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Old 09-08-2011, 06:00 AM   #1
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RAIN, SCHMAIN, AND HURRICANES: Our 9/2011 Cruise: NEW ANNOUNCEMENT!

The Prologue

"Scotty! I need. . .more. . .power. . .nowScottynow!"

"I'm sorry, Cap'n, I kenna give ya no more--we're bein' sooked in by the vortex and it won't let go-o-o!"

And so it was that we were similarly drawn into the sirens' tentacles that belong to DCL. I was on a DCL cruise several years ago, and was well aware of the attraction these trips have, but my DSO (or DDP or fill in your own designation) has NEVER been on a cruise, and given she's a Disneymania. . .umm, a huge fan of all things Disney (yeah, that's the ticket), it was inevitable that a cruise would be an option for us. In fact, one night nearly a year ago, as we sat in our living room, shivering in the cold brought on by an early frost here in the mountains of Virginia, she casually mentioned, "We're going on a cruise."

At first, I was a little reluctant given that I'm not a huge planner, preferring to sneak up on vacation times and then scurry like a squirrel gathering nuts for the upcoming winter. Not so my lovely partner. Oh, n-o-o-o-o-o. . .She is a logistician, with a mind like the very best event planner and the heart of the happiest place on the planet. However, the more we talked, the more we--okay, I--thought it would be a fun getaway. Honestly, my only reluctance was that we already had decided to do a Thanksmas trip to VWL for 2011, so we'd have to figure out a way to come up with the extra moolah needed for a cruise. . .and we all know they ain't cheap.

With the ingenuity of an IMF crew, we set up a planned savings so that by the time the Dream left port, we'd have scrimped enough to mostly pay off the entire cost up to that point. . .and still make it to VWL for Thanksmas. After that, the planning became extremely easy--I just left it in her extremely capable hands.

Coming: The Architect
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Old 09-08-2011, 08:13 AM   #2
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Hmpf!!! I see how this is going to go!!!

WHO was it, I might ask, that actually WENT to the DCL website, researched AND booked this cruise????

Hmmmmm??????

And.

Are you packed yet???????
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Old 09-08-2011, 09:13 AM   #3
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The Prologue

my DSO (or DDP or fill in your own designation)
PS~

for future reference, let's just refer to me as the love of your life, shall we??

And.

PPS~

I sooo did remember my password, Mr. Smartie Pants, so there!!!
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Old 09-08-2011, 11:55 AM   #4
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You guys are pretty cute in your banter.

Hope you have a fantastic voyage and smooth seas
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Old 09-09-2011, 12:12 AM   #5
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The Architect
Right up front let me say it was my DS. . .umm, "love of my life" who was the main engine pushing this train. When I said that I thought it would be fun getaway, what I meant to say was she was convinced we should go from the beginning, and that I finally agreed that it would, indeed, be fun to give it a whirl. I figured if I was robbing banks to finance the cruise, what was one more? It's not as if most banks I know actually would miss the money. . .but, wait, I digress.

Nope, she was the driving force (behind the trip, not the bank jobs), and I give her full credit. She did the research while I provided my best support.
"Babe, do you have to pay in full to start?"
"I dunno."
"Do you think Palo and Remy will be hard to get?"
"Maybe."
"Will we need to pack one of those shoe storage thingies?"
"Ummmmm. . ."
Yeah. I was great help. It's part of my charm. Then again, I can pretty much figure out what I want to eat the first, maybe second time I see a menu. I needn't revisit said dining rotation eleventy times, just sayin'. But. That's part of her charm.

Fast forward to this week. She's packed. I'm not. . .well, I wasn't until tonight. . .we leave tomorrow in order to spend a day at the World. I mean, you can't drive that far, be that close to Disney, and NOT go, right? But, that created a whole other manner of thinking. . .not only do you have to pack clothes to dine on board the Dream (including Palo and Remy), but also keep something in a separate bag to wear to eat at AP Saturday. And more stuff to wear in the park, but can't be packed in the main suitcase since they're being hermetically sealed and sent via Brinks Armored. So, I have to come up with something like kazillion pieces of my ensemble. . .who am I kidding? I don't even have ensembles. I tossed together some coats, ties, slacks, shirts, and shoes in a pile, threw them up in the air, and whatever pieces landed next to each other, those are my threads for a given night (be looking for the tall guy in a plaid shirt, striped pants, a jacket with leather patches on his elbows, oh, and orange socks). Yep, that's part of my charm. What's that? Oh. DSloveofmylifepartner says it's actually part of my anti-charm.

Where was I? Oh, yes. Her packing. Done. Last month. It was thought out before all the snow melted this past winter. She is nothing if not thorough. Organized. Determined. And did I mention she was packed last month? And charming. Very, very charming. (Yup, that could be a code word.) We are done. Ready to roll. Ready to drive the most scenic highway in the U.S., the I-95 corridor. Watch out, Smokey, we know where your speed traps are, and we'll slip right through like milk spilling from Austin Power's teeth. Florida, here we come. . .

