) and made only one ADR for breakfast at the Kona Café on the second morning of the stay. The rest of the details would come under the heading of “spontaneous improvisation”. Now we just had to wait for the end of June to arrive.



Well… Actually, that ain’t quite true. As experienced DCL cruisers, we already knew that there were other “things” that one can get into to help pass the time. Over the years members of the DisBoards have built up a number of rather odd traditions in relation to cruising. Odd? Well… the other passengers think we’re nuts, so I believe “odd” may best describe the goings on. The first of these is “The Meet”. Really this is just what we do all the time around here. It’s kind’a like a never-ending cyber cocktail party where we just mingle and converse.

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I headed over to the “Cruise-Meet” forum and looked to see if anyone had set up a thread for our specific sailing. Someone had (better then a year ago in fact). So I subscribed and introduced myself. Now I was part of the club and received official salutations form the rest of the group. The chatter on the average cruise-meet thread revolves around questions from the noobies, discussions about potential on-shore excursions and a general bemoaning of the glacial pace of time that was keeping us all off the ship.

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After a bit of reading and posting you get to know a fair amount about the other groups that you’ll be sailing with. Often, different folks will strike up friendships and often spend a lot of time together on the actual cruise. It’s also a good place for the teens to get to know one and other before hand. For some of them actually seeing each other once they get on board is almost like catching up with a long lost friend.


Now… were this an episode of Glee… it’s right about here that there’d be a spontaneous flash-mob type performance of “Getting To Know You” from “The King and I” with fully rehearsed flawless choreography and all the students, teachers and even the janitor already knowing all the words and moves… but fortunately for you… and most defiantly fortunately for me… this ain’t Glee… and thank God for that… so we now return you to our regularly scheduled program.
:happytv:



There are two other uniquely “DIS” things that go on during a DCL cruise.

The first is a bit of madness known as a “Fish-Extender Exchange” or “F/E” for short. For the uninitiated, this takes a bit of explaining. So much so that I think it really deserves its own post, so I’ll hold off for just a bit and talk about this in more nauseating detail down in the next part of this chapter (so stay tuned… or not… your choice).

The second one is a bit easier to understand (concept wise that is… no one really understands why we do it, but the concept is pretty simple). As I was saying… some members of this here board have been known to decorate their cabin doors with variously themed and personalized magnets. Some of these apparitions are quite elaborate. There is also an entire community of folks that will help design and create them for you and all you have to do is ask. Actually, I am one of those fools… I mean folks… that will do such work for others. I’m not one of the main designers mind you, but I’ve done a bit of work for a few members and I generally do my own designs for our cabin as well. I like playing around with images so once I discovered this subculture, I dove right in. Actually… ”dove in” might be an understatement. Here are just a few examples from prior cruises (some were for our us, some for others).


-- Just click on the individual images to see ‘em in full size --

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/Blanks/Magic%20July09/th_Day3-GrandCayman.jpg (http://s682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/Blanks/Magic%20July09/?action=view&current=Day3-GrandCayman.jpg) http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/Blanks/Magic%20July09/th_Day4-Cozumel.jpg (http://s682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/Blanks/Magic%20July09/?action=view&current=Day4-Cozumel.jpg) http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/Blanks/Magic%20July09/th_Day5-SeaDays.jpg (http://s682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/Blanks/Magic%20July09/?action=view&current=Day5-SeaDays.jpg)


http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/Blanks/Wonder%20Dec09/th_Sand-Snowman7.jpg (http://s682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/Blanks/Wonder%20Dec09/?action=view&current=Sand-Snowman7.jpg) http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/Blanks/Requests/Linares/th_aLinares-08a.jpg (http://s682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/Blanks/Requests/Linares/?action=view&current=aLinares-08a.jpg)


Everyone has their own way of playing this reindeer game. Some will display a few well-chosen images, while others will cover their doors top to bottom with whatever that can get their hands on. I generally manage to make so many designs that I can’t fit them onto the door. As such, I end up changing them out each morning so our stateroom has a different look for each day of the sailing. Being as that is the case, I think that I’ll start off each chapter for the actual voyage with a shot of the door and close-ups of the major magnets that showed up that day. Feel free to disregard them once they start making their appearances, but I‘ll be posting them either way so…

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/Y1-007.jpg

…consider this just a friendly warning.



Between these generally unnecessary activities and the normal packing, planning, and general research, the time actually passed relatively quickly. Once school was out, the clock really started moving. Before we knew it, we were down to the last couple of prep days. We’d soon be meeting our new friends and settling into a temporary life of leisure and luxury (if only it wouldn’t have to end).



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afwdwfan
07-22-2011, 08:04 AM
can you keep yourself entertained at Disney without going to a park?
I'd just ride the monorail all day. :thumbsup2

On second thought, once it went through Future World, I'm pretty sure I'd have to bust the budget and have to buy a ticket. I don't think I could ride through a park watching people having fun and not want to join them. :lmao::rotfl2:

we decided to take advantage of a 40% discount on rooms at Wilderness Lodge
Hmmm... sounds vaguely familiar.:rolleyes1 :cool1::yay::banana::woohoo:

We booked a “Standard View” room (which is a bit of a gamble)
Look forward to seeing how that worked out for you. They only had Woods View available for the discount when we booked.


Now… were this an episode of Glee… it’s right about here that there’d be a spontaneous flash-mob type performance of “Getting To Know You” from “The King and I” with fully rehearsed flawless choreography and all the students, teachers and even the janitor already knowing all the words and moves… but fortunately for you… and most defiantly fortunately for me… this ain’t Glee… and thank God for that… so we now return you to our regularly scheduled program.
:happytv:

:dance3::dancer::dance3::dancer::dance3::dancer:

:lmao::rotfl2::rotfl: :scared1:

Before we knew it, we were down to the last couple of prep days. We’d soon be meeting our new friends and settling into a temporary life of leisure and luxury (if only it wouldn’t have to end).
Looking forward to reading about your cruise meets. That's the problem with a fun vacation... it always has to come to an end. :sad2:

IamTrike
07-22-2011, 09:25 AM
So the question became: can you keep yourself entertained at Disney without going to a park?

There's also the question of can you go to Disney and keep your self from going to the park. If you got a big enough stroller your son could pass for 2 and then you'd only have to pay for 2 tickets.


We booked a “Standard View” room (which is a bit of a gamble) and made only one ADR for breakfast at the Kona Café on the second morning of the stay. The rest of the details would come under the heading of “spontaneous improvisation”. Now we just had to wait for the end of June to arrive.

A good choice the room can only be what you booked or better. Lots of upside. I wonder what you wound up with.



Well… Actually, that ain’t quite true. As experienced DCL cruisers, we already knew that there were other “things” that one can get into to help pass the time. Over the years members of the DisBoards have built up a number of rather odd traditions in relation to cruising. Odd? Well… the other passengers think we’re nuts, so I believe “odd” may best describe the goings on. The first of these is “The Meet”. Really this is just what we do all the time around here. It’s kind’a like a never-ending cyber cocktail party where we just mingle and converse.




Now… were this an episode of Glee… it’s right about here that there’d be a spontaneous flash-mob type performance of “Getting To Know You” from “The King and I” with fully rehearsed flawless choreography and all the students, teachers and even the janitor already knowing all the words and moves… but fortunately for you… and most defiantly fortunately for me… this ain’t Glee… and thank God for that… so we now return you to our regularly scheduled program.
:happytv:

Okay you can skip the musical number, but we'll expect a flashy song and dance routine as we get closer to the end.



Everyone has their own way of playing this reindeer game. Some will display a few well-chosen images, while others will cover their doors top to bottom with whatever that can get their hands on. I generally manage to make so many designs that I can’t fit them onto the door. As such, I end up changing them out each morning so our stateroom has a different look for each day of the sailing. Being as that is the case, I think that I’ll start off each chapter for the actual voyage with a shot of the door and close-ups of the major magnets that showed up that day. Feel free to disregard them once they start making their appearances, but I‘ll be posting them either way so…


Looking forward to seeing more of your creations


http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/Y1-007.jpg

But dogs don't have opposable thumbs? How would it work the trigger?:confused3

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
07-22-2011, 03:01 PM
I'd just ride the monorail all day. :thumbsup2


We did a good deal of riding on various modes of Disney Transportation, but I was smarter then to hop on the monorail going to Epcot. Not staying would have been difficult.


Hmmm... sounds vaguely familiar.:rolleyes1 :cool1::yay::banana::woohoo:


A deluxe resort ain’t happening without this type of discount being on the table


Look forward to seeing how that worked out for you. They only had Woods View available for the discount when we booked.


It will defiantly be discussed. As you might expect, the view was “interesting”. It had its obvious downsides, but then again, it had some really good upsides as well (stay tuned). The “Woods View” you picked should be most excellent from what I saw at the resort


:dance3::dancer::dance3::dancer::dance3::dancer:


Thanks for steeping in there with the dance number. I just wasn’t in the mood to put together the auditions, hire the stagehands or deal with the director or choreographer (those two are such prima donnas ya’ know).

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
07-22-2011, 03:05 PM
There's also the question of can you go to Disney and keep your self from going to the park. If you got a big enough stroller your son could pass for 2 and then you'd only have to pay for 2 tickets.


Interesting theory. I got my doubts as to whether or not it has any serious merit, but… it’s an interesting theory.


A good choice the room can only be what you booked or better. Lots of upside. I wonder what you wound up with.


Like I said… I’ll defiantly discuss it in a little bit.


Okay you can skip the musical number, but we'll expect a flashy song and dance routine as we get closer to the end.


Andy took care of it for us (so… does that get me off the hook?)


Looking forward to seeing more of your creations


Thanks. There certainly not master pieces, but I have fun putting ‘em together.


But dogs don't have opposable thumbs? How would it work the trigger?:confused3

Via a top-secret method that involves secret-ie top-secret metods that are currently top-secret.

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
07-22-2011, 03:07 PM
Well, I’ve again decided to roll the next update to the top of the next page. As such, I’ve also decided to waste tour time again, but in a slightly different way. Since I started writing TRs only this year, I have a good bit of experience and photographs from prior trips that don’t have a home (other then in my own house and memory). As such, I believe I’ll just pick a little part of a prior trip and flop it into this TR for y’all to look over… or ignore (your choice). Well enough set up, lets get on with the show.

Here are a few images of my second favorite resort pool on Disney property (remember I haven’t seen all of them, but of those that I have experienced, this one is high on my list.

The resort is: Caribbean Beach
The pool is called: Fuentes del Morro

And it look s something like this…

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http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/Y1-011.jpg

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http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/Y1-015.jpg

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GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
07-22-2011, 03:10 PM
Bonus Feature 3:

The Big Red Boat




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Chances are pretty good that if you’re taking part in this forum, then you heard of something called: The Big Red Boat. Before it was all said and done, several ships would be referred to by this moniker, but in truth (and from a Disney perspective) we’re really talking about one in particular. A ship named Oceanic … and this is her story (well an abbreviated version, but the general story non-the-less).

This tale begins in 1946 with the creation of “Home Lines”. This was a highly respected Italian passenger shipping company that operated both ocean liners and cruise ships. For the first part of their existence Home Lines purchased and operated existing vessels, and did not take delivery of their first purpose built ship until 1965. That ship was SS Oceanic. Built by Cantieri Riuniti dell' Adriatico in Monfalcone, Italy. And designed for both liner and cruise work, Oceanic was launched on 15 January 1963…

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/B03-002.jpg

… and entered service on 31 March of 1965 with a transatlantic crossing from Genoa to New York City.

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When built, the ship was seventh largest on record at 782 feet in length and weighing in at 29,000 tons. She was powered by steam boilers and could comfortable make 26.5 knots (30.5 mph). Oceanic was operated by a crew of 560 and could carry up to 1600 passengers. Although capable of plying the open ocean as a swift liner, Home Lines decided to focus on cruising so Oceanic began making regular seven-day runs from New York to the Bahamas with longer cruises to the Caribbean during the winter months. The ship was one of the largest vessels plying the Caribbean trade. With stylish and novel design, vast open-air spaces, indoor/outdoor pool, and her inclusion of private facilities in all cabins, sailing aboard Oceanic became a New York institution for the next two decades.

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At this point a new player enters the picture. Premier Cruise Lines was formed in 1983 by two cruise veterans. Their thought was to use older but well maintained ships to offer shorter cruises in Bahamian waters that would be more affordable to families and younger passengers. By using older ships they hoped to allow this new clientele to have the grander and more classic experience of Atlantic crossings from earlier times. They also partnered with Disney (and you knew this was coming), to offer packages that included stays in Orlando with a cruise leaving out of Port Canaveral. The deal also put Disney characters and entertainment aboard their ships. The first vessel acquired by Primer was the 1958 vintage cruiser: “Federico C” formally of the Costa Lines. After renovations and a coat of bright read paint on her hull, she entered service as “Star/Ship Royal“ and Primer lines began plying the waters of the Caribbean.

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The Ocianic reenters the story in 1985 when she became the second and largest ship that Primer would own and operate for the better part of the 1980s. Also painted in the now famous and easily recognizable red and white color scheme, the ship was officially renamed “Star/Ship Oceanic” and immediately became known as “The Big Red Boat” in both the advertising and the general public arenas.

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As much as I like to look at the curves and line that make up the outside of a ship, I suspect that y’all would like to see a little bit of the inside of this one as well.

One of the staterooms
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the Seven Continents Restaurant
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The entrance to the Starlight Caberet and the Broadway Showroom
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the Sunrise Terrace and the Satellite Café
http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/B03-010.jpg

The Riviera Rools with the “Magradome” retracted
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You could also see Disney’s hand in the usage of space during this time frame as there were also areas set aside for kids including: a “Children’s Recreation” area and small pool on the Primer Deck aft, the Star Fighter Arcade and a “Teen Center” on the Lounge Deck, and an additional “Children’s Playroom” on the Continental Deck.

The years of partnering with Disney were good for the Primer Line. So much so that the folks at Disney decided that running a cruise line was something that they might like to try for themselves. Using what they had learned from Primer and especially from the Oceanic, Disney Cruise Line’s first ships were designed to resemble Atlantic Liners of the past (both inside and out) and to offer impeccable service and entertainment.

An interesting image of the Wonder with a preimer ship in the background
http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/B03-012.jpg

After severing ties with Disney, Primer contracted with Warner Brothers to offer similar character entertainment and continued to do well for a time in the same market. Below are great shots of a brochure for Primer Cruises dating from the period right after the split with Disney. These will give you a really good idea of what you could have expected to see and experience on one of the original “Disney Cruises” aboard the Big Red Boat.

These are fairy large so click on each image to expand the view

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Primer Lines grew and acquired additional ships through the late 80s or early 90s. However, Primer started to run into issues related to the size and age of their fleet as the turn of the century approached. Coupled with management changes, strong competition and changing tastes, the line began to struggle. In a last ditch (and rather misguided) attempt to recapture market share Primer even renamed Oceanic to “Big Red Boat I”, and acquired three other ships to be named “Big Red Boat II” through “IV”. The intention was to use this common name as a marketing tool and sail the four ships out of different ports on both US coasts. This plan was never fully implemented and by mid 2000, the Primer Line was forced into receivership. The entire fleet of ships was laid up and placed for sale. Most of the ships would be destined for the breakers, but on 30 December 2000, Oceanic was purchased by Pullmantur Cruises. Pullmantur was a newly-founded Spanish cruise line that put the veteran liner into service sailing out of Barcelona in May 2001. She served admirably in the Mediterranean for the next decade.

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The ship was sold once more to the Japan-based “Peace Boat” organization and on 23 April 2009, departed Yokohama on her first around-the-world cruise. According to their mission statements, Peace Boat is an international NGO & non-profit that works to promote peace, human rights, equal and sustainable development and respect for the environment. The ship acts as a cross between a floating university and international ambassador. Her public spaces have been adapted to serve as lecture halls, classrooms, offices, workshops and rehearsal/performance areas serving students from the Global University, International Student and Global English and Espanol Training programs. As the mobile home of the Peace Boat organization, the Oceanic is still sailing. Of the various ships to be called “Big Read Boat”, she is the original and the only one still in service.

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Below are a couple of links for additional sites dedicated to SS Oceanic. I found several others but these are the best that I encountered and supply a wealth of information and images.

http://www.sealetter.com/Jan-01/prem.html

http://www.classicliners.net/SS_OCEANIC.html

FreezinRafiki
07-22-2011, 04:17 PM
Fascinating stuff, Rob! And your artwork from the previous post was out of this world as well.

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
07-23-2011, 04:49 PM
Fascinating stuff, Rob! And your artwork from the previous post was out of this world as well.

Thanks Barry.

I actually had a lot of fun putting that chapter together. Ships are one of the many somewhat off-kilter things that strike my fancy. I’m actually on a quest to see as many active and retired vessels as I can with the intention of writing up a combination history/trip-report of the adventure. I can’t imagine that I could sell this in book form (I mean seriously… who’d buy such a thing), but it’s just something I want to do.

And thanks for the comments on my “magnet” work. I’m not sure that I could consider it art (as I know some actual artists and I ain’t doin’ what their doin’). My approach is to collect up bits and pieces and recombine wholes or parts of what images I can find into new representations. They’re more collage then creation, but again, it’s something else that just fun to do.

afwdwfan
07-25-2011, 09:52 AM
Chances are pretty good that if you’re taking part in this forum, then you heard of something called: The Big Red Boat.
Heard of it, but don't know much about it. I'm sure you're about to change that though. :thumbsup2:rotfl2:

Interesting history about how Disney got into cruising. I'd heard of the "Big Red Boat" but didn't really know much about it aside from the fact that it was a cruise ship that Disney didn't own, but was involved with. Kind of neat seeing how Disney ended up in the cruise market.

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
07-25-2011, 09:37 PM
Heard of it, but don't know much about it. I'm sure you're about to change that though. :thumbsup2:rotfl2:

Interesting history about how Disney got into cruising. I'd heard of the "Big Red Boat" but didn't really know much about it aside from the fact that it was a cruise ship that Disney didn't own, but was involved with. Kind of neat seeing how Disney ended up in the cruise market.

Glad to be of service. I’m sure that you’ve long since learned that I’m very good at supplying entirely too much useless information.


Speaking of which… it must be time for another update or two.

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
07-25-2011, 09:38 PM
Chapter 2: The Set-Up

Part 2: What’s a “fish” and why does it need “extending”?

As I said midway through the last section… one of the uniquely “DIS” things that goes on during a DCL cruise is a bit of madness known as a “Fish-Extender Exchange”. I also said I’d explain it “later on”. Well… we have arrived at “later on”.

So… just what is this bit-o-nuttiness? Believe me, that question gets asked very regularly on the DCL forum of the DIS (which you can find here ( http://www.disboards.com/forumdisplay.php?f=9)). When it crops up, one of the moderators will often point the newbies over to the Alphabetical-FAQ thread and say: “There is a link to a good explanation of the F/E process in the FAQ” (stay with me a might longer here, I am going to get to the point in a minute). Now I’ve written up a couple of explanatory posts on this topic myself, so when I first saw her comment, I was intrigued. Being “intrigued”, I called up the FAQ…

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Scrolled down to the entries starting with “F” and found this:

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Now, that first title looked oddly familiar, so I clicked the link and found this:

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That’s me! Seriously? I was quoted by one of the moderators… In the FAQ … Really? Now, what this means to you, is that you can head on over there and just skip the rest of this section all-together. But if you stay, then what I’ll be doing is basically updating and modernizing that original post (treating it a bit like a ship spending some time in dry-dock). So, here we go…



A Fish Extender Primer

So just what exactly is a “fish” and just why does it need “extending”? Well… The “fish” is a combination wall decoration/ornament and message clip that is attached to the wall outside every cabin on the Magic & Wonder. Aboard the Dream and Fantasy, it may be a seahorse, a fish, or a starfish depending on where your cabin is located, but the functionality is the same. In all cases, the CMs use these devices to leave messages, official forms or invitations for the occupants of the cabin as needed. It’s kind of like a glorified fridge-magnet and will look like one of these this bad boys:

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A “Fish Extender” is anything that you care to hang on said “fish”. Literally anything will qualify, but in general, they are usually some type of pocket organizer similar to either a shoe caddy or a mail organizer. They can be as simple as a canvass bag or as complex as your imagination cares to stretch. Here are a few examples that I’ve encountered on previous cruises:

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I’ve even seen folks just hang up a plastic grocery bag as an F/E (probably because they joined in at the last minute or lost theirs, but no one will judge you harshly no matter what you end up using. There is actually a community of folks who make and sell these devices on Etsy and eBay. Some of ‘em will also take custom orders (seriously… go Google it). I’m not sure what the percentages are between those that buy and those that make their own, but I’ve seen many different takes on the theme and some mighty good craftsmanship.

Now, no one in my house is very good with a needle and thread, so we chose to go a different rout entirely and engineered our own F/E. The parts list included a couple of small canvas bags, a Disney themed bandana (all purchased at Michael’s) and some chain scavenged off a discarded light fixture. The end result, which has now served us well on a couple of cruises, ended up looking like this:

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How’d we make it? First, cut images that you like out of the bandana and glue them to some crafters hard-board (this adds strength, and you can use any image you like including printed paper with this method). Use a craft knife to cut and trim the hard-board to size and shape then glue those pieces to the canvas bags (white glue works best). We then trimmed the edges of the hard-board with cotton string to give it both a nautical feel and a more finished look. Next, install grommets into the corners of the bags (you can find a grommet tool at either a hardware store or a fabric store). Then hook the bags together with a few links of chain (or rope, string, twine, ribbon… you get the idea) and call it done. There is also a link to instructions for a “No-Sew F/E” that follows the more traditional design in the DCL-FAQ, but we just wanted to have something that was different from everyone else’s.

OK… now you know what it is, but just what’s it for? Well… It’s become a kind of “Secret Santa” game played by the folks who roam the DIS Boards. The idea is that every DIS member who is on the same cruise will go around the ship and leave a little “nick-nack” or “whats-it” in the pouches for the other members that are playing along. The generally agreed rules are that you give out gifts to each participant once per cruise, and that the gifts should be very inexpensive trinkets that either fit a cruise or holiday theme and/or show off a little taste of who you are or the place that you call home. Here’s a link to a continuing thread on the boards that discusses the subject at length:

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1219607

The way you join up with an F/E is to first join the meet-thread for you upcoming cruise. Once there just ask which member is in charge of setting up the F/E, then let that person know that you interested in taking part. I’ve actually been in charge of running this little game a couple of times. During our last trip however, there was already someone in charge, so I just got to tag a long this time. There ended up being 26 total cabins in the exchange. We also chose to assign specific dates to each group so that every one would find one or two “gifts” each day of the cruise. We received a number of creative and fairly crafty little do-lollies during our sailing and I’ll try to talk about a few of them as we go forward. As for what we handed out… it ended up being a little care package of miscellaneous Disney-esk trinkets that looked like this:

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Here’s what all was in the packets:

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What you see there is a Mickey Pez dispenser, some Starbursts and gum (all acquired from a dollar store), a copy of that paper ship model that you can find in Bonus-Fearture-2, a Disney/Dream themed post-it pad and pen (which we “Imagineered” ourselves)

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…a couple of small door/fridge magnets (also our work) and here’s one example:

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…and a CD of various Caribbean/Sailing/Vacationing/Disney related tunes. A couple of other groups also gave out CDs, but since I did the artwork for one of them, I already knew what songs she was planning to use and could stay away from repeating those tunes at least. I was also able to capture recordings of the various ship’s horn calls and added them to the CD as well.

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Not one little bit of this nonsense will go down in history as the personification of gift giving, but taking part in the whole affair was a lot of fun. Now… let me ask you… have you ever tried to carry enough bricka brack to supply F/E gifts for twenty-five other families? Well if you ever do, it will look a bit like this:

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On the up side, once you deliver all your gifts, you’ll have an extra bag left over into which you can cram all the flotsam and jetsam that you’ve collected up during your own exploits aboard the ship.




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GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
07-25-2011, 09:39 PM
Chapter 2: The Set-Up

Part 3: Details… Details…

Once we got into the last few days before heading out, the excitement in the house had grown into a fever pitch. I’m pretty certain that everyone here understands this exactly. The anticipation of any great adventure can be greater then the results of the actual trip. Of course, that has never been true for us in relation to Disney travel, but it is possible to build up something in your mind to the point where no reality could ever match the fantasy. About the only “person” in our house that was not thrilled by the prospect was the cat. LB (which is short for Lard-Butt, one of his thirty or so given names), knows that when the suitcases come out of the closet, bad things happen (from his perspective anyway). Cats are pretty self-sufficient and if you put down extra food and plenty of water, they’ll be fine on their own for several days. Better then a week though is a bit long. I lined up someone to check on the critter a couple of times just to make sure that there was enough provisions and to be certain he hadn’t been throwing any wild parties whilst we were out. That took care of that little detail, but you can’t explain plans to cats. Needless to say, he basically remained paranoid and a bit whiney the whole time. He even made valiant attempts to thwart out packing operations.

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Next detail… the faithful chariot. Flying out of Charlotte is prohibitively expensive, so if we’re going anywhere, we’re driving. Tamara prefers to have fresh oil in the car prior to lengthy trips. Not a bad habit all things considered, and it was about time to get it done anyway. So I took a bit of time to have the oil and various filters changed. I passed up the opportunity to pay an additional 80 bucks for the “engine shampoo and flush service” though, but I did give ‘em credit for the creative name they’d applied to an otherwise bogus scam-service. After that I ran her through the wash, got the inside cleaned out real good and topped off the tank. Once the traveling DVD player was loaded up in the back, I had one more detail out of the way.

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I also took the Friday before we left off of work. I wouldn’t have accomplished a bloody thing anyway, so why not. The morning was spent mowing the yard and generally prepping the house. You know… the little things like getting all the dishes done and put away, clearing all garbage out of the house, shutting off power to any unnecessary appliances & gadgets, folding the last of the clothes and turning off the water supply to the washer… all that kind of preventative maintenance.

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The afternoon was for a bit of chilling and burning a few new mix CDs for the trip (radio station reception is unpredictable on the road and the DVD player interferes with the antenna anyway). When evening rolled around we headed out for a little bit of dinner (so no one would have to clean up that mess). Once we were back in the house it was just a matter of hauling most of the bags down the stairs, and loading up the trunk. Just before bed time I collected up all the paperwork for the trip, locked up all the credit cards and such that I didn’t want to carry and pulled the passports out of the fire box.

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Do remember to bring these little jewels with you if you’re going cruising. It is possible to go without them (under certain circumstances), but they just make the process of dealing with the various officials a whole heck of a lot easier.

That was the last thing on the prelaunch checklist. Now all that was left to do was get into bed and try to get some shuteye. Tomorrow was the start of the next great Disney adventure. I was as excited as a kid at Christmas, but also pretty bushed, so I didn’t figure I’d have too much trouble with that last detail (unless of course something or someone found it necessary to interrupt my slumber).




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afwdwfan
07-26-2011, 07:08 AM
That’s me! Seriously? I was quoted by one of the moderators… In the FAQ … Really?
A Moderator thought you had something useful to say!!! :thumbsup2 :rotfl2:

The fish extender thing looks like a cool concept! Kind of a nice way to help share some "Disney" magic with others.


I’m pretty certain that everyone here understands this exactly.
::yes::


LB (which is short for Lard-Butt, one of his thirty or so given names)
:lmao::rotfl2::rotfl: Are any of the other thirty names as good as this one?



I passed up the opportunity to pay an additional 80 bucks for the “engine shampoo and flush service” though
:scared1: Yeah, no way I'd pay for that. I agree that is an interesting name, but really???


I also took the Friday before we left off of work. I wouldn’t have accomplished a bloody thing anyway, so why not. The morning was spent mowing the yard and generally prepping the house.
Great plan! :thumbsup2

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
07-26-2011, 10:49 AM
A Moderator thought you had something useful to say!!! :thumbsup2 :rotfl2:


Go figure. I’d suspect it was the result of either a drinking binge or lingering insanity. Surely it ain’t ‘cause I said something useful… that just don’t happen.

The fish extender thing looks like a cool concept! Kind of a nice way to help share some "Disney" magic with others.


It can be fun if you don’t stress over it too much. Younger kids especially get a bit of a kick out it.

:lmao::rotfl2::rotfl: Are any of the other thirty names as good as this one?


Lets see…

Well first off “LB” also happens to be the abbreviation for “pound’ which just adds to the “Lard-Butt” theme. The pictures don’t show it, but at over eighteen LBs, this is actually a rather “large” house cat.

Since cats in general, don’t answer to names in the first place (they sense tone of voice, body language and established hierarchies in most “communication”), I don’t worry much about being constant with what I call them. A few of the monikers that this one has acquired in his life time include (but are not limited to):

“King Fuzz”
“Fur-Bomb”
“The Big Cat”
“Himself”
“His Royal Fatness”
“Chairman Meow”
“Ton-Boy”
“Stubb” – short for “stubborn as hell”
“Fuss” – in honor of his ability to put up quite the ruckus
“The Fat” - as opposed to “the cat”; Example: “So where has ‘The Fat’ gotten off to?”
“Doofenshmirtz”, “Doofus”, “Dumbski”, “Dumb-Sh**”… - all self-explanatory
“Meatloaf” – in honor of both the singer and the dish
“Grand Puddle of Fur”- what he resembles when sprawled out across the couch asleep
“Whodoo” - as in “Who Do you think you are?”
“Paperweight” – being as this is one of his distinct talents
“Number 4” – his position in the hierarchy of the house (which he’s trying to change)
“The Mighty Hunter” – pure sarcasm, because that’s one thing he aint


:scared1: Yeah, no way I'd pay for that. I agree that is an interesting name, but really???


Convincing you to pay for something foolish is their primary job.
They only do oil changes as a side line.

afwdwfan
07-26-2011, 03:42 PM
Lets see…

Well first off “LB” also happens to be the abbreviation for “pound’ which just adds to the “Lard-Butt” theme. The pictures don’t show it, but at over eighteen LBs, this is actually a rather “large” house cat.

Since cats in general, don’t answer to names in the first place (they sense tone of voice, body language and established hierarchies in most “communication”), I don’t worry much about being constant with what I call them. A few of the monikers that this one has acquired in his life time include (but are not limited to):

“King Fuzz”
“Fur-Bomb”
“The Big Cat”
“Himself”
“His Royal Fatness”
“Chairman Meow”
“Ton-Boy”
“Stubb” – short for “stubborn as hell”
“Fuss” – in honor of his ability to put up quite the ruckus
“The Fat” - as opposed to “the cat”; Example: “So where has ‘The Fat’ gotten off to?”
“Doofenshmirtz”, “Doofus”, “Dumbski”, “Dumb-Sh**”… - all self-explanatory
“Meatloaf” – in honor of both the singer and the dish
“Grand Puddle of Fur”- what he resembles when sprawled out across the couch asleep
“Whodoo” - as in “Who Do you think you are?”
“Paperweight” – being as this is one of his distinct talents
“Number 4” – his position in the hierarchy of the house (which he’s trying to change)
“The Mighty Hunter” – pure sarcasm, because that’s one thing he aint

:lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:
Some are rather obvious, but there's a lot of creativity there too! :thumbsup2

ntikos
07-26-2011, 03:55 PM
Thanks for the lessons on "Disney Cruise ships history" and "Fish Extenders"!

Really enjoying your report and looking forward to more!

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
07-27-2011, 11:55 AM
:lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:
Some are rather obvious, but there's a lot of creativity there too! :thumbsup2

Thanks,
Yah, there not all homeruns… actually “He who wishes he were obeyed” really earns ‘em more then I think of ‘em.

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
07-27-2011, 12:00 PM
Thanks for the lessons on "Disney Cruise ships history" and "Fish Extenders"!

Really enjoying your report and looking forward to more!

Your welcome!
I figured that TRs are a good outlet for the otherwise useless knowledge that tends to clutter up the space where my brain ought to be. I will generally warn you as to when I’m making a left turn story wise though so you’ll at least have a fighting chance at avoiding some of the really “non-Disney” tangents that I have a tendency to inflict on otherwise innocent bystanders.

As for enjoying more of the report… to quote the inimitable Chip Diller: “Thank you sir, may I have another!”

And so you shall.

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
07-27-2011, 12:11 PM
Chapter 3: The Hook

Part 1: The Journey Commences

Ring dang you… RING! Stupidhead alarmclock. Doesn’t this hunk of **** know that it’s supposed to sense when I’m already awake and go ahead and speed up time. I mean really? The wretched thing has no trouble at all racing through the fourth dimension and rousting me up from a sound and blissful sleep just so I can drag my sorry rump off to work. That bit of physics it can circumnavigate faster then Sheldon Cooper, but do I get the same courtesy on the day that I want to be up so that we can start a journey toward Florida. Noooooooo!

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Well enough’s enough. The sun was peaking up over the horizon, so I figured: to heck with it, time to get moving. There is an upside to being the one that wakes up first (the obvious downside being that you’re sleep deprived, but I digress), and it’s that you get to enjoy a little extra quite and see what ever amazing sites are around you with out much interference from the madding crowd. This would be a nice little benefit on a number of occasions in the coming days, but… right now… it just meant that I got to feed the cat and empty the dishwasher. Ehhh… so much for amazing scenery.

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But none of that mundane foolishness mattered this morning. We were leaving on an adventure today! Before long everyone else was stirring and the last few items were being stuffed in the last couple of bags. We actually did pretty well on the packing front. It’s easy to bring too much stuff when you’re going to be away from home for a while, but we got it all into a manageable number of bags and I was able to get all of them into the trunk of the car. I didn’t even have anything overflowing into the back seat or on the floor in the cabin. Cool!

By about 8:30, we’d made the last idiot check and were heading on down the road. Tamara decided to drive the first leg of the trip. Normally I do the bulk of the driving, but since it was going to be a good long trip, she wanted to help out. The only stipulation was that she got to drive first. This would prevent her form having to deal with unfamiliar roads, navigate the city of Jacksonville, or drive at night. None of these things bother me, so I took her up on the bargain and began the trip on the right-hand side of the car.

So from that perspective, let me reintroduce you to our cast of characters.

Our lovely chauffeur for the first watch
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The guy in the first class cabin
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And last and least: navigator… co-pilot… excess baggage… you’re choice.
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We were on the road. Officially! It was vacation time. There was nothing left that was going to spoil the moment or get in the way. Well.. I wasn’t always looking in the rearview mirrors, but there was certainly nothing that I could see while looking out the windshield that was going to cause any problems.



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GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
07-27-2011, 12:17 PM
Just because I’d once again like to roll the next post up to the top of the next page… We now present a couple of random Disney images that I don’t have a better place for at this time.

Enjoy! (or not…)

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GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
07-27-2011, 12:19 PM
Chapter 3: The Hook

Part 2: Interstate Blues

One of the benefits of riding (as opposed to driving) is that you actually get to see where you’re going. Yah… I know the driver is looking through the same windshield, but if you have the wheel in your hands then you’re focusing on the art of driving (or at least you ought to be). All the sites around you are just a blur of motion to which you ain’t paying attention (unless you actually want that truck to run you down of have that cop over there pull you out of line and subject you to a little bit of special attention). But form the passenger side, the same “view” looks totally different. Because you actually get to see it. Now, if we were riding on the Blue Ridge Parkway, or heading down US-17 on the coast, or up NC-12 in the Outerbanks, or along A1A in Florida, then this freedom to watch all the scenery would have been a real bonus. As it was… we were traveling via those long roads with capital “I” and a dash in their numeric designations. Vast stretches of homogenized sameness designed to move freight from point-A to point-B while simultaneously sucking the life out of every small town that was no longer on the way. The dream of every conniving land developer, the bane of every daily commuter, the stuff of traffic jam legends, we’re talking about the US Interstate system. I know that most of you (at least the ones that haven’t been glued to either a Gameboy or a DVD screen for the last sixteen years) already understand what I'm on about here. But just to drive home the concept, here’s a sample of how amazingly different the scenery is between my home and our central FLA destination.

First there is the enticing mix of evergreens and hardwoods that frame the wide lanes of I-77 through the Carolinas

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Not to be outdone, I-26 boasts a clear view of the roadway surrounded by a canopy of greenery made up of deciduous trees and conifers alike.

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Then there is the majestic expanse of I-95 cutting its way though a swath of verdant coastal forest in the SC Low-Country.

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Once in Georgia the view along I-95 changes dramatically as you enter the coastal plane with its prodigious growth of year-round greenery.

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But to be fair, I-95 doesn’t really start to shine until you are surrounded by the glorious mix of pine and coastal perennials that put the “flora” into Florida.

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OK… snap out of it. HAY… I said wake up! It’s not all that bad. Well… sometimes it is, but I’m not really being fair. There are a number of rather interesting things to see along the way. No, really. There actually are (and I’m not talking about the regular billboards for fireworks and “adult superstores”). As a for-instance: it’s not every stretch of road that boasts this particular view:

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That… is a retired USAF B-47 Stratojet. Here, I’ll reduce the speed from 75 to 0 so you can get a better look. You’ll find this bird (and much more) on display at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum in Pooler, GA.

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There are also a lot of really great views toward the southern end of the I-95 in GA. Especially as you start through the river inlets around the sea isles south of Brunswick. I don’t have any good photos of this area (as by this time, I was doing the driving and Tamara and Max were trying to catch a little after lunch shut eye), but the inlets in this area are grand sites. The smell coming off of some of the paper & pulp mills… not so much, but the visuals are excellent.

Of course there are several sites that will just miraculously lift you’re spirits right up out of the doldrums.
Like this one:

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The top sign I mean… the one on the bottom… ehhhh… I don’t have a dog in that fight, so it don’t matter to me. Oh, here’s a tip. Remember to pound out the melody to IASW on your car horn as you’re crossing over the St. Mary’s river at the FL/GA boarder. There’s a fellow DisDad living around there and he’d really appreciate hearing that particular tune (he’ll hunt me down for that one I’m sure, but I couldn’t resist).

Another great vista can be found by leaving the main road and taking FL-9A around Jacksonville (which is a good idea anyway). The bridge crossing over the St Johns at Dames point is absolutely spectacular, both as a structure and as a vantage point.

The first span of the bridge
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Jacksonville in the distance
(and off in the distance is a good place for it)
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But do keep one little thing in mind. If you let the road hypnotize you and stop paying attention to what you’re doing… you’ll very likely find yourself getting a close up and personal view of one of these ubiquitous highway landmarks:

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Y’all be careful out there… Ya’ hear.



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Grooovertoo
07-27-2011, 02:35 PM
Here’s what all was in the packets:

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…a couple of small door/fridge magnets (also our work) and here’s one example:

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…and a CD of various Caribbean/Sailing/Vacationing/Disney related tunes. A couple of other groups also gave out CDs, but since I did the artwork for one of them, I already knew what songs she was planning to use and could stay away from repeating those tunes at least. I was also able to capture recordings of the various ship’s horn calls and added them to the CD as well.

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On the up side, once you deliver all your gifts, you’ll have an extra bag left over into which you can cram all the flotsam and jetsam that you’ve collected up during your own exploits aboard the ship.


Love the ideas for the gifts. The pin is very cool and I was actually thinking of doing some magnets and putting together a CD too. Would you mind if I ask what was on your playlist? I’m putting together some ideas, but want to make sure it works.

And holy snieky!!!?:scared1: I was afraid we would need another suitcase just for the FE trinkets and you proved it…WOW!!!!

afwdwfan
07-27-2011, 02:49 PM
Stupidhead alarmclock. Doesn’t this hunk of ****
Kind of a deja vu moment with the cat thing.:lmao::rotfl2:


The wretched thing has no trouble at all racing through the fourth dimension and rousting me up from a sound and blissful sleep just so I can drag my sorry rump off to work.
:sad2: Isn't that the truth...


That bit of physics it can circumnavigate faster then Sheldon Cooper
:thumbsup2 Excellent reference!


It’s easy to bring too much stuff when you’re going to be away from home for a while, but we got it all into a manageable number of bags and I was able to get all of them into the trunk of the car. I didn’t even have anything overflowing into the back seat or on the floor in the cabin. Cool!
I would say I have no idea how you did it, but I'm sure Max's age helps. We can't leave home without... well... anything.:lmao::rotfl2:


Oh, here’s a tip. Remember to pound out the melody to IASW on your car horn as you’re crossing over the St. Mary’s river at the FL/GA boarder. There’s a fellow DisDad living around there and he’d really appreciate hearing that particular tune (he’ll hunt me down for that one I’m sure, but I couldn’t resist).
:scared1: I think somebody better get over to the DDC to announce the newest nemesis pairing. That's quite a brave move choosing Fed for a nemesis. :lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
07-27-2011, 03:19 PM
:thumbsup2 Excellent reference!


Thanks


I would say I have no idea how you did it, but I'm sure Max's age helps. We can't leave home without... well... anything.:lmao::rotfl2:


Been there… done that… have a huge collection of the souvenir cupie dolls.
It has taken time to teach the “Art of Less”, but we get better at it with each trip.
One of the best tricks is to say: “If we get there and you’re missing something you need, I’ll buy you a new one… with Mickey embroidered on it.”


:scared1: I think somebody better get over to the DDC to announce the newest nemesis pairing. That's quite a brave move choosing Fed for a nemesis. :lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

Naaaaa… Fed is a good ol’ Southern boy as well. But to be fair, y’all can use that same IASW trick on me as well. If you blast it out on I-77 at the NC/SC boarder, I’ll certainly hear you (wait a couple of miles till you get to Exit-85, and I’d be unable to avoid it)

petals
07-27-2011, 05:06 PM
I love the pic of your cat trying to hide out in the luggage. Fortunately (or unfortunately as if I was allowed the dogs would be coming across the atlantic as well) my dogs have yet to figure out the art of hiding in the luggage!

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
07-27-2011, 06:40 PM
Love the ideas for the gifts. The pin is very cool and I was actually thinking of doing some magnets and putting together a CD too. Would you mind if I ask what was on your playlist? I’m putting together some ideas, but want to make sure it works.

And holy snieky!!!?:scared1: I was afraid we would need another suitcase just for the FE trinkets and you proved it…WOW!!!!



"Holy Snieky!!!" :lmao: I like that one. I may have to quote you. That was one of the smaller suitcases we brought, but it was an entire suitcase. The space required will obviously vary with the volume and numbers of F/E gifts you need to bring along.

As for your question about the CD… I’d be glad to oblige.

Let me first make the following disclaimers about the tunes selected for this little venture. Disclaimer-1: we have a rather vast collection of Disney music from well warn standards, to modern remixes, to atmosphere music from the parks and attractions. Now a collection of this type is not uncommon for DisBoard members and most other Disney freaks. That fact coupled with the fact that I already knew what songs were going to be on at least one other CD being handed out on this cruise lead directly to our choice of theme and choice of songs for our offering. The theme chosen was to go with songs that fit either a Caribbean, island-ish, or dance music style. This leads me to Disclamer-2: those tunes chosen (mostly the dance stuff and especially the last one) are in no way to be seen as a reflection of my particular musical taste or be seen as an endorsement on my part for even being aloud to exist.

Now then… you’ve already seen the image from the front of the jewel case. Here’s the one that we put into the backside:


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and heres a slightly more readable version of that list:


When You Wish Upon a Star 1 (Ships horn)
Knee Deep (Zac Brown Band)
Get the Deck Party Started
Hot Hot Hot (Buster Poindexter)
When You Wish Upon a Star 2 (Ships horn)
A Whale of a Tale (Kirk Douglas from 20,000 Leagues)
Holiday (Jimmy Buffett)
Carefree Castaway Cay
A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes (Ships horn)
Kiss the Girl (Samuel E. Wright from Little Mermaid)
Best Years of Our Lives (Baha Men)
One Particular Harbour (Jimmy Buffett)
Conch Cooler Chill Out
An Actor's Life for Me (Ships horn)
Gilligan's Island (TV Theme Song)
Coco Jamboo (Rainer Gaffrey)
Bang the Drum All Day (Todd Rundgren)
A Pirate's Life for Me (Ships horn)
A Pirate's Life for Me (From the POTC Attraction-WDW)
Angelica (Hans Zimmer - POTC4 Movie soundtrack)
South of the Border Sunshine
Volcano (Jimmy Buffett)
Be Our Guest (Ships horn)
I Like It Like That (Manny Rodriguez)
Banana Wind - Instrumental (Jimmy Buffett)
Oh, I Love You So (Preston Smith)
Two Hornpipes - Tortuga (POTC1 Movie Soundtrack)
Swisskapolka (Swiss Family Treehouse Attraction-WDW)
It's a Small World (Ships horn)
Cha Cha Slide (William Perry)




Those tunes that do not list the composer or source, were pulled from a CD given to us by DCL as members of their Castaway Club. The ones marked “(Ships horn)“ are recordings of the actual Disney Dream’s horns, and if you’d like I can get you copies of those. The rest of ‘em are pretty self-explanatory and the order was designed to change the styles fairly frequently so as to keep the disk interesting on long car rides.

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
07-27-2011, 06:47 PM
I love the pic of your cat trying to hide out in the luggage. Fortunately (or unfortunately as if I was allowed the dogs would be coming across the atlantic as well) my dogs have yet to figure out the art of hiding in the luggage!

I understand completely. We’d love to be able to bring “Captain Hair-Ball” with us when ever we’re heading out on a long trip, but he does not travel well and hates change with a capital :eek:! Actually he was trying to prevent us from putting anything into the luggage. If I had closed the lid for even a second, he’d have completely wigged out. :lmao:

afwdwfan
07-28-2011, 08:59 AM
One of the best tricks is to say: “If we get there and you’re missing something you need, I’ll buy you a new one… with Mickey embroidered on it.”
I'll have to try that one... although I doubt it will work. Since it will only be the 3 of us, we're going to take the truck. I'm going to take all non-essential items out of the toolbox so we can put luggage in it, but I'm sure we'll have spillover into the bed.:lmao::rotfl2:

Naaaaa… Fed is a good ol’ Southern boy as well. But to be fair, y’all can use that same IASW trick on me as well. If you blast it out on I-77 at the NC/SC boarder, I’ll certainly hear you (wait a couple of miles till you get to Exit-85, and I’d be unable to avoid it)
I'll keep it in mind If I'm ever over in those areas, but we typically are driving down through GA.

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
07-28-2011, 09:37 AM
I'll have to try that one... although I doubt it will work. Since it will only be the 3 of us, we're going to take the truck. I'm going to take all non-essential items out of the toolbox so we can put luggage in it, but I'm sure we'll have spillover into the bed.:lmao::rotfl2:


This don’t work for very young kids (with them you have to bring all the paraphernalia in order to survive). It’s mostly a ploy I attempt to use on my DW. It’s a fairly safe bet because you really don’t need everything that you think you do (self included). If we get there and she really is missing something needed, then getting her a new one of what ever it was just adds to the trip, as every time the uses or wears said item, it will be a reminder. Besides I like doing too much for her in the first place.

She needs to be spoiled, and spoiled often and by someone who knows how…



I'll keep it in mind If I'm ever over in those areas, but we typically are driving down through GA.

Coming from Indiana, I wouldn’t be venturing off of I-75 either (unless I had a specific side destination in mind). If, however, you ever find occasion to head toward the NC/SC/GA coast line, just holler out.

Grooovertoo
07-28-2011, 11:01 AM
"Holy Snieky!!!" :lmao: I like that one. I may have to quote you. That was one of the smaller suitcases we brought, but it was an entire suitcase. The space required will obviously vary with the volume and numbers of F/E gifts you need to bring along.

As for your question about the CD… I’d be glad to oblige.

Let me first make the following disclaimers about the tunes selected for this little venture. Disclaimer-1: we have a rather vast collection of Disney music from well warn standards, to modern remixes, to atmosphere music from the parks and attractions. Now a collection of this type is not uncommon for DisBoard members and most other Disney freaks. That fact coupled with the fact that I already knew what songs were going to be on at least one other CD being handed out on this cruise lead directly to our choice of theme and choice of songs for our offering. The theme chosen was to go with songs that fit either a Caribbean, island-ish, or dance music style. This leads me to Disclamer-2: those tunes chosen (mostly the dance stuff and especially the last one) are in no way to be seen as a reflection of my particular musical taste or be seen as an endorsement on my part for even being aloud to exist.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! The track listing is very helpful. And I will not hold any of the listings against you. I hope the CD FE gift idea isn't too trite and that others will enjoy it too, did you find that?

Please use "Holy Snieky" to your hearts content. (I stole it form Cris Farley)
Our 3 cats do that too...we like to place one luggage out for them that we will not be using and load up all the rest.:laughing:

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
07-28-2011, 11:49 AM
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! The track listing is very helpful. And I will not hold any of the listings against you. I hope the CD FE gift idea isn't too trite and that others will enjoy it too, did you find that?



You’re welcome. We actually liked the CD’s we got from the other cruisers. The first thing we did when we got back to our car after the cruise was to plug those bad boys in.

petals
07-28-2011, 03:39 PM
I understand completely. We’d love to be able to bring “Captain Hair-Ball” with us when ever we’re heading out on a long trip, but he does not travel well and hates change with a capital :eek:! Actually he was trying to prevent us from putting anything into the luggage. If I had closed the lid for even a second, he’d have completely wigged out. :lmao:

My baby dog would probably take the stuff out as I put it in! The older one ain't to bothered so long as someone walks him... Last time we went away he smiled when kennels man came because he knew he was going for walkies and hadn't been out for ages as we'd been so busy. :rotfl: The pup hates travelling though and whines very loudly when he's put in the car!

IamTrike
08-02-2011, 07:53 AM
I'm really enjoying your trip report so far. DS and I even built your model Disney cruise ship this far. That may make you the proud owner of the first TR to give away real parting gifts. You are the Oprah of trip report writers.

The information on the big red boat was fascinating. It's amazing to see the many lives of a cruise ship.

Being on the western side of NC you miss the crown Jewel of I-95 in your drive. South of the Border is a very different view than the normal view of trees. Also I think you may have forgotten to mention that Georgia seems to find road construction the best improvement to their scenery.

Your information on F/E's was really good. Looks like you put together a pretty nifty package. The addition of the ships horn tracks to the CD is great. Where did you get those MP3's?

Captain_Oblivious
08-02-2011, 10:11 AM
Well, I'm back after my trip, and I can either catch up on work or read through your various updates. So I guess I'll start a couple of pages back...:rotfl2:

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
08-03-2011, 10:43 AM
I'm really enjoying your trip report so far. DS and I even built your model Disney cruise ship this far. That may make you the proud owner of the first TR to give away real parting gifts. You are the Oprah of trip report writers.


Oprah!!! :eek: Not so sure about that one. It’s not like I can say “read this… do that… don’t buy these…” and actually have an effect on the global economy.

But the important thing here is that I’m glad y’all are enjoying the trip so far.
Thanks for following along.


The information on the big red boat was fascinating. It's amazing to see the many lives of a cruise ship.


There is just something about ships in general that really gets into me. Can’t explain it, but I’m certain I missed my calling (of course had I actually gone to sea, I’d never have meet my DW and that would have been unacceptable).


Being on the western side of NC you miss the crown Jewel of I-95 in your drive. South of the Border is a very different view than the normal view of trees. Also I think you may have forgotten to mention that Georgia seems to find road construction the best improvement to their scenery.


