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Mtopher4 05-15-2010 12:14 PM

Ashley's Amazing MAW Cruise on the Wonder TR May 9-13th, 2010
 
In Progress :-)

cydswipe 05-15-2010 12:36 PM

can't wait to read all about it!!
Monica

dato63 05-15-2010 12:57 PM

I'm subscribing now! :cool1: Can not wait!

Mtopher4 05-15-2010 01:00 PM

Ladies and Gentleman, Boys and Girls, :lmao: We heard that a lot on the cruise. I am so sad.. I want to go back so bad. I can't even describe how magical our whole cruise was. If I could afford it I'd be going every month :-)
DH the Disney hater needs to be convinced that we must do it again at some point... Ugh..

Packing the night before:
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Day 1:

The alarm went off at 4am. I was exhausted having just fallen asleep about 2am:headache: I then realize I have a UTI :mad: So I take meds.. I get them often and have meds on hand THANK GOODNESS.

I ran to look out the window and our driver was already here, we had a 4:30am pick up time. So I got dressed and got the kids and DH up and dressed inbetween running back and forth to the bathroom in pain and off we went. We didn't get a limo but a black suburban... No one cared ..we were so sleepy lol

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Falling asleep in the car lol
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We get to the airport early and get breakfast taco's and Oj. And me running back and forth to the bathroom a lot :( GRRRR

waiting at the airport
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Doesn't Jess look tired? LOL this is WAY too early for her...he, he
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Then we board the plane for our one hour and fifty minute flight to Orlando. By now the pain meds have kicked in and I'm not suffering much.. phew.
On the plane
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About an hour in to the flight Ashley loses her patience and starts whining and growling about how it's takng too long and she is tired of her seat and wants to get of the plane. NOW Somehow I ge my sanity and start distracting her with my DCL book. Showing her pictures of what we will see on the ship. It works.. finally we are landing.

We get off the plane .... take a potty break and start heading down to the Cruise Line Buses. We check in, get our room keys/charging cards and loa onto the bus. The bus is really cool. It ... looks like a small ship with porthole windows. Once on the toll road.. they start a movie about our upcoming adventure. Really nice.. Different from the DCL DVD's they send out.
On the bus:
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We then see the Ship... Everyone is ooohhhhhing and awwwing.. WOW It is really larger than life.

We get off the bus... get screened etc....(It's about 12:30pm) Then a lady comes up to us and asks if we are with MAW. We say yes and she says well follow me :-) We follow her and we cut through all the lines (sorry if you were in them ) ... She gets us checked right in to the kids clubs.. we get our pager and the kids get their bands and she walks us straight through the lines again to board the ship.

Mtopher4 05-15-2010 01:02 PM

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Originally Posted by cydswipe (Post 36657137)
can't wait to read all about it!!
Monica

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Originally Posted by dato63 (Post 36657321)
I'm subscribing now! :cool1: Can not wait!

Thank you Monica and Deb for following along :-)

ellenbenny 05-15-2010 01:47 PM

I'm subscribed. Great start! Can't wait to read more.

Mtopher4 05-15-2010 01:58 PM

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Originally Posted by ellenbenny (Post 36657713)
I'm subscribed. Great start! Can't wait to read more.

Thank you and Welcome Ellen. Pics are 88% loaded :-)

Mtopher4 05-15-2010 02:10 PM

Boarding the ship
 
We are boarding the ship CM's are everywhere waving at us with Mickey hands. We stop to take a Welcome Aboard photo.
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Then they annouce "The Bock Family" and everyone starts clapping.. I wish I would have had a picture of the kids faces.. They were like "WOW". The ship is Amazing... HUGE... Spotless, everyone is so friendly. We walk around and find and elevator to take to the 9th floor for the lunch buffet. Ton's of food.. all delicious. DH takes the girls to find a table and Topher and I get in the buffet line. We just filled up our plates and shared with the others back at the table. We are sitting by the Mickey pool. We eat.. get drinks and ice cream and it's time to head back to level 2 to find our rooms.
Our staterooms:
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see the adjoining room door behind Ashley
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Finally our staterooms are ready. :goodvibes Topher chose the top bunk, Ashley the bottom bunk and Jessica got the queen bed to herself in one room and DH and I get the other room. Mickey is all over the TV LOL
Jay our MAW host .. has goodies in the room waiting for us. Ash get a large sailor Mickey Mouse. Tons of bottled water, a lovely note from him, and a plate of chocolate chip cookies. The kids are in Heaven.

