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Pinkocto 04-06-2013 11:30 PM

VWL/Eastern Fantasy Cruise/AKV CL all wrapped into a fabulous b-day trip - Complete
 
Hello everyone and welcome to my latest adventure. This was a double birthday celebration for my mother Jeanette and myself, Pam. I'm posting this on the DVC boards because it was booked entirely with points. I hope this is the right place to be.

This is a picture of us from our last cruise.

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Im on the left and mom is on the right.

The dates of this trip were March 8-19 2013.

Itinerary:

March 8 VWL

March 9 start of our first cruise on the Fantasy

March 10 At Sea

March 11 At Sea with Palo brunch at 10:00 a.m.

March 12 St Thomas with an excursion to St John

March 13 Puerto Rico

March 14 At Sea with Palo dinner at 8:00 p.m.

March 15 Castaway Cay with parasailing at 10:00 a.m.

March 16 end of cruise, going to AKV CL

March 17 AKV CL

March 18 AKV CL

March 19 heading home

Im going to try for mainly a picture TR but I tried to do that last TR and it didnt work. If I start to get long winded please try to stick with me. A little history before I begin. Im a DVC member and mom is my Disney partner in crime. If it wasnt for her pushing me to go to a DVC presentation we probably would never have started cruising. I say this because I had extra points to use my first year and she suggested we try a cruise. Cruising was never on my radar so thanks to her pushing the DVC presentation and then suggesting a cruise with the extra points its all thanks to mom were in love with cruising now. This was our third DCL cruise but our first time on the Fantasy. This was also our first 7 night cruise. Our first cruise was on the Dream in March 2012 for 5 nights, and the second was for 4 nights on the Wonder in January 2013. There are also a few cruises booked for the future.

We stayed at VWL before the cruise because the flight costs were so much cheaper than leaving the day of the cruise. This was our first time at the WL and mom absolutely fell in love. I thought it was very nice as well, well definitely be back for a longer trip. We had a 12:15 flight and got to Orlando around 2:30. We were in our room by 4:30. Our plans were to explore the resort a little bit and then head to DTD for dinner at EoS.

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We got a little lost trying to find the room. We went down the hallway the room was down but there was no way to get up to the second floor that we could find. I thought for certain thered be an elevator around the middle since it was such a long hallway but no such luck. We had to reverse our tracks and head back to the elevators and then back down the hallway. We finally made our way to the room and were in for quite a surprise. The pictures Id seen of the rooms previously did not impress me at all, I thought they looked very stark. But it was actually quite warm and inviting.

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We didnt spend any time out on the balcony but it was a nice view.

To the left

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To the right

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I thought the lantern was a cute touch

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When I took the bathroom pictures I realized we were in a HA room. If we had been there for more than one night I would have asked to be changed, I really didnt like the shower.

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Our kitchenette

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Pinkocto 04-06-2013 11:35 PM

TR Links


Exploring WL

More exploring

More WL and DTD

Day 2 - even more WL

Nature trail and Fort Wilderness

Finishing up FW and WL

Starting the cruise and Cabanas

Cabanas continued

Stateroom 10158

Around the ship

Around the ship continued

The Atrium

Europa

Rainforest Room

Enchanted Garden Night 1

Morning 2 of the cruise

Deck 11

1st Dinner at the Royal Court

Palo brunch part 1

Palo brunch part 2

Palo brunch part 3

Dinner at Animator's Palate

Day 4 part 1

Day 4 part 2

Day 4 part 3

Day 4 part 4

Day 4 part 5

Day 4 part 6 - back on the ship

Pirate Night

San Juan part 1

San Juan part 2

San Juan part 3

San Juan part 4

San Juan part 5

Rest of Day 5

Day 6 Morning - 3rd day at sea

Day 6 afternoon

Palo dinner

CC - Parasailing

Serenity Bay BBQ

Lunch continued and Serenity Bay

Castaway Cay

Back on the ship

See Ya Real Soon & Mini Golf

Day 9 - End of cruise, beginning of Jambo House

Enjoying the Club Lounge

Epcot and Chubby Checker

Epcot continued

End of Day 9

Day 10 morning, CL offerings

Arusha Overlook

A haphazard afternoon

Finishing up Day 10

Day 11, 2nd to last day

End of Day 11, CL and HS

Day 12, Last Day

franandaj 04-06-2013 11:41 PM

Oooooh Cool! I'm the first one here! :cool1: Looking forward to hearing more about the resort and your trip!

rentayenta 04-06-2013 11:47 PM

I'm in.:thumbsup2


Sounds like a nice, long trip. Love those!