Most defiantly! I know exactly of what you speak as it’s not far off our normal trip to and from the Myrtle Beach area, but when traveling to Fla… We don’t hit I-95 until it crosses I-26 well south of Padro’s. However I must agree that it is truly a site (more gaudy then amazing… but something that does need to be seen).

As for the construction in GA… you’re right to say that has been the case for better then a decade, but this last trip we didn’t encounter one work crew or any detours, so they may finally be about done.


Your information on F/E's was really good. Looks like you put together a pretty nifty package. The addition of the ships horn tracks to the CD is great. Where did you get those MP3's?

Thanks. We probably did too much, but it’s a lot of fun. As for the MP3s… back before the official Maiden voyage of the Dream, they did a two day press cruise to nowhere. During that sailing one of the things they did to show off the boat to the writers and travel agents was to roll through all the new horn calls during a party up on deck 11. Someone aboard recorded that demonstration and posted it up on YouTube. I found it there, ripped a copy of the video, cut the audio out of it and then chopped the dead spaces out and separated the individual calls. I’ve actually got those posted where they can be downloaded if you’re interested (hay another potential “parting gift”)



Well, I'm back after my trip, and I can either catch up on work or read through your various updates. So I guess I'll start a couple of pages back...:rotfl2:

I saw the pictures of the various DisDad meets you were able to put together… quite the accomplishment. I’m looking forward to reading about that trip myself. Welcome back home and hopefully you’ll find the foolishness I’ve posted since you left at least mildly entertaining.

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
08-03-2011, 10:48 AM
Chapter 3: The Hook

Part 3: Castillo de San Marcos

The time required to traverse the distance between my humble abode and the “Mecca” that is the Orlando/Canaveral Shore area (given the current speed limits on the highways, and the extent to which I’m willing to disregard them) is about eight-ish hours. As we’d gotten off to a fairly early start, the arrival of mid afternoon saw Jacksonville well in our rearview mirrors. From that point there was only a couple more hours’ drive time until we’d reach “The Cape”. That being the case, we were presented with an excellent opportunity to get off the interstate and cobble an additional diversion of some sort into the trip. The next town on the horizon happened to be St. Augustine, and being one of the oldest cities in the Americas, it offers several options for fulfilling that goal. The diversion we decided to partake of is a spot that the locals simply refer to as “The Fort”. What follows is both the next installment of my little TR and a Bonus Feature (because you’re going to get a little bit of history along with a good bit of photographic eye-candy).


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St. Augustine was founded in 1565 and is the oldest continuously inhabited colonial settlement in the US. Soon after establishing the town, the Spanish settlers erected the first of what would ultimately be nine different wooden forts for their own protection. The fact that they built nine of them, illustrates their apparent need for having one. But then again… it also clearly identifies the problem of building them of wood; that being the fact that their enemies were able to defeat and burn the blasted things. After better then a century of this ongoing urban construction project (city planning ani’t improved much in all this time now has it?), it finally occurred to someone that what was required was a better plan.

That better plan was to build a stat-of-the-art “star-fort” which would look out on the entrance to the harbor. They also wisely decided to build the thing out of something a smidgen less combustible. Construction began on the new fortification in 1672 and the original edifice was finally completed around 1695. The building material of choice this time around was a local variant of limestone that was formed from ancient sea shells. The Spanish name for this rock is “coquina” which translates to "small shells" (imagine that). They queried the stone on Anastasia Island and ferried it across the inlet to the site of the fort.

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This rock had a couple of things going for it. First and foremost, it didn’t burn (duh…). Better still was that when cannon balls struck it, the blocks would not shatter. Instead the fairly soft coquina walls more or less absorb any shot the struck them like a sponge absorbs water.

Once completed the Castillo was covered in “Argamasa” which is a bright white plaster made from a mixture of lime, sand and water. Brickdust was added to some of this plaster and that was used to cover the trim work and sentry towers. As built the fortress would have been as striking a site to the eye as it was imposing to the will.


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So successful was this outpost, that is was never taken by force. Surrender, however, is a different matter (be it either by treaty or a shear lack of personnel to man the facility). As such, these stone walls have stood silently for over three centuries and beneath five different flags.


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I suppose that’ll be enough of a history lesson for the time being. Now it was our turn to storm the fort. First we had to lay siege to the parking lot. Being a Saturday afternoon in the mid summer, open parking spots were in short supply. It took about three trips around the loop, but we finally were able to commandeer a space. If you choose to park on site, remember to bring some quarters for the parking meters. The current parking fee is $1 per hour, but there is also a city parking garage a couple of blocks away that does not charge for the privilege (and the exercise probably won’t kill ya’ either). The entire site is maintained by the National Park Service and they charge a $6 fee per adult, but young’ins 15 & under are free and… the ticket is good for the next seven days.


Now that we’d settled up with gate keeper, we were free to storm the battlements.

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If you show up during the weekend, you’ll very likely encounter a number of volunteer reinactors (and this was just the first of several that we would run across).

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This is the main gate that offers the final protection for the only opening in the main part of the fortress once you get past the drawbridges and the ravelin.

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OK… so what’s a Ravelin? It is one of the design elements of what is known as a “star fort” These forts are built with “bastions” (diamond shaped protrusion) at the corners and usually also have small triangular shaped mini-forts (the ravelins) that are detached from the main structure to guard the entrances (which are known as sallyports). The ravelins are also usually built within a moat that surrounds the rest of the structure and is connected to it only by drawbridges. The whole design is purpose built to make it easy for any of the fortress guns to be trained on any other part of the fort if necessary and thus protect itself from attack from virtually any direction. Below is an overhead shot of St Mark that will give you a good idea of how everything is laid out. The Spanish also had a habit of naming not only their forts, but also the major parts of the forts after saints so I included those lables in the image (which may help you get an idea of where you are as I’m talking about some of the pictures that will follow).

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During the Spanish colonial period, solders lived in town and manned the fort in shifts of around 24 hours at a time. As such most of the vaulted chambers built into the walls were for storage with only a few spaces reserved as barracks... like this one:

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And being humans, the solders were not above leaving behind a little bit of graffiti (actually, they’re still trying to translate this bit so feel free to dust off your ancient romance language skills and take a crack a it… myself, I suspect it’s a dirty joke)

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Taking it in – You’ll notice that all the windows are enclosed in bars. These were not put there to make the fort a prison, but since they were there… that is certainly something it would ended up being used for.

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A few views from inside the chapel (If you're going to name everything in the building after a saint, you’ll certainly need to have a chapel as well)

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A barracks space as it would have appeared during the British army’s tenure at the Castillo

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The Plaza (main court yard) from a couple different angles.

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The Ramp – This is the only direct access to the ramparts of the fort

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Apparently, it is possible to reserve parts of the grounds for gatherings and celebrations. While we were there, an outdoor wedding was just about to get under way.

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Here’s a view to the northeast across Baluarte San Carlos (St Charles’ Bastion)

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Members of the gunnery crew getting ready for a demonstration

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I actually caught this demonstration on a video, but… the wind noise on the small camera mike is so overpowering that you can’t really make out anything that is being said. I may post it later on, but I was really hopping for something better so that I could include a link to that vid within this part of the TR. Oh well… things don’t always go as planned.


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I believe that I've added about as many pictures as I’m allowed to cram into a single post so I guess it’s about time I closed out this section of the tour. If you folks will kindly wait right here for just a moment or two while I do a little bit of paperwork, I’ll be right back to begin the second half of our excursion in just a minute.

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GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
08-03-2011, 10:52 AM
Chapter 3: The Hook

Part 4: The Ramparts of Fort Marion

Welcome to Fort Marion!

OK… what happened to the Castillo de San Marcos?

Well… when the British took control of the place they, like the Spaniards before them, referred to this little slice of heaven as Fort St Mark. The Americans, however, would have none of it. We changed it to Fort Marion in honor of Revolutionary War general Francis Marion (of South Carolina no less). It kept that name for nearly a century before the facility was finally retired and turned over to the Park Service in the 1930s. The original name was not revived until 1942 by an act of congress to honor of the Spanish heritage of the site and the entire state of Florida.

Mean while back at the ranch… errrr… I mean fort… we left our traveling party just after they… we… had made it up to the ramparts along the top of the fort. We’ll now return you there to continue the tour already in progress…


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Here’s a cast bronze mortar looking northwest over the Vigia (watchtower) on the Baluarte San Pablo (St Paul’s Bastion)

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…and some of the details from that cast bronze mortar

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The amount of craft work that went into casting bronze cannons raises them into the realms of art (deadly art… but art none the less). There were several collections of other guns from the Spanish period spread about the fort. This group was situated on the western ramparts between the two bastions on that side of the Castillo.

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This image is looking southeast across the ravelin from the Baluarte San Padro (St Peters’s Bastion). The Bridge of Lions and the St Augustine Light can be seen in the distance.

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A couple of shots looking southeast from Baluarte San Augustin toward the Bridge of Lions

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A gunner’s eye view - this time looking southwest from the Baluarte San Augustin back toward town. In the distance is Flagler Collage.

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A close up of the plaque on the gun in the previous picture.

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There are a couple of interesting things going on in that last picture. First the piece was captured during the Mexican-American war and is not original to the fort. Many of the guns at the Castillo were actually from other theaters of operation, but they date form the Spanish colonial period so the Park Service displays them here. This is not uncommon as each time the fort changed hands the new occupant would certainly have confiscated and moved any useful armament left behind. The other interesting thing here is that the gun had already been in use for over a hundred years when it was taken (not uncommon for smoothbore cannons).


And… here’s another archeological find (I’m referring to the fossil in-between the gun and the boy)

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Here are several views of the main signal tower on St Charles’ bastion

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The Vigia on the corner of the Baluarte San Augustin. This is the only one of the three smaller watchtowers that you can enter. They are tight to say the least. Bit you’d feel pretty safe standing guard in on of these bad boys.

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The Shot Furnace – When the US took control of the fort after acquiring Florida, we filled in part of the moat on the east side to add an additional costal defense battery. The furnace you see here was also built at that time and was used to heat the cannon balls that were to be fired, thus creating “Hot Shots”. When these struck a sailing ship, the intense heat of the shots would not only damage the vessel, but start fires where ever it came to rest.

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Examples of the flags that have flown over the Castillo de San Marcos during its three hundred odd years of existence

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On the way back to the car we snapped a few more images from around the fort. Here’s a good shot of the main section of the bridge

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The St Augustine Lighthouse across the inlet on Anastasia Island.

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This is one of the better maintained lights on the east coast and you can clime to the top if you’re in the mood (I’ve actually done this on a prior trip and it’s quite the clime I assure you, but the view is spectacular).


And lastly… here are a couple of very nice views (if I say so myself) of the “Black Raven” approaching the Castillo.

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This ship is used for pirate shows and tours. It sails out of the St. Augustine Municipal Marina just south of the Bridge of Lions on the bayfront. Reviews vary widely, but they offer a number of different types of adventures including over-21 excursions and even a dinner cruise.


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Well, that concludes our tour of “one ancient fort”. From here we headed back toward the highway to continue on our journey toward an encounter with “one fine new ship”. I’ll be putting together that last section of our traveling day and I think I feel another bonus feature coming on as well. But, for now y’all can just take a break… rest your eyes… grab ya’ a little snack form the icebox… and we’ll catch up with you again in just a little bit…

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afwdwfan
08-03-2011, 11:53 AM
(because you’re going to get a little bit of history along with a good bit of photographic eye-candy).
It wouldn't be a GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes TR without it!

And lastly… here are a couple of very nice views (if I say so myself) of the “Black Raven” approaching the Castillo.
Is the Black Raven a distant relative to the Black Pearl? :confused3

Interesting history lesson about the Fort. Thanks! :thumbsup2

I'm sure the pictures are good as well, but I'll have to check them out sometime later when I'm at home.

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
08-03-2011, 12:10 PM
It wouldn't be a GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes TR without it!


Guilty as charged. :rotfl:

Is the Black Raven a distant relative to the Black Pearl? :confused3

Interesting history lesson about the Fort. Thanks! :thumbsup2


Likely… They are certainly riding the wakes left behind by those successful movies. One reviewer noted that they were greeted on board by first mate “Jaclyn Sparrow” and that the garbs being sported by the various members of the crew were like snapshots from the movies.
:rolleyes:

I'm sure the pictures are good as well, but I'll have to check them out sometime later when I'm at home.

Peanut-butter fire walls. :mad:

Captain_Oblivious
08-03-2011, 12:29 PM
Nice job on the Castillo de San Marcos report! My DS and I were just there in May and had a great time exploring it. It was kind of funny to see all the similar pictures we took! I remember taking a shot of the flags hanging inside and thinking "Hey, here's a unique one..." :rotfl2:

Did you get to see the Old Town at all? Some neat little buildings here and there. But the fort is definitely the highlight.

IamTrike
08-03-2011, 12:57 PM
I'd definitely be interested in links to those MP3s if you have them posted somewhere.

The information on the fort at St. Augustine was great. It made for a very good lunch time read. We've seen signs for the fort when driving down, and I've always thought it would be a neat place to see but we usually wind up stopping at the historic St. Augustine outlet malls instead. :confused3

The information about fort design was really interesting.

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
08-03-2011, 01:17 PM
Nice job on the Castillo de San Marcos report! My DS and I were just there in May and had a great time exploring it. It was kind of funny to see all the similar pictures we took! I remember taking a shot of the flags hanging inside and thinking "Hey, here's a unique one..." :rotfl2:


Thanks! I suspect that most folk’s pictures of the fort are very similar. I try to look at things from different angles and perspectives, but I’d really need to be able to spend more then a couple of hours on site (and several trips back would probably be better).


Did you get to see the Old Town at all? Some neat little buildings here and there. But the fort is definitely the highlight.

I’ve seen it before, but that was a l-o-n-g time back. We’d loved to have spent a more time in St. Augie but this time around it was just a quick side trip. I’m going to make an effort to stop a various places on the way down from now on (if we can get out of the house early enough) so more exploration of Old Town is on the list. I suppose that I could also hit other stops on the way home as well, but that would mean having to leave Disney earlier on the last day of a trip (and that probable ain’t goin'a happen).

I'd definitely be interested in links to those MP3s if you have them posted somewhere.


Glade to oblige! I’ll see if I can’t dig those up for you when I get back to the house this evening and I’ll post them back here.

The information on the fort at St. Augustine was great. It made for a very good lunch time read. We've seen signs for the fort when driving down, and I've always thought it would be a neat place to see but we usually wind up stopping at the historic St. Augustine outlet malls instead. :confused3

The information about fort design was really interesting.

Thanks. I rather like the kind of stuff that put most folks directly to sleep back when we were in school. How we got to be who we are is pretty fascinating. The trick is to find a way to sneak actual facts into a sentence that is otherwise masquerading as entertainment. All the better teachers I ever encountered understood that and were the ones that made the lasting impressions.

We also hit the outlet malls on the way back out to the highway. We looked through the Disney Outlet in particular in hopes of finding anything interesting that we might be able to enjoy on the ship, but alas… despite the amount of inventory, there really wasn’t any “there” there. Nothing really stood out as being worth having.

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
08-03-2011, 09:37 PM
Bonus Feature 4:

Blow That Horn




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I had a request to share the recordings I had of the various ship’s horn calls that can currently be heard aboard the Disney Dream.

Share I can… so share I shall.
Just click on the links below to download each horn call.


When You Wish Upon a Star (1st Phrase)
http://www.mediafire.com/?a5o9oqrke0wkce8

When You Wish Upon a Star (2nd Phrase)
http://www.mediafire.com/?xis9i5flnsniaor

A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes
http://www.mediafire.com/?rgt8a28avcwa11u

Yo Ho Yo Ho (A Pirates Life For Me)
http://www.mediafire.com/?y23ilkkqzq8jh4w

Be Our Guest
http://www.mediafire.com/?2tkxq5ac2lfqbga

Hi Diddle De De (An Actors Life For Me)
http://www.mediafire.com/?7wr6k4sbtvhg6q5

It’s a Small World
http://www.mediafire.com/?d912666qwo5uqxz

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
08-08-2011, 09:27 AM
Bonus Feature 5:

Vexillology





It’s time for a left turn into Bonus Feature Land. As I’ve done in the past, I am now giving you fair warning that what is about to transpire within the confines of this post has nothing to do with Disney (or even our 2011 trip for that mater). However, I have also posted the last section of our traveling day right below this one, so you can just scroll on down and pick back up on the relevant action with no farther loss of life, limb or sanity. Why do I do this? Can’t really say. I guess I’m just trying to get some of this useless junk out of my head. Y’all just happen to be in the line of fire, and I do apologize for that, but then again, it’s why I certainly don’t mind if you move on.




For those that have foolishly chosen to stay with me here on today’s episode of “You Bet Your Life”… the secret word for the day is: Vexillology.

Which-a-what-a-ology?


Vexillology (and before you say it… it’s not the study of things that piss you off). The inspiration for this diversion into my broken thought process can be found prominently toward the end of the previous TR installment. Specifically… these two pictures right here:

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Vexillology is derived from the Latin word “vexillum”, meaning 'flag', and flags are one of the many, many unforgivably nerdy things that fascinate me. Color, symbolism, imagery, history, controversy… flags have a lot of things going for them. It’s really amazing to think that a piece of cloth can raise so much passion and fervor that folks will come to blows over them. The subject can easily grow into encyclopedic scales so for the sake of relative brevity, I’ll try to limit the discussion to the banners that you see in my inspiration photos. But first (and you’d expect no less from me) a little bit of background.

A vexillum was a flag-like object used in the Classical Era of the Roman Empire. The word is itself is a diminutive of “velum” which means: sail, and as such, these “vexilla” were quite literally "little sails".

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These bits of cloth were draped from a horizontal crossbar suspended from a staff. The rod was usually toped with a finial and adorned with other important objects as well (often pertaining to past battles and campaigns). The vexillum were the symbolic representations of individual Roman army units and for that reason they were treasured objects and were closely defended at all times. This form of symbolism was adopted by other military orders over time, but the banners themselves are now normally fastened to the side of a pole and allowed to flutter freely. These symbols also led to the development of Heraldry in the Middle Ages as a method of identifying families, individuals and allegiances. Heraldic rules and principals are also the driving force behind the design of most modern flags.

Well… That’s enough history for now, so how about a little bit of terminology. The little representation below gives you a quick understanding of most of the descriptive terms used in the flag world.

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The “hoist is the edge nearest the pole, and the “fly” is the edge farthest out. The “canton” is the upper left corner and is generally considered a position of honor. Any additional symbols that appear on a flag are called either a “badge” or a “blazon” (both heraldic terms) and their positioning is often highly symbolic.

Now then… back to the Castillo. It is said that the Castillo de San Marcos has served under five flags and those are the ones that I’m going to focus on here. So… why are there actually six flags in the photographs? Well the Park Service has chosen to display both the first and the last versions of the US flag to be used while the fort was an actual military installation. I’ll discuss those at length later on, but it’s better to start at the beginning. So here we go…


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Cruz de Borgoña
(“The Cross of Burgundy”)

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As Spaniards built the fort, it follows that their flag was the first to fly over it (and actually still does so to this day).

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The Burgundy Cross is based on the heraldic coat of arms used by Philip I, Duke of Burgundy. The X-shaped cross symbolized the rough branches of the trees on which Saint Andrew (the patron saint of Burgundy among other places) was crucified. In 1516 the duke’s son ascended to the thorn of Spain and became Charles I of Spain. At that time Charles adopted the arms of his family as a national standard. Versions of this flag were used primarily aboard Spanish ships and came to represent Spanish rule in Florida until the mid 1700s. Ultimately, it would be replaced not for political reasons, but for practical ones (but I’ll get into that more a little later on).


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The Union Flag

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As part of the treaty resolving the “Seven Years War”, Britain gained all of Spanish Florida in exchange for returning Havana and Manila to Spain. When they took control of the Castillo in 1763, The Union Flag was the symbol on the empire. This flag is actually mad up of two older separate flags laid on top of each other. The Cross of St. George (patron saint of England) used in combination with the Blue and white Scottish Cross of St. Andrew.

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If you’ve ever seen the current flag use by the UK (which is likely), then as you look at the Union flag, you’ll probably notice that it seems like something is missing. You’d also be correct n that feeling. After Ireland was added to the United Kingdom in the early nineteenth century, the Red Cross of St Patrick was added to the Union Jack and supplies it’s modern appearance.

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La Bandera de España

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The treaty that ended the American Revolution also ended the British tenure at the Castillo, and in 1784 Spanish troops returned to St Augustine. But a year later they would lower the Burgundy Cross for the last time and raised a very different flag over the fort. Charles III chose a new Spanish national flag in 1785. Partly as a break form past royal houses, and partly for a more practical reason. Specifically: for ease of recognition at a distance. This is actually no small detail. When you are trying to identify a ship or a group of solders trough the lens of a telescope, and the basic design of the flag used by both your enemy and yourself happens to be a reddish cross dominating a white field, you’ve got a potential problem. The new national colors of Spain immediately separated it from the other major powers. This basic design has remained in use as the symbol of España since then, but it would not be the last colors to fly over the fortress.


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The 23 Star Banner

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This was the flag of the land when the United States took control of Florida in early 1821. As such, it’s the first American flag to fly over the Castillo. Being as this flag represents my home (and is one of the most recognized on Earth), I’m going to spend a bit more time on it.

When the American Revolution began, the new nation did not have an official flag of any type. This is the kind of thing that now gets thought out even before actual conflicts arise, but for the folks in Philadelphia, this detail just didn’t make it up to the top of the list. For military people however… this kind of thing is crucial. Banners identify individual units, mark where the leadership can be found, and provide for pride and heightened moral amongst the regular troops. Early on, General Washington used a blue flag with thirteen stars to represent his headquarters.

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At about that same time, American seaman needed a flag to identify themselves as well (especially since flying no flag would get your ship attacked by friend and foe alike as a pirate vessel or worse yet a spy ship). They chose to alter a striped flag that was in use at the time by the Dutch East India Company (but was never flown outside of the Indian Ocean). There were a number of versions of this striped flag in use, but for obvious reasons, the one chosen was cut down to thirteen stripes and then emblazoned with a snake (taken from a popular political drawing from the time).

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Sometimes called the “Rebellious Strips, sometimes called the “Culpepper Flag”, it’s most common name is taken from the phrase embroidered along the bottom; “Don’t Tread On Me”

So now you’d think that arriving at the actual US flag was just simply a matter of mashing these two examples together. Well… not quite. There was another major influence to be considered first. This one:

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The “White Ensign” is probably the most famous flag in recorded history. It is the symbol of the Royal Navy and therefore the most recognized symbol of British power. It has also wielded great influence on many other flag designs through out the world (empires will do things like that). When the Continental Congress finally got around to designing a flag for the fledgling nation, they actually started with this one. They left the “Union Jack” in the canton to represent our heritage as being primarily English. But they replaced the rest with the rebellious stripes (less the snake).

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Know as the “Grand Union”, this is the first official national banner. There was also another practical reason for this design. All you had to do to make one was to acquire a White Ensign (and they were quite common), and then just sew on additional red stripes. It was only later on as calls for a complete break with Mother England continued to rise, when the thirteen stars favored by Washington’s armies would replace the Union.


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The First National

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It is impossible to deal with US history and ignore the Civil War. Our founding would leave us no choice but to fight it later and in truth it still affects our culture today. The new government in Richmond chose a pattern of the first flag of the American Confederacy (without a formal vote) in March 1861 just prior to the start of the actual conflict. This direct variation on the US flag was affectionately referred to as The "Stars and Bars", but ironically it would not receive it official name until after the decision to replace it. The development of the confederate flag and its ramifications is also a fascinating subject, but only the First National ever flew over St. Augustine, so I’ll save that story for another time. The US Army pulled out of Florida once the state succeeded in early 1861, but Union forces retook the Castillo in March of 1862. Confederate forces pulled out of the area when they received word that US Navy ships were entering the bay. Specifically, the USS Wabash:

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(You had to know that I’d find a way to squeeze a picture of a ship into this post somewhere)

Local leaders had no choice but to surrender in order to preserve the town. Fort Marion would remain in Union hands and serve as a prison for the rest of the conflict.



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The 45 Star Banner

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When the Castillo returned to US Army control in 1862, there were 34 stars in the canton. By the end of the conflict there’d be 35 and only a few months later it would rise again to 36. When the fort was finally decommissioned for the last time there were 45 stars nestled within the union field and that is the sixth flag on display at the Castillo.

The rules for adding stars to the Flag of the United States are fairly straightforward. Once a territory is accepted into the union, a star is officially added to the flag on the following 4th of July. Depending on when a state was accepted the wait for its star could be anywhere from a few days to nearly a year. This trick of the calendar has created some fairly rare versions of the flag. A good example of this occurred in 1959 when Alaska entered the union on January 3rd (prior to the 4th) and Hawaii on August 21st. As a result the 26th version of our national flag contained 49 stars and was flown for only one year.

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If you ever see a photograph with that bad boy fluttering in the breeze, you can date it very specifically. There’s a bit of trivia that you can win a bet with or tuck into your next spy novel as a major clue. The 27th and current version of our national standard has been flying since July 4th, 1960, longer then any other variant in US history.

For most of our flag’s history there were no precise rules governing the arrangement of the stars within the canton. This has lead to some interesting variations on the theme, but in general, an arrangement of rows and columns as evenly spaced as possible has been the excepted rule. Since 1912 however, (with the establishment of the 48 star flag), the star arrangement has been part of the same executive order that would establish each new version. In fact, there is already an official arrangement of stars waiting in the wings just in case one of our territories decides to join the union (or California, Washington, Pennsylvania or Florida finally decide to break into multiple states). If one of these events ever occurs, then on the next Independence Day, we’ll not just be grilling burgers; drinking beer and setting off fireworks… we’ll also be raising a glass in honor of a new flag. And it’ll very likely look like this:

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GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
08-08-2011, 09:28 AM
Chapter 3: The Hook

Part 5: Welcome to the Rad

We… well, more correctly… I… could easily have stayed around the Castillo a good bit longer. But, it was getting late and we did have other fish to fry (and had I left a couple of filets in a skillet setting on the dashboard, they’d have been well done by time we got back to the car). Once we let the A/C run at full blast for a few minutes, the car was one again safe for human occupancy and we started backtracking toward the interstate.

On the way the decision was made to stop at the outlet shops along the frontage road. We’d long heard tales about a mythical Disney Outlet in this location and wanted to see if there was any truth to the rumor. I’m glad to report that in this case, the rumormongers are correct… the thing does exist (I’ve seen it). I will also say that this shop certainly had a lot more to choose from then I can find in the outlet near where I live. The prices weren’t too bad either (comparatively). That being said, we just didn’t run across anything that any of us felt compelled to spend a buck on. Ehhhh… win some… loose some.

With the outlets explored… we jumper back onto Ol’ Number 95 and continued the journey southward. A bit of rain was encountered (I’d have been stunned if that weren’t the case), but no other serious traffic or driving problems materialized the rest of the evening.

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Being as we’ve traveled this path many times before (and almost always heading toward the same destination), actually driving past the exit leading to I-4 was a rather jarring experience. It was almost like we were heading off into uncharted territory.


Here Thar be Dragons!

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We made one more stop a little bit farther down the way for some dinner and then succeeded in hitting the round a bout onto FL-528 just as the sun was setting.

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Across the Indian River inlet onto Merritt Island and then over the Banana River inlet onto The Cape itself

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We’re here! We’re here! The final destination for the day: the Radisson at Port Canaveral. This is a nice place. It’s close to the terminals and they offer long-term parking and shuttle services for cruisers. The rooms are in excellent condition as well. Our room also boasted an interesting feature… “Sleep Number” beds. Don’t know if you’ve ever encountered these contraptions, but the idea is that you can adjust the “firmness” of the mattress to suite you. I thought they were a bit strange (especially if you happen to sit down on one that is set to a very soft setting). Structurally, it’s kind’a like stuffing an air mattress into a regular one, but they slept well enough. As for the rest of the hotel, it is meticulously maintained and a joy to walk around. The pool is themed as well as anything at Disney and there are other amenities to keep you busy if you plan to stay a while. On this trip we were basically just spending the night, but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t take a pile of pictures. I figured that y’all would at least like to take a gander at the place, and the better images serve to remind me of several reasons to return (and I will be back here for longer stays…on that… you can count). So anyway… in so much as I did take the pictures (and being as pictures are generally the main point of a TR in the first place) I’ll now be inflicting them on y’all (with limited commercial interruption). So here we go…

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Nice place ‘eh? Y’all just keep flipping through those for a bit while I get started on the next chapter
(remember… tomorrow is sailing day).



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afwdwfan
08-08-2011, 10:12 AM
the secret word for the day is: Vexillology.
So is this like Pee-Wee's playhouse where we're supposed to scream real loud whenever you say that word?:confused3

Vexillology (and before you say it… it’s not the study of things that piss you off).
I kind of like that definition though. :lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:


But, it was getting late and we did have other fish to fry (and had I left a couple of filets in a skillet setting on the dashboard, they’d have been well done by time we got back to the car).
Yeah, but there aren't enough rearview mirror Christmas tree air fresheners in the world to take care of the after effects.:rolleyes1


the thing does exist (I’ve seen it).
Pictures or it didn't happen. (though for all I know it might be inside of one of those red X's that I'm seeing here from work):lmao:

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
08-08-2011, 10:49 AM
So is this like Pee-Wee's playhouse where we're supposed to scream real loud whenever you say that word?:confused3


Wooooow… I am old! :eek:

We officially have encountered one of them there generation gap thingies. I was originally thinking of a game show that was hosted by Groucho Marx (it was recorded in the 50s but I saw it on reruns in the early 70s). I get the PeeWee reference, but honestly, I’ve never seen that show. All that being said… I like the idea, so feel free to holler out every time you see the word Vexillology (no more often then you’ll run across it in normal conversation, I think we’re all safe going with that one :rolleyes:).


I kind of like that definition though. :lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:


I thought you might.


Yeah, but there aren't enough rearview mirror Christmas tree air fresheners in the world to take care of the after effects.:rolleyes1


Good point. I think I’ll leave that actual experiment for the “reporters” on one of the Fluffy Newscasts. :lmao:


Pictures or it didn't happen. (though for all I know it might be inside of one of those red X's that I'm seeing here from work):lmao:


Big Red X Syndrome (I hate fire walls)
nope… didn’t think to take a snap of that. Which means that it has returned to mythical status. :3dglasses

But I tell ya’… I done seen it. Here now, just wait a second while I take my shirt off and put a baseball cap on backward… now where was I… Oh yah… It was right over yonder there and there was a sasquatch standing right out in front of it, and as we was a leavin’ I saw these bright shiny disk like things just a floating directly over the building… and… and… and… then they were gone! Hay, somebody throw me a beer out of the cooler! Like I was sayin’… I mean just like that… they just shot straight up and I know there ain’t no airplane, can do stuff like that, so they had to be from New Mexico or some other place that’s in outer space. Oh, and they stomped this really crazy design into the grass on there at the edged of the parking lot… like… like… like those crop circle things that they got’s goin’ on over thar in England. Yah… it was just like that an’ ya’ know that you can trust me on this one, cause I don’t believe nothing unless’n one a my buddies reads it to me out of the Enquirer ya’ know...

afwdwfan
08-08-2011, 11:12 AM
Wooooow… I am old! :eek:

We officially have encountered one of them there generation gap thingies. I was originally thinking of a game show that was hosted by Groucho Marx (it was recorded in the 50s but I saw it on reruns in the early 70s). I get the PeeWee reference, but honestly, I’ve never seen that show. All that being said… I like the idea, so feel free to holler out every time you see the word Vexillology (no more often then you’ll run across it in normal conversation, I think we’re all safe going with that one :rolleyes:).
:lmao::rotfl2: Sorry. That was required weekly viewing for me every Saturday morning from probably the mid-80's to early 90's. Definitely in there between your formative years and Max's.

I thought it was a great show when I was probably between the ages of 5 - 10. I haven't seen it since so it may be annoying and excruciatingly painful to watch now that I'm grown up for all I know. Then again, cheesy puns and gags still do make me laugh.:lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

But I tell ya’… I done seen it. Here now, just wait a second while I take my shirt off and put a baseball cap on backward… now where was I… Oh yah… It was right over yonder there and there was a sasquatch standing right out in front of it, and as we was a leavin’ I saw these bright shiny disk like things just a floating directly over the building… and… and… and… then they were gone! Hay, somebody throw me a beer out of the cooler! Like I was sayin’… I mean just like that… they just shot straight up and I know there ain’t no airplane, can do stuff like that, so they had to be from New Mexico or some other place that’s in outer space. Oh, and they stomped this really crazy design into the grass on there at the edged of the parking lot… like… like… like those crop circle things that they got’s goin’ on over thar in England. Yah… it was just like that an’ ya’ know that you can trust me on this one, cause I don’t believe nothing unless’n one a my buddies reads it to me out of the Enquirer ya’ know...
:lmao::rotfl2::rotfl::lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:
Not to go OT on you, but this reminded me of a show I saw on Shark Week last week. "When Fish Attack 3." These guys caught a Black Tip shark and were taking turns getting pictures with it. This guy has his shirt off, a beer in one hand and just picks the shark up by the tail with the other hand. Being that a shark can bend almost in half, I don't think I need to explain what happened next. :lmao::rotfl2:

Oh, the entertainment that can be provided by those who don't think.

Captain_Oblivious
08-08-2011, 11:42 AM
That pool area at the Radisson looks very nice. I can see how that would be a great spot to hole up for the night.

I can also see how it would feel really, really weird not to take that I-4 exit!

Vexillology (and before you say it… it’s not the study of things that piss you off).

I kind of like that definition though. :lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

Me too! :lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

Then again, cheesy puns and gags still do make me laugh.:lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

I knew you were reading Barry's TR for a reason. :thumbsup2

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
08-08-2011, 12:48 PM
:lmao::rotfl2: Sorry. That was required weekly viewing for me every Saturday morning from probably the mid-80's to early 90's. Definitely in there between your formative years and Max's.

I thought it was a great show when I was probably between the ages of 5 - 10. I haven't seen it since so it may be annoying and excruciatingly painful to watch now that I'm grown up for all I know. Then again, cheesy puns and gags still do make me laugh.:lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:


Not a problem. I’m reminded of my ever expanding vintage on a regular basis. Like I said, I liked your reference; I just didn’t get there naturally. As for the things I watched on Saturday morning… Ugh! Some of that dreck is beyond unwatchable when viewed through adult eyes. It’s no wonder that my dad would walk through the living room on those mornings, stop for just a moment to see what we were staring at, then shake his head and silently walk out of the room. I sure it was the same look I gave Max as he was watching Pokemon :sad2:


:lmao::rotfl2::rotfl::lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:
Not to go OT on you, but this reminded me of a show I saw on Shark Week last week. "When Fish Attack 3." These guys caught a Black Tip shark and were taking turns getting pictures with it. This guy has his shirt off, a beer in one hand and just picks the shark up by the tail with the other hand. Being that a shark can bend almost in half, I don't think I need to explain what happened next. :lmao::rotfl2:

Oh, the entertainment that can be provided by those who don't think.

Cool! My neighbors made the cut! I knew that there was a film crew knocking on the doors around here, but they got so many “Hay y’all… watch this” type stories, that they said they couldn’t use them all. I’ll have to go down the street and congratulate them. :rolleyes:

Actually, that story reminds me of one I herd from Jeff Foxworthy about a beaver biting off some guys nipple. :lmao:


I can also see how it would feel really, really weird not to take that I-4 exit!


It was a true Twilight Zone moment. :scared1:





Me too! :lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:


I sent that one in to Webster, but I ain’t heard back from them yet (I think they’re ignoring me).
:rolleyes1


I knew you were reading Barry's TR for a reason. :thumbsup2

You’d expect less from DisDad TRs? Useless off topic info from mine, really “cheesy” puns form Barry’s; seems to me that those are major qualifications for be a DisDad in the first place. :lmao:

Captain_Oblivious
08-08-2011, 01:09 PM
You’d expect less from DisDad TRs? Useless off topic info from mine, really “cheesy” puns form Barry’s; seems to me that those are major qualifications for be a DisDad in the first place. :lmao:

Well, I figured the puns were Barry's domain. None of the rest of us would ever stoop so low as to put stupid jokes in our TR's. :rolleyes1

Oh, who am I kidding? Wherever you can find a DisDad, stupid jokes won't be far behind. :thumbsup2

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
08-08-2011, 01:19 PM
Well, I figured the puns were Barry's domain. None of the rest of us would ever stoop so low as to put stupid jokes in our TR's. :rolleyes1

Oh, who am I kidding? Wherever you can find a DisDad, stupid jokes won't be far behind. :thumbsup2


Can I get an amen form the choir?

:lmao: :lmao: :lmao:

afwdwfan
08-08-2011, 01:27 PM
Actually, that story reminds me of one I herd from Jeff Foxworthy about a beaver biting off some guys nipple. :lmao:
That is a classic!:lmao::rotfl2::rotfl: And it made me think of it too.:thumbsup2


You’d expect less from DisDad TRs? Useless off topic info from mine, really “cheesy” puns form Barry’s; seems to me that those are major qualifications for be a DisDad in the first place. :lmao:
Seems to be the case.

None of the rest of us would ever stoop so low as to put stupid jokes in our TR's. :rolleyes1
Absolutely not! And then there are some who can't come up with their own material and have to use lines from movies instead. :rolleyes1

Oh, who am I kidding? Wherever you can find a DisDad, stupid jokes won't be far behind. :thumbsup2
::yes::

Can I get an amen form the choir?

:lmao: :lmao: :lmao:
AMEN!

Captain_Oblivious
08-08-2011, 03:15 PM
Absolutely not! And then there are some who can't come up with their own material and have to use lines from movies instead. :rolleyes1

You'd have to be truly desperate to reach that low.

FreezinRafiki
08-08-2011, 03:33 PM
Hey, did I hear my name?



Running short on time (dang work), motivation (dang work) and general will to do anything but stare at my wall until quitting time today (dang...well, I'm sure you can guess).

Anyway, I loved the Vexillology lesson. Fascinating stuff. :thumbsup2

And wouldn't you guess - I just checked the website for the Radisson for the night before our cruise in October. No rooms available. :(

Well, back to staring at the wall. Only 63 more minutes to go.

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
08-09-2011, 07:16 AM
You'd have to be truly desperate to reach that low.

I’ve got desperate on speed dial, so… I’ll not be picking too hard.


Hey, did I hear my name?


I don’t know… Hay! Did one of y’all call Barry? Oh…
It appears that we did. Thanks for checking in



Running short on time (dang work), motivation (dang work) and general will to do anything but stare at my wall until quitting time today (dang...well, I'm sure you can guess).


Work?


Anyway, I loved the Vexillology lesson. Fascinating stuff. :thumbsup2


Thanks, I was really expecting other things to be thrown at me for that one but I’ll certainly take the kind words instead.


And wouldn't you guess - I just checked the website for the Radisson for the night before our cruise in October. No rooms available. :(


Aw shucks. Well there is also a Residence Inn that’s a little bit closer to the terminal. There are a good number of folks that stay there as well. I don’t have a review on it, but I bet you can find one on the DCL forum.

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
08-16-2011, 10:59 AM
Howdy folks… :wave2:

sorry I’ve been away so long but life has a tendency to get in the way of a good time. Anyway, I do have one update finally ready (although I was hopping for two). I’ll go ahead and post that in just a minute. Y’all go ahead and sharpen your daggers and I’ll be expecting your best sarcasm and pot shots in the near. I‘ll try to catch up and get a bit more of this posted in a few days.

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
08-16-2011, 11:03 AM
Chapter 4: The Tale - Day 1 (Sunday)

Part 1: Shuttle Launch

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Noooooooo… not that shuttle. Although we almost had the opportunity to see one of those launches from the decks of Disney Magic in 2009. The weather however, decided to interfere and we were all the way to Mexico before they actually got the shot off. “Missed it by that… much.” Those things may have been built by the lowest bidder, but now they’ve all been sold off to the highest bidders, so a true “shuttle launch” is a site we won’t be seeing in the future. Too bad… but then again, a dissertation on the shuttle program might just be more entertaining then anything I’ll be writing about.

:scratchin: Hummmmm…

Naaaaaaa… I’ve already abused y’all enough with my previous pointless ramblings so I’ll save that tangent for another time. Anyway, the shuttle I’m actually on about is just as bus like but considerably less technologically advanced. To be precise, we’re talking about one of these little joy rides:

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Catching a lift on the bigger one would be… shall we say… “exciting” for any passenger (to say the least), but even this humble mode of conveyance can offer excitement (depending on the destination involved).

OK, let me back up just a bit so that I can lay the proper groundwork. In so much as we had driven down to Port Canaveral, we were in need of a place to store the car for a bit and a ride over to the terminal on sailing day. There is onsite parking at the port but I wouldn’t call it a bargain. Now at “The Rad” however, there was a bargain to be had. Stay one night, and you could leave you car in their long-term lot for free and… they offered a shuttle service to the terminals for a nominal fee. Well I certainly needed a place to stay the night anyway, so how can you loose? (By the way… it’s no longer free, but it’s still a better deal then on site.)

Anyway… The morning of the 26th has finally arrived. “It’s Showtime!”

I was up early (as usual) so I took the opportunity to move the car over to the long-term lot…

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Stay!… Good car.

…and then made a quick trip around the Radisson for a few pictures. Here’s the first thing I saw that certainly wasn’t there the night before.

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Is that our Fräulein? Nope. That’s the “Freedom of the Seas”… a very fine RCCL ship, but not our destination (this time anyway). So I moved down a bit and got as high as I could and saw this:

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Dang… same ship… but wait! What’s that in the background just ahead of the Freedom’s funnel? No, no… not the seagulls… that red thing in the distance. Those things!

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THAT’S’ HER! All I can see is the tops of her funnels and the main mast, but She’s here! Were finally going… really! I hustled back to the room and found that the rest of the clan was just a about ready to get movin’. We hauled the bags down to the lobby and ran smack dab into a veritable sea of humanity all awaiting their chariots to whisk them away. Another thing I saw (and was not expecting at all) was a whole bunch of different folks spread across the room wearing tee-shirts adorned with variations of these little images:

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Now those are actually a couple of bit of nonsense that I whipped up with the possible intention of using as door magnets. But then a request showed up on our DIS Cruise-Meet thread asking if any one could design something that could be used as our sailing group’s logo. I submitted them and for some odd reason, everyone liked ‘em (well no one else submitted anything so I suppose I actually won by default). But I have to tell you that seeing other folks sporting copies of your work is really kind’a jarring.



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Yah… I know… Anyway, we had reservations on the 10:00 shuttle, so the crowd didn’t concern me at first. Also we had asked what the exact procedures for this process where before we arrived, and then again when we actually checked in and once more just for good measure first thing that morning. Every time, we got the same reassuring answer. “We have you on the reservation list, just make yourself comfortable and someone will call out you name when it time to board the shuttle”. This we did. After a bit a fellow with a clipboard in hand and a miniature megaphone did indeed start to inform everyone in the lobby that the shuttles were on the way and right after this one really big wedding part was taken care of, he’d be loading everyone else up.

We took this, as a bit of a signal to go on ahead and haul our gear out to the front of the building (just to make sure that we didn’t miss anything). It wasn’t long before the first shuttle showed up and the dude with the clipboard started calling out names. But ours didn’t come up. Hummm? I thought we were on the first bus heading out of Dodge. DW and I discussed this a bit and finally decided that I needed to head up there and check on the oversight. Now I don’t much like the idea of looking like an uneducated hick, but based on the info I had, things weren’t making since. So I swallowed what little pride I had and flagged down Mr. clipboard. He tells me that he’d been looking for us and had I checked in with him earlier, I’d have been on the first shuttle. Aaaarrrrrggg! I don’t ask for much in the world, but when I ask multiple folks to tell me what is expected, and I get the same answer, I don’t like for it to be the same wrong answer! But Mr. Clipboard said he’d get us on the next shuttle and he was as good as his word.

And away we go…

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Finally! We had arrived! I dropped a tip in the bucket for the driver and we hopped off the shuttle.

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11:00… Ehhhh, the ship wasn’t boarding for a while yet, so no harm done (and don’t ya’ just love the hands on the clock?) Once we were on the grounds the porters materialized quicker then grim grinning ghosts and started checking with everyone to be sure we all had our gear accounted for. No sooner then I said yup, then he told me he’d take it from here and we would not have to worry about any of the bags again (do remember to tip these fella’s a couple of bucks per bag as well, they really do good job). From here on out, we were officially: “Cruisers”, and I wouldn’t want for anything or have to worry about another detail for days.

A hop, skip and a jump from there, and finally I had a good look at our home for the next several Disney days.

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Better then a year of scheming, planning and saving was just about to pay off. I was about to board my third Disney ship. From there on I was sporting a very slight smile. I know it was there because I could feel a strain on some of the more rarely used mussels in my face. That subtle smile would be there for the next week. Outwardly you could not really tell just how excited I was.





But on the inside…




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afwdwfan
08-16-2011, 11:33 AM
so a true “shuttle launch” is a site we won’t be seeing in the future. Too bad…
:sad2:


Catching a lift on the bigger one would be… shall we say… “exciting” for any passenger (to say the least), but even this humble mode of conveyance can offer excitement (depending on the destination involved).
Well, excitement comes in many forms... so I guess this would be a true statement.:lmao::rotfl2:


Stay!… Good car.
Wow!:eek: How long did it take to train it to do that? :confused3


THAT’S’ HER!
I'll take your word for it.:confused3 I'll have to check out the pictures that go with these words from home.:headache:


I submitted them and for some odd reason, everyone liked ‘em (well no one else submitted anything so I suppose I actually won by default). But I have to tell you that seeing other folks sporting copies of your work is really kind’a jarring.
Again, I'm not sure what it looks like, but I'm sure you did a great job. :thumbsup2
That would be a bit humbling to see someone you don't know wearing a shirt with something you designed on it.
Speaking of which, are you submitting a DIS Dads logo?:confused3


“We have you on the reservation list, just make yourself comfortable and someone will call out you name when it time to board the shuttle”
:thumbsup2 That sounds easy enough.


the first shuttle showed up and the dude with the clipboard started calling out names. But ours didn’t come up. Hummm?
:confused:


So I swallowed what little pride I had and flagged down Mr. clipboard. He tells me that he’d been looking for us and had I checked in with him earlier, I’d have been on the first shuttle. Aaaarrrrrggg! I don’t ask for much in the world, but when I ask multiple folks to tell me what is expected, and I get the same answer, I don’t like for it to be the same wrong answer!
:headache: :mad:


But Mr. Clipboard said he’d get us on the next shuttle and he was as good as his word.
So, what we have established is that if you stay at the Radison the night before you board a cruise out of Port Canaveral, nobody except for the guy with the clipboard knows anything.:thumbsup2


I dropped a tip in the bucket for the driver and we hopped off the shuttle.

(do remember to tip these fella’s a couple of bucks per bag as well, they really do good job).
Just out of curiosity... how much does a cruise tend to cost in tips?


From here on out, we were officially: “Cruisers”, and I wouldn’t want for anything or have to worry about another detail for days.
That would be quite relaxing... which I'm sure is kind of the reason for going.:lmao:


There was sporting a very slight smile.
By slight smile, don't you mean you made the Cheshire Cat look grumpy?:confused3

ntikos
08-16-2011, 01:10 PM
good stuff!

:thumbsup2

Captain_Oblivious
08-16-2011, 01:20 PM
Noooooooo… not that shuttle.

Aw, man.

Catching a lift on the bigger one would be… shall we say… “exciting” for any passenger (to say the least), but even this humble mode of conveyance can offer excitement (depending on the destination involved).

That seems to be the key.

Stay one night, and you could leave you car in their long-term lot for free and… they offered a shuttle service to the terminals for a nominal fee.

The saying in our home is, "If it's free, it's for me!"

Stay!… Good car.

Did you make him stay there for the WHOLE trip?! No snacks or anything?

Another thing I saw (and was not expecting at all) was a whole bunch of different folks spread across the room wearing tee-shirts adorned with variations of these little images:

Those look pretty cool! I can't really blame them for making t-shirts.

So I swallowed what little pride I had and flagged down Mr. clipboard. He tells me that he’d been looking for us and had I checked in with him earlier, I’d have been on the first shuttle. Aaaarrrrrggg! I don’t ask for much in the world, but when I ask multiple folks to tell me what is expected, and I get the same answer, I don’t like for it to be the same wrong answer!

:mad::sad2: Good thing you guys didn't have to be there right away...

From here on out, we were officially: “Cruisers”, and I wouldn’t want for anything or have to worry about another detail for days.

They don't have a smiley with a guy relaxing with a cold beverage in a hammock, but just picture one here.

I know it was there because I could feel a strain on some of the more rarely used mussels in my face. That subtle smile would be there for the next week. Outwardly you could not really tell just how excited I was.

Are you related to Mr. Burns from the Simpsons? :confused3

Just out of curiosity... how much does a cruise tend to cost in tips?

You'll end up paying a few hundred bucks in tips when all is said and done. Primarily to your servers at dinner and the room stewards. But they work hard for it.

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
08-16-2011, 02:15 PM
Well, excitement comes in many forms... so I guess this would be a true statement.:lmao::rotfl2:


Technically… it’s true. In reality… I can’t imagine anything quite as exciting as the prospect of being projected beyond our atmosphere by what is essentially a controlled explosion (with the possible exception of seeing your child being born).


Wow!:eek: How long did it take to train it to do that? :confused3


It’s still a work in progress. :lmao:
Having owned my share of straight-drive vehicles, I am very aware that forgetting to set the hand brake will give an otherwise inanimate object a lot of opportunities to make effective use of gravities’ existence.


I'll take your word for it.:confused3 I'll have to check out the pictures that go with these words from home.:headache:



Again, I'm not sure what it looks like, but I'm sure you did a great job. :thumbsup2
That would be a bit humbling to see someone you don't know wearing a shirt with something you designed on it.
Speaking of which, are you submitting a DIS Dads logo?:confused3


Dang Firewall :headache:

Actually I did submit one for the DDC. It’s a variation of the logo in my Sig. but I also recommended that even if that one were (for some wacked reason) to be chosen, we should still get a better graphic artist then I to clean it up a bit.


So, what we have established is that if you stay at the Radison the night before you board a cruise out of Port Canaveral, nobody except for the guy with the clipboard knows anything.:thumbsup2


I do believe that you have a clear perception of the reality I encountered.
Moral of the story: If you want to get on a cruise shuttle at the Rad, be sure to check in with Mr. Clipboard ASAP on that morning (then just relax).


Just out of curiosity... how much does a cruise tend to cost in tips?


Ya’ know… I ought to talk about that. I did a pretty decent got post on that very subject a while back. I’ll dig it up and post it as a Bonus Feature in just a little bit




That would be quite relaxing... which I'm sure is kind of the reason for going.:lmao:


::yes::


By slight smile, don't you mean you made the Cheshire Cat look grumpy?:confused3

When you get to see the image at the bottom of the post… all will become clear :thumbsup2

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
08-16-2011, 02:27 PM
good stuff!
:thumbsup2


Thanks. I try.