We all get dressed into our bathing suits and head back to deck 9 to swim. Since Ash isn't potty trained she says with DH in the toddler Splash pad and I take Topher and Jess to the pool in the middle of the deck by the huge screen. The goofy pool :-) We swim for about 30 mins and then it's time to head to our staterooms and change for the safety drill.

We all get our life vests on and go aft and up some stairs to Animator's palate (Our location to go in an emergency) The talk doesn't take long and then we head back to our staterooms. Ditch the life jackets and head back to deck 9 for the sail away party :-)
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Mtopher4 05-15-2010 03:08 PM

Dinner at Triton's
 
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more later..Then you will find out why Ashley is missing from the picture :-)

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and poor Ashley who didn't make it, we did wake up at 4am
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Our waiter covered her up with a table cloth :-)
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We met our awesome wait staff at our first dinner. We had Nikola from Serbia and Francisco from India...
The food was really good and service was excellent.
before I forget.. did I mention Disney has freah water pools?http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y4/...se/IMG0071.jpg
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y4/...se/IMG0072.jpg Christopher and his dinner.. Notice the ketchup in the shape of Mickey :-) Also, if wanted they cut the food up for the kids ;-)
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Francisco doing one of his many magic tricks.
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Topher eating one of the famous Mickey Ice cream bars with sprinkles and marshmellows
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Jess eating hers :-) Poor Ashley missed out on dinner and dessert but later had ice cream for dinner on Deck 9 LOL

dato63 05-15-2010 04:38 PM

Hey - Mike looks less grumpy in that pic! It is a shame Ashley isn't in it - it's a very nice shot of ya'll.

Mtopher4 05-15-2010 05:13 PM

I know :( You will see why when I get to do the next installment LOL

The ship rocked DH to sleep a lot :(

billwendy 05-15-2010 07:31 PM

Woo Hoo - Im lovin it!!!!

cantwaittoseemickey 05-15-2010 09:57 PM

I'm here!! Great TR so far! This looks really neat. I love your pictures!!

xanphylus 05-15-2010 09:59 PM

Hurray! You've started! Looks great so far. I think your DH's face looks a lot like my DH's face would look if he were taken on a Disney cruise... :lmao:

I love how you didn't have to wait in line to get on the cruise! That rocks! :goodvibes Can't wait to read more!

Mtopher4 05-15-2010 11:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by billwendy (Post 36660434)
Woo Hoo - Im lovin it!!!!

Quote:

Originally Posted by cantwaittoseemickey (Post 36661718)
I'm here!! Great TR so far! This looks really neat. I love your pictures!!

Quote:

Originally Posted by xanphylus (Post 36661735)
Hurray! You've started! Looks great so far. I think your DH's face looks a lot like my DH's face would look if he were taken on a Disney cruise... :lmao:

I love how you didn't have to wait in line to get on the cruise! That rocks! :goodvibes Can't wait to read more!


Thanks I hope to do more soon. :goodvibes My MIL is coming over tomorrow and I have to finish unpacking and washing. I washed Wendy's Awesome towel shorts she sent us with the towels and socks and underwear on hot and turned everything pink.. Opps...I was tired... should have known better. I tried RIT, Carbona and bleach? Any ideas? They are holding up the washer LOL DH doesn't want to wear pink socks and underwear...:lmao:

I added to the Triton's detail above


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