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Old 02-07-2010, 08:11 PM   #1
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The DaSilva's 1st Cruise! And, yay! It's Disney!! 1/23/10 Western Magic

First, some background...

Our cast of characters:
DW (Me) - Kelli, 44
DH - Bert,44
DD - Alex, 10
DS - Kevin, 7

Okay, for some background on us. The DH is an electrical engineer, I am the residency coordinator in a hospital for resident physicians who are doing their pediatric and internal medicine residencies at the same time. (Basically, I am mommy to 14 docs. Wait, make that 15. Can't forget my boss!) The DD is 9 (she'll turn 10 onboard) in 4th grade and the DS is a 7, in 1st grade and a sports fanatic.2009 was quite the thrilling year! The DH got "temporarily furloughed" (yeah, right) in April. Most fortunately, he got another job in about 6 weeks. Unfortunately, it was in Aiken, which is not home. So he leaves for Aiken on Sunday evenings and comes home on Thursday evenings. Well, the day he started his new job, I got a call from my doctor telling me that I had cancer. And not just any cancer, some rare cancer that (naturally!) is even more rare as people my age just don't get it. Whatever, we'll deal... So after a few surgeries, 2 months of radiation treatment, permanent loss of my hair AND managing to fit in a ACGME site visit at work, and bring in 4 new residents, I told the hubster that I needed a vacation! So after going back and forth on what should we do, where should we go, we thought "maybe a cruise". Well, we love Disney, so I really wanted to do a Disney cruise. Checked the prices. Ouch! Looked at some other lines, RCCL, Carnival. Better prices, but not Disney. We finally decided to do the RCCL cruise since we didn't want to spend the amount it was going to cost for Disney when we did not even know if we would LIKE cruising. We'll just do Disney once we know we like being on a cruise, right?

Well, the day I was about to book RCCL, I got an e-mail from DCL. I had signed up to get them when I ordered the DCL cruise planning DVD.

KID'S GO FREE ON 7-DAY CARIBBEAN CRUISES!!!! Woo Hoo!! Disney cruise here we come!!!
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Old 02-07-2010, 08:18 PM   #2
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Kelli!

I am so impressed with your "it's life, let's get on with it" attitude!! I know that Disney helped make this last year a little less bitter to take! Can't wait to read the rest of your trip report and what your first Disney cruise experience was like..also any tips you'd give to other first time cruisers!

I hope you're ready to take on 2010 and leave 2009 behind!!

Thanks for taking the time to share!!


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Old 02-07-2010, 09:07 PM   #3
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Kelli!

I am so impressed with your "it's life, let's get on with it" attitude!! I know that Disney helped make this last year a little less bitter to take! Can't wait to read the rest of your trip report and what your first Disney cruise experience was like..also any tips you'd give to other first time cruisers!

I hope you're ready to take on 2010 and leave 2009 behind!!

Thanks for taking the time to share!!


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Thanks! I figure you can either lay down and die or just keep going. I have got WAY too much to do to lay down and die! Especially with 2 kids I plan to see grow up... I have to say, that attitude was only possible because of my trust in the Lord. He got me through and I know whatever happens, it'll be okay!

I hope my TR will be fun for everyone to read. I have had the BEST time reading others...

Quick editorial comment: please ignore the date stamps on the pix. Who knew the year would not roll over like the month and day does...
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Old 02-07-2010, 09:25 PM   #4
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Can't wait for more!!!!!!!
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Old 02-07-2010, 10:15 PM   #5
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Day 1, here at last!!!

Wake up, go to breakfast at the hotel. It was pretty good! Actually, better than I expected. Only thing I did not like was the coffee. It was Starbucks, and while I do love their lattes, the regular coffee is too strong for me...

So we eat, finish packing up pj's and stuff, don our DISmeet t-shirts and head for the front of the hotel. We are to be there at 9:45 according to the front desk clerk for our 10:00 reservation for the shuttle. Apparently, that would be "reservation" only in the loosest sense...

About a zillion people are there already. Okay. So we unload all the luggage and Bert goes to park the car. I let the shuttle check-in guy know we are there. Boy, would I NOT want his job! I ask him about 1 particular piece of luggage we are planning to carry onto the ship. This holds the all important bottles of wine. Can we/should we check it? It is packed to death. Not one bottle is touching the other, no spare room to move around. (and yes, I know, we aren't even supposed to THINK of checking it due to breakage - believe me, no one wants to avoid wine bottle breakage more that we do!). He says probably it would be okay. Do we really want to chance it? After all, we are sharing 210 square feet of space with our 2 kids. That could be our sanity in that rolly-case! Nope, not taking that chance... We carry it on... Okay, the hubster carries is on.