Oh… and thanks for following along. :thumbsup2





Aw, man.


I feel your pain :sad2:


That seems to be the key.


Yes in deedie.

If that bus were heading say… to Shawshank... I suspect that my perception of “excitement” might be just a smidgen different.


The saying in our home is, "If it's free, it's for me!"


Sound like a Man Law to me.


Did you make him stay there for the WHOLE trip?! No snacks or anything?


Seems unfair I know, but he got fresh oil, good fuel and a full wash, vac and polish (both before and after), and… the opportunity to drive to Florida & over to WDW later on. All in all… he didn’t complain too much.


Those look pretty cool! I can't really blame them for making t-shirts.


Well gawrsh…

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_bFVkv0rZbnw/SA1EPmby-dI/AAAAAAAAAFk/2WNZlrb1eM8/s200/Shy+Goofy+Pic.gif



:mad::sad2: Good thing you guys didn't have to be there right away...


Agreed… As it was, I might have gotten onboard a little bit quicker, but ultimately it didn’t cause that much trouble. I just don’t like when I don’t know the way things are supposed to work (I try to work those details out beforehand for a reason).


They don't have a smiley with a guy relaxing with a cold beverage in a hammock, but just picture one here.


Consider it pictured… Aaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh..........



This one comes close though...
:beach:


Are you related to Mr. Burns from the Simpsons? :confused3


:lmao: :lmao:

I’m not quite as evil (so far as you know)

…but giving my current work environment and the reigning societal climate, let’s just say that smiles can be hard to come by these days. :sad2:

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
08-16-2011, 02:39 PM
Bonus Feature 6:

A DCL Cruiser’s Tipping Primer



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DCL is one of the few cruise lines that actually still allow you to control the tips. Most lines deal with them by adding a standard set of tips into the price of the cruise up front (which in some instances does not give the staff much incentive to perform at their highest standards). DCL also simplifies the process. They will leave a tipping guideline flyer in your cabin one night toward the end of your cruise. You can fill it out and just drop it off in a box by the purser’s desk and they’ll just charge the tips to your cabin. The staff onboard know exactly who you CMs are and they will print up Tip Cards and envelopes with the name and position of each individual (along with receipts for your records). You just give the cards to the individual folks on the last night. DCL actually encourages this method, because you can simply charge the entire transaction to your cabin, and they can make direct deposits into each CM's account.

Now, how you go about deciding what to tip is a personal decision and you may want to go up or down from the standard based on your experience during that sailing, but… The generally agreed upon standard works like this:

Room Steward – $4.00 per-person/per-day

Head Server - $4.00 per-person/per-day

Assistant Server - $3.00 per-person/per-day

Dinning room Manager - $1.00 per-person/per-day (optional)



So… for two people sailing seven days it would be $24.00 per day or a total of $168.00.



Here’s a site that will calculate the average tip for you:

http://cruisetip.tpkeller.com/



If you order room service, you would generally tip a couple of bucks to the CM that delivers the order. We take an envelope with a bunch of dollar bills in it and keep it somewhere near the cabin door.

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There is one other tipping situation to keep in mind. When you arrive at the terminal, one of the porters will be along very quickly to help you get you bags stowed. It is customary to tip the folks about $2.00 per bag for the service (and not having to worry about keeping up with five suitcases is certainly worth 10 bucks if you ask me). When you get off the ship, there will also be porters that will help you find your bags, haul them all (including the ones your carrying), help navigate you through the terminal and customs and roll the whole lot either to you bus stop or on to your vehicle. That kind of service is also deserving of at least a sawbuck or better.

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Captain_Oblivious
08-18-2011, 08:06 AM
Bonus Feature 6:

A DCL Cruiser’s Tipping Primer


Good stuff here. One other note: some people ask whether you should tip the recommended amount for kids as well. The answer: yes! If anything, the servers work harder taking care of your kids.

afwdwfan
08-19-2011, 07:43 AM
Good information! Thanks for compiling it into one place. :thumbsup2

FreezinRafiki
08-19-2011, 08:12 AM
Noooooooo… not that shuttle. Although we almost had the opportunity to see one of those launches from the decks of Disney Magic in 2009. The weather however, decided to interfere and we were all the way to Mexico before they actually got the shot off.

awwwww....fooey. We had a similar instance in 2007. We booked a hotel on the water in Cocoa Beach for the day the shuttle was to lift off. I had planed to be floating in the surf, just off shore, 10 miles from the launch pad. The mission was delayed, but I got to see it - kind of - from Orlando International Airport as we were waiting for our flight home.

Too bad… but then again, a dissertation on the shuttle program might just be more entertaining then anything I’ll be writing about.
I don't know about more entertaining, but certainly on par with it. :thumbsup2


Naaaaaaa… I’ve already abused y’all enough with my previous pointless ramblings so I’ll save that tangent for another time.
popcorn::


Catching a lift on the bigger one would be… shall we say… “exciting” for any passenger (to say the least),
I'm quite sure the engineers in Houston would be trying in vain to figure out why there is a constant, high pitched "Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!" in all of the radio communications. Until the commander yelled something to the effect of "Hey, tell that cheesehead on the middeck to quiet down, we can't hear Mission Control!"



Stay!… Good car.

If you scratch it behind the rear view mirror, it's back tire will instinctively start to wiggle. It's a fun little trick.

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Those look awesome! I'm trying to figure out something for our cruise, but I'm drawing a blank inspiration-wise.

But I have to tell you that seeing other folks sporting copies of your work is really kind’a jarring.
You should have brought a Sharpie along and starting signing their shirts. Whether they wanted you to or not.


And as far as the guy with the clipboard ... :headache::headache:
I hate it when the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing.

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
08-22-2011, 08:03 AM
Good information! Thanks for compiling it into one place. :thumbsup2


You’re welcome. This is kind’a what I had in mind in the first place. Even though most of our trip was a cruise with only a little bit of time at WDW, I wanted to create sort of a “here’s what you need to know” TR for those that are either thinking about cruising or have never even considered it. If I posted this in the DCL forum, it would be read (if at all) by folks that already know the drill. I’m hoping that by being over here, I’ll convince one or two new folks to give it a try.



awwwww....fooey. We had a similar instance in 2007. We booked a hotel on the water in Cocoa Beach for the day the shuttle was to lift off. I had planed to be floating in the surf, just off shore, 10 miles from the launch pad. The mission was delayed, but I got to see it - kind of - from Orlando International Airport as we were waiting for our flight home.


Better then nothing. Launches are an awesome site, but I haven’t seen one since up close since I was in grade school (and my boy has never had the opportunity… which is something I need to fix somehow).


I don't know about more entertaining, but certainly on par with it. :thumbsup2

popcorn::


We’ll see. You know that a tangent and my thought processes are rarely very far apart.



I'm quite sure the engineers in Houston would be trying in vain to figure out why there is a constant, high pitched "Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!" in all of the radio communications. Until the commander yelled something to the effect of "Hey, tell that cheesehead on the middeck to quiet down, we can't hear Mission Control!"


That’s pretty much me every time I ride MS. Can’t even imagine the thrill of an actual liftoff (well maybe I can imagine it, but I’m still certain it’s more amazing then my pitiful imagination).




If you scratch it behind the rear view mirror, it's back tire will instinctively start to wiggle. It's a fun little trick.


:lmao: :lmao:


Those look awesome! I'm trying to figure out something for our cruise, but I'm drawing a blank inspiration-wise.


When are y’all going again? And… has there been any kind of theme discussion or running jokes on your cruise meet thread? There might be some inspiration there. I’ll mull on it a bit myself and if I think of something I’ll toss is out over here.



You should have brought a Sharpie along and starting signing their shirts. Whether they wanted you to or not.


I like it… but I do believe I’d have gotten the back side of at least a couple of folks hands for having tried it.



And as far as the guy with the clipboard ... :headache::headache:
I hate it when the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing.


::yes::

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
08-22-2011, 08:07 AM
Chapter 4: The Tale - Day 1 (Sun)

Part 2: Terminal Velocity




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Events were starting to move along very quickly now. Even though there would still be a couple of mandatory detours and a bit of finger tapping here and there, the rest of this day was going to fly by about as fast as kudzu can devour a landscape (and honestly that particular plant has been known to out run a small child). In truth, we were now smack in the middle of one of the better themed queues for a ride (excuse me… attraction), that has ever been devised. And being as Disney’s Imagineers are masters of queue wizardry, that’s quite the accomplishment.

First stop… the main gate. This is a whole lot like checking in at the front gate at any of the resorts on property. The only real difference is that when they ask for an ID they’re looking to see your passports. But once those had been checked against the manifest and our names did indeed appear on said list, it was like a weight had been lifted off of me. Not only were we finally there… we were expected.

Next stop… the terminal itself (and a welcome bit of air-conditioning).

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The ground floor is mainly reserved for baggage pick-up and US Customs, neither of which we’d be dealing with for several days yet. For those that will be boarding… the first thing you’ll encounter is the line for the TSA screening process.

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The second thing you’ll encounter is a sign saying it’s illegal to video or photograph this area of the building (oooops... technically that last image could be considered terrorist contraband, but I won’t tell if you won’t). Basically this process is the same Hokey Pokey we’re all forced to dance at every American airport except… here you get to keep your shoes on. After clearing the metal detectors and having all your carry-on bags thoroughly irradiated, an escalator whisks you up to the main floor where you’re greeted by this slightly chaotic site…

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It may look daunting, but really its’ not that tough to navigate. Directly in front of the escalators are a group of tables where you can pick up and fill out a “mandatory health questionnaire”. It’s only a couple of questions, but there is a regulation of some type that says you got’a fill it out, so take a minute and get this done. Besides, this is also where a CM will likely give you your boarding number card (more on that in a bit).

From hear it’s on to the Check-in queue over to you’re left. There’s one line for first timers and a different one for DCL vets

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We were in that one. It moves a bit quicker because returning cruisers basically know the drill and most of the necessary information is already in their systems. A lot of the paperwork and such was also done beforehand as well. It’s considerably less hectic over on this side of the room since most of the folks out in the main area have already checked in. I wasn’t in line more then ten minutes before I was ushered on over to the next available CM. A few minutes to go through the formalities… they turn over your travel cards and documents... and boom… you’re free to roam the terminal.

Sense the ship still won’t be boarding until about 11:45ish, come on and I’ll show you around the place. Like every thing else Disney, the details in this building are amazing. Right down to the floor beneath you.

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It’s laid out like a giant scale map of the Florida / Bahamas area. Back toward the front of the building you’ll find the obligatory “you are here” spot on the map

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And a really cool inlay of the Disney Magic (their first ship) “leaving port”

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The giant sand dollars are just an added bonus… I think. So far as I know, there aren’t any living creatures of that size and magnitude roaming the waters just northeast of The Cape. But then again… there is a major government research installation in the area so ya’ never know do ya’? As for details, even the shading and composition of the terrazzo floor goes so far as to show where the continental shelf ends and deep water begins.

If you walk back toward the gangway, you’ll even run across a fine representation of our first destination on this particular trip.

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As you might expect, there is a prevalent, yet subtle “wave” theme washing over the building. The most obvious of these undulating motifs is built into the ceiling

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The curved panels look as if there made of brass and the skylights bath the whole thing in sunlight giving it an almost ethereal glow. It’s really more dazzling then my point-n-shoot camera can replicate so you’ll just have to take my word for it (or better yet go see it for yourself). At the far end of the building is the entrance to the gangway (sporting a not-so-hidden Mickey design) and on the other side of that grand wall of glass beyond… the ship itself.

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Dominating the middle of the terminal is a huge and amazingly detailed model of the Disney Magic (being first does have its privileges). Just on the other side you can catch a glimpse of Captain Mickey inspecting his new galley-slaves… errr…. greeting the new passengers.

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This is actually the direct cause of most of that big jumble of people that you saw when we first entered the room. They’re all pretty much in line for this unique meet-n-greet opportunity with one or more of the Fab-Five in front of the ship model. If you have young kids (or are just a typical Dis-Fanatic) this is an excellent photo-op. Had we arrived earlier, I’d have partaken but…

OK, here’s one more shot toward the fount of the terminal just to give you an even better feel for the scale and grandeur of the place.

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Over on the southeastern side of the terminal is a good-sized seating area. By the time I’d walked around and gotten a few pictures, Tamara had found a good spot to stretch out and we all settled in to wait the last few minutes before the show got started. Here are a couple of pictures from that side of the building.

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Interestingly, the ship you see through these windows isn’t Disney’s. That one is actually the Freedom of the Seas (which is likely one of the reasons the windows are covered over), but regardless of what ship you see, the silhouette is still a grand site as you’re sitting there waiting for them to call you number.

Since we have a minute or two yet, this is a good time to familiarize yourself with your magical passport to far away destinations: the KTTW. The Key to the World card that is issued by DCL serves the same functions as the ones that we’ve all had at WDW and it looks a whole lot like this:

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OK… it looks exactly like that (well mine did anyway), but you’ll notice that there are a few additional bits of info scattered around the surface. The dates, name of the ship, and the image of my patron saint are all pretty standard fair. Also like the cards at WDW, you won’t find your room number. DCL doesn’t want anyone picking up a stray card and knowing exactly which cabin it will get them into, so they give you that info separately. But then again, you should already know what you cabin number is from the sailing document you got in the mail a few weeks ago. The “Silver Castaway” number just shows that I’ve been here before (actually it our third time on this little hay ride, but I’m scheming to up that tally considerably in the future). Once you’ve been through this mill for the tenth time, they’ll change it to “Gold Castaway” and you’ll acquire a few additional little perks.

Now that big “J” down in the corner by Goofy’s left arm is interesting. It’s actually our lifeboat designation. Each of the lifeboats aboard the Dream are identified by a letter and the life-vests in your cabin will have the same letter along with your cabin number printed on them. It’s a good idea to take a little stroll around the promenade deck (that’s deck 4 for you noobies) where the boats are located and find where yours is located before the Muster Drill (I’ll talk about that more later on as well). This will give you a better idea of exactly where to report should the need arise.

But of all the info on this card, the one that gets most people in a twitter is this one right here:

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That… is you’re dining rotation. Since food is one very big part of a cruise, this is the bit that most DCL cruisers wait eagerly to see (and you won’t know what it is until they hand you this little card). When you first book a cruise you have a choice between an early dinner seating with a late show time, or vise versa. Everyone has his or her own reasons for choosing one over the other, but that is also a discussion for a different time. What’s important right now is that we know that we’ll be sitting at Table #66 in each of the three main dinning rooms and the “RAAER” bit says that across the next five days we’ll be visiting those exotic realms in the following order:

R: Royal Palace
A: Animator’s Pallet
A: Animator’s Pallet
E: Enchanted Garden
R: Royal Palace

Your exact rotation is the last great unknown prior to boarding. This is actually something that raises a great deal of conversation on the boards. There is much fretting and gnashing of teeth amongst cruisers who whish they already knew this detail when they were trying to make reservations for Palo, Remy or any of the other potential evening excursion.

That leaves only the boarding card left to talk about. That’s this thingie…

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You can get into the terminal as early as 9:30 in the morning if’n you really want to, but no one gets on the ship before the crew has cleared the previous passengers off and gotten everything up to snuff for the next sailing. Generally, boarding will start somewhere between 11:30 and noon. To control the crowd, they board everyone in groups. That’s where these cards come in to effect. Depending on when you arrive (and other random factors including karma and sheer luck), your card will have a number somewhere between 2 and 12. The cards with a big ol’ “1” plastered on ‘em are reserved for the concierge passengers (and bless your heart if you can afford this caliber of luxury). The number on the card is your boarding group and you have to wait until they announce that folks with those cards may now head toward the gangway. You’ll notice that we ended up with a group-11 card (thanks in part to missing the early shuttle), but honestly, that’s not really so bad. The whole thing moves pretty quickly once they get started… Oh, wait a minute! I hear a crackle on the intercom… I think they’re about to introduce the “Family of the Day”!





"Disney Cruise Lines would like for you all to extend a warm welcome for our family of the cruise… The Pelekai Family!"

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FreezinRafiki
08-22-2011, 08:56 AM
When are y’all going again? And… has there been any kind of theme discussion or running jokes on your cruise meet thread? There might be some inspiration there. I’ll mull on it a bit myself and if I think of something I’ll toss is out over here.
The Cruise is October 30-Nov 3rd (yup, right over Halloween)



As for your update - that floor looks really cool, as does the cutaway of the ship!

Your details of the process so are are invaluable. Having never done this before (and doing it only 69 days) I'm pouring over every word like a biblical scholar analyzing an ancient Hebrew scroll. Thank you so much for the detail.
One question I'm having - what do you pack in your carry-on? I'm assuming it's all of the stuff you'll really need - medication, camera, swim suits, passport, online checkin printout, etc. Anything else I should make sure goes in there?

afwdwfan
08-22-2011, 09:17 AM
(oooops... technically that last image could be considered terrorist contraband, but I won’t tell if you won’t).
No need to tell... they already know.:rolleyes1

Basically this process is the same Hokey Pokey we’re all forced to dance at every American airport except… here you get to keep your shoes on.
Makes sense.:confused3


Another update filled with valuable cruise info! I'm going to need to come back and check all the pictures out sometime though.:rolleyes1

Captain_Oblivious
08-22-2011, 09:25 AM
And being as Disney’s Imagineers are masters of queue wizardry, that’s quite the accomplishment.

Disney just does everything better. Having cruised with them, would you ever go with anyone else? I can't see myself doing that.

The second thing you’ll encounter is a sign saying it’s illegal to video or photograph this area of the building (oooops... technically that last image could be considered terrorist contraband, but I won’t tell if you won’t).

For a small fee, that can be arranged. :rolleyes1

Basically this process is the same Hokey Pokey we’re all forced to dance at every American airport except… here you get to keep your shoes on.

I don't remember being strip-searched, either. Maybe I've blocked it from my mind.

Sense the ship still won’t be boarding until about 11:45ish, come on and I’ll show you around the place. Like every thing else Disney, the details in this building are amazing. Right down to the floor beneath you.

Now I feel like an idiot. I didn't even notice the floor! :sad2: Good thing you're here to show me how it's done!

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/D4-211.jpg

That model is SO cool!


R: Royal Palace
A: Animator’s Pallet
A: Animator’s Pallet
E: Enchanted Garden
R: Royal Palace

So were you happy with this rotation?

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
08-22-2011, 10:09 AM
One question I'm having - what do you pack in your carry-on? I'm assuming it's all of the stuff you'll really need - medication, camera, swim suits, passport, online checkin printout, etc. Anything else I should make sure goes in there?

You’ve already got the idea but this one deserves its own post…



Carry On Bags vs Checked Bags

On DCL cruises (or any cruise for that matter), a carry on bag is for what ever you absolutely positively can’t live with out. If you’re flying in to MCO and using Magical Express, Disney grabs ‘em at the airport and once you leave home you won’t see your bags again until they’re delivered to you cabin. The same is true for those bags left with the porters at the terminal. Lost bags are very, very rare, but it does happen. Late arriving bags are a bit more common. Basically, the CMs will start leaving you checked bags outside your cabin starting around 2:30ish, but it can be as late as the 6:00ish dinner/show time before you get all of them. On our last sailing we had them all by 3:30, but on our 2009 cruise, one didn’t show up until well after dinner (luckily it wasn’t a critical one so no harm done).

What I was carrying this past trip included a lap-top, all the camera gear, the cruise documents & passports, medicines, car-keys & valuables… you get the idea. Tamara also had a small carry on bag with everyone’s toiletries and such, along with the clothes we were planning to wear at dinner that night (and that one is worth considering just incase the main bags are late getting to the cabin). Another thing many people will carry on is swim suits so that you can go ahead and get the kids into the pools (or on the Aqua Duck) as soon as possible after boarding.

One more secret about what you can carry on that sets Disney apart from everyone else is their alcohol policy. So long as you store it in your checked bags, DCL will allow you to bring your own booze aboard. This is one of the two major sources of revenue for all the other cruise lines (the first being the gambling), so they’re very strict about such things. We acquired a flask of rum in a plastic bottle and a couple of small one oz. bottles of good scotch and used those to make our own mixed drinks while on board (these went especially well with the mixed fruit juices available in Cabanas)

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
08-22-2011, 10:51 AM
The Cruise is October 30-Nov 3rd (yup, right over Halloween)


Very cool! That creates some interesting possibilities. I’ll have to think about a bit and see if I can’t come up with an idea or two that you might be able to work with.



Your details of the process so are are invaluable. Having never done this before (and doing it only 69 days) I'm pouring over every word like a biblical scholar analyzing an ancient Hebrew scroll. Thank you so much for the detail.


I wouldn’t consider my meager efforts at writing to be Talmudic, but offering up the stuff I’ve learned is exactly what I’m trying to do. Glad to be of assistance.


No need to tell... they already know.:rolleyes1


I suspected as much :sad2:


Another update filled with valuable cruise info! I'm going to need to come back and check all the pictures out sometime though.:rolleyes1

Thanks. The photos certainly ain’t of National Geographic quality, but it’ll give you an idea of what was going on anyway.


Disney just does everything better.


Yes… yes they do :goodvibes


Having cruised with them, would you ever go with anyone else? I can't see myself doing that.


Hummmmm… That’s a toughie, but actually… yes I might. Not as a first choice and I would be doing so knowing full well that the differences would be dramatic. But if I were presented with the right opportunity, I’d sail with one of the other lines (especially RCCL, Princes or Holland America).


For a small fee, that can be arranged. :rolleyes1


Too late… According to Andy, they already know :lmao:


I don't remember being strip-searched, either. Maybe I've blocked it from my mind.


I’d also recommend against wearing a bomb vest. :rolleyes:


I didn't even notice the floor! :sad2: Good thing you're here to show me how it's done!


It’s not exactly what everyone has on their mind while waiting to board one of the “Happiest Ships on the High Seas” ;)


So were you happy with this rotation?


Actually of the three possible, that’s the one we kind’a wanted. I was thinking about putting together a post about dinning rotations anyway, so I’ll get onto that this evening and get a bit farther into the whats and whys in a bit.

ntikos
08-22-2011, 12:17 PM
This is now officially the most informative trip report I have ever read.

Thanks for all the details and tips. I've bookmarked this thread as a reference for any future Disney cruises.

Good stuff!

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
08-23-2011, 08:09 PM
This is now officially the most informative trip report I have ever read.

Thanks for all the details and tips. I've bookmarked this thread as a reference for any future Disney cruises.

Good stuff!

That is might high praise. I don’t believe I can say much more then: thanks.
Honestly… I’m glad to hear that anything I’ve said could be deemed useful.

The Cruise is October 30-Nov 3rd (yup, right over Halloween)


Barry…
I’ve thought about image ideas for the Halloween cruse y’all have planed aboard the Dream in a few weeks. Here’s a variation on the first thing that came to mind…

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You’re welcome to it if your interested and I can send you a larger rendition if you’d like. I can also make changes if you like part of it or want to make a few alterations. Just holler back.

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
08-24-2011, 05:49 PM
Chapter 4: The Tale - Day 1 (Sun)

Part 3: “Experiment 627”



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“Disney Cruise Lines would like to invite all passengers with boarding cards numbered one through eleven to begin boarding at this time…”


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Yes! We’re there… Just as you walk through the Mickey Gateway, you hand your KTTW to one of the CM,s, they scan it in (and make sure that you look just like the picture that they took back when you first checked in) and then welcome you aboard. This is the same basic process that they’ll use from now on as you disembark or board the ship.

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At the end of that hallway are a couple of groups of photographers. You can bypass them if you really want to, but you might just as well let them take the pictures. You can always decide weather or not to buy them latter on. This process also spreads everyone out just like a queue and preshow over at The World. After the pictures you cross the actual gangway to the grand lobby of the ship on Deck-3 and your just steps away from a grand adventure.

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There’s one more little bit of Disney Magic before you actually set foot on the ship. Just as you reach the entrance one of the officers on the cruise director’s staff will first welcome you and then ask you what you family name is. Once armed with that bit of info, they will pick up a microphone, and announce: “Disney Cruise Lines would like to welcome the ‘So-n-so Family’ (or what ever you told them) aboard the Disney Dream” and as you walk through the door, there will be other members of the crew gathered around the lobby (and often a few of the other passengers who decide to play along) who will applaud and cheer as you finally board the ship. Your own private red carpet moment! It’s a really cool touch and kids especially get a kick out of it. Now there’s an opportunity here to sneak in an additional bit of potential magic. When they ask for you’re your name, just remember that the CM will say whatever you tell them, exactly as you tell them.

Seriously!

What… ever… you… tell… them...

The possibilities could boggle a better mind then mine. You could go with something as simple as being welcomed aboard as “The Stowaways” or “Excess Baggage” for instance. One of the better Disney related variations on this theme that I’ve heard of was a group that asked to be welcomed aboard as “Andy’s Toys”. As this was our third trip with DCL, and we’ve been welcomed by our proper name in the past, it was time to have some fun. We thought about it a good while beforehand and nothing really clicked. Finally at dinner the night before, we hit on the perfect answer (for us anyway)… It’s the moniker that ended up becoming the title for the entire trip. When I related our choice to the Australian officer that posed the question, his reaction was: “I like it!” and he then proceeded to add a good bit of dramatic flourish and proudly exclaimed:

“Disney Dream! Please welcome… Experiment 627!”


Yep… that’s what we told ‘em, that’s what they announced.
Really.

Well now that we’re here, there’s one very important order of business that has to be tended to immediately. And this is it:

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An official photo with Admiral Donald, the family and my now “illegal” DisDad shirt (pictures or it didn’t happen ya’ know). One of the other officers actually took the photo for us (that won’t happen on any other cruise line).

Since were just standing around here in the grand lobby, let me show you around for just a moment. Most of these images were taken from the overlooks on Deck-4.

This one is looking aft from the elevator vestibule. The entrance to Royal Palace is just behind the statue of Donald on Deck-3 and you can see the Vista Café to the left on Deck-4.

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The Vista sells specialty coffees and is a great place to settle in away from the crowd. Also… over there in that corner by the counter is a refrigerated display case that is kept full of a verity small bit-sized pastries and…

**whispering**: “They're free!”

Really, come get all you want any time you want (and that is a bad thing to know).

The next one is from the port side looking across toward “Shutters” on Deck-4.

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This is where you can check out and/or purchase any of the pictures that are taken across the length of the cruise. Each of those bookcases are filled with folders (one for each stateroom) and all the pictures for each cabin are stored together so they’re easy to find and peruse.

This one is looking across the lobby toward the starboard side of the ship (The Port Adventures desk is in the upper right corner of the image on Deck-3)

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And… one more looking forward down the grand staircase toward the midship elevators

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Now where was I? Oh yah… What to do, what to do, what to do! Well the one thing you can’t do (just yet) is head on over to your stateroom. The stewards are still finishing up and no one is allowed into them until at least 1:30, so that will have to wait a bit. This also means that you have to tote your carry-on bags with you for a while yet so keep that in mind when you choose what types of luggage to carry.

At this point most folks generally split off into a couple of different groups. There are those that head directly to Deck-11 and hop into the pools and/or get in line for the water-coaster and/or rapidly hunt down the first of what will ultimately become a blinding number of Bahama-Mommas (and other such boat-drinks) for this trip.

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Then there are the folks who head off to sign their young’ens into the various kids clubs (most of which are on Deck-5) and checkout the programs offered while touring the facilities.

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(We didn’t hit the kid’s clubs, so this is one of DCL’s photographs)

And then there are those who decide to go ahead and grab a little bit of grub before settling into their cabins. I’m sure that you’ll quickly determine the option that best matches your traveling style, but for us… well… we fall into that last group. The kid’s areas are great, but Max was never very big on ‘em and prefers to hang with us. There will also be plenty of chances to hit the water this week, so victuals sounded like the best option. For the most part the lunch crowd will head on up to Deck-11, take a quick look around and then beat a path aft toward Cabana’s.

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This is the Buffet restaurant aboard the dream. It has a lot of different quick options and is open during most meals (and as such, stays fairly busy).

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But on boarding day, there is a second choice that most folks miss. One of the main dinning rooms will also generally be open for lunch as well. On the Dream, that will normally be The Enchanted Garden down one flight of stairs on Deck-2 (and this will be our next experiment of the afternoon).

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Enchanted Garden was also offering a buffet with some of the same choices as Cabana’s (plus a few extras), but the atmosphere is a whole lot less hectic; the wait staff will take care of bussing the tables and keeping up with your drinks; and you get to enjoy the stunning themeing of one of the main dinning venues aboard the ship. This suited us because our rotation meant that we’d only have been in this space once for dinner anyway. After a bit of food (OK… a good bit of food and that tends to be a running theme on cruises), we took a few pictures just to give everyone a sense of the place…

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…and then noticed that according to the clock, our cabin should be available by now.



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afwdwfan
08-24-2011, 05:59 PM
Well, I'm going to do things backwards after this update. I've seen the pictures, but now I've got somebody standing next to me wanting some chicken nuggets, so I'll have to come back and finish reading what you wrote.:lmao:

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
08-24-2011, 09:04 PM
Well, I'm going to do things backwards after this update. I've seen the pictures, but now I've got somebody standing next to me wanting some chicken nuggets, so I'll have to come back and finish reading what you wrote.:lmao:

You’ve read my writing before, so you ought to know by know that you ain’t missing much :rolleyes:

Grooovertoo
08-24-2011, 11:42 PM
The Cruise is October 30-Nov 3rd (yup, right over Halloween)

Your details of the process so are are invaluable. Having never done this before (and doing it only 69 days) I'm pouring over every word like a biblical scholar analyzing an ancient Hebrew scroll. Thank you so much for the detail.
One question I'm having - what do you pack in your carry-on? I'm assuming it's all of the stuff you'll really need - medication, camera, swim suits, passport, online checkin printout, etc. Anything else I should make sure goes in there?

You forgot bacon and cheese balls!

Barry-have you had a chance to check out that latest edition by PassPorter? If not...PM me your email address and I might have a way to get you a copy. (wink, wink...nudge nudge) :rolleyes1

You’ve already got the idea but this one deserves its own post…



Carry On Bags vs Checked Bags

On DCL cruises (or any cruise for that matter), a carry on bag is for what ever you absolutely positively can’t live with out. If you’re flying in to MCO and using Magical Express, Disney grabs ‘em at the airport and once you leave home you won’t see your bags again until they’re delivered to you cabin. The same is true for those bags left with the porters at the terminal. Lost bags are very, very rare, but it does happen. Late arriving bags are a bit more common. Basically, the CMs will start leaving you checked bags outside your cabin starting around 2:30ish, but it can be as late as the 6:00ish dinner/show time before you get all of them. On our last sailing we had them all by 3:30, but on our 2009 cruise, one didn’t show up until well after dinner (luckily it wasn’t a critical one so no harm done).

What I was carrying this past trip included a lap-top, all the camera gear, the cruise documents & passports, medicines, car-keys & valuables… you get the idea. Tamara also had a small carry on bag with everyone’s toiletries and such, along with the clothes we were planning to wear at dinner that night (and that one is worth considering just incase the main bags are late getting to the cabin). Another thing many people will carry on is swim suits so that you can go ahead and get the kids into the pools (or on the Aqua Duck) as soon as possible after boarding.

One more secret about what you can carry on that sets Disney apart from everyone else is their alcohol policy. So long as you store it in your checked bags, DCL will allow you to bring your own booze aboard. This is one of the two major sources of revenue for all the other cruise lines (the first being the gambling), so they’re very strict about such things. We acquired a flask of rum in a plastic bottle and a couple of small one oz. bottles of good scotch and used those to make our own mixed drinks while on board (these went especially well with the mixed fruit juices available in Cabanas)

This is great stuff, I'm getting so jacked for our cruise in 45 days. So Cabanas has mixed juices? Very interesting...one could come up with some very good adult beverages that way.:drinking1 So did you go with a backpack, duffle, or a roller-type bag?

afwdwfan
08-25-2011, 08:06 AM
but you might just as well let them take the pictures
The way you say it makes me think you're just so excited about having them take your picture. :lmao::rotfl2:


“Disney Dream! Please welcome… Experiment 627!”
Nicely done! :thumbsup2

Bonus points to the first DDC member to work Peanut Butter, Beverly or bacon into their introduction. :rolleyes1


Also… over there in that corner by the counter is a refrigerated display case that is kept full of a verity small bit-sized pastries and…
**whispering**: “There free!”
Really, come get all you want any time you want (and that is a bad thing to know).
No, that's a great thing to know!


Now where was I?
I think you were on a boat.


There are those that head directly to Deck-11 and hop into the pools and/or get in line for the water-coaster and/or rapidly hunt down the first of what will ultimately become a blinding number of Bahama-Mommas (and other such boat-drinks) for this trip.
Can't argue with that logic.:confused3


Then there are the folks who head off to sign their young’ens into the various kids clubs (most of which are on Deck-5) and checkout the programs offered while touring the facilities.
Not a bad plan, either.


And then there are those who decide to go ahead and grab a little bit of grub before settling into their cabins.
hmmmm.... another good strategy.


…and then noticed that according to the clock, our cabin should be available by now.
:woohoo:



If I ever go on a cruise, I just need to book one you're going on so I don't have to remember all the little veteran tips you're laying out. Since you seem to know all the ins and outs of the Disney Cruise ships I'll just let you remind me about details like lunch at the Enchanted Garden. Sound like a plan? :lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
08-25-2011, 08:18 AM
So Cabanas has mixed juices? Very interesting...one could come up with some very good adult beverages that way.:drinking1

Yes… yes they do. And yes… yes we did.

And this topic also deserves a little more dissertation



Bonus Feature 7:

DCL Beverage Management



(Seriously… you should read this one)


Soft drinks aboard DCL ships are free and unlimited (so long as you go get them yourself). There are two separate drink stations aft on Deck-11 just before you enter Cabanas. It’s pretty much the same type of setup that you’ll encounter at any Disney Resort, but you don’t have to buy a “Resort Mug” to partake. You can also have drinks delivered via room service, but… they will be caned and (unlike the rest of the food you might have ordered), you’ll be charged extra for ‘em, so go get your own. As for what else you can find at the beverage station… water, coffee (Dis coffee… but it can be fixed with the actual milk and cream that is also available), hot chocolate, hot water and an assortment of tea bags and of course… milk. There is also something called “iced tea” (NessTea?), but like the coffee, it’s not drinkable on its own, and unlike the coffee, there ain’t anything you can add to it to make it taste any better. If you want “real” brewed iced tea, you can get that in any of the main restaurants (and it is pretty good tea at that).

Now then… let’s talk about cups. There are plenty of disposable cups, lids and even straws at the drink stations. That being said, we actually bring “Resort Mugs” from our extensive home collection. They are stronger, have handles for ease of transport, include much better lids, hold considerably more liquid then the ones offered on the bar and given the themeing, are just simply more fun to carry around. I can’t tell you haw many times folks stopped us to ask where we got the mugs, or lamented that they wished they’d brought some from home as well.

OK, let’s go back to the juices. You’ll find these stashed at the beverage stations in Cabanas. They carry Orange, Apple and Cranberry (the standards). But there is also something called Tropical Mix (and it’s the prize on the counter). As best as we can figure, it Orange-Guava-Pineapple (and possibly some Mango), and it rocks. It also makes some mighty fine mixed drinks. If you want to have juice for latter in the day, you need to go ahead and grab some extra in the mornings and store ‘em in the little ‘fridge in your cabin for latter retrieval. There are to-go cups & lids at the drink stations, so this is an easy process. However, it’s also a good idea to keep one of those cardboard drink carries that you get with larger orders at the fast-food joints and tuck that into one of your bags (it will make it easier to carry mass quantities of beverages around the ship).

One more thing… Since there is no requirement for you to buy “mugs”, there is also no place to wash said mugs. It’s an easy fix though. Just fill ‘em with the boiling water from the drink station, snap on the lid, give ‘em a vigorous shake, and empty. Clean mug! If you’ve had coffee or chocolate recently, you may need to do this a couple of times, or fill 'em full of hot water and let them stand for a little while before rinsing. After that you’re good to go.

Oh… one more, more thing. By bringing you own mugs or drink bottles, you can easily make your own milkshakes (or floats as the case may be), by filling a mug half way with milk, topping it with some of the soft-serve ice cream (which is also free and unlimited aboard the ship) and mixing the whole thing up with a coffee stirrer or a couple of straws. It’s a neat trick for the kiddies, and a potential base for making “Mud Slides” for the adults (milk, a splash of coffee, chocolate soft-serve and your liquor of choice).

afwdwfan
08-25-2011, 08:33 AM
You can also have drinks delivered via room service, but… they will be caned and (unlike the rest of the food you might have ordered), you’ll be charge you extra for ‘em, so go get your own.
Wait a minute... so aside from drinks that you order and the tip, you don't have to pay for room service???

There is also something called “iced tea” (NessTea?), but like the coffee, it’s not drinkable on its own, and unlike the coffee, there ain’t anything you can add to it to make it taste any better.
:headache: That's about the only thing I drink. Nothing beats fresh brewed sweet tea.

However, it’s also a good idea to keep one of those cardboard drink carries that you get with larger orders at the fast-food joints and tuck that into one of your bags (it will make it easier to carry mass quantities of beverages around the ship).
What about gallon jugs or 2 liter bottles?:rolleyes1

Oh… one more, more thing. By bring you own mugs or drink bottles, you can easily make your own milkshakes (or floats as the case may be), by filling a mug half way with milk, topping it with some of the soft-serve ice cream (which is also free and unlimited aboard the ship) and mixing the whole thing up with a coffee stirrer or a couple of straws. It’s a neat trick for the kiddies, and a potential base for making “Mud Slides” for the adults (milk, a splash of coffee, chocolate soft-serve and your liquor of choice).
Your insider tips are indeed impressive! :thumbsup2

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
08-25-2011, 08:38 AM
So did you go with a backpack, duffle, or a roller-type bag?


Yes.

Well… Max carried a backpack with all his required paraphernalia. Tamara had a small roller bag with that night’s change of clothes and most of the toiletries (just incase the stowed bags were late getting to the cabin). I have a “business travel bag” with enough room in the back for a pair of shoes and one change of clothes while the front is dedicated to all the electronics and necessary paperwork. It also has wheels and a long telescoping handle designed to rest other bags on while you’re moving.



Nicely done! :thumbsup2


Thanks


Bonus points to the first DDC member to work Peanut Butter, Beverly or bacon into their introduction. :rolleyes1


Agreed :lmao: :rotfl2:


I think you were on a boat.


“I'm sorry. It's just... it's such a pretty boat... ship!.” pirate:



If I ever go on a cruise, I just need to book one you're going on so I don't have to remember all the little veteran tips you're laying out. Since you seem to know all the ins and outs of the Disney Cruise ships I'll just let you remind me about details like lunch at the Enchanted Garden. Sound like a plan? :lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

Or… you could just take me with you :rotfl:

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
08-25-2011, 08:55 AM
Wait a minute... so aside from drinks that you order and the tip, you don't have to pay for room service???


Bingo!!!

Drinks and nuts you’ll get charged for. Everything else is free (even the 37th order of the day). And… if you don’t see it on the menu, ask about it. They might have it anyway.

Also… you can preorder breakfast on a card that will be in your cabin and leave it on the doorknob in the evening. Breakfast will then be delivered in the morning.

Also, also… some folks order a carafe of coffee just before bed and (as I’m told) the thermos carafe will keep it pretty warm and you’ll have it as soon as you wake up in the morning.


:headache: That's about the only thing I drink. Nothing beats fresh brewed sweet tea.


Me tooooooooooo! (un-sweetened, but same situation) :sad2:

This is always a problem when I travel to Disney. Their tea just ain’t up to snuff. You can make your own with the teabags at the beverage stations (or bring your own and order a carafe of hot water from roomservice). Just let it cool and then you can add ice and sugar latter on. The tea in the dinning rooms however, is brewed and it’s fairly high quality black tea as well.



What about gallon jugs or 2 liter bottles?:rolleyes1


If you got’s room in you bags, I say… Go for it! :lmao:


Your insider tips are indeed impressive! :thumbsup2


Thanks
I aim to please (and maybe even inform once in a while :lmao:)

Captain_Oblivious
08-25-2011, 12:12 PM
You can always decide weather or not to buy them latter on.

Surely you bought them, right? They're just as affordable as the ride photos at WDW! :sad2:

“Disney Dream! Please welcome… Experiment 627!”

:lmao::rotfl2::rotfl: :thumbsup2

I like it! Wish I'd have thought of that.

An official photo with Admiral Donald, the family and my now “illegal” DisDad shirt (pictures or it didn’t happen ya’ know).

I'm calling the authorities!

Since were just standing around here in the grand lobby, let me show you around for just a moment. Most of these images were taken from the overlooks on Deck-4.

My goodness, this looks like a beautiful ship. Not that the Disney Wonder isn't also wonderful, but they really went above and beyond with the Dream.


The Vista sells specialty coffees and is a great place to settle in away from the crowd. Also… over there in that corner by the counter is a refrigerated display case that is kept full of a verity small bit-sized pastries and…

**whispering**: “They're free!”

:thumbsup2:thumbsup2

The kid’s areas are great, but Max was never very big on ‘em and prefers to hang with us.

Our kids were the same way. Although I have the feeling the kid's areas on the Dream might have had a greater pull.

After a bit of food (OK… a good bit of food and that tends to be a running theme on cruises)

If it's free, it's for me! (well, ok, not really free but you know what I mean.)

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
08-25-2011, 01:53 PM
Surely you bought them, right? They're just as affordable as the ride photos at WDW!
Yah… Right…

We looked them over and weren’t very happy with too many of the end results. Ya’ know… there was that whole issue of the people in the pictures actually being us that just kind’a ruined the whole experience. Sence no one in my house likes how they look, no one wanted any of ‘em. In the end we got a couple, but we certainly didn’t pay for the whole package.

I like it! Wish I'd have thought of that.
Just another reason you need to go again.

My goodness, this looks like a beautiful ship. Not that the Disney Wonder isn't also wonderful, but they really went above and beyond with the Dream.
::yes::
I’ve been on all three and they are all beautiful, but the new girl is absolutely stunning (and the concept drawings of Fantasy are equally eye-catching)

Our kids were the same way. Although I have the feeling the kid's areas on the Dream might have had a greater pull.
You might be right. It really depends on the personality of young’en in question. Again, everyone in my house has a similar personality that is best described as… ummmmm… shy.


If it's free, it's for me! (well, ok, not really free but you know what I mean.)
It’s like the Dinning plan (on steroids). It’s already been paid for, so sit back… loosen your belt a notch or three… and enjoy!

FreezinRafiki
08-26-2011, 08:07 AM
That is might high praise. I don’t believe I can say much more then: thanks.
Honestly… I’m glad to hear that anything I’ve said could be deemed useful.



Barry…
I’ve thought about image ideas for the Halloween cruse y’all have planed aboard the Dream in a few weeks. Here’s a variation on the first thing that came to mind…

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You’re welcome to it if your interested and I can send you a larger rendition if you’d like. I can also make changes if you like part of it or want to make a few alterations. Just holler back.

Rob - that is fantastic! I'll PM you with a few tweak ideas.

FreezinRafiki
08-26-2011, 09:13 AM
“Disney Dream! Please welcome… Experiment 627!”


Yep… that’s what we told ‘em, that’s what they announced.
Really.
Nice! This being our first cruise coming up, I will of course have them announce our actual name. But it certainly gives me a reason to come back for another cruise!
I.P. Freely? Jacques Strap? Anita Bath? The possibilities are endless....


http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/D04-304.jpg
It's a great shot, no matter what illegal shirt you're wearing!



The Vista sells specialty coffees and is a great place to settle in away from the crowd. Also… over there in that corner by the counter is a refrigerated display case that is kept full of a verity small bit-sized pastries and…

**whispering**: “They're free!”

Really, come get all you want any time you want (and that is a bad thing to know).
So this is where I will ultimately begin the "Rude American" transformation. Standing at the cafe, mouth, hands and pockets full of tiny pastries, yelling "Bring me some more!"


This is where you can check out and/or purchase any of the pictures that are taken across the length of the cruise. Each of those bookcases are filled with folders (one for each stateroom) and all the pictures for each cabin are stored together so they’re easy to find and peruse.
I've heard about the facial recognition software they use to organize the pictures. Was it pretty accurate? Did you have pictures of anyone else in your folder? Were you missing a picture you're sure was taken?

I’m sure that you’ll quickly determine the option that best matches your traveling style, but for us… well… we fall into that last group.

Sounds like I have 60 days to figure out how to make myself be in 3 places at once.


But on boarding day, there is a second choice that most folks miss. One of the main dinning rooms will also generally be open for lunch as well. On the Dream, that will normally be The Enchanted Garden down one flight of stairs on Deck-2 (and this will be our next experiment of the afternoon).

{Feverishness scribbling notes.]


Wonderful update, Rob! Great pictures, great information. And the drink section was very helpful. I've got a 72oz insulated mug that might find it's way into my carry on...:rolleyes1:rolleyes1

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
08-31-2011, 01:32 PM
Nice! This being our first cruise coming up, I will of course have them announce our actual name. But it certainly gives me a reason to come back for another cruise!
I.P. Freely? Jacques Strap? Anita Bath? The possibilities are endless....


I suspected that you’d be able to find a way to use this little trick to your own advantage.

So this is where I will ultimately begin the "Rude American" transformation. Standing at the cafe, mouth, hands and pockets full of tiny pastries, yelling "Bring me some more!"


You catch on quickly. You’ll fit in very nicely aboard the Dream.

I've heard about the facial recognition software they use to organize the pictures. Was it pretty accurate? Did you have pictures of anyone else in your folder? Were you missing a picture you're sure was taken?


We didn’t run into that problem, but then again, we didn’t have more then about a half dozen pictures taken the whole cruise (and ultimately only bought two of them).


Sounds like I have 60 days to figure out how to make myself be in 3 places at once.


I just want you to know we’re all counting on you.


Wonderful update, Rob! Great pictures, great information. And the drink section was very helpful. I've got a 72oz insulated mug that might find it's way into my carry on...:rolleyes1:rolleyes1


Thanks, but… are you quite sure that a mere 72 oncer will be sufficient? (you may need something more industrial in scale.


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While I’m here, let me also take a moment to apologize for getting a bit behind. Life has been interfering with my goal to be a prolific penniless and ignored author. But I have good news… The next update will be making its appearance in just a moment or three. OK, maybe that’s not so much “good news” as it is a general warning more close akin to the old terror alert system, but the update is on its way.


Fairly warned you were, says I. pirate:

MissDaisyofTexas
08-31-2011, 01:36 PM
It's so nice to read your report. I love the history you've included. We are going on our very first cruise next June.

I'm glad to see that your son still likes Disney and likes to vacation with mom and dad. The reason I say this is that when I was growing up, we went to WDW about 2 times as a kid and then 1 time as a teenager. On that last trip, when all 3 of us kids were teenagers, my brother opted OUT of going to WDW (he was about 16). I couldn't believe it! Of course now, he's 40 with kids and he's taken them there several times already, LOL.

So for that reason, I am of the mindset that I have to take my kids there several times before they want to opt out of WDW! Or maybe I'll get lucky and they'll still want to go there when they are older. :)

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
08-31-2011, 01:42 PM
Chapter 4: The Tale - Day 1 (Sun)

Part 4: A Room With a View


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Stateroom 9543… our base of operations for the next few days. As you can see, we wasted no time at all hanging up our F/E and slapping several “cruise magnets” on the door. I just have a lot of fun putting these bits of nonsense together, so I end up making far more then we could possibly fit onto one door. Given that I can’t afford two doors on my current salary… I also end up changing the magnets out daily. I’ll waste a bit more of your valuable time on these in the next post (consider that a threat).

Now then… Just like at The World, your KTTW card is the device that unlocks the door to adventure (and/or either relaxation or exhaustion depending on you traveling style). But, unlike the resorts in the vicinity of Bay Lake… the DCL key cards don’t have a magnetic strip. Instead there is an RFID chip built in so rather then swiping the card through a reader, you just “tap” it against the lock sensor to gain access to your domicile.

So just what’s on the other side of that door? This…

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/D03-401.jpg

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!! :scared1:


Sorry about that… just ignore the fat ugly guy ruining the picture.


What we have here is failure to communicate… No, no ,no, no… I mean… what you have there (once you get past the fat ugly guy) is a standard inside Cat-11 stateroom. It ain’t a two-bedroom at OKW, but it’ll do for us. Actually this is one of the smallest types of stateroom on the ship so almost anything you book aboard a DCL ship will actually be larger then this one. Although they’re best for couples, three people can fit but it’s a bit tight (so make sure you’re all on good speaking terms). There is queen bed with enough room underneath to stow all your empty suitcases and such…

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/D03-403.jpg

…a desk/vanity/dresser area (the refrigerator is built into this cabinet as well)…

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/D03-402a.jpg
(I didn’t get great pictures of all the cabin areas, so some of these were found on passporter.com)

…and a couch that folds out into a single bed (Max’ bunk for the duration).

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/D03-402.jpg

One of these here first days, I hope to be in temporary possession of enough extra Benjamins to get one of the larger cabins… maybe even one with a veranda. But then again, we fit in here just fine (even with a teenager). Besides, if you don’t plan to spend that much time in your cabin, do you really need the extra space? I mean… it would be nice and all, but… do you need it?

Once you get in your stateroom on sailing day you’ll find a copy of the Navigator (the ships newspaper and daily schedule) and a few other bits of important info waiting on you.

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/D03-404.jpg

I’ll be giving y’all a better look at today’s “Navi” right after I finish up here and will also do so for each sailing day (so you’ll get to see ‘em all).

Being as we were returning cruisers, there was also a nice little “Castaway Gift” waiting as well. At our current “Silver Level” this consisted of the really cool travel duffel you see here…

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/D03-405.jpg

…and tucked inside were lanyards, a couple of drink bottles, a key ring and few other whats-its (just another bit of Disney Magic).

Now for the other major part of your cabin… the “head” (yep… bathroom pictures… classy ehh?) Most cabins on DCL ships have a split plan that includes a sink & shower in one space, and the rest of the facilities in a separate space. Our Cat-11 however has only one combined area (but we didn’t really mind).

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/D03-406.jpg

The design of the showers aboard the Dream is better then on the Magic & Wonder. It’s still tight, but it is also a bit wider and the curtain is better designed so you don’t feel quite so crowded.

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/D03-407.jpg
Another thing to know is that the tub faucet does not work like you’d expect. Instead of the normal US left-hot-red and right-cold-blue configuration, the right knob controls the mix between hot and cold and the left is the “on-off switch” and determines the amount of water flowing to either the faucet or the shower head (depending on which way you turn it). Just thought I tuck that in there so you don’t get a rude shock your first bleary-eyed morning… it’s worth testing to get the hang of.

Another good idea for organizing this part of you cabin is to get an inexpensive shoe caddy similar to this…

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/D03-408.jpg

…hang it up on the door and have everyone tuck their toothbrushes, toothpaste, hairbrushes, razors and what ever else you may need into the various pockets. This keeps all that stuff handy without having to keep a bunch of travel bags spread out on the e-x-t-r-e-m-e-l-y limited counter space (we actually keep this with our suitcases now and bring it along when ever we travel). You might also want to bring a liquid soap dispenser to set on the counter (it’s easier to manage and a lot less messy then the bar soap that is supplied).

