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Old 11-26-2010, 10:28 PM   #1
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Our First Disney Cruise - Wonder 12/2 Finished 1/22

Welcome to our first Cruise Trip Report.

Cast of Characters: me (35) - the spinster Aunt who found my Prince Charming a couple of years ago and we have now been happily married for over a year. Thankfully my DH (40) is a Disney Fanatic too who plans awesome Disney vacations.

We have been to WDW and DL together but never a Disney Cruise. We have talked about taking a cruise but DH was thinking a Disney cruise would be overrun with kids. Yeah I know...shame on my DH for even thinking that but neither of us have kids so we have a low tolerance for screaming children. We are building up that tolerance by hanging out with my nieces . Ok before I get an influx of hate mail about our child hating views, I was just teasing...we do love children...we spoil our nieces...we would love to have our own children one day...so no flaming me cause we all know Disney is for "kids of all ages." And trust me once we have kids we will dragging our screaming children everywhere. (again I tease )

So a little back story on how our cruise came about. Bear with me because I tend to go on tangents.

As my BIL likes to point out constantly, DH and I take a lot of vacations. I get three weeks a year so we try to maximize those three weeks. This year we went to the Outerbanks with my twin sis and her family. DH and I also went to Arkansas Diamond Mine and of course Disney World. When we went to WDW in September, we had booked our last vacation for December, a four day trip to Captiva Island. We had so much fun at Captiva on our honeymoon last year that we wanted to revisit the Island.

So anywho, back to WDW in September. We had an awesome time...weather was perfect...went to two MNSSHPs...and I was spoiled rotten on my birthday. Did I mention my DH is truly awesome? My husband goes totally overboard for special occasions and I am definitely not complaining.

On my birthday we had a truly magical lunch at Cinderella's Castle where my DH surprised me with not one but two Cinderella slippers, a crystal engraved slipper, and the white chocolate slipper (delightful). So after DH rolled me back to our resort he gave me a beautiful watch. After I fawned over the watch for a while he got that look in his eyes and said he had one more small present for me.

He gave me a beautiful photo box that he decoupaged with glitter Disney stickers. So I open the box and on top was this photo picture.



Ok at that point I start crying cause I knew immediately he had changed our Captiva trip to something else.

I lift up the photo and another piece of tissue to see this photo...



So now I am really crying cause I recognize that Captain Hook is on a cruise ship. So I lift up the picture and another sheet of tissue to find a musical card that plays 'When You Wish Upon a Star' and another photo.



And at the very bottom of the box was a Cruise Guide. My DH totally surprised me. I have no idea how he managed to turn our Captiva trip into a three day cruise without me finding out. But I was over the moon and still am about the surprise. Best. Birthday. Ever.

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Old 11-26-2010, 10:47 PM   #2
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So as soon as we got home from our September WDW trip, I spent days on end reading my trip guide and the disboards cruise forum. I immediately fell in love with the gift exchange idea...hopped over to ebay...and bought this beauty!!!



I love love love it!!! The lady who made it is very talented. I don't remember her name but it is who everyone recommends on the F.E. thread.

So after the FE came in, I racked my brain on what to make as a F.E. gift. Frankly I am not crafty at the moment. I have been crafty in the past but right now I am going through a "no imagination" dry spell. So I finally decided on Disney Silly Bandz. I am hoping everyone will like them but I think the kids will love them cause my nieces love them and talk me into giving them some every time I seem them. My completed gifts...



Now it is time to start packing!!!
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Old 11-30-2010, 01:12 PM   #3
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Wow, does your DH have a brother?? Haha he sounds pretty amazing, definitely a keeper! I LOVE your FE! SOOOO cute! Your trip sounds amazing. I just finished reading my DCL Passporter last night. I can't WAIT to sail in Feb! But for the time being, I will keep myself occupied reading your fabulous TR.
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Old 11-30-2010, 03:05 PM   #4
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Wow, does your DH have a brother?? Haha he sounds pretty amazing, definitely a keeper! I LOVE your FE! SOOOO cute! Your trip sounds amazing. I just finished reading my DCL Passporter last night. I can't WAIT to sail in Feb! But for the time being, I will keep myself occupied reading your fabulous TR.
LOL my DH does actually have four older brothers but they are married (plus they aren't nearly as wonderfully as my hubby ;-)).

I am getting so anxious. Two more days and I will be on the Wonder.

So our game plan is:

Fly from St. Louis to Orlando tomorrow after work. We pick up a rental car at the Orlando airport and drive to a hotel near the port. My DH did mention the name of the hotel but I completely forgot. It is right on the beach so we plan on getting up early Thursday morning to walk the beach.

Whatever hotel we are staying at will let us leave our rental car at the hotel and they have a driver take us to the ship. After we dock on Sunday, the hotel driver will pick us back up and take us back to our car.

After we pick up our car on Sunday, we are driving to Walt Disney World and staying at the Contemporary for the night. I am quite excited because this is the first time we will be staying at Deluxe Disney hotel. We usually just stay at Pop Century.

We bought tickets for the Sunday night Christmas Party. But before we go to the party, we plan on checking out the Christmas decorations at the Grand Floridian and the Beach Club. I have been to WDW at Christmas but my DH hasn't so he is quite excited to see all the Christmas decorations.

So Monday morning we will pick a park and visit before it is time to head back to the airport in the afternoon. I have to be back at work on Tuesday . This is a short trip to basically just use up vacation days so I don't lose them. My employer is use them or lose them. *sigh* I am so jealous of hubby cause he is self-employed and can do his job anywhere that has an internet connection. I keep trying to talk my DH into letting me work from home but apparently being together 24 hours a day isn't his idea of fun ;-).
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Old 12-02-2010, 03:07 PM   #5
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Hope your having fun!

You are now on your cruise and I can't talk to you until Sunday morning! It has been a long time since I have gone that long without talking to you everyday! I can't wait to see your pics. I know you are having fun, so see you soon!
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Old 12-05-2010, 12:14 PM   #6
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We are off the ship, so sad :-(

We are off the ship and now sitting in our room at the Contemporary.

I don't want to say too much because I do want to write a trip report in order but I just have to say WOW and OMG! I loved the cruise we had so much fun. Everybody say "Jealous." (inside cruise joke;-p)

We fly back Monday so I will start posting pictures tomorrow night...maybe...that does seem a bit ambitious since I will have tons of laundry and other non-Disney stuff to do but who needs sleep, right?
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You are now on your cruise and I can't talk to you until Sunday morning! It has been a long time since I have gone that long without talking to you everyday! I can't wait to see your pics. I know you are having fun, so see you soon!
It was hard not talking to you. Plus I was constantly thinking "oh Holly would love this" and "oh I need to buy this for the girls." Yeah I would have bought lots more for my adorable nieces but I spent all my budget on BINGO ;-). Plus hubby was giving me the "put the key card down" look.
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Old 12-12-2010, 11:29 PM   #8
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Did Gradysmom make this? It is so festive! Love it!!!
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Did Gradysmom make this? It is so festive! Love it!!!
It does look like Gradysmom's work! I bought mine from her too!
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Did Gradysmom make this? It is so festive! Love it!!!
You are right, Gradysmom made it. She did such a great job I have already ordered another one for our next cruise. I just give her free reign on the design cause I am so not creative.
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