The Tempest
You don't have to be a Shakespeare fan to know that as I type, Tropical Storm Maria is bearing down on the Bahamas. Now, two days ago, she looked as though she might swerve north like Katia. Today? Not so much. I'm addicted to the National Hurricane Center website--with one click I can be all giddy or as has been the case today, gnash my teeth and curse the great Triton. Just call me a NH Centerian--"What's that, babe? No, I'm not a centenarian. . .you can stop laughing now. No, really, catch your breath before you hyperventilate." Anyhoo. The brain trust at the center (funny, no one ever says the brain trust in Congress--wonder why?) now says Maria will be whomping the Bahamas by Tuesday evening. There's only one thing to do: panic!!

Okay, we won't. We decided some time ago (I think it was maybe noon today) that even if the Dream runs like a little girl trying to escape the clutches of her pesky smaller, spoiled brother, we'll have fun. We can drink. We can eat. We do both very well. And, we'll have our ensembles. What more can one ask? Rain, schmain, and a possible hurricane? Look out, here we come.

The Friday Before the Saturday before the Cruise (and Saturday, too)
Okay, this is really weird, because I'm typing the day before the day I'm speaking of. So, it's sort of sci-fi, future-geek stuff. . .time travel 'cause I'm forecasting what will happen before it actually occurs. Cool, huh? This much I know. The drive will be long, but split into two days since we won't leave before tomorrow afternoon, and we'll stop about 11 p.m. only a few hours from Orlando. Saturday (wow! see how quickly we fast-forwarded?) we'll get to VWL, check-in as much as possible, then hit MK all day, eat at AP, then DHS (yes, it IS called DHS, babe) until they run us off (which could be sooner rather than later).

Then Comes Sunday
Some Mickey waffles, Starbucks, a short drive, and then we board our dream. Yeah, I know it's called THE Dream, but this time around it will be our dream. Something we've wanted for quite some time. Thanks to her charms. We'll write more then, details even. Til then, Bon Voyagee! as Bugs would say. . .
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Old 09-09-2011, 10:10 AM   #6
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My packing was NOT done a month ago and you know it, lol! It was done a week ago, I'll grant you that.

Unlike some people I know.

And.

I WAS planning outfits over the winter, but hey, a girl's gotta plan what she's going to wear so she can get cute new outfits, right??

Curtis (our car affectionately, ok maybe lustfully named after that hot chef, Curtis Stone - all you girls know EXACTLY who that is, I'm sure!) has had his spa day. All shiny new again and looking F-I-N-E. Like his namesake. Check.

Bags are packed. Check, check.

Goodbyes are said - to our kitties, MaxieIamJustaDoginaCatSuit and IHaveTooManyNamestoAnswertoAnyofThemBesidesWhichIa maCatNotaDoginaCatSuit and the two frogs, affectionately known as Sam 'N Ella. Check, check, check.

Oh, and I'm still waffling between packing an umbrella and a bikini, lolol. But. At least it'll be a warm rain, right??

We'll be checking into our Home Away From Homes, VWL and having dinner at our most favorite restaurant ever, Artist Point.

Check for us here wwwdotportcanaveralwebcamdotcom around 5pm on Sunday and maybe you'll see us waving goodbye!!!
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Old 09-15-2011, 10:24 PM   #7
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We walked off the Dream at 7:40 this morning and are now chilling (literally) back in the mountains of Virginia--it's 55F! It was a superb cruise, and we'll begin filling you in on each day soon. Til then, if you have any specific questions (it was a 4-night cruise that included both Palo AND Remy), feel free to ask!
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Old 09-21-2011, 04:43 PM   #8
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You guys are pretty cute in your banter.

Hope you have a fantastic voyage and smooth seas
We did! I promise to have more details of the actual cruise coming soon.



P.S. We banter this way a lot. . .
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Old 09-21-2011, 07:23 PM   #9
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Oh, yea!!! People!!!!

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We did! I promise to have more details of the actual cruise coming soon.



P.S. We banter this way a lot. . .
Great crackin', Mister!!

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Thanks! I can't seem to keep her from following me around. This truly was a memorable trip for us on so many levels, and I can assure you that luvvwl is every bit as excitable as she appears. . .and, yes, that's part of her charm. (shhh! don't tell her I said so, okay?)
PS~ I saw that, lolol!!!
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You are hilarious. I can't wait to read more.
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Old 09-22-2011, 05:08 AM   #11
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Great crackin', Mister!!



PS~ I saw that, lolol!!!
Where are the pics, slacker?
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Old 09-25-2011, 01:10 PM   #12
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Hi guys! Excellent start!
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Old 09-25-2011, 06:47 PM   #13
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Start?! START!? If you only knew what it took to get that last chapter written (can you say I lost the entire thing not once but twice. . .or twice-st as they say here?). But, thanks, Shelby!! Good to see you here!
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Old 09-25-2011, 06:59 PM   #14
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Hey. I'm here too.

Lovin' it so far. Great pics.

And I noticed that GREAT bag right away

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Hey. I'm here too.

Lovin' it so far. Great pics.

And I noticed that GREAT bag right away
Yay!! Great seeing you! There's a bag?
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