Being as this is an inside stateroom, there ain’t nary a window to be seen, but the space does have another one of them there new fangled Disney type contraptions: a “Virtual Porthole”

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/D03-409.jpg

It’s a video screen showing a feed form one of the ships cameras, so when it’s turned on (and you can control that), you see exactly the same view as the folks with actual portholes (or verandas for that matter). This added bit of electronica also gave the Imagineers another chance to perform little bit o magic. If you’re paying attention, every so often you’ll notice that Tinkerbelle will fly by off in the distance. When you see this, consider it your warning and watch the “VP” for just a minute or two. Before long you’ll be presented with another bit of animated performance art by one or more of the other Disney characters. We did think to record a couple of examples of this and you can take a look at ‘em here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAbpst-piBg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDOYSgomEBQ


A couple more tidbits about the cabin before we head off to explore the ship some more… Just as you open the door and right above the light switches, there’s a little receptacle where you’re supposed to insert one of your KTTW cards as you’re entering.

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/D03-410.jpg
(image supplied by passporter.com)

This controls the electricity in you cabin and if you don’t plug something into it, you’re going to be sitting in the dark. They designed it this way to help save power and cut fuel costs. The idea being that you’ll take your card when you leave thus automatically shutting down everything electric in your cabin. Since nothing will be left running, none of it will be pulling power form the generators. This little trick has been known to cause some serious tongue waging on these here boards. That being said, it’s really not all that hard to deal with, and anything the size of a credit card will work. I just plugged one of the leftover room keys from The Rad into it and didn’t really have to worry much from there on. Unless we were just stepping out for a minute or two, we did play along with this little reindeer game though and shut everything down whenever we left. With an inside cabin however, you do need to remember to plug a card back into this puppy before you close the door or it will be a whole lot like looking at the backside of you eyelids.


Next tidbit… Wave Phones.

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/D03-411.jpg
(image found by passporter.com)

Cell phone service aboard a ship is spotty at best and expensive in all cases (so turn them off and put them away), but DCL is here to help. Each stateroom comes equipped with two small wireless “wave phones” that you can use aboard the ship (and even out on Castaway Cay) to keep in touch with each other. You can also request additional phones from the purser’s desk (with a deposit). The three of us pretty much kept together as a group so we didn’t use these much, but they do work pretty well. Keep in mind that if you loose one, it’ll cost you better then $200 bucks, so keep track of ‘em.

Last tidbit… when you turn on the TV; take a minute to go though the menus (and I have a reason for telling you this). There are a number of fairly interesting diversions here and there is also a submenu of on-demand movies and shows (particularly useful when young’ens need to be entertained while the adults are getting dressed for dinner). Actually the selection of movies is pretty broad. They’re mostly Disney properties (well duh…), but there is still a good bit to choose from. This little service is something we didn’t realize existed until the forth day (my reason for telling you about it now) so don’t make that same mistake.



OK… enough of that noise. We had two other fish to fry before shoving off for the Caribbean. The first was a Cruise-Meet. Our group had planned to gather in the Vista Café at 3:00ish. We figured most folks should be aboard by then and it was just before the Lifeboat drill. Much fun was had meeting everyone and finally being able to put faces to names (and yet I didn’t think to take any pictures). There was also a prize to be retrieved. Several of the families in our group went together and bought custom lanyards for everyone in the group as their contribution to the F/E. That was actually the reason I did the artwork for this sailing in the first place, so that they could use it in the lanyards. These had the sailing dates and the tag line from the image weaved into the straps along with a pocket for carrying your KTTW and IDs, the result looks a whole lot like this:

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/D03-413.jpg

After meeting everyone (and getting into that pastry case over there in the corner), it was just about time to fry that other fish I was talking about… The Muster (also known as: the lifeboat drill), is a mandatory performance. No ifs, ands or buts. Ya’ gott’a do it. The ship ain’t leaving port without first having the Coast Guard inspect and approve the process. Generally it’s held right at Eight-Bells on the afternoon watch (that’s 4:00pm to you landlubbers) but the exact time will also be listed in your Navigator. You should check the evacuation chart on the back of your cabin door, and follow that path down to you assigned lifeboat (which is also identified on you KTTW if you remember where I showed that to you earlier). Don’t use the elevators and… don’t wait for the ships horn to start sounding or your already late. I’d head down there about five or ten minutes before hand. Also make sure someone in the group has their key card, ‘cause they’ll run that by a handheld reader to certify that the group from your cabin was actually there (you really don’t want to be getting a nasty letter from the captain so be there and check in). One nice change to this little square dance is that you no longer have to actually wear your life preserver during the drill. This was the case on previous cruises (as seen here during our stint aboard the Magic in 2009)

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/A11.jpg

But now they’re no longer required…

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/D03-415.jpg

(Although this for some reason this particular shot has somehow or other become a tradition of ours… go figure.)

Once the USCG approves and the CMs assigned to your position release you. It’s time to party. The Sail-Away festivities are just about to get going up on the upper decks and the crew will be cranking up the thrusters and pulling away from the quay in about thirty minutes or less. Then we’ll be traveling up “The Cut” and headed out to open water.

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/A1-015.jpg

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
08-31-2011, 01:44 PM
Chapter 4: The Tale - Day 1 (Sun)

Part 5: Navi-s & Mag-s (Day-1)

As I warned earlier… I’m planning to put up a separate post at the start of each day of the trip that will show y’all a copy of that day’s Navigator. Since we didn’t actually get a hold of one for the first day of the trip until we got into our cabin, I’ll be posting things a little bit out of order this time around.

Anyway… The “Navigator” is kind’a like a ship’s newspaper. On the front page it lists the major events that will be occurring on that day. Inside there is a detailed schedule of everything that you can get into and it also includes general info that might help you get answers to any questions you may have. So with out farther ado… here’s the “Navi” for Day-1

(Just click on each image to see an enlarged version of that page)

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The other thing I warned you about was that I am planning to post views of the Magnets that end up getting applied to our cabin door each day. Now unlike the navigator (which you will likely find useful), these are truly pointless gestures (meaning you’ll likely find no use for them at all). I do it simply because I like doing so and I post them simply ‘cause I feel like it... As such… you can treat these posts with the same amount of respect and reverence that you’d reserve for my other various and sundry tangential Bonus Features. That is… as an utter waste of you valuable time that begs… nay, demands that you go out of your way to completely ignore them (and doing so will not hurt my feelings in the slightest). But, for the masochists among you… here’s your sign(s)

(again just click on each image to see an enlarged versions)


The main themes for the day…

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/Blanks/Dream%20June11/th_Day0-OldFriend.jpg (http://s682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/Blanks/Dream%20June11/?action=view&current=Day0-OldFriend.jpg) http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/Blanks/Dream%20June11/th_00Anniversarya.jpg (http://s682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/Blanks/Dream%20June11/?action=view&current=00Anniversarya.jpg)

A Mickey for each of us…

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/Blanks/Magic%20July09/th_Mickeys-Rob3.jpg (http://s682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/Blanks/Magic%20July09/?action=view&current=Mickeys-Rob3.jpg) http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/Blanks/Magic%20July09/th_Mickeys-Tamara2.jpg (http://s682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/Blanks/Magic%20July09/?action=view&current=Mickeys-Tamara2.jpg) http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/Blanks/Magic%20July09/th_Mickeys-Max2.jpg (http://s682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/Blanks/Magic%20July09/?action=view&current=Mickeys-Max2.jpg)

And one for the home state (the only one that stays up for the whole cruise)

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/Blanks/Dream%20June11/th_Mickeys-zSC.jpg (http://s682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/Blanks/Dream%20June11/?action=view&current=Mickeys-zSC.jpg)

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
08-31-2011, 02:01 PM
It's so nice to read your report. I love the history you've included. We are going on our very first cruise next June.

I'm glad to see that your son still likes Disney and likes to vacation with mom and dad. The reason I say this is that when I was growing up, we went to WDW about 2 times as a kid and then 1 time as a teenager. On that last trip, when all 3 of us kids were teenagers, my brother opted OUT of going to WDW (he was about 16). I couldn't believe it! Of course now, he's 40 with kids and he's taken them there several times already, LOL.

So for that reason, I am of the mindset that I have to take my kids there several times before they want to opt out of WDW! Or maybe I'll get lucky and they'll still want to go there when they are older. :)

Welcome aboard

:welcome:

Glad to have you along. I hope you do get to take your kids down that way as often as you want. We can never get enough and we’ve completely infected our boy with the same obsession. We’re kind’a lucky… so far our son hasn’t yet decided that he can’t be seen with us (and he’s not one to turn down a free trip to anywhere). That could all change tomorrow, but you never know.

I’m also glad that you’ve found a few useful or at least interesting little bit of information in here. That’s what I was trying to accomplish. A Cruising TR for non cruisers that will either help them along the way, or maybe entice them to give it a try. As for the history-ish stuff… my mind is basically a dusty old attic full of way too much old worn-out and often useless brick-a-brack. This little TR (and my last one) are just a convenient place to get rid of some of that mess before I actually start to loose my mind and memories. I keep taking it out of everyone here on the boards, and for some reason, y’all keep letting me do so.


Lucky me.

Captain_Oblivious
08-31-2011, 02:37 PM
Sorry about that… just ignore the fat ugly guy ruining the picture.

I'd normally jump all over this, but then I realized that I posted pictures of myself in my TR. Carry on, sir.

What we have here is failure to communicate…

Cool Hand Luke. :rolleyes1

One of these here first days, I hope to be in temporary possession of enough extra Benjamins to get one of the larger cabins… maybe even one with a veranda. But then again, we fit in here just fine (even with a teenager). Besides, if you don’t plan to spend that much time in your cabin, do you really need the extra space? I mean… it would be nice and all, but… do you need it?

Exactly. Actually I heard the inside staterooms were in huge demand on the Dream. Seems most families were giving up the veranda in order to get the virtual porthole. :thumbsup2

I’ll be giving y’all a better look at today’s “Navi” right after I finish up here and will also do so for each sailing day (so you’ll get to see ‘em all).

If you're like me, you study that thing like the Rosetta Stone, so as not to miss anything.


Another thing to know is that the tub faucet does not work like you’d expect. Instead of the normal US left-hot-red and right-cold-blue configuration, the right knob controls the mix between hot and cold and the left is the “on-off switch” and determines the amount of water flowing to either the faucet or the shower head (depending on which way you turn it). Just thought I tuck that in there so you don’t get a rude shock your first bleary-eyed morning… it’s worth testing to get the hang of.

Rumor has it you could also find a way to mess with the other members of your family and their water supply. Not that I would try this.

It’s a video screen showing a feed form one of the ships cameras, so when it’s turned on (and you can control that), you see exactly the same view as the folks with actual portholes (or verandas for that matter). This added bit of electronica also gave the Imagineers another chance to perform little bit o magic. If you’re paying attention, every so often you’ll notice that Tinkerbelle will fly by off in the distance. When you see this, consider it your warning and watch the “VP” for just a minute or two. Before long you’ll be presented with another bit of animated performance art by one or more of the other Disney characters.

This just sounds really, really cool. I'll have to watch the videos at home. I'm sure my kids will want to see them too!


One nice change to this little square dance is that you no longer have to actually wear your life preserver during the drill.

That is nice! My son was NOT happy about doing that...

Call me crazy, but I think saving power in the rooms is not a bad idea at all. But I can see how it would be easy to forget your room key doing that. And the wave phones look like another nice addition.

afwdwfan
08-31-2011, 03:16 PM
what you have there (once you get past the fat ugly guy) is a standard inside Cat-11 stateroom.
I'll just have to take your word for it and view the photgraphic evidence later.


One of these here first days, I hope to be in temporary possession of enough extra Benjamins to get one of the larger cabins… maybe even one with a veranda. But then again, we fit in here just fine (even with a teenager). Besides, if you don’t plan to spend that much time in your cabin, do you really need the extra space? I mean… it would be nice and all, but… do you need it?
That is always the delimma of planning a vacation. It is always nice to have those little extras, and you want to pamper yourself for that one week a year or whatever but at the same time you've got to keep from breaking the bank. I've considered the fact that if we ever do a cruise, I want to go all out... but then I think, why do I need a veranda when I can see the ocean from elsewhere on the ship... :confused3 Tough call.


Now for the other major part of your cabin… the “head” (yep… bathroom pictures… classy ehh?)
Geeze... why did Barry have to start the bathroom picture trend?


Instead of the normal US left-hot-red and right-cold-blue configuration, the right knob controls the mix between hot and cold and the left is the “on-off switch” and determines the amount of water flowing to either the faucet or the shower head (depending on which way you turn it). Just thought I tuck that in there so you don’t get a rude shock your first bleary-eyed morning… it’s worth testing to get the hang of.
Who's the peanut butterin' Beverly who designed that???


This controls the electricity in you cabin and if you don’t plug something into it, you’re going to be sitting in the dark. They designed it this way to help save power and cut fuel costs. The idea being that you’ll take your card when you leave thus automatically shutting down everything electric in your cabin. Since nothing will be left running, none of it will be pulling power form the generators.
Well, it makes sense, I guess. No need to be wasteful, but I can understand how someone might be a little upset if they're trying to charge an electronic device while they're out of the room.


(and yet I didn’t think to take any pictures)
Therefore, it didn't happen.


(and getting into that pastry case over there in the corner)
The most important detail...

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
08-31-2011, 03:16 PM
I'd normally jump all over this, but then I realized that I posted pictures of myself in my TR. Carry on, sir.


Very generous, but you should’a jumped. I’ve seen your TR. In an ugly contest… I win… by a landslide. I say take your shot. I suspect a few of the other regulars will and this TR could use a little more levity (it’s just way too serious in here).



Cool Hand Luke. :rolleyes1


+1

Couldn’t help it. That one just slipped out


Exactly. Actually I heard the inside staterooms were in huge demand on the Dream. Seems most families were giving up the veranda in order to get the virtual porthole. :thumbsup2


Leave it to Disney to (in Walt’s words) “Plus the experience” of staying in what on every other cruise line is seen as an undesirable space and turn it into something that is now scarce and in demand.


If you're like me, you study that thing like the Rosetta Stone, so as not to miss anything.


Never went anywhere with out it. Highlighters are also helpful tools when it come to dissecting them. We also mad a point to walk by the Pursers desk when ever we were on Deck-3 and grab a couple of extras.



Rumor has it you could also find a way to mess with the other members of your family and their water supply. Not that I would try this.


Don’t know nut’en about ‘dat :rolleyes1




This just sounds really, really cool. I'll have to watch the videos at home. I'm sure my kids will want to see them too!


They were a lot of fun. I’m sure we missed more of them then we caught, but they were a really nice little diversion.

That is nice! My son was NOT happy about doing that...


More then a few of the younger sailors That I’ve encountered in the past hated having to ware a preserver with a passion normally reserved for Brussels sprouts and bed time. It’s a good idea to know where their stowed and how to work ‘em, but I never saw the need to actually drag them down for the drill myself.


Call me crazy, but I think saving power in the rooms is not a bad idea at all. But I can see how it would be easy to forget your room key doing that. And the wave phones look like another nice addition.


I’m with you. It really was not that much of an inconvenience, and since I was using a throwaway card to tackle the job anyway, forgetting to grab it, wouldn’t cause me any problems. Forgetting to grab my wallet, however… that’s a different situation. :rolleyes:

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
08-31-2011, 03:52 PM
I'll just have to take your word for it and view the photgraphic evidence later.


Or not… They’re your eyes. You ought to take better care of them then that.


That is always the delimma of planning a vacation. It is always nice to have those little extras, and you want to pamper yourself for that one week a year or whatever but at the same time you've got to keep from breaking the bank. I've considered the fact that if we ever do a cruise, I want to go all out... but then I think, why do I need a veranda when I can see the ocean from elsewhere on the ship... :confused3 Tough call.


Tough indeed…
Because DCL is more expensive then the other lines (for good reason, but still…) we’ve always had to opt for the “less desirable” spaces.

On the Wonder, we had one of the standard outside cabins (the largest I’ve ever stayed in ) with a porthole, but also with an obstructed view. That allowed us to get the cabin for a reduced price.

On the Magic, we had a cabin similar to the space on the Dream. One of only 13 such small cabins aboard. But that fact combined with the fact that Max got to sail for free is how we were able to enjoy a full seven day cruise in the first place.

All in all… I’ve not minded it though. It’s a bit like living in New York or Paris… we spent far more time outside then in so the space was never an issue.

Geeze... why did Barry have to start the bathroom picture trend?


So we’re officially blaming him for that one then?

Who's the peanut butterin' Beverly who designed that???


That’d be the French... errr… I mean the Germans… well it’s one of them groups of engineers over there on the continent


Well, it makes sense, I guess. No need to be wasteful, but I can understand how someone might be a little upset if they're trying to charge an electronic device while they're out of the room.


I didn’t run into that one, but it’s certainly something to consider.
Good catch.


Therefore, it didn't happen.


Oh good!. ‘Cause it also means I didn’t really climb into that pastry case and start mindlessly devouring all the éclairs and key lime tarts. Now if no one else thought to take pictures of that incident then maybe I can get the whole thing erased from my records at DCL.

FreezinRafiki
08-31-2011, 03:56 PM
I just have a lot of fun putting these bits of nonsense together, so I end up making far more then we could possibly fit onto one door.
I'm getting quite addicted to it myself! Where did you get yours made?


Instead there is an RFID chip built in so rather then swiping the card through a reader, you just “tap” it against the lock sensor to gain access to your domicile.
Oooo....technology!
This will help solve the problem we always have when staying in a hotel. Each kid wants to take turns sliding the card in to unlock the door. Invariably, I'm left standing holding everything I had, plus whatever they had, leaving me with zero free hands to show them the proper orientation for the card to slide into the slot. Just tap it in. Just tap it in...

…and a couch that folds out into a single bed (Max’ bunk for the duration).

He's young yet. His back can handle sleeping on a couch for a few days!


Being as we were returning cruisers, there was also a nice little “Castaway Gift” waiting as well. At out current “Silver Level” this consisted of the really cool travel duffel you see here…

…and tucked inside were lanyards, a couple of drink bottles, a key ring and few other whats-its (just another bit of Disney Magic).
Free stuff from Disney?!? Heck yeah I'll book another $6000 cruise to get $40 worth of free stuff!

(No, seriously, I will. :thumbsup2)



Now for the other major part of your cabin… the “head” (yep… bathroom pictures… classy ehh?)
::yes::



Another thing to know is that the tub faucet does not work like you’d expect. Instead of the normal US left-hot-red and right-cold-blue configuration, the right knob controls the mix between hot and cold and the left is the “on-off switch” and determines the amount of water flowing to either the faucet or the shower head (depending on which way you turn it). Just thought I tuck that in there so you don’t get a rude shock your first bleary-eyed morning… it’s worth testing to get the hang of.
Engineers. :sad2:


This controls the electricity in you cabin and if you don’t plug something into it, you’re going to be sitting in the dark. They designed it this way to help save power and cut fuel costs.

I'd love to know what it costs Disney to fill up the tanks before leaving port. :eek:



And one for the home state (the only one that stays up for the whole cruise)
Good Idea! I've got another one to make!



Geeze... why did Barry have to start the bathroom picture trend?
:thumbsup2:thumbsup2

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
08-31-2011, 05:28 PM
I'm getting quite addicted to it myself! Where did you get yours made?


So I’ve heard.

Most folks just print them on “Magnetic paper”. I like to go a bit more heavy duty. You can get flexible magnet sheets at craft stores (and you can buy mass quantities of the stuff on-line as well). Most of these will have one side treated with a tacky glue so it’s easy to just print out the images once your happy with ‘em and than adhere the prints to one side of the magnet sheet. After that you just trim off the excess with scissors and x-acto knives and you done. If you want to make them almost indestructible after that, then just treat them with a decoupage paste (like “Mod Podge”) and your ready to roll.


Oooo....technology!
This will help solve the problem we always have when staying in a hotel. Each kid wants to take turns sliding the card in to unlock the door. Invariably, I'm left standing holding everything I had, plus whatever they had, leaving me with zero free hands to show them the proper orientation for the card to slide into the slot. Just tap it in. Just tap it in...


I think every parent has that problem. I suspect that we’ll be seeing something similar key card wise at WDW in the near future as well.


He's young yet. His back can handle sleeping on a couch for a few days!


Absolutely.

Actually, it makes a pretty good bunk. If you got a standard cabin that sleeps four, then one of the twin beds will be the flip down couch and the other one will be a bunk that drops down out of the ceiling. (your young’ens will likely be arguing over that one :lmao: ).


Free stuff from Disney?!? Heck yeah I'll book another $6000 cruise to get $40 worth of free stuff!

(No, seriously, I will. :thumbsup2)


Sad but true… :sad2:

Seriously… I’ll be doing it again as well. :lmao:



I'd love to know what it costs Disney to fill up the tanks before leaving port. :eek:


Better you don’t know :rolleyes:


Good Idea! I've got another one to make!



:thumbsup2

So… will it look like blocks of cheese, or use a general “Holstein” pattern?

Captain_Oblivious
08-31-2011, 08:06 PM
Ok, I just watched the videos, and those virtual portholes are AWESOME! There's no way my kids would ever let me book an outside room knowing they were missing that.

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
08-31-2011, 08:15 PM
Ok, I just watched the videos, and those virtual portholes are AWESOME! There's no way my kids would ever let me book an outside room knowing they were missing that.

So… I’ve just ensured that the next time you cruise via DCL, you’ll have to pay less for the cabin?



S-w-e-e-t!
My work here is done :goodvibes (for today…)

mike the canuck
09-01-2011, 06:20 AM
Awesome and very detailed report. I have learned so much I didnt know bout Disney cruises. I hope to go on one in the future.

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
09-01-2011, 08:04 AM
Awesome and very detailed report. I have learned so much I didnt know bout Disney cruises. I hope to go on one in the future.

:welcome:

Howdy and thanks for climbing aboard. I appreciate the kind words and hope that I can continue to supply you with at least one or two useful bits-o-info (buried amongst the rest of this morass of mindless gibberish). I love cruising and honestly wish I could do way more of it. So if I can help anyone else make that decision to jump in, then I’ve accomplished at least part of my goal.


Voice in my head #2: “You mean to be a shill for the cruise industry?”

Voice in my head #1: “Nooooo, to show others that it can be a lot of fun.”

Voice in my head #3: “…And to be a shill for DCL”

Voice in my head #1: “I don’t think anyone yanked your chain, so you just stay out of this. Got it!”

Voice in my head #3: “But! You didn’t refute my point…”

Voice in my head #1: “I said hush up now!”

Voice in my head #3: **grumbeling under breath** “Overbearing… dictatorial… so-and-so…”

Voice in my head #1: “I heard that!”

Voice in my head #2: **talking to #3** “Oh, just let it lay… you know how he gets.”

:rolleyes1

afwdwfan
09-02-2011, 08:01 AM
Uh oh... the multiple personalities are back.:lmao::rotfl2:

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
09-02-2011, 08:19 AM
Uh oh... the multiple personalities are back.:lmao::rotfl2:

The voices… THE VOICES…

Don’t y’all hear ‘em? They never really leave ya’ know.
The trick is to figure out just exactly which one is actually doing the talking form one post to the next.

Captain_Oblivious
09-02-2011, 09:05 AM
Engineers. :sad2:

I know, right? Expecting people to figure out an on/off switch.

afwdwfan
09-02-2011, 09:18 AM
I know, right? Expecting people to figure out an on/off switch.
I'm sorry, but you just made me think of a ridiculous sign that is on the door at my bank... it says "Push to Operate" :lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
09-02-2011, 10:10 AM
I'm sorry, but you just made me think of a ridiculous sign that is on the door at my bank... it says "Push to Operate" :lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

:lmao: :lmao:

I know, right? Expecting people to figure out an on/off switch.

The problem is that an on/off switch is too simple a concept.

Now if you could find a way to make the thing look like a stereotypical Italian plumber and force everyone to operate it with a handheld controller that has to be stored in a different part of the room, and then add multiple challenges and levels that must be overcome before the water could be turned on… Then our young’ens (and a great percentage of the 20-to-30-somthings) would spend a whole lot more time on their hygiene.

Captain_Oblivious
09-02-2011, 10:43 AM
I'm sorry, but you just made me think of a ridiculous sign that is on the door at my bank... it says "Push to Operate" :lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

The problem is that an on/off switch is too simple a concept.

Now if you could find a way to make the thing look like a stereotypical Italian plumber and force everyone to operate it with a handheld controller that has to be stored in a different part of the room, and then add multiple challenges and levels that must be overcome before the water could be turned on… Then our young’ens (and a great percentage of the 20-to-30-somthings) would spend a whole lot more time on their hygiene.

http://ts1.mm.bing.net/images/thumbnail.aspx?q=1184964219540&id=2ec55f328bf2c4f00aeb43e6cfad6cc2

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
09-07-2011, 01:35 PM
Chapter 4: The Tale - Day 1 (Sun)

Part 6: T minus 5… 4… 3…

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“Twenty seconds and counting…

T minus 15 seconds, guidance is internal. Twelve, 11, 10, 9, ignition sequence starts...

...6, …5, …4, ...3, ... 2, …1, zero, all engine running, LIFT-OFF!
We have a lift-off, 32 minutes past the hour. Lift-off on Apollo 11.”



(As spoken by NASA Public Affairs Officer: Jack King on July 20, 1969)


If you’ve never actually seen and/or heard an account of that launch, I encourage you do so. It was a scant fifteen minutes from ignition to orbit, yet it changed everything. Here’s a link to an official NASA transcript form that day with many excellent notes, commentary, and even embedded videos tucked in for good measure:

Apollo Flight Journal (Day 1, part 1: Launch)
http://history.nasa.gov/ap11fj/01launch.htm

I was seven years old at the time. The start of second grade was still a couple of weeks away. I knew what was going on… and I didn’t know what was going on. On that particular evening, I’d like to have been at least a little wiser (if not necessarily older) so that I could have truly grasped the magnitude of what was happening. But then again… I was a kid, and I looked at it all through the eyes of wonder. That right there… that “eyes of wonder” bit… that is what I love most about anything Disney.

(You did know that I’d be getting back around to Disney in a minute or two… right?)

There is just something about the Disney experience the makes me think like a kid again. To just see… to focus only on the magic of the moment and not to interrupt that moment with all the worries that are part and parcel to grown up life.

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Right after the Muster, we made a quick stop by out stateroom to pick up the resort mugs we’d brought along (and to toss a splash of rum into a couple of ‘em if you know what I mean) and headed up top-side. When we hit Deck-11 things were already swinging. A dance beat was reverberating across the open decks and most folks were either in line for the Aqua Duck or congregating on the dance floor amidships. We headed back toward the beverage station to top off our cups and then and melted into the mob.

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The folks on the Cruise Directors staff (with the help of several of the main characters) were up on the main stage abaft the forward funnel getting everyone up and jumping along. This is the “Sail-Away Party”! It’s like taking one of the WDW parades, compressing it into a space the size of a gymnasium, filling that space to capacity and then turning up the volume.

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Interesting note: if you look close at that dance floor, you’ll notice that the pool is gone (either that of all those folks are walking… errrr… dancing on water). Actually, there is a retractable floor that covers the main pool area. Whenever extra space is needed, they just push a buttons and the pool goes bye-bye.


If you have young kids, girls of nearly any age, or are just into to jumping around in what ever manner passes for dance these days… this party is the place for you. They will keep everyone moving and singing along until the ship has pulled away form the quay. Then there is a countdown to the first sounding of the ship’s horn. It can be a lot of fun and we did stand and watched for a minute or two, but being a certifiable disaster on the dance floor it was best for all concerned that I just move on to other diversions (and my saint of a wife gladly allows me to do so). We decided to climb up to Deck-12 to get a better look-see.

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The soiree was keeping things pretty crowded amidships, so we figured we’d head forward to see what all was going on in the quieter realms. Similar to the way it’s done at the parks, DCL uses music to create a sense of place. All the speaker systems are directional and there are barriers that divide the main decks into to demarked environments. When you move from one to the next, it’s like you’ve walked onto an entirely separate ship. As we continued forward, you could no longer hear the blaring dance beat and everything was much calmer.

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That shot is looking toward the bow on Deck-12. Notice how the builders turned the space beneath the radar domes into covered sitting areas. That’s something I’ve not seen done before and I thought that was quite a clever use of a utilitarian necessity. Just off to the right in that picture is the enclosure for an area that is even calmer (and exclusive): the outdoor lounge for the Concierge guests. The high-end cabins are all forward on decks 11 and 12 and the entire area is only accessible by having a key card with the right amount of mojo. But… you can peek through the frosted glass to get a look at how the country club set lives (kind’a like Ralphie and the rest of the First-nighters at Higbee’s main display window all packed earmuff-to-earmuff, jostled in wonderment before a golden, tinkling display of mechanized, electronic joy!)

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Well maybe it’s not all that… but clearly, affluence does buy you a little extra exclusivity (and space). OK, back to the real world… We crossed back over to the starboard side to see that one of the lifeboats had been unloaded and was being hauled away.

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This was interesting because you don’t generally get to see these bad boys from that angle (which is good), but it was also a slightly disturbing site to see one them on dry land and heading away from the ship. I noticed first that it wasn’t the one that we’d been assigned to (so no worries there), and I was also calmed by the knowledge that this ship wouldn’t be leaving port if there weren’t enough boats and rafts for everyone onboard. As such, I figured they already had a backup plan in place. I’m still curious at to what might have been wrong with that one, but in any case, they loaded a new boat onboard at our next port, and no one was really the wiser.

It was just about this time that the dockworkers had finished buttoning everything up and cast off all the lines. The captain was on the wing bridge and already had the thrusters cranked up. We were moving! Sideways… but defiantly in motion. I decided to head up to the front of the observation deck and see if we couldn’t find a spot on the rail and watch as the ship started to make for open water. Luckily we did find a nice spot and settled in for the show.

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As we passed by, the Freedom of the Seas gave us a fair-the-well blast of her horns. The Dream answered back with a chorus of “Be Our Guest”. You could hear the entire crowd back at the Sail Away Party through up a huge cheer at that.

Time to change gears a little bit. Just to give you an idea of the seamanship required to get a cruise ship out to sea, here’s a little map of the facilities at port Canaveral.

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They first used the side thrusters on the ship to push her away from Terminal-8 and into the center of a large open area known as the “West Turning Basin”. Then the Captain started her forward into the main channel. This is also called “The Cut” as it was cut into the barrier island by the Corps of Engineers in the late 1940s and was originally intended to serve as the harbor for the Cape Canaveral missile testing facility just to the north (you can also see the Canveral Light in this one).

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As we moved up the Cut, a group of Manatees gave us a slow-motion escort…

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Having a pod of dolphins follow your ship out of port is generally considered to be good luck. I’m not sure of the implication implied by a manatee escort, but since the rest of the cruise was excellent by nearly any measure, I’ll be lumping that site into the good omen category as well from here on out.

As we passed by the “Middle Turning Basin” we got a closer look at the NASA Navy. Wait a minute… NASA has a navy? Well… as a mater of fact, they do. A small one to be sure, but there are several unique purpose built ships that work for our aerospace administration.

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These two (MV Liberty Star and MV Freedom Star) have the job of retrieving used SRB booster rockets that are jettisoned during Shuttle Launches. The boosters land in the Atlantic

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And the Retrieval ships corral ‘em and haul them back to the Cape

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Then there is “The Barge”

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This is used to deliver the shuttle’s massive external fuel tank. The tanks are built in Alabama at the Marshall Space Flight Center and are shipped to Canaveral via this specially built barge.

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From there the tank is unloaded and trucked across the Cape Canaveral AFS and to the vehicle assemble building at the Kennedy Space Center just to the north on Merritt inland.

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Here’s another shot of the barge with the KSC in the distance beyond. It’s a bit hard to make out in this picture, but you can also see the shuttle launch pads (39A and 39B) In the distance…

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Well lookie there… I went and snuck in a mini bonus feature on the NASA Fleet while y’all weren’t payin’ attention (I should probably be beat for that, but I couldn’t resist)



OK… here’s another interesting site that all the dancing folks don’t generally get to see as we’re heading up the Cut…

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That… is a submarine… or at least what looks like a submarine. Except that it’s on dry land and is similar to an iceberg in that you can only see the tip of it. So… is the rest of the thing buried? Nope… not quite. This is actually a monument and being as such… and being ship related… and being history related… it just might be a good candidate for a bonus feature. So… y’all just remember that you saw that there and I may well come back around to explaining the whats, whys and wherefores of that odd artifact in a little while (**insert ominous foreshadowing music here**).

And this is last thing you will see as you’re heading out of the port

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Well, on the port side anyway… on the starboard side is the long pier at the corner of Jetty Park and lot of folks waving goodbye to you and the ship. Now just exactly why the Canaveral AFS has a sign posted at the entrance to the port that tell you exactly what the date and time are at the moment… I can’t say (and considering the amount of useless knowledge I have floating around in my head… that’s unusual), but there it is.

A minute or two later and we’ve cleared the port and the Florida coast is starting to recede in the distance.

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In a short while, we won’t see land at all. Now that the Bon Voyage celebrations are starting to wind down, folks were starting to head back down to their cabins to get ready for the next big event… dinner. Well, actually about half of us. They serve dinner in two shifts. The folks in the first seating were off to get dressed. Those of us waiting till the late dinner seating had an array of different things we could get into, but for most (us included), there was somewhere specific destination…

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…our first chance to take in a show in the main theater. I think I’ll go top off my mug and probably even drop back by the cabin for another shot of rum. Y’all just go on ahead and save me a seat, but just don’t look like you’re saving me a seat (cause that could be seen as rude). I’ll drop back by that pastry case and grab a passel of those éclairs and meet you up in the balcony and we’ll catch our first show of the cruise.




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FreezinRafiki
09-07-2011, 02:06 PM
I was seven years old at the time. The start of second grade was still a couple of weeks away.
Let's see... July 16,1969... I was ...[scribbling math-like equations on scraps of paper]... 9 years, 1 month and change away from being born. But I've read the accounts and watched the videos, so it was like I was there. :thumbsup2



That right there… that “eyes of wonder” bit… that is what I love most about anything Disney.
:thumbsup2


This is the “Sail-Away Party”! It’s like taking one of the WDW parades, compressing it into a space the size of a gymnasium, filling that space to capacity and then turning up the volume.
AND GET OFF MY LAWN!

Just kidding. I'll be right in the thick of it, dancing away with the kids!
Whenever extra space is needed, they just push a buttons and the pool goes bye-bye.
Wow, I hope they yell "everyone out of the pool!" before they hit that button.


That shot is looking toward the bow on Deck-12. Notice how the builders turned the space beneath the radar domes into covered sitting areas.
Remember kids, don't stand next to the microwave when its on. But go ahead and stretch out and take a nap under the radar dome!


Just off to the right in that picture is the enclosure for an area that is even calmer (and exclusive): the outdoor lounge for the Concierge guests. The high-end cabins are all forward on decks 11 and 12 and the entire area is only accessible by having a key card with the right amount of mojo. But… you can peek through the frosted glass to get a look at how the country club set lives
Or grab a seat just out side the glass and casually and randomly flick ice cubes over the wall. :rolleyes1:rolleyes1

I’m still curious at to what might have been wrong with that one, but in any case, they loaded a new boat onboard at our next port, and no one was really the wiser.
About the only thing I can think of that would be wrong with a boat is "it doesn't float". (Sorry to use high tech nautical jargon there.)


Having a pod of dolphins follow your ship out of port is generally considered to be good luck. I’m not sure of the implication implied by a manatee escort
Well, manatees are like really fat dolphins, and there is free food galore available 24 hours a day on the boat. So....bon appetit!


Well lookie there… I went and snuck in a mini bonus feature on the NASA Fleet while y’all weren’t payin’ attention (I should probably be beat for that, but I couldn’t resist)

Beat? Heck no! A round of Dole Whips for you, my good man! :thumbsup2

So… y’all just remember that you saw that there and I may well come back around to explaining the whats, whys and wherefores of that odd artifact in a little while (**insert ominous foreshadowing music here**).
Do it! Do it! Do it! I'm on the edge of my seat!

Now just exactly why the Canaveral AFS has a sign posted at the entrance to the port that tell you exactly what the date and time are at the moment… I can’t say (and considering the amount of useless knowledge I have floating around in my head… that’s unusual), but there it is.
Well, I'll go out on a limb here and say it is so people know what time it is. :confused3


Great job, Rob. Loved the pictures!

Captain_Oblivious
09-07-2011, 02:54 PM
If you’ve never actually seen and/or heard an account of that launch, I encourage you do so.

Well, I've got Barry beat. I was only 5 years and 4 months away from being born. So that makes me...older than Barry.

But then again… I was a kid, and I looked at it all through the eyes of wonder. That right there… that “eyes of wonder” bit… that is what I love most about anything Disney.

Well said, sir. Or, in smiley language: :thumbsup2

There is just something about the Disney experience the makes me think like a kid again. To just see… to focus only on the magic of the moment and not to interrupt that moment with all the worries that are part and parcel to grown up life.

Given the peanut butter I've had to put up with at work today, I needed this. Thanks.

It’s like taking one of the WDW parades, compressing it into a space the size of a gymnasium, filling that space to capacity and then turning up the volume.

Hmm. You're making me want to stay on one of the other decks.


Interesting note: if you look close at that dance floor, you’ll notice that the pool is gone (either that of all those folks are walking… errrr… dancing on water). Actually, there is a retractable floor that covers the main pool area. Whenever extra space is needed, they just push a buttons and the pool goes bye-bye.


Barry's comment on this made me laugh. I'd also like to see them re-create that scene from It's A Wonderful Life when they open the pool under the dance floor. :thumbsup2

We decided to climb up to Deck-12 to get a better look-see.

Wise move.

Similar to the way it’s done at the parks, DCL uses music to create a sense of place. All the speaker systems are directional and there are barriers that divide the main decks into to demarked environments. When you move from one to the next, it’s like you’ve walked onto an entirely separate ship. As we continued forward, you could no longer hear the blaring dance beat and everything was much calmer.

I'm convinced this is one of the things that makes Disney awesome. Life is better with a soundtrack.

But… you can peek through the frosted glass to get a look at how the country club set lives (kind’a like Ralphie and the rest of the First-nighters at Higbee’s main display window all packed earmuff-to-earmuff, jostled in wonderment before a golden, tinkling display of mechanized, electronic joy!)

Wow! They get to sit on chairs!

I’m still curious at to what might have been wrong with that one, but in any case, they loaded a new boat onboard at our next port, and no one was really the wiser.

Nobody asked you to play the violin during the rescue drill, did they? :confused3

Having a pod of dolphins follow your ship out of port is generally considered to be good luck. I’m not sure of the implication implied by a manatee escort, but since the rest of the cruise was excellent by nearly any measure, I’ll be lumping that site into the good omen category as well from here on out.

I would think manatees are a more rare sighting, so this means you got the rare "platinum-level" cruise. Unless, as is sometimes the case in Florida, the boat's propellers injured the manatees on the way out. I'm thinking that might not be as good of an omen.

Well lookie there… I went and snuck in a mini bonus feature on the NASA Fleet while y’all weren’t payin’ attention (I should probably be beat for that, but I couldn’t resist)

Well, bless your nerdy little heart. As soon as I saw the pictures, I was wondering if those were the boats that picked up the rocket boosters. Cool! :thumbsup2

This is actually a monument and being as such… and being ship related… and being history related… it just might be a good candidate for a bonus feature. So… y’all just remember that you saw that there and I may well come back around to explaining the whats, whys and wherefores of that odd artifact in a little while (**insert ominous foreshadowing music here**).

popcorn::

We had fun waving to the folks on the docks as we left the port. I think we also announced to the kids that they had just left the United States for the first time in their lives. Not sure what it meant to them at their age, but it was a cool moment for DW and me. :goodvibes

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
09-07-2011, 07:01 PM
Let's see... July 16,1969... I was ...[scribbling math-like equations on scraps of paper]... 9 years, 1 month and change away from being born. But I've read the accounts and watched the videos, so it was like I was there. :thumbsup2

Pup!

AND GET OFF MY LAWN!

Just kidding. I'll be right in the thick of it, dancing away with the kids!

And of you… I’d expect no less. You and your young’ens are exactly the right folks for this party. You’ll have a ball.


Wow, I hope they yell "everyone out of the pool!" before they hit that button.

Hay… Sometimes Ya’s gott’s to take ya’ chances.
Look at it as a random thrill ride.


Remember kids, don't stand next to the microwave when its on. But go ahead and stretch out and take a nap under the radar dome!

Different kind of radar (no microwaves), but I believe you could always use that story to scare folks away and keep the spot for yourself.


Or grab a seat just out side the glass and casually and randomly flick ice cubes over the wall. :rolleyes1:rolleyes1

Ooooo… Devious… I like the way you think.


About the only thing I can think of that would be wrong with a boat is "it doesn't float". (Sorry to use high tech nautical jargon there.)

:lmao: :lmao:
Actually it’s more likely to have been something mechanical. The things are designed to stay afloat even if you fill ‘em with water, turn ‘em upside down or break ‘em in half (a comforting thing to know).


Well, manatees are like really fat dolphins, and there is free food galore available 24 hours a day on the boat. So....bon appetit!


You may be more right then you know :rolleyes:


Beat? Heck no! A round of Dole Whips for you, my good man! :thumbsup2

Thank you sir. I may have to take you up on that one some time.


Do it! Do it! Do it! I'm on the edge of my seat!


:rolleyes1


Well, I'll go out on a limb here and say it is so people know what time it is. :confused3


Well… being as I was the one to explain just how easy it would be for you’re Holstein to smoke a cigarette in the hold of a passenger line… I’d say I deserved that one. :rotfl2:


Great job, Rob. Loved the pictures!


Again… Thanks
(but you do realize that if you keep encouraging me, I’ll just keep this nonsense up, right? ;) ).

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
09-07-2011, 07:12 PM
Well, I've got Barry beat. I was only 5 years and 4 months away from being born. So that makes me...older than Barry.

I repeat… Pup!

Both of ya’

:lmao: :lmao:


Well said, sir. Or, in smiley language: :thumbsup2


Given the peanut butter I've had to put up with at work today, I needed this. Thanks.

High praise indeed… Thank you sir.


Hmm. You're making me want to stay on one of the other decks.


It’s a personality thing. I ain’t a big dance party person myself, but there are always quieter options somewhere on the ship.


Barry's comment on this made me laugh. I'd also like to see them re-create that scene from It's A Wonderful Life when they open the pool under the dance floor. :thumbsup2

He coaxed a snicker out of me as well. Actually, I put some serious consideration into using the “Wonderful Life” image here, but couldn’t find a good way to fit it in at the time.


I'm convinced this is one of the things that makes Disney awesome. Life is better with a soundtrack.

::yes::


Wow! They get to sit on chairs!


Your right in that there really isn’t anything here that isn’t also everywhere else on the ship, other then the right to separate yourself from the rest of the rabble (which if you ask me is actually kind’a sad :sad2:).


Nobody asked you to play the violin during the rescue drill, did they? :confused3


Not so far as you know :rolleyes1


I would think manatees are a more rare sighting, so this means you got the rare "platinum-level" cruise.

I like that image… :thumbsup2


Unless, as is sometimes the case in Florida, the boat's propellers injured the manatees on the way out. I'm thinking that might not be as good of an omen.

That image… not so much :sick:


Well, bless your nerdy little heart. As soon as I saw the pictures, I was wondering if those were the boats that picked up the rocket boosters. Cool! :thumbsup2


Guilty as charged… and you’re welcome.



We had fun waving to the folks on the docks as we left the port. I think we also announced to the kids that they had just left the United States for the first time in their lives. Not sure what it meant to them at their age, but it was a cool moment for DW and me. :goodvibes


Every trip we take is an adventure, but the ones where we were on a ship always seemed more exotic. Even though our ports of call we’re really no more then standardized tourist destinations, the thought of being out of the country just added an extra element of wonder that you just don’t get from a typical roadside attraction.

afwdwfan
09-08-2011, 10:20 AM
Holy Schnikes! Our firewall must have been changed. I can see your pictures!



“Twenty seconds and counting…

T minus 15 seconds, guidance is internal. Twelve, 11, 10, 9, ignition sequence starts...

...6, …5, …4, ...3, ... 2, …1, zero, all engine running, LIFT-OFF!
We have a lift-off, 32 minutes past the hour. Lift-off on Apollo 11.”



(As spoken by NASA Public Affairs Officer: Jack King on July 20, 1969)

Is it wrong that I get goosebumps just reading that? Such a shame that US space travel is out of business for the foreseeable future.:sad2:


I was seven years old at the time.
To continue with Mark and Barry's side tangent, I would have been negative 12 years, 4 months at the time.:rolleyes1


The start of second grade was still a couple of weeks away. I knew what was going on… and I didn’t know what was going on. On that particular evening, I’d like to have been at least a little wiser (if not necessarily older) so that I could have truly grasped the magnitude of what was happening. But then again… I was a kid, and I looked at it all through the eyes of wonder. That right there… that “eyes of wonder” bit… that is what I love most about anything Disney.
Well said, and a very interesting perspective on it.:thumbsup2


(and to toss a splash of rum into a couple of ‘em if you know what I mean)
You just answered the age old question. Apparently, that's why the rum is always gone.:lmao::rotfl2:



Interesting note: if you look close at that dance floor, you’ll notice that the pool is gone (either that of all those folks are walking… errrr… dancing on water). Actually, there is a retractable floor that covers the main pool area. Whenever extra space is needed, they just push a buttons and the pool goes bye-bye.

I had the same thought Mark had about this one. :rotfl: I wonder where that magical button is...:rolleyes1


I’m still curious at to what might have been wrong with that one, but in any case, they loaded a new boat onboard at our next port, and no one was really the wiser.
Obviously you were... :rolleyes1


Having a pod of dolphins follow your ship out of port is generally considered to be good luck. I’m not sure of the implication implied by a manatee escort, but since the rest of the cruise was excellent by nearly any measure, I’ll be lumping that site into the good omen category as well from here on out.
I'd say one marine mammal is as good as the next.:confused3


Well lookie there… I went and snuck in a mini bonus feature on the NASA Fleet while y’all weren’t payin’ attention (I should probably be beat for that, but I couldn’t resist)
I didn't know about the NASA Navy... very interesting.:thumbsup2




So… y’all just remember that you saw that there and I may well come back around to explaining the whats, whys and wherefores of that odd artifact in a little while (**insert ominous foreshadowing music here**).
You'd better explain it now that you mentioned it. I don't know what the Beverly it is.:confused3


…our first chance to take in a show in the main theater. I think I’ll go top off my mug and probably even drop back by the cabin for another shot of rum. Y’all just go on ahead and save me a seat, but just don’t look like you’re saving me a seat (cause that could be seen as rude). I’ll drop back by that pastry case and grab a passel of those éclairs and meet you up in the balcony and we’ll catch our first show of the cruise.
Rum, free pastries, and a Disney show... There's really nothing left to say.

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
09-09-2011, 09:17 AM
Holy Schnikes! Our firewall must have been changed. I can see your pictures!


Cool! :thumbsup2

Now you don’t have to waste time reading this drivel. You can just look at the pictures and move on to the next TR.


Is it wrong that I get goosebumps just reading that? Such a shame that US space travel is out of business for the foreseeable future.:sad2:


Score!
“Goosebumps” is exactly the reaction I was hopping for (cause that’s what it does to me). As such… it ain’t wrong. Unfortunately, that second sentence is also correct, and yes… shame is the word I’d use as well.

To continue with Mark and Barry's side tangent, I would have been negative 12 years, 4 months at the time.:rolleyes1


Again I say: “Pups!”
I already know that I can easily be classified as a “relic”, but sheeese…


Well said, and a very interesting perspective on it.:thumbsup2


Thanks


You just answered the age old question. Apparently, that's why the rum is always gone.:lmao::rotfl2:


Captain Jack is just going to have to get his rump down to the stores locker before me, or he’s always going to be locking down the neck of an empty rum bottle.



I had the same thought Mark had about this one. :rotfl: I wonder where that magical button is...:rolleyes1


Good question… I never actually saw the floor being retracted, just the obvious aftermath.
Another classic movie image that comes to mind in relation to this is the scene from “Goldfinger”, here our villain is explaining the plan for the Fort Knox heist to the room full of mobsters (of course it seemed like a waste of good money to me to put together such an elaborate presentation for a bunch of thugs who were just going to be inhaling a big ol’ lung full of “Delta-9” in a moment or two anyway).


Obviously you were... :rolleyes1


Yah, but… I’m really pretty much a “nobody”, so technically, my statement is still correct.


I didn't know about the NASA Navy... very interesting.:thumbsup2


Again… thanks.
I thought about throwing another 1000 words in right about here, but I think I’ll just settle for another picture on the subject instead…

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Rum, free pastries, and a Disney show... There's really nothing left to say.


Other then: “Hay, pass me another one of those” or maybe: “Here’s mud in your eye”, I really can’t think of anything else either.

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
09-09-2011, 09:24 AM
Do it! Do it! Do it! I'm on the edge of my seat!



popcorn::



You'd better explain it now that you mentioned it. I don't know what the Beverly it is.:confused3



You’re actually asking for a bonus feature? :eek:

Are you nuts?!?!

O… K… but just remember… y’all asked for it. I was going to wait until I had the last chunk of day-1 finished and post them together (so that folks could skip this next bonus feature and move on to the rest of the actual TR), but since I seemed to have raised everyone’s curiosity (not sure that three people counts as everyone, but still…) I’ll go ahead and put it up in the next post.

Let me apologize for what I’m about to do right up front. Where as some of my bonus features are spur of the moment affairs, I kind’a had this particular one planed out from the get go. It is way more info then any normal person would really want on a couple of subjects that generally elicit grand yawns form the bulk of the pop-culture majority. But… I-R-a-geek, and it is my TR (which only about three or so folks are reading anyway), so I just let my self get carried away. Actually… I did a lot of work, cutting this one down so just think… it could have been worse.


:rolleyes1

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
09-09-2011, 09:30 AM
Bonus Feature 8:

Nathanael Greene



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So… why is there a chunk of a former nuclear submarine sitting along the channel leading into and out of Port Canaveral?


That question is your official warning that I’m about to head off into Bonus Feature Land. For those of you who have wisely been circumnavigating my various off-topic ramblings… now is the time to implement a strategic retreat. I’d be doing it if I were you, because the consequences of remaining in the line of fire will include such atrocities as being forced to read up on pointless bits of minutia like: what exactly a strategic retreat is (and why it matters to us historically); or what kind of diabolical organization “SRP” might be (and just how that relates to those “things” sitting in “Trench-94”); or maybe even having to hear what any of this has to do with Midway (and that last one is a very tenuous connection at best)… this could get messy.


You still here?

OK… here we go, and (lucky you)… this is a two for one Bonus Feature.

What you see in that picture up there at the top of this post is a very fine watercolor depiction of the USS Nathanael Greene (SSBN-636), showing a rather interesting birds eye view of the sub underway. Here’s a more recent view of that ships conning tower in her current location on the grounds of the Cape Canaveral AFS (and in plain site from any ship or boat the enters or leaves the port.

