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lsmac
10-31-2003, 03:09 PM
Ok, where is the November 22nd cruisers? We only have three weeks from today before we head out to Florida!:Pinkbounc

It is myself, my hubby and our 14 year old son. Staying on deck 6, second dining. Flying in night prior and staying at the Hyatt.

Lisa

Keoni
10-31-2003, 07:51 PM
I'm here! We're driving from PA on Friday. Me, wife and 18 year old son. We're going to have a blast! It's our first cruise and can't wait. So many tips and great comments from the forum!

I think we're on the 6th deck also.

Keoni

vgaskin
10-31-2003, 09:00 PM
Our gang that fills 2 staterooms on deck 7, early seating. Me, hubby, mom, stepdad, daughters 15, 6, and 5 and dd friend 14. We are flying in on Thursday staying at the Beach Club then doing the cruise and then back to the beach club for another night. 10 days total! I am so ready for this. I can't believe we can't find more than a couple from these boards that are going. The only thing I have left to do is to figure out where all the animals are going, we have 8 now!

lsmac
11-01-2003, 09:20 AM
Alright! Well Keoni and Tiffany, looks like we will have an empty ship!:) That just means we get even better service...more individual. LOL

Keoni, you will love the cruise it is definately a wonderful experience. Just don't get expectations too high, and learn to go with the flow. :)

Lisa

Wendybird63
11-01-2003, 08:16 PM
The ship leaves three weeks from today!!!!!
If it weren't for this board, I would have no one to share my excitement! My dh has been fighting these San Diego fires all week and can't think about it, and my sons think that although it sounds like a lot of fun, talk to them about it the day before.
We're on deck 2 and have late seating. We arrive 11/20 and are spending the 21st at KSC. We leave FL on 12/2 so we're spending a couple of days in Orlando.
We're holding off on seeing "Brother Bear" until we get on the Magic.
Can't wait can't wait can't wait!!!!!
Wendy

jpbsm
11-04-2003, 08:37 AM
Wow! It is coming up fast. DS13, DS9 and DD7 and I will be enjoying Thanksgiving with Mickey. Their first cruise and they are having a hard time understanding a BIG boat concept. I can't wait to see their faces when we pull up at the port! We will be staying at the Radisson the night before the cruise and taking the shuttle over in the morning. Anyone else joing us there?

Not many DISers on this cruise it sounds like. More shrimp for us that way!!!
Patty

vgaskin
11-04-2003, 09:22 AM
More people, yeah! My dd will be 6, sounds like a match for your dd 7. I don't know if I like the sound of more teen boys though! lol. My dd friend 14 is very boy crazy! Gonna have to watch her like a hawk. I am so excited, can't wait. We will be at the Beach Club before and after so will see you guys on the boat.

Keoni
11-04-2003, 06:07 PM
We do have the entire ship to ourselves. Here's my reasoning for this: Have anyone of you been to WDW during Thanksgiving? We have and they have closed several parks due to capacity. AK closed during our visit several years ago. And MK was super crowded one year. Thanksgiving and Christmas are the busiest time of the year, oh and spring break. Everyone seems to be either at one of the parks or at home. And most other people are at home cooking up the turkey with lots of family. Many are at their respective parades, NYC, LAX, etc. So... that's why we have seen only a few DISers here. We do have the ship to ourselves, not to mention all the food and two CC's!

Am I dreaming??

We'll see!

Keoni :sunny: :teeth:

vgaskin
11-04-2003, 07:55 PM
This year's cruise is definately not typical from what my ta told me. He expected it to sell out early. They were going at premium prices earlier and keep giving discounts. With being Thanksgiving and 2 CC stops, it should have been booked months ago. I am glad it is not though!

lsmac
11-08-2003, 10:18 AM
Hi Everyone!
Just got back from a quick trip to Texas. My grandfather passed away this last weekend and I had to go for the funeral.:( Can you tell I REALLY need this trip now more than ever? Of course, I am just now unpacking the motorhome, to do the washing and then have to repack most everything.