Pinkocto 04-06-2013 11:51 PM

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Originally Posted by franandaj (Post 48031214)
Oooooh Cool! I'm the first one here! :cool1: Looking forward to hearing more about the resort and your trip!

Quote:

Originally Posted by rentayenta (Post 48031240)
I'm in.:thumbsup2


Sounds like a nice, long trip. Love those!

Welcome ladies! Thanks for joining me :)

dgbg100106 04-06-2013 11:53 PM

I am here!

MEK 04-07-2013 04:07 AM

Here Pam!

MEK 04-07-2013 04:37 AM

Yes - I know I am posting ridiculously early in the morning but I work up before my alarm for HHI departure.

Cynthia and I stayed in a HA room at VWL and we weren't crazy about it either, although it made the entire room seem really big. I liked that. Glad you enjoyed your first night there. You had a nice view.

Looking forward to more.

dolphingirl47 04-07-2013 06:45 AM

I am here.

VWL is on my wish list, but I think this will now have to wait until 2015. I loved the pictures of the room and your view. I think we would have been very happy with the bathroom setup. We have a wetroom with a walk in shower and I tend to use this more than our bathroom with the tub.

Corinna

hstrickland 04-07-2013 06:59 AM

:wave: Pam!

Glad to see there's another TR in the works...I'll be following along, too. Now I'll go back and read the intro.

:goodvibes Heather

Pinkocto 04-07-2013 10:05 AM

I had this update ready for last night but my internet went down.

After taking pictures of the room we were off to explore. Not much time at this resort so we needed to make the time count.

They had fabulous carvings all over the place.

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This was Walt's, part of the train he had in his backyard. I thought it was so cool. It was in a great little reading room. All the pictures I have of the room are unfortunately blurry.

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exploring the grounds

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the gym at the villas

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we both loved the grounds

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villa pool

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this CM seems to be relaxing on duty

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it looked like this was where they set up for movies

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finding our way to the main pool

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looking back, I can get quite distracted on an exploration...

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Pinkocto 04-07-2013 10:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dgbg100106 (Post 48031279)
I am here!

Quote:

Originally Posted by MEK (Post 48031984)
Here Pam!

Quote:

Originally Posted by hstrickland (Post 48032193)
:wave: Pam!

Glad to see there's another TR in the works...I'll be following along, too. Now I'll go back and read the intro.

:goodvibes Heather

Quote:

Originally Posted by dolphingirl47 (Post 48032152)
I am here.

Welcome everybody! Thanks for coming over :)

Quote:

Originally Posted by dolphingirl47 (Post 48032152)
VWL is on my wish list, but I think this will now have to wait until 2015. I loved the pictures of the room and your view. I think we would have been very happy with the bathroom setup. We have a wetroom with a walk in shower and I tend to use this more than our bathroom with the tub.

Corinna

We'll definitely be back in the future. It's amazing how each resort has such a different feeling than the others. Every time we go to a new place I ask mom how she likes it. Well WL got bumped to #2 after AKL she liked it so much.

jenseib 04-07-2013 10:28 AM

Joining in!

Pinkocto 04-07-2013 10:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MEK (Post 48031994)
Yes - I know I am posting ridiculously early in the morning but I work up before my alarm for HHI departure.

Cynthia and I stayed in a HA room at VWL and we weren't crazy about it either, although it made the entire room seem really big. I liked that. Glad you enjoyed your first night there. You had a nice view.

Looking forward to more.

I didn't realize today was the day! :cool1: I knew it was getting close but the date escaped me. Have a fabulous time!!!

I had remembered you guys had a HA room also. I told mom about moving the table into the bathroom and she thought that was a great idea. We would have if we had stayed longer.

Pinkocto 04-07-2013 10:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jenseib (Post 48033420)
Joining in!

Welcome! :)


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