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It’s all that is left of a once mighty “Boomer” (well… almost all that is left). Before I tell you why it’s parked there (and why it’s almost all that’s left), I think we should first discuss why the US Navy would see fit to name a ship Nathanael in the first place. I’m sure that most of you didn’t even have to jump onto Google for this one because you already know just exactly who this Greene dude is. Well… y’all get extra special bonus points and are excused from the rest of this lesson so you can go outside and play for a while if you’d like. As for the rest of us slackers… school is now in session.

First a question: Can anyone here name a successful American Revolution War General (that did not go on to become president)? Anyone… anyone? Oh, wait… I heard someone in the back of the room… would you say that again?

Correct! This guy!

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Nathanael Greene served in the Continental Army during the American Revolution. At the beginning of that conflict, he was a buck private, but he’d emerge with the reputation as Washington's most gifted and dependable officer. Yet, the dawning of a new nation would also leave him a somewhat tragic and forgotten figure.

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Born the son of a Quaker family, Nathanael drew his first breath on a farm in Warwick, Rhode Island, August 7, 1742. As was often true during the period, he was mostly self-taught but was also tutored from time to time by several noted area scholars and his education maintained a heavy emphasis on mathematics and law. In 1770 Greene took over operations of the family-owned foundry in Coventry, Rhode Island. After establishing himself, he courted and married Catharine Littlefield in 1774.

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A strong woman, “Caty” would find herself doing most of the work raising their five children and ultimately having to run their entire families affairs far more often then she’d have liked (she would also have a hand in completely reshaping our young nation as well but in a very different way… and I’ll get to that in a bit).

In that same year, Greene helped organize a local militia, and began to educate himself on military tactics and warfare. Shortly after the opening shots at Lexington and Concord, Nathanael was promoted from a private in his local militia to Brigadier General of the Rhode Island Army of Observation. A month after that, the Continental Congress appointed him as a brigadier for the fledgling Continental Army. As CnC, Washington then sent Greene to command forces in Boston after the Brits evacuated in March of 1776. Barely five months later, Washington would again promote Greene, this time to Major General. Nathanael would see service during most of the major battles starting with the Siege of Boston and including: Harlem Heights, Fort Washington, Trenton, Brandywine, Germantown and Monmouth.

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When the British forces shifted their focus south and away form New England, the Congress initially appointed a number of different men to lead the southern resistance. By the summer of 1780 however, most of the south was under English control and those forces that remained were week and badly equipped. At this point, Congress decided (somewhat surprisingly) that just maybe another political choice was not exactly what was called for. Instead they entrust the appointment of the next leader in the south to Washington who immediately chose Greene.

The army Nathanael Green took charge of was exhausted, badly equipped and opposed by a vastly superior force under Lord Cornwallis. Being undeterred, he took this decided disadvantage and proceeded to continually re-prove to his British counterpart that winning a few victories, did not necessarily translate into winning a war. First Greene divided his own troops and thus forced divisions of the British as well to deal with the multiple threats. All this dividing lead to some marked successes among the smaller Continental forces including victories at Kings Mountain and Cowpens. Greene then reassembled his army in North Carolina and “retreated” toward the Virginia boarder. This is one of those moments in history where a retreat would ultimately be seen as a brilliant maneuver.

Greene's army was still out manned, and out gunned by the British, but he moved north and succeeded in staying just ahead of his adversaries while continually picking up additional troops and supplies as he went. This strategic retreat culminated when his forces crossed the Dan River into Virginia.

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Cornwallis, who was determined to defeat this insignificant nuisance, would not hear of that move until late that evening. By which time the river was too high to ford, and every boat and ferry in the area was in Greene’s possession on the farther shore. A week later, Greene re-crossed the Dan River and outflanked Cornwallis forcing him into battle at Guilford Court House.

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On paper, this would be a British victory, but a pyrrhic one at best. Like every “win” that Cornwallis eked out, this one cost him dearly in men and materials. The mounting losses were so great by this time that he was forced to withdraw back to the coast for reinforcements.

Several weeks later, the British forces would start moving north. Greene simply ignored them and turned south to regain control of the Carolinas. Cornwallis would be allowed to continue on into Virginia where Greene knew greater forces were congregating. Ultimately the British would end up with their backs to the water and besieged at Yorktown, a campaign that would effectively end the war. For their part, Greene’s army would fight its last battle at Eutaw Springs in South Carolina and force the remaining British regulars there to withdraw back to Charleston, where he penned them in until the end of the war.

Nathanael Greene was a singularly able and, like many other prominent leaders of the American cause, self-trained soldier. He was second only to Washington among the officers of the American army in military ability, and the only general, other than Washington and Henry Knox, to serve the entire eight years of the conflict. Like Washington, he had the great gift of using small means to the best advantage.

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But the post war years were not to be kind to him. He expended his personal fortunes in support of his troops, and although he would be granted lands in both Carolinas and Georgia (and posthumously compensated), his debts were overly burdensome. He twice refused the post of Secretary of War, and chose to settle in 1785 on his Georgia estate, "Mulberry Grove," near Savannah. Here he would die tragically at only 43 years of age, a victim of sunstroke.

There’s an interesting coda to Nathanael’s story. After his death, Caty Greene needed additional help to maintain their family and new plantation. In an odd twist of history, one of the people that she hired as a tutor for her children was a young inventor named Eli Whitney. Mrs. Greene would ultimately invite him to live on property and peruse his inventions along side his appointed duties as an educator. While working at Mulberry Grove, Eli would prefect the Cotton Gin (and there is some evidence that Caty played a role in refinement of the final design). Thus the Green family not only helped create the United States, they also had a hand in completely reshaping the country’s early industry and economy.

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A surprising number of places in the United States are actually named for the General. There is a either a “Greene” or “Green” county is the states of: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin. A number of cities, towns, and villages bear variations on his moniker as well including: “Greene” in Maine, New York and Rhode Island; “Greensboro” in, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Pennsylvania; “Greensburg” in Pennsylvania and Kentucky; “Greenville” in New York, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and South Carolina; and “Greeneville” in Tennessee.



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OK, I think we’ve establish that just maybe… this fellow is a pretty good candidate for having a U.S. naval vessel name after him (well, actually this would be the third one). However, he was also an especially appropriate candidate because said vessel happened to be one of the “41 for Freedom” ships.

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The Cold War arms race really began to ramp up in the late 1950s with a rapid and prolific build up of weaponry in both the eastern and western hemispheres. As part of this build up the U.S. Navy rapidly designed and launched a total of 41 new subs between 1960 and 1966. These were also a new type of vessel: Ballistic Missal Submarines. Their crews would come to call these ships “Boomers” in reference to the nuclear barbed Polaris missiles they carried and that sobriquet is still in use today. Each of these subs was named for a figure from some part of American history. This was as much a “sales tactic” as an honorarium, because (and depending on your point of view) some of the names were chosen for strategic purposes in order to help elicit as much Congressional funding for the projects as possible.



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The USS Nathanael Greene (SSBN-636) was one of these 41 ships. Built at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, she was launched on 12 May of 1964 and entered service in December of that year.

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The Greene served on the front lines of the Cold War through the sixties and then received significant upgrades in dry dock between 1970 and 1971. After this refit, she returned to regular patrols in US and later in European waters.

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But it’s not the exemplary service of this ship that brings her to the Cape as a static display. As with all monuments, the intention may be to celebrate good works in life, but you generally don’t do so until after a demise. On 13 March of 1986, the USS Nathanael Greene ran aground while operating in the Irish Sea. This was the first major accident involving an American Boomer. Although no lives were lost, the destruction to her lower rudders and ballast tanks was extensive. While details remain classified to this day, the damages (combined with a need to meet treaty requirements) were enough to cause the Navy to withdraw the sub from service well ahead of schedule. This image was taken during her decommissioning ceremony (The sub in the background is the USS Baltimore).

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So this now begs the question: just what does one do with an unwanted “nuclear” powered navel vessel? It is not as “simple” as the current process for disposing of commercial vessels. Those are usually sold to a Ship Breaker in either India or Bangladesh, and then hauled up on a desolate beach to be slowly torn apart by desperately poor men in appalling conditions.

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Google “Alang, India” sometime… it’s sad, disturbing and even grotesque at the same time and on many levels (it’s also worth its own dissertation, but these boards aren’t the place for such, so I’ll just have to put it in one of my other writings).

Nope… that process won’t do. When you’re dealing with a combination of US navel hardware and fissionable material, a far more controlled formula for handling the ship’s demise is a necessity. You need something specifically designed to deal with this situation. This is where you turn the vessel over to the “SRP” at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, WA.

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When a ship enters the “Ship/Submarine Recycling Program” (SRP) the first thing that happens is that the spent fuel is removed from her reactors and shipped by rail for reprocessing at the Naval Reactor Facility in Idaho Falls. Then everything that can be reused or easily dismantled is pulled out of the hull. The next step it to cut the ship into three or four pieces.

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The forward and aft crew and engine compartments will then be scraped normally although portions may be removed for preservation. Missile compartments (in the case of a Boomer) are dismantled according to the provisions of the Strategic Arms Reductions Treaty. This leaves the Reactor compartment. Even without fuel, this part of the ship is still considered to be a low-level radiation hazard (and rightly so). What you do with that bit is separate it and seal both ends…

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…load it up on a barge…

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…and ferry it up the Columbia River to the Department of Energy's Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State.

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Nice sign ehhhh…

Once arriving at this facility, the reactor compartment is moved into a storage area known as “Trench-94”.

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After this space has reached its full capacity, it will be filled in with clay (but that will be some distance into the future yet). In the mean time, you can take a gander at the trench for yourself with nothing more then Google maps. It’s in plain site and currently houses the remains of 117 navel reactors (including the dormant S5W reactor that once powered the Nathanael Greene)

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As the Greene was being broke up in Bremerton, her conning tower (that’s the bit that sticks up out of a submarines pressure hull and gives it that unmistakable “sub” appearance) was removed as a single piece and set aside. This is a fairly common practice when submarines are broken up, and is done for a several reasons. First, this section of the ship is easy to sever as a single unit; secondly, it rarely contains any highly contaminated areas and being the most recognizable part of the ship, many of them are preserved as monuments. That is exactly what would become of the sail from the SSBN-636 (as you’re by now clearly aware). The Naval Ordnance Test Unit (a facility within the Cape Canaveral AFS) acquired the Nathanael Greene’s conning tower assembly in 1991 with the intention of erecting a monument on the base (which is also a port where the Greene had spent part of her operational life). It was stored for some time while funds were raised to refurbish the structure and build a mounting foundation. As configured, the monument is dedicated not only to General Greene (the man, the ship and all who served in her), but also to all the subs of the original ballistic missal fleet and finally to the work done at Canaveral to test and develop those original missile systems.

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To add just a little additional significance to the site, the "formal dedication" took place on June 4, 2003 in conjunction with the commemoration of the sixty-first anniversary of the "The Battle of Midway" (I said it was a tenuous link). The conning tower (and her reactor compartment) are all that remain of this once proud ship, but it is seen by hundreds of people on a daily bases as freighters, pleasure craft, and cruise ships enter and leave the port (even if most of them don’t quite know just exactly what they’re looking at).

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Kez250
09-09-2011, 10:05 AM
love reading TR - have just found this one and am up to chapter 2 and am loving your style of writing not to mention the pictures. Now the problem is do i read the rest of it now or do i wait a little and be patient and savor each piece of it :surfweb::):surfweb:

Captain_Oblivious
09-09-2011, 11:04 AM
That might be one of your best "diversions" yet, Rob. Having read David MacCullough's (sp?) excellent "1776", I had heard of Nathaniel Greene, but certainly not all of the details. And that watercolor at the top is so good, I thought it was a photo.

Fascinating stuff. Thanks!

afwdwfan
09-09-2011, 11:24 AM
Interesting info about Nathaniel Greene. Both the man and the sub. :thumbsup2

FreezinRafiki
09-09-2011, 11:42 AM
Revolutionary War history! Nuclear technology disposal! The cotton gin!
All neatly wrapped up in a Disney Trip Report. Well done, sir, well done. :thumbsup2

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
09-09-2011, 02:15 PM
love reading TR - have just found this one and am up to chapter 2 and am loving your style of writing not to mention the pictures. Now the problem is do i read the rest of it now or do i wait a little and be patient and savor each piece of it :surfweb::):surfweb:

Well gawrsh…

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Thanks and welcome to my TR, I’m very glad to have you along. If you’ve made it all the way through chapter two in one sitting, then you certainly need to take a break. If you were to continue on at that pace, dementia could set in at any moment. But… if you’re truly a thrill seeker, then you can always attempt to read my first TR (just click on the "Christmas at POR" link down there in my sig), but I’d strongly advise against it.



That might be one of your best "diversions" yet, Rob. Having read David MacCullough's (sp?) excellent "1776", I had heard of Nathaniel Greene, but certainly not all of the details. And that watercolor at the top is so good, I thought it was a photo.

Fascinating stuff. Thanks!

Interesting info about Nathaniel Greene. Both the man and the sub. :thumbsup2

Revolutionary War history! Nuclear technology disposal! The cotton gin!
All neatly wrapped up in a Disney Trip Report. Well done, sir, well done. :thumbsup2

Gentlemen (and y’all know I use the term loosely), I’m not worthy… but thanks anyway.

That last one gives you a good glimpse into the random and almost haphazard way my brain works. Knowing this, can you imagining the conversations that my patent wife and teenage son have had to endure while the three of us were stuck in any of the particularly long queues for an attractions at WDW? And yet… they are willing to go back and risk that possibility again and again. This sacrifice alone is proof of the powerful and almost addictive attraction of all things Disney.

(either that or a sign of outright madness)

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
09-14-2011, 01:53 PM
Bonus Feature 8.5 - Sub Addendum???

Well, I’ve decided to roll the next chunk of this TR up to the top of the next page (no reason… just wan’a) so I’ll be wasting this spot in the TR with the following bit of pointless gibberish...

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Here’s a little addendum to that last post.




There are over fifty different memorials consisting of either an entire submarine or a fragment of a former sub throughout the country. Very often, only the conning tower was preserved and this is especially true of former nuclear submarines (and for obvious reasons as you learned in my last little feature) with the memorial at Port Canaveral being one of that number. Most of these memorials are near the oceans, but a few are located more inland in cities that are either river or Great Lake ports. Then again… there are a handful of these that are not where you’d expect to find a submarine at all.



My favorite example of this is the USS Batfish (SS-310), which can be found on dry land in Muskogee, Oklahoma

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Another quirky sub memorial is that of the USS Hawkbill (SSN-666). Only the tower remains of this ship but you can find it along US Highway 20 / 26 in Arco, Idaho as a display outside the Idaho Science Center.


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Then there is USS Pintado (SS-387). Again only the tower remains, but this one can be found in Fredericksburg, Texas. Although Texas does certainly have a coastline, Fredericksburg, ain’t on it. It’s nearly 200 hundred miles inland west of Austin. This town is also the home of the National Museum of the Pacific War (although it obviously nowhere near the Pacific). The museums existence explains why you’ll find the fragment of that sub there, but why is the museum in Texas in the first place? Andwer: because Admiral Chester Nimitz, the supreme navel commander in the Pacific during the Second World War, was born in Fredericksburg, and his home town has strived to put together an excellent little museum to his legacy and that important time in our history.


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Here are a couple of lists of the other US subs that you might encounter as you travel the country.



USN Submarines currently preserved and open to the public

USS Albacore (AGSS-569) Portsmouth, NH (Albacore Park)
USS Batfish (SS-310) Muskogee, OK (War Memorial Park and Museum)
USS Becuna (SS-319) Philadelphia, PA (Independence Seaport Museum)
USS Blueback (SS-581) Portland, OR (Oregon Museum of Science & Industry)
USS Bowfin (SS-287) Pearl Harbor, HI (USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park)
USS Cavalla (SS-244) Galveston, TX (Sea Wolf Park)
USS Clamagore (SS-343) Mount Pleasant, SC (Patriot's Point)
USS Cobia (SS-245) Manitowoc, WI (Wisconsin Maritime Museum)
USS Cod (SS-224) Cleveland, OH (downtown on the Eire lakefront)
USS Croaker (SS-246) Buffalo, NY (Buffalo-Erie County Naval & Military Park)
USS Drum (SS-228) Mobile, AL (Battleship Memorial Park)
USS Growler (SSG-577) New York, NY (Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum)
USS Ling (SS-297) Hackensack, NJ (New Jersey Naval Museum)
USS Lionfish (SS-298) Fall River, MA (Battleship Cove)
USS Nautilus (SSN 571) Groton, CT (USN Submarine Force Museum)
USS Pampanito (SS-383) San Francisco, CA (Fisherman's Wharf)
USS Razorback (SS-394) Little Rock, AR (Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum)
USS Requin (SS-481) Pittsburgh, PA (Carnegie Science Center)
USS Silversides (SS-236) Muskegon, MI (Great Lakes Naval Memorial & Museum)
USS Torsk (SS-423) Baltimore, MD (Baltimore Maritime Museum)


Fragments of USN Submarines currently preserved as memorials

USS Balao (SS-285) Washington, DC (Washington Navy Yard)
USS Boston (SSN-703) Buffalo, NY (Buffalo-Erie County Naval & Military Park)
USS Drum (SS-228) Muskegon, MI (Great Lakes Naval Memorial & Museum)
USS Flasher (SS-249) Groton, CT (Nautilus Park)
USS G.Washington (SSBN-598) Groton, CT (USN Submarine Force Museum)
USS George Bancroft (SSBN-643) Kings Bay, GA (USN Submarine Base, Kings Bay)
USS Grayling (SSN-646) Portsmouth, NH (USN Ship Yard, Portsmouth)
USS Greenling (SSN-614) Keyport, WA (Naval Undersea Museum)
USS Halfbeak (SS-352) Hackensack, NJ (New Jersey Naval Museum)
USS Hawkbill (SSN-666) Arco, ID (Idaho Science Center)
USS Kamehameha (SSBN-642) Pearl Harbor, HI (Currently in storage)
USS Lewis & Clark (SSBN-644) Mount Pleasant, SC (Patriot's Point)
USS Nathanael Greene (SSBN-636) Port Canaveral, FL (Port Canaveral AFS)
USS Parche (SS-384) Honolulu, HI (Naval Submarine Base, Pearl Harbor)
USS Parche (SSN-683) Bremerton, WA (Puget Sound Navy Museum
USS Pintado (SS-387) Fredericksburg, TX (National Museum of the Pacific War)
USS Roncador (SS-301) San Diego, CA (Point Loma Sub Base)
USS Squalus (SS-192) Portsmouth, NH (USN Ship Yard, Portsmouth)
USS Sturgeon (SSN-637) Keyport, WA (Naval Undersea Museum)
USS Tautog (SSN-639) Galveston, TX (Sea Wolf Park)
USS Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) Silverdale, WA (USN Submarine Base, Bangor)

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
09-14-2011, 01:54 PM
Chapter 4: The Tale - Day 1 (Sun)



Part 7: “Please come back… I’ll give you five bucks!”





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If we were in London, we’d be talking about “The West End”; were it New York, the term would be: “Great White Way”; aboard the Dream, were talking about “Decks-3 & 4 Forward”. This is where you’ll find the Theater district. Of course, aboard the Dream there is actually only one venue: The Walt Disney Theater

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…but there is a different show here each night of the cruise. There is no real dress code for the evening shows. This is especially noticeable during the early performance. We tend to just go casual, but Some folks go ahead and dress for dinner first (the later performance is for the folks with the early dinner seating, so they’re generally already dress up pretty nice). As we were making our way to the theater we even caught a glimpse of Tiana in her formal finery…


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…but she was headed for some high and fine to-do somewhere else on the ship and couldn’t stop to talk at the time.

Now then, where was I? (and before you say it again Andy… I know the technical answer is: “on a ship”)… Anyway… The idea of having live entertainers aboard a cruise ship is neither a new concept nor an earth shattering one. Musicians, singers, dancers, comedians, and even Broadway style reviews have been entertainment staples since the early days of the luxury transatlantic liners. But with Disney, you expect a bit more magic to be built into you entertainment. And generally, you’ll get exactly that. Your expectations, however, will always play a part in you experiences (and that is true for most aspects of life).

The evening’s presentation will vary depending on the length of your cruise and the shows currently being offered. Generally there are three major Disney productions which is a perfect fit for the short cruises. During the longer sailings, the extra nights may include various live performers and even special presentations of first run movies. We’d see examples of all of these this time, but on any voyage longer then three days, the first night is usually a time to get acquainted. Once everyone had settled in, our “Cruise Director Julie”… no, no, no… wrong boat… ummmm… Rachel! Yah, that was it… our Cruise Director, Rachel Quinn, took to the stage to give us a rousing official welcome and generally talked up the events to come.


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(My pics from in the theater ain’t the greatest, but they do ask you not to use a flash)



After all the proper salutations had been bestowed it was time to get on with the show…



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"Never work with children or animals."




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That last subtitle is an old entertainment adage that has generally been attributed to the great W.C. Fields. It is also one well worth remembering if you’re in the biz. Why? Because kids and animals are almost assuredly going to 1) do something wildly unpredictable, 2) upstage you, or 3) both (there really is no “4”… one of the other three will happen if you put yourself in this position). But then again, if being upstaged is part of your act in the first place, then by all means, grab a kid out of the audience and then just wait for the hilarity to ensue. Allow me to illustrate…



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Our first show of the trip was a comic duo performing an act called “The Dangerous Comedy of Wilde & James”.


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These two fellows perform a comedic juggling act that was pretty entertaining. This type of act is actually common on cruise ships. I don’t know exactly why, but it is (although maybe it’s because juggling is seen as being somewhat dorky, so it’s easy to make fun of yourself while doing it, thus adding to the comedic effect, and bla… bla… bla…). Anyway, Mr. James and Mr. Wild were rather good at it.


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They were contracted specifically to do several late evening adult only shows during the cruise (which I just did not catch this time around), but they were performing their “G-rated” version on the main stage tonight. They make fairly heavy use of innocent bystanders form the audience (another common practice of cruise ship entertainment in general)…


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The grand finally was to include a guest form the audience and bowling balls. This is where they violated Fields first law of vaudeville (intentionally or otherwise). They pulled a nine or ten year old young’en up form one of the first few rows and then started with a simple visual joke involving a chicken egg…


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Needless to say, the egg ended up getting broken (but not on the kid). After that, they proceeded to explain the coup de grace of the evening. The boy and one of the two performers were to lye flat on the stage while the other one juggled the bowling balls over them. The boy was hesitant (and rightly so). The guys reassured him that all was safe and that in any case he’d be on the outside farthest from the implements of doom. OK, back to the action… our hero was put in his places of honor…


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…the drum roll commenced, the bowling balls started along their trajectories…


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… and immediately one hit the stage with an ear splitting “clank”!. Of course this was a planed part of the routine and no one was ever “really” in danger, but our bright young man decided that he’d seen enough and was prudently heading back for his seat… the laughter was thunderous. Wild & James had to plead with their “subject” to entice him back on stage to finish the show. When one of them offered to pay the boy $5 if he’d come back (and even pulled a couple of bucks out of his pocket as a sign of good faith), then the boy was up out of his seat. At this… the laughter was even grander then before. OK… grand finale: take two…


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Needless to say, all went well, applause was awarded, bows were taken, congratulatory hand shakes were offered, and the one fellow even gave up the promised hand full of bills to the youngster in question. Here’s where things really went awry. The kid quickly counted the bills and then informed our performers in no uncertain terms that they owed him one more buck. Now, you had to be there, but I was laughing so heard that I didn’t catch my breath for several minutes afterward. The other guy reached into his pocket and found the wayward “Georgie” and all was right with the world. Our first evening of Disney/Vegas style entertainment was a success.




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afwdwfan
09-14-2011, 02:30 PM
Well, I’ve decided to roll the next chunk of this TR up to the top of the next page (no reason… just wan’a) so I’ll be wasting this spot in the TR with the following bit of pointless gibberish...
You realize that one of these times you're going to try to pull this trick and some smart beverly is going to jump in and post a reply at the top of the next page before you can post the next update.:rolleyes1


As we were making our way to the theater we even caught a glimpse of Tiana in her formal finery…
Hmm... looks like she was a little overdressed for the show.:lmao:

(and before you say it again Andy… I know the technical answer is: “on a ship”)
:guilty::rolleyes1



I was going to say in a theater

“Cruise Director Julie”… no, no, no… wrong boat… ummmm… Rachel! Yah, that was it… our Cruise Director, Rachel Quinn, took to the stage to give us a rousing official welcome and generally talked up the events to come.
So is Rachel/Julie the live action, nautical version of Stacy?:lmao:

When one of them offered to pay the boy $5 if he’d come back (and even pulled a couple of bucks out of his pocket as a sign of good faith), then the boy was up out of his seat.
Wow, this kid is a little too young and naive. He easily could have held out for 10 bucks.:lmao::rotfl2:

The kid quickly counted the bills and then informed our performers in no uncertain terms that they owed him one more buck.
Hmmm... sounds like Alex Keaton. :lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
09-15-2011, 07:50 AM
You realize that one of these times you're going to try to pull this trick and some smart beverly is going to jump in and post a reply at the top of the next page before you can post the next update.:rolleyes1


A challenge?

Yah… I know it’s a possibility, but you’ll have to be quick on the draw to catch me considering the relatively low traffic level on my particular TR.

But I say… “Have at you!”


Hmm... looks like she was a little overdressed for the show.:lmao:


Maybe a might… but like I said, she was heading off toward something better.
(The Captains table maybe?)


:guilty::rolleyes1



I was going to say in a theater


And you did :lmao: :lmao: :lmao:



So is Rachel/Julie the live action, nautical version of Stacy?:lmao:


Interesting insight…
didn’t really look at it that way, but I like the analogy.


Wow, this kid is a little too young and naive. He easily could have held out for 10 bucks.:lmao::rotfl2:


:rotfl2: :rotfl2: :rotfl2:


Hmmm... sounds like Alex Keaton. :lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

Or a young Tatum O’Neil
(yah… I’m a good bit older then you are :rotfl: )

Captain_Oblivious
09-15-2011, 09:30 AM
Now then, where was I? (and before you say it again Andy… I know the technical answer is: “on a ship”)

"I'm on a boat" :rotfl2:

The idea of having live entertainers aboard a cruise ship is neither a new concept nor an earth shattering one. Musicians, singers, dancers, comedians, and even Broadway style reviews have been entertainment staples since the early days of the luxury transatlantic liners. But with Disney, you expect a bit more magic to be built into you entertainment. And generally, you’ll get exactly that.

I'm not sure these guys get enough credit. The ship was rocking and rolling in rough seas on the first night of our cruise, but the show went without a hitch. Considering the stage is moving while they're performing, I thought that was pretty impressive.

This type of act is actually common on cruise ships. I don’t know exactly why, but it is (although maybe it’s because juggling is seen as being somewhat dorky, so it’s easy to make fun of yourself while doing it, thus adding to the comedic effect, and bla… bla… bla…). Anyway, Mr. James and Mr. Wild were rather good at it.

Juggling is dorky until you try to do it yourself. I don't recommend starting with chainsaws.


… and immediately one hit the stage with an ear splitting “clank”!. Of course this was a planed part of the routine and no one was ever “really” in danger, but our bright young man decided that he’d seen enough and was prudently heading back for his seat… the laughter was thunderous. Wild & James had to plead with their “subject” to entice him back on stage to finish the show. When one of them offered to pay the boy $5 if he’d come back (and even pulled a couple of bucks out of his pocket as a sign of good faith), then the boy was up out of his seat. At this… the laughter was even grander then before.

Now that's funny, I don't care who you are.

Here’s where things really went awry. The kid quickly counted the bills and then informed our performers in no uncertain terms that they owed him one more buck. Now, you had to be there, but I was laughing so heard that I didn’t catch my breath for several minutes afterward.

:lmao::rotfl2::rotfl: Quite the little mercenary! Are we sure he wasn't a plant?

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
09-15-2011, 12:36 PM
"I'm on a boat" :rotfl2:


But this one doesn’t “fly to the moon somehow”, cause it don’t need to.

(Sheeeze… this is becoming a running joke… y’all do me a favor and don’t be quoting too much of that one… we got kids reading along around here ya’ know). :lmao:


I'm not sure these guys get enough credit. The ship was rocking and rolling in rough seas on the first night of our cruise, but the show went without a hitch. Considering the stage is moving while they're performing, I thought that was pretty impressive.


Expecially when their tossing the knives and axes around.


Now that's funny, I don't care who you are.



:lmao::rotfl2::rotfl: Quite the little mercenary! Are we sure he wasn't a plant?


Kind’a like the fellow in the Indiana Jones Stunt Show…
Hummmmm, could be…

afwdwfan
09-15-2011, 12:45 PM
(Sheeeze… this is becoming a running joke… y’all do me a favor and don’t be quoting too much of that one… we got kids reading along around here ya’ know). :lmao:


I thought that's what peanut butter and beverly were for. :confused3

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
09-15-2011, 01:04 PM
I thought that's what peanut butter and beverly were for. :confused3

All rightie then… here’s your chance to get creative. :rolleyes1

Since you brought it up first, you might as well go on ahead and rummage up a copy of that lyric, replace the rougher stuff with DDC approved vocabulary and then post the whole thing back over here. It might actually be a good read if altered into that format, and every one who isn’t getting the gist of this can laugh along as well.

If you do it, I’ll add it to my “Bonus Feature” table of contents back on page-1 and give you full credit. :thumbsup2

afwdwfan
09-15-2011, 01:28 PM
Wow, as you can tell, it has obviously been slow at work since I've returned from lunch.
All rightie then… here’s your chance to get creative. :rolleyes1
Yeah... takes a lot of creativity to remove @#$% and replace it with beverly.:rolleyes1

Since you brought it up first, you might as well go on ahead and rummage up a copy of that lyric, replace the rougher stuff with DDC approved vocabulary and then post the whole thing back over here. It might actually be a good read if altered into that format, and every one who isn’t getting the gist of this can laugh along as well.

If you do it, I’ll add it to my “Bonus Feature” table of contents back on page-1 and give you full credit. :thumbsup2
Done, but I don't want credit for this... I'm afraid I might get kicked of the DISboards or something! :lmao::rotfl2: Blame it on Andy.... Andy Samberg.:thumbsup2

If I was at home, instead of at work, I'm pretty sure I'd be watching this video on Youtube right about now. :rotfl:


(Shawty) Aww Beverly
Get your towels ready it's about to go down (yeah, shawty)
Everybody in the place hit the beverly deck (yeah, shawty)
But stay on your peanut butter toes
We runnin this, let's go

[Chorus (T-Pain)]
I'm on a boat (I'm on a boat)
I'm on a boat (I'm on a boat)
Everybody look at me cause I'm sailin on a boat (sailin on a boat)
I'm on a boat (I'm on a boat)
I'm on a boat
Take a good hard look at the peanut butter boat (boat, yeah)

[The Lonely Island (T-Pain)]
I'm on a boat peanut butter take a look at me
Straight floatin on a boat on the deep blue sea
Bustin five knots, wind whippin at my coat
You can't stop me peanut butter cause I'm on a boat

Take a picture, trick (trick) I'm on a boat, beverly (beverly)
We drinking Santana champ, cause it's so crisp (crisp)
I got my swim trunks, and my flippie-floppies
I'm flippin burgers, you at Kinko's straight flippin copies

I'm ridin on a dolphin, doin flips and beverly
This dolphin's splashin, gettin e'rybody all wet
But this ain't Seaworld, this is real as it gets
I'm on a boat peanut butter, don't you ever forget

I'm on a boat and, it's goin fast and
I got a nautical themed pashmina afghan
I'm the king of the world, on a boat like Leo
If you're on the shore, then you're sho' not me-oh
{Get the beverly up, this boat is real}

Beverly land, I'm on a boat, peanut butter (peanut butter)
Beverly trees, I climb buoys, peanut butter (peanut butter)
I'm on the deck with my boys, peanut butter (yeah)
The boat engine make noise, peanut butter

Hey ma, if you could see me now (see me now)
Arms spread wide on the starboard bow (starboard bow)
Gonna fly this boat to the moon somehow (moon somehow)
Like Kevin Garnett, anything is possible

[T-Pain]
Yeah, never thought I'd be on a boat
It's a big blue watery road (yeah)
Poseidon, Look at me, oh (all hands on deck)
Never thought I'd see the day
When a big boat comin my way
Believe me when I say, I Beverly a mermaid

[Chorus]
I'm on a boat
I'm on a boat
Everybody look at me cause im sailin on a boat
I'm on a boat
I'm on a boat
Take a good hard look at the peanut butter boat

[T-Pain]
Whoahhh
Sha-sha-shorty, shorty
Yeah yeah yeahhh

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
09-15-2011, 01:42 PM
Done, but I don't want credit for this...


Well you’re getting the “credit” anyway. Thanks Andy



And there you have it folks, that last post is now officially……

Bonus Feature #9 – I’m on a Boat




Yeah... takes a lot of creativity to remove @#$% and replace it with beverly.:rolleyes1


Hay I was giving you an opportunity to invent some new Disney-esk replacement words.

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
09-16-2011, 01:48 PM
Chapter 4: The Tale - Day 1 (Sun)

Part 8: I ate What?



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After the show we dropped back by the cabin to get changed and then headed off to dinner. Our first restaurant of the trip was going to be the Royal Palace.

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This is the main dinning room right off the grand lobby on Deck-3. We arrived just before the staff opened the doors for the second seating. There was a small jazz ensemble set up on the foyer just behind the statue of Admiral Donald.

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These cats were very good and they held down this spot on the ship each evening at dinner time.

Once the doors opened all the late evening dinner folks started filling into the Palace. The maître d' greeted each party in turn, checked on the seating assignments and then had one of the staff lead each of group to their table.

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<Full disclosure here… I didn’t get very good pictures of the Place so these were taken from DCL’s web site (they’re better photographers then I anyway).>


Depending on the size of you party, you may well find yourself sharing a table with one or more other groups. Being as there are only three of us, we have always found ourselves in this situation. Not being all that outgoing, this can be a bit awkward, but so far our table mates have always been good folks. This time around, we’d be sharing table #66 with a family of 5 from Iceland (father, mother and three daughters aged about 15, 10 and 9). No, really… they were from Iceland. I’ll give y’all more details about them as we go, but for now just know that they were charming and very polite folks. One thing though is that most of the clan spoke English only as a second language, so our conversations, though pleasant, were generally pretty basic. Hay no problem… the person I most like talking to in the first place is Tamara, so I was never bereft of conversation.

The other folks that you’ll be meeting at dinner on the first night are your personal wait-staff. Of all the CMs aboard the ship, you’ll get to know these two folks the best (and they’ll get to know you pretty well in return). Katarina introduced herself as our assistant-server only moments after we’d taken out seats. She hails from the Czech Republic and to get it right, you need to pronounce all of the syllables of her name: Ka-ta-ri-na (as opposed to the way most Americans pronounce the name of a certain well known storm, although she moved about as quickly as a hurricane at times). Your assistant-server may well be a trainee, and service can vary widely, but they all try very hard to keep you happy. Katarina, however, was experienced at the job, and did a fine job looking out for everyone through the whole trip. Once drinks had been served and menus had been passed out, we meet Daniel. Our Server was a native of Wales, a Disney CM veteran of both the World and DCL, and one dang fine fellow. Far and away, these two were the best servers I’ve encountered on any ship and a joy to be around.

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<This was taken on the last night, honestly, they were moving so fast the rest of the cruise that you really couldn’t get a good picture. Well… that combined with the fact that we were so intent on enjoying dinner each evening that we often forgot to take pictures of anything :headache: >

Now then… where was I? ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42643590&postcount=173) Oh yah…

The menu for this evening had a distinct French influence and looked a lot like this…

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OK, it looked exactly like that, but to help you work through that overly tiny picture here’s a better glimpse of what all was listed there:


Appetizers

Pomegranate Glazed Duck Breast
With Gewürztraminer Gelée and Pomegranate Glaze

Double Baked Spinach Soufflé
Coated with a Three-Cheese Cream

Escargots Gratinés
Herb-marinated Snails with Finely Chopped Mushrooms,
topped with Garlic Butter and Breadstick

Iced Lobster and Jumbo Shrimp
White and Green Asparagus, Micro Greens and
Lemon-dill dressing with Horseradish Cream

Soups and Salads

Avocado-Citrus Salad
With Iceberg and Radicchio Leaves
and an Orange Vinaigrette

The Comtesse Du Barry's Soup
Rich Velvety Cauliflower Cream,
topped with Salmon Caviar Croutons

Royal Market Green Salad
Cherry Tomato, Cucumbers, Peppered Goat Cheese
and a Raspberry Vinaigrette

Belle's French Onion Soup
With Gruyère Cheese Crouton


Main Course

Royal Palace Aged Angus Grilled Beef Tenderloin
and Lobster Medallions Sautéed Snow Peas and
Marquis Potatoes with a Cognac Reduction

Oven-Baked Salmon Royale Crowned with King Smoked Salmon
and Horseradish Crust accompanied by Sautéed Swiss Chard,
truffle-infused Cauliflower Purée, and White Wine Beurre Blanc

Roasted Wild Boar Tenderloin Sweet Carrot and
Onion Potato Cake with a Red Currant reduction

Grilled Farm-Raised Organic Chicken Breast Salad
Romaine Lettuce, Herbed Croutons, Cherry Tomatoes
and a Creamy Parmesan Dressing

Double Cut Rack of Lamb with a Dijon Crust
With fine Green Beans, Gratin Potatoes and Rosemary Jus

Pan seared Tofu, Roasted Zucchini, Eggplant and Red Peppers
On Israeli Couscous with a Lime-Cilantro Drop

Baked Farm-Raised Organic Chicken Breast Filled with Escarole,
Raisins and Pine Nuts on Wild Rice with a Red Wine reduction

Wild Mushroom filled Pasta in a Vegetable Broth
Topped with Watercress, Shaved Parmesan Cheese
and a Paprika Oil Drizzle


Baked Salmon and Oven-roasted Chicken Breast available upon request.


Bread Service

Warm Herb Brioche with an Olive Spread


Dessert

Sweet Temptations
A trio of Peanut Butter Mousse, Mango Cheesecake,
and Tahitian Vanilla Crème Brûlée

Grand Marnier Soufflé
Infused with fresh Orange Zest
and served with Crème Anglaise

Peanut Butter Mousse
Dark Chocolate infused Peanut Butter,
Chiffon Cake and Whipped Cream

Strawberry Short Cake Sundae
Strawberries, Vanilla Ice Cream,
Whipped Cream and Angel Food Cake

Tahitian Vanilla Crème Brûlée
With Macaroon

No Sugar Added Dessert

Chocolate Ganache
Served with Breton Sablé and Mango Coulis

Mango Cheesecake
With Whipped Cream and Fruits


There’s a lot to choose from there and most of it is not the kind of thing that you’d generally run across at a national chain, or on the local buffets or even at the better fish camps back at home.

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Daniel was recommending the Aged Angus Grilled Beef Tenderloin and that sounded mighty good to me. As it turns out, he was right (and generally was always right when it came to suggestions… a good thing to remember). Actually there’s a story related to Daniel’s desert suggestions that I’ll get into later on in the TR, but I’m already running long here so I’ll come back to it later on (just remember that Daniel likes to pull for the underdog).

Anyway… back to dinner…

I paired the tenderloin up with the Avocado-Citrus Salad and then had Crème Brûlée for desert (a quick note on that desert: Tamara makes brûlée for us from time to time at home <if I beg and plead enough> and I’m completely addicted to the stuff… oh yah… Disney’s version wasn’t bad either).

Did you notice that I didn’t mention the appetizer course? Well, there’s a story there, so let me digress for just a moment. First off… my son likes Calamari and has been partial to it since her was about five years old.

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“Really” (you say… and “what’s that got to do with the story”)? Yep (I say… and I’m getting to that, just hold your horses). I know that’s a fairly odd item for an American teen much less a first-grader, but here’s how it came about. We were out at a rather good restaurant one evening about ten years ago and I ordered up some of the stuff for myself. When it arrived the conversation went like this…




Max: “What’s that?”

Me: “Calamari.”

Max: “So what’s Calamari?”

Me: “Calamari is Calamari.”

Max: “D-a-d! …what’s it taste like?”

Me: “Like Calamari”

Max: “<sigh> OK, what’s Calamari taste like?”

Me: “It’s close to shrimp, but maybe a bit chewier”

Max: “Chewier?”

Me: “You know… chewy like a gummy-bear. Try it you’ll like it.”



Now, over the years I’ve been fairly honest with Max as to whether or not I thought he’d actually like the taste of a thing (there are dishes I purposely steered him away from cause I just knew better). As such, he has learned to trust me... somewhat. That being said, you and I both know that if I had told him that it was “squid” right out of the box, the conversation would have ended right there. As you’ve already surmised, he did try and like the stuff and still does. Now I told you that story so I can tell you this one… It’s easier to learn to eat something if you don’t have a preconceived notion of just how gross it “might” be. And this brings us around to… wait for it…

Escargots

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I’ve known exactly what that is since I was a kid and needless to say… I would no more have consider trying the stuff then I would consider taking a swan dive into a pigsty (well… being a Southerner, a belly flop might be a different story given that one’s honor were on the line and more then enough beer had entered into the equation… but you get the point). Anyway… When I saw that particular item on the menu it made me stop and think (and thinking is usually a bad thing in my case). I thought for a moment and then I said to myself…



Me: “Self… you ought’a try that”

Self: “Are you nuts?”

Me: “Come on… you know that our tastes have changed over the years…”

Self: “And that constitutes a reason to dive head first into a chum bucket?”

Me: “Now that’s not fair.. we don’t really know what it’s like, and wont unless we try it.”

Self: “I.. d’know…”

3rd-Self: “Pansies!”

Me: “Again I say… no one yanked your chain so you just stay out of this.”

3rd-Self: “You two ain’t got the guts God gave a Billy Goat!”

Me: “I do believe that’s quite enough out of you…”

Self: “No good will come of this…”

Me: “I said: that’s enough now… both of ya’! Look… this is our great Experiment 627 trip. So I say we need to get out of the box and try something new and I don’t want to hear anymore about it. The snails are going to hit the table and y’all can just get the “Beverly” over it… ya’ hear!”



Needless to say… Escargots got ordered… Escargots got tried... and no one had to bring a bucket.

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Actually I’m here to tell you that it was a whole lot like Max’s Calamari experience. The texture of the stuff is very similar to grilled shrimp and the flavor is fairly neutral. Actually most of the flavor of the dish comes form the sauce it’s roasted in which is ninety percent garlic and butter (“and garlic don’t need no reason”). I closed my eyes and popped the first byte in my mouth. Mere moments later the last one had vanished and I was using the Herb Brioche to sop up the rest of the drippings. A successful experiment indeed, and trust me… I’ll be having that particular dish again (especially if I’m on a DCL ship).





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GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
09-16-2011, 01:54 PM
Chapter 4: The Tale - Day 1 (Sun)

Part 9: Turned Down



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OK… truce. That last one was a bit long, so I’ll keep this post somewhat shorter. Actually, once dinner was over (and especially since we eat during the late seating), it was pretty much the end of day one. Now there is still a lot to do in the evening on a Disney ship, but a good bit of it is geared toward the adults only crowd. There are a number of very fine lounges and a couple of dance clubs all clustered together in an area called: “The District” on Deck-4 aft. But… It’s still better for the world if I’m not seen in public attempting to dance (and I don’t miuch enjoy it in the first place). Also… since Max isn’t eighteen yet he really couldn’t tag along and that didn’t seem fair to us.

Let me talk a little bit about that age thing. During the day, anyone can go anywhere in any of the public spaces on the ship (except that the teens would really, really prefer that mom and dad stay out of “Vibe”). These being the case, if you want to go check out “687” or the “Skyline lounge” and you want to bring your family along, you’re welcome to do so. But in the evening, you have to be 18 to get into The District. Even then the CMs still won’t serve alcohol to anyone under the age of 21 aboard a DCL ship but you can come into the clubs. Do keep in mind though, that of the countries on this earth that allow the consumption of alcohol, only one of them has a minimum drinking age over 18 (and that would be the US). The oceans are international waters and whenever a ship is in a port, that nation’s laws apply, but Disney follows the US drinking age law by choice. Many other cruise lines allow drinks to be sold to folk 18 and over while not in US territory. Just something to keep in mind.

That’s enough PSA for now. After dinner, we just walked around the ship for a bit to see what we could see and to enjoy the night sea air.

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Then we ducked into Cabanas just to look around

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They were closed by now

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…but since we hadn’t been up here yet we just wanted to see what it looked like. There are some really nice mosaics on either side of this space near the main entrances

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<that one’s just for Ron>



There is also a purpose built “Photo-Op” spot by the aft elevators as you’re leaving

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OK… so why didn’t we take turns standing there and getting your picture with Nigel... Well, actually… we did, but none of them turned out worth a dang…

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…see what I mean. :headache: So y’all will just have to do it for us and post your photos in your own TRs so I can go look at them. What’a ya’ say?






So we moseyed on down to Deck-9 and headed back forward toward our cabin to settle in for the evening and found that our first F/E gifts had arrived (you do remember about the F/E right?)

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The can cozies will come in handy the next time I head to the beach back at home, and the little magnets went straight onto our door for the rest of the cruise.

Once back inside our stateroom, we found that the couch had been set up as a single bunk, our bed had been turned down, and the first towel animal of the cruise was waiting on us… with chocolates no less. We never quite figured out “exactly” what it was but we decided to go with “Piggy”

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(what do y’all say?)


Day one was a roaring success and we had much more to look forward to. The weather for tomorrow was predicted to be excellent all morning, and that was extremely important to us given the destination of the day.










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Grooovertoo
09-17-2011, 08:51 AM
Reading your TR is like reading a Clancy novel. The history, the insight, and then, and then....a couple chapters later, it all ties in. And I love a good Clancy read, so keep on with the TR...LOVIN EVERY MINUTE OF IT. Your section on the subs had me ready to dig out The Hunt For Red October.

I haven't been able to get to the boards in a few as I have my own trip to get ready for, but I thought I would get caught up this morning with a little coffee and a good read. This gets me ready to work with the DW and have an all day planning/packing session!!

Also, I've read plenty of TR's about the Dream and yours is the only one to ever mention the sink controls and I think something like that can be just a little important too!?!

Kez250
09-18-2011, 12:11 PM
Glad you gave the Escargots a try :thumbsup2 - DD (8) and I really enjoyed them on our cruises - then again she is my adventurous eater (think oysters, tuna tartare, mussels to name a few) as opposed to DS (9) who will eat shrimp if it's salt and sugar shrimp or occasionally coconut shrimp that's about as adventurous as he gets :confused3

The Dream looks awesome, looking forward to hearing more of your comments and opinions popcorn::

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
09-18-2011, 09:57 PM
Reading your TR is like reading a Clancy novel. The history, the insight, and then, and then....a couple chapters later, it all ties in. And I love a good Clancy read, so keep on with the TR...LOVIN EVERY MINUTE OF IT. Your section on the subs had me ready to dig out The Hunt For Red October.

I haven't been able to get to the boards in a few as I have my own trip to get ready for, but I thought I would get caught up this morning with a little coffee and a good read. This gets me ready to work with the DW and have an all day planning/packing session!!

Also, I've read plenty of TR's about the Dream and yours is the only one to ever mention the sink controls and I think something like that can be just a little important too!?!

Glad to be of service. I like’s me a good sub story or military adventure as well.

That’s quite a lot of very high praise for such a humble author. Honestly, I figured no one would ever bother reading any of this but I just enjoy writing it down. I figured that I’d write it the way that I’d go about talking about it (which means that every time I run across an interesting detail, I go off the rails over explaining it). As you might expect, conversations with me tend to ramble all over God’s creation.



Glad you gave the Escargots a try :thumbsup2 - DD (8) and I really enjoyed them on our cruises - then again she is my adventurous eater (think oysters, tuna tartare, mussels to name a few) as opposed to DS (9) who will eat shrimp if it's salt and sugar shrimp or occasionally coconut shrimp that's about as adventurous as he gets :confused3

The Dream looks awesome, looking forward to hearing more of your comments and opinions popcorn::


Me too. I figured that if your going to try something really exotic, you might as well make sure that it was made by a competent artisan (and the chefs aboard DCL’s ships will qualify for that title). My son was a bit picky about what he consumes as well, but he is getting better about it. Actually it was during a Disney trip that he chose to surprise us with his choices of cuisine on a regular basses. I actually got to write about it a bit in my last trip report. If you’d like to see how that turned out just give the link below a click or click the link in my Sig for the entire TR (Christmas at POR) and use the table of contents to find it (but I’d advise doing so)


Chapter 6 (Day-3) - Part 5: Room at the Inn ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41343922&postcount=97)

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
09-18-2011, 10:01 PM
Bonus Feature 10:

Now how’d I get here?




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At 1,115 feet in length, 125 feet on the beam (that’s width to you landlubbers) and 128,000 tones, the Disney Dream is a fairly large ship. You can climb nearly fifteen stories above the waterline and there is another twenty-six feet of hull beneath the waves that you don’t generally see at all. It takes a crew of just under 1,500 to man her and of the sixteen decks; fourteen of them are at least partially open to the nearly 4,000 passengers that can be onboard at any one time. Given that amount of space combined and that density of humanity, it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that finding your way from Point-A to Point-B can at times be somewhat confusing. Well… this little post is here to give you a hand.

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First off there are some general design elements on the dream that will help you get your bearings (and the first part of getting anywhere… is first knowing where you are). The easiest thing to remember is that for the vast majority of cabins that you might find yourself living in…

playtime and a snacks are up / diner and a show are down.


= = = = = = = = Going Up = = = = = = =

The top zone (Deck-11, 12 & 13) are where you’ll find all of the outdoor amenities and play areas (sports, pools, gym and the spa), and most of the counter service meals and snacks (including Cabana’s). The other things that reside up here are the concierge cabins forward on 11 & 12 and the high end restaurants (Palo & Remy) aft on 12.


= = = = = = = Going down = = = = = = =

The bottom of the ship is where most of the indoor activities are found. The middle of Deck-5 is home to all of the kids clubs but there are also staterooms forward and aft (and the teen club is all the way toward the front). Deck-4 is home to most of the nightclubs and lounges (in the back) and the lower entrance to the movie theater and the balcony of the main theater(forward). Deck-3 is the Grand Lobby, shopping, main entrance to the Walt Disney Theater (toward the bow) and most of the restaurants (mid ship and aft). Deck-2 is home to one restaurant (Enchanted Garden amid ship) and the rest of the staterooms (forward of the restaurant).

So basically it’s 2 & 3 for food, 4 to party and 5 for the kid’os.

You only need to head down to Deck-1 to leave the ship when in a port (other then Port Canaveral). The only other thing down that way is the doctor but if you need to see these fine folks, do make sure that you use the forward elevators or stairwell cause there are no connecting hallways from the other two banks of elevators on this deck.