I am glad to hear that the ship will be empty (or nearly)...more BBC's for me!:)

JPBSM: Sounds like our sons will be the same age! Glad to hear it. This is our first experience with the teen group so we will see.

We have TWO weeks from today when we sail! Whoo hoo!

Lisa

Wendybird63
11-08-2003, 12:47 PM
It appears as if the ship is filling up, though you couldn't tell it from these boards! I tried to make a "fake" res a few weeks ago and I had my choice of staterooms from five different categories. When I tried to make one yesterday, the only available was a cat 4.
Don't know what happened, but it looks like there's more than just the five of us!

Lisa,
Please accept my condolences on the passing of your grandfather. I hope the trip helps you heal.

Two weeks til we sail!

See you all there!

Wendy

lsmac
11-08-2003, 04:18 PM
Wendy, Thank you. It was rough because my grandfather had just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in Sept and 4 1/2 weeks later he is gone! That, and the fact that this is the FIFTH family death in as many months!:(

As for the ship being full: I checked Travelocity and they still have numerous categories open...so not sure how that works?

Just think: Two Weeks from RIGHT NOW, we will be sipping drinks on deck and getting ready for sail away! :Pinkbounc :Pinkbounc


Lisa

Wendybird63
11-11-2003, 01:32 AM
Does anyone know if there will be a choice for Thanksgiving dinner? I've seen the holiday menue, and although it looks good, I'm one of the few people I know who doesn't think that turkey's all that special. I'd much prefer one of the menu items already listed. I'd hate to see the usual Thursday offering, which I believe is the Captain's Gala, completely given way to a turkey dinner.
If anyone has any info, I'd love to hear it.
Also, I don't know how to do the clock, but it's only eleven days from sailing!

:bounce:
Wendy

lsmac
11-11-2003, 08:29 AM
Wendy,
Even when there is a special menu, Disney allows you to order "normal" things like chicken breast, steak, and fish. I am with you on not being too hip on turkey.:)

BTW, check out the countdown clock below! LESS than two weeks! Is everyone getting packed????

Lisa

vgaskin
11-11-2003, 06:05 PM
I have asked many about whether we will have Captain's gala menu and Thanksgiving or not and I can't get the same answer. My step father would love lobster.

Check out my clock! We leave 2 days early so it looks really nice! We have started packing when it got cold, we put all the summer clothes in the suitcases instead of the attic. I stalled a bit but need to get working on those details!

Wendybird63
11-11-2003, 06:33 PM
Tiffany and Lisa,
Thanks so much for the replies. It looks as if we'll have to wait until we board to figure this one out. I can't imagine that Disney would do without the Captain's Gala; I'm not that concerned for myself, it's just my DS9 LOVES lobster and has been so looking forward to getting it on the cruise.
By now it's obvious how slow I am at catching on to technology, but my clock, if I knew how to do it, would be the same as Tiffany's. Our boys have all of Thanksgiving week off, plus the 20th and 21st as Parent/Teacher conferences. :teeth:
See everyone soon, I hope!
Wendy

ThreeCircles
11-11-2003, 06:36 PM
Originally posted by Wendybird63
Does anyone know if there will be a choice for Thanksgiving dinner? I've seen the holiday menue, and although it looks good, I'm one of the few people I know who doesn't think that turkey's all that special. I'd much prefer one of the menu items already listed. I'd hate to see the usual Thursday offering, which I believe is the Captain's Gala, completely given way to a turkey dinner.
If anyone has any info, I'd love to hear it.
Also, I don't know how to do the clock, but it's only eleven days from sailing!

:bounce:
Wendy

Hello everyone!

I'm not sailing on your Thanksgiving Cruise (although I wish I was!) but I did sail over Thanksgiving last year. It was *very* nice and they did an excellent job of making the holiday special. You'll even get to keep specially printed menus! (How cool is that?!)

