Siggy's Fabulous Fantasy Voyage 11/3/2013 PTR
I'm Jill aka Siggy which is short for Sigal Tchelet, my Hebrew name.
First of all, I can't believe I am finally starting this. Back around Thanksgiving last year, I had gotten a bee in my bonnet that I wanted tO go on a Disney cruise. My oldest niece and her family were about to go on the Wonder to Mexico and I was just so envious. The 2 previous cruises I had gone on were for my 35th and 40th birthdays, as gifts from my parents. I had not been on any since. I am a huge Disney Fanatic.
In December 2008, my life changed dramatically when I was hit by a car. Made it to almost 50 without ever breaking a bone, Oh well-so I broke a few bones in my leg and am now in a wheelchair. I am thankful to be alive and to not have had any brain damage or paralysis. Of course my folks felt terrible. My mom always said I had good coping skills. I am finally at a good point in my life-pretty independent with an electric wheelchair. Plus there is this angel of a lady who helps take care of me 5 days a week for a few hours.
Well, I knew my folks felt bad for what I had been through and wanted to do something for me. I approached them in November and asked if I could go on a Disney Cruise and take my caregiver, Linda. She works so hard and has never taken a vacation. Plus, she is so fun and outgoing, that I knew she would have a blast. I was really surprised and they agreed!
I did my research, and decided to go on the Fantasy, right after Thanksgiving in 2013, which is during Hanukkah. I have a wonderful TA named MaryK who I met on another MB, that specializes in Disney Cruises. (PM me if you want contact info) who is just wonderful! So here are the details so far:
Jill (54 at time of cruise) Grew up going to Disneyland (45 minutes away), WDW-1994, Cruised RCCL Monarch of the Seas (solo) Southern Caribbean 1994, Cruised Celebrity Galaxy to Alaska 1999 with whole family.
Linda (61 at time if the cruise)-No Disney or cruise experience.
When: November 30-December 7th
Itinerary: Eastern Caribbean from Port Canaveral. Ports: St. Thomas, St. Martin, Castaway Cay.
Since Southwest does not release their schedule until May 6, I do not have flights booked. But I do know we plan to fly in on the 29th. I have booked us a standard HCA room at Port Orleans Riverside and will take Disney Transportation to the port.
My plan is, on the 27th, I will fly from Sacramento to LAX and go spend 2 days with my parents to celebrate the first 2 nights of Hanukkah (Oy! SO early this year!) and of course, celebrate Thanksgiving. On the 29th, I will go back to LAX, and Linda will fly down from Sacramento first thing in the morning, to meet me there. Then we will fly out to Orlando. I am hoping we get there early enough to check in at the hotel and then go to Downtown Disney to check it out and have some dinner.
When we get back, what I am hoping will happen is, Linda flies back to Sacramento (she can't afford to miss any more work), and I book a room at Art of Animation for 5 nights and get 5 day park hoppers. I am hoping we can swing the stay at the parks, but not sure.
So, that's where I am at. I know half the fun of this is the planning and anticipation!
Oh btw-I found the meet thread for this cruise and met some fabulous folks, online. We have a FB group too-can't wait to meet them in person!
I hope you will enjoy following me on this FABULOUS adventure! :D ;D ;D
Hi, Jill.:wave2: I found my way over here and am following along. Great start. :thumbsup2 I've already learned some things about you. I can't wait to read more.
I'm on board as well. I can't wait to meet you in November!
Thanks ladies. I want to practice posting trip pictures, so I will choose a few favorites from previous travels (Disney and non Disney).
Here are non Disney from my trip to Israel in December 2005:
Old City of Jerusalem
Funny sign ast Tel Dan Nature preserve
Me on a Camel!!! :D :D :D
Me on Masada
Me with IDF soldier
Hope you enjoyed my Israel pictures and seeing me not in a wheelchair. Now if they would only build a Disney Park in Israel, I'd be in 7th heaven! ;)
Here is my traveling companion, Linda and I.
Can't wait to meet you in November Jill!
Hi Jill, Just noticed this in your signature and thought I'd take a peek. Your right, there is a lot of fun in the planning. You and Linda are going to love the Fantasy. We went on the Western last year and can't wait for this Eastern cruise. Love your pic's of Disney and Israel and can't wait you meet you both.:goodvibes
6 months away!!!!
I can't believe we are 6 months away, and on Saturday, it will be 26 weeks until sail a way!!! I finally booked my flights last night. Since we are getting in so late, I did not see a point of staying on site at a resort, so I booked the MCO Hyatt. I figured it will be better the next morning logistically, catching ground transportation to the Port! I can't wait to meet all of you! Have fun on your trip to WDW, Keri!
Just thought I would update you all who are not on FB. For awhile, I thought I was going to not be able to go. My mom had changed her mind as she was concerned I'd get sick or have financial issues. But thanks to some pixie dust and magic, she finally agreed on Sunday, Also big thanks to Julia (Tessa'aMom ) for sending the dvd and note! I won't breathe a sigh of relief until it's actually paid in full! Thanks for following along!
Glad you're documenting our trip. :thumbsup2
Can't wait to meet you and Linda. We're going to have a great time. :banana:
Hi Jill!! I am finding my way around on these boards. I'm not really use to this set up. But figured I would check out DISboards more. Doing so I found your blog, makes me want to start one to document my families vacation!! I'm so excited, its getting so much closer to our cruise!!! (less than 3 months now!!!) Oh btw LOVE the pics especially the ones from Israel. I really would love to go there one of these days!! My pastor goes once a year (every year) usually in April and I've had things going on when he has gone, except this year he has already been twice. Granted I've only been going to his church for a short time I really haven't had a chance to go with the church yet but looking forward to it one year!!! Anyways, I'm looking forward to more posts!!! :hourglass Talk to ya soon!!!
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