= = = = = = = Home Time = = = = = = =

The middle of the ship is where the bulk of the cabins are found. Starting at Deck-6 and ascending up through Deck-10 there are nothing but long hallways of staterooms, so except for the one where your stateroom is likely to be located, you can completely ignore these decks. But it is also true that a lack of windows and the continuous sameness make these living decks the easiest place to get turned your self around. As such here are a few trick for knowing where you’re going. First of all… as you walk the halls, you will run across these medallions in the carpeting at regular intervals…

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These are set into the carpet so that when the map is right side up (north to the top) then you’re heading forward. If it’s upside down you’re walking toward the stern. Now, while your looking at that little image there, here’s a simple little game (and one you can put you kids onto)… can y’all tell me just what the signal flags in the borders might be spelling out? I’ll check back with y’all on that one latter if I don’t hear from anyone.

Ok here’s another trick that will let you quickly know which side of the ship you on: Just look for the little fishy.

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These are only on the port side of the Disney Dream (but remember that this wont work on the Magic or Wonder). If you’re in the starboard hallway, that little fishy will look more like a seahorse.

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The other quick way to know where you are is to just look for the cabin numbers. The first digit will tell you which deck your on. The next one will identify the side of the ship (0 for Port forward, 1 for the port aft, 5 for starboard forward and 6 for starboard aft). The last two digits identify the individual staterooms starting at the bow and heading back with even numbers for the outside cabins and odd numbers for the inside cabins (which will also help you know which way your heading).


= = = = = = = Suds n Duds = = = = = = =

While I’m heading off through Bonus feature land this seems like a good place to tuck in a little extra bit of useful info. Specifically… how do I go about getting the wrinkles ironed out of my dinner clothes that have been stuffed in a suitcase for the last couple of days? Well there are laundry rooms scattered all over the living decks of the Dream and each location generally has at least a couple of washers and dryers, 1 iron and an ironing board.

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This is the one on Deck-10 (and just as a clue that little game I tossed out there a bit ago, the three signal flags worked into the tile floor just happen to spell out “DCL” and you’ll run across them all over the ship) OK, back to the laundry rooms… some of them will also include a folding table and seating bench. At least one location (on Deck-6) has 8 washers, 4 dryers and 2 irons/ironing boards (according to the DCL FAQ on these boards). An added bonus here is that there’s no need to carry quarters. With just a swipe of your room key and you can charge a load to wash (45 minute cycle) and/or dry (45 minute cycle) and even purchase laundry supplies (Tide, Clorox and/or Downey), but… they cost a couple of bucks per cycle. The iron is free to use, but you may have to wait in line if you wait until just before dinnertime to use ‘em. So where are these magical little locations? You’ll find them just across the hall from the following cabins: 2002, 5192, 6508, 7014, 8150, 9500 and 10572. Something to keep in mind is that if you have any of these cabins (or one of those in the immediate vicinity), finding the laundry will be dead easy, but conversely there will also be a good bit of foot traffic around your stateroom.




Now just for giggles we can use that little list of cabin numbers back there to practice our navigation skills.



2002 - would be on Deck-2, port side as far forward as you can go.

5192 - Deck-5, port side, all the way back to the stern.

6508 - Deck-6, starboard side, up near the bow

7014 - Deck-7, port side, just a little back off the bow

8150 - Deck-8, port side, about three quarter of the way back (a little ahead of the aft elevators)

9500 - Deck-9, starboard side, all the way up at the bow

10572 - Deck-10, port side, amidships (just a little aft of the amidships elevators)

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
09-18-2011, 10:04 PM
Chapter 5: more of “The Tale” - Day 2 (Mon)



Part 1: Navi-s & Mag-s (Day-2)



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Are you still following along? Really? Well you perseverance is either about to pay off a smidgen or prove the utter futility of your actions. Why? Because I (and therefore… you) have actually made it all the way to the beginning of our next day at sea. And on this day… our port of call is that mythical destination known as “Isla De Morta”!

No, no, no no… wrong movie again! Where is my script? Oh, here it is… now I just need to find my glasses… OK, now it says that… our destination for day two is… ummmmm… here it is! It’s…

“Castaway Cay”!

And here’s a secret… We’ll even be coming back here again in a couple of days (Ok, you may already know that but I’m pretty excited about it).




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As I have repeatedly warned, I intend to start off each new day with a post showing that day’s Navigator. As you’re surly aware by now, these are a handy review of events to come that day. The Highlights dominate page-1, a schedule grid rules pages 2 and 3 and the backside has all the little details. Well… that’s the gist of the thing so I guess I’ll just go on ahead and post the “Navi” for Day-2, so here ya’ go…

(Just click on each image to see an enlarged version of that page)

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Since we are spending the day on Disney’s own Private Island, the folks at DCL saw fit to tuck a map of this little piece of real estate into everyone’s Navigator for the day. What that means to you is that I’ll be posting it here for your perusal. The front is a pretty straightforward illustration of the island it’s various installations and amenities. The backside is a list of the various events that will be going on that day (and there is more happening around the Cay then you might think.


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And lastly (and most certainly leastly)… Our door magnets for the day.
Feel free to ignore the heck out of these.

(again just click on each image to see an enlarged versions… if you’re really that desperate)


The main themes for the day…

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A Mickey for each of us…

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And a couple of extra’s that just needed to be let out into the light

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OK… here’s an extra bonus feature for those of you that were foolhardy enough to actually scroll down this far. If you were paying attention to the pictures of our cabin door so far you recognize that the little porthole looking thingie that has the stateroom number on it also has what looks like Mickey’s ears attached to it. If you’ve never been on a DCL cruise, then you may not be aware that these do not come standard (the ears that is, the porthole thingie with the number on it will be there sure enough). Well if you’d like to have a set of these “ears” to attach to your cabin door… then I’m here to help you out.

Below are two different sets of Mickey Ears that you too can use to make a couple of magnets and attach to you door (both will work so just pick the set that suites you particular sense of artistic aesthetic). One note though… please don’t use tape to attach these (or any other magnet/image) to you door as it damages the paint and could convince DCL to ban all magnets if they find themselves having to repainting too many doors.


(once again… click on each image to enlarge and down load ‘em from there)

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GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
09-18-2011, 10:07 PM
Chapter 5: more of: “The Tale” - Day 2 (Mon)



Part 2: Land Ho…





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In your life you’ll encounter many kinds of truth. Some of them are easy and accepted… some of them are hard and often unspoken.

Whoooa… that was a rather dark opening for an update to a Disney Trip Report, but I’ve got me reasons. Firstly, it was meant to get your attention, but it’s also just a fact that has to be reckoned with. Now I hear you say: “Yah, but this is a cruise so what kind of hard truth can you possibly have to contend with here?” Well there is one unspoken truth of cruising that you need to keep in mind. It’s buried inside that contract that has to be signed prior to boarding the ship, and all cruise lines keep to this particular code. The truth I’m on about here is that the cruise line promises that they will take you aboard their ship, and that they will keep you safe at all costs, but… they do not guarantee that you will be taken to the exact destinations listed on the itinerary. The “truth” is that in order to keep both you and their ship safe, they can and will change their destination and/or even the length of the cruise if adverse weather or other unforeseen complications dictate the need to do so. Since this is a possibility (and I’m trying to write a Cruising TR for all those that might be thinking about cruising), I feel that this hard truth could stand a little bit of daylight.

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Let me go ahead and release the tension a bit by saying that our time aboard the Dream was unfettered by such complications, but I have had to deal with this “thuth” in the past. Our first encounter with a DCL ship was when we boarded the Disney Wonder on Memorial Day of 2007 for a short three-day sailing. On June 1st, a trough of low pressure in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico formed onto a quick moving tropical storm and NOAA promptly named it Barry. We spent that day in Nassau and it was pleasant enough although somewhat overcast. Early on the morning of June 2, “Barry” slammed into the west Florida coast around the Tampa Bay area.

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That image just shows the area covered by the Tampa radar station. To get a better idea of the extent of the rain bands, here is a satellite view with a few approximate locations to give you an idea of the size of the disturbance.

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That morning scheduled port of call was Castaway Cay. When I went up on deck to watch the captain attempt to back the Wonder into the little harbor that Disney had built for their private island, this is scene that greeted me…

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Here’s a little close look. You can see the outline of the Flying Dutchman in the distance.

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There was a spitting rain, entirely too much wind and the air temperature was barley even 60. The cross currents were the real problem though. The channel cut for docking DCL’s ships here is relatively narrow. The captain tried four separate times to back her in but even with the side thrusts on full they just couldn’t keep her straight enough and under enough control to ensure that they wouldn’t find themselves grounded on the jetty. On this day, docking at Castaway Cay was not happening. Had we pulled in, it would have been rather miserable on the beaches as well. Turns out that this is as close as we ever got to CC.

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My intention in relating this particular story is not to worry you or say that you ought not be wasting you money cruising, on the contrary, I think you should be wasting you money cruising (I know I will continue to do so). It’s just good to keep in mind that things can go wrong. You might have booked an Easter Caribbean cruise only to find that a hurricane will force you ship to take you on an unplanned Western version (and that has happened to DCL as well). The main thing to keep in mind here is that the crew will first protect their assets (including the cargo which just happen to be you) from potential harm (even if they then have to spend the rest of the trip apologizing to the more upset and vocal members of that group). At times, sailings have even had to be canceled outright. Given that these are possibilities, I do recommend considering the purchase of trip insurance. Even if you’d never consider such while traveling around the country, I’d always recommend it if you leaving the boarders of the U.S and cruise ships most certainly come under this umbrella (so to speak).


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OK, that’s enough potential gloom and doom, so lets return to our actual TR already in progress…

On the morning of June 27, 2011 I was up early (as usual) so I headed up to Deck-12 to watch the captain attempt to back the Dream into the little harbor that Disney had built for their private island (whooa… déjà vu). Once on deck, this is scene that greeted me …

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WoooHooo!!! That is a very different view from the last one I showed you. As I got to the rail, the captain had already backed her into the channel and kicked on the thrusters to start the process of pulling alongside the quay. The lines had been past ashore and the hands were going about the business tying her up.

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A number of the positions on CC that are filled by locales from other islands near by. I caught this image of a motor launch bring in some of the folks that would be working with us today.

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While I was out here it occurred to me that it might just be a good idea to take a few more images of our pristine destination for the day so that you could have a good idea of where everything is.

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Just astern of the ship (assuming they backed her in) is where you’ll find “Marge’s Barges”. This is where you’ll need to report for pretty much any boat related excursion from fishing to Parasailing.

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The next beach area along is the “Boat Beach” where you can rent personal watercraft of varying types. Off in the distance you’ll notice a rather odd and overly tall palm tree that looks like it just don’t belong. Well that’s because it doesn’t belong. That’s a cell phone tower in disguise (it’s how the “wave phones” are able to operate on Castaway Cay).

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Looking on up the way you’ll find “Castaway Ray’s” (the stingray adventure), and “Gil’s Fins & Boats” with the beach area known as “Scuttle's Cove” in the background. This is also where you’ll find the snorkeling lagoon.

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Farther along across the sheltered bay you find the “Head’s Up” bar and just beyond that is the new “Pelican Plunge” water slide. The beach area beyond is known as “Pelican Point”. Both of the two family beaches have their own amenities and that includes a restaurant: “Cookie’s” which serves “Scuttle's Cove” and of course, “Cookie’s Too” for the “Pelican Point” area (and I’ll talk more about these spots later on).


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Well since I still have a few minutes before I need to go back to the cabin and collect everyone up for breakfast, Why not take a few more pictures of the amenities available on Decks 12 & 13 (especially since you don’t have to attempt to look through the masses of other cruiser at this time of day).

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The “Mickey Pool & Slide” for the young’ens…

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…a little clearer shot of just the pool…

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…a look forward toward the “Donald Family Pool” beyond the banks of chairs and the “Jumbo-tron” (my name for the huge movie screen mounted on the backside of the forward funnel)…

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…the entrance to the “Aqua Duck” which is built into the port side of the after funnel just behind the “Mickey Pool”…

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…“Wave’s” a fairly quiet pub area behind the after funnel and just ahead of the entrances to “Cabana’s”…

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…and a shot looking forward from the “Sports Deck” (Deck-13 aft). From here you can also see that the first loop in the “Aqua Duck” actually does travel out over the side of the ship (but honestly, you’ll shoot through it so quickly that you’ll never notice).

Well that’s about all for now. I think I’ll go collect up the rest of the clan and grab some grub before heading ashore. Then well see just what all we want to get into today.





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Captain_Oblivious
09-19-2011, 08:56 AM
Lots to catch up on. I'll say this: you're braver than I am for trying escargot. :crazy2:

On June 1st, a trough of low pressure in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico formed onto a quick moving tropical storm and NOAA promptly named it Barry. We spent that day in Nassau and it was pleasant enough although somewhat overcast. Early on the morning of June 2, “Barry” slammed into the west Florida coast around the Tampa Bay area.

There goes Barry, ruining yet another vacation. Sheesh. :sad2:

That morning scheduled port of call was Castaway Cay. When I went up on deck to watch the captain attempt to back the Wonder into the little harbor that Disney had built for their private island, this is scene that greeted me…

Man, how depressing is this story? I know I'd be crushed if I couldn't have stopped there on a cruise.

On the morning of June 27, 2011 I was up early (as usual)

Hey, that's my anniversary! If only we could have spent the day where you were...

WoooHooo!!! That is a very different view from the last one I showed you. As I got to the rail, the captain had already backed her into the channel and kicked on the thrusters to start the process of pulling alongside the quay. The lines had been past ashore and the hands were going about the business tying her up.

That is a really cool process to watch. The ship really is smooth in her movements. I loved being up early to watch Castaway Cay grow bigger and bigger in the horizon.

afwdwfan
09-19-2011, 09:27 AM
Wow, I get busy for a few days and you go crazy on the updates.:rotfl2:


Daniel was recommending the Aged Angus Grilled Beef Tenderloin and that sounded mighty good to me.
Sounds good to me too!

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(well… being a Southerner, a belly flop might be a different story given that one’s honor were on the line and more then enough beer had entered into the equation… but you get the point).
Experience talking?:lmao:


Needless to say… Escargots got ordered… Escargots got tried... and no one had to bring a bucket.
You know, I think I'd tend to be a little more willing to step outside of my palate's comfort zone on a cruise. Just order something new and tell them to go ahead and have that Angus Beef Tenderloin on standby, just in case.:rotfl2:


Day one was a roaring success and we had much more to look forward to. The weather for tomorrow was predicted to be excellent all morning, and that was extremely important to us given the destination of the day.
Looks like a good end to a good day! I enjoyed the pictures of the ship (and yes, I can still see them when I'm at work now!):lmao:


(and the first part of getting anywhere… is first knowing where you are)
Why do I get the feeling that this could also be one of the hardest parts?:rotfl2:


Since this is a possibility (and I’m trying to write a Cruising TR for all those that might be thinking about cruising), I feel that this hard truth could stand a little bit of daylight.
Uh oh.:scared1:


Let me go ahead and release the tension a bit by saying that our time aboard the Dream was unfettered by such complications
Whew, that's a relief.


On June 1st, a trough of low pressure in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico formed onto a quick moving tropical storm and NOAA promptly named it Barry.
:rolleyes1


You can see the outline of the Flying Dutchman in the distance.
:scared1:


On this day, docking at Castaway Cay was not happening. Had we pulled in, it would have been rather miserable on the beaches as well. Turns out that this is as close as we ever got to CC.
So it is Barry's fault that you didn't get to go to CC on that cruise??? He's more destructive than I ever imagined.:lmao::rotfl2:


so I headed up to Deck-12 to watch the captain attempt to back the Dream into the little harbor that Disney had built for their private island
So, do they have backup cameras and parking assist on that thing?


I think I’ll go collect up the rest of the clan and grab some grub before heading ashore.
Don't forget to grab a handful of the free snacks and a cup full of rum.:thumbsup2

Great updates and great pics! I think the main thing that makes me want to do a DCL vacation is the Castaway Cay feature. I think if we ever book a cruise, I'll have to find one that includes a second stop at Castaway Cay just as a little insurance that if weather is bad, we might have a second opportunity. If neither day would work out, I'd just have to take it as a sign that I'm never meant to go to Castaway Cay and the first cruise should be the last.:lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

FreezinRafiki
09-20-2011, 08:56 AM
Lots to catch up on and hardly any time to do it. But I did want to let you know I'm still reading along and finding everything very useful and entertaining!

You magnets look great by the way. UPS says the mine should arrive today. I'll post some pics of them if you want.


Oh, and sorry about ruining your vacation. I guess I'm 2 for 2 now - I wrecked Mark's summer vacation just by showing up in Chicago!:woohoo:

Grooovertoo
09-21-2011, 03:04 PM
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Now, while your looking at that little image there, here’s a simple little game (and one you can put you kids onto)… can y’all tell me just what the signal flags in the borders might be spelling out? I’ll check back with y’all on that one latter if I don’t hear from anyone.


D - I - S - N - E - Y D - R - E - A - M

Now what did I win?


Now just for giggles we can use that little list of cabin numbers back there to practice our navigation skills.



2002 - would be on Deck-2, port side as far forward as you can go.

5192 - Deck-5, port side, all the way back to the stern.

6508 - Deck-6, starboard side, up near the bow

7014 - Deck-7, port side, just a little back off the bow

8150 - Deck-8, port side, about three quarter of the way back (a little ahead of the aft elevators)

9500 - Deck-9, starboard side, all the way up at the bow

10572 - Deck-10, port side, amidships (just a little aft of the amidships elevators)


Wow, wow, wow, nobody said there was going to be a quiz in this TR:lmao:

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
09-21-2011, 04:07 PM
There goes Barry, ruining yet another vacation. Sheesh.



So it is Barry's fault that you didn't get to go to CC on that cruise??? He's more destructive than I ever imagined.



Oh, and sorry about ruining your vacation. I guess I'm 2 for 2 now - I wrecked Mark's summer vacation just by showing up in Chicago!


Wait a second…

I know that Barry can be cunning and diabolical, while simultaneously being completely befuddled and inept (qualities I see in myself on a regular bases… OK… continually, but that’s not the point), but, I was under the impression that Pudge controlled the weather. Let me check with an expert on that…

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Yep I was right… OK Barry, you’re off the hook.

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
09-21-2011, 04:12 PM
Lots to catch up on. I'll say this: you're braver than I am for trying escargot.

It’s was just something that I set my mind to on this last trip. I wanted to get into a few things that I’d either ignored or avoided up to then. Some of them were food related and since the food was all inclusive to the price of the cruise (which I was going to pay regardless), I figured something “questionable” that was prepared by a competent kitchen staff had a better chance of not being as grotesque as my imagination thought it to be.

Man, how depressing is this story? I know I'd be crushed if I couldn't have stopped there on a cruise.
Disappointed? Absolutely… but, had we docked the weather outdoors was going to be miserable. It would have been easy to just throw up our hands and wail in agony (and there were no shortage of folks who did), but the Cruise Director's Staff shot quickly into action to try and salvage the situation. They turned it into a “Sea Day”. A whole schedule of activities was put together (quickly) and new Navigators were printed and in our cabins before lunch. All the restaurants were open along with the buffet at noon as well (so there were lots of choices). They offered up a lot of family related games and activities, added extra showings of the first run movies and did matinee performances of the pervious two night’s shows in the main theater. They honestly did their best to make it right and that’s why I came back the next time.

Hey, that's my anniversary! If only we could have spent the day where you were...

Our twentieth anniversary was back in April, but this cruise was a part of that celebration. I’ll have to look around while I’m out on the island and see if I can’t find something to do in y’alls honor.

That is a really cool process to watch. The ship really is smooth in her movements. I loved being up early to watch Castaway Cay grow bigger and bigger in the horizon.


::yes:: I’ve had the chance to watch them do this in a number of different ports and it just fascinates me. The skill with which these folks delicately maneuver tens of thousands of tons of steal is remarkable.

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
09-21-2011, 04:14 PM
Wow, I get busy for a few days and you go crazy on the updates.
Sorry about that. I just had a little time and I’d been getting behind on my posting. I’m also trying to get as much in as I can before a couple of the folks that are following along head off on their sailings in a few weeks.


Sounds good to me too!

And it was too.


Experience talking?


This might just constitute a Fifth Amendment moment.

You know, I think I'd tend to be a little more willing to step outside of my palate's comfort zone on a cruise. Just order something new and tell them to go ahead and have that Angus Beef Tenderloin on standby, just in case.


And the good part of that scenario is that they’ll do it. If you want two entrées, order ‘em up, and they’ll bring ‘em to you. You want two deserts, go for it. You don’t see anything the suites you on the menu but would really like some more of whatever it was you had last night, just ask and they will try to accommodate you. Really! Give it a try.


Looks like a good end to a good day! I enjoyed the pictures of the ship (and yes, I can still see them when I'm at work now!)


Cool! (About you now being able to see the pictures that is.) And thanks for following along.


Why do I get the feeling that this could also be one of the hardest parts?


It can be. Knowing which way we were going once we got off an elevator was the thing that drove Tamara the most nuts. I generally knew where we were most of the time and wasn’t troubled by it (which made her more nuts).


Uh oh.


It just needed to be said.


Whew, that's a relief.

You betch’em Red Rider.


So, do they have backup cameras and parking assist on that thing?


:lmao:
I wouldn’t be surprised. There are more controls on the docking bridge then in fount of the commander on the space Shuttle.

Don't forget to grab a handful of the free snacks and a cup full of rum.



Oh we had our share (and a few other folks share as well)



Great updates and great pics! I think the main thing that makes me want to do a DCL vacation is the Castaway Cay feature. I think if we ever book a cruise, I'll have to find one that includes a second stop at Castaway Cay just as a little insurance that if weather is bad, we might have a second opportunity. If neither day would work out, I'd just have to take it as a sign that I'm never meant to go to Castaway Cay and the first cruise should be the last.



While aboard a ship, I have paid calls on the ports of Nassau, Freeport, Georgetown (Grand Cayman), Cozamel (Mexico), Coco Cay, and even Key West, but hands down my favorite (one day destination) was and is Castaway Cay.

That being said… I am of the opinion that it really doesn’t matter where the ship is going. Just get on the boat. Cruising is a destination in and of itself. Anything else that gets added on is just gravy. Truth be told, a number of the Caribbean ports are really just tourist destinations and are no more exotic then the gift shop at CBR or outside of POTC (Nassau comes to mind here). If you really want to learn about the islands, you need to spend more then an afternoon on them and you need to get out of the major cities. Cruising is a different type of travel. It’s more of a departure from the everyday and allows you to just melt into a different type of world (one where you get treated like royalty… even if only for a few days).

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
09-21-2011, 04:17 PM
Lots to catch up on and hardly any time to do it. But I did want to let you know I'm still reading along and finding everything very useful and entertaining!

You magnets look great by the way. UPS says the mine should arrive today. I'll post some pics of them if you want.


Thanks, and thanks…

As for your magnets, I’d love to see ‘em. Feel free to show off you design skills within the confines of this little ol’ TR (It might give my other reader an idea or two).


Besides, any diversion from my otherwise tortured writing would be a marked improvement.





D - I - S - N - E - Y - D - R - E - A - M

Now what did I win?


Ding… Ding… Ding… Ding… Ding…
You sir are a winner and here’s Don Pardo to tell you what you’ve won…

Don: “Yes indeed Dave, while you and your family are aboard the beautiful Disney Dream, you will be able to partake of your newly won unlimited supply of bite size chocolate éclairs! Just head on over to the pastry case by the coffee bar on Deck-4 any time you have a hankering for a nosh and tell them that you’re the winner of the GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes memorial éclair contest and they’ll let you take all you want, and… if they run out, they’ll bring more! And that not all… you’ll also be able to get unlimited ice-cream form “Frozone’s Treats” on Deck-11! Congratulations on winning our sweet tooth award!”



Wow, wow, wow, nobody said there was going to be a quiz in this TR


It just seemed to be the most perfectly geeky thing to toss out that at the time.

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
09-24-2011, 09:35 AM
Chapter 5: more of: “The Tale” - Day 2 (Mon)



Part 3: All Ashore (but not that way)




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If you want to go ashore at Castaway Cay you have to disembark via either the mid ship or aft Deck-1 gangways…






…I recently read about a psychological study that shows when people know how a movie will end before they enter the theater; they are more likely to enjoy the film. They’ll also rate the story more highly then the poor unprepared slobs that were forced to endure the entire screening before getting their reward. I don’t know… it sounds kind’a flaky if you ask me. I suspect that either this behavioral “study” is somewhat flawed (imagine that) or that “people” are just plain loopy (imagine that). We’ll I figured that I could test that hypothesis and offer you a potential prize at the same time. You already know how this story will end. The moral was that line in green up there at the top of page. This now leaves you with an excellent chance to just skip the rest of my ramblings (because apparently you’ve already learned everything you really need to glean from this post), or… you can continue reading and just see weather or not you actually enjoy the rest of this drivel even more now that you already know how it will all end. It’s pretty straightforward: you can stay here and become a guinea pig in my pointless experiment, or you can just move along.


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The choice is yours.



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Meanwhile, back aboard the Disney dream…


When I got back to the cabin, everyone else was just about ready, so after a minute or two we headed off to Cabana’s for a little bit of breakfast. There are actually a number of daily breakfast options (including skipping it altogether or heading into your port of call for the day and buying local), but aboard the ship (where your meals have already been paid for) the buffet is the most popular choice.

Cabana’s can be a might busy in the mornings, and unless you’re in there pretty early, you’ll need to look around a bit for a table. I advise finding the table first and getting your drinks, then taking turns hitting the buffet.

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If you’d rather be pampered a bit more and enjoy a calmer pace during your morning hours you can also be served a sit-down breakfast in one of the main dinning rooms. Not all of them are open every day, but at least one will be so just check your Navigator.

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The third option (and a fairly popular one amongst the folks lounging in the cabins with verandas) is to just to call up room service, or better yet fill out a Breakfast Request card and hang it on you door handle the night before (you’ll find one on your vanity/desk somewhere… just remember to tip the CM that drops it off in the morning).

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As I said up front, we decided to hit Cabana’s today, partly because it’s an easy choice to make, and partly because we wanted to go see what all was available. Basically… if its breakfast oriented… they got it.

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There’s the standard fair of breads, donuts, cereals, fruit, yogurt, eggs, various types of taters, sausage (links & patties) and enough bacon to build a life size model of Stonehenge.

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But if you so desire you can also find some less common fare like lox and bagels (and it looked to be some pretty good smoked salmon and… there were several other thinly sliced cold cuts to choose from as well). You could also have one of the chefs make you a custom omelet, or abscond with a bit of Eggs Benedict or even rustle up some steak-n-eggs if that’s what’s calling your name (and that last one called out to me once or twice).

After a bit of grub, we dropped back by the cabin to gather our paraphernalia for the day, put on a bit of sunscreen and wait for the announcement that the gangways were in place and we were free to disembark. After a little bit it occurred to us that we might have missed that one and this possibility brings up something else that you ought to keep in mind…


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There is a speaker in you cabin that is attached to the ship’s public address system and it’s via this method that you’ll certainly hear all the instructions needed during the Lifeboat Drill. But after that, they will only turn those on for very important announcements. All general announcements and information can be heard in the hallways or by setting you stateroom TV on channel-1. What that means to you and me is that if you ain’t paying attention or there just happens to be lot of noise in your cabin (say a running hair dryer for instance), you may miss something. The way around this is to always check your Navigator for start times, shore times and especially “All-Aboard” and “Last-Tender” times. That last one is particularly important because if you ain’t on the ship when it time to leave, it will leave without you. It does happen… I have seen it… do not test them on this.



We now return you to our regularly scheduled program…



As I was saying… After a bit it occurred to us that we might have missed the all ashore call. As such, I quickly headed up to Deck-11 and looked over the side. Sure enough… folks were already leaving the ship and heading up the quay. Dang! I headed back down to 9543, collected up the family and our gear, hopped on the forward elevator and pressed the button for Deck-1. Upon arrival, we were greeted by…

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Yep… tumbleweeds. The place was empty. One of the officers happened to be in the hallway and asked us where we were headed (he pretty much already knew what was going on I’m sure, and that’s likely why he was there in the first place). I said we were heading ashore, and he said OK, you need to use either the mid-ship or aft Deck-1 gangways.

Now… do y’all remember back in my last bonus feature about finding you way around the ship where I told you there are no hallways connecting the three Deck-1 Entrances? Well… there still aren’t any. So we had to go back up to Deck-2, walk back toward the mid-ship elevators and then descend back down to Desk-1. This time we were where we needed to be.

The reason I spent time telling y’all that story is so that you don’t make the same mistake. The Dream is a good bit larger then the Magic and Wonder. While it is true that DCL did enlarge the dock area to accommodate their new ship (mostly dredging for her deeper draft) the Dream is still physically longer then the existing quay. Here see for yourself…

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That certainly looks to be longer to me. What that implies is that when backed in (which is normal) the forward gangway, if opened, will be looking out over the water. That’s a plank I really don’t need to be walking. Bottom line… don’t try to disembark at CC via the forward entrance (and once again I say… read your Navigator… all of this was in there had I bothered to check).


Nuf said…





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GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
09-24-2011, 09:40 AM
Chapter 5: more of: “The Tale” - Day 2 (Mon)




Part 4: Beached






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Once we had out feet on dry land, it was just a short jaunt up to the tram stop. On the way I took a moment or two to get a couple of shots of the ship at CC. You get to see the best one.

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… and a close up of the characters on the fantail of the ship.

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And that creates a nice segue into a good “mini bonus feature” type of diversion… That right there is one very Disney aspect of the Dream. All ships will have their name and home port inscribed on the stern, but only DCL adds a little extra flourish (Ok, a lot of extra flourish) and has fun with it. The “Stern Characters” (as DCL calls them) have always set their ships apart. Granted, no other cruise line also has a parent company that needs to sell DVDs and theme park experiences, but it’s still a wonderful bit of decoration that catches both the eye and the imagination. Just for comparison, here is a good shot of the stern plate from the “MV Allure of the Seas”, RCCL’s flagship (and the largest cruise ship on the water for now).

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Now to be sure, this… is one very, very fine ship (and I’d like to sail on her at some point), but the effect just lacks imagination. You want interest… it’ll be hard to beat a gigantic representation of Sorcerer Mickey sleepialy commanding the enchanted brooms to put the finishing touches on the scrollwork surrounding the words “Disney Dream, Nassau”. Now that’s “character”. In my travels around the web, I even dug up a few nice images of that effigy being put together…

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Those give a better idea of the scale of these icons. Since we’re on the subject, I might as well show off all of the family portraits. Well start with the eldest daughter: the Magic, who (being rather playful) chooses to sport an image of St. Goofy (Patron of the DDC)…

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And then her half-sister: Disney Wonder, showing of her more feisty personality with a representation of Donald in the midst of an altercation (go figure) with one of his nephews (specifically Huey, but the others would have been happy to pull this stunt).

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…and a prize for those of you that don’t already know about it. Disney recently released a concept drawing of the proposed stern characters that will adorn the Fantasy when she sets sail in 2012. And the winner is…

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I like it (although I suspect that the rerelease of that 1941 classic might have held a bit of sway in the final decision). And just to show that this ain’t a joke, I found a couple of images of Timothy and his flying pal having their final bit of makeup applied in the work shops.

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I’d also like to get on that ship in the near, but it will be 2013 before I could even consider such (unless I were to win the lottery of one of you kind soles were to invite us along on your next excursion… not likely ehhhh… Hay… I tried).



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Meanwhile, back on Castaway Cay…



We made our way up to “Cargo Handling” (DCL’s name for the first tram stop) and found that we’d just missed the previous tram. No problem, they run at least two all day long so we’d be picked up in just a few minutes. You don’t have to wait for the tram if you’re not of a mind to do so. You’re quite welcome to just keep on walking around to the beaches, but the wait is usually minimal and if you want to head as far down the beach as possible (which we did) there really is no better option.

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see those little colorful specks way off in the distance in this picture… Those are the big ol’ umbrellas on the beach were we’re headed.


Like I said, another tram would be along in just a moment, and our wait was less then ten minutes.

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Now let me stop for another quick diversion… well actually two, but… If for whatever reason you find yourself carrying a good bit of gear, then I highly recommend trying to grab the seats right behind one of the tram’s wheel wells.

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This is because the extra space required to accommodate the wheels allowed the tram builder to put a big ol’ shelf between them and right in front of the seat immediately behind (that’s the third row and the last row of each trailer). None of the other seats have this advantage and it’s a very convenient spot to drop all you gear. Below are several more shots I ran across that show you the general layout of the entire tram (and how it looks when they decorate the thing for the Christmas season to boot)

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<Kind’a funky, eh…>

Once you’re aboard the tram will head off and make two stops, the first at “Scuttle’s Cove” and the second farther down at “Pelican Point”. If you are heading to “Serenity Bay” (that’s the adults only beach), you get off at the second stop and wait for a different tram. Otherwise most will get off at “Scuttle’s Cove” (and “I” would like it if y’all do the same). Now why should you get off there? “Because…” You see, me personally… I’m heading on down to the last stop where it’s a whole lot less crowded and I’d like to keep it that’a way.

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Nooooo… that’s not fair (and it was just a little bit mean as well). I’ll let y’all come along with us. There are so few people reading this TR anyway that I figure the secret is safe for now. As it turns out, “Pelican Point” is a lot less congested. We were late getting off the ship (because somebody turned left when he should’a turned right), but we still got a pretty good spot. It wasn’t the front row, but we still had a space near all the amenities that came equipped with a couple of loungers, a beach chair or two and a big ol’ bumbershoot for some shade. Anyway, here’s what the view looked like from our little spot on the map…

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Not too bad. Here I’ll walk out past the front row there and show you how everything looks from way over here on this side of the bay…

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Very nice… and it was turning out to be one very beautiful morning in the Caribbean as well…

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Now that we had our clam properly staked, Max and I walked the short distance back to the Tram stop area where we would find this little spot…

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We’d rented a couple of floats and some snorkeling gear for both of our stays on CC and this is where you collect all that stuff up on this side of the bay. Now that we were fully geared up, it was time to hit the water. First stop… Pelican Plunge!

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This is a pretty cool addition to the island and it very popular with the young’ens. The whole thing is mounted on a floating platform and depending on the tide… the water can get modestly deep, so you do need to be able to swim if you want to partake. There are life vest available however and depending on your childes height they may be required to wear one. Being as this is an “attraction”, there is a pretty good line for the privilege. It’s very similar to your average slide in a water-park. There are two different shoots to choose from once you get to the top of the stairs. The one that starts off on the right is open to the light, and corkscrews through about four revolutions before dropping you in the ocean. The one on the left is closed, steeper, makes fewer turns, but by design is considerably faster and more rudely throws you out into the bay (of course your own size and weight will affect the speed of the descent and magnitude of the splash). To make sure that everyone stays safe, there are a couple of CMs manning “The Plunge” that will give you the all clear before you can start you journey.

We did the plunge thing for a bit and then grabbed up the floats and headed out into the water to just drift and relax for a while. There is something about floating in clear seawater on a beautiful day. It will just melt away any memory of trouble and strife that you even thought about bringing with you. Now if y’all will excuse me for a while, I think I’m just going to grab me a good drink, lean back, rest my eyes a bit that let the gentle motion of the water put me into a state of perfect castaway hypnosis…


Ahhhhhhhhhhh…….





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Disney Commando
09-25-2011, 10:20 PM
I'm in Rob, I'm on vacation this week so I'll have to read the whole thing, but I'll be honest and say that a cruise scares the heck out of me:scared1: I like to cover a massive territory in a day, my wife really wants to do a cruise, but I'm still on the fence, thinking I will get bored, with limited space for myself I fear that I'd go nuts feeling I'm too confined:confused3

afwdwfan
09-26-2011, 09:21 AM
I suspect that either this behavioral “study” is somewhat flawed (imagine that) or that “people” are just plain loopy (imagine that).
I don't know... you might really be going out on a limb making assumptions like that.:lmao::rotfl2:


There are actually a number of daily breakfast options (including skipping it altogether or heading into your port of call for the day and buying local), but aboard the ship (where your meals have already been paid for) the buffet is the most popular choice.
I don't know why you wouldn't eat on the boat. The cruise costs enough to begin with... might as well try to eat your money's worth! :thumbsup2


Yep… tumbleweeds. The place was empty. One of the officers happened to be in the hallway and asked us where we were headed (he pretty much already knew what was going on I’m sure, and that’s likely why he was there in the first place). I said we were heading ashore, and he said OK, you need to use either the mid-ship or aft Deck-1 gangways.
:headache:

And that creates a nice segue into a good “mini bonus feature” type of diversion…
I had no idea they had the ships decorated like that with characters finishing the paint job. Interesting.:thumbsup2

I’d also like to get on that ship in the near, but it will be 2013 before I could even consider such (unless I were to win the lottery of one of you kind soles were to invite us along on your next excursion… not likely ehhhh… Hay… I tried).
I can guarantee it won't be until a few years after 2013 before we're even going to attempt to consider a cruise... so have fun!

There is something about floating in clear seawater on a beautiful day. It will just melt away any memory of trouble and strife that you even thought about bringing with you. Now if y’all will excuse me for a while, I think I’m just going to grab me a good drink, lean back, rest my eyes a bit that let the gentle motion of the water put me into a state of perfect castaway hypnosis…
No comments... you said it all.:thumbsup2

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
09-26-2011, 10:38 AM
I'm in Rob, I'm on vacation this week so I'll have to read the whole thing, but I'll be honest and say that a cruise scares the heck out of me:scared1: I like to cover a massive territory in a day, my wife really wants to do a cruise, but I'm still on the fence, thinking I will get bored, with limited space for myself I fear that I'd go nuts feeling I'm too confined:confused3

:welcome:

Ron!
Glad to have you along. Actually, I’m trying to put together this TR with a mind toward the folks that just aren’t sure about cruising. There really are a lot of different types of experiences that each individual can have aboard modern cruise ships, and a fairly active one is an option. I can honestly say, that It was not very often that I was idle (except maybe for that hour or two I spent floating in the Bay at CC back there in the last post). But there was so much to get into on any given day that we couldn’t possibly have even attempted it all.

Use the Table of Contents on the first page to hunt for the posts that are title “Navi-s & Mags-s” to find copies of the daily ships schedules and you’ll get a better idea of what all can be gotten into each day (and I’ll be posting the rest of them as well). And… there is no shortage of excursions that may appeal to you as well at the various ports of call. In my upcoming post on the rest of our day on Castaway Cay, I’ll try to talk about some of the other events that were happening on the island beyond the stuff we got into as well.

Once again… thanks for joining in.


I don't know... you might really be going out on a limb making assumptions like that.:lmao::rotfl2:


Ya’ think?

I don't know why you wouldn't eat on the boat. The cruise costs enough to begin with... might as well try to eat your money's worth! :thumbsup2


I tend to agree, but… it is an option (not a good one, mind you, but still…).


I had no idea they had the ships decorated like that with characters finishing the paint job. Interesting.:thumbsup2


It’s just Disney being Disney.
They pretty much are the masters of details

I can guarantee it won't be until a few years after 2013 before we're even going to attempt to consider a cruise... so have fun!


I’ll do so, but you need to find a way to give it a try sometime (even if… *gasp*… you don’t go with DCL).

No comments... you said it all.:thumbsup2

I suspect Shakespeare would have been more eloquent, or Hemming way more gallant, but I do believe I got the message across.

Grooovertoo
09-26-2011, 04:16 PM
As for your magnets,... Question - did you use magnet paper for your FE gift magnets or did you just print it out on a heavy card stock and affix magnet strips and if so, what glue or bond did you use? I'm sorry if you mentioned it during you FE bit, but as my signature indicates, I'm at 11 days and a wake-up so things are getting hectic.


Ding… Ding… Ding… Ding… Ding…
You sir are a winner and here’s Don Pardo to tell you what you’ve won…

Don: “Yes indeed Dave, while you and your family are aboard the beautiful Disney Dream, you will be able to partake of your newly won unlimited supply of bite size chocolate éclairs! Just head on over to the pastry case by the coffee bar on Deck-4 any time you have a hankering for a nosh and tell them that you’re the winner of the GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes memorial éclair contest and they’ll let you take all you want, and… if they run out, they’ll bring more! And that not all… you’ll also be able to get unlimited ice-cream form “Frozone’s Treats” on Deck-11! Congratulations on winning our sweet tooth award!”

So since I'm quartered on deck 5 I can just shimmy down the rails a flight and pick up those tasty treats....did you seem to say they were free...somewhere....:rotfl::lmao:




Now let me stop for another quick diversion… well actually two, but… If for whatever reason you find yourself carrying a good bit of gear, then I highly recommend trying to grab the seats right behind one of the tram’s wheel wells.


Okay, this diversion....once again is very helpful, thanks.




We’d rented a couple of floats and some snorkeling gear for both of our stays on CC and this is where you collect all that stuff up on this side of the bay. Now that we were fully geared up, it was time to hit the water. First stop… Pelican Plunge!



Do you have to reserve those on-line before the cruise under the excursions? I can't find it? I just want the floats anyway.

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
09-27-2011, 08:03 AM
Question - did you use magnet paper for your FE gift magnets or did you just print it out on a heavy card stock and affix magnet strips and if so, what glue or bond did you use? I'm sorry if you mentioned it during you FE bit, but as my signature indicates, I'm at 11 days and a wake-up so things are getting hectic.


Most folks use the magnetic paper and I’ve never heard anyone complain about it. You card stock and magnet strip idea would also work. Another trick I’ve herd of it to affix strip magnets to clear notebook page-protectors and then just slide you various bits of artwork into those. That one offers the advantage of being able to change the images out easily as well.

We’re more “gung ho” about it. I get a hold of sheet magnet (which can be found in the larger craft outlet stores). One side is magnetic, the other side was an adhesive on it. We print the images and attach them to the magnet sheets. We then cut them to shape with scissors and craft knives (x-acto). The result is a whole lot like your standard gift shop fridge-magnet. They’re stouter and allow you to reuse the generic ones at home or on future trips.


So since I'm quartered on deck 5 I can just shimmy down the rails a flight and pick up those tasty treats....did you seem to say they were free...somewhere....:rotfl::lmao:


One deck down in the Vista Café (starboard side in the atrium area). You can’t miss ‘em
:lmao: :thumbsup2



Okay, this diversion....once again is very helpful, thanks.


Glad to help.
I’ll try to get another post or two up before y’all leave.



Do you have to reserve those on-line before the cruise under the excursions? I can't find it? I just want the floats anyway.


You should be able to reserve them online in the excursions area for Castaway Cay under your “My Reservations” section on the DCL site. If you can’t find them, then just walk over to the Excursions Desk (Deck-3, port side, directly across the grand lobby from you as you first walk on to the ship) and ask about reserving them. Being as we’re only talking about floats, I’ve never heard of those actually “selling out”, so you could probably even walk up to the stand the morning you get to CC and just charge them back to your room with your KTTW.

Captain_Oblivious
09-27-2011, 12:13 PM
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I have almost this exact picture from our trip!

I like it (although I suspect that the rerelease of that 1941 classic might have held a bit of sway in the final decision).

Oh, come on. Since when does Disney ever cross-promote anything? :confused3


You don’t have to wait for the tram if you’re not of a mind to do so. You’re quite welcome to just keep on walking around to the beaches, but the wait is usually minimal and if you want to head as far down the beach as possible (which we did) there really is no better option.

The walk isn't bad at all, though. And you can get a nice picture of the "Welcome To Castaway Cay" sign.

Now let me stop for another quick diversion… well actually two, but… If for whatever reason you find yourself carrying a good bit of gear, then I highly recommend trying to grab the seats right behind one of the tram’s wheel wells.

Now this is just impressive trip planning. :worship:

You see, me personally… I’m heading on down to the last stop where it’s a whole lot less crowded and I’d like to keep it that’a way.

Veteran move.

Very nice… and it was turning out to be one very beautiful morning in the Caribbean as well…

Part of me wishes they had a resort here and you could just ride the ship over, and then catch another one for the trip back to Florida. I could get used to that...

We’d rented a couple of floats and some snorkeling gear for both of our stays on CC and this is where you collect all that stuff up on this side of the bay. Now that we were fully geared up, it was time to hit the water. First stop… Pelican Plunge!

Looks like a lot of fun. Now I need to plan another trip back here!

Now if y’all will excuse me for a while, I think I’m just going to grab me a good drink, lean back, rest my eyes a bit that let the gentle motion of the water put me into a state of perfect castaway hypnosis…


Ahhhhhhhhhhh…….

.....Huh? What? Sorry, I was staring at the ocean.

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
09-27-2011, 02:30 PM
Oh, come on. Since when does Disney ever cross-promote anything? :confused3


Disney? Do that? Neeeeeverrrrrrrrrr…



The walk isn't bad at all, though. And you can get a nice picture of the "Welcome To Castaway Cay" sign.


I have that picture, and you’re right… the walk isn’t bad at all, especially if it’s just up to the Skuttle’s cove area. But if you’re heading all the way done to the far end of the beach around all the newly refurbished stuff, it’s a bit of a jaunt.


Now this is just impressive trip planning. :worship:


Veteran move.


I try…


…and sometimes I succeed.



Part of me wishes they had a resort here and you could just ride the ship over, and then catch another one for the trip back to Florida. I could get used to that...


I like the idea. It comes up every so often on the rumor-net, but DCL hasn’t made any noise about it. There is also a “story” that says that the bugs are so bad after the sun goes down at CC that it would be a prohibitive and that this explains why the ship always leaves around 5:00pm. Can’t prove it… can’t disprove it… it’s just the word on the street.



Looks like a lot of fun. Now I need to plan another trip back here!


Yes… yes you do… and so do I… sooooon


.....Huh? What? Sorry, I was staring at the ocean.


You’re getting sleeeepy… you’re eyes are starting to close… you can feel you body starting to float away…

Now… when I count to three… you will rush to the web and book another trip on a DCL ship… and you’ll be taking me with you…

Ready…

One…

Two…




Three!

PrincessCharlie
09-27-2011, 05:12 PM
Just read your entire tr and loved it as much as a good book, thanks for writing it. DCL should really pay you to write because I want to do a Disney cruise like never before!

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
09-29-2011, 09:32 AM
Just read your entire tr and loved it as much as a good book, thanks for writing it. DCL should really pay you to write because I want to do a Disney cruise like never before!


You talking to me? :confused:

<starts looking around to see if anyone else is in the room>

Good book? :eek:
Wow… that’s a compliment that I pretty certain I’ve never heard before.
I am very glad to have you along thought so let me first toss out a proper…

:welcome:

And then say thank you and that I’m mighty glad to have you along for the ride. I’d surely love to have the folks at DCL pay me to do just about anything, but I suspect that the monitory relationship will continue to flow in the other direction for the time being. But I do appreciate hearing form the people that are following along. If you’ve enjoyed reading this nonsense, then you might also find my first attempt at writing a TR to be somewhat entertaining as well. Just click on that green link down there in my signatures.

I’d also highly recommend following along in the TRs being written by some of the follows that regularly comment back on mine (they’re all actually a good bit better at it then I am). To help you along here are a few links to some very fine TR’s currently in progress.

Just give ‘em a click and follow along…

Rust Belt Road Trip ( http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2777117)

I will never go to WDW pushing a stroller! ( http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2662484)

2 Kids, 2 Dogs, 1200 Miles: 2 More Weeks in FL: Patriotic Edition ( http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2790229)

Houston, We Have A Secret: A TX Vacation With A WDW Surprise ( http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2717090)

The Wagon Queen Family Truckster Goes Northwest ( http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2758799)




In the mean time… I think I’ll go ahead and put up another update for this one.

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
09-29-2011, 09:39 AM
Chapter 5: more of: “The Tale” - Day 2 (Mon)




Part 5: You must be hungry…






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We are all hungry for something. I mean beyond the obvious definition of the word. Some are hungry for knowledge, some for recognition, some for a challenge, some for adventure… Then there actually “is” the obvious meaning of the word. Many (although admittedly not all) of these hungers may be slaked during your tenure as a Castaway (often without realizing that you were ever on the quest to begin with). Here… let me take you around the island as we saw it the rest of that afternoon and I’ll see if I can’t satisfy a few of those various “hungers” along the way.

First off (and because it is the most obvious) we’ll deal with the literal meaning of the word. The noon-ish hour had arrived, and we’d become powerfully famished (well… a morning of plunging and floating in the midst of a Caribbean paradise will really take it out of ya’). Not a problem. You just head to Cookies.

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Well actually… that one is “Cookies Too”. The original is over in Scuttle’s Cove, but as we were lingering about at Pelican Point, this newer version was to be our purveyor of victuals for the day (and mere steps away from our camp on the beach). It is laid out in a cafeteria style but there are four different entrances (two in front and one on either side) so that you don’t have to wait all that long to get through the line. The idea is that it’s a great big ol’ cookout, but there’s more here then just burgers and franks…

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…although you could have as many of either of those that you cared to stuff on a plate. There was also barbequed ribs, blackened grouper (and both of these were very good), grilled chicken, grilled & steamed vegetables, dirty rice, a couple of pasta salads, and actual salad-salad for those that just need to have a little bit of greenery. Here’s a sampling of what caught my eye…

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Once you’ve gabbed your grub and gotten you a bit of grog form ye’ old drink station out front, you just head over to one of the covered pavilions on either side of the grill area and find you a good spot to sit and feast.

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Now that you’ve found a place to spread out and enjoy a bit o’ lunch, we’ve reached a point where you we can satisfy another one of those hungers: the one for knowledge and learning. The first educational lesson I received on CC came at someone else’s expense (unfortunately), but it was that sea gulls are fairly smart (for birds) and learn quickly. Allow me to demonstrate… across from where we were sitting, a family of six found themselves a nice picnic table in the sunshine and all set their trays down to hold the spot. They then made the mistake of all simultaneously leaving the table to retrieve their drinks, utensils and what not with the knowing assurance that none of the other passengers would bother their fairly clamed territory. Sea Gulls however are neither paying passengers nor human and are not bound by the constraints that modern society places upon individuals. It took less then ten seconds for a group of about thirty of these opportunistic scavengers to descend upon and ravage these folk’s table. Lesson learned: do not leave food unattended at CC. So long as there is even a single person sitting at the table, the gulls will avoid it like the pelage, but if there is no one in site, it’s an instant bird feeder.

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Now for a somewhat more fun bit of learning… do y’all remember way on back in this here TR when I brought up the subject of vexillology? No? Well… the fine folks at Disney have given you the opportunity to work on your vexillological skills while you’re nibbling away on that fine lunch. All around the Cookie’s area there are numerous flags and banner hung from the rafters that represent the various island territories and nations that populate the Caribbean. So just for you entertainment here’s a little matching game (a good one to inflect on you kids if you’d like). Can you figure out which flag goes with which island?

Here are the banners in question:

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…and here are you choices:

1 - Martinique, 2 - Netherlands Antilles, 3 - Cayman Islands, 4 - Jamaica,
5 - Trinidad and Tobago, 6 - Dominica , 7 – Montserrat

(by the way… one of these is just a red herring… yah, I’m a bad boy)

I’ll even through in an excellent reference site that is designed specifically to help you figure out just who owns a particular flag by answering a few questions about its general characteristics

http://www.flagid.org/

On you mark… get set… GO!