But anyway, they did offer "traditional" Thanksgiving foods along with the usual choices for that evening.

Hope you guys have a great holiday!

lsmac
11-11-2003, 07:16 PM
Wendy,
I am quite sure they will still have lobster though. :) I hear they even have Lobster at Serenity Bay at CC...though with us going there twice, we may not get it twice. :teeth:

Jason: When you all went on the Thanksgiving cruise, did they shift the formal night and the Captain's Gala? Also, what was the weather like during that time?

Thanks!
Lisa (who has to wait until Friday to leave because I have to take ds out of high school for 3 1/2 days as it is.):(

ThreeCircles
11-11-2003, 08:03 PM
Originally posted by lsmac
Wendy,
Jason: When you all went on the Thanksgiving cruise, did they shift the formal night and the Captain's Gala? Also, what was the weather like during that time?


Nothing was shifted for the holiday. Formal night was still on Monday and semi-formal night was Thanksgiving Thursday. They still had the Captain's Gala Reception in the Atrium and the Gala Diner with the addition of the holiday foods.

The weather was very nice. Very much like Florida weather in Grand Cayman and Cozumel. I would say mid to upper 80's. Key West was warm as well as Florida doesn't really start to "cool" down until Mid December or January. I don't think I would be getting in the water at Key West, but then again I'm a Floridian! Castaway Cay was nice, but again, the water was way too cool for me!

lsmac
11-11-2003, 09:51 PM
Thanks for the info Jason! We actually aren't going to Key West on this one...we get to go to CC twice!:)

Coming from Colorado, it takes alot for us to think it is cold :) , but I have to admit...last year in December, Castaway Cay was a bit cool for me to be in the water too long. Brrr!


Lisa

ThreeCircles
11-12-2003, 10:29 AM
Castaway Cay TWICE in one cruise?! Sounds like you guys are making out well! :)

vgaskin
11-12-2003, 05:38 PM
YEs, CC twice. The port at Key West is closed due to the Power Boat tourney that weekend so we go to CC on Sunday and Friday! Reason we booked!

We decided to leave Thursday night, the kids will have to miss 4 days of school but my High schooler's teachers are all giving her her homework and extra assignments related to the trip to do to help make up for the points deducted for being unexcused abscence(these obviously are not Disney people running the school!) Any way, we are doing the Nature & Kayak tour on CC and that is counting for P.E. and Biology. The Spanish teacher told her to take pictures at Cozumel and do a report on what it was like. English is asking her to journal her trip. Geography is coming around but upset we are not driving to Florida! I would think 3 countries would be better than seeing the TN, GA interstates! I would talk to the teachers and see if they will give your child credit for doing things on the trip. Most are very enthusiastic and realize she will learn more on this trip than they ever would in class for 4 days. Most think they need to come along to provide the girls with a private tutor and tour guide. Even my 1st grader gets to journal her trip and get credit. The one in Pre-k is only missing 3 days because they don't go on Fridays. They learned about countries a couple of weeks ago so I am assuming she will get an assignment too! All our teachers have been fabulous about this.

lsmac
11-12-2003, 07:44 PM
Tiffany,
I know I talked to all ds's teachers and asked what extra he could do and they just said "Don't worry about it". They will have him give oral reports when he gets back I guess. They are off most of the week we sail, so he will only miss the Friday we leave to fly to Orlando, Monday, Tuesday and 1/2 of Weds...most of which they are having a Thxgiving dinner. That is one reason we booked this week...so he won't miss so much. He absolutely won't take any homework with him because it would be a waste of luggage space! LOL He is not very motivated to complete homework on vacation. His high school is not counting these as unexcused absences either...guess they are Disney people! LOL