So finally we get onboard a shuttle, probably only 20 minutes or so after 10:00 and a couple of other shuttles have gone on before us. Unbelieveably, we happen to be onboard with some people from our DISmeet whose DD's have been e-mailing with our DD! Cool! We chat, have a good time and a little while later...

There it is!! The Magic, our home away from home for the next week! :

Yes, I do get teary eyed at the sight... What a dork!

We get dropped off with instructions on where to meet the shuttle when we come back. Come back? Are we coming back? Do we HAVE to? We jump through all the hoops, get checked in, get our Key To The World (KTTW) cards and hit the kid's club check-in line. Yikes, it seems pretty long! Oh, well, at least we did all our paperwork on-line. Strangely, some people were there manually filling out that paperwork. What is up with that? Why not save time and do it at home? Oh well....

We get to the front and it's our turn! The kids get their wrist bands. I knew they had new ones, but I thought they would be a tad smaller than they were. Like a plastic watch with a too-big watchface. The kids would end up complaining about these several times, wanting to take them off. Hopefully, Disney will change at least the size of these things, because once they are on, you don't take them off. They are waterproof and everything.

So we get done with that and by the time we got out of the line, the end of the line was almost down to the ship model!! GLAD, GLAD, GLAD we got there when we did!

So we go to the model to look around and see several other people wearing "Cruisin' DISers" meet t-shirts. The first people I meet are TraciM and her family along with Don & Sandy, Traci's mom and dad. SUPER nice people. She & her DH Jesse also happen to have a DD named Jess (well, Jessica, I called her Jess) and a DS named Thomas. We will end up seeing and talking to them a lot.

This is a good thing!

Here is us at the terminal:



and some pix of the ship model. This was way neat and I did not really spend as much time looking at it as I would have liked. Next year, I will make time to do that. I was still in full stress mode at that time!





Well, moving on, we got #5 to board. TraciM and her family have #6 so we agree to wait for them in the lobby after we board and go to lunch at Parrot Cay together. Finally we hear our number called!! Oh, my gosh, I can't believe it!!!

We get in line, get our boarding pix made and finally get to hear "Welcome the DaSilva family"! And yes, once again, I get a little verklempt...

To be continued....
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Old 02-07-2010, 10:28 PM   #6
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Nice start, Kelli! Looking forward to reading the rest.
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Old 02-07-2010, 11:02 PM   #7
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Hi Kelli!
Loving your trip report. We had such a great time! Thanks for sharing!
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Old 02-07-2010, 09:00 PM   #8
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And we're off...

Okay, fast forward a couple of months....

I have developed a massive addiction to the DISboards, discovered our cruise meet, figured out FE's, cabin door magnets, learned to make my own iron-ons for t-shirts and met some great friends via our meet! Oh, and let us not forget the massive case of stress that we have the DH to thank for. Shows up Thursday night, cheerfully announces, here are the clothes I want to take, but they all need to be washed and I need a haircut!

So, does the DH make it to the cruise? Or am I on the run from the law for putting him out of my misery? Let's find out...




Nah - I do love him so I let him live to see another day...


FINALLY, the day has come! We leave on Friday to drive down to Port Canaveral, actually leave only about 30 minutes later than the planned departure time. Possibly a new record for us...



We had ressies at the Radisson on the cruise and park plan. Hotel was nice. Pool was great! Bar next to the pool, with live music was even better! Truthfully, the room was so-so. Not dirty or anything, just looked old and in need of refurbishment. The only really bad thing there was the shower. Oh. My. Gosh. The water pressure was SO LOW that it was indeed a fortunate thing that I did not have hair anymore as I would probably STILL be there trying to get the shampoo and conditioner out!

That night we went to Fish Lips for dinner. Here is a picture of Fish Lips from the Magic the next day:



Boy was it good!! There was a ton of great sounding food on the menu, but we ended up getting a bunch of appetisers and the kids (naturally) got kids meals.

Before I post pix of 2 of the apps we had, I have to confess that these are the last 2 food pix I took. I had EVERY intention of taking pix of everything we ate, because I LOVE looking at others pix of food, but...