Speaking of the concept of “Ready, Steady, Go…”, we can now tackle another one of those hungers: the hunger for competition. Humans are experts at being competitive (sometimes to our detriment), but on CC there are plenty of opportunities for instigating a healthy and enjoyable competition. There is the “In Da Shade” Games Pavilion where you can get into a little bit of billiards, ping pong, foosball, shuffleboard, and even basketball.

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Actually, there’s a daily Free-throw Challenge the kicks off around noon. The DCL folks also organize a Beach Volleyball competition around 11:00-ish each day. Another example of a “healthy” competition is the 5K island run that takes place each morning with the gun sounding at about 9:00.

We did run across one other “competition” that you can get into at CC, and this one gives even the smallest young’ens a fair crack at winning: Crab Races. A couple of the folks from the Cruise Directors staff will show up near Cookie’s a bit before noon, and again over at Cookie’s Too about an hour later. They’ll bring with them a big bucket full of hermit crabs and a call to arms for the guests.

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All you got to do to join in is walk up, pick one of the crabs and give it a name. Once they’ve got about ten sponsors, the games begin.

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They will run four or five prelims and then let the winners duke it out in the finals. It’s a lot of fun to watch offers a good opportunity jump around and yell and scream while you finishing off your ice cream or a piece of fresh cut fruit. I even shot a couple of videos of the preceding just for giggles. Here’s a link to the finals from that day…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ox_SYfKKgWY

The two CMs working this event were actually pretty entertaining and did a good job of keeping the kids involved and reacting to the whole proceeding.



Now that we’d satisfied most of our hungers there was one more that needed to be dealt with: the hunger for adventure. The entire island is actually a grand adventure, but there are plenty of specific activities that truly qualify. There are nature trails on CC that you can walk or bike. There is a lookout tower in the middle of the island that is a popular destination for said hikers & bikers as well (and I need to do this some time).

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There are also plenty of sail boats, kayaks, and even jet skies that you can rent and spend the day aboard. If fishing is your thing, that can be arranged. Parasailing is also an option on CC (and we’ll be getting into that adventure when we come back in a few days). For us, however, the adventure of the day was going to be a little bit of snorkeling.

DCL will rent you snorkel gear, but you can save your cash and bring your own if you’re so inclined. However, if you do that, you’ll still need to go by the gear shack and pickup a life vest. They’ll let you have the vest for free, but they require that you where one while on property. I would also recommend wearing a shirt of some kind to keep from getting your back scalded since you’ll be spending a good bit of time floating around face down in the water. We had already picked up our gear that morning so we were good to go. You can snorkel anywhere you want on Castaway Cay, but there is an entire area roped off specifically for the activity that works best. The only problem for us is that it’s over by the boat bay on the nearside of Scuttle’s Cove. We were in the wrong place. So we packed up our gear, hopped on the tram and made our way over to the other beach area.

Being mid afternoon, some folks had begun heading back to the ship so we were able to find a new spot to camp without too much trouble. Tamara set up one of the beach chairs in the surf and settled in to relax for a bit while Max and I headed for the snorkeling lagoon. We were planning on doing this again during our second stop at CC, so I didn’t bring a camera with me this first time around. But… I do have a few pictures from our 2009 trip aboard the Magic, so I’ll toss a few of those in here just for a bit of perspective.

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The snorkeling lagoon is fairly large, but the area near the beach can be a bit crowed at times with kids and novices. These folks also reduce the visibility a might in the shallows by stirring a lot of sand into the water, so if you’re staying in toward shore, you might want to get to it early in the morning. If you are more confident in your swimming/snorkeling abilities, then there’s a good bit more to see and time of day isn’t an issue. You will, however, need to go out a good ways to get into the deeper water and start searching for the sites. The DCL folks have put in a number of structures to start generating an artificial reef and they are coming along nicely, but obviously, it takes a long time for a reef to develop, so these are still fairly rudimentary.

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But... Disney, being Disney, they went ahead and put a few other things out in the lagoon for you to find and explore. As you look out over the water you’ll see a number of small floats scattered across the lagoon. These are marking the rough location of various sunken artifacts. Here are a few images of the kind of things you’ll run across…

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One of the more impressive artifacts you’ll run across out here (from a Disney geek perspective) is the wreck of one of the subs from the old “20,000 Leagues under the Sea” attraction at MK.

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…very cool! But of course, there is one encounter in particular that everyone hopes to run across…

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Once we’d taken in enough of the lost treasures of Atlantis, it was time for a break (all that kicking will work your legs a bit). We headed back in, dumped the gear and found the spot in the surf where Tamara was chillin’. It was getting pretty late in the day by now so after a bit we started making plans for the evening. The Dream would be pulling out in about an hour and a half (with or without us). There had also been some afternoon showers popping up all around the island and we’d likely get caught in one of them before the day was over.

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As such, we decided to start a s-l-o-w retreat back toward the ship. I took my time returning all our rented gear. The floats, you just turn in right where you got them from. The diving gear works the same, but you do need to drop it all into a big rinsing tank and then separate the individual pieces into collection bins (one for the mask, one for he fins… you get the idea). With that mission accomplished, we gathered up the rest of our flotsam and jetsam and trekked toward the shuttle. First we hit the obligatory Disney Gift shop…

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…and rummaged around a bit. It’s not that we needed any more “stuff” or that we’d never seen a Disney gift shop before… it’s just that there are items on board the ships and at CC that can only be acquired at those locations (or at exorbitant prices on Ebay). This time around, the only thing I remember buying was a combination key-chain/bottle opener inscribe with Castaway Cay on it (partly as a little reminder of the trip and partly because you should always carry a bottle opener with you, it’s a corollary to rule #9). Shopping expedition completed, I caught one more shot of the beach and the ship…

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…and it was time to catch the shuttle again. We hopped on just as a rain squall finally caught up with everyone.

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When we got back to the ship, it was still raining a little bit, but we were already wet in the first place, so that wasn’t a worry. We stopped by the shower area on the dock to rinse all the sand off of everyone and everything. This is actually quite convenient and easier to work with then the showers back over on the beaches.

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(that picture is from a previous trip, remember… it was raining)

Then we hit the gangway. Tam and Max flopped into our cabin to start getting cleaned up for the next adventure, while I grabbed the drink mugs and headed for deck-11. By the time I got up there, the rain had moved off shore…

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I made the quick stop at the drink station and then headed back down to the stateroom. We were done with Castaway Cay for now, but we’d be returning.



Soon…



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afwdwfan
09-29-2011, 11:08 AM
Part 5: You must be hungry…

It's like you can read my mind. :lmao:


…although you could have as many of either of those that you cared to stuff on a plate. There was also barbequed ribs, blackened grouper (and both of these were very good), grilled chicken, grilled & steamed vegetables, dirty rice, a couple of pasta salads, and actual salad-salad for those that just need to have a little bit of greenery.
Looks delicious. All except for the salad part anyway.


The first educational lesson I received on CC came at someone else’s expense (unfortunately), but it was that sea gulls are fairly smart (for birds) and learn quickly.
:eek: :sad2:


They then made the mistake of all simultaneously leaving the table to retrieve their drinks, utensils and what not with the knowing assurance that none of the other passengers would bother their fairly clamed territory. Sea Gulls however are neither paying passengers nor human and are not bound by the constraints that modern society places upon individuals. It took less then ten seconds for a group of about thirty of these opportunistic scavengers to descend upon and ravage these folk’s table. Lesson learned: do not leave food unattended at CC.
Sorry, but I can't have too much sympathy for them. If you're eating outdoors and there are birds in the area and you leave a table full of food unattended it's your own fault. :lmao::rotfl2:


Now for a somewhat more fun bit of learning… do y’all remember way on back in this here TR when I brought up the subject of vexillology?
::yes::


So just for you entertainment here’s a little matching game (a good one to inflect on you kids if you’d like). Can you figure out which flag goes with which island?
I'm sorry, my brain isn't in thinking mode right now. I might try to figure it out later, but until then, on to the next part!


(by the way… one of these is just a red herring… yah, I’m a bad boy)
pirate:


Actually, there’s a daily Free-throw Challenge the kicks off around noon.
Free throw competition at noon... check! :thumbsup2


The DCL folks also organize a Beach Volleyball competition around 11:00-ish each day.
I'm not very good at volleyball, but I enjoy playing... and DW is a volleball coach so that one has potential.


Another example of a “healthy” competition is the 5K island run that takes place each morning with the gun sounding at about 9:00.
Unless they turn a bear loose on the island, I ain't runnin' nowhere.:lmao::rotfl2:


Once they’ve got about ten sponsors, the games begin.
Sponsors? As in Dinoco and Rust-eze? :confused3


For us, however, the adventure of the day was going to be a little bit of snorkeling.
I think I could handle some of that...


This time around, the only thing I remember buying was a combination key-chain/bottle opener inscribe with Castaway Cay on it (partly as a little reminder of the trip and partly because you should always carry a bottle opener with you, it’s a corollary to rule #9).
Good rule.


We were done with Castaway Cay for now, but we’d be returning.
:woohoo::yay::cool1::banana:

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
09-30-2011, 10:14 AM
Unless they turn a bear loose on the island, I ain't runnin' nowhere.:lmao::rotfl2:


:lmao: :lmao: :rotfl2:


Sponsors? As in Dinoco and Rust-eze? :confused3


:lmao:
I didn’t think of that angle. Nice reference to another good film.

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
09-30-2011, 10:24 AM
Bonus Feature 11:

The Wreck of the Flying Dutchman






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There have been a lot of changes and updates made at Castaway Cay in the past year or so. Most of them were directly related to the arrival of the first of Disney’s two new ships. A few others were related to a decision to repurpose parts of the island based on things DCL (and there very capable marketing group) had learned over time.

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But... a few of those changes were a direct result of time itself. Time, weather, sea water, these things are patient, indiscriminant and relentless. They will take their toll on any structure and are pitiless and unforgiving in that inexorable task. The most noticeable victim of this onslaught was the Flying Dutchman, which no longer graces the boat bay area of the island. This reconstruction of a ghostly ship is now a ghost herself.


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All that “nothing” you see there that wasn’t blocking my view of the Dream’s fantail during our last trip… that is left of the Flying Dutchman.

Just plain old “nothing”


Originally built for the second POTC movie “Dead Man’s Chest” the Disney folks worked diligently to put an almost incomprehensible amount of detail into the structure (imagine that)

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But of course, it was still just intended to be a prop in a movie, so they also needed to make sure that all the action on deck and below decks could be filmed, so major chunks of the ship (on the port side in particular) were left open and only covered with a canvas screen when not being used. This is pretty much how the ship appeared during the bulk of the filming:

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Much of the detail that you see in those films is already here, but with the magic of Computer Generated Graphics, Jack’s ghostly adversary takes on the complete image of approaching dread.

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The Dutchman arrived at Castaway Cay in mid 2006 after filming wrapped up on POTC3. It was a purely serendipitous event. The prop was no longer needed and was otherwise just sitting derelict. Then it occurred to someone in the DCL hierarchy that if it were just going to be left to sit, why not let it sit at CC and bill the thing as an attraction. Brilliant! So that is how it came to pass that for several years, passengers aboard Disney’s ships were greeted by this site upon arriving at Castaway Cay.

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And by this one once ashore.


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Interesting note on that last picture… notice that one of the Magic’s lifeboats has been launched. This is not uncommon. Since the crew needs to practice and maintain their certifications, so DCL will often use their stops at CC to spend a little time running drills and practice handling all of the lifesaving gear (and that’s a good thing)


The last time I got to see the Dutchman at CC was in July of 2009 (most of the last several pictures are from that expedition). I took a couple of relatively close images so I can show you some of the more interesting details built into the ship.


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But it has been slowly detraining over time and in November of 2010, the inevitable process of removing the hulk commenced. Here is how she appeared in late October just before the removal process began


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Between the elements and the inevitable intrusion of both sea water and sea life, much damage had been wrought on the entire structure. Unable to economically restore her, the DCL folks had few options available. The hulk was hauled over to the dock area opposite of where the cruise ships are birthed and then somewhat brutally dismantled. As the work needed to take place during daylight hours, the folks who arrived at CC during that time frame were unfortunate witnesses to the carnage. A few images of the process made their way into various folks photo sharing accounts; some escaped out onto the web. Here are a few of those images that I’ve been collecting up for a while now.

First the masts came down…

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/B11-016.jpg


Then the demolition process began in earnest…

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/B11-017.jpg

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/B11-018.jpg

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/B11-019.jpg

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/B11-020.jpg


Once all of the Hollywood makeup had been cleared form the hull, that more robust part of the ship was refloated and towed off (I assume to complete the scrapping process at a professional ship breaking yard).

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/B11-021.jpg

Another interesting point (to me at least) is in that last image you can get a glimpse of the lines of the original ship (likely a small freighter) from which the movie set was built.





This is sad, but it was not unforeseen. The Dutchman was built as a prop… nothing more. No thought of long-term seaworthiness was ever considered, and there was certainly none toward her preservation beyond filming. The elements have simply exacted their unavoidable toll. What was once an interesting “Road-Side Attraction” has now joined countless others of her type and faded into sepia toned memory. The stuff of family reminiscing over coffee, dusty photo albums and quixotic history books.






http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/B11-022-1.jpg

FreezinRafiki
09-30-2011, 10:32 AM
We were late getting off the ship (because somebody turned left when he should’a turned right),

:sad1::sad1:
The first ever failure of the of "Always go Left at Disney" rule.
:sad1::sad1:

(I just got caught up, but you covered so much stuff in my absence that multiquoting just seemed to daunting.)

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
09-30-2011, 10:49 AM
:sad1::sad1:
The first ever failure of the of "Always go Left at Disney" rule.
:sad1::sad1:


Well, no rule can be 100% effective (thus we have the need for Rule #51)


(I just got caught up, but you covered so much stuff in my absence that multiquoting just seemed to daunting.)

That’s alright… You’ll get plenty of chances to beat up on me through the course of the TR. You can even pick random bits from back there ate through them at me later on if it suites you. Hopefully at least there were a few useful items buried amongst all the rest of my pointless nonsense.

Now that I’ve gotten it through a couple of days aboard the ship and the first stop at CC, I’m pretty sure that those of you who are heading out on the Dream in the next few weeks will have a pretty good idea of what to expect. There’s tons more, and a great deal that we just didn’t get into, but I’ve covered most of the basics. I’m also looking forward to hearing how y’all go about taking in what DCL has to offer.

Captain_Oblivious
09-30-2011, 11:02 AM
Still here and reading...just haven't had time to comment. You can decide if that's a good thing or not! :rotfl:

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
09-30-2011, 11:09 AM
(I just got caught up, but you covered so much stuff in my absence that multiquoting just seemed to daunting.)

Still here and reading...just haven't had time to comment. You can decide if that's a good thing or not! :rotfl:

Well I’m going to be r-e-a-l-l-y busy for the next several days and I haven’t even started on the next part. It will likely be late next week or the week after before I post anything else substantial, so all y’all have some time to look this mess over. That should give you some time to pick out the better bits to whack me over the head with. Take you’re time, I ain’t going nowhere

;)

Grooovertoo
09-30-2011, 04:23 PM
Hey, quick question...I noticed on several navigators that the ship doesn't leave Nassau until very late in the evening, but is there a certain onboard time?:confused3 Especially since CC is just a quick jaunt northeast during the night.

THANKS

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
10-03-2011, 12:36 PM
Hey, quick question...I noticed on several navigators that the ship doesn't leave Nassau until very late in the evening, but is there a certain onboard time?:confused3 Especially since CC is just a quick jaunt northeast during the night.

THANKS

Sorry it took so long to get back to you… we were really busy this past weekend. Now then, as to your question…

For us the All-Aboard time in Nassau was 7:00pm. It will be listed on the top right of the front page of your Navigator each day. You are correct that DCL could stay later in Nassau especially since there next port of call is not that far away, but… that’s also the day (or should I say evening) that they have their “Pirates in the Caribbean” festivities. For this reason they need time to clear the port and get well out to sea before the fireworks show that evening (and DCL is still the only cruise line that offers fireworks at sea).


I see from your ticker that y’all will be heading out is just a few days. I may not get another update up before you leave, but I think I’ve gotten a good bit of the insider knowledge in here already. After work I’ll rummage through my notes a bit and see if there’s anything else that might be helpful. If anything rears it head I’ll try to put it up Tuesday or Wednesday. I want to wish you and your family a great trip and I hope y’all have even more fun then we did. If you get a chance, I’d love to hear your thoughts and insights once you get back. Feel free to toss out any comments or additions to this TR that might be helpful to anyone down the road.

FreezinRafiki
10-03-2011, 01:24 PM
Well, I had myself a rare few minutes today where I wasn't totally swamped either at work or at home, so I thought I'd share the magnet designs for my upcoming Disney Cruise.
First off, though, I need to that Rob for his inspiration (and his template!) Without seeing the cool things he did for his door, my own cabin door would be very plain indeed.


First off, each of us has our own magnet:
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-z7M5NHZ2bAo/Ton7NvndHPI/AAAAAAAAKpw/svCu45AUQW8/s640/barry.png

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-0664Zq4XFIk/Ton7NtxGNDI/AAAAAAAAKps/ib5ECXYRK7g/s640/bambi.png

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-1ptw5Gd1Ynw/Ton7Oz6zXdI/AAAAAAAAKp8/PQIBA3WT_uk/s640/Madison.png

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-DwUGjabrlk4/Ton7NSZqsvI/AAAAAAAAKpo/xEuqAtiypNU/s640/Evan.png


For those that don't have younger kids, Madison's magnet features Izzy and Skully the Parrot, while Evan's is Jake. Those are characters from Disney Channel's Jake and the Neverland Pirates.


I also did magnets for Bambi's parents, who will be joining us on the cruise - but in a different cabin.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-wDHpoTYC95w/Ton7OK8rmgI/AAAAAAAAKp0/NZ3IEu_hLXY/s640/grandma.png

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-t-59-nxVpyA/Ton7OgqUOcI/AAAAAAAAKp4/6MRq5gMCiqs/s640/Grandpa.png


Grandma's favorite character is Belle, and try as I could, I couldn't make her look good as a pirate.


And finally, the Pièce de résistance of my collection, which has been printed out as an 11x17 to stick to the center of my door:

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-NC6Ospo0kRU/Ton7Plf9FaI/AAAAAAAAKqA/8D_M3PTu4Vc/s800/Ships2.png

(All the credit for that last one goes to Rob. He came up with the ship images and the text. I just added the fog effect.)

Grooovertoo
10-03-2011, 02:44 PM
(or should I say evening) that they have their “Pirates in the Caribbean” festivities. For this reason they need time to clear the port and get well out to sea before the fireworks show that evening (and DCL is still the only cruise line that offers fireworks at sea). I thought the 3rd night was pirate night? Anyway, 7 PM is perfect, that should give me enough time to get out of the stockade.:rotfl:

(
I see from your ticker that y’all will be heading out in just a few days. I may not get another update up before you leave, but I think I’ve gotten a good bit of the insider knowledge in here already. After work I’ll rummage through my notes a bit and see if there’s anything else that might be helpful. If anything rears it head I’ll try to put it up Tuesday or Wednesday. I want to wish you and your family a great trip and I hope y’all have even more fun then we did. If you get a chance, I’d love to hear your thoughts and insights once you get back. Feel free to toss out any comments or additions to this TR that might be helpful to anyone down the road.
Rob, thanks for the well wishes. You’ve been a great asset so far and your knowledge is deeply versed and insightful. This will be our first cruise and truly a dream for us. I will use your astute leaning to have a most enjoyable time (and did you say the baked goods are free on deck 4). Thank goodness it is fairly quiet at work so I can get some final planning in. We set sail on Sunday (Prattpak will be on the same cruise too, should be fun). We, just finished our FE and I should get finished with my door magnets tonight, I plan to finish up the FE gifts within the next few days (I’ll post them to my PTR). I’ve been packed for a week now so that part is done. Just ready to set sail. I feel like a kid before Christmas. Thanks again for getting around to my questions, you are a true help.

Well, I had myself a rare few minutes today where I wasn't totally swamped either at work or at home, so I thought I'd share the magnet designs for my upcoming Disney Cruise.
First off, though, I need to that Rob for his inspiration (and his template!) Without seeing the cool things he did for his door, my own cabin door would be very plain indeed. NICE WORK BARRY!

- but in a different cabin.
Glad you made that point

And finally, the Pièce de résistance of my collection, which has been printed out as an 11x17 to stick to the center of my door:

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-NC6Ospo0kRU/Ton7Plf9FaI/AAAAAAAAKqA/8D_M3PTu4Vc/s800/Ships2.png

(All the credit for that last one goes to Rob. He came up with the ship images and the text. I just added the fog effect.)I like the fog effect...NICE WORK!

Grooovertoo
10-03-2011, 02:54 PM
Two questions for you:

1) Do you have to declare the FE gifts you receive?

2) What are the custom procedures like on debarkation?

Sorry if this is jumping ahead in your TR, but I have been scouring the boards looking for these answers.

FreezinRafiki
10-03-2011, 03:13 PM
NICE WORK BARRY!

I like the fog effect...NICE WORK!

Thank you!

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
10-03-2011, 07:26 PM
Two questions for you…

…Sorry if this is jumping ahead in your TR, but I have been scouring the boards looking for these answers.


Not a problem. I’ve been saying all along that anyone with a question should just jump on into the water. So let me see…




1) Do you have to declare the FE gifts you receive?


Nope. Unless someone in your F/E group completely looses it and starts giving away million dollar checks, there’s no way the total value of those trinkets could possibly even approach the legal limits. I wouldn’t even worry about it.




2) What are the custom procedures like on debarkation?


One of the bits of paperwork that will be left in your cabin the night before you return to Canaveral will be a US Customs declaration form (and you can get more at the pursers desk if you mess up the first one). It’s pretty simple and you don’t even have to itemize your purchases unless we’re talking about a thousand bucks or more (if memory serves me correctly). I’ve been on four cruises and Tamara has been on five. We’ve never bought enough to ever have to do more then estimate the total value of all goods purchased. The cruise Director will also talk about some of that stuff before the show in the main theater that night as well (and there is usually a looping rerun of that speech on one of the channels on the TV in you stateroom).

There is a limit to how much alcohol you can purchase (but again, I’ve never bought enough to matter). Ask the CM in the duty free shop about it and they will know exactly what you can and can’t do.

The only things I know that you absolutely can not bring into the country at all are live animals (apart form your kids that is ;) ), fresh fruit or vegetables (and you’d be amaze at the number of folks that try to save food from breakfast and have to through it out in customs) and of course the biggest no, no would be Cuban cigars (you can buy ‘em if you really want to, but you gott’a smoke ‘em before you get back to the US).

When we got back home this past July, one of the CM’s helped us collect up our bags, through ‘em all on a cart and lead us up to the customs desk (do tip these guys a couple of bucks per bag). I already had all of our passports out and opened up to the main page with the declaration form on top. I just handed the stack to the agent, he looked it over very quickly and thanked me for having it all organized and we were out of there. It was no more then ten-ish minutes from the edge of the gangway to the bus waiting area.


Well, I had myself a rare few minutes today where I wasn't totally swamped either at work or at home, so I thought I'd share the magnet designs for my upcoming Disney Cruise.
First off, though, I need to that Rob for his inspiration (and his template!) Without seeing the cool things he did for his door, my own cabin door would be very plain indeed.


Nice work! Thanks for posting them back over here. I was looking forward to seeing how they all turned out and I gott’a say: “You done good”.

Grooovertoo
10-04-2011, 09:26 AM
Rob - another question for you...I might have a few others pop in my head before we leave so if you don't mind I'll just ask.

Do you find alot of people dress up for pirate night and do/can you dress up in pirate garb for dinner?

Thanks, Dave

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
10-04-2011, 10:59 AM
Rob - another question for you...I might have a few others pop in my head before we leave so if you don't mind I'll just ask.

Do you find alot of people dress up for pirate night and do/can you dress up in pirate garb for dinner?

Thanks, Dave


Ahhhh… the dinner dress code… that subject causes a lot of conversation on the boards.


First let’s talk about Pirate Night.

About half of the folks on board will do something for pirate night. For most it’s as simple as an eye patch, or a bandana, maybe a vest, a few beads or an ear ring or two. A good number of the younger kids will be sporting hats, toy swards, hand hooks and the like. There will be a few adults (maybe about 1 in 10) that go over the top with full on epic Hollywood quality pirate regalia (and there will be a number of Jack Sparrow lookalikes roaming the decks). You are absolutely allowed to wear you costumes to dinner (DCL wants you to for that matter). Your room steward will even leave a pirate themed bandana for each person in you cabin on “Pirate Night” so that you can play along even if you didn’t bring any costumes of your own. Heck… eye patches are a common F/E gift, but no one would say a word or think the less of you if you just came as you are. Bottom line... you can do as much or as little as suites you.


Now then… for the rest of the evenings aboard the dress code is a lot like the Pirate’s Code (they’re more like guide lines). I have never herd of any passenger being refused service or a seat at the table based on their attire. I’ve seen many a bloke show up to dinner in shorts and a tee-shirt, but most people like to get cleaned up a might more then that. Except for Pirate Night, most evenings are “Cruise Casual” which basically means long pant (other then jeans) and a decent shirt. Sandals are acceptable (I wore them every night). When “Formal Night” rolls around, it will be a lot like “Pirate Night”. About 10% will dress to the nines in Tuxedos and ball gowns (it’s also a good night to get a family portrait taken by the ship’s photographers). Some will go with their Sunday best, most of the rest will fit into the category of “business casual”. But even then, I’ve seen folks show up to dinner in shorts and a tee-shirt. They look out of place, but ehhhh… to each his own.

If you got any other questions, just serve ‘em up and I’ll take a swing at ‘em.

Captain_Oblivious
10-04-2011, 12:23 PM
Sorry to see the Flying Dutchman go. It was pretty cool to see it floating just offshore.

Sounds like you guys had a nice, relaxing day at CC. I'm impressed with your snorkeling pictures! I found the sub, but the swim out there was so exhausting I eventually got tired of looking for everything and just decided to go in. My fat rear end needs to work out more. :rotfl2:

I was going to try your flag game, but I have no clue without cheating. And I feel guilty cheating. At least a little bit.

Did you do the bike trail before? My kids really loved exploring the island that way. Ok, fine...I did, too.

And you have to get the CC swag, right? Disney gets you there. I mean, you can't get a CC t-shirt anywhere else. Or a baseball hat. Or a towel. Or a sweatshirt. Or...

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
10-06-2011, 09:00 AM
Sorry to see the Flying Dutchman go. It was pretty cool to see it floating just offshore.

I’ll miss seeing it there, but it was only temporary from the start.


Sounds like you guys had a nice, relaxing day at CC. I'm impressed with your snorkeling pictures! I found the sub, but the swim out there was so exhausting I eventually got tired of looking for everything and just decided to go in.


It is a good ways out there… that is certain. We did it twice this time around so I wasn’t trying to find everything on each expedition and that helped. We also did this when we sailed on the Magic a couple of years back (and that’s where those particular pictures are form). A lot of the “artifacts” were the same, but there were a few things that were changed around.


I was going to try your flag game, but I have no clue without cheating. And I feel guilty cheating. At least a little bit.


Naaaaaa… that’s why I tossed out a good website for researching ‘em. I’ll tell you flat out, that even though I know a l-o-t of flags on site, the ones that represent British colonies are very hard to tell apart and there was one banner up there that day which I just slap didn’t know (which is what prompted me to talk about the bunch of them in first place). So… it ain’t really cheating… it’s learning.


Did you do the bike trail before? My kids really loved exploring the island that way. Ok, fine...I did, too.


Not yet. Probably next time (if I don’t do the scavenger hunt instead)


And you have to get the CC swag, right? Disney gets you there. I mean, you can't get a CC t-shirt anywhere else. Or a baseball hat. Or a towel. Or a sweatshirt. Or...


We all may bemoan the fact that every attraction ends up in a gift shop… but then again, nearly everyone one of us will stop and look (and most all of just have to get a little something, something).

Guilty as charged. :rolleyes1

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
10-06-2011, 09:15 AM
Chapter 5: more of: “The Tale” - Day 2 (Mon)




Part 6: Mirror, Mirror…






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“Magic Mirror, on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?”


My ear wants to hear that differently. Depending on which book you first read it in or who the storyteller was that first relayed a similar line to you, I suspect that it may sound a bit off to you as well. And yet… that is the actual line.

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/D5-601.jpg

First uttered in 1937 by noted stage actress Lucille La Verne, it has been replayed countless times in theater rereleases, and then on VCRs, DVDs, BluRay, streaming video and in the future on whatever medium ultimately supplants those devises (and forces me to re-re-acquire my entire Disney film collection again). It’s the most famous and most misquoted line from the first feature length animated film ever to be conceived of much less actually completed and released. Every critic from here to Terre Haute thought Walt had lost it (silly them). But then again… being as you’re here reading this in the first place and are therefore a card-carrying member of The DIS… you already know this (so I’m just preaching to the choir). OK… then why is it that nearly everyone universally starts that line off with the words: “Mirror, mirror”? I, for one, can’t say for certain, but since even the good folks at Disney get it wrong, we’re all in good company.


Disney… get it wrong!!! :eek: Sacrilege!!!


I’ve seen it I tell you.
Here… follow along and I’ll show you what I’m talking about.

Once we got back aboard the ship and washed the physical remnants of Castaway Cay out of our hair and off our bodies, we decided to take in a little bit of Disney style family fun. One of the best places to do that on the Dream is a spot called “The D Lounge” (Deck-4 amidships).

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/D5-602.jpg

Separate from the rest of the bars and discos in “The District”… this fairly large space serves as a family friendly cross between a dance club, hangout and small theater. It has a night-club-ish look about it with a lot of neon and Vegas style lighting. The couches and chairs are a bit strange if you ask me, but they’re comfortable enough (if a little hard for us older folks to get up out of). Nearly all of the family oriented games, contests, and gatherings take place here. Having a little time available, we decided to check one out before heading off to see that evenings main show in the Walt Disney Theater.

First things first… we had one of the CMs add a little bit of decoration to our table (and a couple more bucks to our room tab).

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/D5-603.jpg


Then we settled in to take part in a game show style event that the DCL folks billed as:

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/D5-604.jpg



Yep… they got it wrong too.


But… it was a lot of fun. Now ye’ be warned… I’m about to assault y’all with a fairly detailed account of this silly diversion (and I’ll explain why I’m so viciously abusing you in this manner in a little while), but you can just skip on down to the next section if you’d like.

Anyway… back to the “show”. The stage set was fairly simple. “The” mirror flanked on either side by what looked to be depictions of the walls form the Seven Dwarf’s Jewel Mine, and several baskets full of apples.

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/D5-605.jpg


Our hosts for this early evening’s festivities:

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/D5-606.jpg

“The Huntsman” (playing the part of the straight man),
“Mrs. Huntsman” (the real brains of the effort), and…
“Dopey” (doing his best Harpo Marx impersonation)



It started out as a trivia contest. The room was divided up into six groups with each being named each for one of the other six dwarves (we were “Team Grumpy”). Then they started asking multiple choice questions about Disney/Pixar films. Each group got a placard listing the group’s name and having interchangeable letters with which to answer the questions. Correct answers were rewarded with an apple being tossed into a basket designated for your group. There was a lot of back and forth between our hosts (some of it quite funny, some of it… ehhh). The Mirror would chime in form time to time with a cryptic clue or to keep things steered in the right direction.

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/D5-607.jpg

<found that image out on the web, but it gives you a better look at the mirror and the basic setup>

After a bit, the mirror commanded that we move on to the singing portion of the show.

Singing? Yep… Our hosts picked one young’en from each group and brought them up to the stage. Then they would start off with a piece of a tune form somewhere in the Disney catalog, and the first kid to jump up and finish the line (correctly) got another apple tossed into their basket (a kind’a Disney-ish “American Idle” meets “The Sing Off” but far more watchable). Being a natural born “ham” is a certifiable asset in this round of the competition (vocal skills… not so much). After a bit of this the Mirror had us all move on to the racing portion of the evening.

Racing? Yep… they picked three kids from each group (and Max got pulled into this round) and set up a relay race of sorts. The first kid had to run across the room to a chest, pull out “dwarf clothes” and put them on and then start digging large “jewels” out of the chest. Once set, the other two kids in each group had to tag-team it and take turns running out to their “dwarf”, retrieving a jewel, and then running back to the stage and affixing said jewel onto cut-outs in the “cave walls” on either side of the mirror. Once the walls were covered with all the jewels, the first kid had to get back out of the costume and race back to the stage. The winner got 3 more apples in their basket (2 for second, 1 for third). They wrapped it all up by counting the apples and figuring out which group had earned the most (by the way… we didn’t win, but it was still a lot of fun and there was much laughter throughout the room).

This is just one example of the kind of things going on in The D Lounge. The problem is that although these bits of family frivolity are all plainly listed in the Navigator, there isn’t always a very good explanation (apart from the title) to tell you what’s going on, and they are easily overlooked. That’s unfortunate and it’s also why I went to the trouble of explaining the show we encountered (or abusing you with it depending on your point of view). If more people knew what these gatherings were about, there’d be far more participation. Some of the other bits of foolishness that were offered up while we were onboard included…


Family Fusion - This “game show” pulls three or four families out of the audience and onto a “Jeopardy-esk” type of stage set up. The guests will then be tested on their knowledge of their families and see how well they can work together in a variety of mental and physical challenges.

A Pirates Life for Me – a “swashbuckling competition” with various folks being pulled out of the audience (a lot of young’ens get selected for these challenges) featuring pirate props, a lot of music, trivia, stunts and the “Wheel of Destiny”.

Family Dream Quest – This one is a staple of the cruising industry in general and has different names depending on the ship you’re on (IE: “Magic Quest”, “Wonder Quest”…) Basically it’s a scavenger hunt. You divide up into groups, and then the hosts will start calling for things such as "who has a room key" or “who has a sock with a hole in it” and you have to dig one up (or borrow one) and then run (or skip) up to the host to get a point. There’s a prize of sorts for the winning group, but everyone will be laughing.


Other offerings include such things as a Disney animation class, towel folding & various craft classes, a lot of karaoke and a number of dance parties (some featuring characters that are really good for small kids). If you get a chance, try a couple of these and come back here and tell us all what you thought of them.


Oh and by the way… there are also more adult oriented variations of a lot of these that take place later in the evening at different spots in “The District”. The best ones are “Adult Dream Quest” (just like Family Dream Quest, but a bit racier… and funnier), “Match Your Mate” (kind’a like the “Newlywed Game”, but a good bit racier… and whole lot funnier), and daily trivia contests (on various topics) and fantasy sports leagues in the “687 Lounge”.




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Looking at that “Mirror” made me think of something else that is unique and interesting about the Disney Dream: Enchanted Art.

Art is scattered all about the ship. Heck, the ship itself is a piece of artwork to begin with. But tucked away amongst all the rest of the photos, pictures, paintings, sculptures and relief works are very imaginative bits of flight and fancy that you can very easily miss if you’re not paying attention.

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/D5-608-1.jpg

You never know exactly where one will turn up. They might be in the middle of a group of other pictures…

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…or even hidden among the paintings and lithographs for sale in the Vista Art Gallery…

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…but what they all have in common is that if you stop what your doing for just a minute and look at them… just look at them… they will surprise you. There are a lot of different images in varying styles and evoking a number of time periods in Disney’s history. The image on several of these may even change throughout the day so keep checking on them. Each one reacts in different ways. Here are some videos showing you how a couple of these pieces of artwork… ummmm… work:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b60X8QJMAnM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EnMGKaB7GM



These next two are among my favorites (and yet I didn’t get a video of ‘em :headache:)

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If you can t make those out, they are based on the original Imagineers renditions of the ship and fort from the POTC attraction. If you stand and watch for a moment, they’ll come to life and start bombarding each other (sound track included). You’ll find these near the aft elevators, but I forget exactly which deck (Deck-5 I think, but don’t hold me to it).


The various pieces of Enchanted Art spread out across the ship also play a major roll in another diversion that is unique to DCL…

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“The Midship Detective Agency”

But… I’ll save that story for later on. For those of you that will be going cruising in the next couple of weeks, you can find this attraction on the port side of Deck-5 near the “Port Adventures” desk or on Deck-4 ahead of the Vista Café. It’s pretty easy to figure out, a lot of fun and well worth your time. Really… you know that I wouldn’t lead you astray (well, except for a few times back there in some of my previous chapters, but this time you can trust me).






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afwdwfan
10-06-2011, 10:20 AM
First things first… we had one of the CMs add a little bit of decoration to our table (and a couple more bucks to our room tab).
Great decorations.:thumbsup2 Did we add any addtional colors to the table later on?

The Mirror would chime in form time to time with a cryptic clue or to keep things steered in the right direction.
That's not what Dopey was there for?:confused3


Looking at that “Mirror” made me think of something else that is unique and interesting about the Disney Dream: Enchanted Art.
Yes, that's one of the things I've read about that I think would be really cool to see.

Captain_Oblivious
10-07-2011, 12:11 PM
My ear wants to hear that differently. Depending on which book you first read it in or who the storyteller was that first relayed a similar line to you, I suspect that it may sound a bit off to you as well. And yet… that is the actual line.

Sort of like Casablanca. "Play it again, Sam" is nowhere to be found in the movie.

First things first… we had one of the CMs add a little bit of decoration to our table (and a couple more bucks to our room tab).

Funny how that tab keeps adding up so easily, isn't it?

“Dopey”

You saw me? But I wasn't on that cruise.

The Mirror would chime in form time to time with a cryptic clue or to keep things steered in the right direction.

Looks like fun!

Looking at that “Mirror” made me think of something else that is unique and interesting about the Disney Dream: Enchanted Art.

Now this looks really, really cool. The pirate paintings sound awesome. Another one of those Disney touches that make it special.

“The Midship Detective Agency”

This also sounds really cool! Like the Kim Possible spy missions in EPCOT.

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
10-12-2011, 09:21 AM
Howdy all!

I haven’t forgotten about you. I just got trampled on by life. The first of the month is rather hectic for me (employment wise) and October is one very busy month in our house. Actually I may need to put up a minor “Bonus Feature” to explain why that is (and to make an announcement about a future TR), but for now I think I’ll just try to answer back to my regular co hosts. They actually do a really good job of keeping me in check. And… while I’m at it… and… all the rest of you should feel free to pile on. The more folks that jump in, the better the entire TR becomes… Lord knows I can’t carry this thing all by myself… I ain’t that entertaining. :rolleyes1


Now… if I can… I’ll try to put up the last part of day two sometime today or thins evening.


So any way…






Great decorations.:thumbsup2 Did we add any addtional colors to the table later on?


Naaaaa… The drinks are a bit pricey (although cheaper then on most other cruise lines and they aren’t anywhere near as pushy about selling them). The drink of the day is usually the best deal and Tamara and I would generally find a spot somewhere along the line to split one. We’re neither one of us what you’d call regular drinkers, and we also had a stash of rum in our cabin, so mostly we’d pick up one of the ship’s drinks just for something different.


That's not what Dopey was there for?:confused3


Dopey? Keep things heading in the right direction?
I don’t believe that was ever his particular stock in trade. :lmao:


Yes, that's one of the things I've read about that I think would be really cool to see.


They are a lot of fun. They are also pretty classy in that they’re unobtrusive. It’s not like there is a constant clatter of animated frivolity firing off every time you walk the halls. Every once and a while one will just roll through its routine and you’ll catch it out of the corner of your eye. Often that the only time that you realize that that particular piece of artwork is part of the show. When you run across them you need to wait for a moment or two to give it a chance to “see” that someone is watching and then they’ll come to life. Each one generally has a series of three or four different reactions that it will do so you may get a different experience each time you encounter the same piece (of course you could also just stay put for a few minutes and convince it to run through all its responses).







Sort of like Casablanca. "Play it again, Sam" is nowhere to be found in the movie.


Rick: “You know what I want to hear.”
Sam: “No, I don't.”
Rick: “You played it for her, you can play it for me!”
Sam: “Well, I don't think I can remember...”
Rick: “If she can stand it, I can! Play it!”

Yah… it’s amazing how pop-culture alters things somewhat to fit it’s own point of view.



Funny how that tab keeps adding up so easily, isn't it?


:sad2:
You got’ta keep an eye on the extras. We actually didn’t do very many port excursions this time around to try and keep the overall cost in check. We figured that we’d spend time enjoying the ship more so then the ports (this time around any). I’ll be going into that decision specifically in the next chapter.



You saw me? But I wasn't on that cruise.


I must have been thinking about reading one of your TR’s and just thought I was seeing Dopey up there.


Looks like fun!

The family shows are pretty entertaining (in a very light hearted manner). You can see the “Disney” in ‘em. The one that will get you laughing the most in the “Dream Quest” show



Now this looks really, really cool. The pirate paintings sound awesome. Another one of those Disney touches that make it special.


You Bet’chem Rider.


This also sounds really cool! Like the Kim Possible spy missions in EPCOT.


I haven’t done the KP adventure yet (but it’s on the list). From what I’ve read, I suspect that this was the basic inspiration for (and probably the base Imagineering behind) the process in the first place. I’ll be talking about this in considerably more (if not nauseating) detail in the next chapter. Stay tuned…

afwdwfan
10-12-2011, 09:45 AM
I haven’t forgotten about you.
Wait a minute... who are you? Where am I?

Actually I may need to put up a minor “Bonus Feature” to explain why that is (and to make an announcement about a future TR)
Wouldn't involve a marching band competition in a stadium that is home to a crappy football team would it?:rolleyes1

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
10-12-2011, 02:50 PM
Wait a minute... who are you? Where am I?


Nobody… you were dreaming… g-o… b-a-c-k… t-o… s-l-e-e-p… :cloud9:




Wouldn't involve a marching band competition in a stadium that is home to a crappy football team would it?:rolleyes1



You mean… this little ol’ stadium where a “currently” crappy team plays its home games
(hay they ain’t doing all that much worse that the team that plays in my local stadium)?


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My, my Andy… but you are observant. The answer to your question is no, but… there is actually a good bit of “yes” in there as well.


Say what????

Yah… an explanation will be required here. First of all, that picture is of our local HS band performing at the 2009 “Bands of America Grand Nationals” competition in Indianapolis. The public school Max attends has one of the better music departments in the state (surprising as it has only been open since 2007). Given the skill level and drive of the students and the amazing staff that runs the program, they have had the opportunity to do some pretty memorable things (such as traveling up to “Indi” back in 09). Actually we intended to take this year’s show back up to the BOA competition, but had to pull out due to funding issues (which is why the answer to the question was “yes” and “no”).

Now, you don’t need to be feeling bad for the kids in this case though. They are still going to be doing something amazing, but we just could not raise enough bucks to support two major trips in the same year, so we had to pick one.

Which leads me to the announcement that I threatened y’all with a little while back
(hint… it has something to do with that ticker and the new stuff down there in my signature) :eek:

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
10-12-2011, 02:53 PM
Bonus Feature 12:

Turkey Surprise



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I said that I’d be explaining just what was keeping me from making regular updates to this TR and also be making an announcement about a future TR. Well I guess it’s time to actually implement that threat. First the announcement…

***turn on “Lew Gehrig” stadium echo effect here***


Ladies and Gentleman… man… man…

Coming to these here DisBoards starting in Early December… ber… ber…

A non-Disney TR (Oh my… isn’t that blasphemy?)… my… my…

GoofyIsAsgoofyDoes Productions will be presenting… ing… ing…



”The Thanksgiving Odyssey – Bands, Busses, and Big Bad Balloons”… oons… oons..



This TR will be based on my son’s excursion to perform in the 2011… 11… 11…




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***and the crowd goes wild ***
(well in my dreams anyway)



Being a non-Disney TR, I’ll probably have to hide it over in the DisDads forum. I will, however, be working on that one and this one simultaneously, so I’ll keep you apprised of the progress and provide links to get you over there (assuming you’re interested).

Since this is a once in a life time opportunity for my family, we’re all making the trip. Max will obviously be traveling with the rest of the kids in the band, but there will also be a parent bus (or two) tagging along. We’ll be up in the NY/NJ area for about a week and there are a number of activities beyond the parade that are scheduled. I look forward to this being one grand adventure and anticipate that it will make for a fairly interesting TR (assuming that you can stand to read the schlock that I tend to write in the first place).


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Now, as to why I haven’t been posting updates as often as I’d like…

As most of the fell’as that have been members of the DisDad’s Club for a while can attest… (and as the last two posts should confirm), I am a band geek. I just love being involved with such things. I did the band thing in school (marching, concert, jazz, pit orchestra… you get the picture), and am still a practicing musician (although I’ve switched from horns to strings). My son has also acquired this particular form of dementia and is currently working toward making it his collage major (performance, composition and probably teaching). He’s chosen a tough profession, but I’ll support him as best as I can in the decision.

If you have kids in the music programs in the US, you probable know that October is competition month for the marching season, and since, Max is in the band and both Tamara and I are volunteers within the organization, this is one mightily busy month in our house (which has made it somewhat difficult to keep up with this TR at the pace I’d like to). We’ve already been to two competitions and the next three successive weeks will be consumed by the performances at Western Carolina, SC Upper-State and (hopefully) SC State Finales.

This year’s show is even better then those we’ve done previously, and the kids are even stronger musicians and performers. We are hopping to place very strongly in the class AAA finals, but there is also a good bit of very strong competition that must be overcome. Can they do it? How will it all turn out? What effect will all of this have on the Macy’s trip? Answers to these and other (stunningly irrelevant) question will be provided in the pages of my next TR.




I hope to see you there!
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afwdwfan
10-12-2011, 02:57 PM
Actually we intended to take this year’s show back up to the BOA competition, but had to pull out due to funding issues (which is why the answer to the question was “yes” and “no”).
I thought I'd remembered you saying something about coming to Indy sometime this year...:thumbsup2

(hint… it has something to do with that the ticker and the new stuff down there in my signature) :eek:

But I forgot about that other trip... and that's not one to be forgotten! :thumbsup2

That should be an excellent non-Disney TR and I look forward to it. I'm sure you'll come up with all kinds of off-topic topics to go along with that one.

Captain_Oblivious
10-12-2011, 03:17 PM
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Sounds very cool! I'm in!

So would you happen to be traveling through the Delaware/Philly area in your travels? :confused3 :rolleyes1

FreezinRafiki
10-12-2011, 03:20 PM
Congrats to Max, his band-mates, and all of their proud parents! I for one will be reading along with your TR! (And if you make a stop at the Disney Store, it still sort of counts as a Disney Trip Report!)

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
10-13-2011, 08:13 AM
But I forgot about that other trip... and that's not one to be forgotten! :thumbsup2

That should be an excellent non-Disney TR and I look forward to it. I'm sure you'll come up with all kinds of off-topic topics to go along with that one.

Sounds very cool! I'm in!

So would you happen to be traveling through the Delaware/Philly area in your travels? :confused3 :rolleyes1

Congrats to Max, his band-mates, and all of their proud parents! I for one will be reading along with your TR! (And if you make a stop at the Disney Store, it still sort of counts as a Disney Trip Report!)

:thanks:

Thanks guys… We are very proud of the work that these kids do. I’ve been to Manhattan a couple of times (a very l-o-n-g time ago), but no one else in my house has been up that way, so this should be quite the adventure. We’ll be making the journey via bus, so that should also be “interesting”. There are several side trips built into the current agenda, but the focus is the parade so it will all be in the area and we won’t be making any stops that I’m aware of along the way (except for food). As such, we’ll be missing opportunities to stop in Washington, Baltimore and Philly. Being as that is the case, I’ll need to remake that trip sometime.

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
10-13-2011, 08:24 AM
Chapter 5: more of: “The Tale” - Day 2 (Mon)




Part 7: Sea Turtles?... Aye, Sea Turtles…






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Will: “How did Jack get off the island?”
Gibbs: “Well, I’ll tell ye. He waded out into the shallows and there he waited three days and three nights till all manner of sea creature came and acclimated to his presence. And on the fourth morning, he roped himself a couple of sea turtles, lashed ‘em together and made a raft.”
Will: “He roped a couple of sea turtles?”
Gibbs: “Aye, sea turtles.”
Will: “What did he use for rope?”
Jack: [walks up from behind] “Human hair… from my back.”





OK… now why did I feel the need to yank that particular piece of dialogue out of the original (and IMHO still the best of the) Pirates of the Caribbean films? Well… first, it provides context to the image I decided to use as the welcome for this final part of the chapter on Day-2 (at least it’s part of the same conversation anyway). Secondly, being as I’ve been using images from those films (and I’m sure you’ve already caught on to this) to kick off each part of that day’s journey to a mysterious and mythical lost island… it allows me to wrap up this last part with a bit of continuity. I’ll pick some other theme for subsequent chapters I’m sure, but I haven’t really decided yet… (so far as you know). And thirdly, it was a blatant and gratuitous excuse to use the words “Sea” and “Turtle” in the title of this post. Why? I’ll get to that in a bit, but for now, we’ll just pick up the action where it got left off in the last section…



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After our encounter with the Magic Mirror and his staff, we were strolling toward the Grand Lobby. The dinner hour had arrived aboard the Disney Dream for those folks with the early seating. From the overlooks we could see most of the younger families (who tend to make up the bulk of the first seating), joyfully heading off toward their rendezvous on Decks 2 & 3. For the rest of us… it was show time. Being on Deck-4 already, we just continued our stroll forward toward the Walt Disney Theater and grabbed a few good seats at the front edge of the balcony. Tonight festivities included the newest show developed for DCL…

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Now I don’t know about y’all, but I think some of Disney’s Villains are amongst the most entertaining and best-developed characters in animation land.

“Warning… Warning… Danger Will Robinson…”

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Opinions are about to be expressed…

…and you’re probably going to disagree.


Some villains are rotten enough but rather flat as characters (say… like: Frollo or Governor Ratcliffe). Some of them would be better classified as diabolical court jesters (such as… Edger the butler, Yzma & Krunk or even Captain Hook to some extent). Of course there are those that are just unadulterated “Pure – T” evil with no redemption of any kind even possible or thinkable (consider… Maleficent, Ursula or the Evil Queen); but for my money, the grand champion has to be Hades.

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He’s the one that’s the whole package…


Understated: (people are going to get hurt aren’t they?) “Nah. I mean, it's, you know, it's a possibility. It happens 'cause, you know, it's war, but what can I tell ya.”

Scheming: “Which is exactly why I got a feelin' you're gonna leap at my new offer. You give me the key to bringing down Wonder Breath, and I give you the thing that you crave most in the entire cosmos: your freedom.”

Conniving: “Okay, okay, okay, okay, okay. You get her out. She goes, you stay. Oh, there's just one thing. You'll be dead before you can get to her. That's not a problem, is it?”

and yet Introspective: (so… how are things in the underworld?) “Well, they're just fine. You know, a little dark, a little gloomy. And, as always, hey, full of dead people. What are you gonna do?”

Smooth Talking: “We dance, we kiss, we schmooze, we carry on, we go home happy. What do you say?”

Volatile: “Meg, Meg, Meg, my sweet deluded little minion. Aren't we forgetting one teensy-weensy, but ever so crucial little, tiny detail? I OWN YOU!!!”