Lisa

vgaskin
11-13-2003, 04:02 PM
Ismac,

If my darling teens and yours meet up, please tell him not to share with mine that he doesn't have to do homework while you are on the cruise! lol. We would have a revolt. They really don't have to do much and most of it is just writing about their experiences but I might be thrown overboard! Can't wait, we leave 1 week from right now!!!

lsmac
11-13-2003, 04:20 PM
Tiffany,
LOL, I will try and curb his enthusiasm over not having to do homework!:)
I was hoping your crew could encourage him to be more motivated with school. You know, like "well it is quite normal to have homework whilst on vacation.":teeth:

We leave one week from tomorrow! And I am NOT packed yet though!:Pinkbounc

Lisa

vgaskin
11-14-2003, 09:33 AM
Ismac said:
You know, like "well it is quite normal to have homework whilst on vacation."

Mine don't even believe that! (one isn't even mine). They think they should be able to go on this wonderful trip AND not have to do homework. Their priorities sometimes! Mine has been on 4 trips this year(counting this upcoming one), all to Fl and our earlier cruise to the Bahamas. You think she would be grateful! She has spent almost as much time on vacation(with grandma, dad, and us) as she does at home! It took me a week to get Brittany to get her mom to

vgaskin
11-14-2003, 09:33 AM
Ismac said:
You know, like "well it is quite normal to have homework whilst on vacation."

Mine don't even believe that! (one isn't even mine). They think they should be able to go on this wonderful trip AND not have to do homework. Their priorities sometimes! Mine has been on 4 trips this year(counting this upcoming one), all to Fl and our earlier cruise to the Bahamas. You think she would be grateful! She has spent almost as much time on vacation(with grandma, dad, and us) as she does at home! It took me a week to get Brittany to get her mom to sign the letter to the teachers requesting homework! I finally told her, "no homework, no trip" and that seemed to work!

lsmac
11-14-2003, 09:55 AM
Well ds comes down this morning and whispers in my ear "One week from today mom!" So at least I know he is excited. Now if I can just get those two to PACK!:)

I don't have to turn in the "homework request" letter until Monday as per his principal, so we will see how much he has. He seems to think he can get it all done on the Sunday after we get back!:) But like I said, his teachers were like "No worries, he won't have much." I just know he won't do any on the trip and I am not about to carry books all the way down there for nothing! LOL

A Week from today I will be getting ready to board the plane for Orlando!:Pinkbounc :bounce: (of course, I am not excited or anything):)


Lisa

vgaskin
11-14-2003, 01:00 PM
I got the 2 little ones all packed except for shoes! Formals and dresses are next! Most of us are partly packed anyway.

Wendybird63
11-14-2003, 01:13 PM
Aaahhhh! I haven't packed yet! And we leave at 0Dawn:thirty on the 20th! And I'm the one who's always right on top of things and ultra-organized. Well, some of the time.
I'm going out today to get the dramamine, (we've never experienced sea-sickness, but the recent posters have me worried), sun tan lotion, and underwater cameras. I've already updated our swimsuits and clothes, and I've got the phone cards, stamps, address lists for post cards.
Just have to get packing.
BTW, I've got my sons homework, (we'll be missing two days of school). I just keep looking at the homework that my 1st grader and my 4th grader get and I can't help shaking my head. We never got that much homework at their ages! That's part of the reason my sons refer to the time I grew up as "the golden days."

Wendy

lsmac
11-14-2003, 01:41 PM
Well I was just packing my things and noticed that all I packed for dinner wear is two dresses. One jean and one tea length black one that I can switch tops on. You think anyone will notice I am wearing the same thing all week?;)

I also just finished the letter to the teachers at my son's school for them to put assignments on.