Best laid plans and all that...

Next time I promise I will photo it ALL!! Cross my heart. Really!

So here is the Hawaiian Ahi Tuna App. Seriously one of the best things I have eaten! Could have downed a vat of this stuff...



And here is the Tomato/Mozarella app we had:


Well, after stuffing ourselves, and making a side trip to the deck outside to see the alligator that is rumored to terrorize young children on a daily basis, we decided to go in search of some Crocs for the hubster. This was an interesting expedition!

We passed by the Tip A Few bar and bistro. Really?! Are you even allowed to call a place with a name like that a bistro?? I swear next year we are so going in to check that out!

Then we passed a fascinating little club called the Cheaters Gentlemen's Club. I kid you not! For real? Can you really even call a cheater a gentleman??!! I think not! We will NOT be checking THAT place out next year. Except maybe for a picture of the sign...

1st stop, one of those typical tourist shops you see in any town near the beach. Ever been to Myrtle Beach, SC? Then you know exactly the place I am talking about! Unfortunatly, no crocs, real or knockoffs. So we ask a girl who looked like she would be more at home in a goth club where the nearest Wal-Mart was. She gave directions. We go to the car and the DH looks at me and says "do you think she knows what she is talking about?". I said, hey, she lives here, we don't. So.... Did we make it to Wal-Mart? Did goth girl give good directions? Were we wandering the streets of Port Canaveral at all hours of the night?




YES.... WE MADE IT!! Goth girl gave excellent directions! Found Wal-Mart got what we needed and headed back to the hotel. We did pass the nicest hospital I have EVER seen! Even the parking deck had a water view. I told the DH that if my cancer recurs, I will be coming here to find a specialist!

We make it back to the Radisson, with a side stop at a grocery store for more "just in case" OTC meds I realized I had not packed. Of course, since I did buy it, we never used it. Typical! Get in our sleep comfort beds and wait for tomorrow!

To be continued....
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Tinkerbell123 put WAY TOO MUCH!
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I was reading and got headache from SOOOO much!Who agrees!?!?
I agree, I got a headache but not from Tinkerbell123. What does "Ha? put WAY TOO MUCH!" and "from SOOOO much" mean?
I need to know before I can agree or disagree - vote yes or no Basically, what's your point?

Great trip report! Love the pictures! Especially of the food! Who agrees?
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I agree, I got a headache but not from Tinkerbell123. What does "Ha? put WAY TOO MUCH!" and "from SOOOO much" mean?
I need to know before I can agree or disagree - vote yes or no Basically, what's your point?


Great trip report! Love the pictures! Especially of the food! Who agrees?
Thanks! Couldn't find the OP from this, but whoever it was can certainly feel free to NOT read my TR! Pretty much totally ignoring that! Personally, I like long ones!


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Thanks for posting details on the tea party. My daughters have been curious about this and I think they'll give it a try with my wife, if it's available.

Can't wait for day 4.
I thought it was really cute! My DS (7) thought it was too girly for him, but I think we wants to go next time when he heard his sister got to sit with the MH! Not enough cookies to get the DH there!

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I WILL be doing brunch or dinner next time, even if it's alone. I had reserved a spot but everyone had stuff planned. Mom went to the Spa, Jesse to the gym and I forgot what my Dad was doing. Did they have any "cookies"???? I am going to pee my pants just thinking about it. The memorys that couple has of that trip....priceless.
2012 Alaska......Think you can talk Bert into it??? It's not tropical in the summer.
Girl, if I had known, I would have totally gone with you!!! Obviously, we just need to go on a girls-only cruise!
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**drool**

OK, now I'm starving! Thanks for the brunch recap and photos. We had dinner at Palo and loved it.

We also did the wine tasting and loved that, too. Next time, we may be doing more than one of those. I heard that there is more than one type of wine tasting on the cruise. Love, love, love the grape.
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Thanks! Couldn't find the OP from this, but whoever it was can certainly feel free to NOT read my TR! Pretty much totally ignoring that! Personally, I like long ones!




I thought it was really cute! My DS (7) thought it was too girly for him, but I think we wants to go next time when he heard his sister got to sit with the MH! Not enough cookies to get the DH there!



Girl, if I had known, I would have totally gone with you!!! Obviously, we just need to go on a girls-only cruise!
I am soooooooo game!
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