Demanding: “Guys, get your titanic rears in gear and kick some Olympian butt.”

but also Quick Witted: “Hay, what’d ya’ know. It's a small underworld, after all, huh?”

Possessing of a fine dry humor: “He's gotta have a weakness, because everybody's got a weakness. I mean, for what? Pandora, it was the box thing. For the Trojans, hey, they bet on the wrong horse, okay?”

Master of the Borsht Belt one liner: “So is this an audience or a mosaic?”

And unquestionably villainous through and through: “Memo to me... Memo to me: Maim you after my meeting.”

Given this excellent blending of villainy & humor, it should come as no surprise that Hades was the driving character in tonight’s musical spectacular. Like all of the other song-n-dance reviews that are performed aboard DCL’s ships, this was mainly a reason to present a number of the better songs form Disney’s films. But obviously it presents the villains grand anthems and it was very entertaining (to me any way).

The premise goes like this: since being defeated by Hercules, our evil “Hero” has been pretty much hold-up in the underworld and not really causing too much mayhem. The Fates arrive and warn him that his lack of productivity (so to speak) has placed him in jeopardy of losing his position as master of the Underworld. He is given an “Evil-o-meter” that displays his current level of wickedness and a deadline to get the scale up to the top… or else.

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Hades snaps into action and decides that what this situation calls for is… “a conference”? Well… actually more like a gathering of all the greatest villains known. To facilitate this plan he sends his minions Pain & Panic out with into the cold cruel world bearing invitations. As you might expect… from here music and comedy ensue. We encounter a near duel between Maleficent and the Evil Queen…

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…production numbers by Ursula and Scar and even new Broadway type numbers for Cruella DeVville, Yzma and Captain Hook.

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In one scene toward the end of act two, a “Jerry Springer” inspired talk show dubed: “Hot Talk”, goes soooooo badly awry (and ends in an extremely sappy and non-Disney song)…

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…that it costs Hades all of the evil points he’d collected up to that time and virtually dooms him to being thrown out of the under world.

“Now you now how it feels to be like everyone else.
Isn't it just peachy?”


Is this the end of our “HERO”?


Don’t count on it…

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…and unless you’ve got reservations at Pallo or have been guaranteed that there’s no way in “Hades” that you won’t win the big jackpot at bingo… Don’t miss it either.


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Now that the world of villains was safely back in order (for now), it was our turn to partake of a spot o dinner. So what’s our dining destination for this evening?

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And here we’ve reached a fine opportunity to do a little contrast and comparison. AP is the only signature dinning room that is common to all of DCL’s ships. But the version aboard the Dream is very different from the originals aboard the Magic and Wonder. On board the elder ladies, the room itself is the show while in the new version there is a show that happens to be in the room. Let me explain… AP 1.0 starts off with a room that is somewhat stark. The entire space is awash in black and white.

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There is no other color to speak of when you first arrive. Then as the meal progresses, the room gradually shifts from the look of pencil and paper…

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…to that of a fully painted color cell.

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AP 2.0 is designed completely differently. The inspiration is still the idea of animation, but rather then the focus being on the drawings themselves; it draws the inspiration from the profession. The room is warmer and has the feel and general look that you’d expect of an animator’s (or architects’) workspace (think of the display of Walt’s actual office as it appears in “One Man’s Dream” over at HS but with giant paint brushes).

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It is also built in such a manner that you feel like you are in a more intimate environment. There are sections, partitions and visual obstructions that give the illusion of there only being about five or six tables at most around you. Our table (#66) was over there in the far left corner of this picture…

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You will still see maquettes, allusions to pens, paper and paint brushes, and the walls are sill awash in drawings in various stages of completion. The room feels very comfortable and the themeing is excellent, but the room is not the show. The “show” is directly related to something else that is on the walls: vast monitors that put the average man-cave wide screen to shame. On “show night” (I’ll explain that phrase more thoroughly later on) the images on said screens are of the animated undersea world of Nemo and company. At first, the young’ens (and the young at heart) can try to spot the little clownfish as he swims around the “room” moving from screen to screen and popping up here and there. Then as your orders are being taken and while you are waiting on the first course, the “artistic” school of fish form the film will show up and start up a game of “Guess the Image”.

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A few of the fish will start “drawing” a picture, and then after a moment or two, more of the individual fish will swim into place adding more detail to the image. You try to figure out what they are drawing until all of the fish in the school have moved into place and the entire image is revealed. All in all this part of the show was entertaining and it quickly passed the time between the first courses and the main entrée.

Speaking of entrées, I suppose I should let you know what the kitchen staff was offering up this evening. Well tonight’s menu looked like this

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What…You can’t read that? Well for the visually challenged (such as my self), here’s the transcript…



Appetizers

Smoked Salmon Tartare
Capers, Onions and Micro Greens topped with
American Black Caviar, seasoned with Celtic Salt

Black Truffle Pasta Purseittes
Pasta Purse filled with Truffle scented Cheese
and coated with a delicate Champagne Sauce

Sesame - flavored Rock Shrimp and Caramelized Onion Cheesecake
With Asian Barbecue Sauce and topped with Micro Greens

Wild Mushroom Risotto and Porcini Twist
Served with Parmigiano-Reggiano



Soups and Salads

Baked Potato and Cheddar Cheese Soup
With Bacon Bits and Chives

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup
Garnished with Chives and
drizzled with Sour Cream

Vine Ripe Tomato Salad
Bell Peppers and Onion Brunoise topped
with Micro Greens and Herb Dressing

Curly Endive, Arugula and Watercress Salad
Sliced Peaches, Toasted Almonds and
tossed with a Sherry Vinaigrette



Feature Selection

Grilled Pacific Black Cod
With Sautéed Morel Mushrooms on
a Yellow Split Pea Purée

Animator's Trio of Veal
Grilled Tenderloin, Pulled Shank and
Tortellacci Pasta with a Sun-dried Tomato and
Sage reduction and garnished with a Potato Crisp

White Shrimp Pennette Pasta
Tossed with a Basil and Reggiano Parmesan Cheese Sauce
and topped with a Parmesan Cheese Wafer

Stir-fry Vegetables
On fried Noodles, Hearts of Palm and Oyster Glaze

Lemon-thyme Marinated Organic Chicken Breast
With Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes, roasted
Root Vegetables and Grain Mustard Jus

Black Bean Chipotle Cakes
Over Corn Kernels and Brown Rice
topped with Tomato-Cilantro Salsa

Marinated Angus Beef Tenderloin
Carved to order on Wasabi Mashed Potatoes
with Bok Choy and a Tamarind Barbecue Reduction

Arugula Leaves and Grilled Vegetable Salad
Topped with sliced Beef Tenderloin, Marjoram,
Bacon, and Ranch Dressing


Baked Salmon and Oven-roasted Chicken Breast available upon request.



Bread Selection

Herb Foccacia and Ciabatta Bread
With a Roasted Garlic Dip



So what did I choose? Black Truffle Pasta Purseittes, Baked Potato and Cheddar Cheese Soup and Marinated Angus Beef Tenderloin (hay… I’m a carnivore… I admit it freely). I have also had the squash soup on previous sailings and will recommend it v-e-r-y highly. The “Purseittes” were excellent (similar in concept to dim sum, but far superior to your average Chinese takeout and obviously without the soy). The tenderloin was absolutely fabulous and the sauce complimented rather then obscured the beef. In short… that was one fine hunk of cow. I’ll talk about desert in a minute, but first… it’s back to the “show”.

The piece de resistance for the interactive show in Animators Palate is the appearance of the sea turtles… well… one sea turtle. Specifically (and you know what’s coming) it’s: Crush (you also now know where this section got its title as well).

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/D05-721.jpg

The technology is basically the same as that used for “Turtle Talk” at EPCOT, and as such there is a faction who choose to fault DCL for not being original with this addition to the AP experience. I’m not so harsh. He is certainly animated and the interaction is entertaining (although I’ve heard some rumors about how the experience could be very, very different aboard the Fantasy when she starts cruising in 2012). Anyway… this is also where the design aspect of the room that divides it up into smaller spaces comes into effect. Being as the space you’re seated in is smallish and you don’t really have a direct view into all the other “rooms” within Animator’s… Crush is able to interact with more individual guests in the time allotted (apparently there is more then one actor “behind the curtain” playing the role). In our little world, Crush started conversing with a fell’a from Nebraska. Our surfer dude of course asked about the surf conditions and quizzed the guy about his home location’s proximity to the world’s oceans. The answers lead him to determine that “Nebraska’s” complete lack of a coastline must explain why he’d never herd of the place. When he got around to our table, there was no question as to whom he wanted to talk to (and it wasn’t me to be sure).

“Whoooo… Man, I have got to talk to these two dudettes with the polka dot shells and four ears!”

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/D05-722.jpg


Now just what has that turtle been smoking! Actually, his eyes weren’t deceiving him at all. Our tablemate’s two youngest daughters showed up for dinner that night sporting their proudest souvenir acquisitions of the day. Both of them were wearing a red and white “Minnie Mouse” dresses and a set of “Minnie Ears”… hair bow and all (I should have gotten a picture of the two of them, but noooooo…). At first the two girls just looked at each other trying to figure out what this loopy turtle was on about, but everyone else at the table and in the area busted out laughing. Being as English was still these girls’s second language, the rest of the conversation was a bit one-sided, but our aquatic sesquicentinarian did a good job of keeping the banter going.


After we’d devoured the main course, the desert menus arrived and Daniel (that’s our head server if you recall) ran down the options and made his recommendations. So here’s the line up …




Dessert

Sweet Temptations
A Trio of Crunchy Walnut Cake,
Pineapple Financier, and Lemon Mousse

Crunchy Walnut Cake
Dark Chocolate Mousse and Raspberry Coulis

Pineapple Financier
Almond Cake served with Whipped Cream

Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake
With Whipped Cream and Raspberry Coulis

Cookies & Cream Sundae
Vanilla Ice Cream, Chocolate Wafer Cookies and Whipped Cream


No Sugar Added Dessert

Lemon Mousse
With Mango Coulis and Dark Chocolate

Dense Chocolate Cake
Brownie, Caramel Sauce and Whipped Cream


OK now given that set of choices, what do you suppose our server was recommending?
Well… let me start the answer to that question with the following “off topic” observation:

Men generally can’t read minds.

Women can, but we can’t and the sooner y’all get that straight the better off we’ll all be. Now like I said… men generally can’t read minds, and I certainly fit the category. But… even with that handicap, I believe that I can deduce that what ever it was you just picked off of that menu… it probably was not the “Cookies & Cream Sundae”. Now was it? And yet this… is what Daniel was recommending.

”Insanity!!!!”

Yah… I hear you, but if you were to think back to the last dinner we had aboard ship (way on back there in Chapter 4 / Part 8 – “I ate What?” ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42655520&postcount=175)), you may remember that I said Daniel likes to root for the underdog. In that meal he recommended the “Strawberry Short Cake Sundae” over “Crème Brûlée”, “Dark Chocolate/Peanut Butter Mousse” and “Grand Marnier Soufflé”. “Shear madness”, you say, but he backed this choice up by bring an extra one of these beauties out for every two folks that didn’t order it. The idea being that we could split them and compare the deserts head to head. We all thought he was nuts but who’s going to turn down extra desert? So Max and I ended up splitting one of these concoctions and… well… you could’a tied me to a pig and rolled me in the mud ‘cause the boy was right. Considering that experience, I decided that I might just have to take the recommendation this time around.

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/D05-723.jpg


Verdict… dang if that limey wasn’t right again. I think that part of the trick was (believe it or not) the vanilla ice-cream component of the two dishes. This ain’t the soft serve available up on Deck-11 and DCL didn’t buy the stuff either. It was prepped and churned in the kitchen and you could tell. Trust me on this. When I say that there is nothing at all “vanilla” about real (and properly made) vanilla ice-cream (with nearly any kind of topping on it), I ain’t tugging on your lariat.





http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/A1-025.jpg

afwdwfan
10-13-2011, 09:50 AM
Now I don’t know about y’all, but I think some of Disney’s Villains are amongst the most entertaining and best-developed characters in animation land.
Absolutely! I'd love to have a chance to go to the World during MNSSHP season for that very reason. Unfortunately, Sep/Oct are pretty much some no way in Beverly months for my schedule.


the grand champion has to be Hades.
I wouldn't know about this... that is a movie I have yet to see.


Let me explain… AP 1.0 starts off with a room that is somewhat stark. The entire space is awash in black and white.

AP 2.0 is designed completely differently.
Ok, I'm going to set you up for an educational session. What exactly do you mean by 1.0 and 2.0? Is it broken up into 2 separate restaurants on the Dream or do you mean that the AP on the Dream is 2.0 and different from the originals on the Magic and Wonder? Or is it just that 2.0 is what it really looks like after all the color fills in on 1.0?

Either way, they both look pretty awesome. :thumbsup2


Black Truffle Pasta Purseittes, Baked Potato and Cheddar Cheese Soup and Marinated Angus Beef Tenderloin (hay… I’m a carnivore… I admit it freely).
You have good taste. That's exactly what I would have ordered too. I probably would have asked them to throw in the Black Bean Chipotle Cakes as well... Gotta try everything that looks good!:thumbsup2


The piece de resistance for the interactive show in Animators Palate is the appearance of the sea turtles… well… one sea turtle. Specifically (and you know what’s coming) it’s: Crush (you also now know where this section got its title as well).
That would be some fun dinner time conversation. :lmao::rotfl2:


OK now given that set of choices, what do you suppose our server was recommending?
I don't know, but I'm ordering the Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake with a Cookies & Cream Sundae chaser.


it probably was not the “Cookies & Cream Sundae”. Now was it? And yet this… is what Daniel was recommending.
Looks like I chose well! :yay:

Let's be honest though, have you EVER had a bad sundae? :confused3


but he backed this choice up by bring an extra one of these beauties out for every two folks that didn’t order it.
I like him more and more all the time. He brings good food, makes good recommendations and hooks you up with extra dessert! He's definitely earning his tip.


Considering that experience, I decided that I might just have to take the recommendation this time around.
Or just order what you want and then ask for his recommendation to split. :thumbsup2

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
10-13-2011, 11:37 AM
Absolutely! I'd love to have a chance to go to the World during MNSSHP season for that very reason. Unfortunately, Sep/Oct are pretty much some no way in Beverly months for my schedule.


Me either (but for different reasons).
In a few more years… maybe (assuming that I’m still gainfully employed at that time).



I wouldn't know about this... that is a movie I have yet to see.


I rather like that one. The music is excellent and mostly follows a Gospel/R&B style that is a lot of fun (the Muses rock). There is a great deal of humor in the dialogue. The heroine is less princess and more streetwise and adversarial (“I’m a damsel… I’m in distress… I can handle it… Have a nice day.”). Bob Goldthwait and Danny DeVito voiced two of the comic characters, and the villain was played by James Woods. Nice casting.


Ok, I'm going to set you up for an educational session. What exactly do you mean by 1.0 and 2.0? Is it broken up into 2 separate restaurants on the Dream or do you mean that the AP on the Dream is 2.0 and different from the originals on the Magic and Wonder? Or is it just that 2.0 is what it really looks like after all the color fills in on 1.0?

Either way, they both look pretty awesome. :thumbsup2


Actually… it wasn’t that complicated. I was just steeling the standard software release number format and applying it to this situation. Following that model (which exists only in my twisted and broken brain):

AP 1.0 (the original release) would be on the Magic.

Then technically the version aboard the Wonder would be: AP 1.1

AP 2.0 then is the completely revamped release of the idea aboard the Dream.

We’ll have to wait and see if it is the same set up on the Fantasy (making it: AP 2.1 in that case) or if it’s completely different as some rumors have suggested (making it AP 3.0)

There… that should muddy up the waters a bit more.


You have good taste. That's exactly what I would have ordered too. I probably would have asked them to throw in the Black Bean Chipotle Cakes as well... Gotta try everything that looks good!:thumbsup2


And ordering double appetizers is allowed. They’d do it in a heart beat.



That would be some fun dinner time conversation. :lmao::rotfl2:


::yes::


I don't know, but I'm ordering the Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake with a Cookies & Cream Sundae chaser.


I like how you think.


Let's be honest though, have you EVER had a bad sundae? :confused3

Good point… Again, I like how you think.


I like him more and more all the time. He brings good food, makes good recommendations and hooks you up with extra dessert! He's definitely earning his tip.


Daniel was one very fine fellow. If I could request a server on a future trip, he’d get the nod.


Or just order what you want and then ask for his recommendation to split. :thumbsup2

We never had to ask really. If you didn’t take his desert recommendation, he brought you one anyway. He kept that up the whole cruise.


If I had actually ordered everything I wanted on the menus aboard the ship, I’d have exploded. I was never hungry (to be certain), but I also moderated my intake a bit. I showed far more restrain on the Dream then I did when we got over to WDW afterward (believe it or not).

FreezinRafiki
10-13-2011, 12:16 PM
OK… now why did I feel the need to yank that particular piece of dialogue out of the original (and IMHO still the best of the) Pirates of the Caribbean films?
I'll agree that it was the best....so far. I'm woefully behind on my Summer Blockbusters - POTC4, Thor, Captain America, Tansformers3....:sad2:


Secondly, being as I’ve been using images from those films (and I’m sure you’ve already caught on to this)
I did catch on to this. Where are you getting the images? Are you ripping them yourself with some sort of screen grabber software or just Googling for them?

Given this excellent blending of villainy & humor, it should come as no surprise that Hades was the driving character in tonight’s musical spectacular.
I'm a big fan of Disney's Hercules movie. He's a marketable character for the little boys, but with it now being 14 years old, he just hasn't had the longstanding devotion that all of the princesses get.
(It was interesting how Disney side-stepped the actual mythology of Zeus having an affair with a human, but instead made Herc the baby of the happily wedded Zeus and Hera)


Like all of the other song-n-dance reviews that are performed aboard DCL’s ships, this was mainly a reason to present a number of the better songs form Disney’s films.
I don't see a problem with that...



…and unless you’ve got reservations at Pallo or have been guaranteed that there’s no way in “Hades” that you won’t win the big jackpot at bingo… Don’t miss it either.

Loved your pictures of the show! I can't wait to see all of the shows!


Then as your orders are being taken and while you are waiting on the first course, the “artistic” school of fish form the film will show up and start up a game of “Guess the Image”.

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/D05-719.jpg

It's a boat! What do I win?



Baked Salmon and Oven-roasted Chicken Breast available upon request.

This is good to know. Personally, I think I'd eat just about anything presented to me on that menu. Bambi, however, has never been that adventures with her food. And now that she is sharing all of her meals with her own little "carry on", her dining options have been severely curtailed. I hope our dining companions are OK with a few dry heaves during dinner. :sick:


The technology is basically the same as that used for “Turtle Talk” at EPCOT,

I don't know if they do a "behind the scenes" tour of this attraction, but I really, really want to see how they do it.


After we’d devoured the main course, the desert menus arrived and Daniel (that’s our head server if you recall) ran down the options and made his recommendations. So here’s the line up …

Is it rude to quickly browse the dessert menu, hand it back to the server and simply say "Yes"?


The best part of this update was that I read it while eating lunch. Therefore, the food descriptions did not make me hungry.
The worst part of this update was that I read it while eating lunch. My leftover, reheated spaghetti hitting my tongue did not jive with the descriptions of the food my eyes were sending to my brain. :sad2:

Captain_Oblivious
10-13-2011, 01:01 PM
OK… now why did I feel the need to yank that particular piece of dialogue out of the original (and IMHO still the best of the) Pirates of the Caribbean films?

Also agree that the first one was the best one. 2 and 3 have their moments, but I'm also hard-pressed to explain the plot of either one. And I haven't seen 4 yet, but judging from the reviews, I'm guessing the original is safe in its standing.

Now I don’t know about y’all, but I think some of Disney’s Villains are amongst the most entertaining and best-developed characters in animation land.

Villains are always more fun. That's why actors always want those roles.

Given this excellent blending of villainy & humor, it should come as no surprise that Hades was the driving character in tonight’s musical spectacular.

Interesting. I only saw Hercules once, and honestly don't feel like it was all that memorable as a movie. Maybe I'll have to re-visit it someday.

He is given an “Evil-o-meter” that displays his current level of wickedness and a deadline to get the scale up to the top… or else.

This idea strikes me as pretty funny, though.

In one scene toward the end of act two, a “Jerry Springer” inspired talk show dubed: “Hot Talk”, goes soooooo badly awry (and ends in an extremely sappy and non-Disney song)…

As does this! :rotfl2:

AP is the only signature dinning room that is common to all of DCL’s ships. But the version aboard the Dream is very different from the originals aboard the Magic and Wonder.

We all really enjoyed the "show" at this restaurant on the Wonder. That being said, I'm pretty sure I'd trade it in for a chance at Turtle Talk!

A few of the fish will start “drawing” a picture, and then after a moment or two, more of the individual fish will swim into place adding more detail to the image. You try to figure out what they are drawing until all of the fish in the school have moved into place and the entire image is revealed. All in all this part of the show was entertaining and it quickly passed the time between the first courses and the main entrée.

Cool! That's a great idea.

So what did I choose? Black Truffle Pasta Purseittes, Baked Potato and Cheddar Cheese Soup and Marinated Angus Beef Tenderloin (hay… I’m a carnivore… I admit it freely).

Either you, Andy and I are all highly un-original, or we all have excellent taste. I'd go for these as well.

Of course, we differ on the squash soup. :crazy2: Squash is one of those foods I just can't get down...or if I do, it's coming back up. :sick:





But… even with that handicap, I believe that I can deduce that what ever it was you just picked off of that menu… it probably was not the “Cookies & Cream Sundae”. Now was it?

:wave2:

I have to admit, I've always been a sucker for cookies & cream ice cream. My kids make fun of me every time I order it at the ice cream shop. Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake sounds pretty awesome, too.

Verdict… dang if that limey wasn’t right again.

This guy earned every single dollar of that tip. :thumbsup2

I'll agree that it was the best....so far. I'm woefully behind on my Summer Blockbusters - POTC4, Thor, Captain America, Tansformers3....:sad2:

Me too...these kids really cramp your style, huh? I can tell you that Thor is ok and Captain America is a lot of fun.

This is good to know. Personally, I think I'd eat just about anything presented to me on that menu. Bambi, however, has never been that adventures with her food. And now that she is sharing all of her meals with her own little "carry on", her dining options have been severely curtailed. I hope our dining companions are OK with a few dry heaves during dinner. :sick:

If the seas are rough, they may have a few of their own.

I don't know if they do a "behind the scenes" tour of this attraction, but I really, really want to see how they do it.

::yes::

Is it rude to quickly browse the dessert menu, hand it back to the server and simply say "Yes"?

This behavior should be encouraged!

afwdwfan
10-13-2011, 01:36 PM
Is it rude to quickly browse the dessert menu, hand it back to the server and simply say "Yes"?

Very rude! The proper response after handing him the dessert menu is "Yes, please."

Also agree that the first one was the best one. 2 and 3 have their moments, but I'm also hard-pressed to explain the plot of either one. And I haven't seen 4 yet, but judging from the reviews, I'm guessing the original is safe in its standing.
::yes::

Either you, Andy and I are all highly un-original, or we all have excellent taste. I'd go for these as well.
It is obvious that we just have excellent taste.:thumbsup2

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
10-13-2011, 06:58 PM
I'll agree that it was the best....so far. I'm woefully behind on my Summer Blockbusters - POTC4, Thor, Captain America, Tansformers3....:sad2:


We got to see POTC 3 & 4 aboard DCL ships. “Three” was released and premièred while we were on the Wonder (which was very cool). The new one came out in late May and we waited to see in on the Dream. POTC-4 is considerably better then Thing-2 and Thing-3, and a dang fine adventure, but… for me anyway, the original still holds up best (of course I’ll still be going to see the fifth one if it gets made).


I did catch on to this. Where are you getting the images? Are you ripping them yourself with some sort of screen grabber software or just Googling for them?


I had to do some serious hunting to find images form the particular scenes that I wanted to portray as intros. Some type of “ripper” would have made it easier, but alas… I have no such software (but may need to look into it). After a couple of chapters I did finally find a “Fan Site” where other folks had “ripped” scenes form the films and that made things a bit easier. Here’s a link to those folks little obsession:

http://potc.arwen-undomiel.com/gallery.html


I don't see a problem with that...


Me either


It's a boat! What do I win?


Yep! Your prize is a guarantee that when you family is enjoying dinner in AP in a couple of weeks… The school of fish will make a return appearance just so you will get to try and guess all of the pictures! :woohoo:


This is good to know. Personally, I think I'd eat just about anything presented to me on that menu. Bambi, however, has never been that adventures with her food. And now that she is sharing all of her meals with her own little "carry on", her dining options have been severely curtailed. I hope our dining companions are OK with a few dry heaves during dinner. :sick:


They will do their best to accommodate folk’s needs. I even herd of people calling ahead and requesting that kosher meals be provided. I you don’t see anything on the menu that will work, talk to your server and see if the kitchen can come up with something different (or something from one of the other dinning rooms).


I don't know if they do a "behind the scenes" tour of this attraction, but I really, really want to see how they do it.


That would be cool.


Is it rude to quickly browse the dessert menu, hand it back to the server and simply say "Yes"?


I suspect it’s been done before. If not… someone needs to do it.


The best part of this update was that I read it while eating lunch. Therefore, the food descriptions did not make me hungry.
The worst part of this update was that I read it while eating lunch. My leftover, reheated spaghetti hitting my tongue did not jive with the descriptions of the food my eyes were sending to my brain. :sad2:


Yah… the sandwich I was eating while I typed that up, also seemed somewhat… lacking.





Also agree that the first one was the best one. 2 and 3 have their moments, but I'm also hard-pressed to explain the plot of either one. And I haven't seen 4 yet, but judging from the reviews, I'm guessing the original is safe in its standing.


That’s about the size of it form my point of view as well.

Villains are always more fun. That's why actors always want those roles.


We can’t act that way in the real world (unless you happen to be a sociopath or a CEO… or both), so I can see why an actor would relish the opportunity.

We all really enjoyed the "show" at this restaurant on the Wonder. That being said, I'm pretty sure I'd trade it in for a chance at Turtle Talk!


We also like the original AP. It kept you looking around the room just to see what would change next.


Either you, Andy and I are all highly un-original, or we all have excellent taste. I'd go for these as well.


I’m voting for excellent taste as well.
That way I don’t have to worry about being original.


Of course, we differ on the squash soup. :crazy2: Squash is one of those foods I just can't get down...or if I do, it's coming back up. :sick:


Then by all means, have seconds on the tater soup. I will say that squash soup is very different from squash itself, but you’ve got to trust your own judgment (or try a bit of someone else’s). Actually, I had both squash & potato soup because Tamara ordered the first and after having all she wanted, turned it over to me (I got to try a number of other things via that method through out the week).



:wave2:

I have to admit, I've always been a sucker for cookies & cream ice cream. My kids make fun of me every time I order it at the ice cream shop. Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake sounds pretty awesome, too.


Well, like I said, guys don’t read minds very well. There’s always someone out there that will mess up the calculations. Oh… and the cheesecake was good (a got a bit of that from Tam as well).


This guy earned every single dollar of that tip. :thumbsup2


Yes… Yes he did. (and a good bit more then the minimum recommendation too)

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
10-13-2011, 07:05 PM
I'm a big fan of Disney's Hercules movie. He's a marketable character for the little boys, but with it now being 14 years old, he just hasn't had the longstanding devotion that all of the princesses get.
(It was interesting how Disney side-stepped the actual mythology of Zeus having an affair with a human, but instead made Herc the baby of the happily wedded Zeus and Hera)




Interesting. I only saw Hercules once, and honestly don't feel like it was all that memorable as a movie. Maybe I'll have to re-visit it someday.


I thought since I was sticking up for this film, the topic deserved it own post (simply because I like that film… and it’s my TR so I don’t have to follow any rules).

Disney did have to side step the whole parentage thing, but they’ve sidestepped a number of touchy issues in previous and subsequent films (sticklers for the “truth” just need to make their own flicks). Hercules went into the theaters when my son turned three and was just discovering film and video. We took him to see it and all had a good laugh (and as I’ve already said, I really like the voice performance James Woods put into the villain). So… once it came out in VHS (ancient technology I know), we acquired a copy. Being as young children have what I like to call “Preschooler-OCD”, he liked to watch the same things over and over and over… Needless to say, I got to see that film a lot. But interestingly… I didn’t tire of it (where as I actually did tire of Peter Pan I’m sad to admit and don’t get me started on “Barney” :sad2: )

I like “Herc” a good deal. It’s interesting how things worked out on that film. The protagonist is a guy (rare for Disney) and yet they haven’t really tried to work that angle much (sometimes I think Disney has given up on boys). More importantly, the heroine isn’t royalty (and therefore not a princess). Megara is also not flawless (she’s been around the block, and she’s been hurt before), but she is good hearted and that makes her more like a real person then a personification. She is also one of the few female leads who is not elevated (or returned) to royal status in the end. Rather instead, the royal (Hercules), chooses to give up privilege (and immortality) to be with her. When you care about someone else more then yourself, you are no longer a child. You have also surpassed being a mere hero; you have learned how to love.

If you ask me… that… is a great message.

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
10-18-2011, 02:37 PM
Time for your unsolicited random Disney Photo of the day…

;)




http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%20Dec%202010/D1-035.jpg

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
10-18-2011, 02:38 PM
Chapter 6 - In the midst of: “The Tale” - Day 3 (Tue)



Part 1: Navi-s & Mag-s (Day-3)



http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/D06-101.jpg


Hummmmm… let’s see here… post number 241. We’re seventeen pages (at fifteen posts per page) into this monstrosity, and y’all are still here? It’s already apparent that I’m nuts. But… this also proves that either you’re nuts as well or you’re just punishing yourselves in an attempt to make up for something back there in your past. Well if you bound and determined to keep this nonsense up, then I guess we will just have to remain as two immortals locked in an epic battle until Judgment Day and trumpets sound…


“Or you could surrender.”




Well… we have finally finished off day two and are now embarking on the journey that was our third day aboard the Disney Dream. Our port of call for today?


“Nassau”!


http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/D06-102.jpg




= = = = = = = = = = = = = Navigators = = = = = = = = = = = =




So with out farther ado, I shall dive right back into my established pattern of abuse… errrr… I mean storytelling, and start off with the ship’s Navigator for today


(Just click on each image to see an enlarged version of that page)

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Today’s Navi was accompanied by a Nassau Shopping guide. Since DCL saw fit to print it up and hand them out, I suppose I ought to be neighborly and share this little bit of fluff with you as well.

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And lastly (as usual)… Our door magnets for the day.
you can just ignore this dribble… I really won’t be offended.

(again just click on each image to see an enlarged versions…
if you’re really that desperate)


The main themes for the day…

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A Mickey for each of us…

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And the extras that somehow or other managed to jump up there on the door while I wasn’t watching.

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You may notice one other change up there today. Being as this will be “Pirate Night” at dinner and the “Pirates in the Caribbean” festivities will be going on after that… we traded out the Mickey Ears that were attached to the cabin number, for something a bit more appropriate. Now I can’t take credit for designing that little bit of whimsy. There is a girl over on the DCL forum of these boards that has put together a number of excellent character driven designs that are geared specifically to work with the cabin number “portholes” that are ubiquitous on Disney’s ships. Here’s a link to her continuing thread and you’ll find links to all of her designs on page one.

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2172891

I highly recommend heading over there and taking a look. She has a number of characters represented as well as a number of pieces themed for special occasions.

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
10-18-2011, 02:50 PM
Chapter 6 – In the midst of: “The Tale” - Day 3 (Tue)




Part 2: Swinging for the Green






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We’ve reached a new day so… Rise and Shine!

Speaking of “shine” here’s a nice trick (for those that have booked an inside cabin that is). You can turn the “Magic Porthole” on and off as it suits you, but I recommend leaving it on while you’re sleeping. Why? Well… first it doesn’t really hurt anything. Since the camera shows the view off the same side of the ship, then at night the only thing you’ll see is… well… the dark (or a speck of dim light from a ship way off in the distance). But… for those that happen to wake up in the middle of the night, it will put out just enough background light to help you navigate around you otherwise pitch black interior cabin without whacking a toe on one of the many immovable objects within the space. The other benefit of this choice is that as the sun starts to rise, your room will lighten up gradually (just as it will for the folks in the veranda cabins). This works as a fine natural alarm clock and that is exactly what was going on in our cabin at the start of our third day aboard the Disney Dream.

Today’s destination… Nassau. But we weren’t there just yet. I was up first (as usual) and could see that were we’re still underway. As far as I’m concerned that’s a good thing because I might just get a chance to watch our officers pull the ship into port (and that’s a win in my book). With this possibility in mind, I grabbed our mugs, and headed up to Deck-11.

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As you can see, it was just a bit before 8:00 when I got there and I pretty much had the place to myself. That being the case, it was a excellent time to take a few pictures without the crowd hanging about so that y’all can see a bit more of the details around our little playground. So let’s start off with an actual playground…

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This is the kiddy splash area. Honestly, I considered (just for a moment), barrowing a kiddy just so I could go in there and play a round a bit.

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…and now a few shots of some of the other “play grounds”…

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Now let me tell you a story about that last one there. That little lounging area is underneath the main forward radar dome. It’s not a bad spot to chill out and it offers a pretty good view out ahead of the ship. But… this spot will only exist on the Dream. When the Fantasy starts cruising, the plan is that the dome will still be there (obviously), but the folks at DCL have a different plan for exactly what gets tucked underneath…

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Imagineering at it’s finest.

That looks like it may well be a fairly popular spot for cooling off but I suspect that it will also be difficult to find any space in there on a sea day. This is one of several additional “water features” that are planned for the Fantasy (which will be doing longer seven day sailings with more days out of the ports).



OK… time to talk about a different kind of playground. Since “cruising” was originally something that only the wealthy could afford, it’s not surprising that a number of the classic cruise ship activities have a country club feel about them. Not the least of these class dividers is golf (or variations there of). Practicing your swing by using the ocean as a driving range is a long standing cruise practice. However, being as the general public is somewhat more environmentally conscience these days, a driving range more likely to be a computer simulator rather then an actual patch of grass and a bucket of golf balls that will be headed for the drink never to be retrieved again. But in the last few years, something else has cropped up on a number of ships that is a bit more family friendly (and more Clark Griswold then Thurston Howell III). “What, pray tell”, you may ask? “Mini golf”, I answer. But as you might expect, when Disney gets its hands on something as naturally whimsical as a miniature golf course, the result will be far more entertaining then the average roadside attraction. With that in mind, may I now present to you, the Disney Dream’s own: Goofy’s Golf!

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Inspired by a Goofy animated short from the late forties titled: “How to Play Golf” (which also inspired at least one of the pieces of “Magical Art’ within the ship), each hole on this nine green course represents one of the lessons form the film (in masterful “Goofy” glory).

Lesson #1: Picking the right Club

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You’ll also notice that each hole also shows you the direct rout that Max would take to sink the shot, and the indirect and generally unwise route that his dad (and my patron saint) would likely be following.


Lesson #2: Keep Your Eye on the Ball

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Lesson #3: Handling the Dog Leg

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Lesson #4: Stuck in the Rough

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Lesson #5: Beware of the Water Hazard

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Lesson #6: Avoiding the Sand Trap

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Lesson #7: Attacking the Green

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Lesson #8: Reading the Green

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And… Lesson #9: Sinking the Putt.

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This nice little diversion is laid out along the arc of Deck-13 aft. I’d also recommend either getting there early, or during a time when the crowed is fairly light, or you’ll be standing in a bit of a line.

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Well… a quick look off to port side shows me that we’re just about to head into the harbor and get the docking process under way.

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I think I may just have to go hop into one of those hot tubs that overlooks the side and watch the crew go about the process of bringing her into Tortuga…. Err… I mean, Nassau. (Wrong movie again… and… not even the right genera for this chapter. I need to make sure I have the right script in my hands before I start talking now don’t I?)




Well anyway… the water certainly looks inviting…

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FreezinRafiki
10-19-2011, 08:28 AM
Thanks for the minigolf pictures. We made the mistake of telling Evan that there was minigolf on the ship. Ever since then, he's been torn as to whether he wants to play minigolf more or ride the Aquaduck more. Decisions, decisions!

Oh, and just because it's minigolf, doesn't mean a couple dozen balls (and maybe a club or two) won't end up in Davy Jones' Locker. You've never seen Evan golf before. :rotfl:

afwdwfan
10-19-2011, 09:24 AM
But… this also proves that either you’re nuts as well or you’re just punishing yourselves in an attempt to make up for something back there in your past.
Or sitting at work, trying to avoid actual "work" :lmao::rotfl2:


You may notice one other change up there today. Being as this will be “Pirate Night” at dinner and the “Pirates in the Caribbean” festivities will be going on after that… we traded out the Mickey Ears that were attached to the cabin number, for something a bit more appropriate.
I like it! :thumbsup2

This is the kiddy splash area. Honestly, I considered (just for a moment), barrowing a kiddy just so I could go in there and play a round a bit.
You have to have a kid to go in there??? That's BS! :lmao::rotfl2:

…and now a few shots of some of the other “play grounds”…
Looks nice, but my taste truly is more of the splash area variety.

Inspired by a Goofy animated short from the late forties titled: “How to Play Golf” (which also inspired at least one of the pieces of “Magical Art’ within the ship), each hole on this nine green course represents one of the lessons form the film (in masterful “Goofy” glory).
Now that looks like a mini golf course that would be fun!

I think I may just have to go hop into one of those hot tubs that overlooks the side and watch the crew go about the process of bringing her into Tortuga…. Err… I mean, Nassau.
Tortuga might be an interesting port to visit... :idea: :rotfl2:


Oh, and just because it's minigolf, doesn't mean a couple dozen balls (and maybe a club or two) won't end up in Davy Jones' Locker. You've never seen Evan golf before. :rotfl:
Eh, it isn't just him... I've been known to haul off and lose a ball in the decorative "water hazards" playing mini golf before. :rolleyes1

I'm pretty sure I could lose a few to Davy Jones' Locker. In fact, I'd take that as a challenge if I ever get to go on a cruise.

Grooovertoo
10-19-2011, 12:02 PM
Thanks for the minigolf pictures. We made the mistake of telling Evan that there was minigolf on the ship. Ever since then, he's been torn as to whether he wants to play minigolf more or ride the Aquaduck more. Decisions, decisions!

AQUADUCK by far......it is well worth the wait. Go at night too, when the lines are short and they have it lit up.

Oh,...and by the way, I'm back and can't wait to go again.

Captain_Oblivious
10-19-2011, 01:00 PM
Everything about the Dream seems to be a case where they took what was great about the Magic and Wonder and made it even better. The splash area looks like a lot of fun. And the mini-golf looks pretty cool, too! Do you think the people in line behind me would get a bit upset if I kept going back to try all of the different options for each hole? :confused3 :rotfl:

FreezinRafiki
10-19-2011, 01:21 PM
Do you think the people in line behind me would get a bit upset if I kept going back to try all of the different options for each hole? :confused3 :rotfl:
No, but when you have to crouch down and cup your hands around the brim of your hat to study the line and the slope for 3-4 minutes, toss a few blades to grass into the air to judge the wind, then study the line again - you might just find yourself tossed overboard.

Captain_Oblivious
10-19-2011, 02:50 PM
No, but when you have to crouch down and cup your hands around the brim of your hat to study the line and the slope for 3-4 minutes, toss a few blades to grass into the air to judge the wind, then study the line again - you might just find yourself tossed overboard.

I'll have to hire Tiger's old caddy for protection.

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
10-20-2011, 08:43 AM
Thanks for the minigolf pictures. We made the mistake of telling Evan that there was minigolf on the ship. Ever since then, he's been torn as to whether he wants to play minigolf more or ride the Aquaduck more. Decisions, decisions!

Oh, and just because it's minigolf, doesn't mean a couple dozen balls (and maybe a club or two) won't end up in Davy Jones' Locker. You've never seen Evan golf before. :rotfl:

You may need to bring Evan down to the Carolina Coast then. One of the greatest concentrations of mini golf courses known to mankind exists along the “Grand Strand” (and if you head a little bit north or south of there, you’ll encounter some “real” cultural sites and attractions that can be visited as well).





Or sitting at work, trying to avoid actual "work" :lmao::rotfl2:


:rolleyes1 :wave2:


I like it! :thumbsup2


That one is pretty cool. The girl that designed it did a fine job.


You have to have a kid to go in there??? That's BS! :lmao::rotfl2:


Well… being as you are just a big ol’ kid anyway, I think they’d make an exception in your case.


Looks nice, but my taste truly is more of the splash area variety.


Then make sure to check out the new one on Castaway Cay when you get down there (and you do need to get there some time).


Tortuga might be an interesting port to visit... :idea: :rotfl2:


You might be on to something.
“If all ports were like Tortuga, a man would never feel lonely”



Eh, it isn't just him... I've been known to haul off and lose a ball in the decorative "water hazards" playing mini golf before. :rolleyes1

I'm pretty sure I could lose a few to Davy Jones' Locker. In fact, I'd take that as a challenge if I ever get to go on a cruise.

Since the course overlooks the outside dinning area of Cabana’s, make sure to let me know when y’all will be playing so that I can make sure to stay inside. :lmao:




AQUADUCK by far......it is well worth the wait. Go at night too, when the lines are short and they have it lit up.

Oh,...and by the way, I'm back and can't wait to go again.

Welcome back (as sad as that is to have to say). I’m looking forward to hearing about what you thought of the Dream. Please feel free to throw in you thoughts while I continue on with this mess of a TR.




Everything about the Dream seems to be a case where they took what was great about the Magic and Wonder and made it even better.


Disney is fairly good about that.


The splash area looks like a lot of fun. And the mini-golf looks pretty cool, too! Do you think the people in line behind me would get a bit upset if I kept going back to try all of the different options for each hole? :confused3 :rotfl:

If you were to get up there say… rope-drop early… no problem. But, if you were to try it say... around 10:00 on a sea day… well...

What do you think about it Barry?




...you might just find yourself tossed overboard.

Yep… That about sums it up




I'll have to hire Tiger's old caddy for protection.

I don’t think even that would save you from the wrath of 500 impatient young’ens...

Armed with clubs...

:lmao: :lmao: :lmao:

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
10-21-2011, 03:49 PM
Chapter 6 – In the midst of: “The Tale” - Day 3 (Tue)




Part 3: Sizing Up the Competition






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Dr. No: “I was curious to see what kind of man you were. I thought there may be even a place for you with SPECTRE.”

Bond: “I'm flattered... I'd prefer the Revenge department.”






The best way to understand your competitors is to meet them face to face. Form a DCL perspective, our first chance to do this arrived when we pulled into Nassau. Specifically, I’m referring to those three ships over there in the distance…


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But I’m getting a little bit ahead of myself here. First Things First…



Welcome to Nassau!


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Well… that’s the post card image of the Bahamian capitol and largest city on New Providence Island. From a cruisers point of view, the first thing you encounter is the Nassau Light sitting somewhat forlornly on a spit of land at the far west end of Paradise Island.


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There once was a stand of trees and a small lightkeeper’s cottage out there as well, but Mother Nature and Hurricane Floyd saw fit to erase those little details (and remind us all of just exactly who’s really in charge here). Beyond the Light, is part of Colonial Beach and off in the distance is fabled “Atlantis” (somewhere I’ve not been yet, but I’ll tell you more about it latter on). Paradise Island shelters the north-eastern corner of New Providence Island and creates a fine natural enclosed harbor for the city of Nassau.


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Once our captain had the Dream safely in the main channel of the harbor, he spun her abound 180 degrees and started backing into our assigned slip for the day on the Prince George Wharf.


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Being as this process is done fairly slowly (and for obvious reasons), we had a little bit of time to take a real good look at the other ship in port that day. Nearest the shore and Rawson Square was the RCCL ship: Majesty of the Seas ( http://www.royalcaribbean.com/findacruise/ships/class/ship/home.do?shipCode=MJ)

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A veteran of the Caribbean trade and one of the oldest vessels flying the Royal Caribbean Line’s flag, Majesty has been plying the waters since mid 1992. Originally one of the largest cruise liners afloat, she has long since been surpassed on that scale. That is not to say that this is a bad ship (not by any stretch). A major overhaul in 2007 just added to the original charm of this grand dame which offers three and four day sailings out of Miami.


As we continued backing toward the wharf, we started to get a better view of the sisters that were going to be tied up on either side of us today…


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These were a pair of older Carnival Cruise Line’s ships: Carnival Sensation ( http://www.carnival.com/cms/fun/ships/carnival_sensation/default.aspx?shipCode=SE) and Carnival Fascination ( http://www.carnival.com/cms/fun/ships/carnival_fascination/default.aspx). The third of eight sisters, Sensation has been working the waters since 1993 and currently sails three/four day cruises out of Port Canaveral. Fascination is one year younger and offers similar itineraries, but calls on Jacksonville as her home port.
Since I was standing on the port side aft on the Dream, I got a better look at the Sensation as we were backing into the slip

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First off I noticed that during the last referb, Carnival had added a number of verandas to the ship (which originally only offered sea-view windows or portholes).


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A look onto the Lido Deck shows some additional lounging areas and some “palm trees” that have been added for atmosphere and a bit of shade around the main pool area.


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Toward the stern… more veranda cabins (a total of 96 were added if I read it correctly) and a completely reimagined slide and water playground replacing what was once a wading pool.


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Here’s a closer look at the slides…


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I can certainly see where the kids would be enjoying that little upgrade. Very similar updates were made on board the Fascination (maintaining the sister feel of the two ships).


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The only other craft tied up at the Prince George Wharf that day were the two largest ships in the “Royal Bahamas Defense Force”: HMBS Nassau (P-61) and HMBS Bahamas (P-60).


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These two patrol vessel, were actually built in the US by Moss Point Marine of Escatawpa, Mississippi (now VT Halter Marine) and were delivered in 1999. Generally these boats are used for coast guard duties, but ironically it is rare that they ever leave Nassau (so you’re likely to see one or both of them while in port).

Looking on up the wharf toward town you can see “Festival Place”


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Truth be told… This is as close as we’ll be getting to the city today. Now I still plan to discuss Nassau itself (and at length for that matter) in the next post, but I’ve been here a couple of times before and we had a very different plan in mind for today.





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Bugs: “Duck season!”
Daffy: “Wabbit season!”
Bugs: “Duck season!“
Daffy: “Wabbit season!”
Bugs: “Duck season!!“
Daffy: “Wabbit season!!”
Bugs: “Wabbit season!“
Daffy: “Duck season!!!“
Bugs: “Wabbit season!!!“


Daffy: “I say it's Duck season, and I say, FIRE!”


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Ummmmm… yah… I know that’s not actually Disney, but where as Walt always understood “magic”, the folks at Warner Brothers innately understood “funny”. Most of their humor is still relevant and the jokes have aged well. The same can not be said for the vast majority of modern comedians (with a few notable exceptions and I’ll be discussing one of them in greater detail in an upcoming bonus feature, but you’ll have to wait on that one for a while yet). Anyway… my purpose in digging up that little bit was to point out that it actually is “Duck Season”.



Aqua Duck season that is…



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The folks at DCL have a runaway hit on their hands with this little bit of Imagineering. A water rollercoaster… on a ship… brilliant! Now, as one might expect… something that brilliant is also bound to be popular. And you’d be right to expect such. There is one particular way to get on “The Duck” without having to stand in an epic ride queue (that is actually a bit sparse on themeing). That would be to ride while most everyone else is off the ship. This was our plan for today. As I said earlier, we’d all been to Nassau before (and honestly, it’s not that big a deal), so we decided to save our excursion dollars, and spend the morning aboard the fabulous Disney Dream while most of the other passengers were heading off toward the various excursions on and about New Providence Island.

Now that I’d enjoyed watching our heroic crew bring the Dream into port, I went ahead and filed up the mugs I’d been carrying around all this time and headed back down toward our cabin. On the way I noticed that the CMs in charge of the Aqua Duck were going about the process of prepping our main attraction for the day…


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When I got back to the cabin, Tamara was just about ready, but Max was pretty much still sprawled out in his rack. He’s a good kid but also a very typical teen, which means that he and morning don’t cotton to each other all that particularly well. Ehhhh… It’s his vacation too, so we told him we’d just bring him back something from Cabana’s and he could snooze a bit more if that was his plan. So it’s off to breakfast we go. Cabana’s was already pretty busy by this time as folks were grabbing a meal before heading off to their destinations at Atlantis, or a dolphin encounter, or the myriad of jewelry stores along Bay Street. We bellied up to the bar and picked up the good stuff (now that we knew where to find it) and enjoyed a fine leisurely meal. Afterward, we grabbed some pastries for Max, collected up several extra cups of the very fine “Tropical Mix” juice (to be stowed in the cabin fridge used later on as a mixer), and headed back down to Deck-9. From there we picked up our swim/sun gear (and the boy) and journeyed back up to Deck-11 with the intention of grabbing a bit of prime real-estate.

Once out on deck, we found that a few more folks then originally anticipated had decided to join us and remain aboard the ship this morning. Disney Lesson #1 re-re-re-learned… “get there early!”. Actually it wasn’t that bad. We found a group of lounge chairs in a nice shaded spot underneath the Deck-12 walkway. They just happened to be facing away form the pool area and toward the ships over look. This would have been excellent if the view out the windows would have been of Nassau, but from where we were docked; our view was of the starboard side of the Carnival Sensation instead. Well… what’cha gonn’a do? What we decided to do was take turns hitting: “The Duck”



Oh wait… I think I just head a question form someone in the back there. Ummmm… yah… you, over there in the corner… what was that again? Why take turns? Was that the question? And a good question too. OK here goes… It’s because, proper cruise ship etiquette is that you shouldn’t ever save tables or chairs by just tossing your stuff on ‘em and then walking away to enjoy other amenities. There are enough spots if we all share, but… not if we all start laying out a permanent clam. If you’re going to hold on to a couple of chairs, someone should be there using them. If that’s inconvenient or too much trouble then you should take all your stuff with you and find a new spot later on. Being up deck first gives you the pick of the litter, but not a deeded right of possession (unless you’re rude… and a good number of folks are unfortunately).



There is also another reason that we took turns on the Aqua Duck; the rafts only hold two people at a time anyway. After a bit of wrangling, I convinced Tamara to go with Max for the first run of the day (‘cause that’s what ya’ do), while I stayed around the camp, chilled out and tried to take a couple of pictures.


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Funny thing about trying to catch a photograph of something that is in motion… it often doesn’t turn out all that well. I was watching for them to hit the first loop that swing out over the side of the ship, but when the shutter clicked, this was all I got…


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Well… that is Max’s foot at least. OK, once the raft goes down the two main hills it then shoots straight through the forward funnel and then starts back down the other side of the ship. So I lined up to try it again and…


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RATS! Blurry pictures are a common problem for us novices with simple point and shoot cameras. Surface it to say… we may not have gotten good pictures, but we certainly had a great time on the coaster. Later on Tamara was able to get a little bit better picture of me on a solo run…


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But after that we just didn’t really worry about it any more. Pictures! We don’t need no stinkin’ pictures… we were having too much fun ridding on the thing to worry about such travails.







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