Lisa

Wendybird63
11-14-2003, 02:05 PM
Lisa,
How could anyone notice your clothes when the only thing we'll be able to see will be your ear to ear grin?:teeth:
Wendy

lsmac
11-14-2003, 02:32 PM
Lisa,
How could anyone notice your clothes when the only thing we'll be able to see will be your ear to ear grin?
Wendy

Wendy, Oh so true!:teeth: :teeth:
I am really trying to pack light this time because I hate lugging luggage through airports!:( But then, I am a clothes horse and keep adding things in! LOL
I do only have two pairs of shoes packed though! That in itself is a miracle! :) DH calls me "Imelda Marcos" all the time as I usually pack numerous pairs of shoes!

Lisa

jpbsm
11-15-2003, 08:22 AM
::yes:: Can you believe it!!! I'm not ready---but I will be!

I'm not sure if the link will work, but I was just watching the Magic getting ready for us. I guess they will take out another trial run this week, but only in getting ready for the big event of US BOARDING!!! My kids cannot wrap their mind around a ship this big. :earseek:

I chatted with Keoni last nite in the chat room and need to run to get some lime green Mickey stickers this week. Anyone want to find a time to do a DIS meet? :chat: Suggestions? We are at the Radisson the nite before so we will be at the port and boarding early. What works for everyone?

Good Luck packing and safe travels for everyone!!
Patty
:wave2:

vgaskin
11-15-2003, 12:04 PM
My little ones will make up for you in shoes. I just packed their shoes and they have more than we have days I believe! We may have to secretly weed some out if we run out of room! Darling daughter's friend called to see what her limit is on luggage! And I have her formal in my garment bag! We should be a sight in the Airport, 2 adults, 2 teens and 2 young ones dragging everyone's luggage for 10 days!!!! Luckily most roll or are backpacks. Then we meet up with mom and her luggage! Oh, I hope there is room for it all.

lsmac
11-15-2003, 01:01 PM
Well Tiffany, there are only three of us and already I have a garment bag, two medium size suitcases, one smaller suitcase, and a tote bag! My ds will also carry a backpack.

Patty: last year we did a Dismeet before the safety drill and it was too rushed...maybe after the sailaway party? We met near Pinnochios and it worked pretty good. I would love to meet up with other Dis'ers!

Lisa

Keoni
11-15-2003, 05:58 PM
Hi, we did have a great chat last night. Learned a few things from Alex. Anyway, a meet after the sail-away party would be nice. I assume it will be too hectic before.

I'll bring extra lime green Mickeys in case anyone needs/wants them. Anyone thinking about using the internet while sailing? I think I'll go for the per minute, only to check for mail.

See ya real soon!

Keoni

jpbsm
11-16-2003, 11:34 AM
::yes:: OK You're the expert! Dis-meet after the sail away party at Pinnochios! We have late seating dinner so that sounds like it would work well. Would early seating people be heading to dinner?

Is the free hour of internet time the first hour we set sail? I probably will not sign up for the week long internet. But thought that I would sign up for the free drawing for it if I could find where to do so.

I am also packing and getting papers in order. I told the kids they could take 3 pairs of shoes each--nice shoes, sandals and tennis shoes. It is me having a hard time choosing my 3--I might have to sneak in a few more!

:wave: see ya soon,
Patty

lsmac
11-16-2003, 12:12 PM
Hi Patty!
No, early seating people won't be leaving yet. The safety drill takes all of 20 mins (providing everyone shows up on time). We have late seating dinner too!

I looked at my Navigators from last year and the "free" internet was the first night between 7:30-8:30 pm. I went on last year twice in order to check emails and it cost me about a total of $4! I also sent a few emails during that time.

Keoni: the above mention of Internet cost was for you too!:) Also, I would like one of those Lime Green Mickeys.

Let's all say to meet at the table area by Pinocchios at about 5:15pm??? That gives everyone a chance to enjoy sail away, get done with the safety drill etc., and gives early seating people time to meet..then get ready for dinner. Us late seating people can relax and enjoy a few BBC's together by that time! LOL :)

Does that sound good to everyone?

Lisa

Wendybird63
11-16-2003, 03:39 PM
I'll be there! Can't promise my DH or sons will show; they might be exploring the ship. I'd love to meet everyone, though.
Starting packing tomorrow. Although I would have loved to have had a daughter, times like this, (packing luggage), I realize I'm probably lucky to have two sons who care little about clothes. That means more room for me!
Hey! In one week we'll be in CC!
Wendy

vgaskin
11-16-2003, 04:33 PM
I have promised my family that I would not overplan so I will try to sneak over around 5:15 pm. If I don't make it, hopefully we will meet up again. We are one of the early seating people. We plan on going to the sail away party(missed it last time) so it shouldn't be a problem. I'm all packed! So it is just hubby(who will wait to the last possible second to make me mad) and the teens(mine will be home tonight and I plan on going thru hers tonight or tomorrow and her friend is on her own!). Mom has been packed for awhile but just called with last minute questions so she is finishing, she is already in FL, heading to WDW on WEd.

Keoni
11-16-2003, 05:00 PM
Lisa, we'll be there! It's our first cruise so I hope we know where to go! We're planning on arriving around 11:00 AM at the DCL terminal. (We really want a Palo ressie!)

I will bring extra Lime Green Mickeys.

(we're still not packed!)

Keoni

lsmac
11-16-2003, 09:29 PM
Hey everyone!
I know sometimes a Dismeet is hard to get everyone there...but it is nice to at least put faces with names and you end up seeing them throughout the cruise.:)

Keoni: You will be able to find it if you are at the sailaway party! That is why I suggested by Pinocchios. It is on the forward end of the goofy pool (I think forward...anyway, one end or the other!)LOL
There are tables in an elevated area just by the stairs that come down from deck 10.

Tiffany: There is no such thing as overplanning! LOL At least that is what I try to convince my dh that I am NOT doing!:)

Lisa

Wendybird63
11-16-2003, 11:36 PM
My dh thinks I'm insane due to the amount of time I've spent planning this vacation. We are spontaneous people, and we don't like every minute of our vacations planned. However, I'd rather have too much planned and decide to scrap some things, (we also hate to feel hurried or rushed while on vacation), than to wonder what we have to do.
Anyways, as always but even more so now,
can'twaitcan'twaitcan'twait!
Wendy

vgaskin
11-19-2003, 06:34 PM
I have to work in the morning and then we head to the airport tomorrow evening heading to WDW. I probably won't get back here much before then. I will be at the port around 12:15 pm Saturday. Gonna try for brunch ressies and send the rest of the group to Parrot Cay. I will probably see you at the mini meet, but if not, feel free to call our cabin, either 7528 or 7530, don't know our sleeping arrangements yet, hope to put all the kids in one room but will have the door open so I can get to either phone.

Hope everyone has a safe trip!

Wendybird63
11-19-2003, 06:44 PM
Hi Everyone!
We leave early tomorrow on Delta. We're spending the night in Orlando, then on to Kennedy Space Center on Friday. We'll get to the ship as early as possible, 10 ish?, on Saturday.
Hope to see everyone @ Pinnochio's after the sail away party!

We're almost there!:bounce:

Wendy

jpbsm
11-19-2003, 09:00 PM
Wow can it really finally be!!!! One more day of school for the kids! We are staying at the Radisson and taking the shuttle over to the port. I have my Mickey stickers and hopefully everything else that I need. See you there!!!!
Patty:Pinkbounc

Keoni
11-19-2003, 11:50 PM
Patty, I didn't realize the lime green Mickeys don't have adhesive on the back. Once we get to know everyone we won't need them anyway! It's a little cruise, only five (5) familes from DIS.

Keoni

It's Wednesday and I'm still not packed.

vgaskin
11-20-2003, 06:25 AM
There is atleast one more DIS family, I got a PM the other day. They have little ones close to my girls. So hopefully some more lurkers will join our little meet!

Keoni
11-23-2003, 02:04 PM
Hi folks, we were there but no one came! So much for the DIS meet!

Keoni